2nd February 2018

Competition Time at Hills - 2018

Competition Time at Hills

February is turning out to be an exciting time here at Hills Furniture Store. Not only have we extended our sale, but we’re hosting four competitions – One each week of this month!

The first competition will start on Friday 02/02/18, and we’ll announce the winner the following Wednesday. We’ll then continue with another completion each Friday. All you have to do is share, like and comment on our competition post! It couldn’t be easier.

See our Facebook page here.

Prizes to be won:
Week 1: Witney Dining Coffee Table worth £279.99
Week 2: To Be Confirmed
Week 3: To Be Confirmed
Week 4: To Be Confirmed

Terms and conditions

1. The promoter is: Hills Retail Stores Ltd (company no. 2904363)] whose registered address is 5-6 Bridge Street, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1XA.
2. Employees of Hills Furniture Store or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via
5. The closing date is stated on each individual prize draw or competition. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
10. Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Promoter.
11. Entrants must be within a 30 mile radius of Hills Furniture Store to be eligible to win.
12. Winner(s) will be notified via Facebook within 4 weeks of the closing date. Following such notification, the winner will be required to send the Promoter their full contact details to arrange delivery of the prize.
13. If the Promoter cannot: (i) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within a reasonable period of time (to be established at the Promoter's sole discretion); or (ii) the winner does not return full contact to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a winner of the Promotion and thereafter until a winner on these terms is found.
14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
18. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
19. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Hills Furniture Store and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found here.

29th January 2018

The hallway: just an entrance into the house, or an insight into your home?

The hallway: just an entrance into the house, or an insight into your home?

For those who don’t see the value in decorating this purgatory-like space, think again. This is a prized area for creative expression and one which should hold no limits when it comes to stylish re-imagination.

So, what are you waiting for?

Creative Cupboards

There’s an uplifting sense of achievement when we make use of those seemingly redundant spaces; when we add a little surprise thanks to locating hidden depths within the wall.

Be it under a stairwell or built into the side, utilising unexpected space not only serves its purely functional needs. It also adds a welcoming, homely vibe as one enters the property, immediately seeing a bench on which to relax.

Statement Stairwell

Every feature of your house must be viewed as an asset, and while a stairwell could be regarded as more of an eyesore than a statement piece, why not inject colour into its appearance with a well-chosen carpet.

Nothing sparks the imagination like a vibrant stair-runner, converting an understated corridor into a burgundy paradise. Bottoms up to the brave!

The Illusion of Space

By their very nature, hallways lack width. But what one lacks in stature, one can make up for in presentation.

Installing a generously-proportioned mirror can bring a spacious luminosity to even the most cramped of environments, with the reflection allaying any looming fears of claustrophobia. Plus, when you get home looking a bit wind dishevelled, tidying oneself up becomes that much simpler.

Grand Openings

Where light is at a premium, be open-minded with how you design the entrance; and pay close attention to your doorway.

A grand entrance into the home sets the stage for what’s to come, flooding the interior with light, and even laying the focus on other decorations – like the 19th-century landscape painting, perhaps.

Where Walls are not Walls

Contemporary homes are all about the intelligent use square-meterage, with open-plan living affording a seamless flow from room-to-room. However, we are not all so lucky as to have an expanse to serve as a kitchen-cum-living space.

That’s not to say we can’t introduce our own sense of conviviality through an unconventional choice of wall and one that is coming into fashion is the stretched glass façade. Part open-plan, part room divide – all light-filled beauty. The effect defines each area without restricting your field of vision, which can be an excellent way of bringing a flow back into those awkwardly-tight areas.

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Don’t let the constraints of conventional wisdom limit your ambition in the hallway. Taking inspiration from what you see around, there is all manner of grand designs you can apply to such a unique space.

Few rooms in your home have such strict limitations to work within, which can be a godsend when toying with multiple creative ideas.

21st January 2018

Style Inspiration from Meghan Markle

Style Inspiration from Meghan Markle

Taking a cue from the latest hysteria to grip Great Britain, it seems we finally have reason to be cheery; and about time too, as winter drags its heels.

A royal wedding is upon us, so why not use it as an excuse to see how Ms Markle’s styles can brighten up our days. While she may have taken a leave of absence from social media in recent times, her legacy of lifestyle inspiration lives on.

The Cosy Canadian
Markle is a massive advocate of the Danish-style hygge concept bringing that sense of intimate cosiness into every room. Think woollen cushions, inviting throws and faux-fur rugs to add an inviting warmth throughout the house – maybe winter isn’t so terrible, after all.

Mix & Match
It’s not all about Danish minimalism. The future Mrs Windsor also enjoys adding a touch of flair to her house through antiquated pieces with a story to tell, such as the timeless mirror seen in the image above. You could even blend styles and go with the similarly adventurous animal ornaments, like those that appear to adorn Megan’s walls.

One thing is clear: there is no single approach as far as the Hollywood superstar is concerned.

If the shoe fits…
If you’re lucky enough to have several pairs of wonderfully elegant shoes amongst your collection, why wouldn’t you place them front and centre?!

Meghan dedicates a whole wall to her variety of high-heeled creations, offering a colourful, decorative backdrop that extends beyond her wardrobe.

Pets Allowed
While she prizes the elegant nature of her interior decor, every home must make space for a four-legged friend (or two).

Plumped-up corner-sofas complement the angles of many rooms and create a beautifully social space for friends to congregate at the end of a hard day, perhaps with a glass of Tinto in hand. Plus, there’s no better space for the pets to recline – or look wistfully into the camera – than from a comfy-looking couch.

Bring Colour from the Outdoors
Why not liven up the indoors with a vibrant, blooming bouquet? Meghan is certainly no stranger to the flower shop.

Minimalist interiors are incredibly soothing environments in which to wind down after a day on a movie set (or the office), but adding flashes of colour through touches such as this can bring a freshness to a room that brightens the soul without dizzying the mind.

Rugs & Chairs, Everywhere
Imagine curling up in your favourite chair, pulling a rug over your shoulders as you drift into a daze. A dream sure to occur in Toronto.

Adding a variety of chairs to one’s home not only means there’s no shortage of places to sit but also brings personality to each room as you roam through different styles. Use throws, rugs and cushions to keep things original, but beware: the dog may get more use of it than you do!

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It’s no surprise Meghan Markle was a star-in-the-making way before she met Harry. Her style was worthy of the multiple online destinations where it featured – it’s just a shame that the days of her design-inspiration may be numbered!

12th December 2017

Christmas at Hills Furniture Store

Christmas at Hills Furniture Store

The Hills Furniture Store in Spalding, Lincolnshire will be closed for Christmas from 21st December and will reopen on Wednesday 27th December with our huge winter sale.

Here’s a full list of our opening times:

December 21st / 22nd / 23rd / 24th ……Closed
Christmas Day…………………………….Closed
Boxing Day………………………………...Closed
Wednesday 27th December……………..9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 28th December………………..9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 29th December……………………9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 30th……………………………..9.00am – 5.00pm
New Years Eve…………………………..10.00am – 3.00pm
New Years Day……………………………Closed
Tuesday 2nd January…………………….9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 3rd January…………………9.00am – 5.00pm

We’ll be uploading our sale brochure shortly, which you’ll be able to download on our site. However, we urge you to come in store to see all of the truly great offers we have on across all departments, including dining room, lounge, bedroom and accessories.

What’s more, with great savings, interest-free credit and free delivery you can’t go wrong.

From everyone at Hills, we’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

5th December 2017

2018 Interior Design Trends

2018 Interior Design Trends

With the excitement of Christmas on the horizon, it might seem odd to be turning attention to what lies in store next year. Yet, having experienced so many trends over the past twelve months, the time felt right to share our predictions for 2018.

Having witnessed the advent of Hygge, myriad mind-bending patterns, and the arrival of the impulsive Amazon’s Alexa - each of which has deeply influenced our interior inspiration - let us predict which key trends will unfold over the coming months.

Mixing it up in the kitchen

The age of white is over. All hail the arrival of mixed-material kitchens.

While many of us have worshipped our minimalist kitchens for far too many years, a few are finally bucking the trend to re-introduce their personality to the space. Open-plan living has become commonplace in the modern home, which is reflected in livelier kitchen designs that actually invite the family’s company thanks to a newfound warmth.

No more mono-chromatic indifference, it is time to embrace the blend.

Statement artworks

No longer will the home be dominated by subtle colours and understated artworks. Welcome to the age of the centre-piece.

As a new generation comes of home-ownership age, statement artistic endeavours are gracing the interiors of their stylish abodes. Rather than timeless artefacts, expect modernist masterpieces to dominate the walls creating a distinct visual impact on arrival and dictating the overall design.

Bring on the greenery

As we’re continually encouraged to show a more mindful appreciation of our own well-being, it’s of no small importance that pot-plants and hanging gardens are making a come-back. Why not bring fresh oxygen into your workspace with a wallflower with which to share your deepest, darkest secrets (we all do that, right?).

A flash of green not only helps ease stress, it also creates a sense of outdoors indoors to boost general feelings of wellness. An elegant evolution of 2017’s big trend.

Millennial pink

While green remains resigned to the pots, pink is hitting the big time. Perhaps not to the scale of a house, but it will certainly be visible in many an interior.

A further generational influence coming to the fore, forget ageless avocado bathrooms or the peachy walls of yore. It’s time for millennial pink.

The colour has been out in force for a few years, but it is only just coming into play in our homes as millennials reach a golden age.

Designer touches in unexpected places

As we experience continued innovation in how we use the home, why not transfer this into how we conceptualise its look? Expect designs to cross borders and expand to flooring, with patterns to complement the eclectic nature of the spaces in which we live.

Our lives are marching forward at an ever-quicker pace, it’s time our interiors caught up with this progressive ambition.

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Who knows which way next year will turn out, but we’re sure to see any number of exciting flourishes and original interior design.

Vibrant colours, unexpected technologies, or a return to more natural roots – whatever the outcome, 2018 is sure to be a year like no other.

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27th November 2017

Essential Furniture Items For Xmas

Essential Furniture Items For Xmas

As Christmas begins to peak its tinsel-tousled hair, it’s time to get thinking about who will be sitting around your table in 2017. The inevitable cram need not be so stressful with the right amount of forethought; perhaps it’s time to invest in that new extendable dining table to account for the extended family in attendance this year.

With delivery in time for Christmas – alongside all manner of seasonal specials – there is no better month for some home-centric retail therapy.

Roll Away the Spare Mattress

As the much-awaited Christmas adverts hit the airwaves, retailers will be desperately vying for attention. Why not shop locally? Not only will we ensure you have what you need in time for Christmas, but we’ll also help put up the furniture you choose – saving you much needed time.

One item we think could be a quick cure for night-time headaches is our corner sofas, which you can find here>>

These are ideal, as they can double up as extra, much-needed bed space when you’re hosting Christmas for all the family. So, not only will granny not have to sit on the floor, one of the kids may actually have somewhere to put down their tired little heads come Christmas Eve.

Alternatively, simply opt for one of our practical sofa beds>> 

Super-Soft Furnishings

As temperatures continue to plummet, we could all do with a warm wrap for wintery evenings. Nothing showcases Danish Hygge quite like a variety of super-soft throws resting on the back of each and every sofa.

There is an inviting comfort when one knows warmth is but a reach away and with so many enticing deals to take advantage of – now is the time to stock up on these cosy warmers.

Festive Fabrics

Is the sofa looking a bit worn out? How about that gaping void in the lounge?

Nothing beats the sensation of sinking back into a freshly-bought sofa – plumped-up cushions and velvet-soft covers are a treat for chillier days.

With guaranteed delivery by Christmas, now’s the time to purchase to avoid any late arrivals that might miss the main event. Choose an understated design to incorporate a festive feel that will still look good throughout the rest of the year.

Take a look at our ranges here>>

Indulge in an Ottoman

Though we shouldn’t need an excuse to splash out, we’ll give you one anyway. In the run-up to Christmas and with the new throws that you’re sure to be purchasing in the coming weeks, this could be just the solution when it comes to storing them away in anticipation of next year.

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There’s no better time than Christmas to finally stock up on those much-needed home essentials. Where extended delivery times and exorbitant prices often derail even the best of midsummer intentions, the end of the year brings its own seasonal surprises.

So, make the most of the shortened delivery schedules and to shock the family with a suitably-furnished house – even if the new sofa has to wait a full year for its next occupant!

22nd November 2017

All For A Good Cause

On the 11th November, the annual JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Spalding Ball took place and was an enormous success.

The JDRF Spalding Ball has been running for six years, and it’s just one of the many events organised by Gemma Robinson and her friend Jenny Carr. In six years, they have raised over £55,000. Both Gemma and Jenny have children that are affected by type 1 diabetes, therefore they understand how difficult this illness can be and decided this was a charity well worth supporting.

As Gemma explains, “Jenny and I are a two-man band. We both have children with type 1 diabetes - diagnosed at such a young age, within 3 days of each other and they are our inspirations!
It’s so hard living with type 1 diabetes and is completely different to living with type 2 diabetes. To date, our children have had over 44,000 finger pricks between them to test their blood sugar, over 2,000 cannula changes and thousands of injections. What’s more, they’re only 8 and 9.”

The 2017 Event

At this years’ JDRF Spalding Ball, Lisa Sampson, semi-finalist of Britain’s Got Talent (2015) provided some of the entertainment to the 630 guests in attendance. Guests of the ball also enjoyed a wonderful three-course meal, raffle, live and silent auctions, games and so much more. As this years’ theme was the “Wild West”, the ball also featured a bucking bronco and a showdown shootout.

Gemma Robinson had this to say, “We’d like to thank everyone past and present for their support, we couldn’t do what we do without them. It’s a 24/7 battle, it’s tough it comes to bed with us, on holiday, school – everywhere. There is no respite! We’d also like to thank the special scientists that JDRF funds to help pay for vital research to find a cure! £60 funds 1 hour of research.”
Hills Furniture Store was pleased to support this charity and provided a £250 voucher as a prize for the golden nuggets game. Gemma was incredibly pleased to have our support and is always pleased to hear from others who want to help the charity.

Would you like to support this great charity? The JDRF is looking for sponsors and prizes for their upcoming events. If you can help, please get in touch via their Facebook page here >>

About Type 1 Diabetes

There are currently 400,000 people in the UK with type 1 diabetes, over 29,000 of them are children.

The Symptoms

• Going to the toilet more.
• Being extremely thirsty.
• Tiredness.
• Weight loss.
• Fruity-smelling breath.

If anyone you know displays these symptoms, they need to be tested for type 1 diabetes immediately. It can be fatal if not diagnosed.

About JDRF

JDRF is committed to eradicating type 1 diabetes. As such, they…

• Fund world-class research into treating, preventing and curing type 1 diabetes
• Influence research funders and policymakers to accelerate the pace of research
• Provide support and a voice to people with type 1 and their families

Find out more on their website, here >>

13th November 2017

How to Select Art for Your Home

How to Select Art for Your Home

When it comes to interior décor, choice of wall colours and selection of furnishings often dominate the mind. Yet, one often overlooked item that can bring a room to life is the inclusion of artwork or the thoughtful placement of an installation.

While thoughts of purchasing such items can create undue headaches, if looked at in context, there are several ways of simplifying the decision and understanding what could work before taking the plunge.

Size is Everything

Unfortunately, size really does matter. The first rule of thumb to live by is to work with what you have. If you are decorating a small space, then look for items that have a presence - but fit.

At the other end of the spectrum and when looking to decorate a large wall – particularly if on a budget - perhaps select a number of smaller photos that can hang together to take up more space.

Generally speaking, you should aim to cover from two-thirds to three-quarters of available wall space.

Appreciate Perspective

When placing the piece, consider how an audience will see the item and centre your artworks at eye-level.

When hanging a painting in the dining room where we spend much of our time sitting, a lower position might be better than if it were in, say, a reception room.

The same can be said for installations. Find pedestals or mantelpieces that allow the viewer to appreciate the art from the right height, rather than constantly having to bend down to see the detail.

Curate Rooms on a Theme

If decorating a single room, look to combine the works of the same artist, or pick a style that spans the selection. Similarly, if some of your rooms boast brighter colours whereas others have calmer tones, match artworks and installations with atmospheres.

A vibrant fruit bowl can look great in an imaginative office space; while a charcoal portrait may suit a calmer space.

The Frame is Half the Picture

Great art merits great presentation, so consider how you mount the work.

Investing in the right canvas or ensuring you have museum-grade glass can mark the difference between average artwork and a breath-taking centre-piece.

You’ll be amazed how such additions enhance artworks of any distinction.

Choose Art for You

The single most important consideration.

The work is there to please you and should raise a smile every time you turn your eye to it. You may want to impress others with your artistic taste but, in reality, this is your home – for you to live in.

There is no greater inspiration than stepping into a room and seeing your favourite work hanging above the fireplace. It’s genuinely uplifting and should be purchased with such experiences in mind.

If you don’t love it, don’t buy it!

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At the end of the day, rules are made to be broken

Placing a vividly-coloured masterpiece in a modestly-decorated bedroom can be a great contrast that brings life to the space. Equally, a discrete installation hidden in the corner of a dining room is a playful talking-point - should anyone notice it.

In your own house, your own style should reign and while following advice can lead to fantastic results, you are often best served by your own intuition.

Why not browse through our art collection here >> 

Alternatively, come in store to ask for further advice and recommendations.

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24th October 2017

Halloween Inspired Interior Design

Halloween Inspired Interior Design

It’s that time of year again…

The ghouls are coming out, the tricksters are here, but you’re in for some treats if you take heed of our Halloween-inspired interior design ideas. Nothing dispels the spectres like a flash of red or some starkly contrasting colours and – while Halloween may only come around once a year – there is no reason it can’t rouse more long-term ideas.

So, read on if you’d like to see into your future…

Orange is the New Black
Or perhaps they just sit well together… either way, there is much to be said about the colours of Halloween as autumnal hues create a sense of warmth and homely pride that can be lacking in more minimalist tones.
Why not embrace the seasons and reflect the outdoors inside with your own selection of deep reds and soft ambers, offset by the darker colours of the night with charcoals and blacks for contrast? Get creative enough and you may even find a pumpkin-shaped cushion to throw into the mix - the perfect respite for weary, tricked-out legs.

Roaring Flames
There is little more ghoulish than a pair of fiery eyes staring from the corner of the room, but as the darkness rolls in and the nights close in, a wood-burning stove is the only answer. Select one with an eerie expression to bring some Halloween-y charm to your interiors and offset with decorative colours and a wood-holding cauldron.
The orange glow of the double-sided stove is a great spectacle beneath the mantelpiece and is reminiscent of a Stars Wars character so befitting of the time of year.

Flickering Candles
There is little more ominous than quivering candlelight emanating from the sunken eyes of a pumpkin, but as the day subsides and the pumpkin begins to wilt, it is perhaps less of a perennial item.
Yet, discover the joys of a cast-iron candle-holder and enjoy a decorative item that not only looks great in the window of any Halloween abode but is also a masterful addition to a coffee table or table-top. The rustic charm suits almost all interiors.

Mix Dark and Light
Halloween is about blending vibrant colours against moody backdrops and matching verdant plants with imaginative furniture, then framing against an imposing wall of deep black, which can be a captivating approach in hallways or more formal areas.
Plus, it will fit perfectly on the day with some creepy cobwebs or carved pumpkins dotted around the room, or clever positioning of mirrors creating expressive apparitions in unseen corners.

Shimmering Silver
Nothing says Halloween like the silver shimmer of a table runner, while also adding a touch of class to any table spread. With the sparkle of a candle reflecting its warming light, and decorative ornaments taking centre-stage on the table, this is the perfect addition for any dinner party as guests seek shelter from the ensuing horror outside.

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October brings inspiration in many forms and Halloween needn’t be a short-lived affair. Get creative with your offerings and find a style that will last until Christmas, if not beyond.

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19th October 2017

How to make the most out of cosy interiors

How to make the most out of cosy interiors

With winter just around the corner, now’s the time to dig out your favourite snuggly jumpers and dust off the high-tog duvet – it may be dark outside, but there’s something oh-so-satisfying about cosying up in front of a warm log fire or sinking into the depths of a goose-down cushion.

If you’re searching for advice on how to make the most of this winter season, then we are on-hand to share some pearls of wisdom that will make the next few months a little more bearable while you await the impending Christmas cheer.

Pull out the throws
After a long day’s work, with the sun long set, there’s nothing quite like settling in with a loved-one on your much-loved sofa while enjoying your favourite Netflix series. That is, until the chill of a wintery draught washes over you…

But, if you have your thickest woollen throws lined up on the back of the couch, all you have to do is reach over and take cover beneath their warm embrace, forgetting a world exists beyond your four walls.

High-tog duvets and hot-water bottles
We all have that one guilty pleasure in winter - a lazy morning beneath the warmth of an extra-thick winter duvet. Summer is great, but when all you want is to be tucked up in bed beneath a mountain of feathers, nothing quite beats the winter months.

Add to this a hot-water bottle wrapped with your favourite Disney character for a bit of childhood nostalgia to remove the wintery blues - and you could just have a new favourite season.

South-facing rooms
If you live in a particularly cold house, a south-facing room could be your only redemption. On the rare days that the sun rears its head, its warming glow will seep through the windows and add some natural heat to your house, hopefully giving you a blast of some much-needed vitamin D.

Equally, if you struggle to rise in the morning, the darker wintery months can be a nightmare when trying to pull yourself out from the depths of your duvet. By choosing a room with an easterly aspect – and perhaps hanging a lighter curtain (or even no curtain) – mornings can become that bit less painful when a hazy winter light streams into your room to wake you up at a more sociable hour.

Snugs and sofas
Every house should have a snug for stormier days. Plus, smaller rooms are easier to heat and when coupled with your squishiest soft-furnishing, can be the ultimate winter retreat. Imagine a ‘swallow-me-whole’ style sofa that you can sink into when needing a break, heater on full blast with the fire crackling away in the corner.

Christmas will feel just around the corner, and summer only a hair’s breadth away.

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A cosy room is about ambience as much as furnishing but, when the two are married, the perfect environment ensues.

Take a look at our snuggly sofa ranges here >>>

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