October 24th, 2016
It’s amazing what a difference the choice of fabric on a bean bag can make.
If you’d like the luxury and comfort of fur, but aren’t keen on real fur items, then these faux fur bean bags are the ideal alternative.
Soft, comfortable and cosy, imagine sinking back into one of these and relaxing by the fire….bliss!
The textured cream faux fur bean bag shown above is available from Next for £65.
Other retailers have similar products available, including M&S, where you can snap up a mocha or cream faux fur beanbag for £150.
As well as being gorgeous to sit and relax in, these bean bags look super stylish too. And if you’re a fan of Nordic or Scandi style, then popping one of these in a room could be the perfect seating accessory and finishing touch to your interior decor scheme.
October 17th, 2016
Rugs are great for adding an extra layer of warmth to your floor – something cosy to pop your feet on as you get out of bed in the morning – or to help take the cold away underfoot from wooden flooring or tiles during the colder months. Plus rugs are perfect for adding colour, pattern or design to a room. You can tie them in with existing decor schemes, or make them a focal point in their own right.
There are loads of different rug designs and styles on the market, but here are four stylish rug ideas that caught our eye.
If you love the geometric design trend, but don’t want to be overwhelmed by it, then this large Peto wool rug might have just the right balance for you.
It features a stylish geometric triangle design in a mix of bright colours and can be used to coordinate with other home accessories. It’s made from hand tufted wool and measures 170 x 240cm. The Peto rug is available from Habitat – order it now, and you can make a considerable saving, as there’s currently 30% off.
Also with a geometrical design, but this time a tad bolder, the Mirina rug by Linie Design is hand woven from wool. The soft colour palette brings to life the abstract interlocking triangles.
Measuring 160 x 230cm in size, the Mirina rug costs £365 from Heal’s.
If it’s a touch of luxurious warmth and cosiness that you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with a sheepskin rug. What’s more, if you’re into Scandi or Nordic interior design schemes, then it’s a key piece to own.
This double sheepskin rug is in a lovely natural ivory colour. It’s £70 from John Lewis.
Kilim rugs have been back in trend for a while – this one is really attractive, with its soft colour palette and diamond design.
The diamond Kilim rug is available in two sizes – medium, 170 x 120cm and large, 230 x 160cm – and is priced from £139 at M&S.
October 14th, 2016
More than sixty years after abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock’s death, designers are still inspired by his famous ‘drip painting’ technique and producing home accessories, furnishings and even wallpaper covered in bright, bold splodges.
This is one trend where less is definitely more, so dip your toe in with some accessories before building up to carpets and wall hangings covered with colourful ink splodges. Bright and upbeat, these accessories will make you feel uplifted and happy with their cheerful colour schemes.
1. Metallic pink cushion, Oliver Bonas
Pink splatter cushion, £26
This unusual metallic splatter cushion will bring a sense of glamour to your living room. Made from 100% cotton, the dusty pink shade is made luxe with screen-printed gold foiling. £26, available from Oliver Bonas.
2. Splatter cereal bowl, Not Another Bill
Splatter cereal bowl, £10
This eye-catching bowl is made of enamel, so it’s practical as well as attractive. Available in blue and black, on a white base, each bowl is flecked to create a completely unique effect. £10, available from Not Another Bill
. Other items in the same range are also available.
3. Graffiti drips cushion, Timorous Beasties
Graffiti drips cushion, £130
By Glaswegian design house Timorous Beasties this cushion will instantly become the focal point of any room. Made from dense 100% cotton velvet and digitally printed with graffiti splatters, drips and blotches, it’s an investment piece that will lift and lighten a tired decor. £130, available from Rume.
4. Pink graffiti cushion, Arthouse Meath Group
Pink graffiti cushion, £28.95
This cheerful modern design is inspired by graffiti and is covered with bright scribbles and splodges. Measuring 45cm by 45cm and complete with cushion pad, it costs £28.95 from Arthouse Meath Group.
5. Kids line rug 4469 52, Arte Espina
Children’s splatter rug, £135
Despite the less-than-snappy product name, this rug is memorable for other reasons. It features vibrant splashes of colour on a white and blue striped background which will be sure to brighten up any room. It’s stain resistant, easy to clean and soft, ideal for children’s rooms. Prices start at £135 from The Rug Seller.
6. Bartholomew cocktail chair, Galapagos Designs
Vintage cocktail chair, £625
This original, vintage Bartholomew cocktail chair was produced in Germany in the 1950s, with tapered legs typical of the period and a plain curved back that hugs you as you recline. It’s been been re-upholstered in Korla’s linen-cotton ‘Splatter’ fabric for a modern twist. £625, available from Galapagos Designs.
7. Paint splashes world wall map, Maps International
Paint splashes map, £80
This quirky map of the world made from multicolored paint splashes will encourage anyone to take up geography! It’s probably not that practical as a piece of cartography, but it looks great as artwork. Available in several sizes, prices start at £80 from Maps International.
8. Paint Cloud rug, Edito
Paint splash rug, £299
The Paint Cloud rug is hand woven in Belgium to capture the detail of these wonderful creations. Made from a high quality 100% polypropylene, it’s hard wearing and easy to wipe clean so ideal for any room in the house as well as being suitable for allergy sufferers. Available in different sizes, prices start at £299 from Modern Rugs.
9. Multicoloured splat wall sticker set, Spin Collective
Splat paint stickers, £22
This set of paint splat wall stickers in seven different colours (15 in all, each measuring from 6cm to 25cm wide) means you can try the trend without committing! £22 for the set, available from Spin Collective.
10. Linea Nature’s Collage splatter platter, House of Fraser
Splatter serving platter, £22.40
Adorn your table with this beautiful handcrafted serving platter. Each platter has been hand decorated so your platter will be unique from all others. Other pieces in the same range are also available. Was £28, now £22.40 from House of Fraser.
October 10th, 2016
Newly released by household product specialists, Joseph Joseph, is this rather nifty Nest Steam three piece steaming pod set. It immediately caught our eye as it’s cleverly designed, functional and brilliantly easy to store.
Our current steamer is a big three piece affair, with a standard pan at at the base and two steamer sections that sit on top. It works well, but it does take up a fair bit of space in the cupboard.
The design of the Nest Steam is different in that it’s made up of three separate pods. You can use all three at once, add them one at a time at different intervals for vegetables that need different steaming times, or simply use just one of them.
The pods clip safely over the side of a pan (minimum size pan to use all three pods with is 18cm / 7 inches) and have non-slip silicone handles and pan rests.
It’s an ideal system if you want to cook several different types of vegetables at once, or small portions. The pods fit together comfortably in a pan and there’s till room to pop a lid on.
And when it comes to putting it away in a cupboard, it’s super compact and easy to store, as the three pods nest together in one. It can even be stored in a drawer, rather than a cupboard.
Voila, see why we like it?
The Nest Steam steaming pod set is available to buy direct from Joseph Joseph for £15.
Or you can get it from a variety of other retailers, including Debenhams (where you can currently get 10% off), House of Fraser (where it’s currently on offer with £3 off the price) or Lakeland.
What do you think – would this be the type of kitchen product you’d use?
October 5th, 2016
Cited by Elle Decor as one of 2016′s most exciting new trends, floral furniture is big right now. Think huge, overblown flowers on vintage-style fabrics – the sort of thing your granny might have worn to a tea dance.
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea (see what we did there?!), but throwing a spot of vintage style into a contemporary home can give it an eclectic feel.
Try pairing floral furniture with plain, neutral decor to avoid full sensory overload! Alternatively, dip your toe into the floral trend on a budget by teaming a plain sofa or armchair with clashing floral cushions in bright colours.
Here are 10 floral seating ideas to get you started.
1. Floralism velvet pouffe, The French Bedroom Company
Sumptuous overblown peonies, flowing tulips and irises, interspersed with small flowers and grasses on this velvet pouffe pay homage to centuries of wonderful Dutch still-life paintings and are bang on trend. Turn your bedroom into a boudoir with this eye catching piece. £270 from The French Bedroom Company.
2. Magnum sofa, Delcor
The dramatic fabric on the Magnum sofa will certainly prove a talking point! The modern upholstery is in contrast to the traditional style of this sofa, which features traditional high arms to stop drafts and create a cosy, ‘cocooned’ feeling. £2,031, available from Delcor.
3. Tivoli armchair in Royal Daisy Pewter fabric, Swoon Editions
Add a little architecture to your living room with the neatly structured Tivoli armchair. A hand-made design, it’s inspired by clean lines and minimal styling. It’s available in a range of fabrics and price points, but we love this Royal Daisy print, part of the Nesfield collection from the Liberty archive. £699 from Swoon Editions.
4. Orange tulips retro cushion, Nadia Taylor
Create a modern, funky living space with this bright retro inspired cushion designed by Nadia Taylor. With the design digitally printed onto 100% cotton satin, this cushion has a complementary design on the reverse and comes complete with a feather pad. £58, available from IN-SPACES.
5. Polly pink rose and taupe floral cushion, Gift Wrapped & Gorgeous
A vintage-style floral pink rose and taupe scatter cushion in Ragged Rose print, this is ideal for mixing and matching with plain cushions in bright, contrasting colours. This cushion, £25 from Gift Wrapped and Gorgeous, would be equally at home in a contemporary living room or traditional decor.
6. Elliott storage footstool, blue fleur de lys fabric
If you’re short on space, then the Elliott footstool is a multi-functional piece of furniture that doubles as a storage unit and occasional seat. With a bold fleur de lys design, it’s available in grey and beige as well. £199, available from MADE.
7. Floral brights linen cushions, Red Lilly
Colourful linen cushions with vibrant floral prints featuring a a choice of a contemporary hazy watercolour or eyecatching foxgloves. The reverse of the cushion is natural linen. Includes a duck down pad. Both cushions cost £27.75 each, available from Red Lilly.
8. Black daisies outdoor cushion, Bean Bag Bazaar
This printed cushion features nineties style, oversized daisies on a black background, with plain black on the reverse. Made in water resistant fabric, this cushion is easy to wipe clean and suitable for outdoor use, so you can take the floral trend to your garden furniture as well. Also available in lime, it costs £14.99 from Bean Bag Bazaar.
9. Bagsie love seat in thatch house fabric, Loaf
Loaf’s version of the classic chesterfield, this little two-seater sofa is handbuilt in England and features oak leg, feather-wrapped foam seats and a solid beech frame. Available in a range of fabrics and sizes, prices start at £1,345 from Loaf.
10. Charlotte cushion cover in pink, Vallila
From leading Finnish brand of contemporary printed fabrics, rugs and home accessories Vallila comes this Charlotte cushion. The design is off centre, lending the cushion a quirky air. Also available in beige, it costs £13.90 for the cover only from Vallila.