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5 Bath-tastic Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day coming up in the UK on Sunday 30th March, we’ve taken a look at 5 fabulous bathroom-related Mother’s Day gift ideas for you to pamper your mum.

Go on… she deserves it!

1.) Cath Kidston New Rose Bath & Body Gift Bag

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Available from John Lewis.

2.) Lavender Handmade Soaps Gift Selection

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Available from Notonthehighstreet.com.

3.) Set Of 2 Decorative Perfume Bottles

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Available from Matalan.

4.)  Personalised “Mummy” Floral Cosmetic Bag

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Available from Notonthehighstreet.com.

5.) Bathtime Pamper Gift Set

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Available from Notonthehighstreet.com 

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How To Deal With Unexpected Guests This Christmas

We’ve all been there, you’re getting ready for a quiet family Christmas at home and everything is organised, and then the phone rings. An unexpected family member or friend is now coming over to stay for the Christmas holidays. Suddenly, there’s so much to sort out!

Have extra presents ready

Imagine the horror. Your long-lost cousin/friend/auntie turns up with a handful of presents for you and your family and you have for them… absolutely nothing. And you can’t use the excuse that you’ve left them at home, because you’re at home!

The best solution to this is to have a handful of “stock presents” wrapped and ready to go should anyone unexpected turn up. Choose a selection of generic gifts – bathroom sets, nice bottles of wine, food baskets, or chocolates, for example – and make sure you cover men, women and children’s gifts just in case. Wrap each present with gift tags (left blank of course) and if you can’t remember which present is which, use post-it notes to remind you, which you can swiftly whip off once you’ve written the gift tag.

Christmas Presents

(Here’s a tip – choose presents that you and your family will like, so that if you don’t have the need to give them away, you can quite happily enjoy a relaxing evening of bath salts, Hotel Chocolat slab and a nice Sauvignon Blanc!)

Extra space at the table

If you need to squeeze a couple of extra people in at the dinner table, then an extending dining table could be a godsend. If your table doesn’t extend, find a smaller table to add on the end of your main table and stick the kids (or yourself) on that one. It’s all part of the fun and you’ll laugh about it afterwards! If you haven’t got enough of the “good china” to go round, then make sure that it’s you and your partner that use the everyday plates and cutlery rather than your guests.

Christmas Dinner

And of course, make sure you’ve got plenty of crackers and table gifts for more than you need, and always make extra food – everyone will gladly eat the leftovers on Boxing Day! If you don’t have enough food to go round, consider turning your sit down meal into a buffet.

No guest bedroom? Invest in a sofa bed

Sofa beds and futons are fantastic for housing those last-minute overnight Christmas guests. As well as providing extra soft seating, you’ve also got an extra bed whenever you need it. Keep some extra bedding in the airing cupboard and within 5 minutes you’ll have another bed made up and ready!

Check the bathroom

If you’ve got guests staying over this Christmas, the worst thing to happen at the last-minute is to discover the bathroom is in need of some much-needed TLC! Don’t panic, you can soon have a bathroom to rival a hotel in next to no time.

Get rid of old shampoo bottles that have been hanging around for too long, and clear surfaces of anything unnecessary – it will instantly lift the room. Get the rubber gloves out and start cleaning until everything sparkles!

Make sure guests have fresh towels to hand and if you want to be really attentive, provide them with little shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles.

If your shower has seen better days, there are some simple steps you can follow. Firstly, check out our shower cleaning tips to get rid of some of that limescale build-up!

However, if your shower is beyond saving with white wine vinegar then perhaps you need to buy yourself a new shower spare part. Whether it’s a shiny new hose to keep your shower looking shiny, or a new shower head to make sure performance is as good as new, a new shower accessory could be just the thing to make your bathroom ready for guests this Christmas.

If your shower is beyond saving, then our next working day delivery could be your Christmas saviour, but make sure you get the shower delivered with enough time to get it installed and up and running before Christmas!

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Should you replace a bath with a shower?

It’s one of those common dilemmas among home owners planning bathroom refurbishments – should I get rid of the bath and have a stand-alone shower instead? While there is a common perception that a ‘bath-room’ should contain a bath, showers are much more popular for everyday use – they’re quick and fuss-free – perfect for our busy lives.

Of course, with any major household decision, there are advantages and disadvantages. Here we’ll take you through some of the main pros and cons of replacing your bath with a shower:

Advantages

1.) Increased space
Generally, when you replace a bath with a showering enclosure, you will free up some space in your bathroom. And with bathrooms frequently being the smallest room in the home, space is valuable! Showering enclosures are normally placed in the corner of the room, leaving you the rest of the room to arrange how you like.

2.) Time saving
It’s a fact that showers are quicker than baths. There’s no need to fill the bathtub and then spend half an hour sitting within the increasingly lukewarm water. Showers give you a burst of energy – just what you need in the morning to wake you up. And in fact, digital showers will even indicate to you when the water is heated to your preference and the shower is ready to go – preventing you from having to test the water with your arm. All in all, using less water will also save you money and be better for the environment!

3.) Greater choice
Today’s showers offer such a huge choice – from the different types of technology (electric, mixer or digital), through to different colours and designs, so there’s something to suit every household’s needs. While there is a great choice of different of different bath finishes, there is much more variety when it comes to showers and showering enclosures.

4.) Extra features
From dual shower heads, massaging body jets to LED lights that change the colour of water, modern showers are available with a whole host of features that baths can’t really compete with!

Disadvantages

Replacing the bath with a shower may be suitable for many people, but it may not be the right solution for everyone. Here are some of the potential drawbacks:

1.) Families prefer baths
It’s much easier to wash a child (or indeed, children) in a bath. Children can have playtime with their toys in the bath, so it’s much more appealing than a shower, and therefore much easier to work into a bedtime routine.

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2.) Baths are relaxing
There’s nothing that can compare to a relaxing, steamy bath when you’re stressed or a little bit run down. So while a shower is fantastic for day-to-day washing, baths really are in a league of their own when it comes to relaxing.

3.) May struggle to sell your home
When it comes to sell your property in the future, you may find that it is not as appealing to families if you remove the bath. As detailed above, families, particularly those with younger children, will require at least bath in the property. Of course, if you are not planning to sell your property for some time, and replacing the bath with a shower suits your lifestyle more, then this is something you will need to weigh up.

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Refresh Your Bathroom This Easter

The Easter bank holiday weekend is typically the time when we start thinking about improvements around the home – from starting or completing DIY tasks, to painting the spare bedroom or just generally de-cluttering the cupboards, there’s always something on the list to be done. If you’re planning to give your bathroom a refresh this Easter weekend, then why not consider one of our brand new gse graphite electric showers?

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We think these graphite electric showers would look striking in a variety of different bathroom styles – from contemporary to more traditional. They’re available in a choice of three power ratings: 8.5kW, 9.5kW and 10.5kW, so there is a choice to suit most households. We know that our customers like their bathrooms to be stylish, and no longer is the bathroom the ‘forgotten’ room of the home. We have developed this graphite range of electric showers to meet increasing customer demand for different styles and designs.”

One of the biggest bathroom trends for 2013 is a simple, natural style of bathroom. The use of simple lines and natural materials, such as woods and stones, to recreate a spa-like feel at home are all set to make their mark on bathrooms in 2013. The use of graphite colour would complement natural stone beautifully, so our gse showers would work well with this emerging style.

If you are interested in finding out more about the new gse range, the 3 electric showers are now listed on our website www.gainsboroughshowers.co.uk and prices start from £122 for the 8.5 gse.

 

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Showering Inspiration

For this week’s Friday post, we thought about the words we associate with showering, and we’ve put them together here for you:

Showering Inspiration

Can you think of any other inspiring shower words?

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New Year, New Bathroom?

The New Year has well and truly made its mark. So what resolutions did you make? To eat healthier, to give up smoking, or to make home improvements perhaps? If you’ve struggled to think of anything, or perhaps you’ve even already fallen at the first hurdle, don’t despair, how about making some changes around the home?

The start of a new year is the ideal time to refresh and renew, and often one of the most neglected rooms of the home is the bathroom. Does your bathroom need some New Year TLC? Thankfully, designers in the industry have predicted some bathroom trends for 2013 to help you decide on a new style:

Eco-friendly

Environmentally friendly products have been popular for some time now. Consumers are beginning to realise the importance of protecting the environment, and are buying products that reflect this. Think about the rise in ‘eco-friendly’ cars, and organic, environmentally friendly food. It’s the same with bathroom products – from water-saving taps, to eco-friendly shower heads, the bathroom industry has certainly taken notice of this consumer trend, and so there is plenty of choice for eco-conscious buyers. An added benefit of eco-friendly is that it usually means money-saving as well. In addition to water-saving devices, electric showers can be an economical choice for many homes as they work independently from the hot water system. By heating water on demand, installing an electric shower can mean that less energy is used to heat stored water that could otherwise be left wasted and unused.

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Is your tap dripping? Get a new water-saving one

Save Space!

Another trend for bathrooms in 2013 is going to be clever space-saving storage options. More and more homeowners are choosing to stay and extend their homes, rather than move house.With families growing  space becomes a premium, and with bathrooms typically being one of the smallest rooms in the home, storage space becomes even more scarce. While some homeowners may be able to extend their homes, add another bathroom or even an ensuite, there are many who need to make do with the space they have. So, the demand for cleverly designed, space-saving bathroom cabinets has become much greater.

Add Some Art

Typically, bathrooms tend to be quite visually sterile, with plain, earthy tiles, and neutral colours. As homeowners get braver with their interior design, bathrooms are becoming more exciting. Now, the hot and steamy condition of a bathroom isn’t the best place to hang valuable artwork, but a bright print protected by a waterproof glass screen could be an option to add some colour whilst withstanding the humid conditions.  Another idea is to add some eye-catching tiles to add a splash of colour to the room. Be creative!

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Add some interest with coloured tiles

Sensual Spa

Another bathroom trend for 2013 is to recreate spa like experiences at home. Many of us have had lovely experiences in posh hotels and health clubs, with their luxurious bathrooms, and now the trend is to recreate these relaxing, indulgences spaces in our own bathrooms. So, from heated towel rails, to underfloor heating, ambient lighting and streamlined, we’re all looking for the latest high-tech advances to make our bathrooms as luxurious as possible. Of course, when it comes to showers, you can’t get much more luxury than a digital shower. Press the button and the shower tells you when the water is heated and the shower is ready to go – no more testing the water with your arm! Extra touches around the room, such as candles, spa-like bottles and products all add to the effect.

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Recreate the spa feel in your bathroom

Are you planning a revamp of your bathroom this year? What trends will you be choosing?

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Are You Ready For Christmas?

Tomorrow is the 1st of December – the countdown to Christmas has truly begun! With less than a month left, may of us are starting to think about getting our homes ready for the arrival of Christmas guests and relatives. So, whether that’s putting up extra beds and getting bedding down from the loft, or making sure that the freezer is stocked with food, one area we tend to forget is the bathroom.

With extra people staying in the house, of course, there’s going to be increased pressure on household appliances, and showers, particularly electric showers, can often struggle if they’re old and getting a bit tired. Electric showers have to work much harder in the winter anyway (the incoming mains water is colder, and it takes more energy to heat it to the desired temperature), so unfortunately this means that shower breakdowns often occur over the winter. During the Christmas break it can be a nightmare to try and buy a replacement shower and then there’s the hassle of getting a plumber in to fit it!

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Is your home ready for Christmas?

So if your shower is nearing the end of its life – don’t wait until its too late! Upgrade your shower today and make sure it’s prepared for the onslaught of Christmas guests and relatives.

If you have an older Gainsborough model that’s now obsolete, our replacement shower page should help you find a suitable retro-fit shower. The page lists each shower model with a handy link to each replacement product, all of which are available to buy online with free delivery. There’a also helpful advice about replacing electric showers and what can be involved in reducing or increasing the kilowatt rating.

Image courtesy of Beverly LR

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Do you ever work in the bathroom?

Apparently 5% of UK home workers do!

A survey of 1,000 office workers conducted by online and remote meetings software company TeamViewer has uncovered some of the ‘working from home’ habits of UK workers.

Interestingly, most of the respondents (68%) would like to work from home, and a massive 78% would prefer more flexible working arrangements, and said this would boost job satisfaction in the absence of pay increases. Half of those surveyed would like to travel less for work.

Of those that do work from home, either occasionally or frequently, there were some strange locations revealed – with 14% choosing to work in the garden, 13% in bed, 7% while cooking, and 5% admitted to having done work whilst in the bathroom, but presumably not when showering?! Although, perhaps this 5% do count showering as working, as it’s usually in the shower when moments of inspiration tend to strike!

Photo by Tim Marman

Another interesting revelation was that only one-third said they always showered before starting work from home, yet 36% make sure to take tea breaks at the same time each day when working from home. It shows that while the locations may be slightly unusual, home workers like to keep routine whether working in the office or from home.

How about you? Do you ever work in the shower or bathroom?

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The Benefits of Warm Showers

Taking showers of temperatures between 35 – 40 degrees have been shown to have significant health benefits. Not only does it feel great to have a lovely, warm, shower, it can also do wonders for your muscles, joints and overall body condition. Here are some of the benefits of warm showers:

Cleanse the Skin

This is the primary reason for taking warm showers. Hot water and steam open the pores on your skin making it easier to clean them of dirt and impurities. Following a warm shower with a cold rinse afterwards will close the pores and refresh your skin.

Improve your Circulation

Warm water has shown benefits for treating muscular and joint pain – often associated with arthritis and muscle strains. The warm temperature of the water can stimulate blood flow and circulation whilst also loosening muscles, tendons and joints to ease pain and reduce inflammation. A hot shower will not cure the problem completely, but spending 5 minutes under warm water will have some positive effects, plus it’s cheaper and more convenient than a massage and more holistic than some medical treatments.

Stress Relief

Taking a warm shower for 10 minutes will calm you down, relax your body and distress your mind – perfect if you’re suffering from stress or having a bad day. Taking a warm shower before bedtime can also help aid sleep, and is a good idea for anyone suffering from insomnia or lack of sleep. Adding lavender oil can also help aid benefits as it is a natural relaxant.

Using essential oils can help to create a ‘spa-like’ feel to your bathroom

Cold & Cough Relief

Steam can have a positive effect on colds, coughs and sore throats as it loosens phlegm and mucus that can cause discomfort. The additional of essential oils, such as eucalyptus oil, to your skin can help you breathe more easily. A hot shower can also help to relieve body aches that can be associated with illness.

Sleep Problems & Insomnia

A warm shower before bedtime can do wonders for helping encourage sleep. The warm water and steam can help to induce your body into sleep mode by altering your body temperature. After warming yourself in the shower, your body temperature will start to cool down after you enter your bedroom. This change in body temperature incites drowsiness and will help you fall asleep much easier. In addition, the feeling of being clean and refreshed will make you more relaxed and help you to sleep better. Regularly taking warm showers before bed will condition your body into a bedtime routine. Make sure that your shower is warm rather than too hot. Hot showers can actually increase your metabolic rate and rather than relax you, this will energize you.

So, next time you’re feeling stressed-out or run-down, head towards the shower!

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Organise Your Shower Clutter!

Have you taken a look at your shower enclosure lately? Is it more ‘Clutter-full’ rather than ‘Beautiful’? (sorry)

Typical shower cubicles are only a few square feet big, so why waste what precious space you have with clutter? If you need some inspiration, head to your nearest bathroom showroom to take a look at how the professionals display and store their showering essentials.

De-clutter your shower!
Although we use them to wash everyday, shower areas often get neglected when it comes to de-cluttering.

Check all of the shampoo and shower gel bottles you have – throw away any that are empty, or make a concerted effort to use up the last of any product in the bottles. Do you have any duplicated products? Get rid of anything unused and have only the regularly used products on display. Use this opportunity to have a good clean up as well. Do you really use that old sponge? That’s right, throw it away. Now let’s evaluate what storage options you can have…
Shower Space Saving Ideas

Shower Caddies
Shower caddies are great space-saving features, and are also easy to install as well as being affordable. Shower caddies come in plenty of shapes and sizes and usually have space to store shampoo bottles, soaps, and shaving accessories. Some are designed to fit into corners of rooms to maximise space if your shower enclosure is in the corner of the room. Look for one that won’t rust and is adjustable, like this simplehuman model, which is available from Tesco.

Shower Caddy

Shower caddies that hang over the door are also exceptionally handy at creating storage whilst not taking up at lot of space. They’re also ridiculously easy to install! This is a typical stainless steel model:

Over the door shower caddy

Shower Niche

Requiring slightly more work, but a great idea all the same, shower niches are recessed areas in your bathroom wall which can be used to store items. Adding a niche to your bathroom would probably be part of a much bigger bathroom refurbishment and not a simple weekend job. By using decorative tiles, you can really make a niche stand out in your bathroom, or by using the same tiles you can add a more subtle effect. Here’s a mosaic tile style niche:

shower niche
So this weekend, if you’re looking for something to do – clear out that shower clutter!

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