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.
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.
I’ve been cloud spotting, and not just while I stare blankly out of a window trying to come up with another interesting way to describe Christmas decoration no.1018…this weather based shopping report says clouds are forming and for once it’s a welcome sight!
1. ‘Head in the clouds tea towel’, £11.50, by Collectus range, Designer /Makers; 2. Cirrus shelf, £199, by Ibride range, Made in Design; 3. Iso cloud cushion, £15, Made; 4. Weather Diary coffee cup, £16, Marimekko range, John Lewis; 5. Cloud plate, £22, Donna Wilson; 6. Moln cloud grey baby blanket, £20; Farg Form range, Northlight.
If you are a cloud fan, a niche group you might think… but no, on my travels I discovered some fellow enthusiasts at The Cloud Appreciation Society, so if you don’t want to get caught looking out of windows at clouds, you can stare at them here, Clouds That Look Like Things is my particular favourite.
Famed for designing stunning covers for Ikea’s furniture, Swedish brand Bemz has long-been the ultimate way to make homogenous furnishings feel completely unique. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the brand is launching a limited-edition designer collection, featuring five gorgeous new fabrics. What’s more, each designer will curate their pattern of choice alongside additional fabrics from the existing 250-strong Bemz range. This will be filmed (check out the video at the end of our story!) and launched throughout the year, so keep checking their website for updates!
First up was Tricia Guild, founder of Designers Guild, who kicked off the campaign in May 2015. Her design Sudara (above), is a digitally printed floral in rich tones, featuring azure and purple hydrangeas interspersed with painterly green leaves.
Next up is the Fruit Garden print by Camilla Lundsten’s company Littlephant (above), which is available from August 20 2015. Delve into a world of whimsical characters in a modern Scandi print for a bold, stylish update to fabrics and furniture alike.
For a large-scale statement pattern, check out Jardin Exo’Chic by Christian Lacroix. Created in deep inky tones with a palm leaf print, it’s an exotic addition that adds instant modern drama. Make it pop with bold cushions in primary colours.
The final contributions feature Pythagoras (above, available from October 15 2015), a digital geometric print in a spectrum of fiery tones from Sven Markelius, whose résumé includes the Swedish pavilion and UN buildings in New York. The fifth and final design will come from Katarina Wiklund, set to be unveiled in November!
Like what you see? Learn a little more about the collection with this behind-the-scenes film: