Storage Solutions for a Minimalist Interior
Saturday, 30 May 2020
A minimalist interior is simplicity and serenity at its finest and there is no denying the allure of a bright, white airy room. Successfully maintaining an uncluttered scheme can be a struggle though; more often than not, it seems to descend upon us, building up until there are piles of letters, stacks of books and unattractive wires surrounding us. But by being clever with a few simple storage solutions, you needn't discard all worldly goods to create a streamlined space.
Pictured above: Futura Storage Cupboard by Cattelan Italia and Madison Superior Cabinet by Bontempi Casa
For instance, the Futura Storage Cupboard by Cattelan Italia is the ideal space to store additional glassware and crockery in a dining room. Its contemporary lacquered finish is complemented with metal feet for a modern appeal. Or if you’re looking for a cocktail cabinet for glassware, wine bottles, spirits and mixers, try the Madison Superior Cabinet by Bontempi Casa. The striking design features numerous compartments that will impress guests when entertaining, and allow you to hide the clutter away when not in use.
Pictured above: Ghost TV Unit and Welcome Mirrored Cupboard by Pacini Cappellini
Alternatively, one way of keeping your home looking streamlined is by making the most of the space behind your furniture and investing in multifunctional pieces. Designs such as the Ghost TV Unit or the Welcome Mirrored Cupboard, both by Pacini Cappellini, feature ingenious hidden storage solutions that catch one unaware but keep your space looking sleek and stylish.
Pictured above: Yoyo Coffee Table by Cattelan Italia
If you know you’re prone to leaving items lying around in the living room, but want to make sure you still have easy access to it when needed, then Cattelan Italia’s Yoyo Coffee Table is the ideal solution. It’s two tiered disc-shaped design features a swivelling top, allowing you to store items in between, but keeps them out of sight when they’re not in use.
Any of these stylish designs would help keep items out of sight and mind but within easy reach when needed - the only tough decision is, which one will you choose?
Paint the Town Green with Eco-Friendly Finishes
Saturday, 23 May 2020
The importance of taking care of our planet is greater than ever before, which is why many of us are more considerate when making purchases nowadays. And when it comes to your home that doesn’t just mean energy-saving lightbulbs, smart meters and solar panels - it can also mean considering your interior wall finishes.
Eco-friendly paint is growing in popularity and there are many varieties available on the market, but when it comes to choosing, how do you know whether you’ve made the most informative choice? Start by looking at the ingredients. To put your mind at ease, each brand should offer details of what actually goes into each tin. This may be displayed on the paint pot, provided on the website or should be available upon request from the company.
Pictured above: Farrow & Ball were one of the first companies to change its environmental practices. Earthborn's pots feature a full list of ingredients.
Next it’s worth doing some homework on the manufacturer and taking into consideration their carbon footprint and sustainability. If the way the paint or packaging is manufactured has a detrimental impact on the environment, then it may not be the right choice for you. Brands such as Farrow & Ball aim to reduce the environmental impact of day-to-day operations with responsible practices without compromising on quality and they were the first in the industry to move to an entirely water-based range. Little Greene also actively source from suppliers who can match their commitment to local industries and their recyclable paint tins are made using over 50 per cent recycled steel with sustainably-sourced labels.
Finally, as eco-friendly paints are made using only natural ingredients as opposed to traditional ones that contain plastic, they should be breathable and VOC (volatile organic compound) levels should comply with government regulations. Unlike traditional paints, a breathable one will prevent the air from becoming trapped and as a result will reduce the chance of mould developing, while a low VOC level paint will not contain as many chemicals or gases that wreak havoc on your health. It is worth noting though, that VOC is an issue constantly under discussion, as a low-level VOC paint may only just meet government regulations, whereas levels could be much lower. Due to the use of sustainable vegetable oils, Little Greene’s water-based paint has an extremely low level of VOC and Earthborn's products are also free from oils and acrylics with a full list of ingredients clearly listed on its pots.
Pictured above: 'Scree' and 'Slaked Lime' from Little Greene and 'Hobby Wood' from Earthborn
The good news is, long gone are the days when decorating was only carried out in the summer when one could throw open all the windows. And this once niche market is slowly becoming a more common choice with a vast selection of environmentally-friendly paints available, both online and in the large DIY shops. All that’s left to decide is which colour to choose – maybe it’s time to go green?
Outdoor Suspension Lights
Saturday, 16 May 2020
As we enter the summer months, we begin to prolong the time we spend in the garden, enjoying barbecues or late evening chats with friends or family. Lighting design brand Foscarini
offer many outdoor suspension lights to keep you going until late at night.
Pictured above: Twiggy Grid and Uto by Foscarini
The Twiggy Grid is a classic cylindrical design but comprised of a myriad of crossed strips. In either cool white or bold red, it's great for a modern outdoor space. Twiggy Grid is also available as an outdoor floor lamp, looking doubly striking when paired together.
The Uto features an elongated cone in a rubber-like outer that extends to cover the suspension wire, giving it an almost futuristic feel. Available in three colours and emitting a warm glow, Uto is equally stylish suspended alone or grouped at mixed lengths for an otherworldly look.
Pictured above: Aplomb by Foscarini
The Aplomb is a perfect subtle accent light. In a smooth concrete finish, an industrial aesthetic and versatile nature are balanced perfectly within its simple cone design. Aplomb is available in three earthy colours to easily compliment most outdoor spaces. With Aplomb designs available for indoor use too, it's an ideal choice for extending a lighting look from one's kitchen and out to a terrace.
Friday, 8 May 2020
An armchair is a wonderful accent for any space. Pair up in your living room and complement a small sofa, place one in the corner of the bedroom for added comfort or even in the hallway for a stylish seat to sit on whilst you tie your shoes. Armchairs can come in all styles and shapes; here at Lime we have a bountiful collection for you to find your perfect statement armchair, to add a little more comfort into your home without compromising style.
Pictured above: Quadrotta and Puffy by Calligaris
The Calligaris Quadrotta armchair oozes comfort with its extra-padded seat. The glossy tubular framework adds a touch of retro elegance to this chair. Quadrotta would work great as a pair in a snug, or even an office.
The Calligaris Puffy is a playful design featuring smooth curves and larger dimensions to offer extra comfort with an oversized look. A great contemporary bedroom corner chair.
The Porada Louis armchair is a sleek design with understated, quietly confident elegance. Its smooth wooden frame features undulating curves matched with a comfortable padded seat, great for a space filled with wooden accents.