home: event [ designjunction ]

home: event [ designjunction ]

We are are coming up to a busy time of year as some of the major design exhibitions and shows launch. Alongside the exhibitions 100% Design and London Design Fair [ both part of the bigger London Design Festival ] is flagship show designjunction.

Now it’s new location in King’s Cross, London [ named the King’s Cross Creative Quarter ] it will be bigger and better than ever. Spread over four areas you can discover over 200 brands from interior, product design and architecture presenting their new collections.

‘ launching this September, the King’s Cross Creative Quarter #KXCQ is and exciting new initiative – bringing together temporary exhibitions, restaurants, architectural landmarks and renowned cultural institutions. ‘

Cubitt House 

Cubitt House will be home to more that 70 design brands each showing cutting – edge furniture, accessories and lighting.

‘ Cubitt House is located directly adjacent to UAL Central Saint Martins on Lewis Cubitt Square, named after the pioneering engineer who originally designed King’s Cross train station ‘

The Canopy 

The Canopy will be a temporary pop – up venue for 70 luxury retail brands. Shop from renowned design labels including fashion accessories, textiles, stationary, ceramics and technology.

‘ situated beneath the heritage – protected wrought iron structure, expect The Canopy to have designjunction’s signature industrial aesthetic. ‘

Granary Square 

The centrally located Granary Square will be transformed by 8 bespoke red houses, each filled with immersion design concepts. The houses will be home to installations, creative projects and live activity.

‘ on Wednesday 21st September the highly anticipated designjunction opening party will take over Granary Square to create a festival – like experience including pop – up bars, street food vendors and live DJ sets.’

The Crossing 

This space runs through Granary Building and the entrance to University of Arts London. The Crossing will house interactive installations, live demonstrations and visitor registration.

The stunning five storey space links Cubitt House and The Canopy allowing visitors to reach destinations with ease.

22nd – 25th Sept 2016

1 Granary Square

King’s Cross



Get tickets in advance [ £12 ] by visiting designjunction.co.uk or buy tickets on the day for £15.


home: found this [ rugs ] 

home: found this [ rugs ] 

We’re a little overwhelmed with the gorgeous choice (and great prices) of rugs at La Redoute

Search their full price and sale range for so many lovely designs, patterns, colours and styles. Choose from geometric, striped, bohemian, monochrome, ikat, kilim and more. 

With regular discounts sent out to customers and amazing sale prices, La Redoute is a must for interiors shopping. 

home: trend [ matte finish ]

home: trend [ matte finish ]

This season shiney finishes and silk paint is out, and in comes matte walls and painted furniture.

Whether it’s light fittings, accessories, unit doors or table tops the look combines oxidized metals, matte glazes and chalk paint finishes. Black and grey look great in matte, but to bring lighter shades into a room consider creams, aqua greens [ in lighter shades ] and other pastel tones.

This trend works well in minimalist interiors and can be mixed with elements of Industrial, Rustic and Scandinavian. And note not everything has to be matte, mix with textured and reflective items such at leather, glass and metal to bring a well collated, thought through interior. Be selective in your choices and bring in colour where possible.

With regards to walls you can use wallpaper with minimal pattern or our preferred option is to paint. Consider clay and earthy colours [ in matte ] or try two colours [ pastels ] and divide a wall in half or an interesting pattern. Check out bestlivingroomdesigns.com for ideas. 


1. Stelton teapot – violetandpercy.com [ £74.95 ]

2. Armchair – loaf.com [ £795 ]

3. Lampshade – nooklondon.com [ £90.50 ]

4. Table – roseandgrey.co.uk [ £175 ]

5. Paint colours – dulux.co.uk

6. Ferm Living table – loandbeholdstore.com [ £88 ]

7. Besta unit – ikea.com [ £320 ]

8. Vase – futureandfound.com [ £35 ]

9. Map poster – doo-dah.co.uk [ £25 ]

home: made [bed headboards ] 

home: made [ bed headboards ] 

The vamping a bedroom with new furniture can be costly so a good alternative is to make a bed look like new with a new DIY headboard. Or by a cheap basic base and make it look better with your own designed head board. 

We found some great projects that use anything from reclaimed wood to old doors as a base for your project. Think outside the box – you could try an area of tiling, patterned or plain, to create a modern look or work on creating a giant weaving that could hang at the top of the bed. You could even suspend a rug in the place of the board to create a textured bohemian feel. Search online now for sale rugs from West Elm or Urban Outfitters that would look great.

Head to CuteDIYProjects or DIYnCrafts for a big selection of tutorials for head boards – a great selection of projects for many skill levels.  

home: nice price [ baskets ]

home: nice price [ baskets ]

We love these modern weave assorted rattan baskets from West Elm. The simple shape is perfect for storing magazines, media, fire wood and more, and the addition of handles makes them easy to transport.

The handcrafted selection including under-bed baskets, harvest baskets, and small & large handled baskets start from £39, with some currently in a 15% off sale.


home: favourite thing [ rug ] 

home: favourite thing [ rug ] 

Going bold with florals is a big trend this year and this  Kyoto floral wool rug from Dunelm is a great piece to bring florals into the home. 

Either use in a fresh white interior with medium tones woods or embrace the granny floral trend and clash up with more mix and match florals and bold pattern.

Depending on the size it is £69.99 – 209.99 

Fabricated from 100% wool with a hand tufted loop pile for added depth and durability, this floral patterned rug is coloured in natural, pink and green tones and available in a choice of sizes.

home: featured [ Bouf ]

home: featured [ Bouf ]

If you like quirky and individual pieces in your home then head to Bouf.com. There is a vast selection of products from accessories, soft furnishing, furniture and prints. With the site easy to navigate, you can easily find what you are looking for within any budget.

Launched in 2007, and based in Brixton, South London they seek out the most iconic design led manufacturers around the world and bring them to one site.

‘ BOUF is your curated marketplace offering design-led homeware and gifts with a twist ‘

Our favourites include the wallpapers, lighting and furniture. There is also some great seasonal discounts and sales. 


home: event [ Open House London ] 

home: event [ Open House London ] 

For two days a year in September, London opens up some of it’s best architectural secrets in the annual Open House London. For over 25 years we have had the privilege and excitement to be able to look inside, learn and appreciate the inner workings and designs of many of London’s greatest buildings that for the rest of the time remain a secret and closed to the public. It’s a pleasure and an eye opener to see inside, be educated and get a look behind closed doors of anything from disused theatres to historic homes to business hubs. 

They say;

Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London’s splendid buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access. We saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.

Get a chance to see for yourself on September 17th & 18th 2016

From mid August the schedule will be available to view online of all open houses. A few locations are ballot ticketed and have  already been allocated but the majority are open – no tickets required! 

Previous year’s experiences include The Royal College of Physicians, Subterranean Light, the Fitzrovia Chapel and the Alexandra Palace abandoned theatre (now being brought back to life through grants) 

This successful event has now spread to over 30 cities across the world offering the same unique experiences with their great architecture and hidden buildings. 

home: found this [ frame & shelving ]

home: found this [ frame & shelving ]

We love storage and shelving ideas and this wire system from Urban Outfitter is perfect for organising and displaying pictures as well as the option of a handy shelf for ornaments.

Start with the wire grid [ and  clips ]  for hanging photos, prints and more. Great for an office space or kitchen allowing you to keep surfaces clear. Add a shelf to gain more space, ideal for plants, candles and other small objects.

Both the frame [ £40 ] and the shelf [ £12 ] are available in black or copper.


home: trend [ pendant lighting ] 

home: trend [ pendant lighting ] 

A bold way to influence the style and feel of a room is to use a statement pendant lighting feature. 

We’ve hunted for our favourite collection of great big, great design lighting (see 9 pictures) but so many stores are offering super statement lighting often at very affordable prices. 

Grab bargain pieces at IKEA, Tesco, Affordable Lighting or Dunelm. Head to Made.com or Habitat for mid range pricing, and spend big at Nest

Dunelm • Tesco • IKEA

1. Danish Chimney Lamp // Modern Classic 199.95

2. Tom Raffield No.1 // John Lewis £295 

3. Galveston // Laura Ashley Was £125 Now £60 

4. Sequoia Wood Chips // Hutsly £196.50

5. Tuli Cluster // Made.Com £79 

6. Nordic Geometric // Not On The High Street Was £99.95 Now £49.97

7. Single Globe Cage // Homary £90.98

8. Arcadia // Atkin + Thyme £79 

9. WH Pendant // Tea + Kate £679