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How many lights do you need for your tree?

realchristmastreesWhatever you style, tastes or budget, for most people the focal point of any home this year is the Christmas tree with its sparkling lights.

A question we get asked a lot every year is how many lights do I need for my tree? That’s why we’ve put together this helpful little blog post to give you a general idea of how many lights are just right for your tree.

The below is a general rule of thumb and you can use more or less lights depending on personal tastes.

Tree Size Lights Needed
3 – 4 Foot 100 Lights
4 – 5 Foot 200 Lights
5 – 6 Foot 360 Lights
6 – 7 Foot 480 Lights
8 Foot + 720 Lights

Now that you know, it’s time to start shopping for some lights! Our most popular range is our selection of Supabrights from Premier Decorations.

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Refresh and Renew your Home for 2016!

We hope you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! January always seems to be an unusual time once all the festivities are over after such a long build-up of buying presents, having the family and friends over, heavy new year celebrations etc. You may still have a few half-eaten boxes of chocolates left and some new DVD box sets to binge-watch, but we are all certainly in need of a little bit more cheering up.

Why not tackle those post-Christmas and January blues by sprucing up your home and giving it a fresher and newer look for 2016; we refer to it as “Refresh and Renew“.

Oak Furniture Range at Longacres
Here at Longacres Bagshot and Shepperton we have a stunning range of interior oak furniture. From cupboards to console tables and corner shelf units to iPad desks, you’re bound to find a piece of furniture (or 2!) that’s perfect to refresh your home with.

Visit us in store where you can also speak to a friendly member of our seasonal team, or click here to view our online range of interior furniture.

Please note that our interior furniture is currently available in store, for click & collect or for local delivery only.

Cookware and Kitchen | Longacres Garden Centre

Are you getting ready to have the family over at Christmas or looking forward to a relaxing time at home on your own watching all your favourite old movies again? Whatever you are up to over the festive period, here at Longacres we have a range of cookware to help you tackle everything from the biggest turkey to individual vol-au-vents.Joseph Joseph display at Longacres

Joseph Joseph offer a wide range of kitchen tools from colour coded knives to dishes, containers for those leftovers, and carousel sets in wood or steel.

Joseph Joseph Large Chopping Board SetDid you know that their index chopping board set is more than just a way of avoiding cross-contamination of foods?  Each board has its own special feature such as a groove for catching juices on the meat board and an integrated grip to hold fish steady on the fish board.  We currently offer the Index Large Chopping Board Set for just £44.99!

ColourWorks range at Longacres

If you like to match your kitchenware to your colour scheme we also offer a range of popular tools in stunning shades.  Whether you want a yellow colander, blue knife or pink spatula, our ColourWorks range has something for every taste.

Masterclass Bakeware display at LongacresHere in the office we do enjoy it when someone brings in some yummy home-made fairy cakes or biscuits. If baking is your passion, we have a large range of Masterclass bakeware in store, including the revolutionary Crusty Bake tins, perforated to allow your bread, quiche and pizza to cook that much better in the oven.  You can also find a assortment of accessories including piping bags and nozzles to decorate your cakes right beside the ColourWorks section.

Once your baking is complete, you might like to present your masterpieces to your guests using the MasterClass serving stand or cloche.  These also make ideal presents!

 

MasterClass serving stand and cloche

So for a range of cookware to suit every need, pop along to Longacres and stock up on all of your Christmas essentials.

Brand new to Longacres | Miniature World from Vivid Arts

Vivid Arts Miniature World Display

So many of us are renting houses or flats these days that not all of us have the luxury of a large garden, nor the time, to be able to make it lavish and beautifully planted. Similarly, many people are downsizing their gardens, or may only have some planters and pots on a garden patio. As a result of this, many people have begun a hobby of creating miniature gardens.

The craze of creating miniature ‘fairy-sized’ gardens kicked off in the USA and has finally reached our shores, and we at Longacres are thrilled to be a part of it.

Vivid Arts Miniature World DisplayBrand new to Longacres Garden Centre is the Vivid Arts Miniature World range, a wide selection of hand-painted and highly detailed fairy doors, cobbled paths, wildlife, lamp posts, garden gnomes, gypsy caravans, bridges, terracotta pots and much, much more. Along with our extensive range of plants, pots and planters we have everything you need to create your very own miniature world.

You can view and order the Vivid Arts Miniature World range on our website. Alternatively you could pop in to our Bagshot store and see the beautiful display we have in our houseplants area if you require some inspiration, where our knowledgeable team will be able to offer some great advice on which plants would really complement your miniature garden.

Prices of the ornaments range from just £2.49 to £21.99.

Here are some of our top tips for creating a miniature garden:

  • Vivid Arts Miniature World DisplayYou can create them in a window box, an overgrown area, your garden’s border – you can even revive an old broken pot too! So long as they are in an area where they won’t be harmed by too much sunlight or water (it all depends on which plants you choose – feel free to ask a member of our plants team for advice if you are unsure!)
  • Miniature gardens work both indoors or outdoors – just make sure you don’t over water an indoor one!
  • Be prepared to frequently maintain your miniature garden. They are living and breathing after all – just a few snips here and there will stop the garden looking overgrown.
  • Cobbled paths and wooden fences really add to the realism of the garden.
  • Dwarf and slow-growing plants work really well in miniature gardens!

Christmas has arrived at Longacres!

Stand Up Owls and PenguinsStand Up SantasJingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!  Okay, we know it’s only October but our huge range of Christmas decorations and lights has arrived and here at Longacres we’re already getting into the festive spirit.

A good way to get little ones to be on their best behaviour from the 1st of December until Christmas Day is to start with the Advent Calendar.  As well as tempting chocolate ones (yummy…chocolate for breakfast!), we also have wooden and material ones with pockets or drawers that you can fill with small treats.

Advent Calendars

Of course, one of the main things we think about at Christmas is the tree.  Many of us love the smell of a real Christmas tree and enjoy picking that special one out as the centrepiece for our home.  Here at Longacres our potted Christmas trees will be available from 12th November, and our cut Christmas trees will be available from 26th November.  So if you’re keen to reserve your one now, we have a fabulous offer for you:

Order your real Christmas tree online by midnight on 22nd November and get a sparkling 10% off its price!

You can then choose to have your tree delivered (£5 charge, local area only) or simply pop in to collect it when convenient using our Click and Collect service.  Click here to view the range.

Artificial Christmas Trees

We also have a large range of artificial trees and artificial pre-lit trees in stock now to suit all budgets, from our mini 25cm tree – ideal to brighten up your desk – through to stunning 10′ tall firs and pines. You don’t even have to worry about missing that ‘real Christmas tree smell’.  ScentSicles hanging ornaments come in a range of natural fragrances to give your home that real tree aroma.

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Wicker Tree StandsNot everyone likes the look of a plain tree stand, so if you prefer to hide yours from view, we offer a Woven Wicker Christmas Tree Skirt for £11.99. It will cover stands from 21″ at the base to 16.5″ at the top.  You can use the skirt for both artificial and real trees up to 7′ tall.

Of course, once you have decided on the tree, you need to choose your decorations.  Whether you go for specific colour schemes, traditional ornaments or prefer a modern twist, we have a wide variety of decorations to suit your style and individuality.  Personalised decorations make a lovely gift at Christmas time and children especially love to see a fairy or snowman with their name on it.

Tree DecorationsWe also carry a large range of battery operated LED lights.  These can be used indoors or out and each comes with a timer (6 hours on/18 hours off).  No more tripping over lead wires or hunting for a spare plug socket in your garage.  LED lights are low energy so one set of batteries can last up to 60 days use!

Battery-Operated LED Lights

As it’s quite expensive to visit Santa at the North Pole, you might like to create your very own Christmas village.  Lemax, the miniature experts, have a wide range of buildings and characters for you to explore and enjoy, including a collection of new designs especially for 2015.  Music and lights bring your village to life; from circus acrobats swinging on the trapeze to Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet with dainty dancers spinning around.  Whether you are just starting out , expanding your village collection, or seeking that special gift, we are sure you will be captivated by the range of models and characters available from Lemax. View the Lemax Christmas Village online range here.

Lemax Christmas Village

From wreaths to a stand up Santa, wrapping paper to candles – whatever you are looking for this Christmas, come down to see us at Longacres and add a little sparkle to your festive fun.  Ho, ho, ho!

Relax and Unwind with Colouring Books for Grown-Ups!

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Do you ever come home from a stressful day in the office and just wish you could escape grown-up life for an hour or two? Perhaps going to the gym or watching The Great British Bake Off isn’t quite de-stressing you as much as it once did. I have no doubt that many of us would love to revisit our childhood days where we didn’t need to worry about money, work or the general gripes of everyday life (although I vividly remember at the time thinking how stressful junior school was – oh what I’d give to go back now!)

Taking the (adult!) nation by storm are, and you can choose to believe it or not, colouring books for grown-ups.

Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom

Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom is currently at number 2 on the Amazon Best Sellers list.

If you take a look on the Amazon Best Sellers list, you’ll almost certainly find a grown-up colouring book listed high up there. Today ( on the 10th September 2015) Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom – A Colouring Book Adventure is featured as number 2, having been in the Top 100 for a whopping 253 days, closely followed by Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland featured at number 11.

Using colouring pencils, felt-tip pens, crayons etc to colour in pre-designed outlined pictures isn’t exactly something that has recently come about; but it certainly is when you associate it with adults.  So why exactly have these colouring books become so popular?

Colour Therapy An Anti-Stress Colouring Book

Colouring in books for adults prove to be calming and help to ease stress.

Colouring in very intricate designs requires the brain to really focus on what it is doing, allowing you to totally switch off from the outside world, whether it be for five minutes or 4 hours each day so that you can forget what might be causing you stress, anxiety or worry. It is both a therapeutic/relaxing but also creative task, engaging your brain to work out what colours should be used in which spaces.

We understand that colouring books for grown-ups isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, or you simply might not be totally convinced yet.. but if the stresses of life are taking their toll on you why don’t you just give one of Millie Marotta’s colouring books a try; Tropical Wonderland and Animal Kingdom are both available to buy in store at Longacres Shepperton (and coming soon to Bagshot!), as well as The Mindfulness Colouring Books by Emma Farrarons and Animorphia by Kerby Rosanes. Prices range from just £5.99 to £12.99 per book – a small price to pay to bring a bit of calm and peace to your life; you may even discover a creative mind you didn’t realise you had!

Oak Furniture Showrooms at Longacres Shepperton!

Trying to shop for furniture can be stressful enough without having to browse in a cluttered and busy environment; it also makes it a whole lot more difficult trying to envisage it in your home!

That’s why we have displayed our stunning range of oak furniture within our spacious summer showrooms at Longacres Shepperton, complete with ornaments and accessories! Here you will have the opportunity to walk around and look closely at the furniture on offer to view all of the choices available, to check the quality, take measurements and check prices. You might even find other furniture/ornaments/pictures that you may not have considered otherwise.

Longacres Shepperton Summer Showrooms

In our summer showrooms (situated outside) you will find a range of furniture including dining tables and chairs, corner tables, bookcases, chests of drawers, bedside tables and more in warm oak and cornish cream colours at competitive prices.

Allow us to tempt you over to take a look at the range in our peaceful showrooms and to speak to a friendly member of our team!

Shepperton Summer Showrooms

10% off Interior Oak Furniture at Longacres

Give your home a stylish new appearance with the addition of some stunning interior oak furniture! From bedside tables to full table and chair sets, we’ve got it all, and better yet – we are now offering 10% off the entire interior oak range!

Come and visit us at our Bagshot and Shepperton branches to view the range on our shop floors (full range at Bagshot). Alternatively you can click here to view the online range – just don’t forget to enter the following discount code* at checkout when buying online: oak10

 

Offer runs whilst stocks last. Make sure that you hurry though, because once they’re gone – they really are gone!

For any questions or enquiries regarding the range, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly seasonal team at seasonal@longacres.co.uk.

*In the event of error discount code may be withdrawn at any time.

“Refresh, Renew” your home for 2015

The high of Christmas and New Year has come to an end, and all that remains are a few bounty chocolates and some leftover ham in the fridge, not forgetting those tree needles that seem to keep re-emerging despite the 5 times you’ve hoovered the lounge. And let’s be honest, we’re all feeling a little bit sorry for ourselves.

Why not try to beat those January blues by cleaning up your home and giving it a fresher and newer appearance to start 2015; we like to call it:

“Refresh, Renew”

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We at Longacres are stocking a large supply of stunning oak furniture, lanterns, lighting, mirrors, topiary, clocks, wall art, candles, houseplants and more to give you the products and inspiration you need to transform your home into a place of peace and relaxation – vital during the colder months that are keeping you cooped up indoors.

On our shop floor you will find a range of furniture including dining tables and chairs, coffee tables, bookcases, corner cabinets, nest of tables, wine bars, bedside tables, TV units, console tables and more in warm oak and cornish cream colours at competitive prices. Let us tempt you over to take a look at our fantastic display at our Bagshot store, or take a look at our online range!

"Refresh, Renew" display at Longacres Garden Centre, Bagshot

“Refresh, Renew” display at Longacres Garden Centre, Bagshot



Introduce houseplants into your home

Placing a potted plant in the corner of the room can have a drastic effect, and not just to the appearance of the room! Research has shown that keeping plants inside your home brings us a lot of both physical and mental health benefits; so long as you keep them watered and healthy. Plants such as Orchids, Chrysanthemums, Gerberas, Azaleas, Ivy, Spider Plants, and Ficus are just a few that have been found to have the best benefits; particularly for cleaning the air in your home. Below are just a handful of reasons as to why you should consider buying some for your home (or office):

  1. Still suffering with a lingering cold that you picked up from that Christmas office party?Indoor plants can speed up your recovery and can reduce cold-related illnesses by over 30%!
  2. Plants make us happy; many of us find them calming and therapeutic, but scientific research has shown that they can also reduce your blood pressure – thus making you less stressed!
  3. Getting back into the swing of things at work at the start of the New Year can be an uphill struggle at first, but having a plant in the room can increase productivity, improve concentration and boost the speed of work (a great way to impress your boss!)
  4. They fight pollution in our homes – a study by NASA showed that some houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in just 24 hours, and of course they’re great for releasing oxygen!

Houseplants range at Longacres

Tips for keeping healthy houseplants

  • Keep your plants in a draught-free place that has a substantial amount of light. An even temperature is also beneficial.
  • To decide whether your plant needs more water, simply dip your thumb into the soil. If no soil clings to your finger or if it feels very dry, then your plant wants to be watered (tap water is perfectly fine). Plants generally need more water during Summer and Spring when they are actively growing.
  • During the colder months you are more likely to be using your central heating, but this can dry out the air quickly. Make sure to keep moisture in the air around your plant with a water spray or a humidifier.
  • If dust is building up on your plant it can stunt its growth. Dabbing cotton wool into water or milk and wiping the plant gently is the best way to clear it off.
  • Remove any dying flowers or yellowing leaves very gently by pinching them between your thumb and forefinger and tugging gently.