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When you’ve got an iconic piece of vintage furniture, you want to make sure the rest of the room complements the look. From big things like wall coverings and flooring to the small details and touches, it’s all about getting the right style for you.

Here’s where you can find regular articles, thoughts, advice and guides to excite and inspire you. Whether it’s making the most of a room size or successfully mixing vintage and contemporary styles, it’s all here to help you bring your style to life.

Must have coffee table books

Must have coffee table books

27 June 2017 - Blog & Opinion

No room is completely without a few carefully selected accessories and no coffee table is complete without a few beautiful, inspiring coffee table books. We have pulled together a selection of our favourite books that we think will help complete your room or just help to inspire you.

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Spring Inspiration

Spring Inspiration

19 April 2017 - Blog & Opinion

As it’s officially Spring we wanted to give you some seasonal interior inspiration. Spring is a great time to be inspired by nature and it’s a good opportunities to experimental with colour!

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Interior Trend – Quilting

Interior Trend – Quilting

22 March 2017 - Blog & Opinion

Quilting is a trend that has been gaining popularity for a while now, we want to show you some of our favourite quilted pieces to help inspire you.

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Accessories to refresh your home in 2017.

Accessories to refresh your home in 2017.

31 January 2017 - Blog & Opinion

If you want to start 2017 by refreshing your interior style, one easy way to do this is to simply add a few show stopping accessories. We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite accessories that are guaranteed to give any room a new lease of life.

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SOFAS FOR PET OWNERS

SOFAS FOR PET OWNERS

8 December 2016 - Blog & Opinion

Buying a new sofa is an investment and there are some big decisions to be made, especially when you share your home with pets. Whilst no material can completely withstand the wear and tear pets will inevitably bring, some will make a better choice than others. We’ve put together some top tips for you to bear in mind to help keep your sofa looking better for longer.

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Christmas Wishlist – Gift Inspiration

Christmas Wishlist – Gift Inspiration

5 December 2016 - Blog & Opinion

If you’re after inspiration for stylish presents to buy your loved ones this Christmas, look no further. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite 2016 gift ideas for the home, all of which feature at the top of our wishlist!

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Interior Trends – Winter ‘16

Interior Trends – Winter ‘16

7 November 2016 - Blog & Opinion

We round up three of our favourite trends that are set to be all the rage for the Winter season.

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Cosmic Opulence

Cosmic Opulence

12 October 2016 - Blog & Opinion

The cosmic trend has emerged within both fashion and interiors this year and we're feeling totally inspired...

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Design Spy – Inside G Plan HQ

Design Spy – Inside G Plan HQ

27 September 2016 - Blog & Opinion

To celebrate London Design Festival, we’re giving you a peek inside G Plan HQ. We’ve collaborated with some of our favourite designers to create some one-of-a-kind pieces exclusively for our reception area.

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Autumn Nordic

Autumn Nordic

13 September 2016 - Blog & Opinion

We’ve always loved the trend for timeless, pared-back Nordic style and in this week’s blog we’re looking at ways to take this scheme into the cosy Autumn months and beyond.

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Trend Alert – Blossom with Autumn Florals

Trend Alert – Blossom with Autumn Florals

31 August 2016 - Blog & Opinion

There's no stopping the trend for florals in the world of fashion and interiors. For Autumn 2016, it's all about layering feminine patterns, prints and embroidery.

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Holiday Home

Holiday Home

19 July 2016 - Blog & Opinion

Whether it’s your favourite holiday destination, or somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, take inspiration from a faraway place to bring a cool travel vibe to your home.

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New Designers 2016

New Designers 2016

14 July 2016 - News & Events Blog & Opinion

New Designers showcases the fresh-thinking and innovation of 3,000 brilliant graduate designers and this year G Plan got in on the action to be inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent.

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Smart Storage – Hints and Hideaways

Smart Storage – Hints and Hideaways

9 June 2016 - Blog & Opinion

Clever furniture design for storage and display is trending in interiors this year and we’ve brought you our favourite innovative pieces to help you curate your clutter.

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Outside Inside

Outside Inside

23 May 2016 - Blog & Opinion

If you’re looking to brighten up your interior this year, you only have to look to the outside for inspiration.

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Corey Hemingway – Bringing Art into the Home

Corey Hemingway – Bringing Art into the Home

19 April 2016 - Blog & Opinion

We welcome Artist Corey Hemingway as our guest blogger this week. Corey shares inspiration on how to bring art into your home and tells us the stories behind the most treasured pieces in hers.

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Making the most of your space

Making the most of your space

14 April 2016 - Blog & Opinion

We’ve pulled together our top tips for making your living space (big or small) comfortable and balanced so it works for you.

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Former Glory: Tackling Restoration Projects

Former Glory: Tackling Restoration Projects

10 April 2016 - Blog & Opinion

Here at G Plan HQ we've been totally inspired by the BBC’s ‘Great Interior Design Challenge’. We bring you our four best tips to help you get your head around tackling a restoration project.

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The Art of Curation

The Art of Curation

8 March 2016 - Blog & Opinion

Find creative ways to show off your collections so they double up as interesting artwork displays and become conversation pieces in your home.

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Dramatic Darks

Dramatic Darks

3 March 2016 - Blog & Opinion

Beautiful bold hues of forest green, midnight blue and deep charcoal can transform a space into something sophisticated and intimate. This dramatic look is set to illuminate the interiors world for 2016.

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Trend Alert – Vintage Velvets

Trend Alert – Vintage Velvets

19 February 2016 - Blog & Opinion

We’re coveting this sumptuous material more than ever as it makes its way into homes for 2016...

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A Mid-century Makeover

A Mid-century Makeover

21 January 2016 - Blog & Opinion

If you're after an interior style full of charm and personality, that's also easy to recreate in your own home, a mid-century makeover is for you...

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Vintage Inspired Home-Made Cocktails

Vintage Inspired Home-Made Cocktails

22 December 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Why not turn your hand to a little bit of mixology this Christmas and spoil your guests with a vintage-inspired cocktail? Here are 5 of our favourite recipes...

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Cosy For Christmas

Cosy For Christmas

25 November 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Some simple tips for creating a stylish and snug living room ready for the holidays…

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Behind the scenes – The Making of the Sixty Two Armchair

Behind the scenes – The Making of the Sixty Two Armchair

13 November 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Every Sixty Two armchair and footstool is expertly handcrafted by one carefully selected upholsterer at the G Plan Factory based in Melksham, Wiltshire. His name is Tony...

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Take a seat Mr Bond…

Take a seat Mr Bond…

20 October 2015 - Blog & Opinion

As we eagerly await the launch of Spectre on Monday, here are a few of our favourite ideas for bringing a little Bond style into your interior...

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London Design Week ’15 – A Snapshot

London Design Week ’15 – A Snapshot

2 October 2015 - Blog & Opinion

We've pulled together an inspiration guide full of our favourite up and coming trends…

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Upcycling Inspiration

Upcycling Inspiration

28 September 2015 - Blog & Opinion

We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite upcycle ideas to help you capture the trend in your home...

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Precious Gold – Inspiration from Paris

Precious Gold – Inspiration from Paris

14 September 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Inspired by our latest trip to Paris for the illustrious Paris Design Week, we’re coveting all things gold.

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Interiors Trends A/W 15

Interiors Trends A/W 15

27 August 2015 - Uncategorized

As we creep into September our thoughts here at G Plan HQ are turning to the Autumn/Winter season and the up and coming trends for the home.

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The Perfect Palette

The Perfect Palette

20 August 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Loveable and versatile grey has ruled the interiors agenda for some time now, but if you fancy something a little different we've been exploring some alternative colours...

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Trend Alert – 70s Seduction

Trend Alert – 70s Seduction

30 July 2015 - Blog & Opinion

With a modern twist, it’s hard not be seduced by the 70s trend as it works its way into our homes...

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Interiors Inspiration – Into the Tropics

Interiors Inspiration – Into the Tropics

27 July 2015 - Uncategorized Blog & Opinion

This theme perfectly captures the best elements of the season with an explosion of zesty brights and wonderful prints inspired by the tropics – think palms, pineapples and colourful exotic birds.

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Sunset Shades

Sunset Shades

1 July 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Sunsets offer such a wonderful range of colours that it can be difficult to select one or two when considering how to decorate your living space...

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Trend Watch – Memphis

Trend Watch – Memphis

19 June 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Incredibly tactile and filled with colour, this style is a feast for the senses and we are thrilled that it’s making a come back.

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An Injection of Colour

An Injection of Colour

15 June 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Bright tones are on-trend this year, with pops of yellow, magenta and turquoise featuring heavily in interiors...

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Nature-like Neutrals

Nature-like Neutrals

10 June 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Nature is a great place to look for interiors inspiration – natural, neutral colours are the perfect choice to bring a calming influence into your home...

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Caring for your sofa – some Top Tips

Caring for your sofa – some Top Tips

29 May 2015 - Sofa Care

We understand that the odd spillage is inevitable, so in order for everyone to relax and enjoy it to the full, follow our top tips to keep your sofa looking smart for years to come.

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The House of Hemingway

The House of Hemingway

22 May 2015 - Blog & Opinion

We’re so proud that our Vintage collection is created in collaboration with HemingwayDesign, a striking range of furniture inspired by our original classic sofas and chairs of the 50s and 60s.

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FAVOURITE SOFA FABRICS ACROSS THE UK

FAVOURITE SOFA FABRICS ACROSS THE UK

28 April 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Which region ‘has the blues’, who ‘cuts the mustard’ and where will you find ‘the bold and the beautiful’?

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Introducing the new Vintage fabrics

Introducing the new Vintage fabrics

24 April 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Our three new Vintage fabric collections launch this spring. Inspired by natural patterns, fashion and soft femininity, they’re all very different...

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Eye Scandi

Eye Scandi

20 April 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Scandinavian design is known for its simplicity and understated beauty...

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Inspired by Africa

Inspired by Africa

2 April 2015 - Blog & Opinion

With its tawny neutrals, earthy materials and wonderful patterns, African interior design is an interesting aesthetic to add some detail to your living space.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh – The Nouveau Kid on the Block

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – The Nouveau Kid on the Block

27 March 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Born in Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an influential Scottish designer, watercolourist, architect and artist.

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Light them up

Light them up

20 March 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Lighting is such an integral part of interior design. The right lighting can create ambiance and set the tone for the room.

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Marsala accents

Marsala accents

4 March 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Last year it was Radiant Orchid, but this year Pantone have named their colour of the year as Marsala.

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David Hockney – The Californian King

David Hockney – The Californian King

27 February 2015 - Blog & Opinion

British painter, draughtsman, print maker, stage designer and photographer, David Hockney was an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s.

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1962 – Warhol and his Soup

1962 – Warhol and his Soup

20 February 2015 - Blog & Opinion

As we journey through our Vintage models and the years they are named after, we take a look at 1962...

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The wonder of Walnut

The wonder of Walnut

6 February 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Walnut is a soft hued, warm wood that is often associated with the mid-century modern style.

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Iconic British Design – Mod Subculture

Iconic British Design – Mod Subculture

30 January 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Stemming from a small group of stylish young men, based in London around the 1950s, the Mod design movement was borne from the world of modern jazz...

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1960 – A step in the right direction

1960 – A step in the right direction

23 January 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Continuing our series we take a look at the year that inspired our Vintage chair, The Sixty.

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William Morris – A True British Creative

William Morris – A True British Creative

12 January 2015 - Blog & Opinion

In this blog we take a look at the life of William Morris, an English poet, novelist, social activist and textile designer.

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Compatible Accent Colours

Compatible Accent Colours

8 January 2015 - Blog & Opinion

Using accent colours within the home is a useful way of injecting personality, and creates a sense of synergy.

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Looking to the Year Ahead

Looking to the Year Ahead

30 December 2014 - Blog & Opinion

We take a look at the four main aesthetic trends that will be landing in the new year – Flora, Mood, Blend and Unite. From furniture to fashion, we’ll see these trends creeping in, and we’re pretty excited about them.

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1959 – The year of Icons

1959 – The year of Icons

18 December 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Here we take a look at the final year of the 50s that lends its name to one of our Vintage models, The Fifty Nine.

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Softening The Edges

Softening The Edges

18 December 2014 - Blog & Opinion

With a few simple twists, you can achieve the Minimalist look within your living space, but in an accessible and warm way...

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Win tickets for the ‘Skate’ experience at Somerset House

Win tickets for the ‘Skate’ experience at Somerset House

12 December 2014 - News & Events

To celebrate the season we’re offering the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets for the Skate, Champagne and Truffles experience on Saturday January 10th...

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Deck The Halls

Deck The Halls

5 December 2014 - Blog & Opinion

These simple tips bring the feeling of Christmas to your home beautifully...

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A true mid-century home

A true mid-century home

27 November 2014 - Blog & Opinion

We’re taking a look back at home décor trends during the 50s and 60s, and how they have evolved to find a place into our homes today...

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We’re ready for our close up

We’re ready for our close up

20 November 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Style your home with old Hollywood glamour in mind...This gorgeous look is relatively easy to recreate, yet can still achieve that va-va-voom, darlings.

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1955 – The start of something new

1955 – The start of something new

13 November 2014 - Blog & Opinion

The G Plan Vintage collection is steeped in history, and as a continuation of our exploration of the past, we now turn to Britain in 1955...

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Precious Jewels

Precious Jewels

6 November 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Autumn heralds the opportunity to explore darker, more atmospheric colour tones in your home...

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Natural Warmth

Natural Warmth

31 October 2014 - Blog & Opinion

With the temperature dropping outside, it’s time to bring some warmth back inside. Autumn is finally here...

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Kofod-Larsen. Design Legend

Kofod-Larsen. Design Legend

23 October 2014 - Blog & Opinion

In 1962 G Plan went Danish. To meet the increasing demand for Scandinavian imported furniture, G Plan hired Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen.

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Best of Britannia

Best of Britannia

17 October 2014 - News & Events Blog & Opinion

Best of Britannia is a show that celebrates the best of British design, fashion and manufacturing. We were extremely honoured to showcase some of our iconic sofas and chairs at this great event...

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1958 – Truly Distinctive

1958 – Truly Distinctive

16 October 2014 - Blog & Opinion

We’ve explored the heritage behind The Fifty Three model and now we’re taking a look at what happened in the year The Fifty Eight design originated from...

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design junction

design junction

10 October 2014 - News & Events Blog & Opinion

We couldn’t wait to attend designjunction to get the scope on next season’s hottest trends for our homes.

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Welcome to Mykonos

Welcome to Mykonos

1 October 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Bright blue skies may be something of a rarity here in the UK, but the colour Mykonos blue is lifting the atmosphere with its tropical quality...

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1953 – The Dawn of a New Era

1953 – The Dawn of a New Era

12 September 2014 - Blog & Opinion

The G Plan Vintage range is named after some of the most historic years in Britain. We’re exploring the heritage behind our sofas and taking a look back through the ages, starting with 1953...

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Urban Elegance

Urban Elegance

10 September 2014 - Blog & Opinion

From exposed bare brick walls, grid-like structural elements and industrial inspired light fixtures, the ability to renovate old barns, warehouses and factories has taken the design world by storm.

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Cool, Calm and Collected

Cool, Calm and Collected

3 September 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Whites, greys and pale pastels are great for bringing a sense of calm to a household.

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There’s Something About Leather

There’s Something About Leather

1 September 2014 - Blog & Opinion

What we love most about leather, is that no two pieces are the same.

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Candy Love

Candy Love

20 August 2014 - Blog & Opinion

We love summer. It's the perfect opportunity to inject some colour into our homes...

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Scandi Style and Top Textures

Scandi Style and Top Textures

18 August 2014 - Blog & Opinion

We love looking at incredible Scandinavian design. Not only is it stylish, but it’s also brilliantly versatile when it comes to mixing textures.

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A Taste of Morocco

A Taste of Morocco

6 August 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Moroccan styling is exotic, yet attainable. Here's how you can transform your space into your own African haven...

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Spring Greens

Spring Greens

20 June 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Our favourite colour this spring is Green. It can be used to create a calm, serene feeling or liven things up.

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Craving Mustard

Craving Mustard

13 June 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Arguably one of the most iconic colours from the 1950's and 60's, and certainly a fave of ours, is the warm mustard yellow.

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Keeping up with Clerkenwell

Keeping up with Clerkenwell

30 May 2014 - News & Events Blog & Opinion

The latest trends from Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 with advice for recreating mid-century modern décor with wallet-friendly techniques.

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Love your leather

Love your leather

2 May 2014 - Sofa Care

A short guide on how to care for your leather furniture.

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Throw some shapes

Throw some shapes

24 April 2014 - Blog & Opinion

You’ve decided on a mid-century modernism style for your home, but maybe it’s still missing that wow factor. Here's some inspiration to help you complete the look...

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs

16 April 2014 - Blog & Opinion

California is known for its ultra-modern apartments, slick minimalistic features and vast monotone colours. So arriving at Palm Springs is like entering a surreal time capsule of mid-century design.

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Feature Walls: every home should have one

Feature Walls: every home should have one

3 April 2014 - Blog & Opinion

We’ve been looking into feature walls that have left us oozing with inspiration, and we couldn’t resist sharing our findings with you.

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Behind the scenes of our latest photo shoot

Behind the scenes of our latest photo shoot

31 March 2014 - News & Events

If you’ve ever wondered what happens behind the camera lens, here's an exclusive peek into our vintage-inspired world.

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Four colour trends ruling 2014

Four colour trends ruling 2014

15 January 2014 - Blog & Opinion

Welcome to 2014! The world around us is drenched with colour, and a new year is the ideal time to rejuvenate your home’s interior and we have the four colour trends of 2014 to help.

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Mad Men

Mad Men

8 December 2013 - Blog & Opinion

G Plan Vintage and the cast of Mad Men are the perfect combination, don’t you agree?

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A G Plan Vintage Compact and Cosy Home

A G Plan Vintage Compact and Cosy Home

6 November 2013 - News & Events Blog & Opinion

Tilly Hemingway pointed out that homes have reduced in size since the 1950s, and so designing for compact and cosy living has become a much bigger focal point. Find out how in our compact and cosy home blog...

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How G Plan Vintage are defining mid-century modern style

How G Plan Vintage are defining mid-century modern style

20 October 2013 - News & Events

The ever increasing trend for Mid Century Modern design has put G Plan in the spotlight for interiors, so we took the time to ask Tilly Hemmingway, who collaborated with us on our latest vintage range, how she works with classic designs for the modern times we live in.

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In the World’s Most Comfortable Chair with…Simon Wade

In the World’s Most Comfortable Chair with…Simon Wade

13 September 2013 - Blog & Opinion

Simon Wade is the Design Director at G Plan. We’ve managed to grab fifteen minutes of his time to answer some of your questions.

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The art of choosing your sofa colour

The art of choosing your sofa colour

18 August 2013 - Blog & Opinion

There are a number of factors that you should consider when choosing your sofa colour so we’ve pulled some handy tips together for you.

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What is quality?

What is quality?

19 July 2013 - Blog & Opinion

When it comes to sofas, it’s not just how they look on the outside. It’s also how they’re made on the inside. So, how do we define quality when it comes to the G Plan Vintage collection?

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Sofa Buying Tips

Sofa Buying Tips

24 June 2013 - Blog & Opinion

We want you to be delighted with your chosen model from the G Plan Vintage collection, so we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the right one for you.

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