Archive for April, 2010

Apr
28
2010

Wasps eating your garden furniture!?!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme today with Winifred Robinson had a feature on why poor Robinson’s garden furniture is currently under attack from wasps. Apparently as our April has warmed-up, bigger inserts such as the eight species of wasps that live in UK are emerging from hibernation and the pesky wasps are stripping garden furniture of their wood to recycle and use to make their nests.

Wasp expert Dr Stephen Martin from Sheffield University Department of Animal and Plant Sciences suggested that there was not much that could be done to protect your wooden garden furniture from wasps but we think we’ve a great idea:

“Oh, what a wonderful thing to be, A healthy grown up busy busy bee; Whiling away all the passing hours, Pinching all the pollen from the cauliflowers”

Our Wasp Trap Pots have already been the saviour of many a Danish summer according to our friends and makers Kim and Ellie and now they’re available here in UK. The pot can either be hung from the cord provided or simply sat on a table to provide effective protection from wasps.  Add a splash of beer to the internal reservoir and wasps are attracted through the small hole at the base (that incidentally is too small for bees) into the sweet beer. Remove the inebriated wasps at the end of the night or simply leave them to carry-on partying.

As an alternative (and in line with Dr Martin’s thinking)  why not simply protect your garden table and chairs with a cover. Our neat Camouflaged Circular Table Cover makes for a tasteful protector for your garden furniture to keep your table dirt and bug free. We also have matching items for your chairs and rotary washing lines.

Finally, not wishing to be too hard on our insect friends we do also retail our award winning Bee House. This lovely idea will help protect our native endangered humble bees. The lovely little chaps will quickly take advantage of this des res at the end of the summer and hibernate safe and warm until next spring, sealing off the end of each tube themselves to keep warm until next spring.

Apr
24
2010

The Saturday Telegraph – 24th April 2010

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Today’s Saturday Telegraph featured our Funky Danish Colanders which are down to £5 from usual £10 in our Special Offers Section online and in STORE.

The Telegraph said:

Add a little spring zing to your kitchen with these Funky Danish Colanders from STORE, now discounted by 50 per cent. They’re available in vibrant colours, including pink, green, yellow and this season’s en vogue tone, turquoise.”

Apr
23
2010

Sunday Mirror – Homes Section

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

If you flick through last week’s Sunday Mirror Magazine you’ll notice one of our storage solutions for organising your keys.

Rather than feature one of our tidy key racks, The Mirror opted for our funky his and hers key holders (a real best selling storage solution here in STORE) which incidentally were also featured in the film Mr and Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie a couple of years ago.

Apr
23
2010

Saturday Express Supplement – Space Exploration

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

The Saturday supplement in last weekend’s Daily Express had an interesting article titled Space Exploration Clear the clutter and make more room for the things you love.

Apart from being a jolly good read STORE was cited as being the storage and organisational retailer to visit “for inspiration for every aspect of your life and home”.

STORE's Chester home!

Apr
23
2010

Storage Tips for DeCluttering your Loft

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I spend Sunday afternoon (not enjoying the sunshine) in our loft, which I have to confess is full of boxes and bags of clutter we’ve not used in years…My old guitar (yes I once had aspirations of becoming an Indie Pop god),  a map of a gold mine in Venezuela I worked in as a geologist 15 years ago (it’s a long story), and several bags of old clothes and children’s toys.

Like most lofts, ours had rapidly become a catch-all storage dump for those things we meant to get rid of over the years but just didn’t or felt we couldn’t.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” said William Morris and with this famous mantra in mind I set to work on a mission to reduce the number of storage boxes up there and generally tidy-up.

The first thing to do when tiding a loft is to take a good long look at what you’ve got stored up there and think about the last time you used it. If there’s bin-bags full of out of season clothes that haven’t been worn in the last year or two it’s time to go to the charity shop. Likewise, if like us you’ve half a dozen storage boxes full of children’s clothes waiting for little Johnny to grow-up it’s probably time to have a purge. Swallow your pride and declutter by getting rid of those hand-me-downs that are obviously not going to be de rigueur when Johnny hits his teenage years and never worn.

elfa's freestanding shelving really has helped with storage in this loft

Ok, so there may be one or two garments you just can’t bear to get rid of,  everyone’s allowed one or two memorable garments (like my tartan trousers that I’ll never fit back into…were they really ever fashionable!?!) but do set yourself a limit.

Our loft was like many is full of plastic and cardboard storage boxes full of all sorts of clutter, some of which were simply taken straight up there when we moved into the house a few years ago and worse still…have never been touched since!

The secret to dealing with storage boxes full of clutter in the loft is to sort then purge in bite sized chunks.  Sifting through boxes full of memories is going to take some time so bring a few boxes out of the loft at a time and work through them slowly.  Set yourself a target such as, one box a night over a week whilst you’re watching your favourite soap opera or perhaps whilst the kids are at school. Once again, ask yourself if you will really use or need each item again, if not then pass to a charity shop or recycle so that someone else can get some use out of whatever it is.  If there’s sentimental value, how about creating a ‘family memories’ storage box as you de-clutter but be ruthless and stick to one memory box and include only the most important items that will really mean something to the next generation.

Apr
21
2010

Summer Storage Solutions range hits our shelves

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

STORE buyer Julie F. and I have just returned from a whistle-stop tour of several obscure European destinations finalising our summer storage solutions range with our favourite makers. Thankfully we arrived back in the UK a few days before Eyjafjallajokull erupted but nevertheless still managed some interesting highlights…

Stylish new storage solutions aside we were privileged enough to have dinner last Wednesday evening expertly severed by the Queen’s ex-high tea butler at Windsor. The charismatic Frenchman is now head waiter at a charming little restaurant in a very unassuming yet picturesque location on the edge of a Danish woodland close to the workshops of STORE manufacturer Kim D.

Suitably tight-lipped about his previous employer, our French host’s waiting-on skills were nothing less than perfect albeit that they were probably lost on our unrefined pallets. He was though extremely complimentary about British puds, rating both Spotted Dick and Eton Mess amongst others as “the best deserts the world has to offer”.

STORE storage solutions buyer Julie F

I’m not entirely sure what we’d done to receive such regal treatment but next day we were driven off to the airport in a Mercedes limo that (according to the driver) was “the most expensive Merc in Denmark”.

Replete with massage chairs, a mini-bar and bullet proof glass, the previous occupant the day before was Kevin Costner who’s touring Europe with his folk band!

Back down to earth and back in UK at planet STORE I’m pleased to report that several items Julie’s chosen for our new summer storage & organisational products range are already starting to arrive here at STORE HQ. We’ll be adding these new storage products to our online offering over the next few weeks (check-out our WHAT’S NEW section for details) but it you can’t wait, they’re already available in our flagship STORE in Chester.

Apr
21
2010

Beautiful Kitchens recommends STORE

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

April’s Edition of Beautiful Kitchens magazine had a great article all about kitchen planning called “The Top Ten Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas”. There were some really interesting kitchen ideas both from the big kitchen manufacturers and little stores like ourselves.

Whilst we don’t offer kitchen storage solutions for the big stuff, we’ve a great range to help clear the clutter in our Kitchen Storage section online and in STORE.

Declutter Your Kitchen With Kitchen Shelving

Apr
21
2010

Daily Express says we’ve some “stylish storage options”

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

time for that spring clean!

Our fantastic range of wicker storage baskets and boxes were photographed in an article titled ‘Spring Savers’ in the Daily Express last Wednesday. The Express said:

“If you’re starting the big spring clean, you’ll want to declutter your home.  Try stylish storage options from STORE. It’s Special Offers section has some great buys”

Thanks for the coverage Daily Express!

Apr
21
2010

Howards Storage World – new store update

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Good news for Scottish storage fans, Howards Storage World announced yesterday that their new Aberdeen store will open to the public this Saturday, 24th April. Located in the new Union Square complex in Aberdeen, this is Howards Storage Worlds second Celtic offering. Type AB11 5RG into your SatNav to see this exciting new storage solution store!

Apr
05
2010

House Beautiful names top 10 clever storage ideas

Monday, April 5th, 2010


 May’s House Beautiful magazine (out now) has a really interesting article on home storage solutions called “Top 10 clever storage ideas”.  

STORE got several mentions throughout and we’re very pleased to be rated as the place to go for clever storage solutions.