Cosy, warm and stylish faux fur beanbags

October 24th, 2016

Gorgeous and super cosy cream textured faux fur bean bag

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.

Gorgeously soft and cosy - mocha fax fur beanbag This cream faux fur bean bag is gorgeously soft and cosy and the perfect accessory for a scandi style room

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.

Oh my, doesn't this faux fur bean bag look like gorgeous? I want to sink back into it and relax....zzzz.

Add design to your floor with a stylish contemporary rug

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.

Lovely large wool geometric themed rug - perfect for a contemporary home

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.

Contemporary Mirina rug by Linie Design

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.

Nothing says Scandi more than a cosy sheepskin rug. Perfect to add warmth and luxury to your floor.

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.

Stylish Kilim diamond rug in a beautiful soft colour palette

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.

Splat! 10 ways to bring the colour splash trend into your home

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.

Nest Steam three piece pod steaming set from Joseph Joseph

October 10th, 2016

Nest Steam three piece steaming pod system - functional, compact and a great design

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.

Super nifty Nest Steam three piece steaming pod set by Joseph Joseph

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.

Super nifty Nest Steam three piece steaming pod set by Joseph Joseph

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?

Vintage style: 10 floral seating picks to make your home bloom

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.


How to choose an interior designer for your home decorating project

October 3rd, 2016

Does your home need a little updating? It could be time to think about using an interior designer.

Many people are put off using a designer because of the cost, but if you end up with a result that you love and couldn’t have achieved yourself, it can be a good investment and even add value to your home.

A good interior designer should also be happy to stick to a pre-determined budget, and to tell you at the start if they don’t consider it practical. Some designers will even consider a low budget a challenge!

Whatever level you start at, you’ll be investing several hundred pounds at least, so it’s well worth putting some time into thinking what you want beforehand.

Here are our top tips for how to choose the perfect interior designer for you and your home.

Before you start

  • How much do you want to be involved? Will you be asking the designer to run every detail past you, or are you happy to give them a brief and some general guidelines then leave them to it? Will you be asking them to source anything, or will you do that yourself?
  • Do you need a full design service, or just a little advice about colours and resources?
  • How quickly do you need to see results?
  • What is your budget, and what are you prepared to compromise on?
  • Do you have any ideas of your own? If so, prepare them in as much detail as possible with fabric swatches, photographs and paint colours to bring them to life.
  • Who will manage the project – you, the designer or a third party?
  • Who is the space being designed for (i.e. you, the whole family, a child), and what will it be used for?
  • Are there existing features you’d like to hide or highlight, or would otherwise like incorporating into the finished look?
  • Are you interested in environmentally friendly options?
  • What’s your personal style? For example, do you prefer traditional over contemporary? Cosy over minimalist?

Collect together any ideas about colour schemes and put together mood boards of what you like and dislike

Finding the right interior designer

The relationship with an interior designer, who comes into your home and has to understand your lifestyle, can be quite intimate so it’s vital to find someone you get on with. A good place to start is personal recommendation, or by seeing examples of someone’s work.

Accreditation with the British Institute of Interior Design means that the designer has met the only available national professional standard for interior design, and you can look on the website to find professionals in your area.

Many designers offer a free initial consultation, so you can ‘meet and greet’ until you find someone you’d like to work with.

Designers should be able to show you sketches or computer mock ups of how the finished room should look

What to ask an interior designer

To help you establish whether you’ve found the right person for your project, the following checklist of questions may be helpful:

  • Could I see photographs of previous projects? (This will help give you a feel for whether your own project is of a similar scope, and whether you like their professional style.) If they have other clients locally, ask if you’d be able to go and look at some of them.
  • Do you have contractors that you work with regularly? (Most designers will have their own team of contractors they’re happy to work with, which will save you sourcing your own.)
  • Are you insured? (All reputable designers will be insured and will be happy to show you certification.)
  • What’s your availability? (Good designers will often be in demand).
  • What timescale would you be working to? (It’s important to know from the outset how long the project is likely to take).

Lighting is a crucial part of any look, and a designer can advise you how to create the right atmosphere

Interior designer fees

Some designers charge a flat hourly rate, while others will charge a percentage of the value of the job, so make sure you’re clear about fees beforehand. Check whether additional costs such as VAT or materials are included or not.

Ask for a firm schedule with milestones, and check whether penalty fees will apply in the event of serious delays.

Get the lowdown on how to choose an interior designer - the questions to ask and what to look for.
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