March 6th, 2014
Why have a single bud vase when you could have eight?
This funky ceramic vase is a great design and a lovely alternative to a single vase. There are eight ceramic tube style vases built into the piece, offering room for up to eight flower stems or buds.
We love the random selection of multicoloured vases which, in their own right, look eye-catching. With spring blooms coming into flower, it’s the perfect time to bring some fresh flowers into your home.
The Pooley 2 eight tube ceramic vase is available from new shop on the block, White Mint, for £24.
March 4th, 2014
Forget the old style empty Mateus wine bottles made into lamps (hands up who knows anyone who had one?)….here’s a novel idea for a quick and easy way of transforming glass bottles into lamps.
There’s no major diy involved with this – all you need to do is buy these cork bottle stopper lights. Charge them up via a USB cable, pop them in your desired bottle and, voila, you have a light!
The lights will last for approximately 2.5 hours, then can simply be recharged again. You can use them with any bottle, from empty wine and spirit bottles, to decorative or coloured glass bottles.
If you’re having a party and want to create atmospheric lighting, these bottle stopper lights would be much safer to use than candles stuck in bottles. If you don’t want them to all run out at the same time, you could stagger turning them on, so the effect lasts longer into the evening.
They’d also be great for using at barbecues on summer evenings, or when having late night drinks outside. The options are endless.
A pack of three rechargeable cork wine bottle stopper lights costs £13 from Hunter Gatherer.
March 4th, 2014
Nowhere to hang your coat and hat?
Invest in this Annie Get Your Coat stand and you’ll have something colourful on which to hang your outdoor kit. The name of the stand plays on the film Annie Get Your Gun, which makes sense when you look closely at the design.
The stand is made of laser cut steel, available in a variety of lively colours, and is available from Bouf.
February 28th, 2014
It’s the last few days of the sale at Furniture Village (the sale ends on Sunday 2nd March), so this week’s Fab Friday Bargains are all from FV.
A lot of people know Furniture Village best for their range of sofas and chairs, but they actually sell a lot more than that. They have furniture for all rooms in your home, plus accessories to finish off your interior design and bring a new look room to life.
Here are some of our picks from their sale.
Round iron Rivet mirror
Large 1m wide Seaspray canvas wall art picture
Content by Conran Balance wooden occasional table
45cm square Flow scatter cushion
Tripod design floor lamp
Uptown elliptical modern coffee table
Paris design screen room divider
February 25th, 2014
Isn’t this cube floor lamp stunning? It’s most definitely a statement piece of home lighting.
The design consists of eight cubes stacked and joined together, each with a light in it. It’s sculptural and eye-catching, as well as serving a practical purpose of providing light in a room.
The Dexter lamps are made of steel and glass, and available in either a gunmetal or copper finish.
They look like designer lamps, but are amazingly being sold by Bhs. Top marks to them for fresh and contemporary lighting design!
February 24th, 2014
We’re feeling a bit peckish and can’t help daydreaming about desserts…..and what better way to serve up posh puds than in these Sagaform dessert bowls.
The Spectra dessert bowls are designed by Ann Carin Wiktorsson and, although they’re described as pink, they’re really more of a subtle purple. The stem of the dish features a striking dash of red and purple, and the bowl itself is tinted with purple. As with all Sagaform products, it’s the colours that really make this glassware special and distinctive.
The dessert bowls come in pairs and are available from Debenhams, along with other matching glassware.
February 21st, 2014
Love home baking? Check out our selection of Fab Friday Bargains, all with a baking theme to them.
Fancy waking up in the morning and tucking into freshly made bread? A bread maker can make bread making an easy task for even the most un-seasoned bakers. This Panasonic bread maker is super slim in size, so perfect if you’ve not got space in your kitchen to accommodate a large machine. There are three loaf sizes available, plus a rapid bake options, and you can even time it so that you can wake up to a fresh loaf.
Aren’t these biscuits rather nifty? They’re designed to sit on the side of a cup or mug. Have a go at making them, with the Bit On The Side baking kit. You get five powder coated cookie cutters, a recipe booklet and storage jar. It’s now £6.99 for the set, a saving of £10 off the original price.
If you’re like me and never quite end up managing to cut chocolate brownies or other traybakes into identically sized pieces, then use this tin instead. The Masterclass non-stick pan has 12 square holes, so all your brownies or other cakes will be the right size and shape. Save 20% off the usual price.
Never run out of cooling rack space for your freshly baked home treats – check out this for buy one, get on free on a Linea rectangular cooling rack. Other kitchenware items are also included in the offer.
With Shrove Tuesday approaching in a few weeks time (Tuesday 4 March), why not make some Pudsey bear shaped pancakes for your children instead this year? The silicone mould is shaped to make up to four bear head pancakes, or you could use it to make bear shaped fried eggs. The mould is now only £1.99.
February 20th, 2014
When it’s cold outside, you’ve had a long day and you’re tired, nothing beats stepping into a nice warm bath and simply relaxing.
If you’d love to do have your bath time relaxation in style, then check out these luxurious contemporary style bath tubs.
Wow, the Lagoon bath is a tub of beauty. The oval freestanding bath is blessed with depth, making it perfect for a long soak. And the egg shaped design, with taps in the middle, provides space and opportunity to share your bathing experience with another. Great for romantic, candle lit bath times. Available from the Bath Store.
If you prefer straight lines and angles to curves in your bathroom, then take a look at the Apollo bath. It’s got all the appeal of a freestanding roll top bath, and a great depth to it, but the square angled design gives it a very modern feel. Available from Victoria Plumb.
If it’s the ultimate bath for muscle soothing that you’re after, then this hydrotherapy bath could be the answer. The Starck freestanding bath is part of the Hoesch collection and comes equipped with 16 jets. It’s large enough to really spread out in and is lovely centrepiece for a contemporary bathroom. Available from C. P. Hart.
February 18th, 2014
Love animals? How about decorating your walls with this graphic animal print wallpaper?
It’s newly launched and printed by Turner Pocock Cazalet in a limited edition nebulous colourway. The Zoology design was first produced by Duro back in 1974 and designed by the architect Claes Kock.
In a doodle style, it features a brilliant range of animals, all cosied up and artistically arranged so they’re almost hugging each other. There are lions and bears, penguins and monkey’s, kangaroos, owls and elephants, plus many more. We promise you you’ll have fun spotting them!
The subtle colour is suitable for decorating children’s rooms, and it’s great as it’s non-gender specific. However, it’s a really fun and quirky design and we think it would be wrong to just confine it to children’s rooms!
The Zoology wallpaper is available from Turner Pocock Cazalet.
February 17th, 2014
We’ve got to admit it: we’re rather partial to purple. And so, it seems are some of you.
After a couple of queries regarding where to get a purple kettle and toaster, we thought we’d gather up some of our favourite purple accessories and show you what’s on offer.
Swan plum four slice toaster – £29.20 from Asda direct
Five piece Morphy Richards kitchen tool set – £23.10 from Amazon
Morphy Richards plum pyramid accents kettle – £49.50 from Sainsbury’s
Le Creuset cassis tea for one stoneware teapot and cup set – £28 from Debenhams
Set of purple designer dish cloths – £8.50 from Jangneus (various designs available)
Wesco indigo salt, pepper and spice grinder – £47.95 from Amara
Pantone violet 7672 mug – £7.95 from Dot Maison
Purple Spectrum Collection balloon whisk – £3.99 from Dunelm Mill
Purple Spectrum Collection box grater – £3.99 from Dunelm Mill
Spotted any other lovely purple accessories? Share your favourites below.