Posts Tagged ‘quirky’

Fresh Design: Top 10 Posts in 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

We’ve written hundreds of blog posts on Fresh Design Blog this year, covering topics such as interior design ideas, bargain buys, designer furniture, home accessories, decorating options, wallpaper and lots of gorgeous pieces you could add to a modern or contemporary home.

As part of our end of year review, here’s a look at our top 10 most popular posts written in 2011!

1. Taking the prime spot, our most popular post this year was the one looking at the Top 10 free online interior design room planning tools.

2. Second in line is the gorgeously colourful funky Marrakech patchwork sofa, designed and sold by Couch GB. What a brilliant design!

3. It’s good to see that so many of your love the bookshelf wallpaper as much as we do. Our piece featuring ideas to help you create a feature wall with bookshelf wallpaper is the third most popular post this year.

4. Wallpaper always features a lot in our top posts – here it is again, in the form of the Mandara contemporary silver tree wallpaper, which is our fourth most popular in 2011.

5. One of our favourite annual gardening events, and a great place to pick up new contemporary garden design ideas, is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Our piece on Diarmuid Gavin’s Irish Sky Garden comes in as the fifth most popular 2011 post.

6. We’ve featured a variety of striking mirror designs this year, and even run a mirror competition. This contemporary handmade rolled art glass mosaic mirror has clearly caught the eye of many of you, as it’s taken the sixth spot.

7. We love quirky home accessories – and clearly so do you – as Morris the memo holder horse and the floppy disc sticky notes, which are both perfect for use in a study on a desk, came in at number seven.

8. Wall art in many forms, including 3D, have been popular in interior design again this year. The colourful gentle roe 3D MDF wall decoration came in at eighth place.

9. Our ninth most popular post was the stunning round driftwood and glass coffee table.

10. And finally, one of the best room dividers we’ve come across, the B&B Italia soft wall room divider, wins the award for our tenth most popular post in 2011.

Wildflower kitchen utensil set

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Contemporary design utensils for a funky kitchen

Funky utensils

Fed up with boring kitchen utensils? Check out these great designs, which will liven things up no end!

This set of Wild Flower kitchen utensils are wonderfully designed and look great, whilst still being highly practical. They’re handcrafted in Suffolk, using beech wood and stainless steel, and come in a beech stand, where they all fit perfectly when not in use.

The set includes the Bluebell Scoop, Yarrow Skimmer, Buttercup Whisk, Rag Spag Spoon, Sorrel Petal Serving Spoon and Daisy Masher.

It’s a great set and one that will look great displayed in your kitchen.

The set of wild flower utensils is available from Boije on Bouf and is priced at £119.85 (yes, a bit pricey for kitchen utensils, but these are really special!).

If you can’t afford the whole set, then each of the utensils can be purchased individually for £19.95 each.

Retro 80s space invader alarm clock

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Retro 1980s space invader arcade game

Space alien alarm clock

If you’ve got fond memories of whiling away time playing the good old Space Invaders arcade game, then here’s an alarm clock to help you reminisce further.

The bright green alarm clock is designed in the shape of a space invader. When the alarm goes off, the clock moves from side to side, just like the game character, and makes a highly appropriate computer game noise. It will feel just like you’re back playing the game!

Oozing with retro appeal, the space invader alarm clock is only £12.99 from Totally Funky.

Update Dec 11: Thanks to Jo for letting us know that M&S have this same Space Alien alarm clock for £12 and it’s included as part of their 3 for 2 Christmas offer!

Tea Rules The World sugar bowl and creamer

Monday, November 21st, 2011
Takae Mizutani designer china

Lion sugar bowl and unicorn creamer

For quirky products that you’ll love using, you can’t beat designs by Takae Mizutani.

As a designer, Takae has a great way of looking at the world through the eyes of a child and this can certainly be seen in her unique designs.

In the case of this sugar bowl and creamer set, the sugar bowl is designed in the shape of a lion and the creamer is in the form of a unicorn. Both animal motifs feature on the British coat of arms, so it’s only right that they’re on products celebrating the great British tea drinking habit!

The set of two Tea Rules the World pieces are made in Cornwall from earthenware clay, cost £44 and come in a gift box, so would make a great present. The only choice you have to make is whether to opt for white or natural finish.

Suck UK wooden light bulb lamp

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Light bulb lamp trendContemporary interior design lighting ideas

It’s a light bulb, but it’s also a lamp.

Cool and quirky, this wooden waffle-style lightbulb shaped lamp from Suck UK will light up your home and look fabulous.

It works with a regular 60 watt bulb and can be purchased online from Urban Outfitters.

If you love the whole quirky light bulb trend that’s in full whack at the moment, then check out our previous post on designer carbon filament light bulbs.

Cauliflower teapot by Sena Gu

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Contemporary designer porcelain teapot

Cauliflower teapot

Tea served with cauliflower, anyone?

A simple design, but with a fun and quirky element, this cauliflower teapot is sure to be a talking point, whether it’s in use for serving tea or purely used for decorative purposes.

Designed by Sena Gu and made from porcelain, the white cauliflower teapot can be purchased from Designed in England for £65.

Quirky moustache cushion cover from Selfridges

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Celebrate facial hair quirky cushion

Moustache cushion cover

Who knew we’d be featuring home accessories involving facial hair? Although slightly mad, we couldn’t overlook this quirky and humorous cushion!

The La Cerise Sur La Gateau moustache cushion cover features six illustrations of different types of moustaches, together with a tongue-in-cheek French description.

It’s not cheap at £52 for just the cushion cover, but if you’d like to pop this on a cushion of your choice, you can buy it from Selfridges.

Aluminium bull towel ring

Monday, November 1st, 2010
What a load of bull towel ring

Contemporary towel ring

Towel rings can be bland and boring, but that’s certainly not the case with this one!

Quirky through and through, the aluminium bull holds a ring in its mouth, through which a towel can be hung. The shiny aluminium gives it a contemporary look and it’s suitable for use in a bathroom or kitchen.

The bull towel ring costs £39 and is available from Graham and Green.

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