Archive for November, 2010

Orla Kiely designer storage boxes

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Designer Orla Kiely cars storage box Designer Orla Kiely stem print box

If you can’t enough of Orla Kiely’s designs, or would like to introduce other people to your favourite designer, then these practical home storage boxes are a great idea.

Available in various different designs and sizes, each of the boxes features one of Orla’s classic designs. The boxes provide ample space for storing away your treasures or clutter, or you could use them as gift boxes for giving special presents in (and the recipient could then re-use them, making perfect eco sense!).

The large car design box is £15.50, the large multi stem print box is £14.50 and  the large black abacus design box is also priced at £14.50. All three boxes are available from Selfridges, along with lots of other gorgeous Orla Kiely stationery.

Top 10 online store discounts

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Save money on your Christmas shopping today!

Christmas shopping can be a pricey and time-consuming business, but if you shop online and buy carefully, there are savings to be had. Lots of online stores have got discounts and special offers available at the moment, to help spread the cost of your Christmas shopping, as well as save you having to traipse around busy shops.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the best places with money saving offers to help ease the cost of your seasonal shopping!

1. House of Fraser have a host of different offers available on home and kitchen, seasonal and electrical items, including money saving discounts, 3 for 2 offers and buy one, get one free offers. Check out the offers page on their website for all the latest deals.

2. Habitat have up to 30% off – their clearance section has great offers on candles, lighting, chairs, bedspreads, photo frames and more, all of which would make great gifts.

3. Whittard have up to 25% off everything, exclusively online. It’s the perfect place to Christmas shopping bargains on tea and coffee gifts, china or gift hampers.

4. Debenhams have up to 25% off in their Christmas Spectacular – but it’s due to end on Sunday 21st November, so be quick.

5. Thorntons have a range of great offers on, including 3 for 2 on various Christmas gifts and some extra special discounts and buy one get one free offers.

6. Marks and Spencer have a 3 for 2 offer running across a lot of Christmas gift ideas. Don’t forget to check their daily deals too or their offers page for all the latest discounts and money saving buys.

7. Oliver Bonas have up to 50% off in their sale, with bargains in homeware and gifts.

8. Very have up to half price on gifts and gadgets, plus VAT free deals on furniture.

9. Leekes have special 3 for 2 offers on homeware, cookware and gifts to help you save money on your Christmas shopping.

10. Tesco has some great offers and deals of the week on homeware, furniture, gifts, entertainment and wine, to help the cost of Christmas go further.

Natural driftwood Christmas tree by Karen Miller

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Eco friendly drift wood designer tree

Driftwood Christmas tree

We featured Karen Miller’s natural driftwood Christmas trees last year (and were then pleased to see one in action in someone’s home), but couldn’t resist mentioning them again.

It’s the perfect tree to have for anyone who’s eco conscious, wants something a bit different and is keen to use the same tree year after year.

The tree is made from naturally sourced driftwood and is designed by Karen Miller, who runs Devon Driftwood Designs.

The driftwood Christmas tree continues to be a popular choice and is already sold out in several sizes, but a small 2ft and more amply sized 5ft and 6ft versions of the tree are still available to order. Prices start at £59 for the 2ft driftwood tree.

Alice’s tea cup stool by Holly Palmer

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Alice in Wonderland inspired home accessories

Sit on a tea cup, like Alice!

Inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland, this tea cup stool is a bright and funky seating solution.

Made by designer, Holly Palmer, the tea cup stool is made from hard wearing plastic that has been moulded to form the look and shape of a tea cup. The quirky design has gained a lot of attention and the Alice inspired teacup stool was shortlisted for a 2010 House and Garden Classic Design Award.

The stool is available in a choice of colours, including orange, red, yellow, white, pink, green, blue, grey and black.

Alice’s tea cup stool is available to purchase from Bouf for £140.

Guzzini Love silicone pan trivet stand

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Red heart design silicone pan stand

Heart design trivet

Silicone pan stands are incredibly useful to have in the kitchen (we’ve got three and use them all the time), as you put them on the work surface and stick any hot pans or plates onto them.

This Love pan stand, designed by Setsu and Shinobu Ito for Guzzini, features a rather funky design made up of lots of intertwined hearts. The silicone is thick enough (1.5cm) to ensure your worktop surfaces remain unharmed, whatever you put down on it.

The Guzzini love pan stand is £12.90 from Red Candy. If you like the design, there are lots of other matching items available too, including a placemat, glass tumblers and Guzzini love place settings.

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Stunning ‘&’ clock by Diamantini and Domeniconi

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
Modern contemporary designer clock

Wow factor clock

Italian designers Diamantini and Domeniconi are renowned for producing amazing clocks (like their modern funky striped cuckoo clock that we’ve featured before) and the ‘&’ design wall clock is another fantastic example of their work that I’d love to have on my wall.

The & clock is as much a piece of wall art as it is a functional timepiece. The 70cm diameter clock is made from two pieces of cutwork, lacquered metal – one in white, and one in grey – and was first designed and created for Diamantini and Domeniconi by Juan Carlos Viso in 2008.

The cutwork design looks very effective and is based on the idea of infinite patterns, that go on and on, without seeming to end.

The Diamantini and Domeniconi & clock can be purchased at Mooch (it’s made to order), where it’s priced at £185.

For more details about the design and a complete list of all the Diamantini and Domeniconi clock designs, have a look at their website.

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