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Quinn contemporary corner ladder style bookcase from Matalan

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Did you know Matalan sells furniture? It’s online only at, but they sell a good range of furniture that’s stylish, on trend and affordable.

We’d never experienced Matalan furniture before, but were sent a corner bookshelf in oak, from their bestselling Quinn range, to review. The style of the piece is inherently contemporary – it’s based on the popular ladder design – and it’s an attractive and functional piece of furniture that could effectively be used in a variety of different rooms.

The Quinn corner bookcase arrives in two boxes – one long, large one which contains three vertical pieces of wood, and one square one, which contains four shelves in graduated sizes.

You also get the super essential instructions, all the screws, dowels and fittings you need, plus a little Allen key to help you put the whole piece together. So there are no worries if you haven’t got a tool kit on hand, as you can assemble it without the need for any other tools.

Unboxing the Quinn corner bookcase in oak. Affordable flat pack furniture from Matalan.

Once unpacked, the wood seemed to be of a good, sturdy design and the oak finish a lovely warm colour.

Assembling the flat pack Quinn bookcase

Is it easy to put together? Well, it seemed to be…

The doweling rods were easy to insert into the shelves and the shelves initially seemed to fit well into the uprights. It could be put together by one person, but we found it useful to have two of us.

How to build the flat pack Quinn corner bookshelf from Matalan.

One shelf though seemed to be missing a screw hole, so couldn’t be as securely attached as it should be. When everything else was screwed together it looked finished, although we somehow ended up with a slight gap at one side at the very top.

As it wasn’t really the perfect, nicely aligned finish we’d hoped for, we took it apart and did it again. Sadly, that didn’t really rectify the problem. Whether it was something we’d done wrong, or perhaps that the upright piece of wood wasn’t quite cut to the right size at the top, we’re not sure.

Here’s an image showing the gap on the right hand side – it’s not a major issue, but something that could be annoying in the long term, knowing it’s there and not quite perfect.

The tiny top shelf of the Quinn bookcase provides just enough space for a small ornament

The gap issue aside though, the finished bookshelf is a lovely contemporary design and definitely fits into the ladder style shelving trend.

It’s nice that it’s a corner design and can fit into a spare gap. It also felt reassuring that it was going in a corner, as it didn’t feel 100% sturdy when standing (it might be better, for example, if you screw it to a wall for super security).

Styling the Quinn corner bookcase

The bookcase would work well in a living room, dining room, study or even a small space in a hallway or on a landing.

In our case, it fitted perfectly in a corner of a bedroom, against the side of a similar coloured wooden wardrobe.

Got an awkward corner to fill? Try the Quinn corner bookcase in a stylish ladder design.

There are five shelves in total, each a different size. We used the bottom shelf for books, and the others to display vases and other decorative accessories.

Of course, there’s not a lot of scope for storage on the smallest, top shelf (just room for a small owl), but the lower shelves do provide ample space – in fact, more space than we’d anticipated.

The bottom shelf is a brilliant height and width for large hardback books. We could have easily filled all the shelves with books – as you can see, the other shelves are quite deep too and could easily accommodate more hardback or paperback books:

The shelves on the Quinn corner bookcase are of a good depth and provide plenty of storage options.

It’s a really elegant and functional piece of furniture. In terms of value, it’s pretty good too – the original price was affordable at £79, but it’s currently reduced to £59 in the sale, so an even better buy.

Modern corner ladder style bookcase - perfect to store books or display accessories


If it’s a style of furniture you like, there are other coordinating pieces in the Quinn range, and options in a white finish too. One nifty aspect is that other pieces can be joined together if you wish. There are spare screws provided and easy-to-spot connecting points on the Quinn bookcase.

It was good to see the value and options that Matalan furniture provides and it’s definitely something we’ll be exploring again in the future.

(Disclosure: We were sent the Quinn bookcase to review, but all views and opinions are our own). 

New Living Furniture range from VictoriaPlum

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Looking to create an industrial style room in your home? This furniture range is perfect.

Online retailer,, have expanded their product range and now offer some great pieces of furniture suitable for living rooms and hallways in contemporary homes.

They’ve partnered with Reeves to exclusively sell a new living furniture collection. All the pieces are crafted from high quality materials and beautifully hand-finished.

We particularly like the look of their industrial, modern and contemporary living furniture ranges, which feature on-trend designs, like this:

Lovely solid wood furniture that is perfect for a modern living room

Here are some of our favourite pieces from the industrial range:

Industrial style home furniture ideas to make decorating easy

1. If you’re fond of the repurposed look, then the Sawyer wide storage rack provides a fab way of storing magazines.

2. Cart-style coffee tables are industrial to a tee, so this Sawyer wheeled coffee table is the perfect addition to an industrial design living room.

3. The Sawyer blackboard wall hanger is ideal for a hallway or entrance porch. We like the combination of hanging hooks with a memo chalkboard.

4. Oh my, how we could fill those drawers with treasure! The 18 drawer apothecary chest is a gorgeous piece of furniture and has so many possibilities for storage.

And as storage chests with lots of drawers are a top priority, there’s also this colourful chest of drawers available in the contemporary range:

Love this colourful chest of drawers with 10 different sized drawers to fill with treasure!


The Weston multicoloured 10 drawer chest arrives fully assembled (no flatpack, thank goodness!) and is made from sustainably sourced wood. It’s an on trend piece, offering plenty of storage options and we like the mix of different sized drawers.

So if you’re on the hunt for new furniture and like to keep up-to-date with both trends and classic designs, it’s well worth taking a look at the Reeves living furniture at

(Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post)

Brunel furniture: industrial style meets mid-century design

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

What do you get if you combine mid-century modern with industrial style? The adorable Brunel furniture from Heal's.

Ever wondered what you’d get if you combined mid-century modern with industrial style? Meet the Brunel range, a best-selling furniture collection from Heal’s.

Designed with a contemporary home in mind, the collection of bedroom and living room furniture is beautifully made and oozing in style.

American oak wood is successfully paired with powder coated steel to produce a range of modern pieces which are minimal in style but big on impact.

Sleek and modern, this is a great range of minimal furniture that's ideal for a contemporary home. The Brunel furniture is available from Heal's.

The designer behind the furniture is Rob Scarlett, a former Young Designer of the Year at the 2003 New Design Britain awards.

He established Scarlett Design in 2010 and has created the Brunel range for ‘design savvy city dwellers who are short on space and accessibility, but big on style.’

We think he’s certainly achieved that.

Modern Brunel shelving and table from Heal's. It's ideally styled for a contemporary home.

Whether you want to update your bedroom, or re-design your living space, there are plenty of options to create a stunning new interior.

Discover more about the Brunel furniture range at Heal’s.

Great Danes: add some Danish style to your home

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

How to style your home the Danish way

Today, Danish design is known for simple geometric shapes and clean, uncluttered lines and it’s a popular form of interior design style.

Here’s a brief  insight into the history and development of Danish design, and some great ideas for getting the Danish look in your home.


The emergence of popular Danish design

The heyday of Danish design was the 1950s and 1960s, when designers and architects such as Finn Juhl (sometimes called the father of Danish design), Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton came to prominence with their new ideas.

Many of the leading Danish designers had trained as cabinet makers, and brought that sense of traditional quality to their new designs.

Inspired by Charles Eames, architect Arne Jacobsen designed the famous Ant chair in 1952, initially for the canteen at Novo Nordisk, an international Danish healthcare company.

He soon found that there was a demand for the new small, lightweight, stackable chair from owners of the new apartments that were springing up. With limited space and small kitchen areas, the Ant chairs (named for their shape, as the back of the chair resembled an ant with a raised head) were perfect for modern living and became a design classic.

The Ant was followed in 1958 by the Egg chair, designed for the Royal Hotel, in Copenhagen. Based on an oval,the Egg quickly became popular for its comfort as well as its looks.

The genre continues to flourish today, though, with many of the new generation of designers re-working the classic and retro designs into something edgier.

How to get the Danish look

The twin concepts of Danish design are ‘simplicity’ and ‘functionality’.

Furniture should have clean, uncluttered lines and is often raised off the floor on legs to give a feeling of space.

Walls and floors in the room should be light, for example white-painted walls and blond wood floors. Window dressings should be simple and let in as much light as possible.

Keep decorative accessories to a minimum to enhance the feeling of space.

1. Elba TV cabinet, Pash Living

Elba TV cabinet, Pash Living

This Elba TV cabinet, a mix of contemporary lines and colours with retro influence, is available in walnut or oak.

Inspired by Danish designers, this classic piece of furniture is sure to be the talking point of any room.

The combination of drawers and doors offers a variety of storage solutions, and there are no handles to the drawers giving this cabinet a sleek, minimalistic look and feel. Hand crafted by skilled craftsmen in the UK. £849, available from Pash Living.

2. Bell pendant light, Normann Copenhagen

Bell pendant light, Normann Copenhagen

From modern design company Normann Copenhagen comes this bell pendant light, £229.

It has an iconic bell shape, rounded and simple, with a matt finish.

It comes in four different sizes so can be use in a variety of ways, the smaller sizes can be used for hanging by beds or in rows above a kitchen surface. Available from Cloudberry Living.

3. Arne Jacobsen-inspired Egg chair, Pash Living

Arne Jacobsen-style reproduction Egg chair, Pash Living

Almost sixty years after its creation, the Egg chair continues to be a design classic. The design is still in production, and a modern Egg chair  by Arne Jacobsen’s retail partner Fritz Hansen costs around £4,500.

If you can track down a vintage Egg chair from the 1960s in good condition, it’s more likely to cost in the region of £8,000 – £10,000.

To add a little style to your home at a more affordable price, this reproduction Egg chair is based on Arne Jacobsen’s original design and is available in a range of finishes and a choice of colours. £399, available from Pash Living.

By Sara Walker

Buy and sell luxury pre-owned designer products at Vestiaire Collective

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Have you come across the Vestiaire Collective before?

It’s a relatively new find for us and is definitely worth a look if you want to buy or sell luxury designed goods.

They primarily specialise in luxury fashion, but their Life & Living category has sections devoted to Design & Decoration, Art & Culture and High-tech and include plenty of covetable home related products.

For example:

Luxury designer home and furniture that has been pre-owned

Top row:

Eames Esu shelving unit

Jean Cocteau plate 

Knoll Barcelona chair

 Bottom row:

 Chanel bath sheet

Hermes porcelain dinnerware

Eames walnut stool

To sell on the Vestiaire Collective, just take a photo of your items and submit it with a description using the Seller Form. When your items are approved, they’ll appear for sale on the site.

When they sell, rather than sending the item direct to the buyer, you send it to the Vestiaire Collective. They’ll check the item, ensure it’s exactly as described and genuine, then send it on to the buyer. Oh, and then the crucial bit – you get paid!


Solid oak furniture for a modern industrial living room

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015


Modern industrial style living room

(Image via DigsDigs)

If you love the modern industrial style, there are plenty of ways to create this look in your home. Whilst metal furniture, such as cabinets and drawers, are often associated with the industrial look, wood can play a big part too.

It’s great to be able to source original industrial lighting and furniture and give it a new life in your home, but it’s not always possible to find the right pieces for your interior design. The right choice of new furniture can be just as effective in creating the look you want and one useful direction to explore is solid wood, such as oak.

Industrial style living room

(Image via DigsDigs)

If you look at industrial style living rooms, there’s normally some element of wood to be found. For example, in the form of open shelves, wooden coffee tables, a lamp table or console unit. Oak is a great choice to use, as the colour of the natural wood looks lovely and solid oak furniture is built to last.

In addition, oak furniture is strong, durable, functional and, perhaps best of all, there’s no nightmare flat pack self-assembly to have to tackle. If you order it online, it’s delivered to your door or brought into your home and all you have to do is find the right spot for it and put it to instant good use. Bliss compared to flat pack hell!

Matrix collection solid oak wood wide bookcaseMatrix collection solid oak wood coffee table

I really like the Matrix oak living room furniture collection from the Oak Furniture Company and think many of the pieces would work perfectly in an industrial style living room.

The Matrix Oak wide bookcase, with its numerous open shelves, looks perfect. It’s a good solid piece with plenty of storage options, but the open shelves help it feel more modern. It would look right at home in an industrial loft style living room, with bare brick walls behind (or brick effect wallpaper, for the discerning decorator).

To complete the room look, I’d team it with a worn leather sofa, the Matrix oak coffee table, a black and white bus blind style piece of art, a mix of black and white cushions and accessories such as metal effect lighting and candle holders.

Here’s an idea of how the pieces could work together:

Industrial style living room idea

1. Vintage leather two seater sofa – Old Boots Sofas

2. Delwara cotton cushion – Reason Home

3. British landmarks bus blind framed print – The Binary Box

4. Industrial copper pendant light – FactoryLux

5. Fine Décor distinctive red brick wallpaper – I Love Wallpaper

6. Matrix oak coffee table – Oak Furniture Company

7. Matrix oak wide bookcase – Oak Furniture Company

8. Vega lantern – Henry & Future

9. Use your wings cushion – Rocket St George

If you’d never considered incorporating oak furniture into an industrial style interior, then hopefully you’ll think again. It really is a versatile type of wood that works in a variety of different interior settings, from traditional to modern.

***This is a collaborative post***

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