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  • Vale of Glamorgan Council teams up with The Place for Homes

    06 February 2017

    Cllr Brookes and Managing Director Rhian Francis in front of one of the sofas being offered for free to the needy

    The Vale of Glamorgan Council has teamed up with The Place For Homes furniture store in Llandow to offer free sofas and chairs to those most in need within the County.

    Before Christmas, The Place For Homes Managing Director Rhian Francis was alerted to the plight of many within the Vale struggling to find somewhere to live.

    In addition to housing, such individuals also often require furniture.

    More than 15 brand new sofas were selected for distribution to those in that situation through the Council’s housing department.

    They are being delivered free by The Place for Homes, beginning next week.

    “We contacted the Council who were delighted with the proposition and shocked that brand new quality sofas and chairs were going to be given away free,” said Ms Francis.

    “All the sofas and chairs on offer were brand new, meeting all relevant fire regulations. They are from leading brands brand and could retail at more than £1500.

    “This initiative is ongoing and discussions have already begun to provide dining furniture, beds and bedroom furniture to those that need it in the future.”

    Cllr Bronwen Brooks, Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Care & Health, said: “We are extremely grateful to The Place For Homes for such a generous gesture.

    “ A number of people have no furniture at all after being rehomed. This furniture will be given to some of the Vale’s most vulnerable people, making their domestic lives more comfortable, often after periods of homelessness.”

  • Brexit - Time To Buy Your New Furniture & Carpet

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    The impact of Brexit on your furniture

    Most furniture products are produced globally outside of the sterling area, and as a result have been and will continue to be effected by the movement in the exchange rate. SInce Brexit we have seen prices of goods increasing by up to 20% and it looks like these prices are unlikely to come back down anytime soon. In fact economists are predicting a continual rise while the economy adjusts to Brexit.

    We at The Place for Homes forward buy many ranges, so we are able to delay increasing our prices for some considerable time allowing us to pass on this saving to our customers and giving them the best possible price on their purchases. The important thing to remember is that once these stocks of both goods (in our case furniture) and currency are exhausted, prices will rise.

    Many people assume that goods in the UK will be unaffected, however as we've seen with the recent battle between Tesco's and Marmite, it is raw materials, and even packaging which is pruchased outside of the sterling areawhich impacts on prices. For Example many furniture products made in the UK will also be subject to these increases as the raw materials are sourced outside of the sterling area i.e soft fabrics are manufactured in northern Europe and leathers are a world commodity, as well as dining & occasional furniture that is produced in the far east and often reassembled in the UK.

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    Now is the time to buy!

    Wherever you make your purchases the exchange rate will undoubtedly affect the price of furniture over the next few years as prices begin to increase. This is a window of opportunity for customers to get much, much more for less and enjoy their new home comforts over the festive season.

  • Would you buy furniture online?

    Would you buy furniture online?

    There is no doubt that the way people shop has changed over the last 10 years with the volume and value of goods being purchased online increasing all the time - the question is: "Is this the case for furniture?"

    Reports produced today (06/01/2016) state that 40% of John Lewis' sales in the last six weeks have been online and that 1 in every 6 shoppers has bought a mattress online. On first reading this would indicate that people are more than happy to part with their cash online and that includes on furniture items - but is this really the case?

    There's absolutely no doubt that online shopping has become the norm particularly for those in their 30's and 40's. Research again indicates that this is due to constraints on customers free time, many want to be relaxing at home rather than trawling around shops. The convenience brought by online shopping with timed delivery slots and in many cases the ability to buy today and receive tomorrow satisfies the desire of many consumers to not have to wait.

    For many the convenience of online shopping outweighs the risks of the product not being exactly as they anticipated; but does this change for higher priced items such as quality sofas, dining tables and beds?

    On further investigation it appears that high value furniture products from leading brands such as Alexander and James, Nathan, Old Charm, Tempur and Natuzzi Editions are purchased online. The reason - PRICE! We as a consumer visit bricks and mortar stores, try the branded items and satisfy ourselves with their quality and comfort. We select the fabric colours, the different items we require and then return home to the comforts of our own home and then scour the internet for the best price. Should retailers be upset by this or should they accept that this is the new way to shop and embrace it?

    it isn't only branded products that sell online though, lower value items such as cheaper mattresses and bedside cabinets that can be delivered within a short time frame are also purchased in large volumes online, but this rather than being solely price driven is driven by convenience.

    Without doubt large volumes of furniture are being purchased online; from the low value, non branded items to the higher value branded items. However the key is to remember not to be completely driven by price: we need to make sure that the companies we purchase from can offer the after care and the one to one service that we all expect at the end of the day. Not just a promise made to us on a screen!

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  • The Place for Homes Furniture Store Celebrates 50 years

    The Place for Homes Furniture Store Celebrates 50 years

    Independent furniture retailer The Place for Homes is this week celebrating 50 years at their iconic furniture store in Llandow, Cowbridge. “We’re really proud to reach this milestone” says Rhian Francis MD “and are marking it with a huge 50th Anniversary sale which starts on Saturday 26th September at 10am with 50% off everything in our Anniversary collection.”

    The Company was founded in 1965 and was the original out of town store, being known throughout the local area as “the supermarket” and selling everything from paint, to toasters and sofas!! Graham Nelson Chairman remembers it well: “I joined the business as an accountant in 1971 and didn’t anticipate then that I would still be here 5 decades later.”

    New Home Warehouses became “The Place for Homes” in 1986 with the Nelson family at the helm with the support of the legendary actor Mr Leslie S Phillips, who remains the company's President.

    In 2001, there were further changes as Rhian Francis, now MD and Rhys Nelson, Sales Director, two of Graham’s children joined the business.

    A rebrand and extensive store renovation in 2007 saw the Company moving forward with the launch of its e-commerce website. “ Retailing is changing and evolving with a user-friendly website being an essential part of modern retailing and for the first time making it easier for people to find us with the help of google maps and sat nav!” says Rhys.

    "The Place for Homes has survived through the peaks and troughs of the UK economy since 1965 with customers that have been returning throughout the entire 50 years now bringing their children and grandchildren to buy furniture. None of it would've been possible without our fantastic team of employees, many of whom have also been with us for many years, in one case 47!!!  " I don’t believe there are many companies that can say that!”

    Although fashions have changed and the store has undergone huge refurbishment Rhian explains " The main ethos and focus of the business hasn't changed; that of providing the very best customer service and value for money and we're determined that this value will continue into the future as we look forward to another 50 years!"

    We have a special section on our website designed specially for this event, why not take a look and see if you can find a bargain. CLICK HERE

  • Cleaning Leather Furniture at Christmas - Do's and Don'ts

    With Christmas holidays just around the corner, there will be plenty of spills from young and old over the festive period. And in some cases this may occur on your precious leather sofas. Here at The Place for Homes we have come across several effective ways to clean up these spills and keep your leather furniture in tip top condition.

    The don'ts

    • Never ever use or be tempted to use wet wipes on your leather furniture - use a clean lint free damp cloth.
    • All leathers are different, so before you use any leather cleaner, test it on a inconspicuous area on the back of the sofa to check for colour fastness and staining.
    • Never use an abrasive cloth or product on the leather as this will damage the surface.
    • Do not use leather wipes on your sofa unless they are of a make approved by the supplier of your goods as many cheap wipes on the market contain strong chemicals which will break down the protective seal on your leather.
    • Never rub the leather as this will do more harm than good.
    • Don't leave spills on the furniture as they may be absorbed into the leather causing staining.

    The do's

    • Use a clean lint free cloth to dust your sofas.
    • Use a clean dry kitchen towel to blot up any spillages.
    • Always blot up any spills as soon as they happen.
    • Use a vaccuum cleaner to gently remove dust from the leather's surface.
    • Contact the retailer you purchased the goods from to confirm the type of leather your furniture is made from. The retailer will then be able to advise you of the best way to deal with specific stains on your furniture. The treatment will depend on the type of leather your goods are made from. Most retailers will be open from Boxing Day for thier winter sales.
    • Contact The Place for Homes on 01446 772927 if you are unable to contact the company you purchased your furniture from and our expert staff will endeavour to help you identify the type of leather your furniture is made from and advise the best course of action.
    • At The Place For Homes we have a range of products that are suitable for removing specific stains from your sofas. These can only be supplied once we are clear on the type of leather your furniture is made from.

    Remember:

    Don't panic, the majority of stains including ink can be removed from your sofa safely. The most important thing to remember is do not try and remove the stain using any household cleaning products, but instead concentrate on soaking up any spills quickly with clean kitchen towel. The Place for Homes can provide you with all the information you need and put you in contact with our professional upholsterers to remove or repair your sofas in the most extreme cases.

    So relax and enjoy your leather furniture this Christmas!!

     

     

     

  • Local bonfire and firework displays bring design inspiration

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    It's that time of year when the weather changes, the nights draw in and our attention turns from the garden to indoors.

    The change in season often depicts the way we feel about our home and the mood we want to create in a room. For me, it becomes important that the living room is warm and cosy and this is easily achieved using the rich hues from nature that are all around us at this time of year.

    Looking out of the window as I type my eye is drawn to the rich colours in the leaves as they fall from the trees. These same colours burst from the page in the the picture of the bonfire and fireworks that my 6 year old has brought home from school. The picture itself could act as a mood board, depicting rich reds, oranges and golds.

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    When you're considering revamping or updating your room, it's always a good idea to create a mood board. Include everything that you like and dream about having in your design project, from your favourite colours, fabrics, wallpaper to floor finishes and furniture.

    This year when you're stood glass of mulled wine in hand, looking up at the autumn colours exploding overhead at your local bonfire and firework display be prepared to be inspired to bring those colours indoors.

    R.F

  • Spooky goings on this Halloween in Llandow

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    With the excitement and hype that's now everywhere on halloween, from fright mazes to your average child in their supermarket witch costume, what is Halloween really about? What about the real ghostly appearances and goings on in the Vale of Glamorgan.

    How many people have experienced the gentleman on a bike in Nash Manor? He quietly rides past and then disappears in front of your eyes. There have been many sightings and even the local police are aware of his presence. That really does send shivers up your spine.

    Then right on our doorstep at The Place for Homes and not just on Halloween, we have lorry drivers who say they hear aircraft starting up and have seen men in uniform walking about. Some dirvers won't even stay over night here anymore. Would you be brave enough???

    So if that's not a challenge then I don't know what is - if you're brave enough to spend a night outside a ww11 aircraft hangar and see if you can have a real fright this halloween then contact us at The Place for Homes - we're certainly not brave enough!!!!!

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  • Vale Life Magazine Runs Article on The Place for Homes

    This week The Place for Homes will feature in both the Cardiff Life and Vale Life magazine. The 2 page spread gives a insight into our family run business in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, showcasing our renowned customer service as well as our vast array of choice in our unique Furniture hangar near Cowbridge, Llandow.

    The article also goes into detail about the staff members who are employed at The place for Homes who are the heart and soul of the business and at the forefront of our customer service.

    Click on the link below to get a sneak peak at our feature article.

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  • Team Place for Homes Complete the Cardiff Half Marathon

    We did it!!!! We completed the Cardiff Half Marathon. We certainly weren't the fastest, but then we're not athletes either and for us it was about finishing and raising money for Breast Cancer Care.

    I know the team would agree though that completing it in2:23, 2:24 & 2:25 was a bonus!

    So the answer to the question: "Would we cross the line together?" The answer was no!! Glyn at mile 9 kept a consistent pace and managed to squeeze in a minute before Rhys and I - we won't let that happen next year!! Rhys and I crossed the line hands held high and after a 100 metre sprint finish - I didn't think we'd have it in us!!

    As you can guess riding on the euphoria of finishing then we all have plans to do it again next year. I'm sat here wondering whether I have it in me to do a marathon?? I'm 40 next year if I don't do it now will I ever do it?!!

    As any runner knows there's the angel and the devil sitting on your shoulders when you're running: one convincing you you can do it and pushing you on and the other saying " this is stupid , what are you trying to prove?" So far at the half marathon level the angel has won out - will that still be the case for a full marathon? Any experienced runners out there any advice would be gratefully appreciated!!

    The one thing that spurred us on was raising money for Breast cancer Care. Half way round a lady in a breast cancer care t shirt looked straight at us and said "thank you". The emotion was enormous I was really choked and at the same time so pleased that what we were doing was really helping people.

    So far we're just short of our target of £1000 but I know we'll get there.

    The next question - Can team The Place For Homes complete a marathon - the answer to the that question will have to be left to another day!!

  • The Cardiff Half Marathon - 24hrs to go!!!

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    With less than 24 hours to go until Team The Place for Homes run the Cardiff Half Marathon who are helping to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.  We are sitting here in my kitchen - the three of us - discussing our last supper!

    Ok so it's desperation point, the nerves have kicked in, all the training guides say eat well the night before making sure it's not something new and get an early night!! An early night?? Sleep ?? Is that even possible when we're now thinking: What if the rain is torrential? What if the wind picks up? Can we really run 13.1 miles?

    Then we think how our mum carried on through the operations and the chemo and then the radiotherapy and suddenly the race seems easy. We're not doing it to break records but to raise money for the cause that is so close to our hearts - Breast Cancer Care.

    We will do it!! We will get to the end because whenever it gets hard we'll be thinking about how it got hard for Mum and she kept going and for everyone else who has suffered from this terrible disease. We'll stay positive, stay focussed and get to the end.

    So time for bed now and for the first time there's no persuading my brother and husband that they need to go to bed early and that they don't need that last beer. Tonight it's pasta and soft drinks for us all!!

    Tomorrow morning we WILL complete The Cardiff Half Marathon and we'll have raised money for the fantastic charity Breast Cancer Care.

    If you see us give us a wave and cheer us on - it's harder than it looks!! We'll be looking out for the Breast Cancer care teams on route!!

    So this is it; here we go - sleep now to dream of blisters and hills and trainers and numbers.

    Thanks for your support

    Team The Place For Homes

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