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Madra Log Storage and Carrier

by Alexandra Thomas on October 01, 2014  |  0 comments
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Madra Log Storage and Carrier

Give your fireplace a contemporary touch with this Madra Log Storage and Carrier, £110.

I know it’s still a little early to be talking about roaring log fires but I’m already looking forward to lighting mine this winter. And I’m looking forward to getting hold of some stylish fireside accessories to sit alongside it.

Which is why I love this Madra Log Storage and Carrier by Naken Interiors. Simple yet stylish, this clever log holder has a removable carrier which means you don’t have to struggle with arms full of logs and easily slips onto its sleek metal stand.

Perfect for a contemporary living room, this piece is both good looking and practical.

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Set of Two Strap Mirrors

by Alexandra Thomas on September 30, 2014  |  0 comments
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Set of Two Strap Mirrors

Inject some industrial style with this Set of Two Strap Mirrors, £75.

Strap mirrors are all the rage at the moment and are perfect for adding some industrial style to the home.

One of my favourites is this Set of Two Strap Mirrors by Alexander and Pearl.

The set consists of two differently sized mirrors each of which have a simple metal frame and understated faux leather hanging strap.

Ideal for every room in the home from the bedroom to hallway, these mirrors look equally great displayed together to turn a plain wall into a room’s focal point or on their own.

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Oak Sofa

by Alexandra Thomas on September 24, 2014  |  0 comments
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Oak Sofa

Go sleek and simple with this gorgeous Oak Sofa, £1,400.

Regular readers will know I err on the side of simple when it comes to choosing furniture.

In fact, almost every piece in my home adheres to these three rules; clean lines, no embellishment and, perhaps most importantly, well made and built to last.

Which is why I love retro furniture so much as it’s already been around for ages, and I love imagining who owned it and where it lived before it found its way to me.

However, every now and again a new piece makes its way into the collection and my latest furniture crush is this Oak Sofa by Artstar.

I adore the sleek lines and nod to classic Scandinavian design, and really love the addition of a side table and drawer, which makes this perfect for a hallway.

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Editors Choice: Pendant Lights

by Alexandra Thomas on September 21, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some of our favourite pendant lights

Illuminate your home in style with our selection of gorgeous pendant lights.

The nights are already starting to draw in which means it’s a great time to sort out your lighting.

Pendant lights work well in every room in the home from the bathroom to hallway and are a great starting point for any lighting scheme.

We have a fantastic selection here at Furnish from classic to contemporary which are sure to update your scheme in next to no time.

Perfect for creating a real statement in the hallway or dining room, this Original Bundle Light by Design My World comprises a cluster of glass bulbs suspended from black cord and is sure to become a real talking point.

If you favour the industrial look, this Fleiss Urban Kitchen Range Light by Fields of Blue is just the ticket and would look great installed in a kitchen or dining space.

This striking Orion Pendant Light by Carl Harrison Design is ideal for the living room, and looks far more expensive than its bargaintastic price tag, while this intricate Grooved Glass Hanging Light by Out There Interiors will look fabulous in the hallway or bedroom.

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Magazines Sorting Office Rack

by Alexandra Thomas on September 17, 2014  |  0 comments
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Magazines Sorting Office Rack

Keep your reading matter in check with this Magazines Sorting Office Rack, £25.

The internet is all very well and good, and actually where on earth would we be without it but, for me, there’s still nothing like leafing through the latest issue of my favourite interiors mags.

However, as I insist on keeping almost every one I buy, keeping them neat and tidy can be a bit of a mission. Which is why I was thrilled to come across this Magazines Sorting Office Rack by The Orchard.

Simple, yet ever so stylish, this handy wire rack means I can see what magazines I have at a glance but manages to keep them from cluttering up my space. Perfect.

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Punk Rug

by Alexandra Thomas on September 15, 2014  |  0 comments
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Punk Rug

Go bold with your floors with this striking Punk Rug, from £150.

Rugs are brilliant because they update a room instantly, add warmth and comfort, and offer a great way to add pattern or colour (or both).

Here at Furnish, we have a fantastic range of rugs to choose from, whether you’re looking for classic or contemporary or anything in between. But the one which has really caught my eye is this Punk Rug by Naken Interiors.

Available in two sizes and three different colour options, it has been designed to resemble spilt paint, and is ideal for those who want to add colour and drama to their floors without incorporating any detailed patterns.

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  • Punk Rug by Naken Interiors
    Punk Rug by Naken Interiors
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Colour watch: Grey

by Alexandra Thomas on September 13, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some grey faves

Incorporate cool and stylish grey into your home with these fabulous buys.

I’m a little bit biased when it comes to grey; it is one of my favourite colours and features heavily in my own home.

Far from being dreary, grey is sophisticated and dramatic and, contrary to popular belief, can also add warmth to a room. Finding the right grey for you is all down to what sort of light you have and personal preference, so make sure you do your research before choosing your perfect shade.

Grey also works well with a multitude of other colours but looks particularly great with pink, turquoise, yellow and of course white.

If you’re a little unsure about grey as the main colour in your scheme, accessories are a great way to introduce this colour in small doses. We love the Large Hexa Cool Grey Ceramic Vase by White Mint. Available in two sizes, this simple yet striking vase will work well on either a sideboard or dining room table.

If you want to create a statement without committing to wallpaper, flooring or paint, this Dark Grey Sofa by Artstar is the ideal choice for both contemporary and classic schemes, and will look great teamed with brightly coloured scatter cushions.

However, if you’re feeling a little bolder, why not opt for this striking and on-trend Spear Wallpaper in Grey by Naken Interiors which incorporates varying shades of grey into its design and will add instant impact to any room.

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Odin Two Seat Sofa

by Alexandra Thomas on September 12, 2014  |  0 comments
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Odin Two Seat Sofa

Enjoy some classic style with this Odin Two Seat Sofa, £995.

Graham & Green is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, which is no mean feat in an age when interiors brands fall by the wayside so easily.

Regular perusals of Graham & Green's items on Furnish often leave me “oohing” and “ahhing” and wondering if I can squeeze another chair, cushion or light into my house.

One of my favourite pieces at the moment is this Odin Two Seat Sofa. Naturally I love it because of its button back, retro vibe and beautifully curved arms. But what I really like is how slender it is, making it ideal for use in a bedroom, or even in a hallway next to, for example, a vintage telephone table.

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Vintage Triangle Walnut Coffee Table

by Alexandra Thomas on September 11, 2014  |  0 comments
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Vintage Triangle Walnut Coffee Table

Add some retro charm with this Vintage Triangle Walnut Coffee Table, £220.

I’ve been on the hunt for a new coffee table as our current one, while super useful, just takes up too much space.

Sadly I can’t afford to splash out too much but, luckily for me and my bank balance, I have fallen for this Vintage Triangle Walnut Coffee Table by Alexander and Pearl.

Sleek, understated and with just enough retro style to fit in perfectly with my living room, I love its simple shape and can’t wait to get it in my home.

And if you love this style too, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a matching console and side table available too.

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Let It Go Print

by Alexandra Thomas on September 10, 2014  |  0 comments
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Let It Go print

Take a breath and relax with this Let It Go Print, £35.

I’m quite possibly the only person on the planet who hasn’t seen the Disney film Frozen. I am, however, very aware of the Let It Go song, mostly because my goddaughter serenades me with it continually every time I see her.

Which is why I had a little chuckle when I came across this Let It Go Print by BODIE and FOU.

Perfect for encouraging me to let go of all those niggly, annoying irritations in life, I’m installing mine in my home office so when my iMac decides it doesn’t want to reboot or that person who promised they’d get back to me hasn’t, I’ll simply look up, take a deep breath and let it go!

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Editors Choice: Throws

by Alexandra Thomas on September 05, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some of our favourite throws

Cosy up on chilly summer evenings with one of our gorgeous throws.

I’m one of those people who eke every little bit out of summer. If it’s sunny, I’ll sunbathe, if it's even mildly warm, I’ll whack on the fan and have a cool drink, and I still spend evenings in the garden even when it’s not nearly warm enough.

But to avoid goose pimples and little blue toes I always have a throw to hand for when the nights get a little chilly.

If you’re like me, you’ll be glad to hear we have a great selection of throws here at Furnish, perfect for making the most of every last little bit of summer.

Ideal for cosying up in the garden or on the beach, this All Wool Throw by Fields of Blue features an array of colours and also doubles up nicely as a picnic blanket.

Colour fans will adore this luxurious Diamond Wool Bed Throw in Indigo and Burnt Orange by Naken Interiors, while those who like to keep it simple can’t fail to be charmed by this Ruffle Ruched Grey Bedspread by The French Bedroom Company with its subtle calming colour and matching cushion.

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Vintage World Map Ceramic Coasters

by Alexandra Thomas on September 05, 2014  |  0 comments
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Vintage World Map Ceramic Coasters

Keep your furniture safe with this set of Vintage World Map Ceramic Coasters, £18.

Maps continue to be a huge trend in interiors, and we have a whole host of products from wall hangings to furniture, which allow you to embrace this trend in the home.

One of my favourite designs is this set of Vintage World Map Ceramic Coasters by The Orchard.

I have never really been a coaster sort of person until I invested in some vintage furniture, but now they’re everywhere in my home for fear of me or someone else damaging my beloved collection.

Perfect for wannabe globe trotters or for those who just want something a little different to the usual run of the mill coaster designs, each one features a copy of a vintage map which will add both interest and colour to your furniture.

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Medina Table

by Alexandra Thomas on September 04, 2014  |  0 comments
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Medina Table

Give your home a touch of the exotic with this Medina Table, £165.

I’m off to Marrakech for a week in October. Yay for me for two reasons; the first being I get a holiday with some autumn sunshine and the second, I have carte blanche from my other half to go wild in the souks.

I’m sure I’ll be bringing back all manner of goodies for the home (and for me!), which means I’ve already become a little obsessed with Moroccan-influenced furniture and accessories.

My latest crush is this Medina Table by Rose & Grey.

With just the right amount of exotic style, this table reminds me of gorgeous fretwork screens, and has been finished in gold for a touch of glamour. Ideal as a bedside table, this stylish piece would also work well next to a sofa or in a hallway.

Antique Grey Frames

by Alexandra Thomas on August 29, 2014  |  0 comments
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Antique Grey Frames

Create a stylish display with these Antique Grey Frames, from £9.95 each.

I’m always on the hunt for new ways to display photos and keepsakes such as ticket stubs, theatre and gig tickets, which is why I was thrilled to come across these Antique Grey Frames by Rose & Grey.

Simple, yet ever so elegant, these frames offer a stylish and unique way of displaying precious photographs.

Available in landscape and portrait versions in large and small sizes, they allow you to create an attractive, eclectic display.

Try displaying in a row to add instant style to a hallway or in a random fashion to create a real style statement on any wall.

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Fairground Arrow Hanger

by Alexandra Thomas on August 25, 2014  |  0 comments
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Fairground Arrow Hanger

Give your storage a quirky touch with this Fairground Arrow Hanger, £59.

Getting the fairground look is one of the latest trends in interiors, and everything from mirrors to lights has been given the over-sized, angular treatment.

One of my favourite pieces is this Fairground Arrow Hanger by The Orchard.

Crafted from metal, this over-sized hanger is perfect for every room in the home and offers a quick and easy way to tap into the industrial trend.

With a generous amount of hooks, it’s not just stylish, it’s practical too, and will keep everything from coats to towels in check.

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Wild & Wolf 746 Phone

by Alexandra Thomas on August 22, 2014  |  0 comments
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Wild & Wolf 746 Phone in Concrete Grey

Go retro with this stylish Wild & Wolf 746 Phone, £39.

Regular readers will know I’m a sucker for anything retro and, as I live in a 70s townhouse, I’m always on the hunt for original or repro accessories to add to my home.

Which is why I was thrilled to come across the latest collection of Wild & Wolf phones by Red Candy.

I already have a Trim Phone in my living room, but I need one for upstairs and I’ve definitely got my eye on this Wild & Wolf 746 Phone in Concrete Grey.

Naturally, I love the retro styling, but what I adore most is the clever colour combination of grey and orange; adding just enough colour without being too overpowering.

And best of all, my new bedroom scheme is grey and white, which means it’s win win all round.

Aztec Cushions

by Alexandra Thomas on August 14, 2014  |  0 comments
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Aztec Cushions

Introduce pattern and colour with these Aztec Cushions, £45.

Aztec prints are big fashion news at the moment so it’s no surprise, as with many other catwalk trends, that these bold, vibrant patterns are also making an appearance in the home.

These Aztec Cushions by The French Bedroom Company are ideal for brightening up a plain sofa or giving an oomph to your bed linen, or you could even use them outside on your garden furniture.

Each cushion in this set of three has a slightly different pattern and uses different colour combinations, allowing you to use them together as a bold style statement or singularly with plain cushions in complementary shades.

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Colour watch: Citrus shades

by Alexandra Thomas on August 10, 2014  |  0 comments
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Some of our citrus favourites

Add some zing to your home with our selection of brightly coloured buys.

As we approach the middle of summer, whether in rain or in shine, there couldn’t be a better time to inject some fresh, zingy, citrus colours to your scheme.

For lovers of lime, this Bugatti Citrus Juicer by Red Candy will instantly brighten up any kitchen worktop, as will this High And Dry Dishrack by Design My World.

Orange obsessives are catered for too; this retro-inspired Orbit Side Table by Naken Interiors is perfect for any room in the home, while this Larry Orange Outdoor Bean Bag by Neofurn is ideal for the garden.

Yellow is possibly the ultimate summer colour, so if you want to add some sunshine brightness, this Kandinsky Cuckoo Clock by Red Candy will become the focal point of any room, while this Eden Yellow Industrial Cage Pendant Light by Alexander and Pearl adds colour to a more industrial scheme.

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Vogue Copper & Grey Lounge Chair

by Alexandra Thomas on August 10, 2014  |  0 comments
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Vogue Copper & Grey Lounge Chair

Enjoy classic vintage style with this Vogue Copper & Grey Lounge Chair, £1,395.

Regular readers will know that I am completely obsessed with chairs. I have as many as I can possibly squeeze into my home, I have prints of classic chairs on the wall and I even have a whole shelf on my bookcase dedicated to the design of chairs.

So, while I don’t have the room for a new chair, that doesn’t mean I can’t look, and my new favourite is this Vogue Copper & Grey Lounge Chair by Alexander and Pearl.

With a striking, on-trend copper base and simple yet comfortable grey upholstery, this statement piece will look fantastic in the bedroom or living space, particularly when teamed with a bright neon pink or yellow cushion.

Also available as an armchair model.

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Laundry Punch Bag

by Alexandra Thomas on August 09, 2014  |  0 comments
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Laundry Punch Bag

Keep dirty laundry stashed away with this Laundry Punch Bag, £20.

Laundry bins are the bugbear of my life because, although they’re completely necessary, they’re not always the most attractive of items. So much so, I hide mine away in a cupboard so it never sees the light of day.

Which is why I was delighted to come across this fab Laundry Punch Bag by Rose & Grey.

Designed to look like a punch bag, and working as one when full, it is great for easing the frustrations of laundry day.

Also ideal as a gift for older children or teenagers to encourage them to keep their dirty laundry tidied away.

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