• Posts Tagged ‘cutlery’

    Ideal V Great deal: This week’s top three

    by  • Sunday, September 27, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    For some, this weekend has brought pay weekend so credit cards will have been flying and cash splashed, but for the rest of us, it still another week away (or for me another 9 days!!!) Whatever your cash flow, it’s always good to find lovely products that are available in both price ranges, so you can get the look whatever your budget.

    Here are my top 3 Ideal V Great deal buys for this week.ideal01

    Ideal: A sturdy, solid-fir design from Made.com. Buckley dining table (H79cm x W90cm x L180cm), Made.com.  Great Deal: This table is made from solid acacia wood. Skogsta dining table (H73cm x W100cm x L240cm), Ikea.


    Ideal: Viners rose gold titanium 16-piece cutlery set, £99, Very. Great deal: 16 piece copper cutlery set, £32, Next.


    Ideal: Knightsbridge clock (diameter 50cm), Newgate Clocks. Great deal: Fairfield Paris clock (diameter 59cm), One World Trading.


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    Irresistible new trend for AW15: create easy style with unrefined luxe

    by  • Monday, July 20, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Tougher than glamour but more refined than vintage, the new trend for undone luxe is definitely one to watch for A/W 2015. Effortlessly fusing copper and gold with clay, marble and wood, it’s a tactile trend inspired by raw materials, muted colours and toughened-up textures. Look out for clean lines and modest, utility-inspired shapes, brought to life with exposed finishes and hints of metallic for an opulent twist on simple designs.


    Adept in the art of putting a luxurious spin on simple homeware is Rowen & Wren. Its statement copper mugs are available in either a shiny or matt finish, whilst the hand-made nature endows each piece with its own distinct character. Give the copper an unrefined feel by teaming it with cool concrete or marble, for a look that’s both effortless and artisan.

    For a slightly more utilitarian take on the trend, try this striking range from John Lewis. Reminiscent of the pared-back aesthetic of Japanese style, it’s a sturdy, tactile collection in a thunderous palette of inky black. Simply team it with stormy greys and sprigs of foliage to let this beautiful raw material sing.


    Add a vintage spin with this charming set from Marks & Spencer. Industrial metal cutlery is given a softer edge with aged handles; just pair with rough hessian or soft linen for easy, undone luxe.

    West Elm

    Lastly, take a look at this trio of textured vases from West Elm. Style the mattified metallic finishes with exposed concrete and a moody palette for instant understated luxury.


    From top: Moscow mugs, £18 each, Rowen & Wren; beaker, £15; mini jug, £18; 25cm serving bowl, £55; dinner plate, £28; all Dove Street Pottery by David Worsley range, John Lewis (coming soon); Ornate cutlery, £75 for a 16-piece set, Marks & Spencer; textured vases, from £29 each, West Elm (coming soon)

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    NEW BOOK: Rediscovered Treasures

    by  • Tuesday, January 4, 2011 • Books and TV • 2 Comments

    Eee by gum, our first ‘Book of the Week’ for 2011 is a real stunner. Packed full of beautiful photographs and printed on expensive-looking thick paper, it’s written by two Norwegian stylists: Ellen Dyrop and Hanna Kristinsdottir, and out on February 7th. Rediscovered Treasures: A New Life for Old Objects is an absolute treat from beginning to end. And it goes a little something like this…

    This beautiful book shows you how to transform old curios into shabby-chic homewares for every room of the house…so start collecting cutlery, biscuit tins and the like, and stock up on super-glue:

    I like the idea of using stencils to update old tableware – ‘CARPE DIEM’ in an Emma-Bridgewater-esque font scrawled across a vintage metal teapot filled with fresh flowers– what could be more pleasing?

    It’s got a step-by-step ‘how to’ section at the back, with stencils to trace and a useful list of shops you might need, too. It’s out on February 7th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon now for under a tenner. – Ellie

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