Eames style dining chairs in soft pastel colours

February 10th, 2016

Eames inspired dining chairs in a lovely choice of soft pastel colours.

It’s amazing how one design can inspire so many and never seem to date.

The fibreglass DSW chair, with its Eiffel tower style steel frame, was originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames. It was one of the first chairs to be manufactured with a comfortable modern moulded seat.

That classic chair design from the 1950s continues to influence designers today, with many replicas available. Still suitably comfortable and made from durable materials, the chair design looks as functional and stylish now as it did in its heyday.

Love the pastel colours of these Eames style dining chairs. Perfect for a kitchen or dining room update

If you’re in search of an Eames style dining chair, then look no further than these, in their pretty soft pastel shades. Whether you’re a fan of mint green, dove grey, sky blue, pastel pink, lemon or white, these chairs will elegantly serve your seating needs.

They’re made to order in your choice of colour and design (with arms or armless), and with either a wooden or metal base. The dining chairs can be ordered online from Ciel.

Red hot: 10 red cushions for Valentine’s day

February 9th, 2016

Cute red heart shaped balloons

Whether you find it romantic or commercial, most of us would admit that Valentine’s day gifts can sometimes be a little…erm….impractical. This February 14, why not give a present that’s pretty, stylish and useful with these red hot cushions?

Red hot cushions for Valentine's Day

1. Raj ‘Royalty’ Applique Single Peacock Feather Cushion, Purvaai

The peacock is the favourite of royalty the world over, gracing terraces and courtyards, but nowhere more so than in India, to which it is native. Show your loved one how special they are with this striking crimson cushion, £38 including filler pad from IN SPACES.

2. Creek red cushion, Darlings of Chelsea

This simple but sophisticated square cushion has a strong geometric, zigzag design, suitable for contemporary decors. Made from 100% cotton and featuring classic piping round the edge, the pattern continues on both sides. Available in three colours, this cushion would add a level of texture to a leather sofa, or could be used to soften the seat of dining chairs. Was £59 now £53.10 from Darlings of Chelsea.

3. Isobel’s flowers red cushion, Hunkydory Home

Inspired by childhood memories and a love of Scandinavian design, this cushion features a striking retro floral print in an orangey red. Ideal for modern spaces to add a touch of retro design and a splash of colour. Includes fibre cushion pad. Made in Northumberland. £25 from Hunkydory Home.

4. Love you to the moon and back cushion, Artylicious

For a more traditional Valentine’s day gift, how about this cushion from Artylicious? Featuring the slogan ‘love you to the moon and back’, it’s printed on a soft faux suede fabric with an envelope back and packed with a plump cushion inner. £22 from Artylicious.

5. Ambala square rust cushion, Iqrup and Ritz

Bright red doesn’t suit every decor, so for something more muted try this pretty embroidered cushion, decorated with intricate Kantha work. It’s available in a number of different colours and designs, in square or rectangular shapes, from Iqrup and Ritz. Prices start at £59.

6. Velvet damask cushion, Danetti

A modern take on a vintage motif, this cushion has a classic damask design in cut velvet with a linen background. The fabric is a soft cut velvet with a subtle sheen and a linen ground and reverse, perfect for adding interest and texture, and the cushion comes complete with a feather inner and a zip for easy removal for spot cleaning. Available in two different sizes. Prices start at £29 from Danetti.

7. Snowflake cushion in red, Annabel James

For the perfect winter accessory, this cushion is made from Merino lambswool a reversible Nordic red and white snowflake design, with button and fringe detail. Made in England by Bronte, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of woollen blankets and throws. Renowned for their high quality, these throws are made in one of the longest established mills in Britain, where fine wools have been manufactured since 1937. Was £44.95, now £29.95 from Annabel James.

8. Eiffel tower cushion cover, Alhambra Home

Oooh la la! Evoke memories of a romantic weekend away with this cushion cover celebrating Paris. 100% cotton front and plain black backing. Available in four different colours. £21 for cover only from Alhambra Home.

9.  Lumimarja cushion in red, Marimekko

Winter blooms inspired designer Erja Hirvi to create this print of rich red berries. Made from luxury cotton sateen it will add a touch of luxury to a plain chair or sofa. £39.50 from Cloudberry Living.

10. Dandelion clocks cushion cover, Andshine

The funky 50s retro design of this cushion is printed by Sanderson, featuring stylised dandelion heads with seeds radiating from a central point. Ideal for contemporary interiors, it’s available in a range of different sizes. Prices start from £14 for the cover only from Andshine.

By Sara Walker

The cork comeback: Five ways with cork

February 8th, 2016

Cork is making a comeback. Not wine bottle corks (they’ve not gone away), but cork as a material used in homes and interior design.

For a while, it was very old hat and shunned by some. Of course, the good old classic cork boards, cork tablemats and coasters are still  available, but now furniture, home accessories and even fabrics made from cork are increasingly in popularity.

Here’s a selection of five homeware products made from cork that would look right at home in a contemporary house.

Contemporary cork topped Atlas table, designed by Mind the Cork

This gorgeously designed Atlas table, with its sleek and minimal design, is produced by Mind The Cork and features a lovely round cork top. It’s made to order.

Modern cork clock by Puik Art, perfect for a contemporary home

This modern cork clock was designed by Iliasernst for Puik Art. The cork outer is complemented by a metal dial and hands. It’s available from Hurn & Hurn and is currently half price.

Unusual cushion made from cork. Versatile, durable and eco-friendly.

Would you believe this Mar cushion is made from cork? It sure is! The cushion, with its mix of blue hues, is both a durable and eco-friendly piece. It’s created by Mind the Cork, but can be purchased via Bouf.

Funky champagne cork design bar stools

These fab champagne cork design bar stools are made from natural cork and ridged steel. This is the first production run of this design and there are only limited items available, currently with a discount offer. They’re from Impulse Purchase.

Contemporary pink ceramic and cork vase

This pink ceramic vase by Bloomingville is made that little bit more unusual with its cork neck. It’s a lovely subtle shade of dusky pink and contemporary in style. It’s available from Posh Totty Designs Interiors.

Fresh Design finds: Quirky kitchen accessories from Anthropologie

February 6th, 2016

I love a good mooch around Anthropologie. It’s always a good place to find something a bit quirky and unusual, like these kitchen accessories.

Honey bee trivet

Wow, love this! Gorgeous brass honey bee and honeycomb kitchen trivet. Looks too good to put hot pans on.

What a gorgeous trivet! I love the honeycomb design of this, with a little bee added for detail at the top. It’s made of brass and, to be honest, looks a bit too good to cover with a hot pan.

Cluck & Coo cutting boards

Cute chicken (cluck) and dove (coo) shaped wood and marble cutting boards

Sadly these two fab cutting boards don’t come as a set – it’s an either or choice, but they’re both rather fun. One’s in the shape of a chicken (cluck) and the other is a dove (coo). They’re made from a mix of acacia wood and marble.

Dolci storage jar

Posh biscuit jar! Ornate Dolci biscuit and sweet storage container from Italy

This is a rather ornate earthenware storage jar, with an olive wood lid, from Italy. Ideal for storing biscotti or other sweet treats.

Russet measuring cups

Copper colour kitchen cooking and baking measuring cups

This set of kitchen measuring cups look like they’re made of copper, but they’re actually made of a coated stainless steel. They’re a lovely colour, plus useful too.

Cat’s meow bottle opener

Aww! Cute cat shaped brass bottle opener - a must-have!

And finally, who could resist a cute cat shaped brass bottle opener? Every kitchen drawer needs one, of course!

Orla Kiely retro and whimsical animal design homeware

February 4th, 2016

Orla Kiely is perhaps best known for some of her classic designs featuring flowers, leaves, acorns or pears. But if it’s animals you’re after, she’s got that covered too.

The animal designs feature on a range of products, including plenty of homeware. They’re typically Orla – bold and retro in style, but with a whimsical sense of fun and character to them.

Love these Orla Kiely animal design storage jars - the elephant is our fave!

These ceramic storage jars feature an owl, elephant or hen design. They’re stocked by Utility Design and sell for £24.95 each.

Also available are various other ceramic and kitchenware products, plus printed textiles. For example:

Bold and retro Orla Kiely design homeware, featuring an owl, hen and elephant. Super cute and stylish.

1. Owl design salt and pepper shakers – £20 from John Lewis

2. Earthenware elephant design toast rack – £25 from Hurn & Hurn

3. Set of two hen design tea towels – £12 from Hurn & Hurn

4. Orla Kiely animal storage canisters, £25 for three at John Lewis

5. Orla Kiely owl serving platter – £18 from Amara

6. Hen shaped earthenware egg cups – £25 for four at Unique and Unity

7. Ellie elephant mug, £10.95 at Amazon

What’s your favourite?

Be inspired to Do It Differently with Carpetright

February 2nd, 2016

Carpetright #doitdifferently interior design campaign

Although we write about popular trends and ideas here on Fresh Design Blog, we’re also big fans of originality and being unique. If we all had identical homes and matching interiors, life would be rather boring. So we definitely support Carpetright’s Do It Differently campaign, which is highlighting the varied ways in which you can stamp your own mark on your home and do things your way.

Throughout January, there have been posts on the Carpetright blog looking at different ways to tackle common interior design dilemmas.

Upcycling bedroom ideas looked at ways to make your bedroom unique and quirky. Of course, you can buy unusual products, but it’s way more fun to create them yourself.

For example, we liked the idea of upcycling wooden pallets and creating rustic style bedside tables from them. There was even the idea to create your very own unique bed from upcycled pallets. Once the base is constructed, you’ll have the essential frame you need to pop a comfy mattress on top.

The post on alternative flooring had some good ideas on different materials to use on your floors, or ways to mix up different materials and textures.

One idea in particular that caught our eye was to cut carpet tiles or carpet into triangular shapes and make your own geometric pattern. It can create a really stunning effect.

Triangle carpet tile flooring idea from Carpetright

(Image from Carpetright)

If you’re worried about cutting the lines straight or getting the triangles to fit, then you could always ask a carpet expert to cut the tiles up for you. Or maybe a mismatched patchwork triangle effect could be your own unique style?

There was also a post on clever bedroom storage ideas, such as beds with hidden storage, so you can hide your clutter out of sight or an unusual hooks and display boards that are both functional and decorative.

Plus some insight into creative and quirky ideas for bedroom interiors, such as transforming your bed with a canopy (this looks great, but the dust aspect could be an issue), painting your ceiling or adding some funky lighting effects.

How would you do it differently?

Carpetright do it differently competition

Having filled their blog with plenty of inspiring ideas for ways to #DoItDifferently, this month Carpetright are handing over the gauntlet and challenging you to have a go at doing it differently.

Not only that, but you could win a makeover prize to transform your bedroom. The prize includes:

£500 to spend at Carpetright

Indie chic storage items from The Camouflage Company

A luxury king size duvet cover set from Rooi

A £100 gift card from Bedroom Storage Maker

All you need to do is share a photo of your unique home improvements on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and add the hashtag #DoItDifferently.

Find out more about the competition over on the Carpetright blog

Fresh Design ideas to do it differently

Our top 10 ideas to #DoItDifferently include:

1. Using wallpaper in unexpected places, such as the side of drawers, on the ceiling or behind cupboard doors.

2. Transforming a dresser with decoupage

3. Creating unique drawer pulls from shells, driftwood or other unusual objects

4. Upcycling jumpers and turning them into cosy cushions or poufs

5. Upcycling vintage suitcases and trunks and transforming them into bedside tables, cupboards or decorative pieces

6. Make wooden crates into side tables, coffee tables or stacked storage units

7. Using wall stickers or decals to decorate furniture.

8. Re-purpose old doors and door frames, turning them into mirrors or noticeboards.

9. Painting and rejuvenating vintage picture frames, before turning them into contemporary mirrors.

10. Putting broken china to good use, by making mini mosaic wall art

If you’ve got a great idea to #DoItDifferently, or have already created your own unique stamp on your home, then don’t forget to photograph your creations and submit them into the Carpetright #DoItDifferently competition. It’s open for entries until 29th February 2016.

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