2020 may not have been the year we were expecting but there have been some positives to come out of it - perhaps you have finally gotten around to watching Game of Thrones or you have given your home and garden a complete refresh.
If you have still not managed to tick things off your never ending "wish list" we have put together some ideas to help you find some local places to visit outdoors as well as some fun and practical things to do at home. Remember, all of our stores are currently open so you can pay us a visit too.
Shop Local, Stay Local
When staying local is important - you can find new things to see and do in your local area. Perhaps there's a local independent restaurant you've always been meaning to visit or a quirky new coffee shop that sells great coffee and amazing brownies. Social media is great for finding out where people are visiting near you. Why not try using the location search tag to find new places? Be sure to post a picture to help support local businesses during these challenging times.
So far this September we have had lots of lovely sunshine which means exploring your local area outdoors has been easy to do and allows us to socially distance whilst taking in the beautiful sights around us. It is worth while looking for these places on social media too. You may come across the bright blue waters of a reservoir you never knew existed, catch a sunset from the top of a mountain or simply enjoy some time in the garden with your family.
This is perhaps best kept for a rainy day but there is nothing more satisfying than finally sorting out areas in our home which we have been putting off. Imagine, "that" kitchen drawer is finally sorted or your wardrobe space is cleared (ready for new purchases, of course!) Whatever you decide to organise we guarantee instant gratification once the task is complete. We have also picked our favourite storage solutions to help you find some inspiration.
1. Casa Large Metal Trunk in Grey and Rose Gold - click for details
2. Garden Trading Chedworth Show Locker - click for details
3. Joseph Joseph Drawerstore Cutlery Organiser - click for details
4. Casa Three Drawer and Basket Sideboard - click for details
5. Casa Round Velvet Storage Stool - click for details
Learn Something New
It's always great to learn new skills, especially as we don't usually have time for such luxuries in our busy day-to-day lives. Learning new languages or growing your own vegetables and plants is an ideal use of your free time. Bake Off is also on the horizon so if you are feeling experimental, why not get creative and try your hand at baking? We have lots of recipes to get you inspired as well as all the tools you need to become a Star Baker.
1. Smeg Stand Mixer - in store only
2. Le Creuset Bakeware - click for details
3. Kitchencraft Baking Stone - click for details
4. Kitchencraft Measuring Cups - click for details
5. Mason Cash Mixing Bowl - click for details
Re-invigorate Your Home
As the nights start to get darker and the weather more changeable - it's the perfect opportunity to get out your paint brushes and rollers and put a new lease of life in to your home. If however you've already exhausted your painting and decorating, new lighting and accessories are an easy and affordable way to change a look or add new focal points to your living space. At Leekes you will find everything you need to redecorate and style your home.
If you're looking for a larger project, such as a new open plan kitchen to make it easier for socially distanced gatherings, a relaxing bathroom retreat to unwind or even extra living space in the form of a new conservatory or orangery, you will find plenty of inspiration in our showrooms which remain open. Browse in store or book an online appointment to meet with a designer and start to make your dream home a reality.
Whatever you decide to do during these times, we hope you stay safe and remember to follow government guidelines for your area.