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Put your feet up in comfort with our pick of the best footstools.
Footstools (and ottomans and pouffes) are so very useful.
In addition to being used simply as footstools, they also double up brilliantly as low tables, as extra seating and, in some cases, they provide additional storage.
The vibrant colours of the fabric in the Designers Guild Moyka Pink/Turquoise Stripe Bean Drum from Heal’s are particularly gorgeous, making it my favourite.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something to give your home a touch of bling, the Moroccan Silver Leather Pouffe is a shining example.
(Clockwise from top) Heal’s Designers Guild Moyka Pink/Turquoise Stripe Bean Drum from Heal’s, £160, Branagh Large Ottoman, Pearl Grey from Made.com, £299, Bohemia Home Moroccan Faux Leather Pouffe, Silver from Bohemia Design, £95, Klippan Multi Coloured Twist Pouf from Interior Addict, £101.15, Country Cottage Footstool in Home Sweet Home design from Fields of Blue, £29.95, Donna Wilson Henry Zig Zag Pouffe from John Lewis, £235.
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It's that time again as we take a trip around the blogsphere.
The weather may be changeable, a Brit may or may not make it past the fourth round and David Cameron may change his mind about something else AGAIN but what we can guarantee is that we’ll keep you up to date with the goings on from our favourite interiors blogs.
This week has a kids theme as we head over to two of the finest parenting interior blogs around.
For anyone who thinks having small children means you can’t still have a stylish home, think again, as these two blog authors show us that there’s no need to compromise on style just because someone calls you Mummy or Daddy.
First up is the world of Growing Spaces, the handy work of talented journalist and mother to twins, Heather Young.
Growing Spaces was born when Heather left London and headed for the Home Counties and follows her on her journey to make a house a home.
A fascinating insight into decorating for a family, Growing Spaces is full of top tips, fabulous buys and guides. Anyone who’s ever faced the clutter-filled hallway will appreciate one of Heather’s latest postings which is all about how to create a stylish and orderly entrance to your home.
Next up is a trip to Baby Style File, a fabulous shopping blog with advice, tips and buys for the little ones in your life.
The work of stylist Poppy Norton, Mum to a little boy, Baby Style File helps you decorate your kiddies’ rooms without a hint of Disney or the latest fad in sight.
We love the carefully chosen shopping buys from storage ideas and traditional wooden toys to play tents and the loveliest of prints.
Concise, clear and a jolly good read, Poppy takes the hassle out of trawling the internet and high street.
Our favourite recent posting was these super cute rabbit prints from Supafrank. They would look fabulous in any playroom or nursery, and framed would make the perfect christening gift too.
You'll be bowled over by these Cricket Stools: Large from Mocha, £180
After yesterday’s tennis theme, today we move onto cricket.
Not really my thing cricket. To me, it seems like hours and hours with very little happening, just the odd jog in between wickets.
These stools, however, I do like.
Made from cricket bats and wickets, they definitely (sorry!) bowl this maiden over.
Give your home a truly British feel with some of our best Union Jack buys.
While the Diamond Jubilee celebrations may have been and gone, the eyes of the world will continue to gaze upon our humble shores this summer. This gives you the perfect excuse to do a bit more flag waving and inject some Union Jack style into your home.
To celebrate in style, why not deck out your home in this fabulous vintage style Union Jack Bunting from Great Little Trading Company. And no dining room will be complete this summer without the Boutique Union Jack Dining Chair from Alexander and Pearl.
As for where to store all your flag waving paraphernalia? Well, in this set of Union Jack Trunks from John Lewis of course.
(Clockwise from top) Boutique Union Jack Dining Chair from Alexander and Pearl, £150, Union Jack Trunks from John Lewis, £99, Vintage Union Jack cushion cover from Lover’s lounge, £12.99, Union Jack Bunting from Great Little Trading Company, £28, Jan Constantine Union Jack Large Jug from Heal’s, £31, Lounge Lizard Union Jack 4 Drawer Chest of Drawers from The Pole House, £275.
Settle down with a cuppa for a little trip around the world of interiors blogging.
It’s that time again, so pull up a pew and settle down to see what our favourite interiors blogs have to offer.
First stop is the inspirational Decorator's Notebook which features the musings of an anonymous blogger which, in our opinion, makes it even more interesting.
From fabulous buys (it was our first peek at the new designs from Bold & Noble) to interesting snippets from the wonder that is our new social media crush Pinterest, Decorator’s Notebook has the lot.
What really impresses us, however, is the regular Room Debate series which encourages readers to have their say on rooms picked by the author.
A kind of interiors Points of View if you will (for people old enough to remember), readers are encouraged to choose their favourite and least favourite thing about the room.
Highly addictive, we reckon once you join in you’ll be hooked.
Next up is interiors journalist Ellie Tennant’s blog which is also a real treat.
Those with a good memory will know that Ellie used to work on interiors bible Ideal Home and looked after its super successful blog Home Shopping Spy. (One of our very first featured blogs we’ll have you know.)
Since going freelance, there’s hardly an interiors mag Ellie hasn’t written or styled for, so we find it amazing she has time to write her own blog.
Keeping us regularly up to date with interiors news – Joules range of bed linen was a hot off the press news exclusive – we also love the news snippets that are perfectly bite-sized bits of interiors loveliness.
It was introducing us to up-cycler Jo Gibbs and her gorgeous range of furniture for which we are most thankful. We’ve fallen for nearly everything talented Jo makes and are shipping out existing furniture to make room for it.
Remember, if you write an interiors blog and think others need to know about it, let us know.
Add some retro chic to your dining room with this Wireless Angular Retro Buffet Cabinet from Alexander and Pearl. £595
As regular readers will know, I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to retro furniture. I can often be found with my nose pressed up against the window of furniture shops looking longingly at their wares.
Which is why this Wireless Angular Retro Buffet Cabinet from Alexander and Pearl has got me reaching for the credit card.
Part of a collection of gorgeous retro style furniture, the buffet is ideal if you don’t have room for a full size sideboard.
With a generous sized cupboard and four shelves, it’s perfect for stashing away all your precious china and glassware.
This week, we take a peek into the world of Happy Interior Blog and Mad About The House.
It’s that time again folks – time to head over to our favourite interior blogs for a bit of escapism and inspiration.
This week, we take a virtual visit to the world of German-based marketing consultant Igor Josif who blogs at his Happy Interior Blog about everything that makes him happy interior wise.
And we have to say we felt instantly happy when we logged onto Igor’s blog. We love the simple, clean sections and brilliant finds in the 5 Happy Inspirations posts, the latest of which has got us dreaming about holidaying in Italy.
But what really caught our eye was the post showcasing the beautiful styling work of Susanna Vento who we’d quite like to come round and makeover our homes.
Our second blog this week is Mad About The House which is penned by journalist Kate Watson-Smyth.
Having written for The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph as well as countless interiors magazines, Kate really knows her stuff when it comes to interiors.
A brilliant source of daily interiors inspiration, we were green with envy (in a good way of course) when we saw The House Is Finished post which offers a sneaky peek around Kate’s BEAUTIFUL home. We especially love the pink fireplace in the spare bedroom.
That’s not all though, as Kate also showcases fabulous products in the Objects of Design series which can be anything from a hand blender to a super cool tea towel.
Remember, we’re always looking for beautiful and inspiring blogs to feature so if you think we’ll love yours, drop us a line.
For our design inspiration this week, we take a look at the musings of Just A Little Joy and Atticus and Finch
We always get very excited when we hear of a new blog (remember to let us know if you’re writing one), so as soon as news of Just A Little Joy reached us we knew we had to let you in on the secret.
Just a Little Joy is the work of Elle Decoration’s Homes Editor Tessa Pearson, so it’s fair to assume she knows her stuff when it comes to interiors.
The blog is split into easy to navigate sections and, as well as interiors, Tessa also writes about two subjects very close to our hearts; dogs and food!
We’re especially grateful to be introduced to House of Rym, whose path we’d not crossed before and, now we have, well let’s just say the bank balance will be taking a serious bashing.
Atticus and Finch has been a regular read for us for some time now and it’s one blog we go back to again and again for design news, quirky objects and beautiful buys.
As well as the recent brilliant Bauhaus exhibition review (remember it’s on at the Barbican until 12 August if you want to pay a visit), it was Emily Blunden’s post on Chisel & Mouse that got us reaching for the credit card.
They make paper models of iconic landmarks such as London’s Battersea Power Station and Hoover Building, and the famous Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
We want them all!
Remember, we want to hear about your blog and why it should be featured in our weekly round up so, if you’re writing a design or interiors blog and want to make our hit list, drop us a line and let us know.
Follow the floral fashion trend with our selection of bright and beautiful cushions.
The main fashion trend this spring has undoubtedly been floral prints, and they have been impossible to miss all over the catwalk and throughout the high street.
Floral styles work equally well in the home, adding both colour and vibrancy to your interior, and cushions are an easy way to incorporate this look into your living room.
Furnish has a multitude of styles to choose from. If you are looking for something funky and bright, the Klippan Flower Power Cushion from Interior Addict is spot on. Or, for something a little more elegant, the Floral Mimosa Cushion from Puji is just perfect.
(Clockwise from top) Floral Print Cushion from Dwell, £34.95, Floral Mimosa Cushion from Puji, £29, Green Flowers Cushion from Caroline McGrath, £17.50, Klippan Flower Power Cushion from Interior Addict, £23.99, Pip Studio Birds in Paradise Blue Round Cushion from Heal’s, £25, Designers Guild Sagrada Cushion from John Lewis, £35.
Say Hello! to our pick of the best magazine racks.
No matter what it is you’re into, whether it’s home interiors, cars, fashion, celebrity gossip or something a tad more obscure, there are magazines to satisfy your interest.
And, if you’re anything like me, they will be scattered all round your home.
Here at Furnish we have a wide selection of stylish magazine racks, all ideal for keeping your mags under control and allowing you to wave goodbye to clutter. These include the curvy Legnoart Ebony Wood Magazine Holder from Gifts with Style or, for something a bit quirkier, the Cowhide Magazine Holder from London Cows.
(Clockwise from top) Cowhide Magazine Holder – Mag 01 from London Cows, £79, Wirehouse Magazine Rack from Lifestyle Bazaar, £39.95, Legnoart Ebony Wood Magazine Holder from Gifts with Style, £84.95, Driade Omero Magazine Holder from A White Room, £223, News Magazine Rack from Dutch by Design, £12.50, Panama Folding Magazine Rack from Alexander and Pearl, £150.
Enjoy a perfect caffeine hit with our pick of the best espresso cups.
When you need a quick pick-me-up there are few things better than a small hot cup of strong coffee. We have a great selection of espresso cups allowing you to serve your shot in style.
From the simple but beautiful Pair of Menu Espresso Cups from Gifts with Style to the romantic Guzzini Love Espresso Cups from Red Candy we have designs to suit every taste and mood.
There are even espresso cups to make you smile while your coffee wakes you up, such as the Moustache Espresso cup from Lifestyle Bazaar or the Set of Scrabble Espresso Cups-C,A,F,E from Graham & Green.
(Clockwise from top) Set of Scrabble Espresso Cups-C,A,F,E from Graham & Green, £24.95, Pair of Menu Espresso Cups from Gifts with Style, £24.95, Moustache Espresso cup from Lifestyle Bazaar, £16.95, Entomo Espresso cup & saucer from Lifestyle Bazaar, £65, Guzzini Love Espresso Cups with Saucers from Red Candy, £29.70, LSA Zanzi Espresso Cup & Saucer from Occa Home, £9.50.
Get green fingered this spring with our pick of the best herb pots.
With the dull and rainy weather evident, there’s no better time for some indoor gardening using the best herb pots to plant your produce.
The Herdy Herb Pot from Heal’s looks cute on the worktop and makes planting herbs fun, even for little ones! While the Orla Kiely Herb Pot from Bloomsbury would look stylish inside or outside, filled with coriander or basil.
(Clockwise from top) Large Herb Pot from Garden Trading, £9, Herdy Herb Pot from Heal’s, £23, 3 Herb Pots on a Tray from Garden Trading, £18, Orla Kiely Herb Pot from Bloomsbury, £27.95, Herb from Garden Beet, £28, Herb Pot Selfwatering Dark 13cm from 95% Danish, £38.
Less is more with these Globe Bulbs from Tigermoth Lighting. £12.78
While bare bulbs remind some of student accommodation, those in the know, erm well, know that they’re far cooler than that.
A perfect example of this trend are the Globe Bulbs from one of my favourite lighting companies Tigermoth Lighting.
Available in two sizes, these simple bulbs are not for hiding in shades, oh no, they’re there to be admired in all the simple beauty.
A row of them at varying heights would look stunning over a dining table or you could try using a cluster by your front door.
Simple yet ever so elegant.
Give your room some animal magic with our pick of stag accessories.
The stag trend has been around for a while and it would seem it’s here to stay so what better way to embrace it than with these fabulous stag pieces that will give any house a decedent feel.
The Orwell and Goode Stanley the Stag Cushion from Rockett St George would complement a vintage and distressed leather sofa in need of a lift. While the Kenneth Turner Stag Wine Stopper from Sweetpea and Willow will keep any fine wine at its best as well as adding glamour to a dining table.
(Clockwise from Top) Kenneth Turner Stag Wine Stopper from Sweetpea and Willow, £26, Anorak Kissing Stags Bedlinen Set from Heal’s, £45-£65, Stag Lamp from the French Bedroom Company, £150, Anorak Kissing Stags Coaster from Rose & Grey, £12.50, Kenneth Turner Stag Wine Stopper from Sweetpea and Willow, £16, Orwell and Goode – Stanley the Stag Cushion from Rockett St George, £47.50.
Tuck in with these British Grub Cushions from Hunkydory Home. £52
Millions of people will be flocking to these fair isles this summer and one thing you can guarantee is that they’ll be sampling some traditional British fodder.
While we haven’t always been known for our imagination when it comes to grub, I’m yet to meet a visitor who can’t resist sampling fish & chips or bangers & mash.
These colourful cushions from Hunkydory Home have been created exclusively by Liz Foster and celebrate two iconic British dishes.
Perfect for adding interest to a dull sofa or chair, we can’t guarantee they won’t make you hungry.
Bring some spring sunshine into your home with our pick of yellow furnishings.
Give your home a touch of mellow yellow with these gorgeous accessories which are perfect for bringing spring inside.
The Small Glass Vase in Yellow from The Contemporary Home is a great accessory for any room in the house and will look fab holding daffodils and contrasting tulips. While the Guzzini Yellow Bread Bin from Gifts With Style will bring a zing of bright, lemon yellow to your kitchen.
(Clockwise from top) Small Glass Vase in Yellow from The Contemporary Home, £6.99, Yellow Round Sea Tray from Caroline Mcgrath, £29.95, Guzzini Yellow Bread Bin from Gifts With Style, £37.95, Ferm Living Bird Leaves Printed Silk Cushion Yellow from Heal’s, £84, Retro Yellow Armchair from Lover’s lounge, £399.99, Orla Kiely Small Salad Bowl from Graham & Green, £25.
Add that wow factor to your home with a stylish lampshade
Trying to perfect lighting in a room can be tedious. But if you’re looking for that finishing touch to add some style to your home then investing in a trendy lampshade can be a great solution.
Why not opt for the gorgeous Traditional Lampshade Cluster Light from Rockett St George?
Sillhouette Chandelier Lampshade (black), £45, from Duffy London, Orla Kiely Tulip Print Drum Lampshade Olive, £88, from Heal’s, Innermost Marble Felt Pendant Shade, £175, from Found Home Store, Moooi Random Black Pendant Lampshade, £432, from Occa Home, White Leafy Pendant Lampshade, £23.99, from The Contemporary Home, Traditional Lampshade Cluster Light – 9 Lamp Shades, £275, from Rockett St George.
Brighten up your home with some coloured furniture.
Why restrict colour in your home to accessories when you can experiment with colourful furniture? Here at Furnish, we’ve picked the best, brightly coloured furniture that is sure to make a bold impression in your home.
The Gaga Pink Console Table from The French Bedroom Company, is great for injecting some feminine fun into any room. Or maybe you fancy a pop of colour in your living room, with this 2010 Flow Sofa by Kay + Stemmer from Heal’s. Whatever you choose, your home is sure to be bright and welcoming with these vivid furnishings.
(Clockwise from top) 2010 Flow sofa by Kay + Stemmer, from Heal’s £2595, Georgia yellow cardboard sideboard, from Fashion for Home £149, Eames style daw chair, green, from Zazous £79.99, Toddler bedside table – jolly red, from Great Little Trading Company £36, Armstrong sofa, from Lockwood Design £1900, Gaga pink console table, from The French Bedroom Company £445-£495.
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Add some canine chic to your scheme with this French Bulldog Cushion from The French Bedroom Company. £70
I am the first to admit that my dog obssesion is getting out of hand. I mean, if I see a dog when I am out and about, I can’t resist giving it a smile, a pat and cooing at it like it’s a new born baby.
In fact, I’m more interested in dogs than new born babies.
If I happen to go past Battersea Dogs Home at exercise time, I come over all giddy and during a bus journey the other day shared with a Burmese Mountain puppy I was beside myself with excitement.
Sadly, getting a dog is off the cards (landlord is mean, I am away too much, the other half works long hours – the list goes on) but that doesn’t mean I can’t look!
As such, I’m also obsessed with dog-inspired interiors which is why I love this French Bulldog Cushion from The French Bedroom Company.
The front shows the gorgeous portrait of a French Bulldog while the back shows the rear view. I love that they’ve chosen to use a houndstooth check and the background too.
Perfect for livening up a plain sofa, it makes the perfect gift for a dog lover like me!
Create the perfect wintry look in your home with the enchanting trend of folk
Create the perfect wintry look in your home with the enchanting trend of folk.
This whimsical style draws much inspiration from classic folkloric motifs of beautifully intricate patterns combined in rich and bright colour schemes, resulting in designs that wonderfully blend tradition with the chic and contemporary.
To add beautiful key pieces to your home, the Embroidered Folk Cushion from Primrose & Plum combines stylistic patterning in contrast with its stark pink colouring and makes for a fabulous statement.Opting for smaller key accessories such as the Scented Folklore Candle from Bloomsbury, will add a soft touches of wintry charm to your home.
Folklore Cake Stand, £38, from John Lewis, Embroidered Folk Cushion, £18, from Primrose & Plum, Scented Folklore Candle/Bergamot & Nettle, £22.95, from Bloomsbury, Nouvelles Folk Tree Wall Stickers, £16.50, from John Lewis, Folklore Mug, £6, from Hunky Dory, Folklore Pink Enamel Plate/Wild and Wolf, £8.95, from Bloomsbury.