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April 2015 Newsletter: Easter with Rooms with a View

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December 2014 Newsletter: Rooms with a View's December news

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October 2014 Newsletter: Rooms with a View's October news

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September 2014 Newsletter: Rooms with a View's autumn news

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July 2014 Newsletter: Rooms with a View's mid summer news

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June 2014 Newsletter: Rooms with a View's summer specials

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May 2014 Newsletter: Rooms with a View's garden delight

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April 2014 Newsletter: So many new products at Rooms with a View

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March 2014 Newsletter: So many new products at Rooms with a View

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Febuary 2014 Newsletter: So many new products at Rooms with a View

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January 2014 Newsletter: Christmas at Rooms with a View

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December 2013 Newsletter: Christmas at Rooms with a View

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November 2013 Newsletter: Christmas gifts at Rooms with a View

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October 2013 Newsletter: Auturn arrives at Rooms with a View

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September 2013 Newsletter: Late summer specials at Rooms with a View

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August 2013 Newsletter: Sizzling Summer heat at Rooms with a View

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July 2013 Newsletter: Summer has arrived at Rooms with a View

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June 2013 Newsletter: 20% off all curtain making at Rooms with a View

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May 2013 Newsletter: New collections from Rooms with a View

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April 2013 Newsletter: Spring is here

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March 2013 Newsletter: New arrivals for Spring

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Febuary 2013 Newsletter: New spring arrivals at Rooms with a View

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My new blog!

I've just started a blog, bits and pieces about business, home, life, anything that takes my fancy! Hope you enjoy it!

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Christmas 2012 opening hours

During the Christmas period, we will be taking it a little easier and will have restricted opening hours as detailed below:

Monday 24th Dec, Christmas Eve - 9.30am to 4pm
Christmas Day - closed
Boxing Day - closed
Thursday 27th Dec - closed
Friday 28th Dec - open 10am - 4pm
Saturday 29th Dec - open 10am - 4pm
Sunday 30th Dec - closed
Monday 31st Dec - closed
New Years Day - closed
Wednesday 2nd Jan - back to normal, 9.30 to 5pm

All the best, regards
Debbie

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December 2012 Newsletter: Christmas arrives at Rooms with a View

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Noverber 2012 Newsletter: New fabrics, new Christmas gifts, new furniture...

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October 2012 Newsletter: New Autumn arrivals

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September 2012 Newsletter: Great new painted furniture has arrived

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August 2012 Newsletter: Fabulous velvet quilts

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July 2012 Newsletter: Fabulous unique deckchairs now available

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Rooms with a View in Country Living!

Owner and manager of Rooms with a View, Debbie Down, has had her own house photographed for the July 2012 issue of Country Living.

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If you like what you see then we can help you with your own home - we offer a full home design service to get the look you desire.

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June 2012 Newsletter: Fabulous curtain offers in June

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May 2012 Newsletter: Win a Cath Kidson bag

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April 2012 Newsletter: Spring into Summer in the garden

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Mid March 2012 Newsletter: They’re back… but be quick

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March 2012 Newsletter: A new season begins with so much to look forward to.

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Febuary 2012 Newsletter: New stock, romance and something free.

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January 2012 Newsletter: Start the New Year with a bargain.

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Christmas 2011 opening hours

During the Christmas period, we will be taking it a little easier and will have restricted opening hours as detailed below:

Saturday 24th Dec, Christmas Eve - 9.30am to 4pm
Christmas Day - closed
Boxing Day - closed
Tuesday 27th Dec - closed
Wedsnesday 28th Dec - closed
Thursday 29th Dec - 10am to 3pm
Friday 30th Dec - 10am to 3pm
Saturday 31st Dec - 10am to 3pm
New Years Day - closed
Monday 2nd Jan - closed
Tuesday 3th Jan - back to normal, 9.30 to 5pm

All the best, regards
Debbie

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December 2011 Newsletter: Relax; we’ve got Christmas all tied up.

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Mid November 2011 Newsletter: Top tips for tree decorating and styling your living room

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November 2011 Newsletter: Sackfuls of presents for under £10

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October 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to our October Newsletter.

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year. With crisp leaves crunching underfoot and wonderful colours all around us, you can still make the most of sunny days pottering in the garden enjoying the fading blooms of summer. Here at Rooms with a View we've found some lovely things to help you make the most of autumnal days and evenings in and around your home. Do come and see us in Diss for a browse or take a look at our shop online right here.

All the best, Debbie,

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Countryside capers Beautifully captured drawings of hares, pheasants and other animals are cleverly hand printed on natural hessian to form these wonderful cushions. A contrasting fabric is used on the reverse in a quirky gesture that stands out from the crowd. The colours will bring a touch of autumn to your home wherever you decide to display them. Rooms with a View is the only shop in East Anglia lucky enough to offer these to you.

Winter woollies Folded along the back of a sofa or draped over the arm of one, a wool throw is a comforting sight at this time of the year.They look lovely on spare beds too, should guests need an extra layer. We have luxurious throws and blankets in classic colours, plain and patterned, to suit most interiors. Come and have a feel, you'll want to take one home. Prices from just £68.00.

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Absolutely adorable Handmade in very limited numbers these covetable Fox Terriers are only available in East Anglia at Rooms with a View. Selling almost as quickly as they appear in the window, it's not hard to see why, they really are adorable. Available in three sizes and costing from £29.95 you could display them individually or as a group.

Charming chickens Country living is not complete without chickens and if you don't keep chickens yourself then you can have Sophie Allport's designs in your home instead. This chicken range includes aprons, tea towels, oven gloves and peg bags. And if you fancy having cushions or blinds to match then we've got the fabric too. The design also features on a bone china mug, which makes a lovely gift, boxed for just £8.00.

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Light the Lanterns Make the most of autumn evenings, and rather then closing the curtains, light a lantern or two for a soft, romantic and cosy feeling indoors. Later in the year use the lanterns as part of your Christmas theme in your porch, front lobby or even along your drive way as a welcome sight for visitors. These eye catching lanterns in polished steel with smart leather handles measure 56cm high by 18cm wide and cost £96.00

One off Upholstered chairs These are proving to be oh so popular. All the chairs featured in our September newsletter have been bought and one was even shipped to Ireland. We will continue to source and re-upholster one-off chairs for you and add them to our online shop. Keep an eye open for new additions appearing in the Diss shop window too.

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And the winner is .... Congratulations to Kelly Back who won the book 'Living with Colour' by Farrow & Ball. We hope the decorating is all going according to plan.

There's always more It's impossible to fit everything into our newsletters, there's always more to tell you about. We constantly search for new things to give you inspiration for your home, for your soft furnishings and for gift ideas. Take a look in the shop or online to see all the other goodies that have come in recently.

Paints, fabrics and putting it all together Have you ever wondered where to start? How to choose what goes with what? Well, you're not alone and we'd like to help. Starting soon we'll be giving advice and making suggestions on colour palettes and fabric choices in an additional newsletter. Including hints and tips on interior design, small adjustments here and there, marking the seasons, styling for special occasions we hope you'll find it useful and will welcome your feedback.

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September 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to our September Newsletter.

With scents of summer still around us, our thoughts turn to Autumn. September is the month to seize opportunities to eat al fresco, take walks without wellies and arrange last minute barbeques with friends. Here at Rooms with a View we've plenty of lovely new stock to share with you that doesn't stray too far from subtle summer hues, after all none of us really want the summer to end do we? Plus there's a chance for you to win Farrow & Ball's fabulous 'Living with Colour' book. Our web shop is packed full too, so if you can't get to us personally then please do place your order on-line for a speedy delivery (did'nt know we were online? - then just click the 'shop online' option on the menu on just left). Read on to find out more.

Best regards, Debbie and Dave.

Nursery tales If you're looking forward to the patter of tiny feet sometime soon or your little one has found a friend in Winnie the Pooh, then you'll find this new Nursery Tales collection from Jane Churchill irresistible. Other well loved personalities include Paddington Bear, Thomas & Friends and characters from Beatrix Potter. With complimentary checks, stripes and motifs, your child's bedroom will have everyone cooing.

Animal antics Animal lovers everywhere can't fail to be delighted by Emily Bond's screen printed fabric designs. Choose from her dog, bird or farm collection, all beautifully illustrated to bring a smile to your face. Just look at this armchair that we have just recoved in her sausage dog fabric! In Emily's words; 'exquisite designs that bring a twist to country living'. Woven from 100% linen and machine washable, they're even dog friendly!

Pole perfection The new Barnwood poles from Byron & Byron have got us excited about curtain hanging all over again. With four limed and four painted finishes to choose from you'll find it hard to make up your mind. The colours are all very pale; grey, cream, off white and green. There's also a range of finials and brackets that can be mixed and matched, beautifully hand finished but with a surprisingly affordable price tag.

Lighting the way Perfect for our wall lights and bedside lights are a new range of lampshades in ginghams and stripes. Making small changes to a room can make a big difference and lighting becomes even more important as the evenings draw in. And next month an exciting new range of beautiful made Scandinavian lights will be making its appearance.

And so much more We're stocking more gifts than ever before from small UK based designers and arts and crafts people, so if it's individuality you're seeking, then look no further. There's also new handbag designs from Cath Kidston as well as her latest range of accessories. Later this month we will have several new small UK suppliers in-store - all unique to East Anglia!

You could be a winner If you're a fan of Farrow & Ball and decorating is on your mind, then you could win Farrow & Ball's 'Living With Colour'. This inspirational hardback book features wonderful photography of British houses and apartments showing how colour can be used to create atmosphere, character and charm in any home using their wallpaper and paint. All orders placed during September for Farrow & Ball paint or wallpaper will be entered into a free prize draw *

Uniquely yours More and more of our customers are asking us to source one-off pieces of furniture. One armchair, shown above, for example has been re-built and re-upholstered using Vanessa's Acorn and Oak fabric and can currently be seen in our shop window cost £795. Look out for other one-off chairs coming into the shop later this month. There's currently also an antique wooden chair with polished legs and covered in Kate Forman 'antique roses' fabric. This one-off piece is approximately 70 years old, completely restored and ready to go for £895.

In the media You may spot us advertising in Country Living Magazine in October. With our on-line shop in full swing, the rest of the UK can buy from us too. If you think your friends would be interested in hearing about us, or any of our special offers and events, then please pass this newsletter on so that they can subscibe to it. Join us on Facebook or Twitter too and we'll keep you up to date on all that's new at Rooms with a View!

Finally ... Just a quick note about a fantastic range of new 100% linen fabrics that will be arriving in the shop soon. Exclusive to Rooms with a View, these linens are from a small Northumberland designer and will look just perfect in any home.

*The winner's name will be picked at random. The prize is a hardback book 'Living with Colour' by Farrow & Ball worth £30.00. There is no cash prize alternative. The winner will be notified by 7th October 2011 and the winner's name will be published in the November newsletter. No other correspondance will be entered into.

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Rooms with a View Summer Sale

The once a year only sale at Rooms with a View starts on Friday 12th August. You’ll find genuine reductions on most stock items throughout the store from 10% to 40% off.

Share the good news with your friends by passing on this newsletter - these offers are just too good to keep all to yourself.

For regular updates on the sale plus all the latest news from Rooms with a View, please join us on Facebook or Twitter - just click on the icons above....

Remember, this is a once a year opportunity and its only available in-store, so book some time out to visit the shop from Friday 12th August.

Happy bargain hunting!

All the best, regards
Debbie 

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July 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to our July Newsletter.

We are only in July and I have spent the last week sourcing some wonderful Christmas products, not easy to do when its 25 degrees outside, I’m literally seeing Christmas stars before my eyes.

We have a wonderful new collection from William Yeoward. Fabrics and wallpapers inspired by the British Coast. The collection is called Polperro. He uses a collection of stripes, prints and wallpapers that encompass the atmosphere that he so loves. The stripes broken up with eclectic prints give a truly nautical vintage feel. Books are available to view in the shop We also have a new collection by Manuel Canovas of stunning embroidered linens, and some gorgeous heavy linen from Larsen inspired by Utility fabric from France.

Our furniture range is proving very popular, having been constantly asked by our customers to source individual pieces we are delighted to now provide this service. We have some wonderful armchairs coming in shortly, currently with our upholsterer being refurbished.

Our popular range of pendant lamps has been increased with a new smaller size and a triple design. They are incredibly good value and we endeavour to keep stock on the premises.

Later this month we are launching our exciting online shop, where those of you further a field will now be able to order fabric, gifts and accessories. This is very exciting new addition that we have been working on for several months so fingers crossed for a smooth launch.

All the best, regards
Debbie 

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June 2011

Welcome to our June Newsletter.

Quite a lot of new goodies in the shop this month.

Firstly, a beautiful chaise longue that you can see in the photo. Its been completely stripped, repaired and reupholstered in Kate Forman blue roses, a fabric that is taken from the original French designs. The hardwood frame is painted in Farrow and Ball's Hardwick White eggshell to complement the fabric. Quite stunning and I really want it home in my bedroom! We have a pair of matching dining room chairs that we have also renovated to complement it as well.

Always popular have been the Thomas Kent clocks that we stocked last year; we have just received a new supply of them in lovely pastel colours. They keep good time as well!

Some of you may have already seen the new Emma Bridgewater Sampler range - this only arrived a couple of weeks ago and is already proving very popular. To complement your summer parties, why not try our new Emma and Cath Kidson napkins range.

You have obviously loved our outdoor cushions, so much so that we have had to get a second delivery in which arrived last week. I've been 'test-driving' a couple of them at home on our outdoor recliners and I have to say they are great, so nice not to have to worry about putting them away at night....

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Villa Nova have introduced a Scandinavian inspired new collection of embroidered motifs, shown here, on simple crisp cotton. This collection also included a tailored collection of easy to use stripes and checks, all at reasonable price points and the high quality of fabric that we have come to expect from this supplier. Still on the fabric front, we have just agreed to stock William Yeowood fabrics and will be getting the sample books in shortly - more on this next month.

A lot of you have asked about making up your own roman blinds, so to make things easier, we now have roman blind kits in stock - all you need to add is the fabrics! The kits included all the cords, bars, rollers, even the screws you will need to complete your masterpiece. And far cheaper and easily than having to buy all the items individually.

All the best, regards
Debbie 

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May 2011

Welcome to our May Newsletter.

It seems to have been holiday after holiday in the last few weeks, with the Royal Wedding, Easter and now May Day. Its actually good to be back at work! With the lovely hot weather we are having in this part of the country, its been all hands to the barbecue recently. Thank goodness for Emma Bridgewater's melamine crockery - these can be shipped inside and out without danger of smashing our best china. Lots of designs to choose from and with matching beakers for the younger ones as well. Great for picnics too.

We have been really impressed with the new delivery of our special waterproof cushions - they have only been in the shop a couple of weeks and our stock is already severely depleted so don't wait around too long. All the cushions are completely wipeable, mouldproof and incorporate special air vents to allow the pure wool inner to breath without letting in any water. We even sell the matching bunting which can be left out all year round. All very clever!

Shown here is a lovely button back ladies chair that we have just renovated and is for sale in the shop. It has a beautiful polished solid mahogany frame and I've had it re-upholstered in Kate Forman's lovely antique Red Roses fabric. It looks stunning and is one of the most comfortable chairs I have sat on. Along with this buttoned back chair, we have several smaller bedroom / dining chairs also covered in a variety of Kate Forman's fabric which lend themselves so well to the vintage look. We have a small but steady supply of furniture that we renovate so if your looking for something different, then do let us know and we'll keep our eyes open for you.

I know some of you are probably glad all the hysteria of the Royal Wedding is over, we have been rather shocked at the demand for the Emma Bridgewater commemorative plates, tea towels and mugs. We've completely sold out of the mugs but have a couple of plates and tea towels still available so if you still wanting a souvenir, then don't wait too long or you will be out of luck.

We have recently had a delivery of some lovely new table lamps in various sizes. Along with our interior selection we are now stocking exterior lights in various shapes and finishes. We have several designs on display in the shop and we intend to keep them in stock so no waiting for delivery hopefully!

That's just about it for this month, so all the best, regards
Debbie 

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April 2011

Welcome to our April Newsletter.

With the brighter evenings its time to think about the garden and house again and to help you, we've been scouring the market for great goodies that are different and unusual. First up is a range of absolutely fantastic artificial flowers and pot plants. Hydrangea that never need watering, never go brown and best of all, really (really!) do look like real hydrangea plants. For cut flowers why not try our delphiniums - a vase full may be slightly more expensive than a real bunch of flowers but last a lot longer, doesnt mind extremes of temperature and never drop their flowers. Grape Hyacinth, Roses, Geraniums, Verbenas, Eucalyptus, from small pots to complete displays.

Shown here is a chair that we've just restored and recovered in stunning Persian kilim design Linwood fabric; although this particular chair is now sold, we get one off pieces in regularly, so let us know if your looking for something special and we'll see what we can do. Remember we offer a quality recovering and re-upholstery service using locally based skilled craftsmen.

Our range of standard lamps and big chunky table lights have proved to be very popular over the last 3 months - so much so that an enlarged selection will be arriving this week to bolster our existing range. On a different subject, Little Greene, well known for their popular paint ranges, have introduced a lovely range of 1950's inspired wallpapers - very retro and perfect for a Formica inspired room makeover. Great fun and reasonably priced as well.

Romo fabrics have introduce a new range of checks and stripes for the spring - they are known for their hard-wearing popular designs at great price points. We have the full collection available in store to peruse at your leisure. Also new on the fabric front is their Casson collection that will be arriving within the new week or so; - contemporary geometrics and Scandinavian inspired designs.

New in from Emma Bridgewater is a range of William and Kate mugs and commemorative plates for all you Royal fans - including a special 1 pint tankard with highly decorative painting. For those chicken fanciers amongst you, we have new 1/2 pint mugs in a range of popular breeds of chicken.

With the popularity of Farrow and Ball's external paints, we are now stocking a range of the most popular external colours in store - in addition to our full ranges of internal F&B paints. So external eggshell in French Gray, Pigeon, Downpipe and many others can be picked straight off the shelf. And remember, anything we don't have in stock can be order over the phone for our weekly delivery - ring us before 3pm on Saturday and it will be in the following Wednesday.

Arriving later in April are a unique range of outdoor cushions and seat covers - all in waterproof oilcloth type material, with bonded and sealed stitching - completely waterproof and even specially treated to resist mildew - even it left damp for weeks on end in a mouldy old shed!

Finally, don't forget Easter's not far off. We have a big range of Easter gifts in store - from just 50p up to £10 and more.

All the best, regards
Debbie 

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March 2011

Welcome to our March Newsletter.

Lots of news to tell you about this month - new suppliers to the shop and I've been trying hard to introduce new British products to give the shop a great unique feel.

First off is a great selection of new super dog beds - all in different sizes and cheerful fabrics. Handmade in the west country, these beds are totally washable and very hard wearing. Great for your pampered pooch or even your scruffy mutt!

Also new are a fantastic collection of beautiful ribbons, again hand made in the UK. Dotty designs, narrow ginghams and stripes, all available in neat 3 metre rolls for just £2.85 each. If you have problems remembering things then try one of our new range of noticeboards - lots of different designs and colour, and again, all made in the UK.

New from East Anglia is a range of beautifly hand made wooden accessories - beach huts, boats, chickens, cup cakes and others. All hand cut and hand painted in eco paints by a local artist. A couple of photos here show some of the range. Fantastic!

With Easter fast approaching we have all our Easter collection now available - decorative eggs, bunnies, chickens and lots of other goodies. Great for a Easter treasure hunt!

Emma Bridgewater has introduced new designs in her popular mug range - border terriers, cocker spaniels and yellow labs to name just a few. Don't forget her Feather and Egg design (shown above - its one of my personal favourites) has been revived for a season so don't wait too long if you want to top up on this popular design.

Cath Kidson have introduced new designs for the spring in her popular range of handbags and carry-alls. As well, we have new iPhone and Blackberry covers and lots of other little accessories from her range. Finally remember that Mothers Day is not far over the horizon so do pop in and take a look at our new collections and I hope you can find something you like!

All the best, regards
Debbie 

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Febuary 2011

Welcome to (a rather late) February newsletter. Lots of new goodies in the shop since the last newsletter starting with the new collections from Cath Kidson. – bags, purses aprons and other lovely wares. We’re still waiting for further supplies from them – new iPhone and Blackberry covers and other lovely accessories –great for treating someone to a really great present.

Farrow and Ball have launched a new colour collection of paints and we have all the new colours now in stock, including tester pots and colour boards. Pick up your new colour card the next time you pop in. The new colours include some lovely new blue greys, green tinged whites and an outrageous deep orange called Charlottes Locks – perfect for making a real statement. Remember we also supply all the Little Greene Paint Company colours as well – internal and external water and oil based eggshells and flat matt finishes. Little Greene have been in the paint business for over a hundred years so know a thing or two about paints!

On the home accessories front is a new supplier to us from Scotland – wonderful appliquéd mirrors for your handbag, quirky little badges and lovely fabric covered notebooks stitched with inspiring seedhead designs or appliquéd with quirky fabrics. Glass storage jars from Garden Trading (so reasonably priced!) are selling fast along with their practical kitchen and garden accessories. Also new, but this time from the West Country is a lovely supplier of handmade ceramic buttons – great for brightening up some tired clothing or adding a flash of colour to something new. They are machine washable, so no problems with popping them into the washing machine when stitched onto your garment. We have also had a new collection of photograph frames, including multi frames - so popular for displaying treasured family photos of special days.

We have placed an order with Emma Bridgewater for her relaunched Feather and Egg design; we are so pleased it has been reintroduced even though it is only for a short while! New Easter Bridgewater mugs and egg cups will be arriving soon along with our Easter decorations which prove to be so popular.

On the home furnishings front, Thibaut, the leading American designer, has introduced a new range of feature wallpapers. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a real increase in the use of wallpapers in homes – while they have always been popular in Regency and Georgian houses, the use of designs on a feature wall has become far more popular recently. It’s a great way of adding real individuality into a home without excessive cost. We have a fabulous variety for you to choose from, from the traditional to the contemporary.

That’s it for now, hope to see you soon, best regards


Debbie 

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January 2011

The new year has arrive and, as I type this, thank goodness that the horrible cold weather has disappeared for now at least. We want to thank all our customers for a wonderfully busy 2010 - despite the worst that the government can throw at us with the VAT rise, we hope that 2011 will be successful for everyone. We have managed to hold our curtain and blind make-up prices despite the VAT increase until at least April this year, so despite some of the fabric manufacturers having to raise their prices to us, hopefully the overall cost of re-curtaining your home will not change too much! Remember that we offer a complete design and build service - from a single pair of curtains or roman blind to a complete house from top to bottom - we can work with you to transform your home for the new spring season.

Emma Bridgewater have introduced a range of new designs of their ever popular mugs - now available in Border Terrier (of course I am a little biased as I own two Borders!) and Golden Labrador as well as several new spring flowers.

Farrow and Ball have announced some exciting new changes that will arrive in February - full details will be arriving soon so watch this space! We continue to offer advise on paint colours to work with your fabrics along with technical information on the paints, including specialist finishes such as Casein Distemper and other soft finishes designed for period properties with lime based plasterwork.

Whilst we've almost cleared the decks of our existing stock in the run-up for Christmas (and a big thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this!), we've got lots of new treats due in store over the next four weeks - new suppliers have been signed up to deliver in January so don't forget to pop into the shop on your visits to Diss to check out what's new.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2011


Debbie 

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Christmas 2010 opening hours

During the Christmas period, we will be taking it a little easier and will have restricted opening hours as detailed below:

Friday 24th Dec, Christmas Eve - 9.30am to 4pm
Christmas Day - closed
Boxing Day - closed
Monday 27th Dec - closed
Tuesday 28th Dec - closed
Wednesday 29th Dec - 10am to 3pm
Thursday 30th Dec - 10am to 3pm
Friday 31st Dec - 10am to 3pm
New Years Day - closed
Sunday 2nd Jan - closed
Monday 3rd Jan - closed
Tuesday 4th Jan - 9.30 to 5pm

For Farrow and Ball paint orders we'll be ordering a day early - at close of play on Friday the 24th and Friday the 31st. F&B have indicated that deliveries will be a little longer than normal due to the holidays.

All the best, regards
Debbie

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December 2010

Welcome to our latest Newsletter.

After a couple of months of hard graft, the new shop extension is finally open for business. By taking over the next door shop and removing the adjoining internal wall, we've been able to almost double our floorspace. The new area will be dedicated to fabrics and wallpapers, with a extra large central table with a huge oak worktop giving plenty of space to layout books and fabrics in a relaxed environment. We have moved our Farrow and Ball and Little Greene colour cards into the new area to make the most of the natural light which streams in from the window.The coffee machine is on order so the next time you are browsing for fabrics or wallpapers you can sit and relax with lots of room on the big central table to peruse at leisure....

The remaining space in the existing shop has been dedicated as retail space with plenty of shelves of beautiful wool blankets, Kate Forman Cushions and pretty hand made lampshades. We have lots of wonderful Christmas gifts, including candles, notebooks and notelets. Inspirational design books from Cabbages and Roses and Farrow and Ball are just a selection that we have in stock, they make wonderful coffee table reading and are full of beautiful photos, a great treat to buy as a gift for Christmas. The new Farrow and Ball book Living with Colour enables us to see photographs of wall colours in room settings, its a very inspirational book. Our Christmas decorations have proved to be very popular this year especially our hand cut, hand painted wooden ones, very Scandinavian in style and colour. Our wonderful Christmas doormats are a cheerful way of greeting your guests into your home during the Christmas period. we have three different designs all very tasteful and festive.

We have plenty of Emma Bridgewater pottery in stock and are expecting new supplies of the very popular Labrador mug and The Year in The Country Mug. We have a limited stock arriving soon of the William and Kate mug so if you wish to reserve one please give us a call. We are also stocking Farrow and Ball's new paintbrushes and paint rollers specifically designed for their paints - no excuses for a bad finish now!

We hope you like the new photos of the shop and will come in to visit us soon!

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

And finally , thank you to all our wonderful customers who continually support us throughout the year,we are very grateful!

All the best, regards
Debbie 

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Rooms With a View
Rooms With a View

November 2010

Welcome to our November Newsletter.

Last month we eluded to news about the shop and we are proud to be able to say that we've signed all the T's and C's that means the shop will be expanding with a brand new fabric and wallpaper design area. You may have noticed that the store next door has relocated so its given us the opportunity to knock through and increase our floor area by 50%. The new area will be dedicated to displaying fabrics and wallpapers in a relaxing atmosphere with freshly brewed coffee on tap - what more could you want. With the removal of all the existing fabric books from the current shop, we'll be opening up the back area to lots more home accessories and essential gifts - just in time for those Christmas present dilemas.

Since last months introduction of Cath Kidston's accessories and bags we've had a great response - everybody seems to love them and we are already sold out of some items. New stock will be coming in very soon so don't lose out.

Last year we introduced are range of lovely scented candles for Christmas and this year we have expanded our range to include some beautiful new scents - such as figgy pudding and insperitus - together with the popular ranges from last year including orange and cinnamon, sandalwood, lavender, bay and rosemary and many others.

GP and J Baker have introduced new designs to their embroidered linens and silk ranges - some simply stunning colourways and designs that I simply adore. They are not cheap, but for a feature window they will have a fantastic impact. GP and J Baker's sister company, Mulberry, have also revamped their range with many new designs and colourways - all in that distinctive Mulberry look.

Also new this month will be the new Linwood fabrics that we expect to arrive by the middle of the month. Linwood are renowned for their hard wearing, affordable fabrics and these new collections simply re-enforce this. These photos show some of their lovely new designs.

Kate Foreman has ploughed a very distinctive furrow over the last few years with her bleached, vintage French designs that have proved so popular. Her brand new designs that have just arrived enhance her existing collections with some lovely printed linens.

We have finally got to grips with email newsletters and signed up with MailChimp to create a (hopefully) monthly email - if you wish to sign up then simply drop us an email with your name and we'll add you to our subscriber list. Don't worry, no spam or adverts for Viagra!

Unfortunately you probably all know by now that VAT will be rising to 20% on the 1st of January next year so just about everything will be two and a half percent more expensive. Its too late to guarantee new curtain deliveries before Christmas as we are now booked up all the way through to January. However we guarantee all our curtain make-up prices into the new year so if you go ahead before Christmas, we will pay the extra tax on your behalf, even if we don't deliver until the new year.

All the best, regards
Debbie 

November 2010 Newsletter images © Linwood / Cath Kidston

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Rooms With a View, Colefax Auturn 2010 collection
Rooms With a View, Jane Churchill Auturn 2010 collection

October 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to the October newsletter, all of a sudden summer seems to be long gone and autumn well and truly here. Well, we cant all be gloomy about the end of summer so we've got lots of new goodies in store to cheer everyone up. First up is Cath Kidson; we teased you a little last month with a taster and now its all here in the shop - handbags, purses, mobile phone covers ... all in Cath's trademark designs. Don't wait too long as they are selling fast despite only being the the shop for a week or so as I write this.

Also new to the shop are the new fabric collections from Jane Churchill and Colefax and Fowler. Jane's new designs are particularly lovely - beautiful embroidered flowers on plain linen and silk backgrounds. Stunning. Its a return to Jane Churchill's roots of stylised floral designs that work so well in many homes.

Not to be outdone, Farrow and Ball have introduced two new wallpaper collections, both of which are on display in the shop. Working on classic motifs, F & B have cleverly adapted them to produce a whole colour pallet of new designs. And to encourage you to try them out, they will be offering a special one-roll minimum order quantity on many of them until Christmas - perfect if you want to pick out a smaller area or highlight a feature in your home - ever considered wallpapering the back of your welsh dresser or inside a wardrobe? Also in-store is an all new 'Art of Colour' hardback book featuring some of the best design and colour schemes from homes across Britain.

With the colder evenings, our ever popular range of pure wool throws has been extended with a new range of tartans and stripes from Bronte throws of Leeds. All woven from the finest British wool and hand finished.

Looking for a new sofa? - we have recently teamed up with a quality British sofa manufacturer and can now offer two collections of designs - one classical and one contemporary - available in any fabric of your choice. We'll work out all the fabric quantities, fire proof the materials and even deliver the finish sofa to your door!

If you have visited the shop in the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed all the scaffolding - the building is getting a full spring clean and will be repainted in Farrow and Balls Pigeon exterior eggshell so will be looking very smart! We also have some other exciting news regarding the shop and will hopefully be dotting the 'i's and crossing the 't's in time to spill the beans in the November newsletter. Just in time for all the Christmas goodies.

That's it for now, best regards
Debbie 

October 2010 Newsletter images © Colefax & Fowler / Jane Churchill / Cath Kidston

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September 2010

Welcome to our September Newsletter.

Rooms With a View

Our annual sale is well and truely happening, so if you haven't already been in then don't forget to pop in and grab yourself a bargain. The sale will continue to run for the first week or so in September but don't leave it too long as its been really busy. We need to make room for lots of lovely new stock from new suppliers coming in later this month.

The Bradley Collection, always known as the Rolls Royce of curtain poles have just introduced a new metal pole range to bridge the gap between 'normal' metal poles and their traditional top of the range products. Still beautifully hand made in a range of stainless steels, this range is more affordable than any previous Bradley pole so if your looking for a superb modern metal pole range then pop into the shop as we have a full range of samples.

A new delivery of pure wool throws will be coming into the shop in late September from our long term supplier Moons, so although the sun is still shining as I write this, they make fantastic gifts (for yourself or others!) as the evenings start drawing in and temperatures start to dip.

Also new to the shop are a range of great picture frames and lighting - both standard lamps and table lamps - from another new supplier to us.

Rooms With a View

At the end of September we are expecting a exciting new delivery from Cath Kidston - gorgeous handbags, purses, phone cases, fantastic gifts for friends, relatives, and yours truely! Affordable home accessories such as aprons, teatowels, ovengloves, pegbags and lots more to cheer up your home as well. We will be stocking a substantial product range from this popular company. Watch this space for more details!

Styleline, our long term supplier of venetian blinds has introduced a new range of colours and 63mm slat sized blinds - a great alternative to plantation shutters without all the additional costs involved. Manufactured from sustainable hardwoods at Styleline's own factories, this is a great extention to their range of quality products,

Remember that, starting on the 6th Sept, St Nicholas street in Diss will be subject to roadwords - they are widening the pavements outside our store. During this time, you will not be able to drive down St Nicholas street so will have to park either on Shelfhanger Rd (at the top on St Nicholas Street) or drive around Sunnyside and down Mount Street to the bottom car parks near the church. Access to our shop will be maintained at all times, and if you have deliveries or are collecting heavy items you will still be able to access with your car - the council have agreed that all collections and deliveries will be maintained as normal. So business as normal! If your worried about getting to us or finding your way, then ring for advise before setting off. All the diversions will be well signposted according to the council.

Best regards

Debs

 

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Rooms With a View
Rooms With a View
Rooms With a View

August 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to our August Newsletter.

After such a hot and dry July, its a welcome relief to see the rain falling outside as I write this. As long as its doesn't stay too long!

New this month are beautiful handmade lampshades, produced locally in East Anglia. The range includes lovely wall light miniature shades - designs can even be customised to your exact requirements.

Please pop in to the shop for details.

During the last month I've been busy sourcing new suppliers and am pleased to let you know that over the next couple of months we'll be introducing some lovely new products starting with some fantastic textiles for the kitchen from artist Charlotte Macey - aprons, teatowels, tea cosies, egg cup covers.... Also just appearing in are a range of goodies from Poppy Treffry, hand make bags and covers in vintage textiles. Even beautiful little padded iPhone covers!

Within the next few days we will also have strong canvas baskets and collapsible toyboxes - great storage ideas that are really strong and useful. Hide all the kids toys in one go or use them as log baskets - they are strong enough with thick soft rope handles.

August 2010 Newsletter images © Charlotte Macey Textiles / Poppy Treffny

Best regards

Debs

 

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Rooms With a View
Rooms With a View

July 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to our July Newsletter.

Well flaming June has lived up to its name well and truly with the incredibly hot weather which hopefully will run well into July

We are now able to offer St Jude fabrics - lovely original screen print designs from Angie Lewin - produced just up the road in North Norfolk. These couple of photos show a small sample of their designs. Also new this month is the Camengo childrens range - fabulous wallpapers and appliquéd designs in fabric. Great for the little one's rooms. Romo have launched their 2010 collection and we now have all the new designs in our collection - great hard wearing designs are attractive prices.

With the hot summer weather, remember that we stock Venetian blinds, vertical blinds and voiles on rollers - they are all great at breaking up the full glare of the sun coming through the windows and offer dappled shade and privacy.

Special offers this month are display lengths of top designs - most are around 3m in length and allow you to purchase great fabrics from top names such as Colefax, Jane Churchill, Romo and others - all at very substantial discounts - many are half price. Perfect for blinds, and smaller curtains. All the designs are current so extra fabric can be ordered if needed. First come first serve!

Remember the long evenings are a great time to do that external painting that you've been putting off for so long. Both Farrow & Ball and Little Greene have wonderful colours for external woodwork and masonry so don't forget to pick up colour cards and sample pots before you forget!

Best regards

Debs

 

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Rooms With a View
Rooms With a View

June 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to our June Newsletter.

You may have seen over the past few years, in various lifestyle magazines, fabrics and accessories from a company called Cabbages and Roses. We are so pleased to be able to introduce their fabrics to our collection, they have a wonderful vintage feel to them, either printed on white or natural linen.

The fabric collection is very competitively priced and offers a variety of prints and stripes to suit all rooms. Please do come into the shop to browse through the fabric books and samples. Remember that the Ian Mankin ticking fabrics, introduced to our shop last month, work really well with this collection and have proved to be very popular.

We also have a new collection of stock fabric available off the roll, woven from natural cottons and linens in France and Belgium providing a great collection of stripes, so if you want to create a new look at minimal cost we may have the solution.

It’s the time of year that we all start to think about sprucing up the house, especially the exterior whilst the weather is good (hopefully!) and the longer evenings are here. We offer both Farrow and Ball and Little Greene exterior paints - masonry, eggshells and full glosses. For traditional homes with lime rendered walls both companies also produce exterior limewash in a full range of colours. Please call in for advice and colour-charts - sample pots are in stock in the full range of colours to allow you to 'try before you buy'.

Don’t forget our new extended range of Danish oilcloths which arrived last month - perfect for outdoor tables and alfresco dining arrangements. We have only limited quantities, and once gone, cannot be replaced so call in early.

June 2010 Newsletter images © Cabbages and Roses Ltd

Best regards

Debs

 

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Rooms With a View
Rooms With a View

May 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to our latest newsletter. Lots of new items in the shop this month; summer nautical themed gifts and boats for your bathroom, miniature framed pictures and beach prints, an expanded range of notebooks and garden jotters. We have some quirky new union jack inspired 'vintage' tea cosies and pinboards. In the window you may notice some giant hurricane lamps - we are managed to source these beautiful lamps in two different sizes - both are in solid stainless steel so can be left outdoors without fear of going rusty. With candles inside, they look lovely in the garden on a late summer evening as dusk descends.

Oilcloths have always been popular and we've just received a new range of nine great designs from Denmark, available off the roll in whatever size you need. Great for picnic tables, outdoor events and protecting the dining room table from sticky kiddies fingers and dinner time excesses! Remember that as the summer barbeques and outdoor dining starts again we also have a range of Emma Bridgewater melamine plates, beakers and bowls in lots of Emma's popular designs. Completely smash proof and can be thrown in the dishwasher after use.

We've added Ian Mankin's popular fabrics to our portfolio - lovely stripes and ticking in organic cottons and linens. We have the full range in five pattern books to peruse in the shop, and at great prices too. I'm really pleased to be able to offer this collection as I have always been a convert of his serviceable traditional ticking especially as they are produced at their own mill in the UK. The fabrics are suitable for loose covers,curtains and blinds.

Thanks to everyone that has signed up for our monthly 'friends' email newsletter - we've had lots of responses and if you want to join up, then simply email us with your name from the 'contact us' page. We hope to have the first one out in the next few weeks - we've been so busy it has been a little delayed but you should receiving something in you inbox in the next couple of weeks.

Best regards

Debs

 

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Rooms With a View, Jane Churchill Spring 2010 collection
Rooms With a View, Jane Churchill Spring 2010 collection

April 2010 Newsletter

Lots of spring goodies in the shop currently - from new fabric collections to one off Emma Bridgewater designs.

Jane Churchill have a fantastic new spring 2010 collection of both fabrics and wallpapers, taking a new look at Jane Churchill’s romantic tradition of story-telling through design. Inspired by images of land and sea, this outstanding collection offers an exciting range of confident colour combinations and appealing designs. It features stylish signature prints of flowers or coral fronds on fresh linen ground; ferns and glorious embroidered country flowers; light hearted fish appliqués; seaside stripes and patchwork as well as an expansive range of plains, denims and textured chenille's all in contemporary tones from deep chocolate to pure white. The full collection can be seen in store after Easter.

Newly in are a range of wonderfully quirky teacosy's and 'containers' by a great local designer who creates the designs in crocheted jute and recycled fabrics. Totally unique!

Finally we are in the process of setting up a 'Friends' of Rooms with a View for customers that want to be informed on a regular basis of new products, viewing evenings and other special events. Further details will be announced over the next month, but if your interested then drop us an email (from the 'Contact Us' page) with your name and email address - simply put 'friends' in the message line and we'll add you to our database. Don't worry, you will not suddenly start receiving thousands of spam emails, nor will we pass your details onto anyone else. Just a newsletter roughly once a month with all the new exciting things happening in the shop.

Best regards

Debs

 

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Rooms With a View, Emma Bridgewater Blue Hens

March 2010 Newsletter

Well, spring is finally here.... well, I hope so, as when I look outside the window as I write this, the rain is lashing against the glass and the leafless trees are bent double against the wind!

Easter has arrived in the shop this week so we have decorated our windows with a selection of great Spring and Easter items. It has become very popular in recent years to make an Easter tree to celebrate both Easter and the arrival of Spring - its relatively inexpensive to make and can look fabulous. We've got a wonderful new collection of decorations for your Easter trees - its amazing how just cutting a few hazel and willow twigs, popping then in a enamel vase and hanging on a few decorations can really bring Spring into your home. Also come and see our collection of Easter chickens and chicks, they look wonderful sitting on a kitchen dresser or in a fireplace.

For a very limited period, we are able to get the Emma Bridgewater 'blue hen' designs back in the shop after it was discontinued several years ago. Many customers have asked us about this design and we've finally persuaded Emma to produce a re-run of this popular range. Don't wait long as we're not expecting to be able to get any more once our supply has been sold.

By the middle of March we will also have a new selection of garden and kitchen gifts instore - just in time for planting up your seedlings.

Featuring in our windows this month are the very popular Vanessa Arbuthnutt fabrics - we carry the full range of this popular collection inspired by the English countryside. Her fabrics work well in both traditional and contemporary settings and is one of my personal favourites.

And DONT FORGET that mothers day is fast approaching so make a point of popping in to see what's new and even drop a few hints to your little ones !!

Best regards
Debs

 

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Rooms With a View

Febuary 2010 Newsletter

Snowdrops are now appearing despite the cold January weather and in my mind this always means that spring is on the doorstop! (hopefully!!) We are starting to receive our new spring giftware from a range of suppliers both here in the UK and across Europe. A range of garden table and chairs, outdoor bits and bobs, spring flowers and home accessories are now in store and more will be arriving throughout February.

Little Greene paint has got off to a flying start, we now have all of the colour boards and tester pots in the shop which is really useful when trying to match colours. A range of finishes are available for both internal and external use and we can give technical advice on finishes and colours to help you with your choice. Please call in for your free colour chart.

The new Emma Bridgewater designs now in stock are fabulous, a new range of oven to tableware is very practical as well as being beautiful. We have the new collection of spring flower mugs and birds, alongside fabulous serving bowls and dishes.

If you are looking for curtains or fabric we have the new Jane Churchill collection drawing from her more traditional range of flowers, checks and stripes. A new collection from Manuel Canovas featuring beautiful linens with painted shells is also now available.

And finally.....don't forget VALENTINES DAY! We have a great selection of valentine gifts so do pop in for some inspiration!! Or better still, leave a few helpful suggestions with your loved one!!

Best regards
Debs

 

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Rooms With a View

January 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to 2010!

We hope you have had a happy Christmas, it seems to have flown past so quickly.

Now that we're in January, the government has increased VAT up to 17.5% but the good news is that we're holding our prices and absorbing the extra cost ourselves on many of the shop items.

New in the shop this month is Little Greene Paint - we will now be stocking all the Little Green sample pots within the next week or so and offering a 48 hour delivery service on all larger tins of Little Greene paint - with no delivery charges at all! Complementing Farrow and Ball, Little Greene adds a wide colour pallet of top quality paints for use all over the home - inside and out. Their new 'Ultimatt' emulsion allows you to have a single paint finish across walls, ceiling, woodwork and even radiators - no more multiple tins of the same colour.

Due to arrive in the middle of January, Emma Bridgewater's new products will be available in the shop - new oven to tableware dishes, lovely food platters, new designs of spring flower and bird mugs, an extended range of melamine cups, plates and bowls as well as the old favourites. Pop in and have a look at what's new.

Now that the days are getting longer, its time to think about refreshing your home - remember that we offer a full interior design service and can sit down with you to brighten up tired rooms and bring some inspirational ideas into your home. From simple cushions or new covers, right through to a complete makeover, let Rooms with a View take the strain.

Best regards
Debs

 

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