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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.
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.
Ranging from beautifully intricate to cool and ecletic, you are sure to find the right style for you.
Why not opt for the gorgeous Traditional Lampshade Cluster Light from Rockett St George?
Colourful and stylish, it’s sure to be the talking point of any room. Or add a touch of romance to your bedroom with the White Leafy Pendant Lampshade from The Contemporary Home. Whatever you choose, you can guarantee your lighting will be far from dull.
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!
We talk to contemporary furniture designer Tom Faulkner.
We recently caught up with Tom Faulkner, a designer of contemporary handmade custom furniture, who is based between Chelsea and Swindon. Tom started working in steel in the early nineties, producing original pieces of distinctive metal furniture. Creative metalwork is still a distinctive feature in Tom’s designs today, coupled with a strong focus on simplicity of line and proportion. We love the meticulous workmanship and attention to detail of Tom Faulkner designs, so we grilled Tom to find out more about the creative processes of his design team and what we can expect from his studio in the future.
How would you describe Tom Faulkner designs in three words?
Distinctive, Elegant, Simple.
Do you have an all time favourite designer or design?
Brno chair by Mies van der Rohe is one of my favourites.
What does a typical day in the studio involve?
I divide my time between the showroom, the workshop and my home. The showroom is our office so I’m often doing business things there or meeting clients etc. I design at home and in the workshop, generally doing drawings and CAD work at home, and working with prototypes and any commissions we might be working in the workshop. If I’m working on a new design I always like to draw the elevations at life size, and then I’ll transfer it to the computer or I’ll get the guys in the workshop to do a rough mock and we’ll take it from there. A lot of the design comes in the making I find.
Since you first began working in steel in the early nineties have you undertaken any ambitious bespoke projects, if so what did they involve?
We do all sorts of things, but try not to wander too far off piste! We recently made a 4m Capricorn table for some Russian clients. It had a twin pedestal base, in hand polished stainless steel, which was quite a challenge.
What has been the bestselling design at Tom Faulkner, and why do you think this is?
Our Capricorn dining table is our best seller. It is extremely unusual and very striking, it’s very simple (although not to make!). It has classical lines and proportions and yet it is still contemporary. In polished stainless steel it is a real work of art! It is the design we are best known for, and it seems to always deliver.
What can we expect to see from Tom Faulkner in the near future?
We are adding a lot of wood and marble to our collection (in terms of table tops). We are also adding lots of new finishes to the metalwork.
Add some capital style to your walls with this Alice Tait London Map Print from Bloomsbury. £19.95
I have always been fascinated with maps and it would appear with the current prolific trend for them in the home, I’m not the only one.
Of course, being proud of my hometown, I have a particular fondness for maps of London and this Alice Tait London Map Print from Bloomsbury is a particular favourite of mine.
I love this beautifully illustrated design which shows all the important landmarks of this fair city from the historic Tower of London to one of the skyline’s newest additions, The Gherkin.
A perfect gift for visitors and Londoners alike, it’s guaranteed to look prettier than sticking a page from your A-Z on the wall.
Luxuriate and relax in style this winter with a sleek and trendy Chaise Longue
As the winter is approaching in all its cold misery, we all look for home comforts to get cosy and relax in and what better way then to indulge this season in a luxuriously comforting Chaise Longue.
Cosy up in the lavishly chic Deauville Velvet Silver Chaise Longue, with its soft velvet texture, it will make the coldest of homes toasty. Or if your looking for a real style statement to brighten up your home, opt for the gorgeously contemporary Lime/Pink Stripe Chaise, with its unusual curvaceous shape and rich tonal stripes it’s guaranteed to bring effortless style to your home.
Ritz Lime/Pink Stripe Chaise, £1,404, from The Pole House, Deauville Velvet Silver Chaise Lounge, £425, from The Lover’s Lounge, Eichholtz Chaise Lounge Grey Linen, £1,140.50, from Occa Home, Carmen White Chaise Lounge, £1,959, from Fashion For Home, Corbusier Cow Hide Chaise Lounge, £1,215, from The Pole House, Stone Striped Chaise Lounge, £1,103, from Sweetpea and Willow.
Take a walk on the wild side this season with the sassy trend of Animal Print
Ranging from leopard print footstools to cow hide magazine racks, the ever-growing stylish trend of animal print is guaranteed to bring a splash of glamour and animalistic playfulness to the most polished of homes.
This sassy trend work well by adding small key pieces into a space to allow a great mix of texture and warmth. The Union Jack Square Leopard Print Cushion proves a perfect statement piece and will add a splash of classy glamour to any home. Or if your looking to fully embrace the saucy trend, opting for large oversized pieces such as the Tricolour Cowhide rug will work perfectly on any flooring, to create depth and warmth within your home.
Leopard Print Footstool, £445, from London Cows, Zebra Throw, £185.50, from Occa Home, Jan Constantine Union Jack Square Leopard Print, £82, from Occa Home, Tricolour Cowhide, £295, from The French Bedroom Company, Cowhide Magazine Holder, £79, from London Cows, Flora Cow Skin Coffee Table, £395, from Graham & Green.
We find out what’s in store for the coming months at Rockett St George
Rockett St George is a fabulous décor brand, established in 2006, which offers a wonderfully eclectic mix of contemporary homeware and gifts. Known for their endlessly appealing range of items that are both beautiful and useful, there is truly something for every room of the house. We caught up with the ladies behind the brand, Jane and Lucy, to find out what we can expect from Rockett St George in the coming months.
How would you describe Rockett St George in three words?
Unique, useful, beautiful.
Do you have an all time favourite designer or design?
Mother nature has to win hands down and the Shell is by far our favourite design (or maybe the feather!).
How was the company founded?
We both love car boot sales. It is the perfect learning ground to find great products within a sea of other stuff. As fellow booters we began to sell what we bought. We then realised that we made a great team and decided to start rockettstgeorge.co.uk in 2006.
How are pieces sourced for Rockett St George?
We find our products in all sorts of places. We do go to show and exhibitions in the UK and across Europe. We also go to antique fairs, craft fairs and open studios. We are also approached by lots of designers, which we love.
Has there been a bestselling piece at Rockett St George, and why do you think this is?
Probably the best seller of all time has to be the Set of 6 Butterfly Prints. They are a classic image, pretty and affordable. The perfect combination!
What is your favourite piece?
Jane: mine changes all the time. I am very fickle and tend to love whatever is new.
Lucy: I love the birdcage memo board. It is beautiful, timeless and very useful.
What can we expect to see from Rockett St George in the near future?
We have just sourced the most fabulous wall/door covering which will transform a boring door to a gorgeous french design. Very exciting!
Store your umbrella in style this autumn in a trendy, chic umbrella stand
With the temperamental weather upon us, there is an easy solution to store your umbrellas and keep the entrance to your house looking proud, welcoming and most vitally – de cluttered!
Using an umbrella stand is a wonderfully stylish way to free up space and can make for a great style piece within your home. Whether your look is daring and bold or clean and simple, there are many styles to suit all homes and to suit a whole host of umbrellas!
Magis Goccia Umbrella Stand, £82.80, from A White Room, Ratton Square Umbrella Stand, £70, from The Holding Company, Kartell Gino Umbrella Stand Transparent Red, £84, from Heal’s, Lack Atico Umbrella Stand, £125, from John Lewis, Union Jack Umbrella Stand, £69, from Sweetpea and Willow, Classico Umbrella Stand, £64, from Metal Design Furniture.
Be good to the environment and recycle your paper with a stylish waste paper bin.
The waste paper bin is generally seen as a very basic accessory and one of life’s necessities, however that doesn’t mean it needs to look basic.
Furnish has a great selection of waste paper bins in all colours, shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find something that suits your style.
The Faux book library waste paper bin from Pavilion Broadway is great for the bookworms and those with traditional taste.
But if you’re looking for something a little more funky, the Essy red bin bin paper bin from Red Candy is great for adding a splash of colour.
So try a bin that’s a little different than your usual, wicker cheapie and go for something that doesn’t have to be hidden away.
(Clockwise from Top) Essey red bin bin paper bin, from Red Candy £42, Wire waste paper bin, from Summerill & Bishop £23.50, Faux book library waste paper bin, from Pavilion Broadway £85, Sanganeeri wastepaper bin, from OKA £49, Crown wastepaper bin, from OKA £49, Recycled newspaper wastepaper bin, from John Lewis £10.
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Complete your kitchen surfaces with an eternally useful, funky kettle.
Arguably the most useful appliance, the kettle serves the needs of all caffeine addicts for their morning fix and has done for years. But despite being a traditional kitchen accessory, there’s no need for designs to be outdated.
So with the help of Furnish, there’s plenty of deigns for you to choose from, ranging from super modern to cool and retro. For an iconic, Art Deco finish to your worktop, the Prestige 54314 traditional kettle from John Lewis is a great way of injecting some real vintage character into your kitchen.
If you fancy something a little more futuristic, the Bugatti black Vera kettle from Gifts with Style is fantastic for complementing a gadget-clad, high-tech kitchen.
So celebrate one of the greatest kitchen inventions by investing in a super funky kettle, to boil for a brew in style.
(Clockwise from Top) Bosch Styline kettle range, from Heal’s £72, Revival electric water kettle, from Red Candy £68, Alessi hob top kettle – Pito, from Utility £239.40, Alessi hot it kettle, from A White room £86, Prestige 54314 traditional kettle, from John Lewis £69.95, Bugatti black Vera kettle, from Gifts With Style £185.
We preview Tent London, one of the most diverse events of the London Design Festival
Now in its fifth year in the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, Tent London is most diverse and must-see event of the London Design Festival. ?Visit London’s ground-breaking design show and see over 200 companies, manufacturers, designers and design collectives from more than 18 countries; presenting the cutting-edge contemporary interiors products and digital installations.
This year Tent will expand, with four new venues outside of the main building – including a paper installation by paper manufacturer Arjowiggins and an installation by the Slovenian Embassy, Presented by the Museum of Architecture and Design called Silent Revolutions, looking at a set of innovations and designs from the country.
Exhibiting at Tent London this year is a cross section of all that is great and good about international design. Alongside classic brands, such as Ercol, is the cutting edge of new design talent. Kingston University’s faculty of Art, Design & Architecture will be displaying the work of this year’s MA graduates.
We’ve picked out a few brands we think are must-sees at Tent London this year.
Exciting Furnish.co.uk featured brand Mini Moderns will be displaying their wares at Tent London this year. A range of interiors products designed and produced by London based design and branding agency, Absolute Zero Degrees, Mini Moderns is a print driven collection that includes wallpaper, textiles and home accessories for ‘kids (and kidults!) and design conscious families’. Their influences range from 1950’s textile designs to vintage toys and games. The brand operate a predominantly ‘Made in the UK’ policy, supporting both the environment, through a reduction of carbon emissions, and local businesses. We love their ‘Festival’ porcelain tableware, the perfect souvenir from the London Design Festival!
Stand No F15 Hall T1
Andy Murray Design
Andy Murray hails from Scotland…and no, he doesn’t play tennis. He is, in fact, an award-winning product and furniture designer.
We love the concept of his Sea Defence collection, which ‘brings together the sculptural, strong and iconic nature of sea defences, creating elegant, usable functional pieces of furniture.’ The free standing Sea Defence Shelves are hand crafted in Scotland from layered birch, which is pressed into the sculptural shape and finished by hand.
Stand No E17 Hall T1
This namesake brand will be exhibiting at Tent London all the way from Japan. Formed in 2005, furnish is a Tokyo-based designer unit consisting of Satoshi Yoshikawa, Bungo Komuro and Marie Hontoku. The designers aim to take an ordinary item and transform it into something that is not only practical, but also fun to use. All products produced by furnish are made in Japan utilizing traditional local manufacturers in the Adachi-ward suburbs where furnish are based.
Stand No F24 Hall T1
We hope we’ve convinced you to visit the London Design Festival this year, and do let us know if you uncover any upcoming design gems!
22 September – 25 September
Opening times: Thurs: 10am-8pm, Fri: 10am-7pm, Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 11am-6pm
Tickets: £10/£8 (Adult), £5 (Child 5-16)
We’ve put together some ideas to make your autumn extra cosy
The subtle chill in the air may not be a cause for celebration for those who like to hang on to the last rays of summer, but autumn is the perfect excuse to think about making your home cosier. Whether you’re returning rosy cheeked from a brisk walk in russet-leafed countryside or bedraggled from an impromptu monsoon on the way home from work, it’s always nice to return to a home that feels warm and welcoming. But with the ever-increasing cost of energy bills, we aren’t suggesting you turn the heating up to full whack!
Whilst autumnal browns and oranges are an obvious choice to create a feeling of warmth in your space, you needn’t change your existing colour scheme. Instead try layering textures that match your existing colour scheme to add depth and warmth to your home without overhauling your décor. Opt for chunky knits, rugged tweeds and opulent velvets; use in combination, scattering sofas and beds with a selection of cushions, throws and bedspreads.
Whilst wooden floors are always appealing, autumn is the perfect time to invest in a rug to take the chill of bare floors. Look for deep pile rugs, which will add comfort and warmth even on top of carpeted floors. A small bedside rug makes a welcoming landing spot for cold toes on chilly mornings and rugs with bright accents are a perfect way to add colour to drab autumn days.
Deep cushioned armchairs and sofas are the perfect place to curl up with a hot drink and a book when the nights start drawing in. Feather wrapped foam cushions, such as the Windsor Armchair from Graham and Green, make for an extra cosy seat.
Swapping existing voile curtains for heavier fabrics is also a great way to add a feeling of cosiness to your home, as well as helping to trap heat when drawn.
Finally, why not invest in some new mugs to help fight the impending winter blues. We love the chirpy classic print of this Orla Kiely Red Abacus Flower Mug from Heal’s and the iconic bright designs of these Classic Penguin Story Mugs. Don’t forget to make sure your teapot stays toasty this autumn too with a retro tea cosy, such as this super quirky Blackberry Tea Cosy from Hunkydory Home or this Union Jack design from The Orchard.