Archive for October, 2010

Dandelion clocks wallpaper and matching home accessories

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Chaffinch blue dandelion clocks wallpaper sanderson Red and brown sanderson dandelion clock wallpaper Pink and natural dandelion clocks wallpaper sanderson

There are a lot of lovely wallpaper designs available, but one of the patterns that continues to be popular is the Dandelion Clocks design by Sanderson.

Based on a classic 1950s retro design, the fun and funky wallpaper is available in a choice of colourways and works very effectively in many rooms of the home.

Room designed with dandelion clock wallpaper

The Chaffinch blue – a light, teal blue, grey and green colourway – is perhaps one of the best known choices for this wallpaper, but the blackcurrant pink and natural shades, or the striking red and brown, look just as good.

The Dandelion Clocks wallpaper is available from a variety of retailers, including John Lewis, where the made to order wallpaper costs £33.

To complete the look, various matching dandelion clock print homewares are available too. Whilst I’m not keen on the idea of plastering an entire house in the Dandelion Clock print, there are plenty of items available to allow you to mix and match, using as much or as little as the print as you wish, in conjunction with coordinating paint colours, fabrics or furniture.

Dandelion clock lampshade

Blackcurrant and natural lampshade

If you love the cheery blackcurrant and natural colourway, then Heal’s have an exclusive dandelion clock lampshade in stock.

The drum style lampshade is best suited for use with a lampbase – if you use it as a pendant style shade, then the design will be upside down!

Wallpaper Direct have all the colourways available in a Dandelion Clock print bath towel (£24) and the blue print in a Dandelion Clocks king size duvet (£85).

Dandelion clock cushion Aqua blue dandelion clock cushion

John Leiws have matching Dandelion Clock cushions available in the blackcurrant and blue colours, for £30 each.

Cog bowl by Haidée Drew

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Cog bowl by award-winning designer Haidée Drew

Mechanical themed bowl

This very unusual bowl was created by award-winning London-based designer, Haidée Drew.

It’s a fantastic representation of a cog and, if you had two or more of the bowls, I bet you couldn’t help but organise them on a table so that their sides fit together.

The cog bowls would be perfect to use as serving bowls for nibbles at a party, or simply as a centre piece in the middle of a table.

Made from white earthenware, and measuring 21cm in diamater, the cog bowls cost £29.50 each from Bouf.

Top 10 silver and white Christmas tree decorations

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

It may seem early to think about how you’ll be decorating your Christmas tree this year, but with products in the shops already, some of the good buys are beginning to sell out.

For those of you planning to decorate your tree in silver and white, or if you’re looking for a few decorations in these colour to add to your existing Christmas decoration collection, then here are 10 of the best new silver and white Christmas tree decorations available!

We’ve found special baubles, bargain sets of baubles,  decorations with a handmade look and contemporary pieces to add a modern feel to your seasonal decorations.

There’s something for everyone, so read on and see what takes your fancy!

1. Matt white pyramid bauble

Pyramid design modern christmas tree bauble from Heal's

This modern matt white pyramid bauble reminds me of the style of some of the contemporary pendant lights.

It’s a really effective piece and would look fantastic hung on a Christmas tree.

The white pyramid bauble is £10 from Heal’s.

2. Deer Christmas ball bauble

Contemporary cream deer bauble

Add a contemporary touch to your Christmas tree, with this deer design bauble.

The cream coloured earthenware Christmas tree ball bauble is decorated with a black silhouette of a deer on one side, with a small silhouette on the other side.

This unusual bauble is £11 from AIGA.

3. Starburst round bauble

Unusual designer Christmas tree bauble

This unusual round bauble is called Starburst for a good reason!

The silvery white special bauble would make a great addition to your tree and costs £5 from John Lewis.

4. Origami polar bear Christmas tree decoration

Unusual carved polar bear

This cute little polar bear isn’t made from paper, as the origami part of its name suggests. In fact, it’s carved to produce the origami look, which is very effective.

The white bear has a small hanger on the top of its back with ribbon strung through for hanging. It would be special piece to bring out for Christmas and treasure year after year.

The carved origami bear costs £12 from the V&A Shop.

5. Beaded snowflake hanging decoration

Contemporary christmas decoration

Even if we aren’t blessed with a white Christmas, this pretty beaded snowflake decoration can add a wintery touch to your Christmas tree.

The beaded snowflake hanging decoration is £5 from Graham and Green.

6.Round crackle glass bauble

Christmas tree decorations from Lombok

You can’t beat a good glass bauble and if it’s got a crackle effect, then it’s even better.

These clear glass round crackle baubles are available in a choice of two sizes. The small bauble is £2 and the large £3.50 and they’re sold by Lombok.

7. Felt feather tree decoration

Felt feather Christmas decoration

I’ll be honest, I thought this was a leaf when I first saw it, but leaf or feather, it’s a dainty piece to add to your Christmas tree.

Made from silvery white felt, the decoration has a lovely stitched effect running through it and, if you love the handmade look, this would be perfect.

The felt feather decoration is £4 from the V&A Shop.

8. Sparkly star tree decoration

Silver star Christmas decoration

Every Christmas tree needs a star and this one has just the right amount of sparkle.

The five pointed three dimensional star is sprinkled with glitter to make it sparkle under your Christmas tree lights.

The star decoration is £3.99 from The Contemporary Home.

9. Frosted silver hanging hearts

Vintage style Christmas tree decorations

This pair of frosted silver hanging heart decorations are made from glass and hang from a contrasting velvet ribbon.

They’re a bit vintagey in style, but would look lovely used alongside contemporary decorations for an eclectic mix.

The pair of frosted silver hanging hearts cost £10 from Cox and Cox.

10. John Lewis mini glass baubles

Bargain box of silver Christmas decorations

In addition to all the gorgeous, one-off special baubles, every tree needs a good set of baubles to use to fill in the gaps year after year.

This super set of 27 mini glass silver baubles from John Lewis is a great starter kit and perfect for smaller Christmas trees. The baubles come in three different finishes – glittery silver, matt silver and shiny silver.

Best of all, they’re a great buy at only £4 per box.

Update December 2012: Check out our new post featuring more gorgeous silver and white Christmas tree decorations.

Rob Brandt crushed expresso cup

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Ceramic crushed cup by designer Rob Brandt

Ceramic cup

Sometimes it’s amazing how even the most simplest of designs can be so effective, or so popular.

That’s certainly the case with Rob Brandt’s ceramic expresso cup. Designed to look like a crumpled and squashed used coffee cup, the piece is actually made out of ceramic and will provide a long life of coffee needs.

Each white cup is handmade, so the creases and crumples will be unique to you. At only £4.90 from Made in Design, it’s a fabulous price for a really quirky design piece.

If you like this kind of design idea, you may also like the porcelain flour bag container or the porcelain carton milk jug that we’ve featured previously.

Black and white eclectic cutlery set by Present Time

Monday, October 25th, 2010
Fun eclectic monotone mix and match cutlery set

Mix and match monotone cutlery

I do like adding a bit of a fun touch to a dining table, and what better way then using this eclectic cutlery set.

The 16 piece cutlery set features knives, forks, dessert spoons and tea spoons with handles decorated in a lovely mix of black and white designs, including polka dots, checks and block colours. The handles are made of acrylic and the cutlery is all dishwasher safe.

The monotone eclectic cutlery set comes in a small box, making it ideal to give as a homeware gift, and the set costs £25.98 from Amazon.

Bird cage memo holder

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Christmas card holder

Useful memo peg board

Memo boards are infinitely useful to have in your home, whether you pop them on the kitchen wall, in the hall or in a study or home office.

This bird cage design memo board is slightly different from some of the memo boards we’ve featured before, in that it uses pegs to attach items to it. Unlike memo boards involving pins, you won’t end up with a small hole punctured through your items.

In addition to using it for storing  all the bits and pieces you need to remember, it’s shown here being used as a way of displaying Christmas cards, which is a really nice idea.

The bird cage memo board costs £45, comes with twelve pegs to get you started and is sold by Sage, inspired by Life on Not On The High Street.

Create a purple bedroom: Four gorgeous purple bedding ideas

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Decorate your bedroom with on trend purple

If you’re loving the autumn trend for purple homewares, then how about transforming your bedroom into a haven of purple?

There are some gorgeous purple bedding sets and curtains available at the moment and you can choose from going all out with purple passion, or mixing purple with white, which can help tone it down for some people.

We’ve been on the hunt for purple bedding ideas and have come up with these four beauties to start with.


Happy hot dog tray from Hunkydory Home

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Multicoloured dog themed designer tray from Hunkydory Home

Melamine tray

You can never have enough trays in your kitchen as they’re useful for so many occasions.

Big trays that you can pile everything on are great, but it’s also useful to have some smaller ones handy for serving afternoon tea or popping a few cakes or biscuits on when you’re entertaining.

This fun and funky tray is described as a ‘dessert tray’ and measures 15 inches by 6 inches in size. It’s made of hard-wearing melamine and features a long white dachshund dog against a multi-coloured stripe background.

You’ll find the happy hot dog tray in stock at Hunkydory Home.

Prelit snowy paper Christmas tree from John Lewis

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Bestselling snowy paper Christmas tree from John LewisBestselling snowy paper contemporary tree

Last year, the snowy paper Christmas tree from John Lewis caused a bit of a storm of excitement. It sold out very quickly online and in store and you had to be quick if you wanted one in your home for Christmas.

The contemporary styled tree offers a more natural and simplistic alternative to the traditional style of Christmas tree, but still has plenty of room to hang decorations on its branches.  The tree comes pre-lit, so it saves you the hassle of having to string it with lights and it’s ready to be decorated.

The good news is that the prelit snowy paper Christmas tree is back in stock at John Lewis this year. The four foot version costs £45 and a larger 6ft 6in version is £75 (stock for the latter is due in four weeks).

Nov 2011 update – Various snowy paper trees, including some pre-lit options, are back in stock at John Lewis!

Traditional black telephone cushion

Monday, October 18th, 2010
Old fashioned black telephone cushion

Quirky telephone cushion

Home accessories and soft furnishings needn’t be boring, as this quirky cushion reminds us.

Shaped in the form of an old fashioned telephone, this black cushion looks like it’s come out of the past, but is far comfier to lean back on than an actual old telephone.

The telephone cushion is made from cotton and linen and is filled with a polyester cushion pad. It’s priced at only £15 from John Lewis.

If celebrating traditional telephony alongside modern inventions does it for you, then you may also like the look of this reconditioned transparent working telephone or the utterly glam chrome phone.

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