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Set of Bugatti Sintesi Cutlery

by Alexandra Thomas on August 27, 2014  |  0 comments
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Bugatti Sintesi Cutlery Set

Add some glamour to your dining table with this Bugatti Sintesi Cutlery Set, £90.

With summer nearly over, I’ve been thinking about ways of getting my home ready for one of my favourite seasons – autumn.

And one of the things I like best in the autumn is to have friends over for warm, hearty suppers especially when the temperature starts to drop.

So I’ve been sorting out my tableware into “keep” and “get rid of”, and creating a wish list of new things.

Top of my list is this Bugatti Sintesi Cutlery Set by Gifts with Style.

Made from stainless steel, this simple yet stylish cutlery comprises 6 knives, 6 forks, 6 spoons and 6 tea spoons, and adds instant sophistication to any dining table.

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Editors Choice: Bar Stools

by Alexandra Thomas on July 13, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some of our favourite bar stools

Make the most of your kitchen space with our great selection of bar stools.

A bar stool is an great piece of kit and can instantly transform otherwise dead space in your kitchen.

And there’s no need for an expansive breakfast bar as, with just the end of a worktop, you have the perfect place to perch whether it’s for breakfast or an after-work cocktail.

With an array of bar stools to choose from here at Furnish, there’s something to suit every style and budget.

Perfect for adding a touch of girly chic to any kitchen/diner space, this Luke Acrylic Pink Bar Stool by Neofurn will instantly add a pop of colour, while this Manhattan Wood & Iron Bar Stool by Alexander & Pearl is ideal for adding a subtle industrial touch.

For those who prefer to keep things sleek and simple, this Chrome Bar Stool by London Cows is sure to be a hit, while design lovers will adore this Raft Bar Stool by Naken Interiors.

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Vintage Martini Cocktail Glasses

by Alexandra Thomas on July 08, 2014  |  0 comments
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Vintage Martini Cocktail Glasses

Enjoy stylish cocktails with these Vintage Martini Cocktail Glasses, £17.88.

While I love vintage furniture, I have to admit to feeling a little bit squeamish about eating and drinking from vintage crockery and glasses.

So, in my search for some new, vintage-style tableware I am thrilled to have come across these gorgeous Vintage Martini Cocktail Glasses by Solavia, which are just what I’ve been looking for.

Of course they’re perfect for serving all different kind of martinis, but they’re also ideal for a Cosmopolitan or (my personal favourite) a Negroni.

Best of all they’re much more affordable than they look, which means they won’t break the bank.

White Enamel Cutlery

by Alexandra Thomas on June 26, 2014  |  0 comments
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White Enamel Cutlery

Transform your dining table with this White Enamel Cutlery, from £9.18.

Being a fanatical cook and loving to entertain, tableware really excites me – it’s sad but true.

So I was thrilled when I came across this gorgeous White Enamel Cutlery by Cachette.

Elegant, simple and something a little bit different to your usual stainless steel, this set has just jumped to the top of my wish list.

Not only will it look great teamed with my vintage teak dining table, but will also work equally well outside with a brightly patterned tablecloth for some decadent al fresco dining.

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Geo Mint Bowls

by Alexandra Thomas on June 20, 2014  |  0 comments
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Geo Mint Bowls

Dip in style with these Geo Mint Bowls, £12 for a set of 2.

Summer is here and it’s barbecue time and, because I almost border on OCD when it comes to decanting ready-made dips from their plastic pots, I’m always on the hunt for little bowls.

My sister-in-law bought me some gorgeous ones at Christmas, which has only made me want to add to my collection, and I’ve got my heart set on these Geo Mint Bowls by Artstar.

Featuring an on-trend geometric relief pattern, these gorgeous little bowls have been colour washed with a delicate mint finish.

Sold as a pair, these bargaintastic bowls look far more expensive than their price tag and will be a welcome addition to any summer dining table.

Also available in white.

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Medium Measure Jug

by Alexandra Thomas on June 15, 2014  |  0 comments
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Medium Measure Jug

Give your kitchen a quirky touch with this Medium Measure Jug, £7.

Having recently revamped my bedroom, the next project on the cards is a makeover for the kitchen.

While I can’t quite stretch to new cabinetry, I’m hoping a lick of paint, some new small appliances and a couple of well-chosen kitchen and dining accessories should do the trick.

One of my favourites from our collection of ever-growing “kitchenalia” here at Furnish is this Medium Measure Jug by White Mint.

More for show than actual measuring, this jug is also available in small and large sizes and is perfect for storing utensils or displaying fresh summer blooms.

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Editors Choice: Jugs

by Alexandra Thomas on May 04, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some of our favourite jugs!

Whether for flowers or cocktails, you’re bound to love our fantastic range of jugs and pitchers.

Often considered to just be practical, jugs can also be beautiful and they’re super versatile.

From displaying freshly cut blooms to mixing decadent cocktails, every home should have a decent stash in varying sizes, colours and materials.

Naturally, we have some gorgeous jugs here at Furnish(!) to suit every budget and style.

Lovers of rich hues will adore this Handmade Mauve Portuguese Glass Jug by JasmineWay which will add a splash of colour to any room, while no cocktail party would be complete without this glamorous LSA Basis Jug by Red Candy.

And if you’re really looking to add some glamour and drama, this striking Shiny Gold Pitcher by Out There Interiors is just the ticket.

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Grey Pressed Bamboo Salad Bowl

by Alexandra Thomas on May 02, 2014  |  0 comments
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Grey Pressed Bamboo Lacquer Salad Bowl

Serve stylish salads with this Grey Pressed Bamboo Salad Bowl, £40.50.

The weather is getting warmer so I’m celebrating by indulging in some of my favourite salads.

As such, I’ve been on the hunt for a new salad bowl since my favourite one had a rather nasty (losing) battle with the dishwasher.

We have some gorgeous salad bowls here at Furnish from bold and beautiful to elegantly simple.

My current favourite is this super sleek Grey Pressed Bamboo Lacquer Salad Bowl by ALSO Home. Simple, yet ever-so stylish, this generous bowl is perfect both for weeknight suppers and al fresco dining.

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Pressed Bamboo Utensils

John Lewis Polly's Pantry Egg Cups

by Alexandra Thomas on April 30, 2014  |  0 comments
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John Lewis Polly's Pantry Egg Cups

Update your breakfast table with these John Lewis Polly's Pantry Egg Cups, £16.

I adore boiled eggs and soldiers, but sadly I’m absolutely rubbish at cooking them. So is the other half, so I have to wait until we visit my parents for my Mum’s speciality, a perfect, soft-boiled egg.

If you’re partial too, then chances are you’ll have an impressive collection of egg cups. If not, we have a great range of egg cups here which will allow you to serve your breakfast in style.

My current favourites are these Polly’s Pantry Egg Cups by John Lewis. Cute as can be, these little chicks are perfect for adding some style to any breakfast table.

All you need to figure out now, is the age old question of what came first – the chicken or the egg?!?

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Tea for One Pot

by Alexandra Thomas on March 17, 2014  |  0 comments
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Tea for One Pot

Enjoy a peaceful cup of tea with this Tea for One Pot, £33.

Whether you favour a cup of tea first thing in the morning or afternoon tea is more your style, a gorgeous tea pot adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the whole experience.

We have all sorts of tea pots here at Furnish from classic to contemporary, pretty to plain which means there’s something to suit every style.

My favourite is this delightful Tea for One Pot by JasmineWay. Featuring a delightful blackbird print, this comprises both tea pot and cup, and is ideal for a solitary, peaceful cup of char.

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Set of 6 Capri Pastel Bowls

by Alexandra Thomas on March 12, 2014  |  0 comments
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Set of 6 Capri Pastel Bowls

Add some pattern and colour with this Set of 6 Capri Pastel Bowls, £58.

I love little bowls and have a cupboard stashed full of them. So much so that, when I recently showed my other half some new ones to add the collection, he sighed so loudly I’m sure the neighbours heard.

Regardless of that, I’ve decided to go ahead and buy these gorgeous Capri Pastel Bowls by JasmineWay.

Coming as a set of six differently patterned bowls, these are on-trend and are sure to add a splash of colour wherever you use them.

Perfect for everything from cereal to soup, these bowls will work especially well for ice-cream in the summer.

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Editors Choice: Afternoon Tea

by Alexandra Thomas on March 02, 2014  |  0 comments
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Tempting tea essentials

Brighten up your day with our pick of the best afternoon tea essentials around.

Nothing says true decadence like breaking for afternoon tea.

And we’re talking proper afternoon tea here; not a quick cuppa and a soggy biscuit, but gorgeous cakes served on real china and sandwiches so dainty you will always need more than two.

Traditionalists will love the 3 Tier Cake Stand in Vintage Regency Style by Fields of Blue which works perfectly with the Belle Teapot and Teacup and Saucer to create the prettiest of tea sets.

Meanwhile fans of a more contemporary style will love this Biscuit Plate and G 'n' Tea Teacup and Saucer by Lifestylebazaar which, when teamed with this eye-catching Pop Tea/Coffee Pot by Design My World, make for a fun afternoon tea.

What’s your favourite? Classic or contemporary?

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Herringbone Bowl

by Alexandra Thomas on February 28, 2014  |  0 comments
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Herringbone Bowl

Add some pattern to your dining with this Herringbone Bowl, from £5.50.

I’ve always been utterly fascinated by the herringbone pattern which I’m pretty sure stems from sitting for hours in boring assemblies at primary school wondering how they got the parquet flooring to look so perfect. I should have known back then that I’d end up writing about interiors when I grew up.

This gorgeous Herringbone Bowl by ALSO Home offers a great way to add some pattern and colour to your kitchen and dining table.

Painted in a vivid blue, these are available in two sizes and are ideal for cereal, soup, salad and pasta.

And if herringbone isn’t your thing, then there are spots and both wide and fine stripes available too.

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Fonteyn Drinks Trolley

by Alexandra Thomas on January 30, 2014  |  0 comments
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Fonteyn Drinks Trolley

Enjoy some retro style with this Fonteyn Drinks Trolley, from £239.

Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of occasional furniture and, at the moment, I have my eyes on this rather fabulous Fonteyn Drinks Trolley by made.com.

Deliciously retro, this Steuart Padwick piece has got Mad Men style written all over it.

Sadly, I don’t host enough cocktail parties to warrant a drinks trolley but this would also be a fab alternative as a kitchen trolley. Available in walnut with red, or oak with blue accents, this simple yet luxurious trolley has handy wheels which make it both beautiful and practical.

Guzzini Aqua Large Rectangle Placemat

by Alexandra Thomas on January 26, 2014  |  0 comments
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Guzzini Aqua Large Rectangle Placemat

Add beautiful, bright colour to your dining table with a Guzzini Aqua Large Rectangle Placemat, £17.

Placemats are one of life’s necessities – well they are if you don’t want burnt dining tables – but that doesn’t mean they have to be dull and boring.

We have a huge range of placemats to choose from here at Furnish whether you’re looking for day-to-day use or for more special occasions.

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Guzzini Aqua Large Rectangle Placemat colours

My favourites, by far, are these Guzzini Aqua Large Rectangle Rigid Placemats by Design 55. Available in a gorgeous array of bright shades, they are great for adding colour and texture to your dining table.

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Eames Matches and Pills Espresso Gift Set

by Lisa Hill on January 24, 2014  |  0 comments
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Eames Matches and Pills Espresso Gift Set

Enjoy your morning coffee with this Eames Matches and Pills Espresso Gift Set, £29.

Although the sun is starting to rise just that little bit earlier each morning, I still find it hard to get going each day without my morning espresso.

But with this gorgeous Eames Matches and Pills Espresso Gift Set by Amara Living, it’s not just the caffeine that will put a spring in my step.

Comprising two stylish bone china espresso cups and saucers, it features the playful Eames Matches and Pills photographic designs, and comes in a lovely presentation box.

Perfect for any time of day.

(Also available in Eames' Buttons and Tape Measure design.)

Bugatti Sintesi Cutlery Set

by Alexandra Thomas on January 23, 2014  |  0 comments
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Bugatti Sintesi Cutlery Set, £90, from Gifts with Style

Create a stylish dining table with this Bugatti Sintesi Cutlery Set from Gifts with Style, £90.

Replacing your cutlery is a quick, easy and inexpensive way of revamping your dining table, and we have some great options here at Furnish for every style of dining room.

If you’re looking for a really sleek look which is sure to impress your guests, then this Bugatti Sintesi Cutlery Set from Gifts with Style is just the ticket.

Designed by Italian design house Casa Bugatti, this elegant cutlery set will work well in both contemporary and classic schemes thanks to its timeless good looks.

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Handmade Purple Water Glasses

by Alexandra Thomas on January 20, 2014  |  0 comments
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Portuguese Handmade Purple Water Glasses, £50.40, from JasmineWay

Brighten up your dining table with these Portuguese Handmade Purple Water Glasses from JasmineWay, £50.40.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to drink more water – something I’m pretty rubbish at doing.

So I’ve decided to invest in some pretty new water glasses to motivate me and ensure I’m getting my daily dose of H20.

We have some beautiful glass tumblers here at Furnish, but it’s these Portuguese Handmade Purple Water Glasses from JasmineWay that have really caught my eye.

They’ve been pressed by hand using a traditional mould, and their vibrant colour means they’ll make drinking water far more glamorous.

Perfect for everyday use, they’re also pretty enough to adorn your dining table at supper parties.

Dragonfly Napkin Rings

by Alexandra Thomas on December 27, 2013  |  0 comments
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Dragonfly Napkin Rings, £19.95, from Daisy West

Create an elegant dinner table with these Dragonfly Napkin Rings from Daisy West, £19.95.

I’m not one for formal dining – even when entertaining friends I much prefer everyone tucking into one massive pot rather than having lots of plates and fourteen different forks.

But every now and again, I like to pull out the stops, especially for a special occasion.

You don’t see napkin rings that often any more but we have some gorgeous ones to choose from here at Furnish, and these Dragonfly Napkin Rings from Daisy West definitely make it worth investing in some proper linen napkins.

Each one features a delicate embellished dragonfly which is perfect for adding a touch of subtle glamour to your dining table.

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Bugatti Vita Citrus Juicer

by Alexandra Thomas on December 26, 2013  |  0 comments
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Bugatti Vita Citrus Juicer, from £139.95, from John Lewis

Get healthy in the New Year with this stylish Bugatti Vita Citrus Juicer from John Lewis, from £139.95.

So the New Year is almost upon us and that means you’ll be surrounded by people telling you they’re on a health kick – how they’re going to go to the gym every night, how they definitely won’t be eating chocolate ever again and so on and so forth.

Juicing is one recent health fad and I’ve had many a friend tell me just how amazing it is. So, that's it, I'm going on a juice diet on the 2nd January 2014.

Of course, I won’t be getting just any old juicer, oh no, I need one that’s really going to work and look stylish too.

Which is why I’m splashing out on this Bugatti Vita Citrus Juicer from John Lewis which is great for adding a touch of retro style to your kitchen.