Archive for the ‘Practical’ Category

Add a bit of bling with a stunning black and gold paisley style vase

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Vases can be quite plain looking, but these Paisley style vases are anything but boring!

The three range in size from 30cm to 65cm, and would look good as a set or on their own. The gold leaves sit on a black background and the vases are quite stunning looking.

The company which sells the vases is called Inspiring Interiors and is based in Folkstone.

The vases vary in price, from £15.26 to £70.98.The shop also sells a range of other lovely home accessories, so do go and take a look!

Scholarly Finds: Top 10 Great Ideas for Personalising your University Bedroom

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Heading off to university can be a daunting experience and while the essentials, for example those (industrial!) pots and pans, are important, it can also be nice to have a few of those extra touches to really make a new room in a basic halls of residence feel that little bit special.

1. Wake Up & Smile Print Bed Set

This funky duvet cover would be great for brightening up any university bedroom!  With the bold print on one side and a fun pattern on the reverse, either would look great on show!  Available from Next, it comes in four different sizes, priced from £25 – 55 and is machine washable.  For those of you who need that extra comfort, you can also buy a set of two additional pillowcases for £8!

2. Flair Rugs Pixel Design Rug

Get a rug for your student room

The flooring in student rooms can often be basic and uninspiring, so why not add a rug to your floor? Aside from adding an instant splash of colour or pattern to your room, it also offers a cosy surface to stand on – perfect for those chilly winter mornings when you’re reluctant to get of bed for an early morning lecture! This Pixel rug fits the bill perfectly and is £33 from Amazon.

3. Cosy Skandi Collection Retro Desk Lamp

We love this retro desk lamp from Dunelm Mill!  It meets all the criteria a desk lamp for a university room should: bright enough for that last minute reading before that crucial morning exam, while conversely, soft enough to provide that little bit of extra security on those first few nights away from home.  With a domed head and a curved neck in a bright yellow finish, the lamp looks great too!  The lamp requires a 1 x 28 watt (max) G9 bulb and costs £17.99.

4. House by John Lewis Mosaic Laundry Bag

For any new term at university, a laundry bag is a must, but it doesn’t have to be dull and hidden away in the corner of the room!  This Mosaic laundry bag from John Lewis is modern and bright.  Made from 100% cotton it has a handy drawstring and costs £12.

5. Wooden Pencil Sharpener Desk Tidy

Stationery remains essential, even in this modern age, and this creative pencil sharpener desk tidy, available from Paperchase, would be a great place to store all those free pens amassed during Fresher’s Week!  Priced at £17.50, it could liven up an otherwise dull desk.

6. George Home Happiness is Homemade Blue Mug

Mugs are a student essential. This one comes with a cheery motivational message to brighten up your morning. The mug is a bargain at only £2 from Asda.

7. Rainbow Fabric Bunting from Etsy

 Brighten up your student room with bunting

A useful form of decor for student rooms, bunting is widely available and easy to put up. If you like the shabby chic style of designers such as Cath Kidston, there are lots of pale patterned bunting available, or you could go for a bolder, contemporary option, like this gorgeous rainbow coloured fabric bunting.

Of course, if you’re a dab hand with fabrics and fancy putting your own creative touch into your room decor, then you could have a go at making your own bunting. Check out eBay for bunting kits and ideas.

8. Collage Photoline

Create a photo collage for your student room

 

Available from Next, at a price of £22, this notice board is a great alternative to a traditional picture frame and is perfect for hanging memories old and new!  The handy pegs make it easy to change the pictures, so as term progresses those cherished pictures of loved ones back home may well disappear under a plethora of concert tickets and somewhat questionable selfies!

9. Trivial Pursuit Master Game

Having a board game perched on a shelf can be a great ice breaker. This master edition of Trivial Pursuit from John Lewis, priced at £39.99, would test even the brightest minds!  A board game could also make a great gift to celebrate achieving that well earned university place.

10. Doodle Tablecloth

I’ve started so I’ll finish… this doodle tablecloth from Paperchase could be great fun in a communal kitchen at all hours of the day and night.  It comes with eight pens that easily wash-out so the tablecloth can be coloured in again and again!  It is priced at £35.

DIY home accessories projects using glass

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Get creative and make your own home accessories using upcycled glass!

Upcycling With Glass by Terrys Blinds
Upcycling With Glass by Terrys Blinds.

Are you sitting comfortably? 10 stylish and practical stools

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Stools are one of many home accessories that come in very useful in the home. Whether it is for sitting on, standing on or for resting your feet after a hard day at work, here are 10 stylish and practical stools.

1.Teak root stool

We start with this teak root stool from Wooden Stools. This is a fascinating design. It is made from solid reclaimed teak wood with the top finely polished and coated in beewax. Because they are handmade each one is unique, at a cost of £199. This really is a beautiful piece of furniture.

2. Teacup stool

Here we have probably the most bizarre looking stool on out list – the teacup stool. The giant teacup, which is inspired by the Alice in Wonderland story, comes in a choice of several colours – white, navy, orange, red or yellow. Mocha sells the stools for £139.99 each.

3. Magis – special bombo

Stefano Giovannoni is the designer of the Magis – special bombo, very modern in its design, and with an adjustable height. This is really one for the kitchen, but you could also use it in a dining room or office. There is a choice of three colours – white, red, or black. It costs £599 from Scossa.

 

4. Cottage stool

The cottage stool from Sofa Classics is more of a foot stool than for sitting on. The stool is covered in photo embossed leather with faux emerald stone surround – rather a traditional design. At the moment it is selling for £742.

5. Marlow upholstered foot stool

Another beautiful footstool is this Marlow upholstered foot stool with Queen Anne legs. There is a choice of fabrics and wooden leg finishes. Just Ottomans sell it for £89.10.

6. GAN Aram stool

The Nest website brings us this rather unusual GAN Aram stool. It really is one you need to take a second look at – the design is quite unique. It comes in white taupe or green and also in two different sizes – low or high. The cost is £160 for the low stool and £171 for the high one.

7. Tailor stool

For extra storage the Tailor Storage is great. A living room stool, it is upholstered in 100% polyester fabric and has a lift off lid. Next sells the stool for £99.

8. Three legged milking stool

Crafty Occasions sells personalised gifts. When children are little they like to have  a stool in order to reach up to things, whether that be toys from the shelf, or to reach up to help with the baking. This three legged milking stool can be bought in either solid sycamore, ash or oak, and you choose the font and text which is burnt on to it. A beautiful gift for £44.95.

 

9. Hand carved wooden parrot stool

Like the milking stool, this hand carved wooden parrot stool is an excellent gift for children and one you would keep even when they got much older. It is made monkey pod wood and has been hand carved and coloured in Thailand and finished with a clear wax. It costs £24.99 from Orchard Living.

10. Giant champagne cork stool

We love this giant champagne cork stool costing £124.99 from Drink Stuff. It is made from 100% Portuguese cork and is one large cork that you can sit on.

By Jackie Cosh

Quick Fixes for a Beautiful Home

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

How to update your home

When it comes to our homes, we’re all occasionally tempted to think that the grass is greener on the other side and long for what we don’t have. But for most of us, moving house whenever we feel like something new is simply not an option, and there’s really no need to, especially when it’s so easy to quickly update your home to make it feel new again.

To help you get started on your path to a quick and easy makeover, here are our top three ways to make your home feel good as new again.

Soft furnishings

Changing the furniture in your home can be very expensive, so if you want to quickly update a room without spending too much the best thing to do is buy new soft furnishings.

Pick out a theme or colour scheme and buy throws, pillows and cushions within that palette to give your interior décor a whole new look. Try mixing fabrics and textures to create an eclectic, but still unified, look.

A new door

Your door is the first thing that people will see when they visit your home, so consider changing yours to ensure your home makes the best possible first impression.

There are plenty of styles you can choose from – Safestyle UK has lots of varieties – but the key is to make sure it fits in with the overall style of the rest of the house.

Luxurious lighting

Plenty of high-street stores now sell expensive-looking but very affordable chandeliers, which are perfect for giving a room an elegant look. Go for a traditional chandelier if you want to create a period feel with your interior décor, or go for all out modern decadence with this Art Deco-style chandelier.

If you don’t want to change your ceiling lights, you could just buy some striking new table or free-standing lamps to brighten up a room. You can also use changing your lighting as an opportunity to change your old light bulbs for energy-saving ones, which will help you to save money in the long run.

***This is a guest post***

Designer gardening accessories: Orla Kiely secateurs

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Essential garden accessories

If you love home accessories featuring prints from designer Orla Kiely, then did you know the designs are available for gardening accessories too?

These useful garden secateurs come presented in a pretty storage pouch, which features Orla Kiely’s classic flower stem design. The bright orange handles of the secateurs complement the pouch and are adorned with Orla’s logo.

Really handy to have for all your garden cutting and trimming needs, the secateurs have a practical safety catch and would make a great gift idea for gardeners.

They’re available for £25 from Amanti. They stock other Orla Kiely products too, including herb pots, and their site is definitely worth a browse for inspiring ideas.

Home decorating tips for first time buyers

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Are you a first time home owner? Find out how you can add style and value to your new home, with this infographic guide from Topps Tiles.

Decorating tips for first time buyers

 

Shelf storage essentials: 10 best bookends

Monday, August 12th, 2013

A bookend is more than just a piece of wood that keeps books from falling over. It is a statement about your taste in décor, and there is a fantastic range out there, to meet whatever your taste is. Here we look at ten of our favourites, some classic, some fun, some rather unusual. What’s your favourite?

1. Morph and Chas bookends

These Morph and Chas bookends will appeal to people of a certain age. If you grew up watching Tony Hart on television this pair of Chas and Morph bookends will take you back to your childhood. Each bookend is designed to look as if it is pushing the books up. They are made from high quality hard wearing polyresin material, and are 16cm tall. This quirky bookend set is available for £14.99 from I Want One Of Those.

2. Classic Tea Caddy bookend

These classic tea caddy bookends are reduced from £32 to £19 at the moment, and are available from Oka. While some bookends are thick, and often take up the space of another book, these are slim, so useful if shelf space is limited.

3. Personalised bookends – Noah’s Ark design

Picture Proud sells personalised gifts and furniture. These Noah Ark design bookends are brightly decorated on a white background and would make a perfect gift for a child’s birthday or christening. Hand made and hand painted, the child’s name can be added to the front. Cost is £29.95 for the pair.

4. Wooden bookends

At first glance, these may look like basic bookends, but they’re very classy and extremely well made.  most basic bookends out but at the same time they are very classy. Made from Pembrokeshire beech these wooden bookends are also available in other hardwoods – oak, ash, cherry, sycamore and elm.  Each bookend is handfinished and wax polished. Jonathan Guest sells them in different sizes, according to your needs.

5. Globe Bookends French Finish bookends

These authentic globe bookends would look perfect with some old hard back books. The authentic looking brown globes sit on bronze mountings on French finished stands. They’re available from Wayfair.

6. Set of two black dog bookends

This set of two black dog bookends are pretty amusing looking. One has a sculpture of the front of a dog, the other has the sculpture of the back of the dog. Both sit on square stands. Debenhams sells the bookends – originally they were £28, but they’re currently reduced to just £8.40 for the pair.

7. Gruffalo Wooden bookends

For Julia Donaldson fans these wooden Gruffalo bookends would make a fantastic gift. They each have Gruffalo characters intricately painted on the front. The bookends cost £19.99 from Waterstones and are presented in a beautiful box.

8. Ollie Wise Owl bookends

These Dora Designs Ollie Wise Owl bookends are made of grey linen with black faux leather trim. They have big staring eyes, and look fantastic side by side. Kirkhale Gift Studio sell them for £16.50.

9. Handmade wooden rabbit bookends

These white wooden rabbit bookends come with a blue or pink ribbon, and are handmade from wood. They would look good in a room with white furniture or would make a beautiful, and very practical christening gift. They cost £28 per pair from Charlotte Macey Textiles.

10. Pair of bronze owl marble bookends

And finally, for those with more money to invest in great design and long-lasting bookends, Canonbury Antques sell this pair of bronze tawny barn owl bookends. The bronze owls stand proudly on black marble bases and together make a great collector’s piece. They would look great against the backdrop of some dark wood furniture.

Large button storage box from Habitat

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Habitat describes this large button storage box as ‘quirky’ and we have to agree.

It is the obvious shape for a storage box for buttons, and anything else sewing related come to think of it.

The button storage box is available in cerise pink or pillar box red – both great colours which stand out. The size of the box is 30cm by 12cm. It was £30, but is now reduced to £21 in the sale. 

Gift ideas for gardeners: Greenhouse caddy storage box

Friday, December 7th, 2012
Christmas gift ideas for greenhouse gardener

Useful greenhouse caddy box

Strawberry Fool has a great selection of gifts for the home and garden.

For the hard to buy for gardeners, we like the idea of this greenhouse caddy, which looks really useful.

The green box is dived into sections so you can separate your gardening essentials, such as twine, plant markers, snips, seeds, gloves and other small tools. There’s a handle at the top of the box so you can easily carry it around the greenhouse or take it out to the garden with you and save time having to pop back for things you forget (or is that just me?!).

The greenhouse caddy gardening storage box costs £16.99.

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