When we heard from one of our customers about some rather stylish self catering barns in Derbyshire we thought we’d share them with you (and even better we couldn’t help but notice rather a lot of Jim Lawrence products in the barns!) The Brailsford Barns have beautifully designed rooms and our Jim Lawrence products really add the finishing touches to the rustic country look.
Here at Jim Lawrence we have always been extremely proud of our customer services team. We feel they are second to none at delivering great advice, help and service when our customers place an order, so it was an absolute delight to us when we received the following letter from a new customer who had just received her Granary Light :
My name is Emily and I’m currently doing two weeks of work experience at Jim Lawrence. I’ve been based in the marketing department with Cassie and Emily. I was really excited to have the opportunity to write a blog for the website on something that interests me, as I couldn’t believe all the lampshades at Jim Lawrence are handmade in the workshop, meaning every one is individual and personal. When you hear the word handmade, it doesn’t mean as much as when you’re able to actually see the product being made, as I was able to.
Nothing has quite the same impact in a room as a real fire. Choosing the right grate is important both practically and aesthetically.
The starting point is the size of the fireplace opening. Measure this and make sure that your grate will have good clearance at the back (a minimum of 10cm, ideally more) and at least 5 to 10cm at the sides (again ideally more). You don’t want the grate to look undersized in the fireplace, but air flow is important and it’s better to allow plenty of space around the grate. Allowing the air to circulate will encourage warm air into the room where you want it. A grate should suit its surroundings both in style and proportions
Last week I posted some tips on choosing fire grates and backs. This week I’m looking at fire guards. If you’re thinking of buying a fire guard this winter, I recommend that you bear the following in mind:
1. What’s the main purpose of the guard?
If it’s to stop crawling babies and toddlers from touching a fire, you’re safest using a proper nursery box grate that you can attach to the wall. However if it’s to protect the room from sparks and falling logs you have more choice. A guard with a mesh screen across it will provide more protection than a guard without a screen. Look for guards fitted with a fine but robust raised steel mesh, to protect against sparks but allow a good view of the fire.