With the holiday season now upon us, even if it feels like Winter…We would like to share some of our teams favourite places to stay, eat & be merry to pass on for your enjoyment:

Rick Steins cafe at Padstow in Cornwall is an idyllic holiday for even a short break and with Rock on its doorstep with Nathan Outlaws Restaurant at St Enodoc Hotel you are spoilt for choice. If you are thinking of decorating your home, you will be inspired by the designs at these holiday accommodation.

If you want to keep fit whilst on holiday you can hire bikes & ride along the famous camel estuary or you could try body boarding & surfing !!

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http://www.enodoc-hotel.co.uk/food.html

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Daylesford self catering cottages in Gloucestershire are outstanding & Daylesford Organic farm & restaurant are within a stroll

The Hand & Flowers Pub in Marlow is a superb location for river pursuits & the rooms & food are excellent ( Although trying to make a booking is a nightmare as very popular hence a 3 month waiting list)

The Pig in Hampshire is set in the New Forest & as you drive up the long drive to the Farrow & BALL painted old stately manor house, it takes your breath away. All the food is locally sourced & served in a divine conservatory.

Way up in Norfolk on the blustery East Anglian coast is the Neptune Restaurant with rooms, a coaching inn…. a little gem if a bit expensive.All cosy & countrified with a little bit of London thrown in. The Lamb, Game & Fruit & Veg   all from local producers. restaurant

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Ideas for Fathers Day: 16th June 2013

Relax in a new styled bedroom on Fathers Day. As a surprise perhaps the lady wife or partner could decorate a chilled out space with new oak doors & grey painted walls, to add a soft ambiance to a adults only space.

Or perhaps just buy a token Internal door to start the idea rolling.

Or just enough time to decorate before June Deadline.

A gift voucher & a pot of paint would be a quick solution

 

Check out our contemporary front doors.

The Copenhagen & Stockholm DOORS-TODAY-28Oak front doors with sandblasted glass panels are on special offer until end May. Having a spring clean to include a new entrance door or door with sidelights, there has never been a better time than now. Our team can also pre-finish & pre-hang the doors for you, spring really has sprung .

 

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Colours for the home inside & out vary greatly. A lot depends on taste but also especially indoors on which way the house is facing.

NORTH

North facing rooms tend to be colder & have less light, so a yellow or cream  light colour would suit more than green or grey. Or you could use dramatic colours like purple & work with it, not fight nature with it being a dark room.

SOUTH

South facing rooms have light all day long so warm or cool colours work, the choice is yours. Pale tones keep it light & airy, blue for a seaside feel or white for a crisp feel.

EAST

English: Colours of Llanllyfni. I was rather t...

English: Colours of Llanllyfni. I was rather taken with the striking colour of this house, amidst the grey slate of every other building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

East facing rooms, the light can appear slightly blue so blue or green would work. To create light & warmth, duck egg blue is a good choice

WEST

West facing rooms would be enhanced by using a white palette to make a wonderful airy feeling in the natural or artifical light. A soft pink would create a warm glow

**Black can be hard to use indoors, but is a popular colour in contemporary homes & looks great with red for a dramatic dining room**

 

 

 

 

If you are thinking of having new doors in your home, or if you are building a new home or extension then pre-hung doors might be the answer for you.

doorpair1What is a Pre-Hung Door?

A pre-hung door is exactly what it says it is! It is a door that has already been hung in a door frame. It usually includes the following:

  • Doorframe
  • Door Hinges
  • Door Handles
  • Letterplate
  • Threshold
  • Cill
  • Night latch
  • Deadlock

 

 

External pre-hung door sets can also include any combination of toplights and sidelights

When should I use a Pre-hung Door?

Surprisingly enough pre-hung doors are often much easier to install.

Reasons to consider a prehung door:

  • If it is a new door way – a new home or an extension with no existing doorframe
  • DIY Project – Fitting doors into frames is a specialist task and replacing a doorframe will probably prove to be a lot easier
  • If the existing doorframe needs to be removed
  • There is no need for specialist equipment to plane doors and fit perfectly matching hinges to door and frame
  • To ensure a perfect fit- prehung doors are a perfect fit into their frames guaranteeing weather tightness for external doors and improving soundproofing for internal doors
  • Professional finish – Door handles, locks and letterplates all pre-fitted to professional standards

A word of caution to the DIYer- prehung doors can be pretty cumbersome and although a lot easier to install than fitting a new door into an existing frame, still requires some skill. If in doubt, get a builder to install it for you – it probably will still be less costly than getting a specialist door fitter to fit a door into an existing frame. When pricing pre-hung door sets be aware that, in most cases the price of the pre-hung door set does NOT include the door or any additional sidelights or toplights! This is because the cost of doors is so variable – a solid oak door with frosted glazing is going to cost far more than a hardwood door with no glazing. The total cost will be the pre-hung door set plus the cost of the door.

Pre-hung door sets are used extensively by architects and professional builders in new builds, and are now available to smaller builders for home-improvement projects.

Pre-hung or not we hope the installation of your new doors is straightforward and satisfactory.

 

Re-decorating, or renovating our homes can be an expensive and time-consuming commitment. It usually involves repainting, replacing a bathroom or kitchen, or even buying a new lounge suite. The one thing we often overlook is the internal doors.

Internal doors can give a home a totally new and different feel, taking it from ordinary to extraordinary in a matter of hours. Here are some images of our favourite doors for 2013. We hope  you love them too.

Best4Doors Walnut Flush Franquette

Best4Doors Walnut Flush Franquette

Best4Doors Simply Oak Sherwood

Best4Doors Simply Oak Sherwood

Best4Doors Royale Modern R03-3V

Best4Doors Royale Modern R03-3V

Best4Doors River Oak Cottage Yoxall

Best4Doors River Oak Cottage Yoxall

Best4Doors Montana Rushmore

Best4Doors Montana Rushmore

Best4Doors Inspiration Harmony

Best4Doors Inspiration Harmony

Best4Doors Empire Honduras

Best4Doors Empire Honduras

Best4Doors Eco Flush Wenge

Best4Doors Eco Flush Wenge

Best4Doors Churchillian Blenheim

Best4Doors Churchillian Blenheim

Best4Doors Zodiac Flush Libra

Best4Doors Zodiac Flush Libra

Best4Doors Calypso Montserrat

Best4Doors Calypso Montserrat

Stylish kitchen door

Stylish kitchen door

After spending so much time and effort in choosing the right door, we sometimes overlook the surrounding area. There are so many ways to improve entryways to make your doorways truly stunning.

 

 Becky Harris from Houzz has written this article offering some real inspiration for giving doorways the wow factor, and turn all those odd corners and nook and crannies into real features. Read her article here, and we’re pretty sure you’ll find something you love.

Open up to the possibilities for improved entryway storage, seating and architectural interest by considering the corners.

So you need a new look in your living room, and you’ve got an idea of what you want. Now you’d like to have a look around the internet to find inspiration, and even do some shopping, but how do you explain to Google what’s in your head?

I’m pretty sure we’ve all done a search for something and then been disappointed and frustrated when we see the results.

Someone at furniturepolished.com has gone to a lot of trouble to explain – and explain well – the difference in interior and decor styles. They include a really comprehensive description of all the following design styles.

I’d recommend reading the full post  to fully appreciate the distinction between the following styles:

  • Arts and Crafts – handmade folk style.
  • Classic Contemporary – innocuous style is recognizable through the use of simplified shapes
  • Contemporary – now a combination of the old and new ideals.
  • Country – a cozy and quaint feel
  • Eclectic – essentially a combination of all other styles
  • Modern – originated in the 1900s with the Bauhaus Movement
  • Rustic – comprised partly or wholly of locally found materials such as bark, roots, branches etc
  • Shabby-Chic – relies mainly on flea market finds that are usually refinished
  • Traditional – regal and often detailed furnishings from a variety of different time periods
  • Transitional – The offspring of traditional and contemporary furniture
  • Tuscan – reflects the warm hues found in the Italian countryside landscape

 

Apart from the full post here, there is also this jolly useful infographic showing an overview of the different styles

Ending the old year and starting a new one is like closing one door and opening another. So why not do just that?

The weather outside is frightful, and the jobs to do out there will be piling up, ready for the warmer weather. So why not take advantage of the time indoors and give your home a make-over by changing your internal doors.

Best4Doors have just introduced the Empire range of internal doors for 2013.

This moulded oak range is stylish and sleek. The names, Honduras, Burma, Ceylon and Rhodesia conjure up an image of a by-gone era when life was less hectic. This range of doors incorporates a variety of woods, using contrasting inlays and panels to create an expensive, but not ostentatious look. Well-priced, these doors will add a contemporary elegance to any home.

Even if you’re not ready to replace any of the doors in your home, have a look at these new ranges and imagine a time when life was simpler, more tranquil……….and a lot warmer!

Empire RhodesiaOak Door with Oak Grooves and Ash Inlay

Empire Rhodesia
Oak Door with Oak Grooves and Ash Inlay

Honduras Internal DoorBeech stiles with oak centre panel and walnut castellated grooves.

Honduras Internal Door
Beech stiles with oak centre panel and walnut castellated grooves.

Ceylon Internal Door Oak finish with oak grooves and ash inlays.

Ceylon Internal Door
Oak finish with oak grooves and ash inlays.

Burma Internal Door Beech stiles with ash panel and walnut castellated grooves, with glazed centre panel.

Burma Internal Door
Beech stiles with ash panel, walnut grooves and glazed centre panel.

 

If you are thinking of having new doors in your home, or if you are building a new home or extension then pre-hung doors might be the answer for you.

doorpair1What is a Pre-Hung Door?

A pre-hung door is exactly what it says it is! It is a door that has already been hung in a door frame. It usually includes the following:

  • Doorframe
  • Door Hinges
  • Door Handles
  • Letterplate
  • Threshold
  • Cill
  • Night latch
  • Deadlock

 

 

External pre-hung door sets can also include any combination of toplights and sidelights

When should I use a Pre-hung Door?

Surprisingly enough pre-hung doors are often much easier to install.

Reasons to consider a prehung door:

  • If it is a new door way – a new home or an extension with no existing doorframe
  • DIY Project – Fitting doors into frames is a specialist task and replacing a doorframe will probably prove to be a lot easier
  • If the existing doorframe needs to be removed
  • There is no need for specialist equipment to plane doors and fit perfectly matching hinges to door and frame
  • To ensure a perfect fit- prehung doors are a perfect fit into their frames guaranteeing weather tightness for external doors and improving soundproofing for internal doors
  • Professional finish – Door handles, locks and letterplates all pre-fitted to professional standards

A word of caution to the DIYer- prehung doors can be pretty cumbersome and although a lot easier to install than fitting a new door into an existing frame, still requires some skill. If in doubt, get a builder to install it for you – it probably will still be less costly than getting a specialist door fitter to fit a door into an existing frame. When pricing pre-hung door sets be aware that, in most cases the price of the pre-hung door set does NOT include the door or any additional sidelights or toplights! This is because the cost of doors is so variable – a solid oak door with frosted glazing is going to cost far more than a hardwood door with no glazing. The total cost will be the pre-hung door set plus the cost of the door.

Pre-hung door sets are used extensively by architects and professional builders in new builds, and are now available to smaller builders for home-improvement projects.

Pre-hung or not we hope the installation of your new doors is straightforward and satisfactory.