Archive for July, 2010

Autumn product preview: Clapperboard photo frame

Friday, July 30th, 2010
For films buffs, perhaps?

For film buffs, perhaps?


There are some lovely new products for the autumn waiting in the wings in many stores and we couldn’t resist bringing you a preview.

This quirky photo frame is based on the idea of a clapperboard, as used in making films. It will be available from The Contemporary Home and is very well priced at only £6.99.

It’s not yet in stock on their website, but is due in the autumn, so keep an eye out for it.

Philippe Starck XO Bonze stool – love it or loathe it?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010


Would you choose one of these stools to go in your home? Do you love the design or loathe it?

The ceramic Bonze stools are part of the Xo range by designer Philippe Starck. Possibly not to everybody’s taste, the sculptural piece with a face in the base doubles up as both a stool and a small side table. It’s been produced in a range of colours, including platinum, gold, black and red, with the shiny finishes of the gold and platinum being quite glitzy and decorative.

You’ll probably have to really love the Bonze stool to buy it, as it’s not cheap. The black and red versions are £578, the gold is £644 and the platinum will set you back £693.

You can find out more about the Bonze stools, or buy one, at Made in Design.

Contemporary flower print doormat

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Colourful doormat

Colourful doormat

It’s not the most sexy item to buy for your home, but unless you want muddy or wet feet trailing through your home, you need to have a doormat.

A lot of doormats are boring and unappealing, but thankfully this is one doormat that we think you might like. The eyecatching design has three large floral blooms on it, in shades of pink, red and purple. In fact, it looks a bit too nice for muddy feet to stand on.

To get this doormat in front of your door, head on over to Graham and Green, where it’s priced at £22.50.

Reduced price mocha garden dining chair

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
Buy reduced price sale bargain chair

Useful seating

It’s the last week of the furniture sale at John Lewis and there are still some good reductions to be had.

If you’re looking for garden seats, or want to stock up on a few good quality, but inexpensive, chairs to have at hand when you need extra seating, then these garden dining chairs are a good buy.

Available in a light mocha (pale brown) shade, these contemporary dining chairs are made from steel, with a coloured powder coating. The chairs come fully assembled, so there’s no tricky DIY to manage, and they stack for easy storage.

As well as using them for outdoor gardening, the chairs would be really useful for extra seating indoors too. They’re £20 from John Lewis.

High gloss white coffee table from Arden Grace

Monday, July 26th, 2010
Pure and simple table

Pure and simple table

For those that love keeping home furnishings pure and simple, and crave minimalist living, this glossy white coffee table would fit in perfectly.

The table is nice and solid (4cm thick) and is finished with a high gloss white lacquer, which will reflect the light well and be durable too.

The white coffee table is a good size and would be ideal for any modern living room and costs £69.95 from Arden Grace.

Culinary Concepts olive bowl and spoon

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Culinery Concepts stainless steel bowl

Stainless steel bowl and spoon

Serve olives in style, with this stainless steel olive bowl and matching spoon. Designed by Culinary Concepts, the 6″ bowl is lovely and shiny inside and comes ready to use with a spoon, with a trademark knot on the top of the handle.

Although it’s designed to be used for olives, the bowl and spoon set is the perfect size for serving a variety of nibbles or condiments in. As it comes gift boxed, it would be a perfect homeware gift to give as a present. Even when not in use, the bowl would make a stylish decorative accessory.

You’ll find the Culinary Concepts olive bowl and spoon set available from Beth Stevens, for £36.95.

M&S 50% off summer sale

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010


The M&S summer sale has started today this morning, with up to 50% off a huge range of products, including lots of homeware and furniture.

Amongst the bargains, we spotted this chunky round chopping board for £5, a cute garlic storage pot for £3 and a stripy Mardi Gras garden parasol reduced to £35 (from £75).

There are lots more good buys, including glasses for 25p and table lamps for £3, so we’d recommend heading off and starting a bit of bargain hunting at M&S!

The Fold shelf: storage and sculpture combined

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Stylish and practical modern Fold shelf   3d wall art sculpture and shelf

If you love wall art sculptures, but also need some practical storage in your home, then meet the Fold shelf.

This clever design combines an impressive three dimensional wall sculpture with a useful shelf, that can be used for storing books, home accessories, CDs or DVDs.

The unusually shaped Fold shelf is made from a single sheet of powder coated metal that has been laser cut and hand folded along perforated cuts. The crisp edges of the shelf expose the perforations, which produces a trendy stitched detail effect.

One shelf used on its own on a wall is effective enough, but you could combine several shelves to form unusual sculptures and art on your wall. You can even choose which way up you position it, for maximum design and creativity.

The Fold shelf comes with everything you need to fix it safely and securely to your wall and is available to purchase from the Hidden Art shop.

Wonderful blue glass Aladdin stem vases

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Great collection of vases

Great collection of vases

These small blue glass Aladdin vases are designed to hold a single stem and are a lovely way of displaying flowers from your garden.

But they’re also a great little set for using as decorative accessories in the home. The vases come as a set of six, three made from clear blue glass and three from frosted glass. There are plenty of ways in which you can use them – dotted around singly on windowsills, in pairs, in groups of three or altogether on a shelf.

The set of six Aladdin stem vases is very affordable at only £12 from Graham and Green.

Designers Guild Amalienborg reduced bedding

Monday, July 19th, 2010
Fresh and floral bedding

Fresh and floral bedding

The summer sale is on at Designers Guild and, amongst the bargains on offer, is this Amalienborg bedding set.

The duvet set is reversible, with a fresh and modern stylished floral print on one side, with dominating colours of pink and lilac, coupled with subtle green, and a pretty striped design on the reverse.

Made from 100% cotton percale, the bedlinen is available in a range of sizes from single, to double, king and super king. If you like slightly floral designs, but sometimes want a change of bedding, then this reversible set would be ideal.

The Amalienborg bedlinen has 50% off the original prices in the Designers Guild sale.

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