Archive for July, 2011
Friday, July 15th, 2011
Modern Tequila chair
This modern black and white Tequila lounge chair is a comfortable, sleek and stylish seat.
Made out of gloss-coated thermoplastic, the outside of the chair is finished in a shiny white, which contrasts perfectly with the black faux-leather of the inside of the chair seat.
The seat is perched on a polished chrome stand and provides just the right amount of ‘swing-a-bility’, as it swivels around.
Use it in your lounge, study or home office. In addition to the black and white, several other colour combinations are available.
The Tequila lounge chair was £239, but is now reduced down to only £129 (including VAT) at Fashion For Home.
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
It’s the weather (we hope) for lazing around in the sun in a deck chair, so here are three funky deck chairs for your garden!
1. Heal’s H Logo Deck Chair
H logo deck chair
The Heal’s H logo deck chair, decorated with bold and bright letter h’s, would make a colourful addition to your garden seating. Made from a beech frame, and with a fabric sling seat, the chair is a bit of a bargain too, as it was priced at £95, but is down to £45 in the sale at Heal’s.
2. Recycled Sailcloth Deck Chair
Yacht sail cloth chair
This nifty deck chair is made from a heavy duty recycled sailcloth, which is comes from a round-the-world yacht. The chair is made in Britain, from a beech wood frame, and the design can be personalised if you wish. The recycled sailcloth deck chair costs £125 from The Reefer Sail Company.
3. Classic Penguin Deckchair
Penguin book inspired deck chair
Literary lovers will love this classic Penguin inspired deck chair. The hand-printed cotton seat is adorned with a copy of the cover of The Garden Party book, by Katherine Mansfield. The Penguin deckchair costs £69.99 from The Gifted Penguin.
If you’d prefer sharing your deck chair, then don’t miss this double deckchair!
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Functional and stylish sofabed
For those times when you need an extra bed for a friend or relative to stay the night, sofabeds come in extremely handy.
If you’ve been after a functional sofa bed, then here’s a great bargain from Cargo – save £250 on this salsa red Click Clack sofabed.
This modern piece of furniture, with its trendy stainless steel legs, transforms from a comfortable sofa into a multi position bed. It even goes completely flat, so someone can get a good night’s sleep!
Originally priced at £499, the salsa click clack sofa bed is now down to only £249 in the sale at Cargo.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Chalkboard wall sticker
How often have you left notes at home for your other half, children or housemates, only to later discover they never got the message?
Forget bits of paper that are easily overlooked – leave a message on this speech bubble shaped chalkboard wall sticker instead.
With this on the wall in a prominent place, there’s more of a chance of them spotting the note – although we can’t guarantee they’ll take it in or act on it!
This nifty speech bubble wall sticker is now only £14.40 in the sale at Ella James. It comes equipped with chalk to write your messages and a sponge to rub them off.
In addition to the chalkboard wall sticker, there’s a matching magnetic chalkboard speech bubble fridge sticker available too.
If you love funky wall stickers, then check out some of the previous wall stickers we’ve featured on the blog.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
A conservatory extension to your house is an excellent way of adding space and allowing natural light into your home. However when adding this extra space unless it is adequately decorated they can look bleak.
Conservatories are easy to decorate. The furniture and blinds are the main features of such rooms and therefore making the right choices can have a huge effect on the overall ambience. These multi-purpose extensions can be used as an office, dining room, play room or anything you may wish.
Conservatories are neutral rooms made up of mainly glass and wood or plastic. Through statement furniture choices and accessories this space can be designed with a vintage or rustic feel or with more contemporary pieces can become modernised.
For bold colour choices conservatory blinds can change the dynamics of the room. These blinds come in a variety of colours and styles to match individual needs and provide shade from the sun to keep the room cool during the day and the heat in during the night. Not only are they great for protection against heat or cold but also blinds are effective for much needed privacy.
Having a conservatory is the middle ground between your house and the outdoors. This can largely influence the way in which you decide to decorate this space. With wooden or tiled floors and an additional rug along with a wicker couch and plenty of cushions this can be an ideal spot to read. Plants in a conservatory can also give the added touch of the outdoors along with ensuring their in greenery all year round.
It is also important to consider the effects of the sun on furniture even with blinds. Choosing fabrics and furnishings that do not fade in the sun are essential to ensure the quality of such furniture is not tarnished. Lighter colour fabrics are effective against fading and can also add to the light and spacious feel of a conservatory.
With good planning and design, a conservatory can bring the outdoors into the comfort of your own home creating an enjoyable space for whatever your needs are.
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*** This is a guest post from Hillarys ****
Monday, July 11th, 2011
A deckchair made for two
It’s comfortable, roomy and the perfect place to relax – and this Solis double deckchair is made for two.
Made from an aluminium frame and durable fabric, this outdoor deckchair even has head cushions built into the design, so you can rest your head back and relax in comfort.
Perfect for whiling away some time in the sun, the Solis double deck chair is now even more of a tempting buy, as it’s reduced in the sale. It was £299, but is now £195 at Dwell.
Friday, July 8th, 2011
We know how much you love decorating with wallpaper, yet sometimes it can seem like an expensive option. Whilst some designer wallpapers do cost a lot, there are plenty of other choices that are more affordable.
To help you save money and decorate your home, we’ve rounded up 12 affordable wallpaper designs costing under £20 per roll (okay, so there’s one that costs exactly £20 too, but we couldn’t resist popping that design in!).
1. Arthouse Jazz Teal wallpaper
Under £8 per roll!
This Arthouse Jazz wallpaper in a pale teal and cream colourway is a real bargain at only £7.99 per roll from Wallpaper Central. It’s available in other colours too.
2. Graham and Brown Curvy Paintable wallpaper
Part of the Graham and Brown Superfresco paintable range, this curvy wallpaper comes in white and has a lovely curvy textured design. For a neutral look, put up the white paper as it is, or transform it into another colour by adding paint. At only £10 per roll from Very, you can’t go wrong.
3. Next Green Seed Pod wallpaper
Seed pod wallpaper
This green seed pod design wallpaper from Next is £15 per roll.
4. Coloroll Havana green stripe wallpaper
Fresh green wallpaper
This Coloroll Havana green wallpaper, which is part of the Tequila collection, features a fresh and zingy stripe design which would brighten up a dull room. It’s only £9.98 per roll from Wallpaper Direct.
5. Swirly damask wallpaper
This dramatic black swirly damask wallpaper has a luxurious feel to it, yet it only costs £18 from Next. Use it to create a feature wall in your home.
6. Graham and Brown Serene wallpaper
Serene floral wallpaper
This simple and elegant monotone Serene wallpaper features an oriental orchid design. It’s £19 per roll from Very.
7. Albany Birds of a Feather wallpaper
This fun and quirky Birds of a Feather wallpaper, with its hint of British flavour, just squeezes into this category, as it costs exactly £20 per roll from Wallpaper Direct.
8. British Design Talent City Scape wallpaper
This contemporary black and white city scape wallpaper costs £19.98 per roll from B&Q.
9. Albany Linen lilac wallpaper
- Linen effect wallpaper
Perfect for those occasions when you’d like colour and texture on your walls, but don’t want an overpowering pattern, this lilac wallpaper from Albany is designed with an effective linen weave effect. It costs £13.99 from Wallpaper Direct.
10. Stone Effect wallpaper
Create a wall of 'stone'
This stone effect wallpaper was already affordable at £19.99 per roll, but has an extra few pounds off in the Leekes sale, making it even more of a good buy. Great for creating a natural stone effect in a room, without much hard work.
12. Kelly Hoppen Hicks wallpaper
Part of Kelly Hoppen’s range of contemporary wallpapers with texture, this Hicks design wallcovering is in taupe, charcoal and silver and costs £19.95 per roll from B&Q.
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Coffee table with storage
At face value, this Embrace oak coffee table looks like just that – one single table with a storage shelf underneath and space for magazines at the sides. But this nifty design has a clever element to it – it can be taken apart to form two coffee tables.
And then there were two...
Designed by John Green and based on the Isokon Penguin Donkey, this award-winning furniture design is made from oak veneer and is an ideal addition to any modern home.
It would be perfect used as a coffee table in a living room, where you can stack books, CDs, DVDs or magazines along the storage shelf, but it would work equally well used in elsewhere in your home.
The Embrace oak coffee table storage unit costs £285 and can be purchased from Scarlet & Jones.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Sip a cocktail in style
When you’re throwing a party and want to entertain in style, then you need the right drinks glasses for the occasion.
If cocktails are on your agenda, these stylish Bormioli Rocco cocktail glasses are the perfect way to sip your favourite tipple.
The set of four cocktail glasses were originally priced at £27, but they’re down to £22 in the sale at Occa-Home.
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Pac Man design mug
It’s a bit on the gimmicky side, but for fans of the retro game favourite, Pac Man, this mug may prove a hit.
The black mug comes with the blue outline of the game on it, but when it’s filled with a hot drink, the Pac Man game appears in all its glory.
The Pac-Man heat sensitive mug is only £6.95, with free delivery, from Gizoo.