Archive for April, 2012

Modern Garden Furniture from Bridgman

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Contemporary garden furniture Exterior garden furniture

In the past, garden furniture has consisted of items such as a simple wooden bench, lightweight plastic patio furniture and sun loungers made of pretty much the same material. Brightly-coloured umbrellas and sun awnings were also the order of the day, but there have been many changes in garden furniture over the past two decades or so.

Today, gardeners are keeping pace with trends which are being followed by many keen gardeners and aficionados of style alike in modern garden furniture.

One of those trends is for understated, natural-looking shades which blend in seamlessly with the garden that they stand in. These colours include dark browns, charcoals and light browns, which are often the natural colour of the material used to make that furniture.

While some trends in garden furniture haven’t stood the test of time, other old favourites continue to figure prominently in the front and back yards of homes throughout the country such as wooden furniture.

Wooden benches, chairs and tables still sit proudly on the porches and patios of many gardens, and they don’t look at all out of place. One type of wood that is used for garden furniture is teak. Despite being expensive, it’s also durable, luxurious and, most importantly of all, low-maintenance.

Modern and contemporary garden furniture trends

Although some things never change, others evolve all the time. Rattan garden furniture is a relatively new phenomenon, and like teak, is preferred by many because of its weather-resistant qualities.

However, it’s the appearance of rattan which appeals to gardeners more than anything else. Reflecting modern tastes, the colours used in its design are usually shades of charcoal and brown, even though a few items stray from this formula.

Aside from chairs and garden sofas, rattan is increasingly being used to make tables and sun loungers, and they tend to look pretty good.

***This post is an association with Bridgman***

Keep in Peck bird wall hooks

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Bird wall hooksBird design quirky wall fixtures and fittings

We love browsing the Apartment section of ModCloth, as they tend to sell some quirky home products. Even though they’re based in the US, they do ship to the UK, which is a definite bonus.

Our latest find is this set of Keep in Peck bird design wall hooks. The five silver woodpeckers are made from sturdy metal and rock along a white bough.

You can hang coats, scarves or towels from the woodpeckers beaks, or loop items through their cut out wings. It’s a fun and functional storage option for a hall, porch, kitchen or bathroom. The hooks come with all the fixtures and fittings you need to hang the piece securely on the wall.

The Keep in Peck wall hooks cost $44.99 per set.

Golden butterflies cushion from More Vibrant

Monday, April 16th, 2012
Handmade vibrant cushion

Colourful cushion

Fresh, uplifting and colourful sums up this cushion very well, we think.

Golden butterflies are depicted flitting between bright fuschia branches, on a background of turquoise blue.

Definitely uplifting and a great splash of colour for a chair or bed, the cushion cover is made from 100% cotton canvas and is finished off with decorative natural wood buttons.

The golden butterflies cushion is a snip at only £12.99 from More Vibrant.

Electrical Home Appliances We Use Every Day

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Contemporary home kitchen appliances

Contemporary household appliances

Our daily lives have all been made much easier by household appliances. Whether it’s with cooking, cleaning or general maintenance, without them, we wouldn’t be entirely sure what to do.

Despite their amazing functionality, there comes a time when you want to upgrade to something better or buy something else as a replacement, although cost can be prohibitive. Fortunately, by visiting a site like, you can get the appliance you want without having to break the bank.

Some appliances are used more often than others, but are no less useful. One appliance that falls firmly into that category is the tumble dryer.

Although clothes can be dried naturally on an airer or washing line outdoors, they can be unreliable, and for someone with a busy lifestyle, a period of four or five days is far too long to wait for their clothes to dry completely.

If you’re really stretched for time, you can transfer your clothes straight from your washing machine to the dryer, and they’ll do the job in less than half an hour. If you leave them for a couple of days, a full load can by dry and warm in around ten minutes.

Washing Machines are perhaps more important, as using one is the best way to clean your clothes thoroughly and quickly, but they’re never taken for granted by those who own them.

An appliance that’s often taken for granted is the fridge freezer, but most people dread to think how they would survive without one. When it comes to preserving food, they do it like nothing else, and being able to grab something straight from there when you get home from work is incredibly convenient.

Fridge freezers are perhaps the only 24/7 appliance in existence, as they’re constantly keeping your food and drink fresh and cold.

***This post is in association with Appliances Direct***

Petals design clock by Karlsson

Friday, April 13th, 2012
Petal wall art clock by Karlsson

Wall art clock

Karlsson have got attractive and funky clock design down to a fine art.

For those occasions when you want something attractive on your wall, but are limited in space, many of their clock designs combine art with function.

That’s certainly the case with this black steel petals clock, which is based on a spirographic style patterned flower. It draws the eye in like a piece of wall art, but it also serves the practical purpose of helping you keep track of time.

The Karlsson petals clock costs £45 from Dutch By Design.

Kundalini Hara orange armchair

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Fibreglass designer garden chair armchair

Hara chair

This stunning Hara armchair is an artistic design suitable for using in your home or garden.

Made from sleek lacquered fibreglass, the chair was designed by Giorgio Gurioli for Kundalini, and is a striking and vibrant shade of orange (the perfect accompaniment for Pantone’s Tangerine Tango colour theme for 2012).

The Hara armchair is available from Made in Design.

Contemporary sculpture design by Pierre Malbec

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Contemporary art dog sculpture by Pierre MalbecUnique contemporary sculpture radiatorCompression contemporary French sculpture design

French sculptor, Pierre Malbec, specialises in producing one-of-a-kind sculptures and pieces of art.

Three of Pierre’s creations, which are suitable for display at home, include these metal dog, radiator and compression designs, which are all created from iron.

They’re unique, eye-catching and original and are perfect for fans of contemporary sculpture and art.

You’ll need to fall head over heels in love with them, as they don’t come cheap (plus there’s a hefty postage charge required too), but you can find these three sculptures by Pierre Malbec in stock at Anthropologie.

New York design blackout roller blind

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
New York interior design products

New York roller blind

Wake up and enjoy a new view from your window! Not just any view, but a stunning view of the New York skyline.

This New York design roller blind has all the essential features you need in a blind, including blackout abilities to help shut out light and promote a good night’s sleep.

The blind is available in a choice of sizes and comes with all the fixtures and fittings you need to install it.

If you’d like to wake up to a view of New York, the printed blackout roller blind is available from Dunelm Mill, with prices starting at only £12.99.

Miss Print Saplings wallpaper design

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Miss Print contemporary wall coverings MissPrint contemporary wall covering

Miss Print specialises in producing contemporary wall coverings, fabrics and other interior products and one of the designs we’re particularly fond is Saplings.

Their designs are hand drawn and take influence from nature, and that’s especially the case with Saplings, which is a characteristic leaf stem design.

Contemporary designer wallcovering Contemporary metallic wallpaper wallcovering ideas

The Saplings wallpaper is available in a choice of six different colours and it’s amazing how different each one of them looks – the deep turquoise blue and gold stem design is great for creating a bold, statement wall, whereas the sunflower yellow and white is quite retro in style. The pink and white wallpaper design has a playful feel to it and the metallic gold on white helps add a reflective and glam look to a room.

Whilst some of the papers are matt, others have a metallic or pearlescent finish, which helps add shine, texture and and interest to the wall.

Heal’s has the Saplings wallpaper range available, plus other MissPrint designs.

Miss Print designer lampshadeContemporary designer lampshade

If you love the design, then there are also matching drum lampshades available too, in a classic slate grey or a uplifting sunflower yellow, both made from silk.

HAM bouncing rabbit and scooting pig tea towels

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
British design animal tea towels

Animal tea towels

Add a bit of fun into doing the dishes, with these animal inspired tea towels!

Choose from a springtime bouncing rabbit or a scooting pig – both of these fun designs are created by HAM. The 100% cotton tea towels are handmade in Britain and the designs are screenprinted on in a bold black on white.

The animal tea towels are both made by HAM and cost £9 each.

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