Features: July '12

Shop the Designer: Orla Kiely

by Lisa Hill on July 23, 2012
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Orla Kiely's Multi-Stem design

We're loving the huge range of bold and beautiful Orla Kiely Stem homewares.

Orla Kiely’s stem leaf design has taken over the world. Well, it’s certainly covering a pretty large proportion of it.

The well-known design (in its various incarnations - Multi-Stem, Linear, Scribble, etc) is now incorporated into just about every type of product going, from bags to bed linen, pots to placemats, wellies to wallpaper.

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Orla Kiely Scribble Stem Duvet Cover, from £65, from John Lewis

We have a large selection of Orla designed homewares here on Furnish featuring this now iconic print.

With items from suppliers including Heal’s, Graham & Green and John Lewis, there’s something for everyone.

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Orla Kiely Multi Stem Embroidered Bath Linen, £4.20 - £24.50, from Heal's

Quick Shop: Footstools

by Lisa Hill on July 08, 2012
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A selection of our favourite footstools (and ottomans and pouffes).

Put your feet up in comfort with our pick of the best footstools.

Footstools (and ottomans and pouffes) are so very useful.

In addition to being used simply as footstools, they also double up brilliantly as low tables, as extra seating and, in some cases, they provide additional storage.

The vibrant colours of the fabric in the Designers Guild Moyka Pink/Turquoise Stripe Bean Drum from Heal’s are particularly gorgeous, making it my favourite.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something to give your home a touch of bling, the Moroccan Silver Leather Pouffe is a shining example.

(Clockwise from top) Heal’s Designers Guild Moyka Pink/Turquoise Stripe Bean Drum from Heal’s, £160, Branagh Large Ottoman, Pearl Grey from Made.com, £299, Bohemia Home Moroccan Faux Leather Pouffe, Silver from Bohemia Design, £95, Klippan Multi Coloured Twist Pouf from Interior Addict, £101.15, Country Cottage Footstool in Home Sweet Home design from Fields of Blue, £29.95, Donna Wilson Henry Zig Zag Pouffe from John Lewis, £235.

This week's pick of the interiors blogs

by Alexandra Thomas on July 02, 2012
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Heather Young deals with hallway clutter on Growing Spaces

It's that time again as we take a trip around the blogsphere.

The weather may be changeable, a Brit may or may not make it past the fourth round and David Cameron may change his mind about something else AGAIN but what we can guarantee is that we’ll keep you up to date with the goings on from our favourite interiors blogs.

This week has a kids theme as we head over to two of the finest parenting interior blogs around.

For anyone who thinks having small children means you can’t still have a stylish home, think again, as these two blog authors show us that there’s no need to compromise on style just because someone calls you Mummy or Daddy.

First up is the world of Growing Spaces, the handy work of talented journalist and mother to twins, Heather Young.

Growing Spaces was born when Heather left London and headed for the Home Counties and follows her on her journey to make a house a home.

A fascinating insight into decorating for a family, Growing Spaces is full of top tips, fabulous buys and guides. Anyone who’s ever faced the clutter-filled hallway will appreciate one of Heather’s latest postings which is all about how to create a stylish and orderly entrance to your home.

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Rabbit prints from Supafrank via Baby Style File

Next up is a trip to Baby Style File, a fabulous shopping blog with advice, tips and buys for the little ones in your life.

The work of stylist Poppy Norton, Mum to a little boy, Baby Style File helps you decorate your kiddies’ rooms without a hint of Disney or the latest fad in sight.

We love the carefully chosen shopping buys from storage ideas and traditional wooden toys to play tents and the loveliest of prints.

Concise, clear and a jolly good read, Poppy takes the hassle out of trawling the internet and high street.

Our favourite recent posting was these super cute rabbit prints from Supafrank. They would look fabulous in any playroom or nursery, and framed would make the perfect christening gift too.