TYLKO : Custom Built Storage To Fit Your Space

TYLKO Custom Built Storage to fit your space

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but my husband is actually Polish and since we met I have taken a really keen interest in Poland and all things Polish. I’ve been trying to learn the language for 10 years now and I’ve still not nailed it despite having a natural talent for languages (I have a first class degree in French, German and European Studies). My interest in Poland also extends to the Polish design scene which has been steadily making waves here in the UK. Read More…

Noook : Furniture for the Corners of your Home

StEck cube shelving for small spaces designed by Noook

As you probably know, my little family lives in a small two bedroom flat. It’s adequate for our needs at the moment but I often wish we had more storage space in the flat, especially for all the kids’ toys. Ideally I’d like an extra room we could use as a playroom so that we could revert our lounge back to a cosy, tidy, adult space. That’s impossible though as we can’t just magic up another room out of thin air. So I’ve realised that the next best thing is to try to use the space that we do have more sensibly. Things like incorporating more multipurpose furniture and using every inch of available space. So I was very impressed when I came across German company Noook one day on Twitter. Noook has developed a unique range of functional and space-saving furniture for small apartments and unused corners and spaces.  Read More…

Stylish Toy Storage from Also Home

Stylish Toy Storage in Vintage Style crate from Also Home

One of the most surprising things about having kids is just how much stuff they accumulate in such a short period of time. Quite frankly, I find all this stuff really overwhelming. Granted there is a great deal of things that kids need, such as nappies, clothes, and safety equipment etc. But then there are all the things that they don’t really need but you have anyway, like 172 cuddly toys, 15 different puzzles, 24 different colours of Play-doh, a rocking cow, three dolls houses…you get the idea. Before I had kids I was determined not to buy into the consumerist culture where kids are concerned. I’d seen parents carting so much stuff around with them and I didn’t want that for my children. But you know what, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is unavoidable. Even if you try not to buy too many toys for them, other people will. Matylda comes home from her grandparents’ house with a new gift almost every time she visits (which is at least 3 times a week if not more). Friends you haven’t seen for a while also tend to bring small gifts when you do meet up. And before you know it you’re drowning in a sea of superfluous items that children may or may not be interested in playing with. This causes somewhat of a dilemma…where on earth do you store all this stuff? And how do you prevent your home looking like an exploded toy shop? Read More…

Tips & Tricks for Designing a Small Bathroom

As I have mentioned here many times before, I am a relatively new home owner having taken our first step onto the property ladder in October 2013. As first-time buyers, we obviously had to start off rather modestly and our little flat is far from the dream home that we long for. It needs a lot of work, mostly cosmetic, to bring it up to my exacting standards but I am pretty sure that in the next few years, as and when we have the budget, we will be able to transform it into a lovely little home for the next set of first-time buyers once we move on. The only problem is that we are very limited in what we can do as it is quite a small flat so there isn’t really any scope for drastic changes in layout. Nevertheless, working with what we have shouldn’t be too difficult, we just need to be particularly clever with the space that we do have.

One of the most challenging projects I will have to take on is the refurbishment of our bathroom. Now apparently the average size of a bathroom is the UK is 6ft by 8ft so whilst I thought I had a ridiculously small bathroom it would appear that it is in fact pretty average. However, we do have an unnecessarily large window on one wall which does restrict what we can do with the space, but I’m considering taking this out and replacing it with a smaller one. I ‘m also hoping to switch the position of the basin and the toilet as the basin is currently below the window meaning that we cannot have a mirror there, which is really quite annoying. Storage is also non existent in the bathroom as it is at the moment so I’m toying with the idea of replacing the bath with a much smaller one which will free up some much needed space that we can use to create some built-in storage. At the moment, I’m busy pinning all sorts of small bathroom ideas on Pinterest and I’ve created an Idea Book especially for this on Houzz. Both are great resources for keeping your inspiration all together in one handy place.

I’m not an interior designer myself and sadly I can’t afford to pay an interior designer to redesign my home. But thanks to my work I sure do have access to some of the best experts in the industry and luckily they are willing to share some of their knowledge with me. So whilst I’m busy trying to work out what to do with my own home I will be sure to pass on any advice and tips that I receive with you, as I am sure that many of you are in a similar situation. For my small bathroom dilemma I have enlisted the help of one of the UK’s leading bathroom retailers. Ripples has been creating award-winning, top-quality bathrooms for 25 years and employs over 20 highly talented bathroom designers each individually hand drawing their bathroom designs. David Smith is a Senior Designer at Ripples and he has agreed to offer his top tips and advice for designing a small bathroom and hopefully he will be able to will open our eyes to the hidden potential of small bathrooms. Read More…

Clavio Smart Telescopic Sideboard

Clavio Smart Sideboard by Chiara Pellicano for Formabilio

In my opinion, storage is one of the essential components for making a house a home. Without good storage we are unable to display those items that we want others to see but hide away those that we don’t want on public display. In essence storage allows us to keep all our clutter at bay whilst portraying those parts of our lives and personalities that we don’t mind sharing. For me there is only one thing better than storage and that is smart storage!  And that is why the Clavio smart telescopic sideboard caught my attention.  Read More…

Occasions Range A/W 2012 by Hübsch Interior


When I go abroad, one of the things I always like to do is pick up a few home interiors magazines at the airport on the way home. Even if I don’t speak the language I like to flick through and take in all the gorgeous pictures. Luckily I do speak German so when I picked up the latest issue of 20 Private Wohnträume I couldn’t wait for take off so I could devour it from cover to cover. There were some great projects to read about but one of the main things I did was to make a note of all the stockists I had not heard of before, so I could take a proper look once I got home. And I am so glad I picked up this magazine as it allowed me to discover the wonderful Autumn/Winter 2012 collection from Danish company Hübsch. The Occasions 2012 range features products that are bursting at the seams with Nordic cosiness, rustic nature and powdery pastel tones. There are even some eye-pleasing decorations for the coming Christmas holiday…now that it is September, Christmas doesn’t really feel all that far away does it?

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Pinspiration : Home Office Inspiration

I spent a lot of time in my home office nook last week as I was on deadline for quite a few articles I had to submit. Whilst I love the fact that I’m actually lucky enough to have a home office nook at all, I can’t help but dream of the kind of home office I could have if only I lived somewhere more spacious. And there is plenty of home office inspiration out there if you know where to look.

I am suffering from some serious office envy right now and wishing for something that I just can’t have. If I were able to have a beautiful new home office though it would definitely have a clean, minimal Scandinavian feel to it like the majority of those I have been pinning on my Home Office Inspiration Pinterest board.


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Furniture & interior accessories made from recycled tyres

Large Tyre Trunk from Tread

Have you ever wondered what happens to all those old tyres once they have worn thin and are discarded by motorists? Well, they’re made into a funky range of eco-products for your home apparently. Or at least that is what one innovative company does with them.

Tread employs talented artisans who use their traditional crafts to transform recycled tyres into these contemporary interior accessories that add style and functionality to your home.

Tall Tyre Frame by Tread

Hand-crafted by talented artisans in Morocco, these exciting interior accessories provide an alternative angle on Moroccan design. The stylish eco-accessories are not only extremely durable but are also surprisingly aesthetically pleasing.

Large Tyre Planter from Tread

Modular Storage Solution by Kam Kam

An Furniture by Kam Kam

Designed by KamKam, a design group located in Seoul, Korea, An Furniture is a modular storage unit that has been meticulously designed using the ‘Silver Ratio’.

An Furniture by Kam Kam is designed using the 'Silver Ratio'

This mathematical constant is the same ratio used in the standard paper formats of A3, A4 , A5 etc and is considered by many artists, architects and designers to be particularly aesthetically pleasing.

Storage units that can be stacked or used seperately

The furniture is comprised of a set of individual storage units that can be stacked up to make a singular entity or can be broken down into its component parts  – closet, storage cabinet, bookshelf, and drawer – and distributed as necessary making it ideal for those who live in accommodation where space is limited.

Kitchens with a hidden secret

I received a press release in November about this fabulous company called The Secret Drawer. I fell in love with the idea immediately and meant to write a little piece on here about it but what with deadlines and Christmas it totally slipped my mind.

Based in Yorkshire in the UK, The Secret Drawer is owned by Richard Mason, an award-winning cabinet-maker and designer who values true craftsmanship and prides himself on doing all his drawings by hand in pencil in preference to CAD.  “It’s very rare these days,” he explains “and yet our customers really appreciate it.  It reflects the individuality of both the customer’s project and our business.”

The Secret Draw produces unique handmade kitchens, bedrooms and pieces of furniture in an array of different woods and paint finishes. The timber arrives complete with bark and the Secret Drawer customers can enjoy seeing it in its most natural form, knots and all, before it is planed and crafted into their furniture.

But what is really special about the products is the secret contained within them. Imagine commissioning a product and then discovering years later there was more to it than first you thought.

As unbelievable as it may seem, the current record for a hidden drawer to remain undiscovered by the customer in a kitchen built by the Yorkshire craftsmen at The Secret Drawer is three years.

In fact, so secret are the secret drawers built into the furniture that even Richard has a hard job finding them.

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