Archive for June, 2009

Karmameju storage floor cushions

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Clever storage floor cushions

Clever storage floor cushions

These fab storage floor cushions by Karmameju caught our eye, as they were recently featured by NestGoodies. They’re one of the most functional storage ideas we’ve seen in ages and a great idea.

The storage cushions are, as the name suggests, designed for storing things in and they’re perfect for spare duvets or pillows. Once the duvet or pillow is stuffed in, not only do you have a clever means of storage solution, but also a practical, comfy floor cushion you can put to good use in your home.

Made by Karmameju, the storage floor cushions are available in small (£42), which fits one single duvet and a pillow, or large (£52), which can store two single duvets or one double, plus two pillows.

The storage cushions can be purchased from Nordic Elements and are available in two colours, sand and black.

Find out more about Karmameju and their range of products.

Bali square counter top basin

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Bali square counter top basin

Bali square counter top basin

Modern square basins can sometimes be a bit too angular and stark, but not this one.

This modern square counter top basin from Victoria Plumb has been designed with curved edges that help soften the cubed effect and create an elegant basin. It has a single mixer tap in the middle (although you can choose your own tap designs) and is designed to be mounted on the top of a counter or surface in a bathroom.

Amazingly, the Bali counter top basin from Victoria Plumb is priced at only £39, which seems very good value.

If you love unusual sinks, then why not also take a look at the stunning Brianna art glass vessel sink that we’ve previously featured.

Jazzy Sunset Audrey wool carpet

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Sunset Audrey wool carpet

Sunset Audrey wool carpet

Liven up the floors of your home with this jazzy Sunset Audrey carpet from Crucial Trading.

Made from wool, the carpet features bold stripes of colour in shades of burgundy, blue, green, cream, grey and yellow, and would add a wonderful touch of interest to any room.

The Audrey Sunset carpet costs £106 per square metre from Crucial Trading. Samples are available to order online.

JosephJoseph salad bowl and servers

Monday, June 29th, 2009
JosephJoseph white salad bowl set

JosephJoseph white salad bowl set

Salad is firmly on the menu here this week and, with barbecues, alfresco dining and summer picnics high on the agenda too, a large salad bowl is essential.

This stylish salad bowl and servers set made by JosephJoseph is perfect for all outdoor dining needs. Made from a durable polypropylene, it’s easy to clean, easy to use and looks great on a table.

If you don’t want to indulge in salad, then it also doubles up well as a serving bowl for pasta or even a fruit bowl.

The JosephJoseph salad bowl and servers set is available in three colours – white, black and lime green – and costs £30 from Lifestyle Bazaar.

Update: The Joseph Joseph salad bowl is currently unavailable from Lifestyle Bazaar, but can still be found at other retailers, including Amazon.

Go on a garden design course

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Learn to design your garden

Thanks to the joys of Twitter, we learnt that Homes and Gardens have published an article about garden design schools in the UK.

If you’ve ever wondered about learning to design your garden properly, or would like to get into designing gardens for other people, then a course could be just the ticket.  In her article for Homes and Gardens, Sarah Warwick  rounds up a selection of courses on offer around the UK, from short courses to long courses, certificated courses to diploma courses.

And if you’re not quite up to the idea of designing a garden yourself, it’s always possible that you could find a budding new designer via any of the garden design organisations mentioned!

Five of the best garden parasols

Monday, June 29th, 2009

It’s lovely to have hot, sunny days, but in order to make the most of your garden during the hot weather, a parasol is essential for providing some shade. Whether you’re sitting out relaxing, or dining alfresco, then here’s our pick of five of the best garden parasols.

1. Hardwood parasols are a long-term favourite and this Princess parasol, designed by Paul Reef Parasols, features a classic green woven polyester top with a hardwood pole.

The parasol top is coated with 3M Scotchguard and it has vents in the top too, to help prevent it taking off. In order to put the parasol up and down easily, there is a four-pulley corded system. The hardwood pole is nice and sturdy and is finished off with brass fittings.

Lakeland hardwood Princess parasol

Lakeland hardwood Princess parasol

The Princess parasol is available from Amazon for £109 and it comes complete with a heavy duty zipped storage bag.

2. This is a very nifty freestanding garden parasol from John Lewis. The clever design means that you can easily position your chair or sun lounger underneath the parasol, rather than to the side of it, and you don’t have to have it positioned in the centre of a table either.

Contemporary garden furniture

Freestanding garden parasol

The only slight downside is that you do need to have four 45cm x 45cm paving slabs for the base. That aside, the John Lewis freestanding garden parasol in ecru is available for £119.20.

3. To add a bit of colour into your garden, how about this multi coloured stripe Zanzibar parasol?

Modern and contemporary garden parasols

Stripe parasol

The base is made from eucalyptus wood, the shade has UV30 protection and is made from polyester.

The Zanzibar stripe parasol costs £99 from Marks and Spencer.

4. This large oriental tilting garden parasol, provides plenty of shade in a stylish way. Unlike some parasols, there’s as much of a design element in the underside of the parasol, which you get to see when sitting underneath it.

Contemporary garden furniture

Oriental garden parasol

The parasol frame is made from aluminium and the canopy from UV resistant polyester. The oriental tilting garden parasol costs £96.98 from Posh Garden Furniture on Bouf (plus, there’s free P&P to the UK!).

5. If you need more than just a parasol, then there are some well priced garden furniture sets available, which include a parasol. This Lattice six piece patio set from Asda is a good buy at £150.

Bargain garden parasol and patio set

Red parasol and patio furniture

The cherry red garden parasol measures 200cm, plus you get four dining style chairs with red cushions and a table. The Lattice patio set is available to buy from Asda.

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Moroso Italian furniture

Sunday, June 28th, 2009
Moroso Print sofa

Moroso Print sofa

There are lots of great Italian furniture design companies, but one of the best has to be Moroso.

Moroso have been designing furniture such as armchairs, sofas, chairs, stools, tables and bookcases since 1952 and work with a number of leading designers, including Ron Arad, Carlo Colombo, Patricia Urquiola, Enrico Franzolini, Marc Newson and Tishiyuki Kita.

The Print sofa is a high back, comfortable sofa with a colourful print fabric. The print features ad hoc coloured designs, such as red, lilac, green and white, produced in a square effect pattern. It’s a riot of colour, very eye-catching and looks great in modern and contemporary homes.

For more details and plenty of other inspiring Italian furniture designs, see the Moroso website.

Interested in modern sofa designs? Check out our guide to the top 10 contemporary sofas.

Great bathrooms and bathroom accessories

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
Royce Morgan Melrose Freestanding Bath

Royce Morgan Melrose Free Standing Bath

Planning and designing a new bathroom can be a bewildering task, but it  helps if you can get all the products you require from one company, rather than having to shop around at numerous places.

At Fairfield Bathrooms Direct, they’ve been in the bathroom business for over 60 years and really know their stuff. What’s more, they stock all the bathroom equipment, fittings, fixtures and bathroom accessories that you’ll need to make your bathroom transformation go like clockwork.

Fairfield Bathrooms Direct have a wide range of bathrooms to suit every taste and style, from traditional and classic, to modern and contemporary.  The Royce Morgan Melrose Free Standing bath is one example of a luxurious bath that would work very well in a contemporary bathroom. The popular double ended bath style has the taps in the middle, so you can choose which end you lie and don’t have to worry about leaning on awkward taps (and it’s also perfect for sharing!).

The white bath measures 1770mm in length, by 700mm in width and 700mm in height. It’s priced at £599 and you can buy it online from Fairfield Bathrooms Direct.

Gorgeous gold table runner

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Boring or old looking tables can be seriously    enlivened by throwing on a stylish table runner.    Choose a colour that matches your room decor, that tones with your tableware or simply a new colour that you’d like to use as a decorative focal point in your room.

This lovely ornate gold table runner, called the  Mozart table runner, is available from ServeWell. Measuring 33cm by 180cm, it’s a very elegant and classic design and its gentle gold shade will look good on many a modern table.

It’s also the type of table runner that could work well at Christmas too, if you’re using gold as part of your festive colour scheme.

Blue and white spice drawer

Friday, June 26th, 2009
Blue and white spice drawer

Blue and white spice drawer

Small decorative spice drawers have been around for a while. Most are a bit folksy and shabby chic, but this blue and white spice drawer from Cargo would fit in better with a contemporary or modern home.

It’s made from painted white wood and has eight decorative drawers, many of which almost look like they’re black and white rather than blue. Whilst mostly a piece to have for decorative or ornamental purposes, it also serves a partially practical purpose with its useable drawers.

The blue and white spice drawer is available from Cargo for £25.

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