home: made [ storage boxes ]

home: made [ storage boxes ]

One of the most common storage solutions is the faithful cardboard box with lid – perfect for an office or bedroom. Finding the right size and colour isn’t always that straight forward so why not try making your own. You pick the colour and make it the size you want. Using simple techniques of folding paper or card, you can create your desired storage box in no time. We found some tutorials from designsponge.com, instructables.com and homemade-gifts-made-easy.com to follow.

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home: nice price [ print ] 

home: nice price [ print ] 

There’s always room for more beautiful art on a wall. John Lewis has a talent to hunt out some incredible artists and graphic designers and have a huge, varied range of styles of work. 

We picked this gorgeous Tiffany Lynch print, that is only £5, as our favourite. The colour, the detail and the stylized effects come together to ensure this is a stunning vibrant piece, inspired by nature and perfect to bring a bold, Spring feel to a room. 

Tiffany Lynch is inspired by the magic of nature, it’s wildlife and changing seasons, her paintings on canvas always find their origins in her pen and ink sketchbook drawings.

Birdy Unframed Print / 30cm x 40cm print / £5 

  

home: favourite thing [ planter ]

home: favourite thing [ planter ]

For the green fingered of us, now is the time to start tidying the garden and getting ready for summer. For those who don’t have an outdoor space, or just like having plants indoors then these hanging planters from Factorytwentyone are perfect.

The simple wooden box with leather strap [ choose from five colours ] will look great hung individually on a small wall, or group together on a larger wall.

£29.99 from factorytwentyone.com

home: featured [ Quince Living ] 

home: featured [ Quince Living ] 

Quince Living is a veritable feast of living and lifestyle shopping, with a huge range of designers and brands in their many departments. 

‘…online family run store for Scandinavian home wares and UK made designs along with products from well-loved home wares brands such as Stelton, Nkuku, Orla Kiely and House of Rym.’

With so many great pieces for every room, plus decorations, stationery, kids decor, furniture – it’s endless. The price range varies from affordable to save-up-for and there’s also lovely pieces in their sale section.

Favourite picks include the Toulouse sequin baskets for sparkly storage, the (pre-order) lounge chairs, and heavenly honeycomb blanket
 

home: event [ The Barbican ]

home: event [ The Barbican Exhibition ]

The Barbican in London is a fascinating and wonderful place to walk around on any day, but when they have a great exhibition it makes the trip all the more worth while.
The Barbican Exhibition: Designing for a Living City is a new exhibition tracing the controversial design of the 1970s residential development – explore the range of flat types and interiors which would accommodate some 6000 people within 35 acres. The display includes the original 1971 residential layout and landscape plan, as well as original fittings, archival illustrations, leaflets, brochures and films.
A must for any Barbican fan, and those interest in architecture and interior design of the past. Plus after, take some time to explore the building, visit the conservatory, take a tour or browse the shop.

[ 19th March – 16th October 2016 ]

home: found this [ net curtains ] 

home: found this [ net curtains ] 

In the modern world of interior design, net curtains fell out of favour to other now popular window coverings including Venetian or roller blinds and recently wooden shutters. However with both the growth in popularity of the vintage-look in the home, as well as the trend for minimal white light filled interiors, net curtains have gained a fan base again. 

And they really do make sense. They’re are brilliant way to ensure privacy for large windows, they diffuse sunlight but still allow rooms to remain bright and sun filled, and as a cheap material they are easily updated with colour or pattern trends as desired. Styled in the right way within a vintage style or minimal clean interior, they can create a great modern look, especially layered up and with extra length so they puddle on the floor. 

The window covering market is worth more than £1bn, and designers and brands are offering a great range of affordable styles across the high street. Head to IKEA for some modern Scandivian designs. 

Colour wise they are classic in white, but to bring colour into a room, layering a lace curtain over a coloured net can give a subtle coloured, softened appearance to the window area. With the current metallic trend being popular, that can also translate into voile or net, as can black to exaggerate a monochrome themed room. 

  
If flowing nets are a little flouncy for your taste the benefits of net, including light and privacy, can be achieved with the net, lace or voile stretched over frames and used as modern look panel covers for a window. Alternatively the pattern from the lace can also be found in adhesive opaque window film designs. 

1 simple modern LIL net / IKEA £5

2 lace ALVINE SPETS net / IKEA £10

3 Damask Leaf net / Wilkos £8 

4 Rome lace net / Tony’s Textiles from £1.50 

5 black voile net / Argos £11.99 

  

home: trend [ Rustic Utilitarian ]

home: trend [ Rustic Utilitarian ]

Taking a slightly softer approach to the Industrial trend of last year, Rustic Utilitarian focuses on worn and textural finishes – combining hard working materials with a soft colour pallete.
In the 1900s utilitarian design was created for use rather than beauty, but now things have changed.
For example the practical use of enamel-coated tableware and light shades has now become desirable for the home as objects of beauty, but still maintaining the usefulness if needed.
Another example of this adaptability could be galvanized buckets which aren’t necessarily used for carrying water anymore, instead used for storage or as a planter.
The great thing about this trend is that traditional materials are there to be used, whether you choose to use them for function, for looks or both, it doesn’t matter.

Guide:
1. Falcon enamel dishes – amazon.co.uk [ from £12 ]
2. Rug – rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £80 ]
3. Bucket – labourandwait.co.uk [ £28 ]
4. Leather chair – johnlewis.com [ £350 ]
5. Pendant light – artifact-lighting.com [ £60 ]
6. Copper shelf – grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £39.95 ]
7. Bar stool – vincentandbarn.co.uk [ £95 ]

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Mix wood, metal and leather on furniture and seat covers, softening the look with linen and wool soft furnishings such as throws and floor rugs.
Wall colours to consider are cool grey, moss green and cream, which work really well next to metal and wood tones. You can also add small punches of colour like yellow and red – achieve this with chairs, lighting and accessories.

A couple of shops who do Rustic Utilitarian very well are Labour and Wait [ step back in time to find traditional products, from hardware to clothing ], and Rockett St George [ great selection of industrial furniture and lighting ]