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Suzani fabric upholstered chair from Graham and Green

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Graham and Green fabric chair

Bold statement chair

This 1950s style Suzani fabric upholstered chair has been causing a bit of a stir in the interiors world recently.

The chair has an iconic design shape and is finished in a very bold and colourful fabric, which creates quite a statement in a room.

The 50s Suzani fabric chair is sold by Graham and Green and costs £495.

For the ultimate comfort, allowing you to put your feet up and relax in the chair, a matching round Suzani print footstool is available too.

B&B italia soft wall room divider from Mac and Mac Interiors

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Soft felt wall storage room divider

Wall divider with storage

Room dividers are a great way of making a large space more functional and dividing space up into different uses. Whilst many room dividers and screens do have a decorative element included in their design, this modern B&B Italia room divider adds another dimension – storage.

Designed by Carsten Gerhards and Andreas Glucker in 2002, for B&B Italia, the soft wall room divider is made from felt, with a metal frame on the base.

The room divider has a sculptural feel to it and there are various different sizes of slots all over the piece, where photographs, pictures, postcards, magazines or other bits and pieces can be slotted in.

The B&B Italia soft wall room divider would look as much at home in a bedroom as it would in an office. It’s available in two sizes and can be purchased from Mac & Mac Interiors.

Contemporary Indian interior ideas from Plum Chutney

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Plum Chutney eclectic contemporary interior designHibiscus flower lamp light home lighting from Plum ChutneyContemporary Indian white flower cushion from Plum Chutney

Plum Chutney is a recently launched interiors and online store, specialising in stylish and eclectic contemporary Indian products.

They stock some quirky and original designs, including many colourful and vibrant pieces, that could bring life and interest into your home.

The Truck Talks art print is a riot of colour and offers a modern and graphic take on traditional Indian lorries. It comes mounted and costs £45.

The botanic table tripod lamp features a red hibiscus flower print, that has been screen printed. The tripod style pillai maradu wooden legs make it extra stylish. The lamp costs £125.

The white flower trail chushion is designed by Vaishali Sinha and features striking flowers made from vintage prints appliqued onto white cotton canvas. A slightly different blue version is available too and both cost £35 each.

Other products include the Passage to India range of cushions, with modern images of India  and original art by Indian artist, Satyadheer Singh.

For more details and product ideas, have a look at the Plum Chutney website – you could even win your favourite product in their April contest.

1000 Home Ideas by Stafford Cliff, book review

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
1000-home-ideas

If you enjoy browsing through interior decorating and home magazines (and blogs!) and like discovering new ideas for things you could do in your own home, then you’ll love 1000 Home Ideas, by Stafford Cliff, with photographs by Christian Sarramon.

Stafford Cliff, a design consultant and art director, who produced the very first Habitat catalogues with Sir Terence Conran, has teamed up with French photographer Christian Sarramon to produce this fantastic book. It’s very much a coffee table book and is designed to be dipped into and browsed through when you’re in need of inspiration.

The book is divided into various sections, covering different design areas, but it’s by no means your usual, bog-standard categories. Instead, you’ll find descriptions such as openings and closings, interest under foot, shelf life, quiet corners, walls of wonder, reaching outwards and steps and banisters.

The large majority of the book is devoted to fantastic photography, of the type that will make you ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ with excitement. There’s one page of text introducing each category, but it’s followed by numerous photos of stunning homes. Some are in the form of huge, double page spreads, others fill a page, plus there are lots of smaller images too.

Although you do get to see some images of entire rooms, it’s the smaller, more intimate details that this book does so well. In the Walls of Wonder section, for example, there are images illustrating a myriad of ways in which people adorn the walls of their homes, from intricate wall tiles and old fashioned kitchens, to contemporary art, photo montages and walls of wellies (yes, really!).

I also love the section on staircases and banisters – who knew there could be so many variations on the humble stairs – and the way the photos have been put together are works of art in themselves.

There’s so much to look at and enjoy in this book and you’re bound to be inspired by something. In fact, there’s far too much to absorb in just one reading and each time you pick it up again, there’s more new, exciting details to notice.

If you’re looking for a book to browse away the hours, or are seeking ideas for your own home, then 1000 Home Ideas by Stafford Cliff is the perfect book purchase. It’s published by Quadrille, is available in a choice of hardback or softback and can be found on Amazon (the best price on Amazon is for the hardback, currently £12.46 instead of £20 – bizarrely, the soft back version is marginally more, at £12.74).

Other Book Reviews

A Girl’s Guide to Decorating, by Abigail Ahern

Life is Sweet, by Hope and Greenwood

Top 12 places to bag sale bargains

Thursday, December 24th, 2009
Happy Christmas from Fresh Design Blog

Happy Christmas from Fresh Design Blog

 We’d like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas – thanks for reading our posts this year!

We’re taking a bit of a seasonal break now, but will be back in the New Year to share more Fresh Design home and interiors ideas with you.

In the meantime, here are some useful links for hunting down some home sale bargains.

Top  12 Places to Bag Sale Bargains

Debenhams – up to 70% off starts online on 24th December

The White Company – up to 40% off

House of Fraser – online sale starts midday on 24th December

John Lewis – sale starts online at 6pm on 24th December

Currys – sale starts on 24th December

Boots – 50% off sale starts on 24th December

Comet – online sale starts at 6pm on 24th December

M&S – sale starts online on 25th December

Plumo – sale starts online on Boxing Day

Ikea – sale starts on Boxing Day

Tesco Direct sale

Sainsbury’s online sale

Also worth a look:

Interiors bargains

25 of the best Christmas and Boxing Day sale deals

Three contemporary bedroom ideas

Friday, July 31st, 2009
 
Gorgeous gold bedroom
Gorgeous gold bedroom

One of the best bits of planning your own home is the wonderful excuse to look at ideas for different rooms and see what other people are doing.

We’ve been drooling over some bedroom pictures on the Living Etc gallery and thought we’d share some of our favourites.

This gold room has unusual textured wallpaper, which is accented by a gold cushion on the bed. But it’s actually the brocade-style headboard that caught our attention. It’s very decorative and looks great next to the contrasting wallpaper.

We also like the fact the bed looks homely and slept in, not totally pristine and never used.

Monochrome bedroom

Monochrome bedroom

This monochrone bedroom is characterised by the large flower canvas above the bed.
 
Whilst most people probably won’t have a bespoke oversized canvas going spare, it’s a good example of how effective a statement wall can be.
In fact, the effect can be easily recreated with some stunning wallpaper and the rest of the room can be left relatively simply designed.
 
Black walls can work

Black walls can work

Black is not a colour that everyone would automatically think to put on the wall, but this black painted wall is a classic example of just how effective it can be, if you dare to try it out.
 
The large decorative gold mirror works wonderfully well against the dark background; in fact, the black helps the detailing in the mirror stand out well. 
Using a mirror on a black wall is also great for helping prevent a room from looking small – as black on every wall could do.  
 
 
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