Posts Tagged ‘Ikea’

The eye chart home accessories trend

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Trends in home accessories are an interesting breed and sometimes it’s surprising just what becomes popular. Who would have guessed that the humble eye chart – an essential piece of equipment for opticians – would become a sought after home accessory?

Back in 2009, we featured the Luckies eye chart tea towel, which you all loved. Two years on, several major retailers have jumped on the eye test bandwagon and come up with new versions of this intriguing idea. So if you loved the quirkiness of the eye chart tea towel, the chances are you’ll like these pieces too.

1. Tesco Direct framed eye chart

Exploring the trend for eye test home accessories

Eye test print

If the simplicity of an authentic eye chart is all you crave, then Tesco Direct have this simple framed eye chart available. It’s £30. Hang it on the wall and check your eyes make the grade.

2. Ikea Gyllen eye chart wall lamp

Funky home accessories eye chart test wall lamp

Eye chart wall lamp

Ikea have produced this rather funky eye chart wall lamp, which hangs vertically on your wall. In addition to the joy of testing your eyes, it provides a good source of light too. The Gyllen wall lamp costs £41.99.

3. Heal’s eye chart test prints

Optician eye chart print funky home accessoriesWall art home trend ideas

Heal’s have produced not one, but two eye chart home accessories, both in the form of wall prints. Although the style and theme is still the classic eye test, these two both have a twist on the usual random selection of letters. Choose between You Can Rarely See and I Spy. Both cost £60 each.

4. John Lewis eye test cushion

Eye test eye chart home accessories

Eye chart cushion

If cushions are more your thing, then here’s an eye chart print on a cushion, from John Lewis. It costs £25.

Ikea Kavalkad saucepan and frying pan

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Ikea Kavalkad blue and white saucepanBlue and white affordable patterned cookware from Ikea

They’ve done it again! If you’re looking to liven up your cookware with a bit of colour and pattern, but haven’t got a big budget to spend, then the Kavalkad range at Ikea is really affordable.

The blue and white saucepan and frying pan both have a nice patterned design on them and are a lovely change to plain coloured pots and pans.

The Kavalkad saucepan costs £4.99 and the Kavalkad frying pan is only £4.59, both from Ikea.

Ikea Tyst cork place mats

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Ikea Tyst tree natural bargain tablemats

Bargain place mats

It’s that time of year when the new Ikea catalogue thumps through your letterbox. Ours has duly arrived and is already looking well thumbed-through.

Amongst the many new offerings in store are these Tyst place mats. The natural look, cork, tree design placemats are extremely affordable at the super bargain price of only £2.99 per set of four. They’d be perfect for new homeowners getting themselves kitted out for the first time, for students or for anyone looking for table mats that don’t break the bank.

Head over to the Ikea website for more details of the Tyst placemats and to find an Ikea store near you.

Stunning photos by Angie Muldowney

Monday, August 9th, 2010


No home is complete without some form of pictures, art or photography on the walls. These inspiring photos are by photographer Angie Muldowney, who uses a mix of modern photography techniques and vintage cameras to produce stunning effects.

If you’re looking for some new artwork for your wall, then she currently has a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer available at her Etsy store. Buy any one photo, of any size, and choose a second photo (of the same value or less) for free. There are full instructions in the shop as to how to redeem the offer and a fantastic selection of photos to choose from.

Amongst our favourites are Truelove (£6.43 for a 5″ by 5″ print), Going In, Roost and Only Time Will Tell.

Angie also adds in the helpful information that Ikea’s RIBBA 23cm by 23cm frame fits perfectly with her photos, offering an inexpensive way of creating a framed print for your wall.

Ikea Risor room divider screen

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Divide your room

Divide your room

We’ve written before about our love for room dividers and screens - they’re great for creating a division in open plan rooms, or for hiding your clutter behind.

This Risor room divider is new in at Ikea and is made from solid wood, with polypropylene plastic. Designed by Julia Treutiger, we particularly like the fact that the plastic inserts will still allow light to come through, as some dividers are big, heavy and can make a room feel darker when they’re in use.

The divider screen folds down when it’s not in use, which is great for all you space saving fiends.

For more details, head over to Ikea, where the Risor room divider is available for the fantastic price of £79.

Get £5 to spend in Ikea

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


Ikea have teamed up with Save the Children to launch a two week book donation scheme.

Anyone can take part and all you have to do is donate five unwanted books. Just take them into your nearest Ikea store, and the books will be donated to local Save the Children shops. To thank you for your donation, you’ll receive a £5 gift card to spend in Ikea.

The campaign started this week (Sept 28) and is running until October 11th, so get sorting through your books!

New Ikea 2010 catalogue

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Ikea Jonsbo Egby lamp

Ikea Jonsbo Egby lamp

 Yes, it’s that time of you again – the arrival of the new Ikea catalogue!

I enjoy nothing better than browsing the pages of homeware and furniture catalogues and dreaming about what could look great in my own home.

If you’re keen to get your mitts on an Ikea catalogue, then you can browse the virtual pages here (not quite the same as owning the paper version, but a pretty good alternative).

We rather like this Jonsbo Egby lamp, with it’s jewel-like pale pink base and beige lampshade. Designed by Johanna Jelinek, it’s £24.99 (also available in clear glass and beige if you don’t fancy pink).

If you’d like some more tasters of what’s in store, then Camilla at Hygge Nook has a great post looking at her new catalogue favourites.

Ikea watering can light

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
It’s amazing what design ideas some people come up with and how simple objects can be transformed into new pieces with their own style and function. Take this Ikea Vallo watering can, for example.
Ikea Vallo watering can

Ikea Vallo watering can

It seems nice and practical enough as it, but some clever soul has turned it into a light! Yes, a light. Here it is:

Ikea Vallo can transformed into a light

Ikea Vallo can transformed into a light

To find out quite how the watering can became a light, you can see the details on the Ikea Hacker blog – and even follow the instructions to create your own watering can to light transformation!

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