Velvet Textures for Winter
Saturday, 22 January 2022
Deep velvets and rich wintery tones can make us feel warm and cosy; especially important as the temperatures outside continue to get colder. In today's interiors, you’ll find velvet elevated in bright bold colours and paired with contrasting fabrics such as metal and leather to really make it stand out. We've selected some of our most popular designs that showcase its elegance and luxury.
Pictured above: Chantal Gaslift Bar Stool and Kuga Slim Chair by Bontempi Casa
The Chantal Gaslift Bar Stool by Bontempi Casa is a bold choice, with its sleek metal gas-lift stem and curved seat complete with gathered detailing, this bar stool invites you to take a seat and sip on a glass of something celebratory.
For a cosy dining experience, look no further than these elegant designs. Starting with the sophisticated Kuga Slim Chair by Bontempi Casa design featuring a striking yet simple metal frame design, and an upholstered seat with button detailing.
Pictured above: Penelope Chair by Bontempi Casa and Alex Armchair by Sits
The Love Chair by Calligaris will also add that luxurious feel to your dining experience with its 1950s-style frame and soft upholstered seat with quilted detailing. The Penelope Chair by Bontempi Casa will give you luxury with an innovative twist, featuring a stylised metal frame with crossbar support, and a juxtaposed square seat cushion and round backrest with button detailing and piping.
Lastly, should you want to curl up with a good book by the fire, the Alex Armchair by Sits is ideal. Featuring slimline low armrests and an enveloping curved backrest, with clever angled legs to ensure you truly sit back in a relaxed seated position.
So invite some rich warm velvet designs into your space this winter, and see your comfort levels rise to new heights.
Curl Up and Get Cosy with an Armchair
Saturday, 8 January 2022
As winter is now upon us, and the days are getting colder, there’s nothing many of us look forward to more than cosying up in our favourite armchair with a good book, a warm blanket, and a cup of hot cocoa. The comfort level of an armchair can make or break this experience, so it’s important to seek designs that give you enough support and cushioning for true relaxation.
Pictured above: Oliver by Sits and Long Island by Bontempi Casa
The Oliver Armchair by Sits has a welcoming shape with a simple and retro metal frame. The wide seat allows you to curl up with ease and the cushioned arms offer just as much support as the backrest. The sleek Long Island Armchair Wood Legs by Bontempi gives you a sense of being cocooned with its high back and deep rounded armrests, with a stylish angled wood base.
Pictured above: Softbird by Sits and Softbay by Porada
For a modern twist, the Stefani Armchair by Sits has an inviting scoop seat complete with a rounded back and curved arms, and comes with either fixed wood legs or with a chrome swivel base and reclining backrest. The Softbird Armchair by Sits also features a swivel base, but the upholstered seat is padded for extra cushioning and its bold contemporary shape resembles the open wings of a bird.
Exploring more statement design, the Softbay Armchair by Porada takes centre stage. With its stylised curved lines complemented by shaped canaletto walnut feet, this design takes comfort and elegance and roots them deeply into your space.
So whether you’re reading an intense novel or flipping through shopping pages on your tablet, make sure your seating is warm, cosy, comfortable and inviting — you’ll be thankful that you did.
New Year's Resolutions, Not Just For New Years
Saturday, 1 January 2022
We often see the start of a new year as a great opportunity to set new goals, and inspire a ‘new year, new me’ attitude — but the truth is, many of us repeatedly make lists of plans that we don't see to fruition. So how can we make some resolutions that will last and that we will stick to?
Here are some great tips to make sure your New Year's Resolutions aren’t just for new years.
- Be specific about your goals - don’t make vague statements like ‘I’m going to move to the coast’, instead, break this down into achievable targets such as ‘I’ll research suitable coastal towns’, this way you’re a lot more likely to stay focused on the task at hand.
- Don’t try to commit to too much - focus on one thing at a time. This helps you to ensure you are going to achieve your goal instead of trying to achieve too many resolutions all at once. Change takes time and requires dedication so you need to ensure you aren’t overwhelming yourself.
- Make a plan - schedule out some time to make a robust plan of how to achieve your resolution. This could be a list of milestones, or a brainstorm map of ideas, but it will help you to visualise ways of making ideas come to life.
- Get support - tell others about your resolution and get their help, it’s much easier to stay focused and embed a change in your life when those around you are there to help ensure you stay focused and on track.
- Review, review, review - it’s tempting to stay so focused that you don’t take the time to reflect upon how you’re doing and the progress you’re making, but this is vital to your success. Celebrate when you have achieved even just small steps towards your goal and you're less likely to feel disheartened if the overall journey takes longer than you anticipated.
- If it takes months, so be it; Sometimes the longer you take to embed a change, the more likely the change is to stick with you.
So don’t let this New Year to go by with another set of forgotten resolutions; be focused, make your goals achievable, and bring your resolutions into reality.
Sunday, 26 December 2021
Lighting is commonly a focal point in our interiors, and it’s not surprising considering it's responsible for brightening up our homes. An enjoyable lighting trend sees designs that are art sculptures in their own right, allowing the designs to become the highlight of a room; and suspension clusters have become a great way to showcase this.
We’ve selected some of our top suspension cluster designs to bring this highlight into your own home.
Pictured above: Rituals by Foscarini and Cloudine by Cattelan Italia
The Rituals Suspension Cluster by Foscarini features some striking hand-blown glass pendants that diffuse a soft white glow and have a unique striped effect resembling the washi paper used in oriental lanterns. For a stylish look, the Cloudine Suspension Light by Cattelan Italia is an intricate design consisting of a cluster of either Iride Glass or Fume Smoke Glass diffusers that look like glistening floating bubbles.
Pictured above: Melody by Cattelan Italia and Spark by Bontempi Casa
If you are looking for a contemporary look, the Melody Suspension Cluster by Catellan Italia features a collection of varying shaped Fume Smoke Glass diffusers available with a black chrome ceiling plate. Or the Spark Suspension Cluster by Bontempi Casa which is made up of ‘flattened’ round borosilicate glass lamps elegantly suspended at the end of a brass stem.
Pictured above: Magellano by Cattelan Italia
For a sleek and contemporary statement, then the Magellano Suspension Light by Cattelan Italia features two stylish organic ‘halo’ inspired shapes made of embossed lacquered steel and lit by internal LED strips.
Why not introduce a statement lighting design to your interiors for that little bit of extra style.