Archive for November, 2011

New Owlet wallpaper from Turner Pocock Cazalet

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Contemporary owl design wallpaperQuirky contemporary and modern owl wallpaper

Turner Pocock Cazalet (whose funky zebra and tennis wallpapers we’ve featured previously) have added a gorgeous new wallpaper design to their collection.

The Owlet wallpaper features a lovely owl design that was inspired by Catherine Cazalet’s love of owls. The contemporary style wallpaper is produced in a sketch-type manner, reflecting the fact that it is hand-drawn, with owls perched on circular swirls of vine leaves.

The wallpaper colour is Hague blue on warm white and the design works as well in adult spaces as adorning the walls of children’s rooms.

The Owlet wallpaper is sold in 10m rolls and costs £72 per roll (including VAT). It can be purchased from Turner Pocock Cazalet in the UK or The Wallpaper Collective in the US.

Triple shelf mirror from Dwell

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Modern contemporary mirror ideas

Mirror with shelves

This contemporary mirror is made up of a random arrangement of seven rectangular mirrors.

What sets it off even more is the addition of three small shelves, which are perfect for displaying decorative accessories on, like candles, a clock or a photo frame.

The triple shelf mirror could be used to make a small room feel bigger, or add reflective light into a narrow hallway. It costs £129 from Dwell.

Finch Arte turquoise chair from Made

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Modern contemporary turquoise designer chair

Accent chair

Not only is this chair a great shape – think 60s style, with its nicely curved back – but it’s also a great price.

Normally retailing at about £749 on the high street, you can get yours for only £299, if you snap it up quickly at

The Finch Arte chair has only five days left at this great price, then it’s off to production and the chairs will be made to order.

The chair is made in the UK from a hardwood frame, with solid oak legs. It’s upholstered in this fresh and uplifting turquoise linen mix fabric and makes a great accent chair.

Orders placed in the next five days will be despatched by express delivery and should be received by December 23rd, so you could put your new chair straight into action for Christmas.

If this chair isn’t quite your style, there are lots more chairs, sofas and other pieces of furniture and home accessories on offer at

Purple plum Christmas tree and decorations from Next

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Modern and contemporary plum purple xmas tree decorations

Purple Christmas tree

For a vibrant Christmas tree and festive decorating scheme for a contemporary home, how about opting for a rich plum?

This striking purple Christmas tree and coordinating decorations are all from Next and are a great starting point for a plum theme.

The six foot artificial Christmas tree is two tone and comes with a metal stand. It’s £60.

Many of the decorations are affordable, so won’t break the bank. For example, a set of 50 assorted shatterproof tree baubles in shades of lilac and purple costs £10.

The mini glitter trees, seen on the mantlepiece, come as a set of five and double up as name place card holders that you can use on a dining table. They’re only £6 for a set of five.

Various other purple themed decorations are available too, including the plum flock stags (£12 for 2).

Update Nov 2012: For more gorgeous purple Christmas ideas, check out our new post on the best purple contemporary Christmas trees.

10 Christmas shopping discount offers

Monday, November 28th, 2011

So many shops have great offers on at the moment to help you save money on the cost of your Christmas shopping. To save you the time looking for them, we’ve rounded up this week’s top 10 Christmas shopping discount offers.

1. BHS have a ‘buy one, get one half price’ offer on everything – but it ends today, so you need to get in quick!

2. Whittard have an online exclusive of 20% off all Christmas gifts, all tea and all coffee – just use the code TCX20 at checkout. New customers can also get 10% off their order by using the code – Welcome10.

3. Marks and Spencer have a 3 for 2 offer running across lots of Christmas decorations, home fragrance and gift ideas. Plus, they’ve been doing some great extra discounts on various departments recently and special Deals of the Day, so it’s well worth checking regularly to see what’s on offer.

4. Habitat have 20% off everything (until 4th December). Just use the code XM20HAB when you checkout.

5. Heal’s have some Christmas gift ideas and home products on sale.

6. Achica has lots of great promotions running every day, often including homeware, food and gift ideas.

7. Lights4Fun have various deals available on lighting, including Christmas lights. In particular, look out for their 3 for 2 deal, bundle offers and multibuy offers.

9. Laura Ashley have a 3 for 2 deal on all Christmas gifts. Plus they currently have 30% off lighting and 25% off furniture.

9. At Debenhams, there’s up to half price off selected home and furniture items.

10. After all that Christmas shopping, a bit of chocolate wouldn’t go amiss! Thorntons have a 3 for 2 deal available on selected Christmas gifts.

Deck designer radiator wall art

Monday, November 28th, 2011
Modern and contemporary radiator designs

Designer wall art radiator

At first glance, this looks like it’s a mounted piece of metal wall art, but can you believe it’s actually a designer radiator?

It took us by surprise when we saw it, but what a fantastic design it is!

It’s made from brushed stainless steel and definitely has an artistic feel to it. But rather than just looking good on your wall, it will emit heat too.

The deck designer radiator costs £715.73 (including VAT) and is available to purchase from The Radiator Gallery.

ISAK penguin wallpaper

Friday, November 25th, 2011
Cute children's penguin wallpaper

Penguin wallpaper

Maybe we’ve been watching too much Frozen Planet, but we’re rather taken by this penguin wallpaper.

It’s designed by ISAK and printed in a suitably icy turquoise blue (other colour options are available too) and would be perfect for use in a child’s bedroom.

The penguin wallpaper is available for £38.50 per roll from Bodie and Fou.

Modern Christmas Trees: 10 of the best

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Can you believe it’s a month until Christmas Eve? Where has the time gone?

Traditional Christmas trees, whether real or artificial, tend to be green and bushy. But if that doesn’t float your boat, there are plenty of modern alternatives available that will look perfect in your home.

Here are 10 of our favourite modern Christmas trees!

1. Contemporary Twig Christmas Tree

Modern Christmas tree

Snowy twig tree

If you’ve looking for a tree that will fit with your contemporary home, then take a look at this lovely snowy twig minimalist Christmas tree.

It’s sleek and modern and can be left as it is, or boosted with a few added lights or decorations.

The 6ft luxury contemporary twig artificial Christmas tree is £120 from Marks and Spencer. It’s only available online and in a few selected stores, so gets yours before they go.

2. Paper Jewel Christmas Tree

Contemporary Christmas paper tree jewelModern xmas tree

The Snowy Paper Christmas trees from John Lewis have been popular over the last few years (see our previous posts) and some are in stock again this year. But for a slightly different look, we love their 2011 paper jewel Christmas tree.

This elegant tree is 7ft tall and the wonderful jewel effect on the branches is created using wired teardrop ‘jewels’.

This tree looks great left undecorated and costs £75 from John Lewis.

3. Black Christmas Tree

Contemporary modern xmas tree

Contemporary tree

Forget green, think black. Black Christmas trees look great decorated with either all silver and white decorations or colourful decorations.

This contemporary slimline Duchess black Christmas tree comes with a folding steel tree stand and costs £80 from Heal’s.

4. Upside Down Reversible Christmas Tree

Modern contemporary statement Christmas treeModern upside down Christmas tree

You loved the reversible upside down Christmas tree we featured back in 2009, but whilst that particular product is not in stock any more, there are various similar items available.

This tree style is perfect if you want to be different and create a statement with your holiday decorating!

Christmas Trees and Lights sell a range of artificial Christmas trees, including a few upside down and reversible trees. The green and black 6ft trees are multifunctional, as they can be displayed upside down one year and in more conventional style the next.

The black upside down tree was £99, but is currently reduced to £87.99 and the green version costs £79.99.

5. Bleached Driftwood Christmas Tree

Modern driftwood alternative Christmas tree

Handmade driftwood Christmas tree

We’ve featured Karen Miller’s original natural driftwood Christmas tree previously and it remains a favourite. But for a slightly different look, here’s a newer bleached version of the tree.

It’s made from naturally sourced driftwood and can be put together and used year after year. It looks brilliant in use and is a really funky modern design.

This Christmas tree is a bit of an investment and the 3ft and 4ft versions are already sold out. But it’s still available in 5ft, 6ft and 7ft options from Devon Driftwood Designs.

6. Laser Cut Christmas Tree

Laser cut christmas tabletop xmas tree

Africa tree

Made from laser cut steel, each branch of this unusual Africa Tree includes elements of African wildlife – so there are monkeys hanging from some branches or birds perched on others.

The tree is small, so ideal if you’re limited on space, and can be displayed on a tabletop.

The Africa Christmas tree is available in red or white and costs £34.95 from Design My World.

7. Eco-Friendly Cardboard Christmas Tree

Alternative contemporary christmas treeAlternative cardboard modern xmas tree

Cardboard Christmas trees are becoming a popular alternative for those who don’t want a real or artificial tree.

There are several different options available, with some coming ready decorated for display, whilst others are totally blank and ready to be creatively designed and decorated by you.

The cardboard totem xmas tree, from Found Home Store, comes in 150 pieces, including decorations, and simply needs to be assembled. It’s £35 with free p&p.

The eco-friendly cardboard Christmas tree from Green Rabbit is available in white or brown and is designed to be decorated at home. It’s £16.

Paperpod also do a similar basic cardboard Christmas tree (£16), which is perfect for families to decorate from scratch.

8. Birch Plywood Christmas Tree

Designer Anne Paso Scandinavian birch wood treeModern christmas xmas tree

Whilst cardboard Christmas trees are great for one year, they may not last so well or remain in peak condition to use another year – but modern trees made from birch wood will last wonderfully.

The tree on the left is designed by Anne Paso and handmade from birch plywood in Scandinavia. The tree comes flat packed and is easy to put together, and there are plenty of branches to fill with your favourite decorations.

The natural wood birch Christmas tree is available in three sizes from Nordic Design Forum.

Another birch plywood tree that we really like is the Superstar Holiday Tree, by Modernica. The tree shape is made out of lots of Christmas star symbols for a modern look and the tree is available in a 3ft tabletop size or a large version.

Modernica are based in LA, but do ship internationally. The large superstar tree costs $449.

9. Space Saver Modern Christmas Tree

Modern xmas tree wall decalXmas tree wall decal sticker

If you’ve got limited space in your home, or don’t want to have an actual tree this year, then how about using a Christmas tree wall sticker instead?

The red tree sticker is only £24 from Spin Collective and is available in a choice of colours.

The green Christmas tree chequer wall sticker, which comes complete with tree decoration and present stickers, plus snowflakes, costs £24.99 from The Binary Box.

Best of all, you can remove them from the wall after Christmas and re-use them again next year.

10. Alternative Edible Christmas Tree

Contemporary alternative Christmas tree table decoration

Lollipop tree

Another modern alternative to the traditional Christmas tree comes in the form of the edible lollipop tree that we featured recently.

It comes with the tree shaped base and a set of 24 wrapped lollipops and you simple arrange them to form a tree shape. Great as a Christmas party decoration – and you can give your guests a lollipop as they leave!

The lollipop xmas tree is £45 (free p&p) from Nelly’s. They sell replacement lollipops too, so you can replenish your tree for another occasion.

Wildflower kitchen utensil set

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Contemporary design utensils for a funky kitchen

Funky utensils

Fed up with boring kitchen utensils? Check out these great designs, which will liven things up no end!

This set of Wild Flower kitchen utensils are wonderfully designed and look great, whilst still being highly practical. They’re handcrafted in Suffolk, using beech wood and stainless steel, and come in a beech stand, where they all fit perfectly when not in use.

The set includes the Bluebell Scoop, Yarrow Skimmer, Buttercup Whisk, Rag Spag Spoon, Sorrel Petal Serving Spoon and Daisy Masher.

It’s a great set and one that will look great displayed in your kitchen.

The set of wild flower utensils is available from Boije on Bouf and is priced at £119.85 (yes, a bit pricey for kitchen utensils, but these are really special!).

If you can’t afford the whole set, then each of the utensils can be purchased individually for £19.95 each.

Retro 80s space invader alarm clock

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Retro 1980s space invader arcade game

Space alien alarm clock

If you’ve got fond memories of whiling away time playing the good old Space Invaders arcade game, then here’s an alarm clock to help you reminisce further.

The bright green alarm clock is designed in the shape of a space invader. When the alarm goes off, the clock moves from side to side, just like the game character, and makes a highly appropriate computer game noise. It will feel just like you’re back playing the game!

Oozing with retro appeal, the space invader alarm clock is only £12.99 from Totally Funky.

Update Dec 11: Thanks to Jo for letting us know that M&S have this same Space Alien alarm clock for £12 and it’s included as part of their 3 for 2 Christmas offer!

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