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Natural Wood Finishes

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Wood has always been a staple in interior design. It's durable, functional, and can naturalise a room with ease, but we’ve become so accustomed to treated and polished woods that a new space is emerging for natural wood finishes.

Calligaris Vela Chair   Bontempi Casa Polo Chair
Pictured above:  Vela Chair by Calligaris and Polo Chair by Bontempi Casa

Take the Vela Chair by Calligaris or the Polo Chair by Bontempi Casa, both featuring beautiful stained solid wood legs. From 'Natural Oak' to 'Walnut', these chairs allow you to fully embrace the beauty of natural wood, whilst retaining an element of contemporary design in the seat and back. Or if you want to opt for a more focal natural wood finish, the Polo Spider Leg Chair has some great wood seat finishes to really highlight the style choice.

Pacini Cappellini Millerighe Coffee Table   Calligaris Palette Coffee Table
Pictured above: Millerighe Coffee Table by Pacini Cappellini and Palette Coffee Table by Calligaris

The Millerighe Coffee Table by Pacini Cappellini showcases natural wood in a stylish way, with a clever curved design featuring carefully placed slats. This table would work well in a more bold and design led space. For something more understated, consider the Palette Coffee Table by Calligaris. This simple retro design looks great in natural wood finishes with its tabletop set into the frame, allowing the finish to become the focal point. 

Whatever your design choices, why not opt for a natural wood finish and showcase this beautiful material in its true form.

Open Shelving

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Gone are the days when we used shelves solely for housing our possessions - we are now seeing open shelving used as an extension of our decor details and embellishments. There’s a golden rule with visual appeal that if you create space around something, it makes it seem more important and of greater value. With this rule in mind, it’s not surprising that we find open shelving becoming a firm favourite for interior designers across the globe.

Calligaris Hangar Bookcase   Pacini Cappellini Babele Bookcase
Pictured above:  Hangar Bookcase by Calligaris and Babele Bookcase by Pacini Cappellini

The Hangar Bookcase by Calligaris is a contemporary design which highlights how far shelving has come with its designs. Although the design is minimalistic, it creates enough space to carve out your wall and section it off to create great focal features with the ability to safely store your personal possessions. Another great example of this is the Babele Bookcase by Pacini Cappellini which has the same minimalistic feel but has the option of adding in drawers to hide away clutter. The shelving in various sizes also allows you to play with depths and dimensions to really create a unique space for your items.

If you prefer a more classic look and feel, the Biblo Bookcase by Porada has a simple design elevated with a smooth rounded-off frame finish. Its mid-century styling allows you to play with composition within a traditional bookcase shape, while you effortlessly dress your wall space. 

Porada Biblo Bookcase   Lime Label Creativ Edge Shelf
Pictured above: Biblo Bookcase by Porada and Edge Shelf by Lime Label Creativ

If you are looking for something a little bolder in style, the Edge Shelf by Lime Label Creativ sits comfortably among unique and contemporary decor. The stylish design in a choice of sizes to mix and match has one end open and one enclosed, creating great display storage for statement objects.

The next time you consider your storage, take a look at open shelving as a great way of maintaining wall space, whilst creating dimensions and depth with compositions of feature items and personal effects.

Eco-Friendly Fireplaces

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Eco friendly fireplaces have been growing in popularity, and have suddenly become the hottest interior trend. With conventional fireplaces and log burners requiring a lot of maintenance and contributing to CO2 emissions, more environmentally friendly alternatives were introduced to the market a few years ago and are now growing in popularity. The alternatives offer simple installations, often just requiring a power outlet, and without any smoke or soot. Some operate using bioethanol which is a clean eco-friendly fuel from fermented vegetable oils, is seen as a sustainable and renewable fuel source, and won't be affected by the ban of log burning stoves in London next year. Other options are purely electric and create an illusion of flames.

With this in mind, we’ve found some great options to compliment your existing decor and take advantage of this environmentally friendly direction.

Basket Freestanding Fire by Planika   
Pictured above:  Planika's freestanding ethanol fireplace

The Basket Freestanding Ethanol Fireplace by Planika is a contemporary option that easily fits into existing hearths and provides heat and comfort to any home. It does require a mains socket to run but no ventilation or chimney is required making it a very simple plug and play solution. In a similar fashion, the L-Fire Bio-Ethanol Insert by Planika is also plug and play and finds a route for those of you that still love flickering flames. This solves the issue when coal and wet wood will be banned for domestic sales next year, and really does give you all the functionality of a fireplace without any of the smoke or soot.

ACR NEO3C stove   
Pictured above: ACR's NEO3C electric stove

If you want to go for more of a wood burner aesthetic, try the Stow Black by Imagin Fires. This freestanding bio-ethanol stove can easily be moved around the home giving you lots of flexibility on placement, and again produces no smoke or soot so doesn’t require any ventilation or chimney. The flames are protected by 6mm of safety glass and the unit can be used both indoors and outdoors.

For an electric option, why not try the Optimyst by Dimplex which uses ultrasonic technology and harnesses water mist to create a realistic flame and smoke effect. Or the NEO3C by ACR which has a flame effect visible from the front and sides of the unit, with various flame settings for the ultimate fireplace experience. 

So don’t just join the trend, but join the movement to reduce CO2 emissions and make your home a cleaner and more eco-friendly version of itself.

Posted in  Inspiration,  Trends

Styling Statement Staircases

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Most of us ignore the staircase in our homes as a necessary but under-utilised space, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Statement staircases have become much more popular in new home developments, ensuring that they not only function, but are also showcased for the innovative designs that they can have. There are a number of ways we can create more of a statement around our own existing staircases, or even embellish the statement staircases we have designed in our homes.

Foscarini Rituals Suspension Cluster   Cattelan Italia Sablier Suspension Cluster
Pictured above:  Rituals Suspension Cluster by Foscarini and Sablier Suspension Cluster by Cattelan Italia

Take a suspension light cluster such as the Rituals Suspension Cluster by Foscarini. The various height levels of the lamps allow the focus of the staircase to shift upwards and makes a point of elongating the space above. The pearl glass in spherical shapes resemble oriental lamps and brighten up the space even when not turned on, but for a more contemporary design, the Sablier Suspension Cluster by Cattelan Italia may be more what you’re looking for. With their hourglass shape in either clear or smoky blown glass, this design still plays with depths and heights but has a more modern twist and would really accentuate a spiral staircase or a minimalist multi level stairwell. 

Cattelan Italia Tour Console Table   Cattelan Italia Terminal Console Table
Pictured above: Tour and Terminal Console Tables by Cattelan Italia

You can also use console tables to extend the space and create a focal point. The Tour Console Table by Cattelan Italia is a unique design with its oval support and glass or wood tabletop. The angled oval support displaces your focus, making it a great solution for carrying focus up the staircase. The Terminal Console Table by Cattelan Italia also makes a great feature, with its X-shaped angular base and wood tabletop - strikingly bold and well suited to making an entrance. 

However you decide to add detail, don’t ignore your staircase. It really can become a great style extension and make a strong visual statement within your home.

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