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Trend Watch: Super stripes

by Alexandra Thomas on July 27, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some of our striped favourites

Give your home a smart look with our round up of striped goodies.

Stripes are a perennial favourite, however, they always make me think of summer. Maybe it’s all those Breton tops and denim shorts combos you see when the sun decides to shine, or perhaps it’s because they’re particularly nautical in style.

I adore a stripe in the home as well as in fashion; they’re easy to incorporate into any room from kitchen to bathroom, and suit any scheme whether contemporary or classic.

Great for keeping your bits and pieces hidden and being super stylish at the same time, I love this Paulie Orange & White Stripe Storage Cube Trunk by Alexander and Pearl, while this Black Stripe Cushion by Naken Interiors will instantly update any bed, chair or sofa.

This Swish Black and White Striped Armchair by Lover’s lounge offers a subtle way to incorporate the trend and can easily be combined with other patterns without appearing too garish, while this Multi-Striped Chest of Drawers by Out There Interiors is ideal for those who are bold when it comes to decorating the home.

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Quick Shop: Keeping Cool

by Alexandra Thomas on July 19, 2014  |  0 comments
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Keeping Cool

Keep your cool in the summer months with these inspired buys.

No sooner is a heatwave announced then we all start calling for rain. Turns out when it comes to weather; you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

So, if the heat is getting to you, we have some great products that will ensure you keep your cool when everyone around you is losing theirs.

If picnics and al fresco dining are your thing then you’ll need this Menu Picnic Wine Cooler by Gifts with Style, which will keep your bottle of plonk nicely chilled. Meanwhile, the TEA-JAY Ice Tea Maker Kit by Naken Interiors is a unique item perfect for iced tea and other chilled mixed drinks.

Naturally, you’ll want some ice cream or sorbet in this weather so serve it in style with this funky Alessi Big Love Ice Cream Bowl by Red Candy, which is available in a myriad of bright colours.

And finally, for a bit of fun, we couldn’t resist this Newgate Ice Lolly Wall Clock, also by Red Candy, which is perfect for adding some summer charm to your home.

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Brick Vase

by Alexandra Thomas on July 16, 2014  |  0 comments
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Brick Vase

Create a simple floral display with this Brick Vase, £30.

As a lover of fresh flowers in the home, I have amassed a rather impressive collection of vases, however, after recently deciding that mine were all rather girly, I have fallen for this Brick Vase by Naken Interiors.

Sturdy and stylish, it will definitely add a masculine look to my floral displays, and I adore the juxtaposition of something so solid containing something so delicate.

Great for teaming with glass designs to create an eclectic centrepiece for a dining table, this vase will look equally good alone on a sideboard.

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Rustic Grey Heart Mirror

by Alexandra Thomas on July 12, 2014  |  0 comments
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Rustic Grey Heart Mirror

Add some romance to your home with this Rustic Grey Heart Mirror, £40.

Mirrors offer a great way to instantly lift a room and rejuvenate a plain wall. They also help increase the feeling of light and space, which is particularly useful if you want to brighten up a gloomy corner or area.

We have a great range of mirrors to choose from here at Furnish from elaborate over-mantel designs to sleek, full length options, which are perfect for a contemporary interior.

I love this Rustic Grey Heart Mirror by Primrose & Plum that has been crafted from metal and finished with a rope hanging strap.

Simple and understated, yet ever-so stylish, this mirror will work well in every room in the home from bathroom to hallway.

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Orange Comic Boom Cushion

by Alexandra Thomas on July 07, 2014  |  0 comments
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Orange Comic Boom Cushion

Add some super cool chic with this Orange Comic Boom Cushion, from £34.

While we take our interiors very seriously here at Furnish, we like to have fun too, which is why this Orange Comic Boom Cushion by Red Candy is one of my favourite recently-added products.

Taking inspiration from comic books, this cushion is one of a collection of ten pop art-style cushions, which are all perfect for adding a brilliant hit of colour to your home. Try using just the one or add a selection of your favourites for maximum impact.

Great for jazzing up a neutral sofa, these cushions are also ideal for a little one’s room.

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Comic Cushions

Parlane Beach Hut Hook

by Alexandra Thomas on July 03, 2014  |  0 comments
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Parlane Beach Hut Hook

Add some sea-side style with this Parlane Beach Hut Hook, £8.

Some people love climbing hills, some love skiing, but my passion is being at the beach.

I’m convinced it has something to do with living in Cornwall for three years or perhaps, as a Pisces, I just love to be by the sea. But, no matter whether it’s tropical or wind-ravaged in winter, I’m happiest when I’m at the coast.

Which means I’ve got a bit of a thing for coastal style and nautical touches, and that is why I love this Parlane Beach Hut Hook by John Lewis.

Irresistibly sweet without being too cute, it’s perfect for adding a nautical touch to your kitchen or bathroom.

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Shabby Chic Gold Photo Frame

by Alexandra Thomas on June 30, 2014  |  0 comments
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Shabby Chic Gold Photo Frame

Create a beautiful photo display with this Shabby Chic Gold Photo Frame, £10.95.

All the tips I’ve written over the years about how best to present photos have paid off and, nearly three years after getting married, I’ve finally got round to creating (if I do say so myself) a rather attractive display of wedding pictures in the bedroom.

The trick to making an eclectic display work is to ensure you choose either black and white or colour for all the pictures, and select frames, no matter what the style, in the same or complementary colours.

If you want to create a display of several pictures, this Shabby Chic Gold Photo Frame by Daisy West is a good starting point. Sure to create a real statement, this decorative piece will also work well when teamed with simpler, more contemporary designs.

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Gracewood Wallpaper

by Alexandra Thomas on June 23, 2014  |  0 comments
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Gracewood Wallpaper

Bring your walls to life with this Gracewood Wallpaper, £59.95.

Working from home, I’ve grown a little tired of staring at the white anaglypta wallpaper in my office and have decided it’s high time for a change.

I did think of going for something office-related but as my typewriter-motif wallpaper search proved fruitless (there’s a design concept for someone who can draw better than me), I’ve gone for bold and beautiful.

After collecting tons of samples from our great range of wallpapers, I’ve plumped for this rather glorious Gracewood Wallpaper by Naken Interiors.

Designed by one of my all-time interiors favourites, Ferm Living, Gracewood is a riot of colour and pattern without being too over the top.

Just the right side of retro and with a colour palette to die for, I can’t wait to get this gorgeous wallpaper on my walls.

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Colour watch: Primary colours

by Alexandra Thomas on June 23, 2014  |  0 comments
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Furnishing with primary colours

With primary colours making a comeback this year, here’s how to inject some brights into your scheme.

Red, blue and yellow, more commonly known as the primary colours, are coming back in a big way.

While neutrals and neons are still around, we have seen a re-emergence of these colours that remind us of, well funnily enough, primary school.

Those who use these bold, beautiful and unapologetic shades fall in two camps; those who embrace them with wanton abandonment as if in homage to Mondrian and those, like me, who prefer subtle pops of colour. Both approaches can work very well.

Here at Furnish, we have a great selection of primary-coloured home interiors to choose from including furniture, accessories and even wallpaper.

The fearless will love this striking, showstopping Pop Yellow Chandelier by The French Bedroom Company which certainly creates a statement wherever it is used, as well as this great looking Bongo Bar Stool in Red by Furniturepod.

Meanwhile, design junkies will be unable to resist this classic Blue Panton Flower Pot Pendant, while those into funky, unusual artwork will love this Juju Hat in Yellow, both by Design My World.

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Trend Watch: Copper

by Alexandra Thomas on June 15, 2014  |  0 comments
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Our pick of the best copper items

Bring your interior bang up to date with these copper favourites.

Copper is one of the biggest trends in interiors this year and offers an easy way to get your scheme bang on style.

Copper accessories work well in every room in the house, from the bedroom to the kitchen and we have some great copper furniture and accessories to choose from.

Perfect for any well-seasoned traveller or for those who dream of far flung places, this Authentics Copper Globe by Lifestylebazaar is just the ticket, while a sideboard or table will be brought to life with this Copper Bottle Vase by Artstar.

A fantastic addition to any kitchen, this Dime Industrial Copper Lacquered Tall Bar Stool by Alexander and Pearl will look great teamed with a rustic wooden breakfast bar, while this Stars Copper Print Cushion by Naken Interiors is perfect for sprucing up a plain sofa or chair.

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Polished Metal Travel Chest on Wheels

by Alexandra Thomas on June 08, 2014  |  0 comments
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Polished Metal Travel Chest on Wheels

Brighten up your storage with this Polished Metal Travel Chest on Wheels, £360.

I’m always on the hunt for clever new storage ideas as I like everything in the home to be neat and tidy.

We have an amazing choice of storage solutions available for every room in the home from bathroom to office, and something to suit every style and budget.

My personal new favourite is this Polished Metal Travel Chest on Wheels by Alexander and Pearl. Reminiscent of travel in bygone days (it reminds me of the trunks wealthy ladies would take on cruises), this striking piece is ideal for the bedroom or living room.

But it’s not just about good looks. With four handy drawers, this clever piece of furniture will keep your stuff in check effortlessly.

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Lily Rug

by Alexandra Thomas on June 07, 2014  |  0 comments
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Lily Rug

Refresh your floors with this funky Lily Rug, from £225.

Rugs offer a quick and easy way to breathe life into tired floors whether you’re cosying up wooden boards or want to add interest and colour to a neutral carpet.

We have a multitude of designs to choose from to suit every scheme, style and budget, whether you're looking for bright and bold, soft and fluffy, or something a little more funky.

My current fave is this Lily Rug by Naken Interiors which is definitely funky yet extremely stylish with its gorgeous retro pattern and colours.

Use it in the bedroom, living spaces or even a hallway to give your floors a cool new look.

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  • Lily by Naken Interiors
    Lily by Naken Interiors
    From £225

Globe Drawer Knobs

by Alexandra Thomas on June 04, 2014  |  0 comments
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Globe Drawer Knobs

Add some jetsetting style to your furniture with these Globe Drawer Knobs, £3.50.

Sometimes all that an out-of-favour piece of furniture needs to get back in your affections is a little makeover.

Painting or lining with wallpaper is an easy way to update a tired chest of drawers, or you could try updating yours by adding some new drawer knobs.

A quick, easy and affordable solution, we have a great selection of drawer and door knobs here at Furnish but I’m smitten with these Globe Drawer Knobs by Graham & Green.

Available in both light and dark colour ways, these miniature globes offer a great way to add some travel chic to your scheme.

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Arnold Pendant Light

by Alexandra Thomas on June 01, 2014  |  0 comments
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Arnold Pendant Light

Revive your lighting with this Arnold Pendant Light, £49.

While I often write about things I love that we have here on Furnish, I rarely write about things I have bought. So this “Fab Find” kinda changes all that as I’ve recently purchased the rather fabulous Arnold Pendant Light by made.com.

I’d been on the hunt for a new pendant light to go above my dining room table and this striking Arnold light caught my eye. It combines simple white shades with bright red flex to create a simple yet eye-catching and very effective piece.

The perfect addition to my dining space, my Arnold is still in its box waiting for an electrician to come and fit it, but I’ll post a picture as soon as it’s up.

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Gift Guide: Father's Day

by Alexandra Thomas on June 01, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some of our favourite Father's Day gifts

Give your Dad something to treasure this Father’s Day with our round up of great gifts.

With Father’s Day just around the corner – 15th June for those of you who haven’t got it marked in your diary – it’s time to get shopping for your Dad.

We have some great gifts for every type of Dad, even the fussiest ones.

If your Dad loves to cook then this super cool Metamorphosis Cockerel Apron by White Mint is the perfect choice, while this cute yet very stylish I Look Up To You Print by Lifestylebazaar is a great way to tell your Dad how you feel without getting too mushy.

For bookworm Dads, this In My Mind bookend, also by Lifestylebazaar is perfect for keeping his books in check, while if your old man likes some of the good stuff, he’ll adore this elegant LSA Boris Decanter by Red Candy.

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Colour Watch: Hot Pink and Teal

by Alexandra Thomas on May 24, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some gorgeous hot pink and teal pieces

Be bold and brave with the daring combination of teal and hot pink.

Not for the faint hearted, this week’s colour combination takes its inspiration from bold and beautiful Designers Guild fabrics which started firmly putting colour-phobes in their place many moons ago.

A daring pairing, these striking colours just seem to work together, particularly when teamed with a neutral backdrop. Here at Furnish, we have lots of gorgeous items in these colours from furniture to accessories to really make your scheme pop with colour.

For the brave, a piece of teal furniture will instantly lift your room and we have some great pieces available. This Bedside Teal and Silver Cabinet by Shimu offers just enough Eastern style without being too over the top, while the Vintage Teal Armchair by Alexander and Pearl is a must for retro lovers.

When it comes to this colour combination, it’s important to go for the boldest shade of pink you can bear – that way it really pops against the teal. For a bold bedroom, try adding this Passion Pink Full Length Mirror by The French Bedroom Company or breathe life into a tired, plain wall with this Butterfly Clock in Fuchsia by Red Candy.

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Coloured Spheres Coat Hooks

by Alexandra Thomas on May 24, 2014  |  0 comments
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Coloured Spheres Coat Hooks

Clear up your clutter with this Coloured Spheres Coat Hook, £139.

Not having anywhere to store coats downstairs is a constant bug bear of mine. Not least because it means they invariably end up being thrown on the back of a dining room chair.

So I’ve been on hunt for a stylish coat rack and was delighted to come across these Coloured Spheres Coat Hooks by Out There Interiors.

Simple yet ever so effective, this colourful design has plenty of space for everyone’s coats and looks fab when there’s nothing hanging from it too.

Perfect for the hallway, it will also make a welcome addition to the bedroom where extra hanging space is needed.

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Coloured Single Sphere Coat Hooks

This smaller single sphere option is also available in white, blue or green.

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Set of 2 Round Hanging Mirrors

by Alexandra Thomas on May 23, 2014  |  0 comments
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Set of 2 Round Hanging Mirrors

Give your walls a fresh look with this Set of 2 Round Hanging Mirrors, £90.

I’m a little bit obsessed when it comes to mirrors in the home. Not because I’m vain, but because I think they instantly lift a wall and change the way a room looks and feels.

Always on the lookout for ways to transform my bedroom, I’ve decided to create a wall of mirrors in various shapes and sizes, and these Round Hanging Mirrors from Primrose & Plum have just jumped to the top of my wish list.

Elegantly vintage, these simple designs have a bronze-finish metal frame and faux leather hanging strap.

Used together, these mirrors will look great in a living room or hallway, or can be mixed with different styles to create an eclectic mirror wall.

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Grey Felt Upholstered Chair

by Alexandra Thomas on May 19, 2014  |  0 comments
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Grey Felt Upholstered Chair

Cosy up on this stylish Grey Felt Upholstered Chair, £392.

Regular readers will know how much I love chairs – I even used to write a blog about them – and they’re usually the first thing I look for in a shop or on a website.

Sadly, I don’t have room for a new chair but that doesn’t stop me drooling over the gorgeous chairs we have here at Furnish, and this Grey Felt Upholstered Chair by Out There Interiors has particularly caught my eye.

I love the shape of the back and the mid-century influenced legs, but most of all I love the fact it’s been covered in felt, one of my favourite materials.

Perfect for both the living room and bedroom, if the grey is a little too stark for you, then trying brightening it up with a chartreuse or neon pink cushion.

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Rivet Industrial Metal Sideboard

by Alexandra Thomas on May 16, 2014  |  0 comments
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Rivet Industrial Metal Sideboard

Add some industrial style to your home with this Rivet Industrial Metal Sideboard, £795.

So the industrial trend is still going strong and, while others might be bored with it, I have to say I'm thrilled.

You see I just can’t get enough of factory-style lights and metal-clad furniture, and I adore this trend’s understated yet stylish look.

Which is why this Rivet Industrial Metal Sideboard by Alexander & Pearl has just jumped to the top of my wish list.

Wonderfully stylish, it will create a striking centrepiece in any room while its generous drawers and cupboards are perfect for hiding away a multitude of stuff.

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