The Perfect Sofa Bed
Thursday, 14 December 2017
As we welcome extra family and friends into our homes throughout December, a sofa bed becomes a highly sought-after fixture. With various styles on the market, it is easy to find a design that both accommodates guests comfortably and complements your living space.
Where space is limited consider a traditional structure that conveniently transforms from everyday sofa to a bed. Featuring a single armchair or double two-seater, the Urban Sofa Bed from Calligaris showcases slim, curved armrests with added sleeping and storage functionality. Operating a simple pull-out mechanism allows your living room to be easily transitioned into a bedroom by night. The combined storage compartment is a unique space saving feature where extra bedding and pillows can be stored.
As Pictured Left to Right: The Calligaris Urban Sofa Bed and Bonaldo Bandy Sofa Bed
Maximise the use of your home office by introducing a minimalist sofa bed. The Bonaldo Bandy is a sleek design featuring a swift reclining mechanism that brings the seat pad forward whilst lowering the backrest to create a double sized sleeping surface. Diversify your space further by incorporating other multifunctional designs such as the Calligaris Bumper Shelf or Bonaldo Piers Mirror. Both feature a concealed coat rack, which will be ideal for guests and create the feel of an authentic guest room.
For larger living areas indulge in a luxurious chaise lounge. Day or night, visitors will enjoy reclining on designs such as the Bonaldo Pierret Lounge Sofa Bed which features a fold-down headrest to form a single bed sleeping area. Available in a range of contemporary leather finishes with plush quilted detail, this is the ultimate combination of comfort and style that can also serve as your own personal place to relax and unwind.
Festive Interiors: More Style, Less Stress
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
For some, Christmas can be a very stressful time of the year. If you have not already started giving your home a festive overhaul there is still plenty of to make your space a cut above the rest without the added stress.
The prospect of a traditional Christmas tree can often be messy and time-consuming. Companies like Balsam Hill present a faux alternative, specifically designed to replicate the ‘lifelike foliage’ of a real tree. Created from the moulds of live tree cuttings, the renowned BH Nordmann Fir features a rich conical silhouette that perfectly imitates one of Europe’s finest evergreens. Opting for a LED pre-lit version will instantly inject a warm, festive ambience whilst relieving the frustration of unravelling last years lights.
As Pictured : The Cattelan Italia Atollo Suspension Light
Resist the temptation to overload your tree, high-quality baubles and a focused colour scheme is often enough to tailor a visually impactive design. Shift away from customary red and green in celebration of this year's metallic trends. Statement copper and brass tones will promote a rustic charm when paired with lush green foliage whilst gold hues will induce a hint of decadence.
The Conran Shops’ exclusive Metallica Collection presents lustrous, handcrafted spheres destined to add depth and sparkle. Equally stylish ornamental inspired pieces from Selfridges present a contrast of textures and shapes that will add character when positioned sporadically. An enticing range of scented baubles in Orange, Christmas Liquor and Gingerbread are perfectly evocative of the festive season, and a unique way to elevate the senses.
Finally, once your Christmas shopping is complete do not hesitate to wrap and ribbon your gifts in coordinating tones finished with string and complementing festive greenery.
The Power Of Pink
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Looking ahead, Dulux recently declared 'Heart Wood' as the Colour of 2018, suggesting the soothing popularity of Pink will continue to encapsulate the mood of the moment with a duskier and earthy feel.
Described as a 'warm neutral with a hint of heather,' Dulux believe this calming colour 'sits somewhere between a smokey taupe and a dusky mauve.' Shifting away from powder pink tones, this muted variation still reflects a universal desire for safety and solace in the home during our uncertain times.
As Pictured Above: The Bonaldo Frame Sideboard, Origami Table and Bahia Chair
Applied boldly to walls, Bonaldo demonstrate how the neutral tonality of Mauve manifests a cocooning and tranquillizing space. Coordinating with natural elements such as warm walnut or oak wood finishes as seen in the Bonaldo Frame Sideboard.
A versatile alternative to powder pink, this mature palette unites effortlessly with other rich on-trend colours and textures. For a hint of decadence choose to accessorise with sapphire blues and emerald greens, or use alongside warming cocoa browns in the form of sumptuous leather or velvet upholstery.
Alternatively, soften structural shapes with pink by accentuating the Zen concept of symmetry and balance in Japanese inspired designs like the Bonaldo Origami Table.
Your Guide to Lighting
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Lighting technology has improved dramatically over the past 10 years. Due to major inefficiency, many governments are phasing out traditional incandescent bulbs, banning both manufacturing and sales. Consumers must now opt for more energy efficient forms including Halogen, CFL (Compact Fluorescent) and LED (Light Emitting Diode).
An improved form of traditional incandescent lighting, Halogen bulbs are considered slightly more efficient therefore remain widely available for purchase, but a significant amount of the electricity used to power Halogen filament technology is converted to heat rather than light resulting in a lot of wasted energy.
As Pictured Above: The Buds Table Lamp from Foscarini
Simple and cheap to manufacture, a Halogen bulb has a typical lifespan of only 750-1000 hours; however, A CFL bulb is 67-80% more efficient at converting electricity into visible light by energising a combination of argon gas and mercury vapour with an electric current, creating UV light energy that is then converted to visible light when absorbed by the phosphor coating of the CFL bulb.
Although expensive to produce and necessary to dispose of properly due to non-eco-friendly chemicals, CFL bulbs can last up to 10,000 hours making it a cost-effective light source in terms of output and long-term savings.
LED technology is widely considered the most energy-efficient and economical light source by far, using roughly 90% less energy than a Halogen bulb. Despite the high initial cost, LED is unaffected by frequent operation and has a lifespan of at least 50,000 hours.
Executed by an electric current passing through a semiconductor, this can be easily controlled to offer a variety of LED colour temperatures ranging from a soft warm white to a crisp bright daylight, providing a highly energy efficient lighting solution for any room of the house.