Plantation Shutters for your Home or Offices

Plantation Shutters for Your Home or Office Space
Brightly-painted walls and brightly-coloured furniture are the obvious combinations to look for in the ultra-modern home décor, but one should not forget the role that windows play in the overall scheme of things. Surprisingly, the answer for many homeowners is plantation shutters, which add texture, depth and a classic, elegant look to any home décor, traditional or modern. 

Plantation Shutters – High Quality Look
Are you looking for a window covering that will provide your home with a real look of quality? Then why not invest in plantation shutters? Plantation shutters are wooden shutters that provide a classy alternative covering for windows and doors. Originally used to increase the privacy of a home or to improve security, plantation shutters are now in high demand amongst those who are looking to add a real sense of style to their home. They’re very much a design statement that more and more homeowners are choosing to make.

Plantation Shutters, Ever in Vogue
With the wide range of shutters on the market, you might be concerned that plantation shutters are going out of style and that they aren’t as popular as they once were. In actual fact, they are more sought after than they’ve ever been and interior design experts throughout the UK tend to favour them over other many window coverings and treatments. Unlike draperies, wooden shutters never go out of style or fade and you can rest-assured that they’re remain looking as stylish and chic years after they day you first installed them.

When you’re looking to create a look of quality for your home that’ll leave your neighbours green with envy, look no further than plantation shutters. You can rest-assured that they’ll give your home plenty of curb appeal due to the fact that they look just as beautiful from outside as they do from the inside.

A Desired Window Dressing
Plantation shutters are now a highly desired window dressing. This makes them a sound investment for your home in terms of adding value and making it more appealing to prospective buyers. Unlike draperies, which won’t increase the value of your home, window shutters are considered to be a permanent fixture in your home and this means that they’re usually included in its valuation. As a result, if you’re planning to sell your property in the future and are hoping to get a good price for it, it makes sense to wooden shutters in order to improve its value whilst setting it apart from other properties in your area.

If you’re looking for tier on tier shutters, full height shutters or café style shutters, you’ll need to find an established shutter company with an excellent reputation for its quality products and service. There are many shutter companies out there, however, it’s essential that you take your time to find a competent and trustworthy supplier and installer.

The Beautiful Shutter Company brings a wealth of experience to the window dressing industry and is committed to providing homeowners with the perfect set of high-quality plantation shutters for any home.

To learn more about our wide selection of shutters or to book an appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Shutter Company website.

Collecting Royal Commemorative Thimbles

Collecting Royal Commemorative Thimbles
One of the great joys of thimble collecting nowadays is the seemingly limitless range of available images thanks to modern technology making it possible to screen-print virtually anything onto a porcelain thimble.

This is an especially joyous occasion among dedicated collectors of royal commemorative thimbles: if there is a photograph of Princess Diana (may she rest in peace), or any of the living royals such as William and Kate, their precious baby George or our beloved Queen Elizabeth II, then there is a possibility of having it scanned and printed onto a commemorative thimble.

Queen Elizabeth is a favourite focus of many collectors of royal commemorative thimbles. Her longevity as a monarch is surpassed in recent times only by Queen Victoria, as shown in thimbles commemorating her 89th birthday in April of this year and those celebrating the 60th anniversary of her coronation in 2013. Her appearances at special events, from the wedding of William and Kate to her official introduction to the President of the Republic of Ireland, also add to her interest among thimble collectors.

It goes without saying that each of her public appearances is history in the making, and it is truly exciting to be able to capture and display them in one’s collection during her lifetime. Just think of what they may be worth decades from now, when she is no longer with us!

Thimble Guild is dedicated to providing both new and long-time thimble collectors with an impressive selection of royal commemorative thimbles that will enhance your enjoyment of collecting and leave you with a ready conversation piece whenever family and friends come to visit. Whether you are looking for a thimble to mark a particular historic event or an attractive display case for your collection, Thimble Guild has everything you need.

For more information on the range of hand crafted and exclusive thimbles available, why not call us now on 0844 573 1658 or visit the Thimble Guild website and start you collection today.

 

Cotton Blouses and Shirts from James Meade

Cotton Blouses and Shirts for Spring and Summer
The month of March is winding down, and another season of cold, dreary weather following Christmas will soon be coming to an end. But, you may be thinking, how “soon” is soon? Spring may have arrived according to the calendar, but daily high temperatures across the UK are not expected to reach up into the teens (except for the occasional spring teaser) for a while to come.

If you’re like many who have a case of the winter doldrums every year until it warms up, then it may prove therapeutic to begin planning for the activities you will enjoy once the days are warmer. Do you foresee potting new spring and summer flowers or even starting a vegetable garden?

If so, then now is the ideal time to begin purchasing bags of potting soil, seedling trays and any other implements you may require in order to carry out the different projects you have in mind. Or maybe you look forward to using your lunch hour to take long walks or to join friends or relatives you haven’t seen in a while for walks in the neighbourhood in the evening just before or after dinner.

Whatever the case, you will want to be sure that you have appropriate clothing on hand – think cotton blouses, lightweight skirts and pants and walking shoes – in which you can be comfortable while you do whatever it is you enjoy doing outdoors and be presentable while doing so.

To that end, consider now what you might like to add to or replace in your existing spring and summer wardrobe and begin making those purchases before spring weather arrives so as not to have to brave the masses in order to buy the items you need from a picked-over selection.

James Meade has been producing ladies’ spring and summer wardrobe essentials here in the UK for over 30 years. Our Liberty print blouses and other pure cotton blouses and tops will integrate seamlessly into your spring and summer wardrobe and leave you looking great and feeling comfortable at work and at play.

Visit our website or one of our Brampton- or Salisbury-area shops so that you can keep cool this summer with the greatest choice of ladies’ cotton blouses and shirts you will find in the North East of England. For more information about our ladies’ cotton blouses to help keep you cool this summer, call us today on 0844 573 4970 or visit the James Meade Ladies clothing website today.

Summer Savings at the James Meade Clothing Sale

Fantastic Summer Savings at the James Meade Clothing Sale
Summer has finally arrived here on our beautiful island. Gardens are in full bloom, there are endless things to do for fun outdoors, and the weather is perfect for taking on home improvement projects that require constant ventilation in the form of open windows and doors. If your home is due for a fresh coat of paint and you have not yet gotten started, then now is the time!

As you dive in to whatever it is you most enjoy doing in summer, or whatever you take advantage of this beautiful weather to accomplish, remember that what goes up must come down and that summer will give way to autumn before you know it. If you are like many men who regard shopping for clothes as a chore – a chore made even worse by having to part with money you would rather spend on other things – then you will do well to take advantage of summer sales on men’s knitwear, men’s corduroy trousers and other items not currently in season. Numerous brick-and-mortar shops and online retailers offer significant savings at this time of year, putting you within just a few clicks of some very smart-looking and deeply discounted trousers, alpaca and lambswool sweaters and much more.

James Meade has been one of the North East’s leading purveyors of classic men’s clothing at affordable prices for over 30 years, and their online shop puts their exclusive designs within reach of anyone living in the UK and beyond.

Take advantage of the fantastic savings during the summer sale on men’s corduroy trousers, men’s knitwear and men’s cotton shirts. Offering exclusive designs, and with our free returns and no-time-limit guarantee, we make the online shopping experience as simple as possible. We are certain that you will find what you need to complete your wardrobe during our summer sale.

To learn more about James Meade’s range of classic men’s clothing and to place an order, simply visit one of our Brampton- or Salisbury-area shops, call us on 0844 573 4980 or visit

For more information about our summer men’s clothing sale and to place an order, call us today on 0844 573 4970 or visit the James Meade mens clothing website today to bag a bargain.

Planning a Stag or Hen Party in Newcastle

Planning a Stag or Hen Party in Newcastle
Summer is here, and summer is one of the most popular times of year for outdoor weddings. Beautiful wedding venues can be found all over the North East of England in particular, with stunning views that will be remembered for just as long afterward as the moment in which the husband and wife exchanged vows.

When planning a wedding, one thing the bride learns all too quickly is that there are far more people to consider than herself and her husband-to-be: there are also the members of the wedding party and all the other friends and relatives who have replied that they will be in attendance, and they all need to be fed and accommodated in lodgings appropriate for the occasion.

And they’re not all: there are also the vendors involved in making the wedding a success, from the bride and bridesmaids’ seamstress to the men’s tailor, to the florist and photographer and caterer and hotel concierge…

The list goes on and on, and the stress is enough to make the bride and groom feel as though they have taken on a second full-time job before they have even tied the knot and gone away on their honeymoon.

If you are preparing to be a bridesmaid of groomsman and are expecting to plan the stag or hen party for your mate, then Newcastle-based NE1 Experience can assist with every step of the planning for a stag party in Newcastle or for a hen party in Newcastle. The city has come into its own as a centre for nightlife in the North East, and NE1 Experience works with a wide variety of local nightclubs and other entertainment providers to provide a comprehensive service for our clients.

For those who wish to turn it into an all-day-and-night or even an all-weekend affair, NE1 Experience can arrange afternoon spa packages for the ladies and dirt biking for the gents as well as hotel accommodations and transport so that you all can have the best possible time among friends before the wedding day arrives.

NE1 Experience specialises in stag and hen parties, birthday parties and corporate parties in Newcastle. If you’re planning a stag or hen party in Newcastle, don’t miss out on our exciting packages for daytime and evening parties for the ladies and the lads. Our packages include a fantastic night on the town in Newcastle, a centre for nightlife in the North East. Enjoy all the best that the city centre has to offer and let our comprehensive hotel and transport services handle the details of where you will end up and how!

For more information about our event packages, call us today on 07740 3000 40 or visit the NE1 Experience  Stag  & Hen party website today and let us help you enjoy a fabulous stag party in Newcastle.

Thimble Collecting – Adding Hand crafted & Exclusive Designs

Thimble Collecting – Adding Hand crafted & Exclusive Designs
Collecting thimbles has become a very popular hobby for a great many people with collectors adding to their thimble collections as a souvenir to remind a collector of the places of where they have visited or special occasions. The hobby can be highly rewarding, fun, with the costs of a typical thimble covering a wide price range – part of its appeal to a wide and diverse range of collectors.

For those of you embarking on your thimble collection, it might help you to consider which type of thimbles you are going to collect. If you choose to collect all types of thimbles, the collection will have an eclectic collection and be extremely varied. This is commonly how people begin their thimble collection. However it may be you narrow your focus, and decide that you will collect only a specific style or type of thimble.

Thimbles have been produced in all colours and designs for over a century and can be found in almost every corner of the world. Very often the thimble is a perfect miniature display of art, invention and craftsmanship with antique thimbles to be found in every conceivable material: silver, porcelain, pewter, polymer clay  gold, brass, porcelain, ivory, tortoiseshell and enamel.

Thimbles are unique among collectibles in terms of both the seemingly unlimited variety of designs and the materials used to make them. A layman’s museum of sorts, thimbles serve to preserve history itself and recall a simpler time in which thimbles were used almost exclusively for sewing purposes.  Many thimbles will have been produced from some exquisite materials that have been richly decorated, which can turn out to be quite valuable, as well as beautiful to look at. However, new types and styles of thimbles are always being developed and many being issued to commemorate everything from Royal Births to tourist attractions.

Hand crafted and exclusive thimbles may be the perfect addition to your thimble collection and the Thimble Guild offers a variety of hand crafted thimbles from around the world, including unique creations are beautifully designed and hand crafted by our artists. They make the perfect thimble gift or simply an exclusive thimble for your own personal thimble collection.

Thimbles are a great way to get into collecting. They can be visually attractive, easy to locate (particularly using the Internet), can be inexpensive and even a relatively large collection won’t take up a lot of space.  And although thimbles are not used as much in our daily lives as before, they are still a great ‘collectable’ and retain a special place in the homes of many modern day thimble collectors.

For more information on the range of hand crafted and exclusive thimbles available, why not call us now on 0844 573 1658 or visit the Thimble Guild website and start you collection today.

Sound Insulation Testing – Air Pressure Testing

Sound Insulation Testing – Broken Down Rating Methods
The sound insulation rating methods that follow are defined in:

Sound insulation testing is usually undertaken near the end of a project to show that the party wall and floor partitions meet the standards shown in Building Regulations Approved Document E.  The method for testing for airborne and impact sound insulation is in full accordance with: the suggested methods presented in BS EN ISO 140-parts 4 & 7: 1998. Sound tests are broken down into various rating methods.

The sound insulation rating methods that follow are defined in:

Rating Method – RW
This single figure rating method is the rating used for laboratory airborne sound insulation tests. The figure indicates the amount of sound energy being stopped by a separating building element when tested in isolation in the absence of any flanking paths.

Rating Method – DnTw
The single figure rating method that gives the airborne sound insulation performance between two adjacent rooms within a building as measured within site conditions. The result achieved is affected not only by the separating element also by the surrounding structure and junction details.

Rating Method – Ctr
The Ctr adaptation term is a correction that can be added to either the RW (laboratory) or DnTw (site) airborne rating. The Ctr term is used because it targets the low frequency performance of a building element and in particular the performance achieved in the 100 – 315 Hz frequency range. This term was originally developed to describe how a building element would perform if subject to excessive low frequency sound sources, such as traffic and railway noise.

This rating is expressed as RW + Ctr and allows the acoustic designer to critically compare performances. The rating method has not been universally welcomed. Some acousticians believe that the method is too crude as it only considers the low frequency performance, and because site measurements at low frequencies are prone to difficulties, which can lead to a lack of confidence in the results achieved.

Rating Method – Lnw
This single figure rating method is the rating used forclaboratory impact sound insulation tests on separating floors. The figure indicates the amount of sound energy being transmitted through the floor tested in isolation, in the absence of any flanking paths. With impact sound insulation, the lower the figure the better the performance.

Rating Method – LnTw
The single figure rating method that is used for impact sound insulation tests for floors. The figure indicates the sound insulation performance between two adjacent rooms within a building as measured on site. The result achieved is affected not only by the separating floor but also by the surrounding structure, e.g. flanking walls and associated junction details.

Rating Method – Dncw
The single figure laboratory rating method, which is used for evaluating the airborne sound insulation performance of suspended ceilings. Laboratory tests simulate the room-to-room performance of the suspended ceiling when a partition is built up to the underside of the ceiling with sound transmitted via the plenum.

Air Pressure Testing is UKAS accredited to undertake both Sound and Air Testing and is also accredited to ISO 17025:2005 ‘General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories’. If you would like more information in regards to sound insulation testing and/or acoustic design, please contact visit the Air Pressure Testing website or call us on 07775 623464.

Wedding Dress Cleaning and Preservation

Wedding Dress Cleaning and Preservation
Weddings, and wedding dresses, are more expensive than ever. These days, one can hardly imagine paying as little as £400 for a wedding dress even though most of us would suffer an acute case of sticker shock upon learning that we had to pay such an exorbitant amount for any other article of clothing not made of genuine leather or flecked with gold. With wedding dresses, a price in the four- to five-digit range is increasingly the norm, which means that you are committing not only to a very expensive dress but also a potentially valuable heirloom or collectible which must be cared for accordingly.

As a bride-to-be, it is important to think decades beyond your wedding day and make arrangements now to have your dress professionally cleaned and preserved so that it will still be in the same unspoiled condition in your old age as on the day you walked down the aisle.

When to have your Wedding Dress cleaned and why
When making plans to have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved, consider not only the quality of the service but also the timing. Ideally, you will want to have your wedding dress cleaned within one month of your wedding day. While there are few, if any, hazardous conditions present in a traditional religious wedding ceremony, the reception which follows is an entirely different matter. Think of your wedding dress as an artefact in a museum: if they go untreated, seemingly small and inconsequential food or wine stains or even greasy hand or fingerprints have the potential to cause significant and often irreversible damage to such a fine material over time.

Accidents do happen, so when your wedding dress is collected by your chosen cleaning and preservation service, be sure to point out all stains that you are aware of so that they can be treated appropriately before the full dress cleaning is done.

Wedding Dress Preservation techniques
While the cleaning of the dress is an important part of the process, the preservation is equally important. For most wedding dress fabrics, it is wise to opt for the museum-quality preservation method and have the dress stored in an acid-free preservation box which will protect the dress from moisture and prevent yellowing. A service which performs the cleaning in-house is generally a wiser choice than one which sends it to a separate cleaner, and in any case, never expect a rush job. Haste makes waste!

At Dulais wedding dress cleaning, we are renowned for being at the very cutting edge and forefront of bridal wear care and we are committed to protecting our position as the best in the business. Which means you know that your cherished dress will be treasured now and for generations to come. We treat every dress as unique, whether it’s classic or contemporary, modern or vintage, hand-painted or handmade. Every cleaning process should be unique also, so here at Dulais, our highly trained technicians treat every dress as an individual, creating a bespoke cleaning process for your gown and your gown only.

Our techniques are painstaking, time-consuming, and highly successful, which is why our brides tell their friends about us, building our reputation through word of mouth alone. We are also used and recommended by some of the country’s most reputable wedding dress retailers and consultants within the bridal industry.

We provide first class, high quality professional wedding dress cleaning and preservation services for brides in Newcastle and the surrounding areas. For as little as £90, we will collect your wedding dress at a time that is convenient to you and return your fully cleaned and preserved dress in a beautiful acid-free tissue paper box. By entrusting the care of your wedding dress to us, you can rest assured that your dress will look just as beautiful 50 years from now as when you wore it on your wedding day.

To learn more about our service and to receive an estimate, call us today on 01661 820700 or visit the Dulais Wedding Dress Cleaning website today.