Archive for February, 2011

Hanging flower light shade by Yorke Design

Monday, February 28th, 2011
Inexpensive budget friendly flower pendant light

Flower design light shade

There are some stunning lights and light shades available, but some pieces aren’t very budget-friendly. This lovely hanging flower light shade, though, looks more expensive than it actually is.

Made from recycled polypropylene by Yorke Design, the curved petals of the water lily inspired design come in a flat pack and take a short amount of time to carefully crease and clip them together, as per the instructions.

The end result is a really effective and eye-catching light shade that looks like it cost a lot more than it actually did.

The hanging flower light is only £29.95 from Yorke Design. Definitely worth investing in!

They also do a light shade called Snow, with more ponited petals, which is £24.95.

Robert Welch Signature V bamboo knife storage drawer

Friday, February 25th, 2011
Safe knife storage unit for a kitchen drawer

Store knives safely in drawers

If you’re keen to store your sharp kitchen knives safely in drawers, so that you don’t accidentally cut your fingers when you dive into a draw looking for them (or is that just me?), then this bamboo storage unit is ideal.

Designed by Robert Welch and made from bamboo obtained from renewable sources, this solid wooden knife storage unit sits inside a drawer and can be used to store knives. Simply pop the knives down into the slots, which cater for knives of all sizes, and the blades will be hidden.

The drawer storage unit is especially useful if you’ve got young children and don’t want to have a knife block out on a kitchen surface. You could use this inside a high drawer, perhaps adding a  child-proof safety lock to the drawer as well, for increased peace of mind that sharp knives are fully out of reach from tiny hands.

The Signature V bamboo knife storage drawer is priced at £24.50 and can be purchased from Amara.

Kartell Front Page modern magazine rack

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Kartell design magazine rackFront Page magazine rack by Kartell

A classic Kartell design, the Front Page magazine rack is designed and made in Italy and moulded from polypropylene.

The inspiration for the design rather aptly stems from the look of a magazine when its pages are turned. It successfully captures this feeling of movement, whilst still providing plenty of essential storage space.

Even the colours the magazine rack are available in (opaque matt black, opaque matt white, transparent clear, transparent red, transparent smoke and transparent yellow) are said to be inspired by the colours of major international magazines.

The Kartell Front Page magazine rack is available to order from Home Frenzy for £132.

Umbra Conceal bookshelf from Red Candy

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Funky modern conceal shelf by UmbraContemporary bookshelf shelf for your homeUmbra interior design products for your home

Ever wanted to suspend your books in thin air? If your magical skills aren’t quite up to achieving this feat, then the Umbra Conceal bookshelf can do it for you!

This nifty shelf invention, designed by Miron Lior, creates the illusion of an invisible, floating shelf on which you can stack a small collection of books (it’s similar to the Self Shelf that we featured a while ago).

Made from metal, the shelf comes with instructions as to how to fit it from the wall – it needs a couple of screws – and can accommodate books of up to 20cm in depth, and a maximum load of 6.8kg.

The Umbra Conceal shelf is available to buy from Red Candy, where it’s priced at £9.50.

Contemporary design tube chair made from reclaimed materials

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Modern interior design furnitureModern furniture for contemporary interior design home

If you love unique, handmade furniture and appreciate pieces that are made from reclaimed materials, then this contemporary tube chair may well appeal.

The tube chair is designed and created by Osian Batyka-Williams, the same designer behind the novel cutlery chair that we featured previously, and is handmade from reclaimed materials.

The majority of the chair is constructed from reclaimed stainless steel tubes, which are sourced from reclamation yards within five miles of the makers studio. The wooden inserts, that are used to fill the inside of the tubes, are also all sourced from reclaimed materials and the wood element of these varies from chair to chair, depending on what type of wood is available at the time of making.

The metal and wood tube chair is available to purchase from Osian’s store on Bouf.

Beatrice mini stacked base lamp from Next

Monday, February 21st, 2011
Small stacked base table lamp from Next

Stacked base style lamp

The stacked base style of lamps continues to be popular, but if you don’t have a huge budget available, you can still get the look without breaking the bank.

This small Beatrice lamp would be suitable for use on a table in the lounge or a bedside table.

It’s available in clear (neutral), which is perfect for going in any room, or a deep teal blue shade for a touch of dramatic colour.

The mini lamp is affordably priced at only £28 from Next.

Top 10 free online interior design room planning tools

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Free bathroom planner from B&Q

Redesign a room layout

If you’re thinking about redesigning a room and altering the layout, then it’s sometimes hard to work out whether your ideas will really work and if everything will fit in well. This is particularly so with rooms such as bathrooms or kitchens, when you’re considering totally re-arranging the existing layout.

One of the best ways of seeing whether or not your ideas are actually viable, and to get an idea of how they might look, is to put together a proposed layout of your room. If you don’t fancy drawing this all out on paper, then there are a wide variety of very useful free room planning tools online, many of which are simple and easy to use.

Some of the tools are useful for an initial play, to see how you could move key items around in a room. But if you want to get a more accurate idea of how things could work in your particular room, you will need to take measurements and input these into the room planners. Don’t forget to also take into consideration where windows or doors are located and which way they open!

There are online room planning tools run by individual brands, which use examples of their own products to help you plan a room, plus generic tools that guide you as to what size bath or sink you’ll require to meet your plans.

We successfully used one of the generic room planners to re-design our bathroom, completely altering the original layout. Using our measurements, it was very useful to see the maximum size of bath and shower unit that could fit in, whilst still giving enough space in the rest of the room.

Once you’ve produced your perfect room plan, you can usually save it, download it or print it out. If you’re employing a builder or contractor to do the work, then the room plan will be useful for them to get a better idea of what you’re looking for and find products that match the required sizes.

10 free online room planning design tools

1. Mydeco – Mydeco have several free online design tools available, including a useful 3D room planner, which is great for aiding clearer visualisation as to how your room could look when the layout is altered.

2. Floor Planner – Floor Planner offers a useful tool (the basic option is free) to create new floor plans and room layouts.

3. Bathroom Accessories Guide – This back-to-basics tool uses ‘graph paper’ and simple measurements to show you what sizes of bathroom furniture may fit into the room you have available.

4. Sweet Home 3D – Free online interior design tool that allows you to create 2D plans and see previews in 3D. It’s available in a range of languages.

5. Autodesk Homestyle – Useful free drag and drop room planner tool that allows you to easily create floor plans, plus add decorating ideas too.

6. Ikea – Room planning tools from Ikea, including a kitchen planner.

7. Model Rooms – Free online room planner tool to help you design a new interior layout.

8. B&Q – B&Q have several free room planning tools on their website, including a bathroom planner, kitchen planner and room designer tool.

9. Homebase - Free 3D kitchen planner tool.

10. Magnet – Online kitchen planner tool that helps you create a 3D model of a kitchen.

Decorative Scandinavian surface wall panel

Friday, February 18th, 2011
Wall panel wall art sticker

Decorative wall panel

If you love adding new decorative features to your wall, but don’t want to use wallpaper, then here’s another novel way of adding a feature to the interior walls of your home.

The Magpie themed panel in the picture is an example of a Scandinavian surface panel, which is a form of high quality digital print. The panels are a good alternative to wallpaper and can be hung singly, or in a group.

In addition to birds, there are various other quirky contemporary designs available (there’s even one with poodles!), with each panel measuring 45cm by 270cm.

The panel comes complete with instructions and a hanging kit, so you can get it up on your wall easily.

The surface panels are designed and manufactured in Scandinavia, but British company, Frank and Fearless, are selling them in a range of designs for £79 each.

Turqouise flower lamp shade from Stem

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Unusual turqouise floral stripe lampshade from Stem

Striking lampshade

Emma Armstrong, who runs Stem, specialises in making lampshades and produces some striking pieces.

This turqouise lampshade is a gorgeous colour and would look great used to add a touch of colour to a neutral or white room, or teamed with other turqouise pieces.

The outside of the lampshade is covered in a silvery fabric, with a large turquoise floral design, but what makes the lamp shade a bit more unusual is the addition of stripes of colour on the inside.

The turquoise flower and stripe lampshade is available in a variety of sizes and can be made to order. Prices start from £69 and the shade is available to purchase from Stem.

Judy Holme Questions cushion

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Designer everyday questions textile cushion by Judy HolmeUk questions designer cushion by Judy HolmeDesigner questions cushion by Judy Holme in dark blue

Questions, questions…..

There are some questions that seem to come up on a regular basis – “Will it be a sunny day?”, “Have I got my umbrella?” and “What will happen if….?”

Designer Judy Holme has gathered together some of her favourite questions and used them artistically in the design of this cushion. The questions have been formed into graduating circles, with the print slowly getting smaller and smaller, fading in colour until it simply forms into a light dot in the centre of the cushion.

The Questions cushion is a perfect size for relaxing against (40cm by 40cm), but you’ll no doubt be drawn into spending plenty of time reading and pondering the questions too. It comes filled with a soft luxury feather pad and has off-white silk on the back of it.

Judy Holme’s Questions cushion is available in a range of colours, including dark blue, pale blue, maroon, ocean blue, pink, orange and khaki and all options are available to purchase at Dotmaison.

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