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Mannmade London : New Furniture Brand from Sebastian Mann

[MannMade London] Battersea Collection, all products, from £155

Today guys I wanted to share this wonderful new collection with you that I discovered last week. It is produced by Mannmade London, which is a new contemporary furniture brand from architect and designer Sebastian Mann. Sebastian is the CEO of renowned London interior design agency Minale + Mann and it was his love of architecture and good, timeless design led him to create MannMade London. The new furniture brand aims to produce architecturally-inspired furniture that doesn’t follow a particular fad or fashion. This first collection is called Battersea and is inspired by the architecture that is local to MannMade London’s studio, where all of their furniture is designed and handmade to order. There is a strong emphasis on simple geometric-inspired shapes, clean lines, texture and finishes, all of which come from a uniquely architectural standpoint. Read More…

AW16 Industrial Chic from Harley & Lola

Industrial Chic Urban Chic Large Dining Table from Harley & Lola

If I had to choose my favourite interior design style I would have to say it is Industrial Chic. This particular design style is one that I never tire of and that I have tried to bring into my own livingroom. What I really love about this style is the fact that it takes inspiration from industrial spaces such as old factories and warehouses and it therefore features materials and finishes that are normally found in commercial spaces and are therefore somewhat unexpected for residential interiors. Materials such as forged or welded metal, concrete, exposed plaster or brick, and weathered or reclaimed wood are often used alongside industrial lighting fixtures to create interior spaces that exude character and have numerous untold stories within their fabric. The Industrial Chic style has a utilitarian appeal and therefore it is designed to be functional, useful and durable as opposed to attractive. I suppose some people may find the style quite cold, hard and masculine for that reason and I guess in a way it probably is, but that is not to say that it can’t be made to feel homely, welcoming and even beautiful. By simply adding some soft colour pallettes and textured fabrics and textiles you can give the Industrial Chic style a more feminine appeal.  Read More…

Why and How to Choose a Corner Sofa

Lazy Time Corner Sofa from Camerich

Lazytime Corner Sofa from Camerich

You may remember the post that I wrote recently about our new sofa. It’s a simple sofa bed that fits our current lifestyle and doesn’t take up too much space. However, we don’t expect this to be our forever sofa. It’s perfect right now with two tiny kids as we rarely get the opportunity to lounge around and relax and the option to transform it into a bed makes it very useful for any guests who want to visit us. But when it comes to thinking about our ultimate forever sofa, I’ve got my heart set on a corner sofa. There is something so luxurious and indulgent about corner sofas and I always find myself swooning over rooms that feature them. So today I wanted to share with you my tips and advice on why you should choose a corner sofa and how you can go about choosing the perfect one for you, your family and your home. Read More…

Visit : Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café

The Exterior of the Nkuku Lifestyle Store

I hadn’t heard of Nkuku until a friend of mine started working there. I was then invited to a special sale night where I was able to get a proper feel for the kind of products that Nkuku sells. I was really surprised to find that such an amazing company is based right here in Devon, not too far from where I live. At the time the headquarters was at Dartington, but in December 2015 the company opened the new Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café in Harbertonford, just outside Totnes. The team at Nkuku, headed up by founders Alex and Alistair Cooke, stumbled across a beautiful courtyard of stone barns that were originally used for farming and to house cattle. The buildings had actually been derelict for twenty years so needed some work, but it was evident that the barns had the potential to be the perfect space to house Nkuku’s collection of homewares, gifts and accessories. Nearly two years after finding the barns, the transformation of the Nkuku Lifestyle Store is complete and the result is an absolutely breath-taking 3000 square meter space that has been sympathetically restored retaining many of the original features. I apologise now that this post is very image heavy but I really wanted to share the beauty of this space with you as well as some of the products that can be seen in the lifestyle store.  Read More…

Giveaway : Win £200 to spend at Zespoke Design

Zespoke

Hi friends! I have another great giveaway for you today which I hope you will appreciate. I have teamed up with Zespoke Design to offer one lucky reader the chance to win £200 to spend on the Zespoke website. For those of you who are not familiar with Zespoke, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about the company. It is a furniture manufacturer based in Northern Ireland that creates funky retro designs and produces high quality, hand-crafted coffee tables, console tables, side tables, TV stands and radiator covers. Each piece is made individually for the customer and is available in approximately 30 different colour options with endless combinations. So you can choose something understated and minimalist or you can take a risk and choose something more daring that is bursting with colour and pattern. Personally, I really like the look of that table above and the combination of the orange with the high gloss walnut makes a strong statement, but in a very subtle way, if that makes sense. So what do you have to do to win this giveaway? Well as usual you need to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Leave a comment on the post that explains why you deserve to win the £200 and what you would spend it on. You can gain extra entries via the various social media options available too. I hope that’s clear and all that is left to say is goodluck!

 

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Pretty Pegs Table Legs

Pretty Pegs Table legs range

You may remember a post I wrote a while back all about a Swedish company called Pretty Pegs that makes shiny new “shoes” for your IKEA furniture allowing you to customize it and add a unique bit of flair to what is otherwise undeniably mainstream. If you haven’t read the original post you can do so here. But I wanted to write another post about Pretty Pegs today as the company has just released an exciting range of new products. Now, not only can you buy new “shoes” for your sofas and beds but you can also buy replacement legs for your tables. Read More…

Interview: Jade Blades of Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

Since I started my blog way back in 2009, one of the things that has remained extremely important to me is to uncover great stories. Every product tells a story, every designer has a story and every brand is based on a story. Whilst we may not always hear the story, it can have a dramatic effect on the way that we perceive and feel about these things. That is one of the main reasons why I love to feature interviews here on my blog; I really enjoy getting and giving those insights that add meaning and value to the things that I write about.

Whilst many people associate interior design purely with pretty things for the home, there is a whole spectrum of interior design out there that goes far deeper. You may remember when I featured Petit Miracle Interiors, a registered charity organisation that uses interior design training to help increase the employability of people who are economically inactive? Or The Living Furniture Project, an organisation that employs and trains homeless Londoners to make beautiful bespoke furniture? Well this week I want to share another amazing story with you.

Out of the Dark is a charitable social enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. It was founded by Jay and Jade Blades and helps to support young people to achieve a better life, steer away from crime, and at the same time develop self esteem and confidence. This again struck me as another great story and luckily Jade was kind enough to tell me more. But before she does here is a short video all about the great work that they do. Read More…

The BRÅKIG Collection from IKEA

BRÅKIG collection from IKEA

There really are some fantastic new designs coming out of IKEA right now. You may remember the Metod kitchen that I featured last week and this week it’s the turn of the new limited edition BRÅKIG Collection. BRÅKIG means rebellious in Swedish and the collection is the result of IKEA’s collaboration with ArtRebels, a Danish creative collective that brings together designers, film-makers and other artists from around the world. There are over 30 products in the new collection which is designed for people who have limited spaces and small budgets. The design features, materials and techniques used in the collection are heavily influenced by Danish design and a love of Copenhagen. What I love most about the BRÅKIG collection is the fact that it combines a number of key interior trends: geometrics, pastels and natural materials. What more could you ask for? But if you’re interested in investing in this bright and cheerful collection you’d better be quick as the limited editions collection is only available while stocks last. And if you need further convincing there is a great video about the collection below. Read More…

Customize Your IKEA Furniture with Pretty Pegs

Jana&Mikael Founders of Pretty Pegs

Ever since I first moved out of my parents when I went to uni all those many years ago (thinking about it really is quite frightening) I have had a fair amount of Ikea furniture in my house. As a student, Ikea is obviously a great choice as it’s well made, hard-wearing,  and reasonably priced. Then as the years passed and I didn’t get any more wealthy it remained a great place to shop. Whilst I have relied on Ikea for a good few years now, there is one issue that I have with it. So many other people also shop there making it particularly hard to feel like your home is unique. People do tend to recognize Ikea products as soon as they see them and sometimes this is not really what you want.

However, there are plenty of products out there now allowing you to customize your Ikea furniture. One of my favourite products on the market is Pretty Pegs, like shiny new shoes for your Ikea sofas, chairs and beds. Allowing us to add colour, elegance and character to our furniture, Pretty Pegs are produced in Sweden by Jana & Mikael according to Swedish Design Heritage. They’ve won me over that’s for sure! What do you guys think?

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Tea for One Table by Design K

Tea for One Table by Design K

There are very few things that I would say I couldn’t live without, but a good cup of tea has got to be one of them. I love tea and my day just isn’t the same without a steaming hot cup of Earl Grey. Whatever problems happen to come my way, I know that a good cup of tea will help me put the world to rights and wash all my worries away, at least until those final few drops have passed my lips.

So when I spotted this gorgeous little table by Design K at Tent London in September I wanted to let out a little squeal (you’ll be relieved to know that I managed to contain myself). What could further improve my daily tea ritual and make it into an activity that I could enjoy more than I already do? Why a dinky little tea table of course!!! How can I possibly continue to enjoy my tea without this fantastic little table? Surely my tea deserves its own little table and I owe to myself to have one? Don’t I?

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