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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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    Microtrend: Fall in love with marble this season

    by  • Thursday, May 7, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If you think marble belongs to statuesque museum masterpieces or the confines of Ancient Rome, then think again! It’s emerging as one of this season’s hot new micro trends, and the highstreet is awash with the beautiful material. For spring and summer, I love the effect of a pale-toned finish; from large-scale surfaces such as wallpaper, to smaller tabletop accessories, it’s an instant way to add texture, interest and a slightly industrial touch to your scheme.


    But don’t be fooled into thinking that marble only goes with tough, industrial schemes. BHS show how pairing it with greys and purples really helps to bring out the grain, whilst giving the material a softer, more feminine edge. Floral touches are another brilliant way to bring marble to life, or why not try iridescent fabrics to add an enlivening bit of sparkle? Check out the Manhattan coffee table and side table (above), for a surprisingly luxe look that works perfectly in a modern living room scheme. Prices start at £359 for a side table.


    Indulging in this trend needn’t cost the earth, as shown by H&M’s adorable range of mock marble accessories (above). With ceramic plates at £6.99, mugs at £3.99 and tablecloths at £12.99, it’s a really quick and accessible way to introduce the effect into your home.


    For a more deconstructed take on the trend, I love the idea of dual-finish accessories. Pairing marble with wood, as shown by the Lene Bjerre range at Occa-Home (above), gives the material a raw, rustic vibe. Hanging a range of styles and sizes keeps the overall look organic, whilst white tiles and aluminium accessories have a slightly Scandi edge, too. Prices start from £46.50 for a chopping board. See below for the rest of our marble trend wishlist!



    Clockwise from left: Ryton floor light, £299, Conran range, Marks & Spencer; Marble tray, from £35, Bloomingville range, Next; Axis round marble coffee table, £385, French Connection; Merle copper lamp with marble base, £219, Artisanti; Menu marble wall clock, £219, Heal’s

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    BRAND NEW: Don’t miss Ikea’s stunning limited-edition Nipprig range

    by  • Thursday, April 2, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    As spring creeps into the air, so do our thoughts of exotic escapes to sunnier climes. It seems that Ikea’s been doing a little crafty mind reading, with the timely reveal of its beautiful new Nipprig collection. Inspired by Vietnam, it’s full of natural rattan textures and bursts of leafy greens, with many of the items feeling like a tropical twist on the brand’s classics.

    Lead-image-IkeaThe gorgeous range of two-tone plant pots are destined to be a seasonal favourite. Made with durable water hyacinth and completely hand woven, these lovingly made beauties are the ideal way to give your scheme an instant summer update. Fill with large leafy blooms for an authentic tropical vibe, or mix and match tones and sizes for a relaxed, outdoorsy feel.


    The range extends to include furniture, too. Taking advantage of rattan’s flexible nature, the pieces feature lots of soft curved lines in a striking black finish, for a distinctive, practical collection that’s hard to resist! Choose from a stunning outdoor lounger, understated footstools and sofas, or stylish armchairs. Our top pick? Check out the two-tier side table, £40, available in either statement black or botanical green.

    Furniture Nipprig range Ikea

    If you’re on the lookout for something smaller, take a peek at the pretty set of accessories. From rattan place mats to straw hats, the Nipprig range even includes a re-imagined version of the ubiquitous Ikea carrier bag. Don’t miss the stripy storage boxes, £15 each – perfect for filling with linens at home, or with foodie treats at a summer picnic.


    Want to learn more? Click here to watch the collection being handmade using traditional weaving methods. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wjRPv5K7oI

    Plant pots; lamp shades; all from £15 each; furniture, from £40 for a side table; accessories, from £2 for a hat; all Nipprig range, Ikea

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