home: made [ vintage chest of drawers project ]

home: made [ vintage chest of drawers project ]

As her tag line says ‘inspiring your creativity’, she definitely does.

Medina Grillo, of Grillo Designs, is a creative and talented lady. Her blog is full of exciting interiors and homeware DIYs, craft projects and more. Explore her blog and instagram for an abundance of inspiration (and witty intelligent chat!)

We picked this up-cycling of a small vintage unit as one of our favourite projects, which she did to show the versatility of working with second hand furniture (this piece sourced from a charity she was working with to promote buying second hand!) Just one of the many exciting projects that fill her cool home; inspiring people to make more of the homes even if they are renting but still want to make design statements within their four walls – inspirational, budget friendly ideas.

And if you’re a fan of a great Ikea hack her blog is the place to go!

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home: trend [ open furniture ]

home: trend [ open furniture ]

Having everything on display isn’t everyone’s idea of ease and open furniture certainly makes you busy with tidying but it’s also a great way to keep on top on buying excess clothing or homeware, to make you more organised and aware of what you own but also can allow you to use your everyday possessions as part of your display.

Colour blend your clothing, arrange books by colour or ensure all your nicknacks are similar style and trend to create a feature using your open furniture – either shelving, cabinet or wardrobe.

Glass doors can be a handy compromise to get the look and feel of open furniture but ensure things are kept clean and dust free!

Work with colour on the wall behind your storage. Dark tones together are particularly effective to create a slick interior design look but bright contrasting tones can really make what’s on the shelving stand out.

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Content by Terence Conran Balance Metal Alcove Shelving Unit £499 John Lewis / clothes rack £72.99 Wayfair / Hemnes wardrobe £150 Ikea

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Rustic industrial shelving £42.95 Melody Maison / Metal Locker Shelf £239 (sale price) Tikamoon / Wine Rack Cabinet £309.99 Yorkshire Furniture

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Locker Shelf £99.95 Nkuku / Wall Storage £901 Tylko / Box Shelf £35.00 Garden Trading

home: trend [ maritime ]

home: trend [ maritime ]

The new ‘maritime’ trend has a far softer and subtle feel than nautical trends of the past.

Still with a feel of being in and around the sea coast but through textures, colours, patterns and imprints as opposed to more obvious use of rope, anchors and red, blue and white.

The colours are washed out blues, sandy beiges, dirty whites and with metallic hints to give an edge of boat engines, rusty hand rails and anchor chains and using natural weave in rugs, runners and chair seats; as a nod to sailors rope.

There’s much layering in textures and fabrics, with patterns of stripe, weave and linear illustration alike to shell patterns.

Add in collected nicknacks from travels, clusters of vases and stick to natural fabrics and surfaces – wood, wicker, bamboo, cotton, wool and silk.

Main picture guide:

Stool £45 Trouva / Paint from £23 Wickes / Rug £299 La Redoute

Sofa £1445 Loaf / Vase / EBay / Sideboard £651 Turnball & Thomas

Vase £18 Plumo / Light £88.45 More Handles / Curtain £88 Anthropologie

Inspiration from Ikea (above)

home: featured [ Catalog Ltd ]

home: featured [ Catalog Ltd ]

Edinburgh based modern homeware store, Catalog Ltd is a wonderful curated range of products for the home, furniture, gifts and unique items. Explore a small selection of the range online at Trouva. Scandi influenced, design led and with an edge of difference to a lot of the modern independent homeware stores. Head to their main website to view the incredible designer pieces of modern furniture and full range of products. With regular updates of stock and an interior design service offered, they can ensure your home will be styled perfectly.

About the brand, they say;

Located in Edinburgh, Catalog Ltd offers interior accessories for the contemporary home sourced by owners Ralf Farthing and Dixie Mirowski. This husband and wife duo curate an array of homewares, from soft furnishings to lighting solutions which they refresh regularly to maintain interest. They run an interior design service alongside their shop and are experts in interior styling and trends.

home: featured [ Urban Outfitters ]

home: featured [ urban outfitters ]

As usual we could head to Urban Outfitters and happily kit out our entire interiors with their mix of boho, traveller and vintage style pieces of homeware and furniture. They are so good and textiles and soft furnishings, and their furniture collection is unique and full of investment pieces.

This new Ria range is 70s inspired, on trend and in our current material of the moment – rattan.

Currently available on pre order.

Prices from £89 for a stool; and the range includes a bed and chest of drawers.

home: trend [ Navajo ]

home: trend [ Navajo ]

Across the high street homeware stores, and online, there’s a huge amount of homewares inspired by Native American tribal patterns.

The colours are strong but not too bright and these homewares sit well in a predominantly neutral tone interior. Cream or white walls and floors, lots of natural wood and then texture and pattern from all the gorgeous rugs, throws and wall hangings. It’s a truly ‘traveller’ and earthy trend that creates warm, timeless style and feel to a room, and can be added to with trinkets and paraphernalia from travels.

Picture guide;

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Cushion : Scandinavian Design Centre £43 / Wall Hanging : Graham & Green £95 / Blanket : MatchesFashion £320

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Rug : JDWilliams from £39 / Rug : The Rug Seller from £119.00 / Blanket : MatchesFashion £320

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Chair : LittleWoods £699.00 / Throw : Ebay from £17.99 / Basket : JSLoves £19.99

home: featured [ Argos ]

home: featured [ Argos ]

High street giant Argos is definitely one to put on the list for great homeware and furniture.

With Habitat and Sainsburys Homeware under their belt and their own great home designs, the range of products to choose from is vast and offering great design, on trend pieces, super value and ample choice.

Industrial, Green and Faux Planting all feature in their new season collection and it’s easy to create entire room styling solely from them, from the sofa and shelving down to the ceramics and cushions.

There’s even same delivery on some products!

To make it even more appealing there’s even more all under the same (virtual) roof to help you out – from toasters and kettles, mattresses to fridges and even all you need for the garden too!