home: featured [ Urban Outfitters ]
Urban Outfitters could easily feature in our top ten stores and with continual new arrivals of great homeware and furniture, plus amazing sales regularly throughout the year, it’s easy to fall in love with the brand that has a cool bohemian vibe, a vintage feel and pieces to kit out your home in a inviting, warm style.
Interiors look effortlessly cool with layered up textures of throws, cushions and wall hangings with well designed furniture that fulfils loads of needs – storage, seating, somewhere to sleep, vinyl shelving, rugs galore and small homewares and trinkets to create a unique look to your taste.
There are incredible investment pieces that can make a statement in a room but also affordable pieces to make small updates to an interior.
home: made [ copper shoe shelf ]
Always looking for more stylish storage idea we came across this tutorial for a cool on trend copper pipe shoe shelf.
Brilliant idea, so simple and this how-to from Fresh Crush is simple and straightforward to follow.
Easy to adjust to your space or needs and made with very little tools and materials.
Use the same tutorial to create shelving for other uses too – a pot rack in the kitchen, for towels in the bathroom or even use outside for small planters of vegetables, herb garden or flower pots.
home: trend [ canopy beds ]
Trends are seeing a modern take on the traditional four poster beds and there are many beautiful options to suit different bedroom styles and current trends.
Choose from varying tones of wood, minimal sleek black, metallic sheens, bamboo and even new versions of traditional moulded wood designs.
These beds create a focus and statement for a room. It’s an elegant look and can work as a base to design the rest of the room from.
Maison Du Monde £486 / Maison Du Monde £757 / Get Laid Beds £559
Furntastic £679.92 / Maison Du Monde £648.50 / The White Company from £795
And So To Bed £7420.00 / Cuckooland £345 / Mattress Man £799
home: featured [ Seld ]
Seld is a gorgeous Welsh store of contemporary mixed homeware, gifts and accessories. Explore online for a plethora of ceramics, soft furnishings, candles, kitchenalia and more, or visit their store based at 4 Bridge Street, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Cymru/Wales SA46 0AP
This is a shop with a story…
The STORY of SELD – pull up a chair…
The seld has always evoked strong childhood memories for me growing up on the family farm – a little like the reassuring clunk of the Aga door closing. Firstly, I should explain to all non West Walians what a seld is. Seld is the colloquial term for a wooden dresser – the central hub or ‘mothership’ (call it what you will) of a kitchen on a Welsh farm. Many people would polish their seld fastidiously and would use it to show off their best china, but ours was all about practicality and daily use. Ours felt like part of the family, in as much as a slab of wood can. As soon as I’d left the farm and got married there was only one thing on my mind, no – not the husband, but getting my hands on my own seld. We couldnít afford a new or a nice antique one so I rummaged through ‘The Exchange and Mart’ and found one advertised somewhere near Mountain Ash in the Welsh Valleys.
I dragged Gareth (the husband) over there without much thought of transport and decided after little deliberation that the aforementioned seld would be our first piece of family furniture. Gareth, being the practical one, uttered the words “There’s no way that’s going to fit in the car”, (a phrase which has since become as much a part of the family as the seld itself…). It turned out that he had a fair point, but who ever said that it had to fit IN the car?! We proceeded to strap both parts of the dresser to the roof of our Volkswagen Beetle and cheerily headed back down the A470 to our little terrace house in Cardiff. All was well until we lurched to a sudden stop at some traffic lights… and the dresser didn’t. Sometime later we arrived back in Cardiff –no reported casualties or deaths and the dresser was still in only 2 pieces. Since then, the seld has adapted well over the years to our evolving family life –from storing the children’s toys to now holding family heirlooms, memorabilia and a load of CDs. It’s had numerous coats of paint over the years, and by now I expect that the paint is the only thing holding it together… Any mention of getting rid of our trusted friend is greeted with shrieks of horror from the kids. When we had to choose a name for our company we thought that seld was a great play on words – being Welsh, and seeing as I ‘dressed people’s houses – a Welsh Dresser aka SELD was the only choice!
home: event [ Midcentury East ]
Get along to Midcentury East this May with a huge collection of furniture, lighting, accessories and art.
Located at architect Ernö Goldfinger’s only brutalist designed school, you can make a day of it by taking part in their terrerium making workshop, as well as browsing the 55+ dealers.
For tickets head to modernshows.com
Sunday May 19th
10:00 – 16:00
[ £9 ]
home: made [ outdoor coffee table And stools ]
Summer is round the corner and as well as the stores being full of on trend, modern lounge and dining furniture for your garden, it’s also an opportunity to think about getting creative and making garden furniture from other paraphernalia. It’s great to seek out vintage, retro or industrial items that can be turned into tables, chairs, planters – all to give an unique quirky look to your outdoor living area.
We’ve found a few great ideas to give you some creative inspiration.
Quirky and bright, we love this easy diy, using old milk crates for stools or tables, spotted on BalconyGardenWeb. Head to eBay for old crates or contact local milk delivery firm. A great way to get pops of colour in the garden.
Search for vintage style giant spools, which sound crazy but are relatively easy to get from builders merchants or diy stores as this is what they sell electric cabling, chains and rope on. If they sell by the length then every so often they’ll be getting rid of the spool! We also spotted some on eBay where someone has already sanded, prepared and made perfect to use! A sourced spool, with a little sanding and a wax or varnish, make perfect ready made tables! The wood is generally already weather proof.
With a bit of a search, we spotted an abundance of ideas for the wooden reels including a gorgeous planter on The Empowered Educator Online.
Another great project would be to upcycle large old tins (often from cooking oil or other ingredients) into stools or tables. Add wooden tops or padded tops. Spray in chosen colour or leave as is and take advantage of the cool typography and graphics often used as the labelling of the product.
There’s lots of inspiration on Pinterest including these padded top stools from The Upcyclist blog
home: favourite thing [ chair ]
We love a good chair and with mid century styling it can never fail to be a design statement in a room.
This ‘Carlo’ midcentury armchair from West Elm, in the olive fabric currently reduced from £599 to £479, is the perfect update to a lounge.
A lovely accompaniment to a similar style sofa, a nice pop of colour, a comfy stylish reading chair – invest in beautiful furniture for your home.