Pleated Lampshades Are Back

Sunday, 27 September 2020

A popular trend late 20th century, pleated lampshades are back - and they will bring all the retro nostalgia you need whilst also giving your space a fresh and updated feel.

Foscarini Plass Suspension Light   Foscarini Rituals Suspension Light
Pictured above:  Plass Suspension Light and Rituals Suspension Light by Foscarini

Take the Plass Media range of lamps by Foscarini - their stained glass colouring paired with soft pleats allows you to add depth to your space, whilst giving off a soft glow. The collection of suspension lights and table lamps give you the opportunity to display this style across your space, without having to hunt around for matching styles.

Foscarini Rituals Table Lamp   Foscarini Gem Table Lamp
Pictured above: Rituals and Gem Table Lamps by Foscarini

For something more minimal, why not explore the Rituals range by Foscarini which offers more linear soft pleats showcased in a choice of organic shapes in blown glass. The soft white of the glass allows for a gentle glow but also provides enough vibrancy to light up your space, and the soft pleats give it depth and detail. Or consider the Gem Table Lamp by Foscarini which gives you graphic detailing and engraving in the pleasingly round glass diffuser, all supported by a stylish gold-toned satin aluminium base.

Beautiful Storage Solutions for Refills

Thursday, 24 September 2020

With the UK becoming more environmentally conscious, we’ve seen lots of great refill centres open up, where one can take one's own containers along and fill up on those all important cereals, nuts, pasta and spices. With this growing solution to reducing single use plastics, we feel it’s only right to complement your staples with beautiful in-home displays; so we’ve brought you some stylish tips and ideas.

Storage jars  
A collection of filled jars

Clip top Kilner jars provide a tight rubber seal that will keep dry food fresh, and they look timeless to boot. Harts of Stur stock a good selection of sizes along with replacement rubber seals, should you need them. Or why not find smaller sized bottles for your favourite herbs and spices and take over your spice rack - just don’t forget to label them. 

Storing cookies in a large glass jar can make a tempting display - simply lay them in a circle atop one another like bricks until they reach the lid. They may look so good you'll feel guilty eating them, but Wares of Knutsford's Vintage Style Storage Jar will add a touch of art deco style whether full or empty. Apothecary jars like these are a great solution for a variety of foods - place several varying-sized jars together and fill them with oranges, lemons, and limes to add pops of colour into your kitchen.

For a more contemporary look there are a great selection of straight-sided bamboo topped jars around - like these from Eden & Willow, in mix and match sizes. And don't forget to look out for what's almost empty in your fridge - repurposed jars make adequate storage for a range of goods. Often the lids are interchangeable - so a classic chequered lid from a jam jar can add a pleasing finish to a large pickle jar, for instance.

Less aesthetic but super-practical, dispensers with flip top lids are a great idea for larger refills - you can pick up cereal dispensers like these by Oxo Good Grips, available at Lakeland, to make light work of breakfast time while keeping the contents fresh.

The opportunities are endless, so don’t let your refills sit in the cupboard - show them off!

Posted in  Inspiration,  Trends

Leather Armchairs, Sleek and Comfy

Sunday, 20 September 2020

For an elegant and sophisticated style choice, a leather armchair can really develop your space. Armchairs are a brilliant way of adding a homely feel while creating more personal breakout spaces to allow people to relax and unwind, and opting for a leather finish is a contemporary route. Not only is leather easy to clean, but it's durable and can last a long time if well cared for.

Take the Isa Relax Armchair by Sits, its bold wraparound tilting design and slimline backrest offers great functionality and style innovation, and the leather option takes it up a level. Or look at the Charlotte Armchair by Porada for a timeless look, with slender curves and a deep set seat edged stylishly with its surrounding wooden frame.

Sits Isa Relax Armchair   Calligaris Alma Armchair
Pictured above:  Isa Relax by Sits and Alma by Calligaris

For the minimalists amongst us, the Louis Armchair by Porada has a slender wood frame which houses a padded seat available in leather. The contrast of the natural wood against the leather offers a contemporary style fusion that compliments a wide range of themes and spaces. Or to fully embrace leather, the Alma Armchair by Calligaris is built for statement comfort. With a hidden swivel base and an optional ottoman, this design gives you all the functionality you need, whilst delivering a luxurious style. 

However you decide to introduce a leather armchair, we know it can elevate your space and give you that sleek and sophisticated look and feel, with all the comfort you need.

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.

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