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Fab Friday Bargains: Furniture and home accessories

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Contemporary furniture and home accessories

It’s the last few days of the sale at Furniture Village (the sale ends on Sunday 2nd March), so this week’s Fab Friday Bargains are all from FV.

A lot of people know Furniture Village best for their range of sofas and chairs, but they actually sell a lot more than that. They have furniture for all rooms in your home, plus accessories to finish off your interior design and bring a new look room to life.

Here are some of our picks from their sale.

Top row: 

Round iron Rivet mirror

Large 1m wide Seaspray canvas wall art picture

Middle row:

Content by Conran Balance wooden occasional table

45cm square Flow scatter cushion

Tripod design floor lamp

Bottom row:

Uptown elliptical modern coffee table

Paris design screen room divider

KARE Design patchwork benches revisited

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The eclectic and colourful world of KARE Design has been featured on Achica this week, including our favourite patchwork bench. If you’ve not been lucky enough to catch the discounted offer, we also spotted that I Love Retro have the bench in stock, including some other designs.

Kare Design patchwork bench

There’s the popular floral patchwork bench, with its warming colours of pink and red, mixed with touches of blue. It’s a lovely piece of furniture to use in a hall, bedroom or living room.

Contemporary bold Aztec print bench

For something a bit different, you could opt for the Aztec patchwork bench, with its bold contemporary patchwork pattern.

Contemporary pink velvet upholstered bench seat

Or if you can’t make up your mind about patchwork, why not opt for this luxurious looking pink velvet bench. We adore the contrast coloured piping, which really sets the design off.

All the benches, plus some coordinating home accessories and soft furnishings, are available from I Love Retro.

Bargain alert: Skip square contemporary side table

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Affordable living room furniture

We’ve been on the lookout for an affordable side table recently and, bingo, we’ve found one!

Part of the House range at John Lewis, the Skip side table is well-designed, with clean uncluttered lines. Its square shape provides plenty of function and it fits well into a modern or contemporary home.

The table was reasonably priced to start with at £39.99, but is even more of a bargain buy now, as it’s reduced to just £19.99. At that price, we’re tempted to get two…



Handmade upcycled retro design chest of drawers

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Fresh design upcycled handmade furniture

The colourfully designed drawers are the stars of this upcycled and fresh design drawer unit.

In retro style with fresh, zesty colours, this is a piece of furniture that will provide both functional storage and a striking feature in a room.

The retro chest of drawers are handmade from reclaimed wood and the painted drawers have been designed using eco friendly paints. This lively piece of furniture is available from Green in Mind.


Axis geometric design contemporary shelving unit

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Furniture for a contemporary home

A sleek and minimalist geometric design is at the heart of this contemporary Axis shelving unit.

The visually appealing design of this piece of furniture is enhanced by its strong build and lacquer finish. As well as being available in a walnut finish, there’s a nice green lacquer, white lacquer and oak finish too.

The unit can be used as freestanding piece or placed against a wall and provides plenty of space to compactly store books or display favourite accessories.

The typical high street RRP of the Axis storage unit is £329, but all options are available for just £129 each from

Fresh Design Furniture: Animal design storage cabinets

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Cow design storage cabinet sideboard

What a brilliant way of livening up your home storage and furniture needs!

These wooden animals are designed to look a bit like storage crates, but open them up and inside you’ll find quirky shelves and cupboard space.

Funky cow furniture

The cow provides the best amount of space inside and is great for use as a sideboard.

Funky contemporary home furniture

The pig and goose are full of character too and, as well as storage, you could use the top of their backs as a side table, or a place to rest a lamp or plant.

We love all three of these designs, but the cow has to be our favourite. The wooden animal design storage cabinets are available from Out There Interiors.

Contemporary Versus Modern Style

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Modern home style

What’s the difference between contemporary and modern styles and how can you use them in your home interiors? This guest post explores the issue and has some great ideas for home styling.

When thinking about home styling, many people will use the terms ‘modern’ and ‘contemporary’ interchangeably – there are, however, distinctions between the styles.

Contemporary Home Style

Contemporary furniture works well teamed with an understated colour scheme which is easy on the eye. Look for recliner sofas, modular sofas (or both) and coffee tables with bold lines.

Consider wall storage for smaller homes, and solid wood display units for bigger spaces. Solid woods encompass the contemporary style; veneered woods will also work very nicely. Also consider resilient upholstery in linen union or classic leather.

Muted colour schemes are suitable for the contemporary style – stone, grey, sage, baby blue and mink, accented with bolder tones of brown, charcoal, bottle green, denim blue and plum. Use warming accent colours on feature armchairs, table linen, cushions and throws.

Great Buys for a Contemporary Theme

1. Rustic ceramics

2. Floral fabrics

3. Pendant ceiling lights

4. Nature based pictures

Modern Home Style

For a confident, design conscious and adventurous modern design, make bold statements with your choice of furniture and colours.

Bold use of colour helps brings to life a modern style, especially when used in blocks against more neutral backgrounds – an accent chair in a bright fabric or rugs, lampshades and cushions in vibrant shades. Think about creating a feature wall with patterned wallpapers, and the use of patterned fabric for cushions can be very effective.

Modular sofas and shelving units give maximum flexibility, and large proportions hint at a boutique modern hotel style. Directional materials include solid and veneered woods, glass, metal, and wicker, for fabrics think velvet, silk, linen and large cable-knit.

Modern furniture invokes a big visual impact, whether the centre-piece of your room is a corner sofa with a chaise longue, a lustrous glass dining table, or a bold room divider. Look for uncomplicated designs that have presence.

Great Buys for a Modern Theme

1. Chandelier

2. Floral round mirror

3. Sheepskin rug

4. Landscape wall prints

Fresh Design Furniture: Conran Irvin storage mirror

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Functional full length mirror with built in storage

Compact, convenient and well designed, this Irvin storage mirror combines the practicality of a mirror with some useful storage.

The Irvin mirror was designed by Conran as part of their range for Marks and Spencer. This piece of furniture is great, as it’s solid, sturdy and multi-functional. You get all the benefits of a full length mirror, but there also multiple shelves and a useful hook incorporated into the design too.

Contemporary slim sturdy hall mirror

The slimline design makes it ideal for using in a narrow room where you have limited space for a bulky piece of furniture, or in a corner of a room.

We can see it working very well in a hallway (there’s a place to leave your keys, hang your coat and a mirror to use to brush your hair as you leave your house in a rush) or in a bedroom where you want to provide guests with a mirror and some shelves, but have limited space for anything bigger.

The contemporary storage mirror is made from oak veneer and, although it arrives flat packed, will be put together for you by the M&S delivery company.

Usually priced at £329, the Irvin storage mirror is currently reduced to £263.20 in the Home Event at M&S (runs until 25 Feb 2013). We think this looks like a great buy for a good looking, sturdy piece of furniture that should last well.



Bethan Gray wide Noah chest of drawers

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Contemporary designer furniture

Contemporary Noah chest

The Design Collective at John Lewis showcases furniture, homeware and soft furnishings from some of the best design talent in the UK and internationally. Amongst some of the excellent designers who have products featured is Bethan Gray.

Bethan is an award-winning furniture designer who spent 10 years designing for Habitat, before going solo and launching the Bethan Gray Studio.

Bethan has produced a range of contemporary furniture exclusively for John Lewis, including furniture for the bedroom, dining room and living room.

In particular, we love the design of the Noah range, which includes sideboards, desks, tables, cupboards and this lovely Noah chest of drawers.

The chest has five drawers and offers plenty of storage inside. It’s made from solid and oak veneers and we like the ‘no handle’ look – the soft-close drawers have integral handles, rather than bulky knobs.

As you’d expect from a high quality designer piece of furniture, it comes fully assembled, so there’s no diy needed to put this beauty together!


Fresh Design Furniture: Upcycled silver beer keg table

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
How to make a table from a beer keg

Beer keg light up table

Who knew an old beer keg could become such a great table?

This stainless steel beer keg has been reclaimed and upcycled to produce a fresh new piece of furniture.

The keg has been fitted with 6mm of toughened glass on the top, to produce a sturdy table top. Inside the keg, 24v low voltage LED lights have been fitted, which light up the inside. So not only do you get a funky drinks table, but also one that lights up!

The silver beer keg table has been designed and created by ReUpCycled and is available from their store on Not On The High Street for £249.

A black beer keg table is also available, plus some other unique products.

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