Archive for the ‘Dining’ Category

Pieter Stockmans for Serax: Mathematically inspired tableware designs

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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Geometrics and mathematics are the inspirations behind Pieter Stockmans ceramic designs, and they’re bang on trend this season.

Produced as part of Serax’s UnoDueTre Collection, the porcelain tableware is very distinctive in design, with its angled triangular handles.

The white teapot (which could double up as a coffee pot if you wish) and matching milk jug are sleek and contemporary, and both pieces are currently reduced in the sale at Selfridges.

The Pieter Stockmans teapot is now £21 (was £30) and milk jug is now £4 (was £6.95).

Colourful contemporary dining: Frost dining table and Gel chairs

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Contemporary glass colourful dining table set

Colourful dining furniture

We love the idea of these modern gel dining chairs, especially the fact that you can so easily mix and match the colours.

There are eight different coloured chairs available – either opt for eight different shades, or pick a few favourites. The bright colours are lively and uplifting and ideal for lifting the feel in a neutrally decorated dining room.

They’re shown here paired with the contemporary Frost dining table. It’s made from glass and stainless steel for a sleek finish and is available as a six or eight seater option.

Both the chairs and dining table are available from John Lewis.

Tools for the job: Top 10 contemporary salad servers

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Do you have the right tools for the job? Serve up salad in style, with these contemporary design salad servers.

1. Kiss salad tongs

Best contemporary salad servers

Casa Bugatti Italian design Kiss salad tongs, £21.30 from Made In Design

2. Alfredo wooden salad servers

Wooden designer contemporary salad servers

Georg Jensen Alfredo salad servers, £40 from John Lewis

3. Certamente salad tools

Best fresh design contemporary salad tools salad servers

Serafino Zani Certamente salad tools, £36.60 from Made In Design

4.  Twig salad servers

Contemporary silver salad server set

Twig salad server set, £28.86 from West Elm

5. Collective tools serving set

Stainless steel designer contemporary serving set

Iittala collective tools serving set, £59 from Skandium

6. Ribbon salad servers

Contemporary ribbon salad server set

Stelton ribbon salad servers, £44.95 from Amara

7. Toss Around salad servers

Toss Around wooden modern salad set

Muuto Kibisi Toss Around salad servers, £23 from Fab

8. Gemo salad tong set

Lime green glossy modern salad tong set


Ekobo Gemo lime green glossy salad tong set, £19.25 from Amara

9. Elements salad servers

Modern designer salad server serving set

Vera Wang Elements salad servers, £30 from Occa-Home

10. Salad Tree salad servers set

Funky contemporary fresh design salad tree serving set

Chris Koens and Ramon Middelkoop Salad Tree salad servers set, £14.50 from Dutch By Design

Which would you choose?


Fab Friday Bargains: Table runner and table mats from H&M

Friday, September 28th, 2012
Affordable and stylish dining room ideas

Dining room ideas from H&M

If your dining table could do with a bit of pepping up, then here are some affordable and stylish pieces from H&M.

The black and white table runner is a fab bargain at just £6.99 and the matching table mats are only £3.99 for a pack of two.

A coordinating tea towel, to help you do the dishes in style, is available for £2.99.

Eames House of Cards placemats

Monday, August 27th, 2012

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Does your table need livening up? These colourful placemats could do the trick.

The House of Cards placemats feature a range of designs by Charles and Ray Eames, including crayons, matches and pills.

The rectangular placemats come boxed as a set and are £35, from Liberty. A set of six matching coasters is also available for £18.

Funky Tank dining table and chairs from Furniture Village

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Investing in quality furniture for your home

Tank dining table set

Investing in key pieces of furniture for your home can be an expensive business, but it helps a great deal to be able to buy quality, long-lasting furniture when it’s in the sale.

The Furniture Village sales are always a favourite (we spent months hankering after our dream sofa, trying it out repeatedly in store, then snapped it up during sale time), so it’s worth taking a look at their current sale offers.

We particularly like the look of this Tank white high gloss dining table, with its brushed stainless steel feet, as it looks perfect for a contemporary home.

The table is generously sized and can be extended, giving it the ability to seat up to 10 people.

The dining table comes with four plump chairs and you can choose between having four different coloured chairs, or selecting four of the same colour (red, purple, green, yellow, black or white). Alongside the white table, we rather like the splash of colour that the multi selection of chairs provides.

The Tank dining table and chairs set has £1000 off the original price, and an extra 10% discount currently available. There are more good discounted offers on a range of furniture available online and in store.

Hexagonal beehive tray from John Lewis

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Hex hexagonal trend in interior design

Hexagonal tray

We’re loving hexagonal designs at the moment and they seem to be everywhere in interior design and homeware products – have you spotted the hexagonal honeycomb decals on the walls in this year’s Apprentice house?

So when we found this hexagonal beehive tray at John Lewis, we couldn’t resist it!

The serving dish style tray is made up of seven mini hexagonal compartments. They each lift out, so that you can arrange the segment colours as you wish or use them independently if you don’t need to use the whole tray. It’s perfect for serving dips and nibbles with and is an attractive and eye-catching design.

The hexagonal beehive tray is yours for £45.

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Handmade WildWood napkins by MollyMac

Friday, March 30th, 2012
Contemporary napkins serviettes

WildWood napkins

Any well dressed dining table needs to be finished off with some stylish napkins – and these WildWood design napkins are the perfect choice for a contemporary dining table.

Handmade by designer, MollyMac, the set of four napkins each features a different design, including birds and trees.

The designs are initially printed onto the 100% cotton fabric, then embellished with embroidery and applique.

A set of four mixed WildWood napkins costs £24. A matching table runner is available to complete the look.

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.

Aluminium heart salad bowl

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Aluminium metal interior design product

Shiny salad bowl

This lovely shiny bowl is made from aluminium and is crafted into a heart shape.

In theory it’s designed to be a salad bowl, but it would work equally well as a fruit bowl or simply used for decorative purposes in your home.

The aluminium metal salad bowl is sold by The Heart Store and costs £50.

Although we prefer to use heart-shaped home products in moderation, if you’re fond of all things hearty, then the Heart Store sell a variety of other heart related items – bizarrely, even a heart-shaped shower head!

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