Archive for September, 2011

Glove chair by Conran

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Contemporary designer chair by Terrence Conran

Conran glove chair

If you’re going to spend a sizeable sum on a piece of designer furniture, that you want to last long into the future, then it’s beneficial if you can also customise your purchase to meet your needs.

The glove chair by Conran is a classic example of an occasional chair that is both stylish and practical. Designed by Terrence Conran, the chair is made from a moulded fibreglass shell which is upholstered on the front. It sits on a spun steel base and has swivel and tilt mechanisms for the ultimate in comfort.

Whilst many stores sell the glove chair in standard finishes, at Darlings for Chelsea, you can customise your glove chair purchase a bit more by choosing from a wide range of fabric choices. There are patterned and plain fabrics in a rainbow of colours, but bespoke options are also available if you can’t quite find your perfect fabric.

Find out more details at Darlings of Chelsea.

Becky Baur fox and flower plate

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Designer Becky Baur

Foxy plate

We seem to be seeing more foxes cropping up in homeware and interiors products recently, like the fox cushion we featured recently.

This time it’s a fox on ceramic, in the form of this cute looking fox and flower plate. It’s designed and hand decorated by Becky Baur in the classic shades of blue and white. The plate measures 21cm.

The fox and flower plate can be purchased for £20 from Hunkydory Home.

You can see more of Becky Baur’s designs on her website.

Spool design tins from BlissHome

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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Aren’t these storage jars striking and colourful?

Featuring a circular spool design, the airtight tins are available in various sizes and can be used for all sorts of storage needs. They’d look great in the kitchen for tea and coffee (a matching cookie jar is available too), or you could use them in your bedroom for housing jewellery, or a study for storing stationery accessories in.

However you want to use them, they’ll look lovely on display on a shelf and are affordably priced at BlissHome.

The 100g round box costs £7.50, the 150g size tin is £8, the 250g round box is £10 and the tall box costs £12.

Quirky sugar lump holder

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Sugar bowl serving dish

Display sugar lumps in style!

Okay, so it’s not the most essential of dining accessories, but you’ve got to admit it’s kinda quirky!

For tea parties, dinner parties or other celebrations, this white china sugar lump holder is bound to get noticed when it’s placed on your table.

Designed to look like a sugar lump itself, the china serving dish holds nine square sugar cubes. It even comes supplied with a set of Tate and Lyle’s famous sugar cubes, so you can it straight into action.

The sugar lump holder costs £18 from Bodie and Fou.

Dyson Hot™ AM04 fan heater exclusive at John Lewis

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Exclusive new fan heater from DysonDesigner Dyson home heater fan

Dyson hot home fan winter heaterDesigner Dyson hot fan heater controls

There’s a new fan on the block – a Dyson Hot™ AM04 fan heater, to be precise.

Sleek, stylish and contemporary, the Dyson Hot™ fan heater bears little resemblance to traditional home fan heaters. But not only does it look different, it works differently too.

The heater uses Dyson’s patented Air Multiplier™ technology, which draws in air and helps project the heat further. The oscillation device smoothly distributes warm air to the whole of the room.

From a safety point of view, there are no visible heating elements and the fan is designed to automatically cut out if it’s knocked over. It’s easy to clean, as there are no blades, and can be simply wiped with a cloth.

You should also be free of those horrible burning smells that fan heaters tend to acquire when dust gets inside them, as this one is designed not to do that!

The fan heater is easily controlled with a remote control and you can set it to the exact temperature you require.

If your home is in need of a Dyson Hot™ AM04 fan heater, then it’s available exclusively from John Lewis, priced at £269. It’s comes with a parts and labour guarantee for two years.

Nordic Design Forum birch plywood Christmas tree

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Designer Anne Paso Scandinavian birch wood tree

Birch wood tree

We realise it’s way too early to mention the ‘C’ word, but couldn’t resist a quick preview of these fabulous birch plywood Christmas trees from Nordic Design Forum.

Spotted at Top Drawer 2011, the trees are designed by Anne Paso and handmade in Scandinavia from birch plywood. The trees are available in several sizes and come flat packed – instructions are included to help you put the tree together. You can then pack them away neatly once the festive season is over.

It’s a nice alternative to a traditional Christmas tree and can be decorated as you wish.

The big birch plywood tree costs £395, the medium wooden tree is £115 and the small birch tree is £55.

The same concept is available in a slightly different, more rounded, tree too, which is equally nice and could during other times of the year.

Anthropologie Swatch Book curtains

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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When you’re decorating a room, and changing an interior design scheme, you’ll typically find yourself collecting together a selection of different colour and pattern swatches of fabric, wallpaper, paint or carpet. Sometimes it can be hard to whittle them down and decide on one or two firm favourites to use and it seems sad to discard the others.

That’s one of the reasons why we like these Swatch Book curtains, as they pay homage to all the lovely swatch card colours and designs you collect during an interior design project!

Designed to look like the fabric remnants and markings from a designer’s notebook, the curtains feature vertically arranged swatches of colour and pattern, interspersed with scribbled notes about the type of fabrics each swatch is made from, the sizes and costs. They look effective when viewed from a distance, but are fascinating to look at close up, as you’ve got all the notes to read.

The Swatch Book curtains are made from a mix of cotton, linen, silk and polyester and finished with a contemporary tab top. They’re available in two drop lengths – 213cm or 244cm – and are priced from £128 from Anthropologie.

Living room interior design idea

You don’t get much of a view of them in this image, but you can just catch a glimpse of how they could look when hanging in windows.

Limpet hooks by Kirsty Whyte

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Contemporary coat hooks designed by Kirsty Whyte

Limpet hooks

Here’s a quirky and novel alternative to standard hooks, created by designer Kirsty Whyte.

The Limpet hooks are mollusc shaped and are pieces of wall art in their own right – you wouldn’t necessarily know they’re a coat hook if there was nothing hanging from one.

The colourful hooks, which come in a set of six in red, turquoise and warm grey, are moulded from plastic and can hold weights of up to 5kg.

These Limpet hooks are provided exclusively for and are priced at only £29 for six (the usual high street price would be £79). Snap them up while you can!

Win a Camilla’s Hat Silver Mirror from Juliette’s Interiors

Monday, September 19th, 2011
Designer Camilla's Hat mirror

Win this mirror!

Isn’t this a stunning mirror? If you’d like to have this hanging on the wall of your home, then we’ve got a great competition for you.

The Camilla’s Hat ® silver mirror is from Juliette’s Interiors, a company who specialise in luxury Italian and French furniture.

Framed in a whirlwind of silver leaf, and made from resin, this bevelled glass mirror is 97cm in diameter and has been dubbed ‘Camilla’s Hat ®’ due to its striking resemblance to the flatteringly feathered hat designed by Phillip Treacy and worn by Camilla Parker-Bowles on the day she married HRH The Prince of Wales.

To be in with a chance of winning the Camilla’s Hat ® mirror (which costs £449.87), just leave a comment below and tell us why you’d like to win the mirror and where you’d hang it.

The closing date for the competition is 17th October 2011.

If you’d like two extra chances of winning a mirror for your home, then head over to Cosy Home Blog and Home Gems, and enter their  Camilla’s Hat ® mirror competitions.


The Fresh Design Blog competition is for one mirror.

The competition is open to UK residents only.

A winner will be drawn randomly after the closing date and notified by email within 7 days.

The winners name may be posted on Fresh Design Blog and on Juliette’s Interiors website.

More competition terms

‘Camilla’s Hat ® ’ is a registered trade mark of Juliette’s Interiors Ltd

MoviePeg iPhone stand

Friday, September 16th, 2011

MoviePeg iphone home accessoryUsing your iphone as a stand up clock

If you’re an iPhone fan and frequently use your phones at home, be it for following recipes on cooking apps, reading the news, watching films or using your phone as a clock, here’s a simple but clever solution to ensure your iPhone stands up properly on all occasions.

The MoviePeg is a nifty little gadget that slots into the side of your iPhone (apparently they work with iPad’s too) and automatically ensures it’s propped up securely vertically or horizontally and won’t fall over.

Designed and made by Beep Industries Limited, the MoviePeg is available in a wide choice of colours and costs only £4.99.

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