Archive for September, 2009

Unusual lighting from Skinflint Design

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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If you’re looking for lighting that’s a bit different and out of the ordinary, then you need to check out Skinflint Design.

The company specialises in dealing in reclaimed and salvaged lighting from the 20th century, particularly industrial fixtures. They have some really unsual finds – the kind of lights you won’t easily find anywhere else – and they’re perfect if you want some unusual features or eye-catching lighting.

The bulkhead lights (pictured above on the left) were reclaimed from the isolation cells at a Victorian lunatic asylun in Surrey. There are 16 of them available, with heavy steel bases, and they’re £190 each. It’s a lot to pay for a light, but you’re also purchasing a piece of history too, and we bet they’ll be a talking point at dinner parties.

The enamel green light  in the middle dates from the 1930s and was salvaged from a factory. It’s made of a heavy green and white enamel and there’s one available for £50.

And finally, we love this gorgeous conical shaped white glass pendant light. Again, there’s only one available and it’s priced at £65.

Skinflint Design have plenty of other weird and wonderful lights available – check out their website to find out more!

Berry Red Molly storage tins

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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I can’t get enough of storage tins, they’re useful for storing all sorts of goodies (craft tools, seed packets, stamps or a secret chocolate stash) and come in such gorgeous designs.

These two Molly tins are both from Berry Red and are firmly on my tin wishlist.

The medium Molly tin (£15)  is  jolly red colour all over, with flowers on the sides and white polka dots on the lid.

The large Molly tin (£25) has the same red and white polka dot lid and floral decoration on the sides, but the base colour of the sides of the tin is white, which gives it a completely different look.

Pearl and Earl camper van trend

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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Iconic VW camper van images seem to be springing up into home accessories left, right and centre. One company who’ve really conquered the market for trendy camper van designs are British designers Pearl and Earl.

They’ve successfully brought the camper van image into everything from tea towels and mugs, to canvas art, laundry bags, aprons and oven gloves.

The set of six porcelain mugs is £40, the camper Lys teatowel is £6 and the camper van bumper gift set, which includes a teatowel, mug, badge and card (in a choice of 6 colours) is £15.

For these products, and many more camper van filled delights, check out the Pearl and Earl website.

Venice shower curtain

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Take a shower in Italy

Take a shower in Italy

I’m not the biggest fan of shower curtains – I much prefer screens – but if you’ve got to have a curtain, then this Venice shower curtain is a great alternative.

The curtain has a wonderful view of typical Venice architecture, complete with canal activity, and could help transport you away from your bathroom to the wonderful Italian city.

It’s available to purchase from Rockett St George for £30.

If Venice doesn’t do it for you, then the shower curtain is also available depicting other worldwide destinations, including Paris, Las Vegas, London and Brooklyn.

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.


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