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Grange herb wheel planter: Create a herb garden

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Herb garden design and planting ideas

Herb wheel plante

Nothing quite beats using freshly grown herbs in cooking, rather than dried herbs, and they’re relatively easy to grow on your kitchen windowsill or outside in the garden.

If you’re looking to create a feature herb garden, then here’s an easy way to get going – rather than having to dig out a plot yourself, why not buy this wooden hexagonal planter for your herbs?

The herb wheel planter is made from timber and has six roomy compartments suitable for planting a selection of herbs in.

You do need to do a bit of self-assembly to put it together, but once made, you can use it in a corner of your patio, or even as a small raised bed area in a border.

The Grange herb wheel planter measures 1.07 metres wide and costs £49.95 from Garden Chic.

If this herb planter is a bit too big for your garden, then they also have lots of other wooden planters available that would be perfect for herbs, like this Forest Garden Caledonian tiered raised bed or the Forest Garden cascade planter (this would be particularly good if you have limited space).

Big Ben wall clock wall sticker: Take two

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Transform your wall with wall stickersWall sticker that is a real working clock

Remember the  functioning Big Ben wall clock sticker that we featured previously? If you liked the idea, but don’t quite have the wall space to accommodate it, then here’s another take on the design that may appeal, as it’s smaller and more compact.

This version of the Big Ben wall clock wall sticker focuses on just the clock face, rather than the whole tower too. The sticker comes with a clock mechanism that can be attached to the wall first, so that you end up with a fully functioning wall clock.

The sticker forms the clock face – it comes in two halves – and you simply surround the clock with the relevant parts, making sure the numbers are the right way around to be able to tell the time!

As an added addition, there’ s a little cow sticker with a complementary design that comes with the set too, which can be used alongside the clock or elsewhere.

The Big Ben wall clock wall sticker set is available to purchase from John Lewis and costs £25.

For more working clock wall stickers, check out these posts:

Spin Collective wall clock and alarm clock wall stickers

Osborne and Little leaf lampshades and white lamp base

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Osborne and Little green leaf fabric lamp shadeOsborne and Little fresh modern leaf design

These Osborne and Little leaf design lampshades, which are available in green or blue colourways, provide a fresh new look for lamps this spring.

The modern drum lampshades measures 14″ in size and can be used on table lamps or ceiling pendants. They work well with a white lamp base, as seen here teamed with a white 5 ball lamp base from Primrose and Plum.

The leaf lampshades are £32.50 each and the lamp base costs £39, both available from Primrose and Plum.

Koziol Flame red trivet

Monday, March 28th, 2011
Modern funky design kitchen trivet worktop protector

Koziol trivet

We love a good kitchen trivet, but the design of this one looks too nice to hide with a hot pan!

The flame design trivet is made from moulded plastic resin and was created by Koziol Werksdesign. It can cope with temperatures of up to 220C (425F), so is ideal for use in the kitchen, or at a table, for placing hot pans or dishes on.

When not in use as a trivet, thanks to its decorative nature, it would look great as the centrepiece on a dining table.

You can buy the Koziol flame trivet at Red Candy, where it’s an affordable £10.

Funky cardboard stools from Jasmine Way

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Multi coloured mosaic cardboard stool Funky design cardboard seat table

Black and white monotone furniture seatMarrakech design cardboard stool seat table

Jasmine Way have a great new selection of super funky cardboard stools in stock.

The stools were all created by Stefanie Keppler and Ingo Fremer from Remember, a German design company. They’re decorated in a range of colourful designs – we particularly love Signale, which is reminiscent of the colours and design of the famous TV test card – but the multicoloured mosaic, black and white Palazzo and  eastern-inspired Marrakech design are all equally nice.

The corrugated cardboard stools can take weights of up to 200kg and can be used as an occasional seat, side table or even a bedside table. Each of the designs costs £23 each and they’re available to buy from Jasmine Way.

Which would you choose?

Unusual metal beer barrel seat

Friday, March 25th, 2011
Galvanised steel beer barrel design chair from Garden Trading

Metal barrel chair

Beer lovers: meet the beer barrel chair!

This quirky metal chair is made from galvanised steel and is based on the design and shape of a traditional beer barrel.

It’s the right height to use at a table, but it’s also perfect for use as a feature chair in a room of your home. The chair is amazingly lightweight and the space at the back of the seat acts as a useful handle, enabling you to easily move the chair around.

The barrel seat comes with a padded foam seat, with a cotton canvas cover, and is available to pre-order (stock is expected to be available in early April) from Garden Trading. This quirky metal chair costs £145.

Seagrass storage baskets set from Lombok

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Lidded seagrass home storage box

Clutter hiding facilities

I’m in the middle of a big Spring clean and major house tidying session at the moment and, in trying to find ideas for clearing clutter out of sight, stumbled upon this set of seagrass baskets.

Compared to some of the seagrass baskets available which don’t have lids, I love the fact that these do, so you don’t permanently have to see everything inside. As they’re made from seagrass they should be sturdy and long-lasting and the circular design is a nice alternative to square storage boxes.

Even better is the fact that you get two of these storage baskets in a set – one large and one small – and together they’re priced at £30 from Lombok, which seems very reasonable.

Milk bottle measuring cups from Anthropologie

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
China traditional milk bottle measuring cup set

Novel measuring cup set

If you’re ever looking for some unusual measuring cups, then it’s well worth having a look to see if Anthropologie have any. They’ve previously sold some novel and fun measuring cups, and they’ve done it again with this milk bottle design.

At first glance, the bone china milk bottle looks like it’s one single piece, but when you look closer you realise it’s actually made up of several smaller measuring cups, which can each be used to measure out different quantities of ingredients.

When they’re not in use, they stack together to form this single milk bottle (there’s even some silver on the top like a milk bottle lid!) which can be used for decorative purposes in your kitchen.

The milk bottle measuring cups set costs £22 from Anthropologie.

Thomas Bucheim multicoloured flat and quiet clock

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Multi coloured wheel design wall clock by Thomas Bucheim

Colourful clock

This bright and vibrant multicoloured clock not only looks great hung on the wall, but it’s also ultra flat and quiet too.

If you don’t like loud ticking clocks, then this is the perfect clock for you, as it features a ‘whisper-quiet stepping movement.’  The hours and minutes throughout the day are represented by different colours on the clock face and it’s a striking design to liven up a plain wall.

Thomas Bucheim’s ultra flat wall clock is available to buy from Urban Outfitters for £45.

For more funky modern and contemporary clocks, check out our previous posts.

Recycled tyre garden planters

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Green eco recycled tyre plant pot from EcoutletEco green recycle tyre plant planter

Spring is in the air and we’ve got gardening on our mind!  If you’re planning on brightening up your garden with new plants, and are looking for some pots to use on patios, then here’s a novel way of combining planting with eco-friendly products.

These funky planters – which you can use outdoors or inside your home – are made from recycled rubber tyres. They’re long-lasting, durable, frost-proof and maintenance free, plus each planter is unique, with different tyre tread markings and dashes of colour.

When they’re not being used out in the garden, you can bring the pots indoors and use them as magazine racks or fire log baskets.

The recycled tyre garden planters are available in three sizes – small (£15), medium (£20) and large (£22) and can be purchased from Ecoutlet.

 
 
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