Signing off 2015

saleWell, that’s that then: farewell to 2015.

There’s no point in beating around the bush; that was a strange old year for all of us. Despite the tragic social unrest and some rather miserable floods to round off Christmas – we remain grateful for an incredible year of business. Our Cane Furniture clearance has been metaphorically ‘caned’ by our customers and we have thoroughly enjoyed seeing many a happy face leave with their new furniture.

What better way to storm into 2016 than with an in store sale? Throughout January all customers can enjoy a diverse range of outstanding price cuts right across the board!

In other news, you may have noticed that our website has undergone some modest aesthetic changes (for the better if we do say so ourselves). We figured that a new year required a new image so please do share your thoughts with us on the update over on Facebook and Twitter.


As for now, our team are hard at work getting the showroom and clearance items tagged and prepped for the post-Christmas rush. It’s quite unbelievable that people still have coin to spend after the Yuletide festivities but there you go: there’s no time like the present.

Drop by our Derby showroom today for friendly and accommodative service. Start 2016 in style!

You can get in touch with us here or give us a ring on 01332 361966.


The Cane Furniture Clearance Is On

As the end of November draws closer, the team at Martin & Parker are working harder than ever to ensure that all our customers receive the same level excellence we maintain year in year out. As we hinted in our last blog, new orders for our bespoke furniture and reupholstery service are now closed for the remainder of 2015. The response has been quite frankly phenomenal and we are extremely grateful to all you who chose to entrust us with your designs and furniture.

In other news, we recently unveiled and launched our new website which has been given a delightful aesthetic overhaul – take a look here.

As has become tradition, we are once again putting our design hats on and gearing up to decorate our Derby showroom for Christmas. Here’s an example of last year’s efforts but we’ll be back soon with a taste of 2015’s result.

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As you may have seen on our Facebook, we are also currently running an extensive clearance on our cane furniture stock at our Debry showroom – while stocks last! Give us a call on 01332 361966 to find out more or click here for our contact us page.

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Get Your Bespoke and Reupholster Orders In Soon!

Jingle bells…jingle bells… jingle all the way…

Forgive us; the team at Martin & Parker are well aware that it’s only October but when you run a business such as ours, you need to plan ahead early.

The yuletide season is an exceptionally busy time of year for our workshop and showroom as people gear up to entertain friends and family over the coming festivities. While we fully encourage people to take their time when choosing new furniture, we are a little stretched for time when it comes to our reupholstery and bespoke handmade furniture service.

Simply put, if you are considering bringing a beloved piece of furniture back to life or having bespoke furniture crafted anew, then invest in Martin & Parker’s services as soon as possible!

For an example of our work from previous years, please take a look at the images below…





Our showroom looking particularly lovely last year:


There’s no time like the present! To discuss how our Derby team can help you get your living space looking its finest this Christmas please give us a ring on 01332 361966 or click here. We’re also knocking around on Facebook and Twitter but for immediate contact, we advise calling.

Fresh Autumnal Ranges at Martin & Parker

Hmm, well that’s all folks – summer is over.

Fear not, now you have plenty of time to spend indoors enjoying your handmade furniture! OK, I guess we’re whitewashing the autumn chill but hey, at least we’re one step closer to Christmas. In any case, the team at Martin & Parker are thrilled to introduce a beautiful series of new furniture lines at our Derby showroom.

We always try and maintain a steady rotation of new and exciting designs in our showroom and September feels like the perfect time for a little refreshment. Take a look at the images below of what you can expect to find from our latest wares and tell us what you think on Facebook and Twitter.

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As for our much celebrated bespoke service, this will continue as normal and we welcome all to enquire. Do you have a beloved sofa that’s started to look a little punished by the passing of time? Let us know and we’ll work with you personally to restore it to its former glory. If you’d rather have the whole thing reupholstered with a completely new fabric design, well – no problem at all.

For more information about our bespoke service please visit our site.

Martin And Parker Redefine Bespoke

bespoke sofaOne aspect of our business we are keen to shout about is our unique bespoke sofa service. You see, rather than being just another generic furniture outlet, Martin & Parker are masters in the craft of unique bespoke design!

If you have a vision in mind of what you’d like your new sofa to look like, why bother wasting time and petrol trawling around for a pre-made suite that may not fit the bill?

We work closely with all our customers to ensure that every detail of their new sofa is to their liking. It’s easy for retailers to say they offer a bespoke service but in many cases this refers to minor cosmetic customisation; not a start to finish customer lead design. As you can see in our latest press ad, Martin & Parker are happy to accommodate “any style, shape, width, length, height, springs, fabrics, leathers or combinations”. So, say you’ve got a piece of patterned fabric at home and the thought of a sofa made from such a design gives you butterflies… well then, come talk to us because we can make that happen!

A sofa is anything but a throwaway investment, so why treat it as such? Most of us see and sit on our sofas daily, so it would be pretty unfortunate if you had to put up with a design that did nothing to compliment your personal tastes. Take a look at the images below; these were all recent commissions by customers who came to us with an exact idea of the pattern, texture and aesthetic they wished to achieve. As you can see below, if you know what you want – we can make it!

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Summer Holiday Boredom Busters

So the summer holidays are upon us and we’re now tasked with keeping our kids occupied for six whole weeks. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue but of course, not all parents have the same commitments and schedules.

A perfect way of preparing for the holiday period is to set up a play room where your children can safely spend time during the day (with a responsible adult around of course). One thing you’ll need foremost is somewhere for them to sit – this may seem like a pricey proposal but if you have an old sofa lying around Martin & Parker can reupholster it in a hard wearing kid proof fabric of your choice (Juice stains no more!)

If you need some tips for a stress free summer break then why not prepare with some of the following?

  • Get the bikes out the shed, check for punctures and pump up everyone’s tires.
  • Stock up on batteries and check the toys for flats.
  • Go through all the toys and swap or donate the outgrown pile. Discard any broken dregs.
  • Book play dates with friends early so you can free up a little time for yourself.
  • Compile a goody sack full of cheap DVDs, toys and treats which you can pull out on a rainy day.
  • Check the kids swimming costumes still fit, avoids disappointment or a panic buy on the day!
  • Invest in a paddling pool or clean your current one. Hot days + pent up energy = pool time.
  • Check for free local events and entertainment for those “WE’RE BORED!” days.
  • Grab an empty scrap book cheap and encourage the kids to collect drawings, photos and odd bits to help them remember their summer.

If you happen to be a teacher then those six weeks of freedom also offer the ideal opportunity to get stuck into some long overdue DIY. Our Derby team offer a full interior design service as well as a range of curtains, cushions and carpets to help you achieve the full room makeover you deserve. Get in touch here.

If you’ve got any tips of your own you’d like to share then let Martin & Parker know on Facebook and Twitter.

Top Five TV Sofas and Chairs

We at Martin & Parker like to think we know a thing or two about sofas and chairs. The sofa is a perfect social hub where we can talk, relax and commune. Television writers clearly understand this which has led to countless sofas and chairs becoming as much an icon of their show as the characters themselves. We had 5 minutes in the showroom today and compiled a top five of our favourite TV sofas and chairs. Let us know if you agree…

  • The Simpsons

This famous brown four-seater first appeared on our screens back in 1989 and has subsequently survived 26 years of chaos and mayhem. If you remember correctly it originally belonged to their Christian neighbour Ned Flanders who disposed of it outside his home. Homer saw an opportunity for a free sofa and it has resided in the Simpson living room ever since.

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  • Friends

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the cultural impact Friends left after its decade long run. One of the most iconic elements of the show was their local Manhattan coffeehouse ‘Central Perk’ and the orange mohair sofa that so frequently brought the characters together. A bit of TV trivia for you – this gorgeous Victorian style sofa was originally found unloved in a Warner Bros basement before being salvaged for some very famous bottoms to sit on!

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  • Mastermind

The conceptual origin behind Mastermind and its iconic black leather chair is actually rather sinister. Bill Wright who founded the show in 1972 drew inspiration from his traumatic experience as a POW in World War II. The notion of being interrogated in the spotlight had distinct parallels to his treatment by the Gestapo thus heightening the pressure on contestants to answer questions. Despite being axed by the BBC in 1997, the show once again returned to our screens in 2003 with the leather chair in tow.


  • Big Brother

Known as ‘the diary room chair’, the Big Brother chair has become an icon of the show and has featured in many hours of addictive tv viewing. This famous seat has been the focus of tittle tattle and drama for well over a decade now.

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  • The Two Ronnies

How could we forget Ronnie Corbett’s endearingly droll armchair monologues. A staple of The Two Ronnies sketch show, this beige armchair became home to his rambling anecdotes for a good sixteen years. We hope you enjoy this video

What have we missed? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Restyle Your Home With Confidence

Restyling our homes should be an enjoyable, creative experience but with the endless variety of interior design styles and influences it can become a headache. Minimalist, Art Deco, Shabby Chic, what to choose?

If you are going to concentrate your energy and money on just one area, make it the lounge.It’s the room where you want to entertain guests and relax after a hard day’s work.

To guide you along your interior journey, Martin & Parker have compiled a list of tips that will aid you in your quest for design equilibrium and domestic harmony…

  • Sofa

There’s nothing nicer than stretching out on a huge sofa to relax but in order to ensure it doesn’t engulf a room use this trick; anchor the large item of furniture by putting it flat against a wall and use a couple of bold, eye catching pieces for balance such as a large mirror or a jumbo print. Believe it or not numerous small pieces of furniture make a compact room look even smaller so fewer pieces that are bigger will work better.


  • Television Placement

Despite what certain design catalogues may demonstrate, placing a flat screen television above an operational fireplace (wood-burning or otherwise) is a bad idea. Not only does the heat damage the screen but positioning it so high willcause eventual discomfort in the neck of viewers forced to arch their view upwards. Televisions should be placed three times the length of their screen away from seating and ideally at eye level from where you are sitting. Try placing the television in a corner at an angle so the flow of the room is uninterrupted.

  • Coffee Table

The coffee table is a strong connective point that brings your furniture together both aesthetically and practically. It is generally advised that you place the table approximately 12 to 24 inches away from seating so you bring a balanced sense of space and have room for knees!Having an ottoman with a large tray on top instead of a traditional coffee table is currently very on trend, this also provides further seating if the tray is removed making your furniture multi functional.

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  • Contrast

Mixing different patternssuch as maxi floral prints and super sized stripes can look vibrant and fun if you get it right, the trick to mixing is to pick a colour theme that will anchor the space and tie the whole room together.  If you prefer a more simple colour palate then an all white space is uber chic but to avoid it looking ‘hospital like’ introduce textures such as a crocheted throw, linen sofa and knobbly rug to add depth to this monochromatic look.

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  • Don’t stress!

If a full room make over is more than you can bear then keep your furniture and décor neutral and just update small items, as you would update your wardrobe. A few new seasonal, on trend accessories can really freshen a room, such as cushions, throws, pictures and plant pots. This way you can play with colours and patterns without blowing the budget.

Martin & Parker can now offer a complete room redesign service through our highly recommended interior designer Kay Ward who can help you decide on anything from a colour scheme right through to project managing your complete room refurbishment.

If you have any tips of your own please don’t hesitate to share them with Martin & Parker on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy 35th Anniversary to Us!

Martin & Parker 35th Anniversary ImageIn case you missed our last blog, we have some very exciting news – it’s our 35th anniversary!

To help us celebrate we are cordially inviting all our loyal customers (and your friends and family too because what’s a party without guests?) to our anniversary party. There shall be bubbly, snacks, special offers and plentiful chitchat. It’s hard to fathom where all those years have gone but it’s safe to say we haven’t regretted a single second of it.

Martin & Parker as both a business and family have only gone from strength to strength, a feat which couldn’t have happened without YOU. A huge thank you is due to each and every one of you who came through our doors or used our service over the past three decades.  The celebration itself shall be taking place across the weekend of the 18th and 19th April (that’s tomorrow!) so clear your calendar and get yourselves down to 11 Ascot Drive, Derby, DE24 8ST.

purple rainAs a means of playful reflection we’ve compiled a pair of Pinterest boards with lots of images that conjure memories of our early days. Purple Rain (the best movie soundtrack ever? You bet), Opal Fruits, Knight Rider, Funny Feet, Old School Hip-Hop and the British Half Penny… take a trip down memory lane.

If 80s pop culture just makes you cringe then get a look in at this compilation of 80sold stairs furniture and interior design. This is exactly the sort of aesthetic we were working with day in day out in the 1980s and part of us are glad that style has moved on… so much beige and brown!

If you have any questions about the party or our service in general please give us a ring on 01332 361966.

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Busy Days Abound

new productWell then, plenty of news ahead from the team at Martin & Parker as we approach a new milestone in our business history. First of all we are delighted to announce that April 2015 marks the 35th anniversary since we first opened our sofa factory way back in 1980. It’s been a long old road to get where we are today so we’d like to thank each and every one of you for supporting us and keeping us busy all these years.

It wouldn’t be a proper anniversary without a party so please keep an eye out on Facebook for the all important dates. If the idea of celebrating a local furniture company’s birthday sounds a little dry to you then dare we mention there will be wine and nibbles? Customers new and old are welcome and feel free to bring your furniture adoring companions.

martin & parkerSecond on the agenda is the much anticipated redecoration of our Derby showroom. We have an ambitious new floor plan to roll out in the coming weeks which will include the creation of fourteen new room settings. Each room will offer a different aesthetic vision of what you can achieve with our wallpapers as well as providing a showcase for our new fabrics and sofa designs. Look out for the ‘New Product’ signs placed around the showroom for your convenience.

Last but not least we are delighted to say that all our hard work in February remodelling ‘The Cooper’s Arms’ in Weston-on-Trent has paid off. It was an incredibly rewarding job for us and as one of our finest local pubs we couldn’t have been happier to help. It seems Amy from the pub is pleased too, leaving some kind words about our work…

“I would like to thank you all for doing such a fantastic job on all of our furniture, I couldn’t be happier! The service we received has also been fabulous- thank you so much for all your help.”

Be sure to check out further images of the overhaul on Pinterest!

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