Archive for September, 2009

Contemporary floral art from John Lewis

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The new autumn / winter catalogue from John Lewis thudded onto our desk recently. It’s packed with hundreds of interesting home ideas, but the pages that caught our eye were the pictures and wall art.

In particular, there are some stunning floral art pictures available.

The blue poppy high quality print on canvas, by fine artist Adelene Fletcher, is big and bold, yet offers a wonderful insight into the delicateness of the poppy. Shown in full bloom, it would tone in well with rooms decorated in natural colours or deck egg blue.

The blue poppy picture measures 68cm by 68cm and is priced at £100 from John Lewis.


Also eye-catching was this violet spellbound triptych, featuring one large print flanked by two smaller ones. The canvas was painted by Angie Thomas and, as the violet flowers are painted against a white background, this really makes them stand out.

Shades of violet, purple or cassis are another key interiors trend at the moment, so the painting would fit in wonderfully well with this colour scheme.

The centre of the floral canvas measures 70cm by 70cm, with the other two pieces measuring 70cm by 34cm. It’s available from John Lewis for £385.

Five ways to get the monochrome look

Monday, September 21st, 2009
Graham and Brown Chrysanthemum wallpaper

Graham and Brown Chrysanthemum wallpaper

One of the current trends in home interiors is monochrome, or black and white.  As with any trends, if you want to go the whole hog and transform a room in your home into a haven of monochrome, then it will certainly look great.

But if you’re not looking to totally re-decorate a room, then there are still plenty of ways in which you can get the look from making a few simple changes, or adding decorative accessories.

Here are five practical ideas to help you get the monochrome look in your home.

1. Make a Feature Wall

Creating a feature wall in a room is a great way of making a statement. In a lounge, for example, you could create a feature wall above the fireplace or in any alcoves you have, or in a bedroom it could be the wall above the bed.

With the monochrome look, there are a wide variety of stunning black and white wallpapers on the market, which provide an instant statement.


Laura Ashley orient print magazine file

Saturday, September 19th, 2009
Orient print magazine file

Orient print magazine file

I love storage solutions and it’s even better when they come in gorgeous designs.

With its cheery red colour, and oriental floral print, it’s not surprising that this magazine file caught my eye.

It’s available from Laura Ashley and, as they’re having a ‘mega weekend’ (until 20th September), there’s 25% off the usual price – so it’s now only £3.75!

In fact there’s 25% off all their home furnishing products, so it’s well worth having a nose around their website.

Rice funky circle cushion

Friday, September 18th, 2009
Circle cushion cover by Rice

Circle cushion cover by Rice

Brighten up a chair with this striking circle design cushion.

The handmade multi-colour circle cushion cover is bright and funky. It’s been made as part of a three year Rice Special Project, which is aiming to improve the working environment in India.

The cushion cover measures 40cm square and, although it doesn’t come with a cushion pad, you can easily buy one elsewhere to fit.

If you’d like to add this striking cushion to your home, then it’s available to purchase from Nettle Green for £36.

Giant cupcake pan

Friday, September 18th, 2009

This week much of the blogosphere has gone cupcake mad, due to it being National Cupcake Week (14th to 19th September). Over at Domestic Sluttery they’ve been giving away cupcakes every day, other blogs have had similar competitions and promos, and Camilla at Hygge Nook is apparently planning an end of week cupcake baking session.

If you’re thinking of baking cupcakes too, then how about trying out this cupcake pan?

Yes, it’s a giant cupcake pan – it measures 26cm tall by 18cm wide and it’s in the shape of a cupcake – the only difference is that this one is designed to be shared!

The Bundt cast aluminium pan is available from De Cuisine.

Blik chandelier wall sticker

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Chandelier wall sticker by Blik

Chandelier wall sticker by Blik

Here’s another novel way of getting a chandelier into your interior design – this time, it’s in the form of a nifty wall sticker!

Created by Blik, a new brand from Venice Beach, California, the black wall sticker is in the shape of an intricate chandelier and it looks just like the real thing.

The stickers are self-adhesive and can be applied to any smooth, flat surface. If you decide at a later date that you don’t like where you’ve put it, or you’ve gone off the design, you can easily remove it again.

The sticker pack comes with one 73cm chandelier, two add-ons and four 33cm chain pieces.  If black isn’t your cup of tea, then it’s also available in fuschia pink, white and gold.

You can buy the stickers from Supernice on Not On The High Street for £27.95.

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Orla Kiely stem design bath mats

Thursday, September 17th, 2009


Orla Kiely’s collection of home products is forever popular, with the stem design being one of the best sellers.

These bath mats, available from Dot Maison, feature the classic stem design in two distinctive colourways. There’s a bright mandarin (orange), with a white stem design on it, and a mushroom option (brown), where the background is pale and the stem design is in mushroom.

The bath mats are £12 each and offer a reasonably inexpensive way of adding some Orla Kiely classics into your home.

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Zsa Zsa multi-hole vase

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Zsa Zsa porcelain vase

It’s often the case that you never have quite the right vase for your floral needs, but this multi-hole vase could go some way to rectifying that problem.

The Zsa Zsa vase is adorned with not one hole for holding a single stem, but lots, so it can hold multiple flowers. It’s a dainty and delicate vase, made of porcelain, and measures 24cm by 10cm.

You wouldn’t fit the entire contents of a massive bunch of flowers in here, but it would be lovely for a single stem on its own or an arrangement of several stems.

The multi-stem Zsa Zsa vase is available from Jo Davies on Bouf.

Pipe Work coat stand

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Bring pipe work back to your walls

As far as decorative features go, this is pretty ironic.

A lot of people go to immense trouble trying to cover up all the pipe work in their homes, so it’s not on show, then along comes Nick Fraser and designs a hall stand that’s made to look like exposed pipe work!

The pipe work hall stand is made from powder coated copper pipe and features brass compression fittings which can be used to hang your coat or jacket on.

It’s finished off with a steel bucket at the bottom, which you can use as an umbrella stand.

If you’d like to add a touch of irony into your home, love exposed pipe work and creative designs, and perhaps need somewhere to hang your coat, then the Pipe Work hall stand by Nick Fraser can be purchased via Bouf.

Glamorous black chandelier

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Add a touch of glamour to your home

Add a touch of glamour to your home

A cleverly used chandelier hanging from your ceiling can add the perfect finishing touch to a room.

The traditional crystal-clad chandeliers can weigh a lot and some people worry about the practicality of hanging something so heavy from their ceiling.

This glamorous black chandelier solves all those worrries, as it’s made from acrylic.

It’s in the usual ornate style, with hanging droplets of beads, and looks great hung from the centre of a room.

The black chandelier measures 56cm in height and 56cm in width and is available from Velvet.

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