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Category: Flooring

Top 5 considerations when buying wood flooring for your home

On February 6th, 2012 by .

There are so many things to consider when it comes to choosing a wooden floor; something that I have written a lot about lately.  The material looks beautiful and ages well, but it can be costly, especially a hard wood such as oak.  If the floor is sealed properly, it shouldn’t mark, but be sure to place felt stoppers under legs of furniture to protect your wood and above all, avoid high heeled shoes.  Engineered wood is another water resistant alternative and less prone to marking.

I hope that the following tips are a good start to helping you make the right choice.
- Always take a sample home to see to see how it looks with the rest of your kitchen, my advice would be to ask for a large sample, you may have to pay for it, but it will avoid any costly mistakes.  Bear in mind that all timbers darken with age, especially the lighter ones and softwoods

-For a modern look avoid heavy grained wood with lots of knots; instead keep a similar tone throughout; I would recommend a light oak or similar.

-For the best effect, lay the boards in the direction that light comes into the room, so that the beauty of the wood is accentuated.

-Where possible, have a look at some friends or family’s houses that already have wooden floors, this will help you get a true idea of how it can look in situ.

-Make sure you calculate the area of floor accurately.  If you are not sure then ask the supplier to do this for you, this way you will avoid wastage.

“When you enter a room, your first impression of it is made from the floor upwards. It is essential to get this right, and by fitting wood floors, you have solved the most difficult and important part of making an impact. Wood floors give you the ultimate in timeless elegance, flexibility and durability. It’s hard wearing qualities and range of styles makes it perfect for any room in the house”.
Quote by Ambience Hardwood Flooring, Image: Kersaint Cobb.

More information

Ambience Hard Wood Flooring
Pippa Jameson’s guide to flooring

General flooring for kitchens
How to buy wooden floors
Family Handy Man
Kersaint Cobb








Win tickets to The Ideal Home Show

On February 14th, 2011 by .





Create your Ideal Home with the Nation’s Most Loved home event; The Ideal Home Show, returning to London’s Earls Court, from 11-27th MARCH 2011

BRITAIN’S favourite consumer event, The Ideal Home Show, famous for making home-making a national passion, is returning for its 103rd year, for 17 days from the 11th – 27th March 2011, and Pippa Jameson Interiors have 10 pairs of tickets for our lucky readers to win, to this year’s show.

This year’s Ideal Home Show will take visitors through an exciting and spectacular showcase of inspirational living that combines EIGHT different sections into one exciting event that includes; the stunning Ideal Show Homes, a series of three exciting, full scale properties that demonstrate different concepts in homes from refurbishments to new build homes each offering an alternative to your current home.

In addition the fantastic Ideal Home Improvements section has everything you need to help with those DIY home improvement projects, as well as the hugely popular Idea Interiors and Ideal Gadgets section helping you bring your home up to date with the latest looks and must have gadgets and gizmos.

Our Ideal Gardens section offers a wide range of advice and designs, for those green fingered visitors among us, and the Ideal Food section will offer some tasty treat that will tickle your taste buds.

And if all of that’s not enough this year will see the return of the fabulous Ideal Woman section where visitors can relax and be pampered in luxury for the afternoon, and more Ideal Shopping than ever before!

There’s everything from DIY to fine dining, gadgets and pampering, as well as a host of celebrity guests across the 17 day event; creating the UK’s biggest Home Show and a great day out with something for the whole family, all rolled into one.

This year’s show will also unveil a series of industry firsts and UK product launches, more interactive features than ever before, as well as a series of workshops and seminars to help visitors achieve their very own Ideal Home.

With over 500 exhibitors offering an unrivalled range of products, visitors to this year’s show will find top tips and tricks to help give your home a brand new look, and expert advice to help with extensions, and complete renovations, and new build projects.

Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 415 4144. Group bookings can be made by calling the Groups Hotline on 0871 2305 581, or for further information about the show and to purchase tickets online visit the website

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Ticket Information:

Weekday Adult- On door: £16 In advance: £11

Weekend Adult- On door: £18 In advance: £13

Weekday Concession (Over 60’s)- On door: £12 In advance: £10

Weekend Concession (Over 60’s)- On door: £14 In advance:£12

Children Under 15 Free*

Late Night Thursday Open until 9pm- £5 after 5pm

*Children under 16 do require a ticket which should be requested at the time of booking. Must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Please note that Free of Charge tickets do not qualify for a free showguide.

Opening times:

Opening Day – 11th March 10am – 6pm

Weekdays & Weekends 10am – 6pm

Thursday – late night 10am – 9pm

The Ideal Home Show has teamed up with Pippa Jameson Interiors, to give you the chance to WIN one of 10 pairs of tickets.

To be in with a chance to WIN, simply answer the question below.

Different directions for fashion creatives

On November 2nd, 2010 by .

As I keep my eye on trends in the art, design and fashion world, I am always excited when creatives and designers venture into different ranges of products than their usual forte. It is great to see their ideas take different directions and open up new opportunities. It also means that owning your own designer piece can be more affordable which is nice too!

I have included a few examples below showing beautiful collections of fashion and costume designers and the like  – breathing their unique styles into household items for everyday use.

Probably most famous for her costume and production design for film Moulin Rouge, Australian designer Catherine Martin has designed an exclusive range of rugs inspired by her own life for Designer Rugs.

Image credit: Designer Rugs

The boldly striking signature look of the Missoni fashion house applied to their own collection of items for the home.

Image credit: Safari Living & In Design Live Image credit: Matching China

The ‘naturals’ serving ware collection by classic fashion designer Vera Wang (above).