Features: January '13
Add some colour to your boudoir with the PiP Studio Chinoise Duvet Set from The Orchard, currently reduced to £80.
Usually, I’m a strictly plain white bed linen fan. Occasionally, I’ll make the exception for a pin tuck in a darker shade or a trimmed pillowcase, but you’d definitely describe my bedding as being on the neutral side.
That’s why I have surprised myself by falling hook, line and sinker for this PiP Studio Pink Chinoise Duvet Set from The Orchard.
Gorgeous both in colour and pattern, it’s just the thing for brightening up a dull bedroom and will add a splash of colour without having to reach for the paint brush.
To make highly colourful and patterned bed linen such as this work, keep the rest of your scheme simple, and choose white painted furniture and plain walls.
Give interest to a plain wall with these Blue Butterfly Fridge Magnets from Delve, £4.
I’m not usually one for trying out “makes” as they can end in disaster but, having decided that these Blue Butterfly Fridge Magnets from Delve are way too pretty just to be used on fridges, I got my thinking hat on.
The result was me deciding how gorgeous they would look on a plain wall, but couldn’t work out a way to make them stick. However, a little research (where would we be without Google?!) led me to the wonder that is magnetic paint.
To add interest, simply paint an area with magnetic paint (it is grey in colour but you can paint any normal emulsion over it) and place the butterfly magnets in a random fashion to create your very own art installation.
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Add some occasional seating to your scheme with the Missoni Home Kew Cylindrical Pouf from Amara Living, £306.
Isn’t it awkward when you invite loads of people round, only to discover you haven’t got enough seats for them all?
I know this only too well after a family gathering at my home last weekend meant my Dad and I precariously shared a footstool for most of the day.
Well, this Missoni Home Kew Cylindrical Pouf from Amara Living will solve that problem with minimum fuss, whilst also making a pretty nifty footstool.
Available in two colourways, it looks particularly good on wooden and stone floors.
Add some humour to your scheme with this White Bone China Dog Lamp from Folly, £58.95.
Everyone who knows me knows that I have a strong fondness (read slight obsession) for dogs.
Big ones, small ones, mongrels, pedigrees – I love them all, and it’s rare for me to pass one in the street without stopping to coo over it.
So it’s only natural that I have a particular penchant for doggie-inspired interior accessories, and I love this super kitsch White Bone China Dog Lamp from Folly.
Also available in owl and rabbit varieties, it’s just the ticket to add some humour to any room from a super cool kids’ bedroom to a fun, big kids’ living space.
Give your home office some mid century charm with this Mid Century Writing Desk from Artisanti, £454.
Since moving into my new home (which is a rather amazing ’70s townhouse) I’ve been buying retro furniture left, right and centre.
The next item on the wish list is a desk for the spare room, mostly so I have somewhere calm and peaceful to work, but also because it gives me an excuse to buy another piece of furniture.
And I think this Mid Century Oyster and Archer Coloured Drawer Writing Desk from Artisanti is just the one.
I love the delicate legs and the two-tone colour scheme, plus the drawers are just generous enough to hide away all my bits and bobs.
Add some seaside style with this Harlequin Brighton Wallpaper from Heal’s, currently reduced to £32.
Aside from Falmouth in Cornwall, where I spent three very happy years, Brighton is my favourite seaside town.
From the boutiques in The Lanes to the prerequisite fish ’n’ chips and candy floss on the pier, for me it’s the perfect antidote to bustling city life.
Harlequin must think the same as it’s designed this Brighton Wallpaper, available from Heal’s.
Tapping into the current trend for architectural prints, this highly decorative wallpaper features Brighton’s famous Regency townhouses.
Perfect for creating a feature wall, you could also try using it to line the inside of a vintage cabinet.
Keep little ones’ rooms tidy with this Jacinto Elephant Trunk from Anaiza, showroom models currently available at £500.
Whenever I visit my goddaughter, it seems her toy collection has grown by at least 50%. As she grabs the latest game/cuddly toy/book to show me, her exasperated mum yet again bemoans their lack of storage.
It’s fair to say that in order to get children to help keep their space tidy, storage in their room needs to be pretty cool.
This Jacinto Elephant Trunk from Anaiza definitely ticks that box and is rather beautiful too. Crafted from wood, simply open the double doors and two generous drawers and a shelf are revealed.
Ideal for stashing away books, games and art equipment, it’s bound to be a huge hit with little ones and might, just might, persuade them to tidy their rooms.
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Give your Valentine the perfect gift with this Vintage Card 'I Love You' Frame from Oliver Bonas, £75.
As soon as one seasonal event passes, another comes along and, before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be here.
If you want to avoid being left with a shelf of old gifts in your local card shop, then it pays to get ahead of the game.
This Vintage Card ‘I Love You’ Frame from Oliver Bonas is sentimental enough without being too slushy and is the perfect gift for boys and girls alike.
So, if you can’t quite stretch to a special something from Tiffany & Co, this print should definitely keep your loved one happy.
Find the perfect place to hang your winter coat with a selection of our favourite coat racks.
Following on from last week’s pick of the best coat stands, this week we bring you our favourite coat racks and hooks.
With birds represented by both the Umbra Woodpecker Hook and the Flamingo Hooks, retro style provided by the Vintage Multi Coloured Coat Rack, and Limpet Hooks offering a more contemporary look, I reckon we have all bases covered.
Clockwise from top left: Umbra Woodpecker Hook from Red Candy, currently £38.70; Vintage Multi Coloured Coat Rack from Found Home Store, £89; Diamond Design 10 Hook Wallrack from Artisanti, £58; Flamingo Hooks from Rigby & Mac, £19.95 each; Saturnus Multi Door Hanger from Oliver Bonas, £12.50; Limpet Hooks Multicolour, Set of 6 from made.com, £20.
Find the perfect hallway home for your winter coats with our pick of the best coat stands.
Almost the whole country has seen snow this week.
My son and I have spent the last few days making a snowman (otherwise known as a snowflump), enjoying sledding races, and having great fun pelting my hubby with snowballs.
All of which have required us to be wrapped up in warm coats, together with woolly hats, scarves and gloves.
To ensure they are not all taken off afterwards and simply dumped on the hall floor means having plenty of coat storage. And here at Furnish we have plenty of coat racks and stands to choose from.
Here is a selection of our favourite coat stands (with coat racks to follow next week).
Clockwise from top left: Loll Tower Coat Stand from Found Home Store, £475; Barley Twist Dark Bronze Coat Stand from Artisanti, £142; Peg Coat Stand Black by Tom Dixon from Heal’s, £350; Iowa Coat Rack from Fashion for Home, £229; Magis Paradise Tree Coat Stand from Found Home Store, £415; Covo Latva Coat Rack from Occa Home, £287.
Keep things retro in the bedroom with this Fonteyn Dressing Table from made.com, £399.
I’ve always had a thing about dressing tables, even though I rarely have the time to sit at one, particularly during the week. My make-up is usually thrown on either in between checking emails and making the first coffee of the day, or on the train.
However, I would really love to have one to sit at and preen and pamper myself during the weekend.
Some are a little too girly for me but I adore this Fonteyn Dressing Table from made.com.
Created by design guru Steuart Padwick, the dressing table has been made using solid walnut and walnut veneer and is accented with a glossy red lacquer.
Being a lover of all things retro, this design is a real winner for me with its gently splayed legs and curved top. I also adore the attached vanity mirror which is both simple and clever all at the same time.
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Add some industrial chic to your home with this Bed Spring Memo Board from Rose & Grey, £65.
When it comes to interiors, trends come and go with every season, but one favourite which seems to be sticking around is the industrial look.
From old factory-style lights to steel storage boxes, the industrial look is a particular favourite of mine.
Which is why I love this Bed Spring Memo Board from Rose & Grey and can’t wait to get it in my kitchen.
And if, like me, you’ve ever bemoaned a lack of space on a memo board, there’s no such worries here as it measures a whopping 1.3 metres, and is perfect for displaying everything from photographs to reminders.
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Add some colour to your dining room with these Handmade Portuguese Diamond Wine Glasses from JasmineWay, currently £52.50.
Things can seem a little dull after Christmas, especially once the tinsel and baubles have come down.
Combine this with the typical post-Christmas financial pinch, and there is a definite need for some colourful, yet inexpensive, accessories to pep up your home interior.
From cushions and throws to colourful clocks, there’s a huge choice of bright and beautiful accessories around, but my current faves are these Handmade Portuguese Diamond Wine Glasses from JasmineWay.
Available as a set of six, each one is a jewel-like colour from aquamarine to amethyst, and will instantly add a pop of colour to your dining table whatever the occasion.
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Add some canine chic with this Dog Lovers Lamp from The Wooden Lamp Company, £99.
Christmas may have been and gone but, while thoughts are starting to turn towards spring, the dark nights are still here for a bit longer.
Although going to and from work in the dark is no fun, sorting out your lighting can be, especially if you inject some humour into your scheme.
I love these Dog Lovers Lamps from The Wooden Lamp Company, which are just the right side of fun without being silly.
The simple shades are available in four designs, each featuring a different breed of canine and are teamed with a classic, white wooden base.
Perfect for the bedroom or living room, you could alternatively add one to a hallway to give a welcoming glow until those lighter nights arrive.
Keep in touch with this classic 1960s 746 Phone from Oliver Bonas, £49.
These days landline telephones are about as rare as hen’s teeth, and it seems everyone either uses Skype or their mobiles. So much so that recently in a very well-known department store, I received some very odd looks after asking where the landline phones were.
For those that still have them, landlines tend to be purely functional, but this 1960s 746 Phone from Oliver Bonas combines both style and substance.
A faithful reproduction of the classic 1960s design, the vibrant red colourway is guaranteed to brighten up even the dullest of hallways.
Plus, anyone who can remember the hassle of dialling 9 or 0 on one of the original models will be relieved to know that this design comes with finger-saving push buttons.
Keep time in vibrant style with these gorgeous colourful clocks.
I am one of the many who have started this year with a hopeful resolution.
Not to give up smoking (managed that over ten years ago), not to get to the gym more often (given up on that one), but to be more organised and to manage my time better.
And I reckon one of these bright and beautiful wall clocks is just what I need to help me achieve my goal.
From the dotty Karlsson Water Lily Multi Coloured Clock from Red Candy to the twisted Lollipop clock from Sonodesign, they are all perfect for a bit of colourful clock watching.
Clockwise from top left: Koziol Silk Clock from Gifts with Style, £32.45; Diamantini & Domeniconi & Small Wall clock from Occa Home, £95; Lollipop clock from Sonodesign, £34.99; Watch Me Wall Clock from Design My World, £35; Diamantini & Domeniconi Arcoiris Cuckoo from John Lewis, £168; Karlsson Water Lily Multi Coloured Clock from Red Candy, currently reduced to £66.42.
Plan your commute while taking a shower with this London Underground Shower Curtain from Bodie and Fou, £45.
For most people (well, most London dwellers), the London Underground is a daily headache of delays and cancellations.
But, as one of the capital’s best known institutions, the Tube has long been an inspiration for interiors, from reproduction moquette cushions to vintage travel posters.
I love this London Underground Shower Curtain from Bodie and Fou which features a map of all the Tube lines.
Perfect for adding some colour and interest to a plain bathroom, this shower curtain offers the ideal way to plan your journey before even leaving the house!
Keep things neat and tidy with these Letter Stamp Wall Hooks from The Orchard, £9.
I don’t know about you, but one of my New Year’s resolutions is definitely to be more organised and clutter-free.
Of course that’s top of my New Year’s resolutions most years, but I’m absolutely determined to make it past the first few weeks in 2013.
One thing I need to get sorted out pronto is my ever-growing collection of necklaces which at the moment are languishing in one of my dressing table drawers.
So I was delighted to come across these Letter Stamp Wall Hooks from The Orchard.
Made from vintage letter stamps, they have a generous hook which can be used for everything from coats in a hallway to towels in a bathroom or, in my case, jewellery.
Perfect for adding a touch of vintage chic, they’ll look great displayed in a cluster on a plain wall.
Keep cosy underfoot with this Cowhide Rug - CS66 from London Cows, £225.
For the first time in ages, I’m living with carpet again and I have to say, apart from the vacuuming (up there with washing up for me!), I am enjoying being cosier underfoot.
There’s something really comforting about padding around on carpet, especially in the colder months.
However, for all stone or wood flooring fans out there, investing in a good quality rug is well worth it.
Of course, there is an array of colours, designs and materials to choose from, but I am really rather taken with this Cowhide Rug from London Cows.
I love the subtle tones and distinctive yet understated markings, which make this rug ideal for both classic and contemporary schemes.
Give your garden a touch of the exotic with these Morocco Contemporary Hanging Baskets from Garden Beet, currently reduced to £83.60.
Now that Christmas has been and gone, it’s time to start thinking about sprucing up your garden.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not blessed in the green-fingered department, and prefer to leave growing things (and keeping them alive) to the other half.
However, I do love choosing accessories for the garden, and currently have my eye on these gorgeous Morocco Contemporary Hanging Baskets from Garden Beet.
Perfect for giving your garden a touch of exotic glamour, these elegant baskets will look fabulous hung alone or in a cluster.