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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


    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.


    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.

  • 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

  • Local bonfire and firework displays bring design inspiration


    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.


    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.


  • Spooky goings on this Halloween in Llandow


    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!!!!!



  • 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.

    Vale Life Article Feat The Place for Homes

  • The Place for Homes Runs Cardiff Half Marathon for BCC


    With less that 48 hours to go to say the nerves are starting to build is an understatment!! The Cardiff half marathon is now one of the most popular half marathons in the country. It's reknowned for being a flat (I'm not convinced when you see the hills at mile 3 and 12!!) and fast race (by whose standards!!).

    The Breast Cancer Care vests have arrived, making any last minute withdrawals and ducking out impossible. It is the determination to raise money for this fantastic cause that has spurred "Team the Place for Homes" on.

    So the training is done, the carb loading has commenced, our Breast cancer care support packs have arrived, as have our numbers and it's now left to us!!

    We're going to run as a team - the three of us together but this in itself raises questions:

    - Will one person sneak over the line first?
    - Will we hold hands and cross the line together hands held high with relief?

    The most important thing to us all has been raising money for Breast Cancer care as this terrible disease has personally affected our family and friends and the support provided by Breast Cancer Care is there for not just the sufferer but for the family members.

    So this is it - almost!!! Thanks to everyone for your support; to the people who've yelled encouragement as they've seen us training through Llantwit Major and Cowbridge and running through the lanes in the dark in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan; for those who've sponsored us; to our families and children who've put up with the complaints and nerves.

    Here comes Team Place for Homes in support of Breast Cancer Care!!

    If you haven't sponsored us yet please click on the link below.



  • Preparation begins for our Strawberry Tea Party


    Strawberry Tea Party Wednesday 30th at 10.30am

    It's been another busy day here making sure everything is in place for our strawberry tea party in support of Breast Cancer Care. The pink plates, tableclothes and napkins have been ordered, some fantastic raffle prizes secured and we've all been practising our cake making skills. We've recevied fantastic support from local businesses with

    •  flowers from Gail Armytage of Cowbridge,
    • a cut and blow dry from Shaltons of Talbot Green,
    • an Elemis taster facialfrom Beauty Within of Cowbridge and
    • tickets from the Vale of Galmorgan Agricultural show to name but a few.

    Breast Cancer Care aims to support every person affected by breast cancer,  by ensuring they receive the best treatment, information and support. 4270

    What we do

    We combine the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise, using this in a unique way to:

    • provide information and offer emotional and practical support
    • bring people affected by breast cancer together
    • campaign for improvement in standards of support and care
    • promote the importance of early detection.

    How we work

    • We focus our work on the unique experience of each individual affected by breast cancer.
    • We involve people with breast cancer in all that we do.
    • We use our understanding of the emotional and practical issues facing people affected by breast cancer alongside our clinical expertise.

    Don't forget to join us at 10.30am on Wednesday for our Strawberry Tea Party and enjoy some fantastic home made cakes and support this fantastic charity.

    Here's one of our trial runs!!!


  • Breast Cancer Care - Strawberry Tea


    As many of you know Breast Cancer is a cause very close to our hearts at The Place for Homes Ltd, with it having affected both directors and staff members directly and indirectly. Join us on Wednesday 30th July for a coffee and a slice of home baked cake in order to raise money for breast cancer care. I can personally promise everyone that we have some fantastic bakers lined up and you're all safe as I am most definitly not one of them. We look forward to seeing you all and raising money for this fantastic charity. 

    Rhian Francis

    Managing Director