Features: February '12
Give your living room a fresh new look with our pick of monochrome goodies.
Nothing looks fresher and more polished than a monochrome room. So why not give your room a sophisticated feel with these stylish black and white furnishings.
The Oval Coffee Table from Dwell will become a firm favourite and is also designed to hold books and magazines solving your storage dilemmas, while the Kenley Black 3 Seat Sofa from Fashion for Home is a design classic that will never date.
(Clockwise from top) White Epure Phone, £79.95, from Graham & Green, Black Cut-Out wall clock, £32.50, Coco Male, Ivory Floor Lamp, £247, from Puji, Black Glass Photo Frames, £13-£21, from Heal’s, Oval Coffee Table White, £249, from Dwell, Kenley Black 3 Seat Sofa, £849, from Fashion for Home.
Add some classic style with this Spitalfield Grey Sofa from The French Bedroom Company. £1,145
While I love the styling of classic Chesterfield sofas, I have always thought they’re a little bit too masculine for my home.
Which is why I love this Spitalfields Grey Sofa from The French Bedroom Company.
It still the great characteristics of a Chesterfield with its scrolled arms and button-back but has been softened with the grey flannel upholstery.
To add some colour, pile on bright pink cushions which will look fab and make it even more comfortable than it already is.
Keep invitations and notes safe with this pretty Vintage Style Birdcage Memo Board from Primrose & Plum. £39.50
I don’t know about you but invites, reminders and those annoyingly important scraps of paper often get lost in my home.
I usually end up scrabbling around in the bottom of my bag looking for them but that’s all about to change thanks to this Vintage Style Birdcage Memo Board from Primrose & Plum.
Designed to look like an old fashioned bird cage, complete with sweet little bird, it’s perfect for keeping those all important message safe and will instantly add interest to a plain wall.
Go truly blue with some of these stylish indigo blue accessories.
Sometimes feeling blue can be a good thing! So why not give your rooms a boost of deep colour with our pick of these fabulous indigo pieces.
For a luxurious blue feel, the Nitin Goyal Leaf Silk Cushion Blue, from Heal’s, would complement any sofa in need of some colour. Or maybe you fancy something pretty for pouring tea, such as the Large Hearts Teapot Summerill and Bishop.
(Clockwise from top) Bohemia Home Moroccan Leather Pouffe, Marine, £85, from Bohemia Design, Beautiful Coloured Glass Tumbler – Blue, £3.50, from Rockett St George, Nitin Goyal Leaf Silk Cushion Blue, £68, from Heal’s, Kartell Gino Umbrella Stand Transparent Blue, £88, from Heal’s, Teapot Large Hearts 3L ,£89.50, from Summerill and Bishop, Contour Slim Shelving Unit, £299, from Dwell.
Turn your wall into a feature with these Cristos Square Tea Light Holders from Dutch by Design. £16.50
My collection of tea light holders is getting a little out of control and my mantelpiece is positively heaving under the weight of them all.
Instead of giving them up, I’ve found a clever alternative thanks to Dutch by Design.
These Cristos Square Tea Light holders are wall-mountable which means you can still have the gorgeous glow of a tea light without having to find extra surface space.
Use them singularly or group together in a random fashion for a dramatic effect.
Personally, I’m going to add a row above my bath for the ultimate candlelit bath.
Get ready for lighting your garden now with these Slate Oil Lamps from Nordic House. From £74.50
I know it’s a little early to start thinking about lighting for the garden but if you’re someone who likes to plan ahead or just like me and can’t wait for spring to arrive you’ll understand my excitement at finding these lamps from Nordic House.
Made from slate, these oil lamps come in two sizes and are just the ticket for when it comes to dining or lounging al fresco at night.
Study enough to withstand the unpredictable British weather, these lamps are perfect for making a dramatic entrance to your garden and look equally fabulous outside a front door.
Complete your living room with a practical yet stylish coffee table.
Put your feet up and relax with one of these fabulous coffee tables, perfect for displaying magazines, candles and your trusty television remote!
Go all out artistic with the bold and beautiful Destiny Purple Glass Coffee Table from Alexander and Pearl, a great statement coffee table for any living room. Or maybe you’d prefer something clean and simple, like the One Piece Glass Coffee Table from Dwell, that oozes sophistication for a clutter free space.
(Clockwise from top) Dante Black Glass Mirrored Deco Coffee Table, £325, from Alexander and Pearl, Destiny Purple Glass Coffee Table, £1095, from Alexander and Pearl, Chalk Board Coffee Table, £195, from Duffy London, One Piece Glass Coffee Table, £299, from Dwell, Chateau Round Coffee Table, £210, from Lovers Lounge, Louis Coffee Table, £1207, from Tom Schneider.
Release your inner fashionista with this Fashion Wallpaper from Lover's Lounge. £59 per roll
With us well and truly in fashion week season, what better way to celebrate than with this Fashion Wallpaper from Lover’s Lounge.
Featuring silhouettes of models sashaying up and down a catwalk, you can instantly add some haute couture to your walls.
Perfect for a bedroom or if you’re lucky enough to have one, a dressing room – this wallpaper is sure to make sure you’re ahead of both the fashion and interiors pack.
Add some sartorial chic with our pick of the best striped products around
Whether you prefer the sleek and subtle stripes or bold and bright, stripes are a perennial favourite when it comes to interior design.
If you fancy giving your guests a bold welcome into your home, the Welcome Stripe Doormat from Red Candy is great for brightening up any doorstep. But if you err on the side of caution and prefer something more sophisticated, the Wedgwood Jasper Conran Platinum Striped Sauce Jug from John Lewis will help you create the chicest of dining tables.
(Clockwise from top) Welcome Stripe Doormat from Red Candy £27.90, Blue/Brown/Cream Stripe Rug from Puji £69, Diamantini & Domeniconi Arcoiris Stripe Cuckoo Clock from Heal’s £210, Brisbane Stripe Cushion Missoni Home from Liberty £75, French Stripe Armchair from Alexander and pearl £375, Wedgwood Jasper Conran Platinum Striped Sauce Jug from John Lewis £42.
Measure your ingredients the fun way with these Russian Dolls Measuring Spoons from Rockett St George. £5.50
I’m that obsessed with Russian dolls that every time I come across new ones I get just a tad excited.
I even have a nativity set of Russian dolls which granted is probably a bit blasphemous when you think the Baby Jesus fits inside the donkey.
So, I was delighted to come across these Russian Dolls Measuring Spoons from Rockett St George.
Made from hardwearing plastic they are neatly strung together and divided into handy spoon sizes to make sure you never get a measurement wrong again.
Now all I need is a Russian-doll-shaped cake tin and I’ll be happy!
Get streetwise with these British Street Signs Wall Stickers from Red Candy. £31
No one likes plain walls but buying art can be an expensive business, especially if you want something a little special.
Which means wall stickers are a great and most importantly, inexpensive way to brighten up your room.
I love these British Street Signs Wall Stickers from Red Candy which are perfect for giving your walls a unique look.
The set comprises of six design, each one a famous London street.
Use them all together to create an eclectic mix everywhere from the living room to your hallway.
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Add some glamour to your living room with these decadent pieces.
Forget austerity, pared-back style, doom and gloom and add some glamour back into your life by creating a truly decadent living space.
If you need somewhere to place those lattes and glossy magazines, the Coffee Table from Habitat is practical yet very stylish while the Heal’s Jewel Easy Chair will become your haven from the real world. For a finishing touch the Cowhide Rug – N165 from London Cows will instantly transform bare floorboards.
(Clockwise from top) Heal’s Jewel Easy Chair, £1392, from Heal’s, Vera Wang With Love Crystal Vase, £85, from Heal’s, Coffee Table, £300, from Habitat, Cowhide Rug – N165, £175, from London Cows, Black Organza and Crystal Light, £345, from Found Home Store, Heather/Purple Oblong Cushion, £25, from Puji.
Stick the kettle on and enjoy something warming in a practical yet stylish mug.
The cold weather puts a downer on everyone’s day, so why not make yours a little easier and sit back, relax and enjoy a hot drink in one of these fabulous mugs.
Create a stir in the office with the Gold Top Gun mug, from Graham & Green; it’s sure to make everyone know who’s the boss. Or maybe you fancy something sweet and quaint to sip tea from, such as the Lovely Jubbly mug, from Hunkydory Home, perfect for any type of brew.
(Clockwise from top) Gold Top Gun Mug, £20, from Graham & Green, Tyrrel Katz London Mug, £8.50, from John Lewis, Owl Enamel Mug, £7.25, from Liberty, Ferm Living Tree Bomb Mug, £20, from Occa Home, London 2012 Olympic Games Pictogram Mug, £6, from John Lewis, Lovely Jubbly Mug, £14, from Hunkydory Home.
Give your home some distressed chic with this New York Treasured Chest from The French Bedroom Company. £825
Distressed chic has been a buzzword in interiors this past few months but stark,metal furniture, as gorgeous as it is my humble opinion, isn’t for everyone.
Which is why I love this New York Treasured Chest from The French Bedroom Company.
Made from solid teak, the chest has been given a distressed look using an array of oh-so-now pastel paints to soften the look.
Two trends in one piece of furniture can’t be bad but the classic shape of this unit means it will never go out of style.
Use it in a bedroom for clothes or bed linens or anywhere in the home that’s crying out for a statement piece of furniture.
Give your home a celestial feel with our picks of the hottest star products around
Stars were big news on the catwalk last year and inevitably this has trickled down to interiors.
If you live in a big city, chances are you very rarely get to see the real deal but a smattering of them in the home should placate any wannabe Patrick Moore.
To delight little ones, the Stars Wallsticker from 95% Danish is just the ticket and the Star Tea Light Holder from Graham & Green will cast an ethereal glow wherever it’s placed.
While the Round Star Door Knob from Graham & Green is perfect for revamping a chest of drawers or kitchen units.
From left to right: Kids Stars Wallsticker, £34.95 from 95% Danish; Jan Constantine Stars Cream Cushion, £61 from Occa Home; Kathleen Hills Star Light £92 from Bodie and Fou; Star Tea Light Holder, £2.48 from Graham & Green; Round Star Door Knob, £3.95 from Graham & Green
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Display the first blooms of spring in style with one of these Paisley Jugs from Brissi. £16
While I would never call myself a collector (well that’s until I can afford to start collecting Rothko’s and then will shout it from the rooftops) I do seem to have accumulated a number of ceramic jugs.
They come in all shapes and sizes and textures but the one thing they’ve all got in common is they’re white.
Which is why I love this Paisley Jug from Brissi.
Perfect for displaying the first blooms of spring (my collection of jugs are currently holding an abundance of daffodils) you can also use it for kitchen utensils.
And for those of you who aren’t as obsessed with white ceramics, it also comes in a rather delightful blue hue.
Add some whimsical charm to your home with these delightful feather print products
Last year you couldn’t move for bird-print products, from teapots to cushions, wallpaper to furniture, everything had been adorned with our feathered friends.
While birds are still popular, we’ve noticed a need bird-inspired trend trickling through as there seem to be lots of feather prints around. While some say they’re unlucky, we love this peacock Feather Wallpaper from Lover’s Lounge which is perfect for adding pattern to any room.
And if you want to add a whimsical touch to your bedroom, then this Angel Wing Feather Light from Sweetpea & Willow is just the ticket.
From left to right: Feather Print Paperweight, £35 from Liberty; Angel Wing Feather Light, £275, from Sweetpea & Willow; Feather Wall Sticker, £34.95 from 95% Danish; Feather Design Cushion, £19, from Grahma & Green; Feather Wallpaper, £59, from Lover’s Lounge
Brighten up your dining room with these Valder Dining Chairs from Made.com. £119 for two
If you’re feeling the pinch then chances are you’re not thinking of completely revamping your dining room.
However, these Valder Dining Chairs from Made.com are affordable enough to breathe a little brightness into your room.
I adore the simple, Scandi design and vibrant red colour which is perfect for adding a splash of colour to the starkest of rooms.
Plus their timeless style means they’ll work with both contemporary and classic dining tables.
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Give your breakfast table a boost with our pick of these fabulous jugs. Give your breakfast table a boost with our pick of these fabulous jugs.
There’s no need to cry over spilt milk once you have one of these gorgeously designed jugs on your table!
If you fancy something quirky, the Blaue Blume Milk Jug from Found Home Store is a funky little milk jug that’s perfect for any fashionista. Or if you’d prefer something more traditional to pour your morning fruit juice, the Portmeirion Sophie Conran Glass Jug from John Lewis will keep your table looking fresh and simple.
(Clockwise from top) Blaue Blume Milk Jug, £35, from Found Home Store, Portmeirion Sophie Conran Glass Jug, £31, from John Lewis, Jan Constantine Union Jack Large Jug, £31, from Heal’s, Galvanised Jug with Heart Detail – Small, £12.99, from The Contemporary Home, Georg Jensen Quack Black Serving Jug by Maria Bernsten, £65, from Heal’s, Orla Kiely Milk Jug Abacus, £18, from Heal’s.
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Go dotty this Spring over our pick of pretty polka dot goodies.
Nothing says pretty like polka dots, so why not jazz up your surroundings with our favourite dotty delights.
If you fancy showcasing your style to your guests, there’s nothing better for the job than the Retro Red and White Soit Coir Doormat, from Fields of Blue – perfect for a bright and friendly welcome to your home.
(Clockwise from top) Cook and Serve – Polka Dots, £19.99, from Mocha, Retro Red and White Soit Coir Doormat, £22.95, from Fields of Blue, Polka Dot Salad Bowl, £9.95, from Garden Beet, Bronte Spot Throw, £75, from John Lewis, Dotty About You Vase, £18, from Also Home, Polka Dot Napkins (Set of 2), £16, from Coco Male.