Features: September '12
Bring style and personality to your dining room with our pick of the best dining chairs.
Whether you have a large, separate formal dining room used only for special occasions, or a small table tucked away in the kitchen for wolfing down your breakfast, finding the right style of chair is essential to make your eating space work for you.
We have a huge selection of dining chairs here at Furnish, including the decadent Moooi Smoke Dining Chair from Occa Home, which undergoes a unique wood burning process to achieve its unusual and gorgeous finish, and the Sasha dining chair from Tom Schneider, a stunning chair available in a wide choice of wood finishes and fabric.
Clockwise from top left: Iconic Metal Dining Chair from Out There Interiors, £155; Sasha dining chair from Tom Schneider, £310.25 – £450.50; Velvet Oval purple back dining chair from Lover’s lounge, £190; Retro circles dining chair red from Dwell, £69; Moooi Smoke Dining Chair from Occa Home, £1,157; Paparazzi Grey Velvet Crystal Buttoned Dining Chair from Alexander and Pearl, £320 for a pair.
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Add retro storage to your home with this Leonhard Pfeifer Abbeywood Cabinet from John Lewis, £599.
Finding furniture which offers versatile storage within an attractive design is always a joy.
And I’ve found just that, and from a High Street retailer.
This wonderful 2 door Abbeywood cabinet by Leonhard Pfeifer for John Lewis uses an attractive combination of muted colours in a delightful retro design, whilst providing a multitude of ways for organising your bits and pieces.
The range also includes a bookcase and TV stand, allowing you to mix and match to suit your living space.
Strike it lucky with the Hickory Dickory Clock from Folly, £34.95.
I love it when someone produces an item for the home that uses humour whilst looking fab. And this Hickory Dickory Clock from Folly does just that.
With a cute little mouse which obligingly runs down when the clock strikes one, it’s the cat’s whiskers.
Enjoy a fruity glass or two with these Pink Spectra Wine Glasses from Found Home Store, £15.
Regular readers will know that, despite being several decades older than a typical such fan, I love pink.
Also, I love wine.
Put them together and what have you got?
These Pink Spectra Wine Glasses from Found Home Store are just perfectly pretty in pink for a glass or two of crisp, fruity vino.
Enjoy flexible furnishings with The Love Cube Footstool from The French Bedroom Company, ex-display £95.
Finding an item of furniture that can be used in just about every room in the house, and can serve multiple purposes is always a treat.
And this ex-display Love Cube Footstool is just that.
Perfect for resting feet when watching telly, as a side table in the living room or bedroom, or to provide a useful perch when extra seating is needed.
All while looking cute as a button.
Make your storage stylish with the Porcelain Jar Little Village from JasmineWay, £18.
How is it that everyone has a cupboard overflowing with Tupperware?
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have such a cupboard where you have to stand with your arms ready to catch any falling plastic boxes as you open the door.
And it’s a shame as, useful though Tupperware undoubtedly is, there is a huge range of kitchen storage containers that do the job just as well, yet with a touch more style.
A great example is this Porcelain Jar Little Village, one of a range of gorgeous porcelain storage jars by Stefanie Keppler and Ingo Fremer, all available from JasmineWay.
Bring super stripes into your home with a selection of our favourite striped products.
You can't go wrong with stripes. There are so many different looks that can be achieved, dependent on colour, thickness and spacing, yet they all seem to work so well when used both on furniture and other home furnishings.
I have a huge crush on painted furniture, and the bright and bold colours of the Louis Striped Painted Console Table keep it looking fresh, and would work perfectly in a hall or living room. Meanwhile, the Bean Drum pouffe from Heal's is covered with the gorgeous Designers Guild Moyka Turquoise fabric, featuring a beautiful selection of rich colours.
Clockwise from top left: Heal’s Designers Guild Moyka Pink/Turquoise Stripe Bean Drum from Heal’s, £160; Brights Barcode Stripe Apron from Heal’s, £18; Sanderson Kandinsky Stripe Cushion from John Lewis, £45; Ceramic Drawer Knobs in Stripes Red Stripe from Fields of Blue, £4.95; Louis Striped Painted Console Table from The French Bedroom Company, £1,150; Candy Stripe Dog Doorstop from The Orchard, £37.
Give your home some bright and beautiful colour with the Romany Patchwork Bench from The French Bedroom Company, £320.
I have been on the lookout for a bench to go at the end of our bed.
Somewhere to leave clothes in the evening after undressing or, indeed, somewhere to put them so that I can quickly get dressed in the morning.
And I think I’ve found the perfect candidate.
This Romany Patchwork Bench from The French Bedroom Company is beautiful and full of colour, and an ideal place to perch yourself or your clothes.
A stylish solution for overnight guests with the Cardini Due Green Sofa Bed from Fashion for Home, £399.
Lovely though it is to have guests over to stay, I’m always a bit nervous, as it means that we have to make use of our dreaded old sofa bed.
Although it’s been used about a hundred times, you can be sure that either a) I’ll get a finger caught trying to put it together, or b) the bed will start to close up halfway through the night, with our guests risking being squashed in the middle.
So, before anyone else stays the night, I think it’s time for us to get a new sofa bed.
This clever Cardini Due Green Sofa Bed from Fashion for Home seems just the thing. In two moves it goes from being a two-seat sofa, to a ready-to-snooze sofa bed, and all while looking super stylish.
Give your walls some love with the Kiss Me Lips Wall Sticker from Red Candy, £11.
I’m a neutral kind of girl when it comes to make up. There’s plenty of beige and nude and taupe in my collection.
And, while I love bright red lippy, I’m always a little bit scared to actually wear it myself.
But, whether or not you're scared too, this fab Kiss Me Lips Wall Sticker from Red Candy could be just the thing to add some red hot colour to your walls.
Add vibrant colour with this Pebble Colours Cushion from Found Home Store, £42.
Last weekend, we were lucky to catch the last of the warm summer sun when we went to the seaside.
We visited Hayling Island, a place I’ve not been to before, but which takes you back to holidays of old.
It was lovely to watch the windsurfers, see the yachts coming from the Isle of Wight, and enjoy some typical English seaside activities such as fish and chips on the beach, playing the amusements and riding on the seafront train.
To begin with, my 5 year old was sad to see that the beach wasn’t sandy, as he’d taken along his bucket and spade but, in the end, instead of sandcastles he had great fun making a pebble bed, a pebble chair and a pebble bath(!) all to relax on.
Much more comfortable, however, is this Pebble cushion from Found Home Store, available in a range of colours or in this wonderful Multi option.
Add stylish bedroom storage with the Cube Sheesham 2 Over 3 Bedroom Chest from Verty Furniture, £329.
If you’re anything like me, you won’t have enough bedroom storage.
It just seems to be that my clothes and handbags and scarves and shoes expand to fill the space available.
But, whatever the size or style of your bedroom, this Cube Sheesham 2 Over 3 Bedroom Chest from Verty Furniture is a great looking way to add some extra storage space (of course meaning room for more clothes, handbags, scarves, etc).
Add a feathery touch to your home with our pick of the best bird-inspired finds.
Everyone enjoys seeing and hearing birds in their garden (well except for a pesky owl near us who does rather like to hoot at all hours of the night).
And there are some lovely bird-inspired home furnishings here on Furnish.
With bird patterns, we have the funky Klippan Bird Cushion and the pretty in pink PiP Studio Early Bird Mug, while the Alessi I love Animals Bird Table Lamp and Jonathan Adler Menagerie Bird Bowl Platinum are both shaped like birds.
And I just love the Peacock Patchwork Sofa from Out There Interiors – simply and beautifully designed in the shape of a peacock’s tailfeathers.
Clockwise from top left: Klippan Bird Cushion from Interior Addict, £29; PiP Studio Early Bird Mug Pink from The Orchard, £9; Ornamental Bird Box Set from Liberty, £30; Alessi I love Animals Bird Table Lamp from A White Room, £125; Peacock Patchwork Sofa from Out There Interiors, £695; Jonathan Adler Menagerie Bird Bowl Platinum from Heal’s, £138.
Keep your books standing tall with our pick of the best bookends.
If your books seem to have a mind of their own, and need putting in their place, then check out our selection of fun and functional bookends.
Both the Chinese Terracotta Warrior Bookends from Shimu and the Stag Bookends from Graham & Green are standout pieces fit for any bookshelf, whilst the By the Book Cookbook Bookends are a fabulous gift for any of your foodie friends.
Clockwise from top left: Book End Silver from Dutch by Design, £17.50; Chinese Terracotta Warrior Bookends from Shimu, £45; Cityscape Bookends from Folly, £39.95; Stag Bookends from Graham & Green, £79; By the Book Cookbook Bookends from Design My World, £25; Owl Bookends from Rigby & Mac, £11.95.
Practical yet stylish storage with the Float Magazine Rack from Design My World, £34.95.
Like many, I love magazines and have huge piles dotted all around my living room.
And, whilst I like fashion mags and have been known to browse the odd Hello! my faves are home interiors magazines. Perfect for design inspiration. (Otherwise known as nosing at other people’s houses.)
But if you’re looking for a way to keep those mags tidy, this Float Magazine Rack is ideal.
You simply hang your magazines over the thin bars of the rack, and they cleverly look like they’re floating.
Treat your feet with this Cowhide Footstool from London Cows, £395.
I love cowhide.
It always seems to me that, no matter how it’s used, whether it’s covering a cushion, a footstool, or as a rug on the floor, cowhide always gives a room a fun, exotic touch.
And this fab Cowhide Footstool from London Cows is a truly beautiful example.
In gorgeous shades of brown and with a choice of legs, it works perfectly as a footstool, coffee table or as an extra seat to perch on.
Add a shot of colour to your room with the Klippan Pion Cushion from Interior Addict, £69.
Sometimes a room is just calling out for something to lift it out of the ordinary.
It may be that it needs a standout piece of furniture, or perhaps a glistening chandelier, or it may just need a shot of colour.
And this Klippan Pion Cushion, made from felted Merino wool, gives you just that.
Get yourself a unique timepiece with the 3D Butterfly Circle no.6 Wall Clock from Burford Trading, £20.
Clocks come in all shapes and sizes, but this 3D Butterfly Circle no.6 Wall Clock from Burford Trading is a complete one off.
Each clock is beautifully hand made (bear in mind this means that each clock may be a tiddly bit different), and decorated with gorgeous butterfly shapes.
Give your visitors a warm welcome with this Nice To See You To See You Nice Doormat from The Contemporary Home, £19.99.
This week sees the return of Strictly on Saturday night. It’s one of those love it or hate it programmes with me loving it and, unfortunately, my hubbie most definitely not.
But, whether or not you enjoy the sequins, the scores, the ‘journey’ and Brucie’s dreadful gags, you're sure to love this welcoming Nice To See You To See You Nice Doormat from The Contemporary Home.
Get yourself organised with our pick of the best office accessories.
As we head towards the end of summer, and the end of the holidays, most people are back at work and for many that means being back in the office.
After being away for the hols, and hopefully coming back refreshed and raring to go, it’s a great opportunity to give your office a bit of a refresh too, and there’s a huge choice of fab office accessories available here at Furnish to help you better manage your working space.
These include the very cute Alessi Dozi Magnetic Paper Clip Holder and the fun Sharpener Desk Tidy, both ideal for helping you get your desk organised, whilst the extremely pretty Phoebe Liberty Print Paperweight will keep your papers under control.
Clockwise from top left: Phoebe Liberty Print Paperweight Liberty London from Liberty, £35; t2 Squared Pebbles Photo Chalk Board from A White Room, £24.99; Alessi Dozi Magnetic Paper Clip Holder from A White Room, £13; Coloured World Map Memo Board from Found Home Store, £54; Sharpener Desk Tidy from Folly, £15.95; Buro Craft Set by Lexon from Gifts with Style, £39.95.