North Shore Times : December 10th 2010
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If you are looking for an expert to do antique furniture restoration they are very proficient at mending chipped wood, re-staining or re-dying furniture. Many pieces of older furniture are so well made with sturdy frames they are definitely worth recovering. Bruce Withers Upholstery are able to restore diamond backs, re-foam, re- springs as well as sanding and re-staining the wood on your favourite pieces of furniture. Bruce Withers Upholstery 135 Sunnybrae Rd, Glenfield Phone 443 5883 email@example.com Don't buy new! Reupholster 2591142AB 3253637AF Festive inspiration If you re looking for inspi- ration to liven up your indoor and outdoor spaces this fes- tive season, the answer might be as close as your own back- yard! As the weather warms up, the cobwebs are being dusted off barbeques the length and breadth of New Zealand. It seems only natural that many people are keen to freshen up their entertaining areas in anticipation of another great kiwi summer. Most of us can t afford new outdoor furniture or a total garden makeover every year but with a few clever tips from the experts, and a visit to your local garden centre, you can add some low cost designer touches to your indoor and outdoor entertain- ing areas. It s as easy as dropping into your local garden centre and grabbing some basic terracotta or plastic pots. These can be transformed into designer pots with a little paint. Tester pots are usually all you ll need. Plant them up with the likes of geraniums or impatiens and you have a big impact for a small price If you re using a variety of colored annuals then it s a good idea to choose a uniform color for the pots so that they don t compete with the flowers. If you re displaying them in rows -- odd numbers look best. With colored annuals avail- able at garden centres for as little as a few dollars you can afford to buy twice as many and alternate your color schemes regularly for an entirely different look. If you prefer the perma- nence of perennials try plant- ing up red and white roses. These create a festive yet stylish look perfect for this time of year and will be handy for cut flowers as well if you choose a variety such as Iceberg (white) or the gorgeous Ingrid Bergman (red). Refreshing your existing look is not just about tantalis- ing the visual senses. Scented candles have had a resurgence of late but why go to that expense when mother nature has living scent on tap. Try planting lavender or lemon verbena by entrance ways -- it s a lovely way to make your guests feel wel- come before they ve even stepped over the threshold. TV presenter and makeover expert, Simon Shreeve, pictured, from TVNZ s new Hotel SOS pro- gramme, has some tips for creating a million dollar look on a shoestring budget. Don t overlook your local garden centre when it comes to festive decorations. Mak- ing a Christmas wreath your- self has never been easier. Most garden centres offer a selection of wreath bases or frames which can be combined with whatever is in your own garden. There are no rules so go wild. If you re not sure where to start, try with a green base such as ivy if you have some handy, or camelia leaves if you fancy a rich glossy finish. If your garden boasts a bounty full of hydrangeas at this time of year, why not incorporate these into your wreath? Add some baby pinecones, and whatever other materials are handy such as sea shells or driftwood. Depending upon what materials you have chosen for your wreath you could finish off with lashings of organza or silk ribbon to compliment the rest of your Chrismas de ´ cor.
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