Archive for May, 2011

Ferm Living Dorm shelf

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Stylish interior design storage idea

Stylish wall display unit

Looking for a stylish way to display your favourite home accesories?

This eye-catching Ferm Living Dorm shelf offers an attractive and contemporary wall unit display solution.

Designed by Trine Andersen, the Dorm shelf is shaped like the outline of a house. It’s made from a mix of birch and alder plywood and comes with a pale blue or pale pink background.

The Dorm shelf is available to purchase from Cloudberry Living for £69.96.

Alfresco circular dining table and chairs

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Modern circular dining table

Circular dining table

This circular wooden dining table comes with four modern dining chairs that fit compactly around the table when not in use, making it perfect for rooms where you’ve got limited space.

The chairs are upholstered in brown fabric and the table in oak veneer.

The Alfresco dining table and chairs set is currently significantly reduced in the Furniture Village sale, but until Monday, you can take advantage of an extra Bank Holiday Bonus of a further 10% off the price.

Anthropologie Verdant bread bin

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Decorative white bread bin biscuit jar

Decorative bread storage

This lovely Verdant bread bin is made from white clay and is decorated all over in a filigree leaf design. It’s as much a decorative piece for your kitchen as it a practical storage item.

Although it’s designed for storing bread in, it could alternatively be used as a biscuit jar.

Admittedly, this is quite pricey for a bread bin (£128, eek!) – but as an added bonus, you get two useful products in one, as the olive wood lid doubles up as a bread board.

The Verdant bread bin can be purchased from Anthropologie.

Linen flower print cushions from Plant Theatre

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Plant Theatre neutral floral linen cushionsSimple elegant natural linen interiors

If simple, neutral colours rock your interior world, then these floral linen cushions provide a great dose of simple elegance.

The natural colour linen cushions are printed with a simple floral design, which is available in white or grey.

The linen flower print cushions cost £38 and are available from Plant Theatre.

If these are far too understated for you, then they also sell a more vibrant botanical design cushion which would inject a dose of colour into a room.

Industrial wall storage unit by House Doctor DK

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Danish industrial home interior design style

Wall storage solution

Inject a bit of industrial style into your interior design, with this fab wall storage solution from Danish company, House Doctor.

The storage unit is made of aluminum and provides ample space in multiple ‘pockets’ for storing all kinds of bits and pieces.

You could use it in a kitchen to store kitchen utensils in, a home office or study for storing pens, pencils and scissors in or it would make a very funky storage solution for a craft room, where you could ensure your crafting essentials are always at hand.

Best of all, it could free up space in a room where you have limited surfaces, as everything goes on the wall instead!

The industrial metal wall storage unit is available to purchase from Bodie and Fou and costs £169.99.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Irish Sky Garden

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Contemporary garden design by Diarmuid Gavin

Irish Sky Garden (image courtesy of PA Picselect)

Contemporary garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin, has created a variety of striking gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show over the years, but his Irish Sky Garden is in a league of its own.

Drawing inspiration from the visual effects in the film Avatar, featuring the floating islands of Pandora, and the Restaurant in the Sky, which is suspended in the air by a crane, his Irish Sky Garden design is an elaborate creation.
Diarmuid Gavin contemporary garden design

Irish Sky Garden (image courtesy of PA Picselect)

At ground level, there’s a lush green garden with 25 small pools of water, which offer reflections of the action above. Hanging from a crane 25m above the Chelsea Flower Show, is a bright pink floating pod with a roof of lawn, which contains its own mini garden.
The Irish Sky Garden is Diarmuid Gavin’s seventh garden for Chelsea and we’re thrilled to learn that he’s finally won a much deserved gold medal for his efforts.

Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Basildon Bond centenary artisan garden

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Basildon Bond artisan garden design Chelsea 2011

Basildon Bond garden (image courtesy of PA Picselect)

The 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show is taking place this week and, as ever, there are some amazing garden designs featured.  

There are lots of fantastic gardens and great design ideas to see and, even if you’re not going to the event, there’s plenty of coverage to watch on the BBC .  

Basildon Bond artisan garden by Will Quarmy

Basildon Bond garden (image courtesy of PA Picselect)

One of the gardens that caught our eye is the Basildon Bond artisan garden, designed by Will Quarmby (from Quarmy Landscaping and Design) to celebrate the centenary of the stationery company. We weren’t quite sure how paper would be incorporated into the design, but it’s been cleverly achieved using waterproof paper atached to the walls of the garden. The paper is attached along the top edge only, so that the sheets move and flap in the wind, casting shadows and light into the garden – it’s very effective. There’s even paper used around a small water feature.  

The garden also includes a reproduction of the Basildon Bond clock and the whole design looks like the perfect place to sit in and put pen to paper.  

Although paper may not be the ideal material to use in your own garden, there are some great ideas and inspiration to take from this design. It illustrates how white needn’t be plain and boring, and can actually create shade and texture in garden design.

Autograph Oslo modern day bed

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
M&S modern Oslo garden lounger daybed

Statement daybed

If you’re keen to relax and unwind in pure comfort, then a day bed that can be used outside in the garden, in the warmth of a conservatory or elsewhere in your home, provides the ultimate in relaxation.

This modern Oslo day bed looks like it should be sold in a designer furniture store, but surprisingly, it’s from Marks and Spencer.

Part of the Autograph range of outdoor furniture, the Oslo day bed is very much a statement day bed, with a modern design and cuved overhead canopy. It’s made from an open weave rattan-like material, and the canopy has an aluminium frame.

Strangely, the Oslo daybed is sold in two parts – the daybed itself, then the canopy and cushions are purchased separately.

Other matching items are also available in the Autograph Oslo garden furniture range at M&S.

Choosing Curtain Heading Styles

Friday, May 20th, 2011

When you’re choosing curtains for your home, your decision is not just limited to the design and colour of curtains you’d like – you have to take into consideration the curtain headings too. There are a variety of different types of curtain headings available and which you choose dictates how they’ll need to be hung. Here’s a user friendly guide to four common curtain headings!

1. Eyelet Curtains

Contemporary eyelet curtains

Eyelet curtains

The eyelet style of curtain headings can only be used on curtain poles (as opposed to curtain tracks) and are ideal if you’re looking to create a modern, relaxed and unfussy look.

Curtains with eyelet headings have regular pleats along the top and this curtain heading takes up the least amount of space, so is suitable for a variety of different window sizes. This heading is suitable for use with most types of fabrics and can be effective if you’re opting for a bold or patterned curtain design.

Whilst this type of curtain can work very well hung in a lounge, dining room or living space, you might want to think twice before choosing them for a bedroom if you don’t want too much light in the room at night when the curtains are closed; invariably, the eyelets let extra light through.

2. Pencil Pleat Curtains

Luxury silk pencil pleat curtains

Pencil pleat curtains

Pencil pleats are one of the most classic styles of curtain headings. They’re simple and elegant, work well with medium to heavyweight curtain fabric, and can be hung on both curtain tracks and curtain poles. As such, curtains with pencil pleat tops work well in any room of your home.

All you need to do to ensure the pleats hang properly is to pull the tape strings at the end of the curtain tops before you hang them.

3. Inverted Pleat Curtains

Modern and contemporary curtain styles

Inverted pleat curtains

For a modern and formal take on pencil pleat curtains, inverted pleats are a good choice for a contemporary home.

The pleats are deep and a lot wider, so in order for these curtains to hang well and maintain their look, your need to have a reasonable amount of space on either side of your window.

4. Tab Top Curtains

Contemporary tab top curtains

Tab top curtains

Tab top curtains are another popular choice for a modern and contemporary home. The tabs are formed on the top of the curtains using matching loops of fabric that are stitched onto the fabric and slipped directly onto a curtain pole – they’re not suitable for hanging on curtain tracks. Curtains with tab tops tend to provide a simple and relaxed form of window styling and are most suitable with light to medium-weight curtain fabric.

You may need to take extra care when opening or closing this style of curtains, as sometimes the tabs can get caught on the pole.

For more advice on choosing curtain heading styles, or to order new curtains for your home, head over to The Natural Curtain Company.

*** This is a guest post from The Natural Curtain Company ***

Elegant Eiffel Tower table lamp

Friday, May 20th, 2011
French Eiffel Tower design lamp and lampshade

Bring the Eiffel Tower into your home!

After we’d posted details of the Eiffel Tower letter rack yesterday, we discovered there’s a matching Eiffel Tower table lamp available too.

As this piece works so well – it really captures the tall and elegant design of the tower and lends itself so effectively to be a table lamp – we couldn’t resist including it.

The Eiffel tower lamp comes complete with a black lamp shade and is a real statement piece. It’s priced at £95 from Graham and Green.

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