Archive for October, 2011

Design classic: Brooklyn giant floor lamp

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Industrial chic over-sized floor lamp

Giant red lamp

A design classic and oozing with industrial style charm, this Brooklyn giant floor lamp is a stylish alternative to a standard upright lamp.

The versatile lamp can be angled with ease, giving you plenty of flexibility, and looks just at home in a living room as it does in a study or home office. The lamp is made of high quality aluminium and this one has a lovely red powder coated finish

The red version of the Brooklyn giant floor lamp is available on express delivery from The high street price is usually £225, but you can get yours for only £79.

Mirror competition winner

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Designer Camilla's Hat mirror

Mirror competition prize

Many thanks to everyone who entered our recent competition, to win a silver Camilla’s Hat mirror from Juliette’s Interiors.

We’re pleased to announce that the winner, picked at random, was Joanna Sawka. We hope you enjoy your prize!

Samsung G Series RFG23DERS three door refrigerator

Friday, October 28th, 2011
Contemporary American style fridge freezer

Samsung fridge freezer

Fridge freezers are one of the essential kitchen appliances, but what’s yours like and do you have a dream fridge freezer?

A dream fridge freezer to me is one where you don’t have to grovel on the floor every time you want to find something from the back of the fridge – you can just open the door, reach in and it’s there. One where the door shuts properly and you’ve got plenty of space to store all your essentials, plus room for extras when you need it.

It would look great in the kitchen and not be an eyesore and, the perfect freezer wouldn’t involve having to re-organise the contents every time you try and put something new inside, and have to squeeze the door shut and squash the contents a bit in the process.

Until yesterday, our fridge and freezer appliances were nothing like this – they were old, small, dated and secondhand.  Left behind by the previous occupants of our house, the narrow under-the-counter fridge in the kitchen and second fridge with a small top freezer compartment in the garage were not in the best state when we inherited them. However, as our budget was limited, we had other more pressing needs, and they seemed to work okay, we cleaned them up thoroughly and kept them.

Five years or so later, and despite a previous intention to update the fridge in the kitchen (it sat amongst building work for a while, got a bit bashed and covered in dust and debris, as we planned to buy a new one, but spent the money on floor tiles instead) we still have the same two small fridges. Until yesterday….when the most amazing Samsung fridge freezer arrived!

Totally living up to my idea of a dream fridge freezer, the Samsung G series RFG23DERS freestanding three door refrigerator is a fabulous piece of equipment. It’s absolutely huge, looks sleek and stylish, has fantastic storage capacities in the fridge (there’s a place – and more – for everything) and provides loads of space in the two drawer freezer.

It’s got heaps of amazing features, like a water dispenser and ice cube maker (can’t wait to try these out) and shelves that can slide out and be altered to accommodate large items (bottles of wine, perhaps?). There are two roomy drawers for fruits and vegetables, plus a rather nifty CoolSelect Pantry, which can provide the perfect cooling temperature for various items – there are three different settings for deli, fresh and chilled.

So far, we’ve only done the basics (plus lots of OMG-ing at the wonder of it!). We’ve unpacked it (lots of cellophane to remove inside and out), left it for four hours before plugging it in (as recommended), waited for it to start chilling and then transferred the contents of the old fridges and freezer into it. Even though there are some things in it now, it still looks incredibly empty – clearly a food shop is in order.

In the meantime, we’re off to read the instruction manual and discover what else it can do and try out all these amazing functions – we’ll let you know how we get on.

(Disclaimer: The Samsung G series RFG23DERS has been very kindly gifted by Samsung, who we thank enormously!).

Jigsaw rug and puzzle rug from Unique Boutique

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Contemporary felt jigsaw rugModern and contemporary rug ideas

We’ve just discovered Unique Boutique and they certainly live up to their name, by selling some unique and quirky products!

The jigsaw rug and create your own puzzle rug caught our eye, as they’re both rather novel – they’re made from woollen felt and have an interactive element to them, as you can change the design and look to suit your mood.

With the jigsaw rug, you can design your perfect rug layout by putting the jigsaw pieces together in the design you want. The pieces come in stone and lime green colours for a modern look.

The puzzle rug is made of white woollen felt with an all over cut-out design. It comes with lots of tiny triangles in a rainbow of colours that can be placed in position on the rug as you see fit. Have them as an ordered pattern, or create random designs. It’s bit more fiddly than the jigsaw rug, but still looks like lots of fun.

There are some other similar rugs available too, so check them out if you’re after a rug with a difference.

Johnny Egg flying reindeer set exclusively from Heal’s

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Contemporary Christmas designer decorations

Reindeer decorations

Fancy having some flying reindeer on your wall this Christmas? Here’s a contemporary flocked set by Johnny Egg!

Designed exclusively for Heal’s, the red reindeer come in a set of three, in graduating sizes, and are wonderfully flocked in the distinctive Johnny Egg style.

They’re available now from Heal’s and cost £45 for the set.

If you love Johnny Egg’s products, then you may want to take a quick look at Achica, as there’s a Johnny Egg promotion on at the moment (running until 7am on Friday 28th October) with some great reductions on funky products.

Conran at M&S: Exclusive design collection

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Sir Terrence Conran has recently produced a collection of homeware and furniture that’s available exclusively at M&S.

It’s great to see designer pieces introduced onto the high street and is a good introduction to his style for anyone unfamiliar with it.

If you’re looking for something new for your home and fancy a bit of designer style, then it’s well worth taking a look at the collection, as it includes furniture, homeware and home accessories.

Here are some of our top picks from the Conran Exclusive Design collection at M&S.

White gloss modern furniture

Nash glossy cabinet

Conran Nash highboard cabinet, made from solid oak and with a white gloss painted finish.

Designer home Conran rug

Modern rug

Bold and modern Conran colour burst rug, in teal and grey.

Wooden segment designer Conran clock

Contemporary wooden clock

A simple, but beautifully designed timepiece, the Conran segment clock will tell the time in style!

Quirky modern home doorstopStone doorstop

Inspired by the Michelin Man, this Conran stone doorstop is made from polished solid marble, with a leather loop detail on the top.

Skeleton wall stickers for Halloween

Monday, October 24th, 2011
Halloween wall decoration ideas

Skeleton wall sticker

If you’re decorating your home for Halloween, then how about adding a skeleton to the wall?

The Science Museum human skeleton wall sticker comes complete with all the bones (18) you need to make up a skeleton. You can put them together to form one whole piece, or add bits and pieces of bones to different areas of the wall – perfect if a headless skeleton appeals!

The wall sticker comes with full instructions for putting it together and applying it to the wall. It can easily be removed and stored in readiness for use at Halloween next year…unless, perhaps, you’d like a skeleton wall decoration all year round?

The skeleton wall sticker costs £24.99 and can be purchased from The Binary Box.

Typographic tongue twisters tea towel

Friday, October 21st, 2011
Fun and quirky tea towel design

Tongue twisting tea towel

Love tongue twisters? Here’s a tea towel full of the them!

The typographic tea towel of tongue twisters (quite a mouthful in itself) is crammed full of tongue twisting phrases to help pass the time whilst you dry the dishes.

Alternatively, forget the drying up and hang this on the wall instead – the typographic print design is super trendy and tea towels make a great form of affordable wall art.

The tongue twister tea towel is available from Colloco Homeware and Gifts, for £10.95.

Chalkboard calendar wall sticker from Rose & Grey

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Funky chalkboard wall sticker ideas

Get organised!

Here’s a great way of getting organised in the run up to Christmas – stick this large chalkboard calendar sticker on a wall, write notes on it or stick on post-it notes with reminders.

The wall sticker is large enough to catch your attention when you’re in the room, so could minimise the risk of forgetting what you’ve got to do or where you should be.

The sticker measures 100cm by 98cm, is made from vinyl and is easy to apply to a wall, and remove again when you’re fed up with it. It comes supplied with some post-it notes to get you started.

The calendar wall sticker is available to purchase from Rose & Grey, where it’s priced at £69.95.

Softline Donut Pouf from Imagine Living

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Three in one designer pouf seat

The Donut

This donut design pouf by Softline puts the fun into occasional seating.

You don’t just get one seat – you get three! The large outer donut shape contains two smaller rounds within its middle, so you can either sit on it or put your feet up on it as it is, or remove the two inner pads and make three seats (children will love doing this!).

Whether you’re using it as a single piece, or in three separate parts, the whole of the donut is soft, comfortable and durable.

A fun designer seating option, the donut pouf is available to purchase in a choice of fabrics from Imagine Living.

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