• Posts Tagged ‘Ideal Home’

    Summer trend: Retro kitchen brights

    by  • Friday, May 22, 2015 • Latest trends, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    These cheery kitchen accessories sing out against sparkling white. Farm Fresh collection, from £2, George Home.

    The sun is shining (in-between some down pours, standard), but you could be mistaken for thinking that summer is on it’s way! In light of this, I thought I’d bring a little sunshine into your life with a retro colour-pop round up. This micro trend will not only add a bright splash to the kitchen, but the a cool vintage vibe would look right at home with those white metro tiles you’ve been eyeing up! Hmm anyone else got a craving for a strawberry milkshake and a big burger and fries?!




    Where to buy: 1. Industrial hanging lamp in green, £130, Out There Interiors; 2. Enamelware butter dish, £19.95, Mini Moderns; 3. Clouds Trio fine china set, £25, Cath Kidston; 4. Suzy dining chair, House by John Lewis range, John Lewis; 5. Home Fresh milk bottle, £4, George Home; 6. You are my sunshine enamel plate, £19.50, Pedlars; 7. Nadi bamboo tumbler, (part of a pack of 4), £5, Habitat.



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    Going For Gold: spy the divine new Luxe collection from Oliver Bonas

    by  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    We all love a touch of luxe here and there, but hefty price tags mean it’s all too often just out of reach. Which is why my heart skipped a beat when I spotted the beautiful new Luxe collection from high street favourite Oliver Bonas. Focusing on four statement pieces of furniture – a drinks trolley, coffee table, console table and side table – it oozes undone glamour with a vintage, eclectic feel. Look out for distressed gold finishes paired with smooth marble surfaces, for accessible, elegant style.


    If a statement piece of furniture feels too opulent, then Oliver Bonas’ range of accessories is a great way to add a luxurious touch on a smaller scale. Even in a pared-back scheme, cleverly used metallic hints can work a treat. Here, raw wooden textures, a weathered gold tap and a simple selection of glass bottles or ceramics are brought up to date with a range of copper trays and trinkets. Angular shapes give the accessories a contemporary feel, whilst the distressed finish ties them in with the rustic scheme. Even the cutlery been has given a kiss of gold, with a retro pineapple motif on each piece – so adorable!


    What’s truly great about these luxe-inspired accessories is their versatility. Team with neutrals for a brightening twist on a rustic scheme (as above), or give them an entirely new rough-luxe feel by pairing them with moodier hues. The combination of dove grey and charcoal gives these opulent metallic tones a raw, imperfect feel.


    And there’s plenty more to choose from besides! Check out this round-up of our favourite luxe-inspired pieces:



    From top: Luxe round side table, £195; Luxe console table, £350; Hexagon trays, from £22.50 each; bamboo utensil pot, £14; pineapple spoons, £16 for four; Angle glasses, £3.50 each; all Oliver Bonas

    Wish list clockwise from top left: large marble base jewellery stand, £27; lantern terrarium, £32; triangle tealight holder, £8.50; pleated copper vase, £28; etched two-tone tealight holder, £7.50; all Oliver Bonas

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    Get back to nature with inspiration from the Earth’s palette

    by  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    For all the intricate patterns, luxe fabrics and indulgent designs on offer these days, it’s easy to be swept away on a wave of manufactured opulence and lose touch with the true beauty of the Earth’s raw materials. With that in mind, I’ve had a scout around to scope out some of the more organic and natural homewares available at the moment. From tactile clay pots in lustrous sea blues, to 100% cotton rugs in terracotta tones, take a look at our round up and reconnect with these materials’ natural beauty.


    It was these rugs from Urbanara (above) that first got me pondering about this nature-inspired trend. The stone greys, spectrum of blues and warm corals, oranges and reds are so reminiscent of the Earth’s palette. Hand-woven in India, and made of 100% either cotton or wool, these soft furnishings make for a beautiful natural alternative to synthetic fibres.


    This trio of Updown pendants from Hand & Eye Studio (above) have a moody, steely quality that reminds me of cloud-filled days or cool winter mornings. Teaming glazed ceramic with matt opal glass adds to the pendant’s pared-back, natural quality, whilst its handmade construction adds texture to this simple design.


    For a gentle nod to the trend, terracotta is a versatile and subtle way to bring a natural material into your scheme; from unglazed pots and accessories to colour-strewn trinkets, there’s an abundance of choice. For a dual-toned design, try these Tunisian hand-etched, copper-spun clay pots from Hend Krichen at The Design Junction (above), who uses “materials that are kept as raw and natural as possible to reveal Tunisia’s true identity and celebrate its natural resources.”


    There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to accessories, but these three brands are home to some of my favourites. Vitamin (top) offers hand-crafted Element vessels, made from terracotta, oak and cork, which gives the vase an “honest yet beautiful aesthetic”. Alternatively, check out Reiko Kaneko (bottom left) for season and nature-inspired pieces, including ‘Autumn Landscape’ and ‘Double Horizon’. Finally, Urban Outfitters’ new range (bottom right) proffers affordable glass bowls and trinket dishes, making them the go-to option for Earth-inspired finds on the high-street.


    From top: Rugs and runners, from £95 each, Urbanara; Updown pendants, £228, Hand & Eye Studio; Tunisia Made vases, from £90 each, Hend Krichen range, The Design JunctionElement vessels, £120 each, Vitamin; Studio Line glazes, from £10 for a cup, Reiko Kaneko; glass trinket dishes (coming soon), £6 each, Urban Outfitters

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