Archive for June, 2011

Best of the Summer Home and Furniture Sales

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Karlsson photo clock sale bargain

Karlsson clock - in the sale Red Candy

Updated with 10 more fab sales! (5/7/11)

We know you love a bargain! With lots of the summer sales in full swing, we’ve done the leg work for you and hunted down the best places to bag a sale bargain online, from the comfort of your home.

If you’re keen to spend your hard earned cash on a reduced price sale bargain, or you’ve been saving up for the right time to buy an item or two that you’ve been coveting, then here’s our guide to the best of the summer 2011 home and furniture sales.

1. The online sales at M&S often don’t last long, so take a look now, as there’s currently up to 50% off homeware and other items.

2. The sale is on at Urban Outfitters, with lots of nice homeware items reduced. Some of the bedding is half price, and there are other good reductions on quirky lighting, mugs and rugs.

3. Heal’s have up to 50% off in their summer sale, which includes some great reductions on furniture, storage, accessories, cookware and outdoor furniture.

4. In the clearance sale at John Lewis, there’s up to 50% off home furnishings, decorative accessories, furniture, soft furnishings and more.

5. Debenhams has one of their famous Blue Cross sales on the go, with up to 70% off many home and furniture items, including towels, dining tables, cookware and conservatory furniture.

6. Lombok has furniture and home accessories reduced in their sale, with up to 40% off many items, including sofas, tables and mattresses.

7. The lovely Habitat has up to 30% off selected furniture and accessories, plus 20% off sofas.

8. Red Candy has up to 50% off lots of red themed products for your home and garden, including products from designer brands such as Karlsson, Guzzini and Umbra.

9. Cargo has up to 70% off many items of homeware, including bedding, cushions and furniture. All Oxo items are on special clearance too.

10. Oliver Bonas has up to 50% off in their summer sale, with discounts available on glassware, china, homeware, stationery and other novelty items.

11. There are hundreds of reduced price home, garden and electrical items, now at up to half price, in the Very summer sale.

12. House of Fraser claim to in the midst of their ‘best ever summer sale.’ Items for the home, electricals and furniture are all reduced.

13. BHS has up to 70% off in their sale, with bargains to be found amongst the designer bedding, lighting, homeware and furniture.

14. There’s up to 50% off products for the bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom in the homeware sale at M&Co.

15. There’s up to 50% off selected home furnishings and furniture in the Laura Ashley summer sale.

16. Discover up to 60% off a range of homeware in the Liberty sale.

17. Get up to 70% off in the sale at Ethical Superstore.

18. There’s up to 50% off homeware in the Harrods sale.

19. Occa Home has up to 50% off BBQ items, kitchen accessories, home accessories and designer furniture.

20. Get up to 70% off in the Designers Guild summer sale.

21. There’s up to 40% off, and free delivery on orders over £25, at The White Company.

22. Get up to 50% off garden furniture and barbecues in the Wilkinson’s sale.

23. Emma Bridgewater are having their ‘biggest sale yet’, with loads of discounted items. There are some ’6 for the price of 5′ offers on mugs and plated and lots of designs are being discontinued, so get your favourites at a reduced price whilst they’re still available.

24. Get up to 50% off house and home products in the sale at Toast.

25. There’s a half price home clearance sale currently on at Matalan.

Herdy Sheep Peep Mug from The Herdy Company

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
Herdy sheep peep china mug

Spot the Herdy sheep!

The Herdy Company specialise in a range of products featuring quirky Herdwick sheep designs.

The Herdy Sheep peep mugs are just one example of their distinctive range. Produced in a choice of bright colours, with a Herdy sheep  peeping out at the bottom on both sides, the fine bone china mugs cost £9.50 each.

Other products include herdy tea towels (£6.99 each), herdy aprons (£17.99) and herdy cards (£5.99 for 6).

The Herdy Company are committed to supporting the Lakeland landscape and give a percentage of all profits each year to the independently managed Herdyfund.

Tolix metal bar stools from Graham and Green

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Contemporary metal home or garden stoolContemporary shiny metal bar stool

The shiny varnished steel makes these distinctive French style cafe bar stools delightfully appealing for a contemporary home.

Designed in 1934 by Xavier Pauchard, the stools can be used inside your home or outside (although you will need to bring them inside during poor weather, so they don’t suffer damage) and are available in tall or short versions.

The short varnished steel Tolix metal stool is priced at £135 and the tall stool at £215 (white versions are available too, for cheaper prices).

Both stools, plus matching chairs, are available from Graham and Green.

Bee house to attract bees into your garden

Monday, June 27th, 2011
Create a bee friendly garden

Gives bees a home!

If you’re keen to attract more wildlife and insects into your garden, then bees are a good cause to focus on.

Not only will you be giving bees a home with this copper roofed bee house, but they’ll hopefully also return the favour by pollinating your plants. It’s a win-win situation all round.

This bee house, with its durable copper roof, costs £25 from The London Garden Trading Company.

John Lewis oriental flower cushion half price

Friday, June 24th, 2011
Luxurious rich oriental flower cushion

Bold and bright cushion

As we’ve seen on Twitter, many of you are, like us, a bit excited about the John Lewis clearance sale!

The action kicked off on Wednesday evening and we’ve since been browsing the virtual aisles for all those essentials we really need, especially as they’re now half price.

One item we can’t resist is the lovely bold and bright oriental flower cushion. The golden yellow background is decorated with vibrant pink and red appliqued flowers and it’s filled with a feather pad.

It looks luxurious, is perfect for adding colour into an interior design scheme and it would be rude not to buy it, since it’s now half price (was £35, now £17.50).

There are loads of great bargains in the John Lewis clearance sale, helping you equip or furnish your home for less, so why not have a look?

The winner of the London Tea Company tea competition

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Pyramid selection box of teas

Delicious tea selection

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter our competition, to win a set of delicious tea from The London Tea Company.

A winner has been selected at random from all the entries received as comments on the blog and Tweets and the winner is…..

@SooperSandy who said, “I’d love to sit down and have a cup of Elderflower and Apricot tea with J K Rowling.”

Congratulations, Sandy, we will be in touch with you about your prize! We can supply the tea, but can’t quite manage J K Rowling…

Make an Investment That Will Benefit Your Body

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Memory foam mattress from Bedstar

Memory foam mattress

Financially, times are hard at the moment. Nearly all of us have to learn to save our pennies and not be frivolous. Therefore it is a tricky time to justify buying something that is above the average price.

Mattresses are a prime example. With the rise in memory foam mattresses it is inevitable that they will become an essential item. But they do not come cheap, and this is hard to digest, especially at the moment. However, it is worth considering buying one as an investment for the future.

Memory foam mattresses are an investment. Yes you pay out at the start, but you will not have to buy another for many years. They are created to be durable and worth every penny. The foam was originally designed for NASA, so it is safe to say there will have been no short cuts taken when making this product.

These mattresses are also an investment for your health. The benefits of sleeping on a memory foam mattress are all ones that will assist in keeping your body pain free and agile. This comfortable situation then allows you to sleep more soundly, meaning you are refreshed every morning and are not plagued by headaches, grumpiness and fatigue. Surely this kind of TLC for our bodies is exactly what we should be investing in?

Memory foam mattresses are in fact getting cheaper by the day. The more manufacturers that start to produce and sell them, the better. They will begin a price war that can only result in cheaper mattresses for members of the public to buy.

At times like these it is sensible to invest your hard earned money wisely. By investing in a one of the many memory foam mattresses you will be investing in quality for your body, resulting in a healthier life and better sleep.

***This post is in association with Bedstar***

Four contemporary glass kitchen splashbacks

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Traditionally, ceramic tiles have been used in kitchens to provide a splashback around the sink or around the cooker, but for a modern and contemporary interior design, glass splashbacks are a great alternative.

Glass splashbacks are made from durable toughened glass and are designed to be long-lasting and functional. A glass splash back gives a  modern and funky feel to a room and many of them have a lovely smooth and sleek finish. You don’t just have to just use them around a sink or cooker – they can be incorporated anywhere in your kitchen design.

Splashbacks come in a wide variety of colours and designs, so you’re sure to find something that fits in with your kitchen design and interior colour scheme.

To get a flavour of what’s available, here are four examples of stylish and colourful glass kitchen splashbacks currently on the market.

1. Lime green glass kitchen splashback

Contemporary glass kitchen splashbacks

Green glass splashback

This lime green glass splashback is by Kula and can be purchased from Topps Tiles. The price depends on the size you choose, but as a guide, a 70cm by 60cm splashback costs £84.99. Matching green glass tiles are available too.

2. Red glass splashback

My Colour Glass specialise in glass splashbacks

Wonderful red splashback

Create a colour statement in your kitchen with a vibrant red glass splashback. This is available from My Colour Glass, a company who specialise in glass solutions for the home. As well as red, they can produce splashbacks in a wide range of colours and can colour match for you.

A standard sized 900mm by 750mm kitchen glass splashback costs £134.

3. Union Jack glass kitchen splashback

Union jack kitchen tiles
Feeling patriotic?

You can even have a giant Union Jack glass splashback surrounding your sink if you wish! This is another Kula creation and costs £169.99.

4. Charcoal glass splash back

John Lewis glass kitchen splash bac

Charcoal splashback

This charcoal glass splash back is from John Lewis and costs from £122. If the charcoal colour is too dull for you, they also have a big rainbow of colours to choose from.

Jonah two seater red sofa from Made

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Sofa designed by British designer James Harrison

Contemporary sofa

Every home needs a wow factor piece of furniture, however small or large it is. A gorgeous sofa can do the job very well and create a design statement in a room, plus it provides a practical piece of furniture to use and enjoy.

This stunning berry red two seater sofa has a wow factor in terms of colour (put it in a neutral room, and you’ll have a focal point and new colour to add to the interior design scheme) and in terms of design (it’s contemporary, but the smooth lines add a great retro feel too).

The Jonah sofa is designed by British designer, James Harrison, who shot to fame after winning the Elle Decoration Young Designer of the Year competition in 2007. It’s well made, comfortable and upholstered in a linen mix fabric.

This lovely two seater red sofa is available exclusively from, where it’s priced at only £499 (the equivalent high street price would be £1,499). If berry red doesn’t do it for you, the sofa is also available in a classic warm grey.

Other matching pieces are available too, including a Jonah three seater sofa (£599) and Jonah armchair (£375).

Melanie Porter unique knitted chairs

Monday, June 20th, 2011

UK designer, Melanie Porter, specialises in creating unique hand knitted, contemporary chairs.

The chairs are all sourced from auctions and markets around the country, and are stripped back, restored and re-upholstered before being covered with a series of hand knitted panels. The end result is a one-of-a-kind chair and unusual piece of art.

What makes the chairs even more individual, is that they’re all given names.

Melanie Porter contemporary knitted chairs

Olivia - knitted egg chair

This is Olivia, a green hand knitted, modern egg-style chair.

Melanie Porter unique contemporary chairs

Jack - knitted tub chair

This is Jack -  a restored tub chair that it’s been given a lively look with a hand stitched check knit finish.

Contemporary knitted union jack chair

Edward - Union Jack knitted chair

And here’s Edward – a 1970s swivel chair, with a bold and bright hand knitted cable Union Jack design.

You can see more examples of Melanie’s work on her website, but she also has a store on Not On The High Street with knitted chairs for sale, plus other lovely knitted items. The Edward chair is available to buy from there, plus Percy Union Jack knitted cushions in various colours, a knitted table and an unusual knitted clock.

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