Archive for January, 2012

Patchwork bench by KARE Design

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Patchwork kimono vintage bench

Patchwork bench

Ooh, we’ve just spotted this patchwork bench by KARE Design on offer over at Achica and it reminds us of the fabulous (and now hard to find) Kimono bench we featured a few years ago.

The KARE Design bench is the same shape and style, but with dark legs, and is upholstered in a similar patchwork effect of multicoloured vintage fabrics.

It’s a great design, quirky and colourful piece and a useful extra seat for your home, especially as it could work in so many rooms.

The patchwork bench is on offer at Achica for a very limited time, priced at £149 (usual price £299).

Update: If you missed this offer, but want to buy the bench, you can find other retailers here. Plus, the patchwork bench is also available from I Love Retro on Bouf, priced at £269.

Mr and Mrs Pigeon mugs by Lovely Pigeon

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Quirky and Valentine's day gift ideas

Pigeon mugs

These quirky pigeon mugs are designed by Kirsty Thomas, who runs the Lovely Pigeon studio.

The earthenware mugs feature Mr or Mrs Pigeon (she’s the one with the fluttering eyelashes), each peeking curiously around the side of the mug.

The pigeon mugs are available to buy individually for £8 each, or you could treat yourself to a pair for £15.

If you like the design, then a Mr Pigeon tea towel is also available for £8 from Lovely Pigeon.

Lomme Bed: A unique and modern bed design

Monday, January 30th, 2012
Egg or pod shape cocoon modern bed

Lomme bed

Meet the Lomme bed!

The unique and creatively designed Lomme bed is made in an egg-shaped, pod-type design. The bed was created by Polish designer, Agneiszka Bernacka, after two years of research in sleep habits, problems and therapies.

Of course, it’s not just any old bed and doesn’t just look nicely designed – it incorporates a number of special features, including light, colour, sound and comfort to create the perfect sleeping environment.

The light aspect is in the form of a light therapy alarm clock, where you go to sleep with a gradual sunset and wake to a created sunrise (a bit like a giant Lumie bodyclock).

There are also colour therapy lights within the bed, so you can change the colour to suit your mood or embrace the idea of colour therapy healing. An iPod is cleverly installed within the bed, to provide you with music to listen to as you go to sleep or wake up, and there’s a built-in massage system too, to ease all those aches and pains.

Not surprisingly, the Lomme bed doesn’t come cheap. It’s currently priced at £33,000 from Bouf.

One can but dream…!

Fab Friday bargain: Multi coloured coat rack

Friday, January 27th, 2012
Hang your coats in style and reduce hall clutter

Colourful coat rack

Stuck for somewhere to hang your coats? Why not invest in a coat rack?

This cheerful Saturnus multi-coloured coat rack, made by Netherlands-based Present Time, would make a great addition to a hall or porch.

There are eight hooks, so it offers plenty of room for a selection of coats, jackets, scarves or hats, or you could hang your umbrella from a hook.

Usually priced at £11.50, if you’re quick, you can grab yourself a bit of a bargain, as the wall mounted coat rack is now only £6.50 from All Up and On.

Match Safe from the Best Made Company

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Fresh Design ideas storage containerQuirky match case design

This tiny little match case may be small in size, but it’s a great little design and is full of storage potential.

It’s based on an original 1900 patented waterproof match case and is made from nickel plated brass, by Peter Buchanan-Smith’s company, Best Made.

As well as being the perfect size for storing matches in, it’s also a useful case for storing other tiny items in that you want to keep safe at home and out of sight – like coins, notes, rings or other small valuables.

It’s not only small in size, but small in price too – at only $9 it’s very affordable.

Next red and white spot kettle and toaster

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Fresh design modern kitchen appliances

Liven up your kitchen appliances

The new range of kitchen appliances at Next includes some lively options, like this red and white spot kettle and toaster.

The kettle is a lovely pyramid shape, with a cordless base and a capacity of 1.8 litres.

The two slice toaster coordinates perfectly, with a matching red and white spot design.

Both items are in stock at Next, with the pyramid kettle priced at £32 and the toaster at £22.

There are other similar small kitchen appliances available, including a range with a cream heart design, more spotty pieces and lots of vibrant colours.

Amy Butler Baligate towels

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Amy Butler designer towels

Amy Butler towels

These lovely fresh blue and white botanical Baligate patterned towels are designed by Amy Butler.

They’re made of cotton and are suitably soft and snuggly – perfect to wrap yourself in after a bath or shower.

The Baligate towels come in two sizes – hand towel (£8.50) and bath towel (£22) – plus there’s a matching face cloth (£4) available too.

You’ll find the Amy Butler towels available at John Lewis.

Jonathan Adler dragon lamp

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Jonathan Adler lamp and home accessory designs

Dragon lamp

As the Chinese Year of the Dragon has now commenced, here’s a fabulous modern dragon lamp to light up your home.

The striking lucite base of the polished nickel lamp is adorned by a large porcelain bisque dragon. The lamp comes with a black linen shade.

If you own any other menagarie animals by Jonathan Adler, then these can be interchanged with the dragon, which is a nice added touch.

The dragon lamp is available to buy from Jonathan Adler’s online store.

Fresh furniture design: The Alpha chest

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Typography furniture and fresh home ideas

Typography design chest

This Alpha storage chest is a brilliant example of fresh and quirky furniture design and will surely appeal to anyone who loves all things typography!

The large wooden chest is made from sheesham and mango wood and has a good capacity within multiple drawers (two sizes) for solving lots of home storage needs.

The drawers are each adorned with a large wooden letter, in the style of a printers block, and in alphabetical order.

The Alpha chest is a special piece of furniture that would definitely make a statement in a room. The price reflects this – you can find it at Graham and Green, where it’s priced at £995.

Fab Friday bargain: Morphy Richards 6.5L slow cooker

Friday, January 20th, 2012


Large family slow cooker

Oval stainless steel slow cooker

Slow cookers are a brilliant invention and perfect for this time of year, when you want something warming and comforting to eat when you get home from work.

They’re perfect for making delicious and healthy stews and casseroles, bolognese, curries, soup and more.

This Morphy Richards 6.5L oval slow cooker is a great buy, especially as it’s currently half price at Amazon and now only £25.

We have the same model and it’s been extremely well used in our household and has a great capacity. It’s a good size for a family, or for anyone wanting to cook more than you need, so you can pop extra portions in the freezer for those days when you’re in a hurry and want a quick and easy meal.

The oval stainless steel slow cooker has three cooking settings – low, medium and high – a sturdy base unit, with  a large inner crock pot. What’s more, even after a long and slow cook, it’s easy to clean.

The size of the slow cooker is large, but it does fit easily in a decent sized kitchen cupboard, or can be left out for regular use on a worktop (a smaller 3.5 litre model is also available).

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