Tuesday, 5 January 2021
Unique, durable, hardwearing and beautiful, marble is a timeless material that retains a firm place in our current interior design trends. The material secures its exclusivity as no two cuts will ever be the same, making its appeal to those of us who crave something that no one else has.
Marble can be used in a variety of ways, as wall tiles, flooring, even as tabletops, and we’ve found some designs by Porada that showcase this material in all of its splendour.
Pictured above: Porada's Joint Coffee Table and Thayl Table
Take the Ziggy Coffee Table – its wood frame securely houses an elegant marble top available in 3 different finishes, White Calacatta Gold, Dark Brown Emperador, and Black Sahara Noir to suit all your interior themes. Or to opt for a more minimalist design, why not look at the Joint Coffee Table which has a decadent marble top supported by a canaletto walnut element fixed to 3 brass metal tubular legs. You can continue this theme of marble tops into a dining room with the Thayl Table which is available in the same finishes as the Ziggy coffee table, and houses an opulent round or oval marble table top on a cylindrical base comprising canaletto walnut pillars and a Bronzoro metal ring base plate.
Pictured above: Atlante Wood Sideboard and Jean Marble Table
Perhaps you want a design with storage that still houses the elegance of a marble top – then the Atlante Wood Sideboard measures up. Featuring a solid wood frame with customisable doors and internal shelving, all whilst showcasing that all important marble.
If sustainability is a key pillar in your interior design decisions, then you may know that pure marble takes a lot of time and energy to produce. Ceramic marble is a blended material that has all the benefits and appearance of marble, but is kinder to the environment in its production. The Jean Marble Table is a great example of how a ceramic marble tabletop can turn into a bold and statement design, bringing drama and sophistication into your space whilst considering your impact on the planet.
The marble look has stood the test of time, and we know it will continue to do so for many years to come.
The Art of Display
Friday, 1 January 2021
An art gallery or exhibition showcases the works of an artist and lets us see what they choose to express and how, so it shouldn’t feel unfamiliar to treat our homes in the same way. Think about stylish placements of personal possessions on a mantelpiece or a bookcase, carefully displaying your curated collection of memories, allowing visitors to your home an added insight into who you are.
Pictured above: Bayus Shelf by Porada and Pica Sideboard by Bontempi Casa
The Bayus Shelf by Porada is a stylish way of displaying items you want out on view with its solid canaletto walnut frame, whilst also providing great functionality in hiding away more personal effects in the compartments. The drawer compartments can also be left open giving you more flexibility over the staging of your items. The Pica Sideboard by Bontempi Casa is another example of this ‘peek a boo’ design. With a wide selection of storage units, hinged doors, and glass shelves, this sideboard will give ample space to showcase your style and allow you the freedom to store items too. This functionality is so important, as not everything we own we will want to have on display. It’s about selecting those pieces that will add depth and character to your space.
Pictured above: Atlante Glass Sideboard by Porada and Arabesque Sideboard by Cattelan Italia
For a more ‘open display’ sideboard, why not try the Atlante Glass Sideboard by Porada, with stylised solid wood frame and smoked glass front door panels and shelves, complete with internal LED dimmer lighting. This design encases and protects your more fragile items such as china or glassware, whilst beautifully presenting them. If glass open designs aren’t what you’re looking for, the Arabesque Sideboard by Cattelan Italia is bold and contemporary on its own. It features four doors which conceal a large array of items, but the graphite painted glass top of the unit has plenty of space for you to style out.
Why not give your shelves and sideboards some thought, and curate your effects – thus adding a touch of art to your home, and showcasing the artist in your own life.
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Whilst the trend of mixing metals may not be new, it seems not to be going anywhere, and if anything appears to be used more and more. From contemporary restaurants to 5-star hotels, the use of mixed metals is seen everywhere and can really create a striking and bold statement.
Pictured above: Glamour Table by Bontempi Casa and Flexus by Bontempi Casa
Introducing this medium into our homes doesn’t have to be challenging, in fact it’s easier than you think. Take the Glamour Table by Bontempi Casa; a metal frame with contrasting metal feet is simple yet effective. Why not try selecting the dark brass metal frame and offset with gold coloured feet for a truly bold design. If you’re looking to pull focus in your space, the Terminal Console Table by Cattelan Italia is a striking design that blends brushed metallic edges with a lacquer steel frame, again to really create a contrast opt for contrasting your frame and edge finish to really highlight this trend.
Pictured above: Artistico Table by Bontempi Casa
The Artistico Coffee Table and Artistico Table by Bontempi Casa both feature a stylish curved metal frame that has the option of coming in multicoloured metals meaning each leg will be cast in a different metal finish. This particular design truly embraces everything this trend has to offer and creates a brilliant striking focal point in any space.
So mix it up this season and opt for a trend that displays true staying power.
DIY Decorations For A Cosy Christmas
Monday, 14 December 2020
Whilst many of us may already have decorated with our trees, trinkets, lights and festive fragrances, there’s still time to pull up a chair as a family and enjoy some Christmas crafting together. Here are a few ideas that we believe will bring a little December magic into your home.
Pine Cones - A little forage in your local woods will see you well for a few pine cones, and these make excellent placement pieces throughout the winter. They look great as they are (just make sure you give them a wash first) but we’ve also found it’s great to give them a touch of colour. You can lay down some newspaper outside and give them a light spray with some metallic paint, or to get really intricate and crafty, why not try hand painting the tops of the sprigs in different metallic colours giving you pops of rainbow magic when viewed at different angles will give
Jars of Joy – Glass jars have so many applications in the home we’re sure you’ve a few of these lying around. You can use them in a variety of ways. Grab some small battery-powered fairy lights and lay them in the jar to brighten up the smallest of spaces. Cluster a group of these together in varying sized jars to really create a warm glow. Or fill a jar with water, biodegradable glitter and sequins for a homemade snow globe.
Chocolate Surprise Rings – Cut a kitchen roll tube into hoops, then hide a foil-wrapped chocolate in each before wrapping them in ribbon and hanging on the Christmas tree. The ribbon can be pulled apart to reveal the chocolate when it’s time to eat!
Natures Winter Fruits - this time of year, beautiful twigs and berries such as holly berries are in abundance. Why not forage a few and place them in a tall clear vase, adding a few holly leaves for good measure, to create a lovely table piece.