home: favourite thing [ armchair ]

home: favourite thing [ armchair ]

IKEA is a great go-to store to find furniture, especially if you are on a budget. The Scandi brand knows good design and of course it keeps us coming back.

We spotted this cute armchair in store and think it’s prefect for an additional seat in a living room or bedroom. It’s compact and simple shape means it’s great for small rooms, and the padded quilted sides brings some interest to the design.

EKERO armchair [ £135 ]

ikea.com

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home: nice price [ sofa bed ]

home: nice price [ sofa bed ]

Continuing with the unintential theme of beds this week, we spotted this great priced sofa bed from made.com.

The simple design with a hint of Mid Century comes in a choice of 6 colours and is a really nice looking piece of furniture, and it’s only £299.

Although it’s a sofa bed it also can function as an everyday sofa, and then transform into a bed when you have emergency guests.

Head to made.com for more details

home: found this [ armchair ]

home: found this [ armchair ]

With inspiration from yesterday’s trend we spotted these gorgeous scalloped velvet armchairs from made.com.

This chair is very well priced and velvet is sticking around as fabric of choice. It has a real sumptuous luxe feel, and available in three colours.

made.com [ £399 ]

home: trend [ tropical greens ]

home: trend [ tropical greens ]

Evey summer over the last couple of years we always get an overdose of tropical prints, including plants, animals and fruit. Although this trend never really goes away throughout the year we tend to notice it more now.

This year we have seen it is less about the bright colours and clashing prints and more a subtle take on what’s gone before, with layering prints and textures in different shades of green.

Image from Pinterest

Green on green action is big this year, whether it’s tableware on complimentary table linens, art and ornaments layered against a wallpaper backdrop or tiling in a bathroom with similar tone bath towels and accessories. The calming and refreshing colour of green mixed with patterns in different shades will bring an exciting and bold look to any room.

And then on top of that fill your home with indoor plants – real or faux – to get the maximum look.

Guide:

Top row – cushion from trouva.com [ £20 ], leaf dish from trouva.com [ £90 ], wallpaper from johnlewis.com [ £65 ]

Middle row – tableware from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ from £8 ], image from dunelm.com, print from desenio.co.uk. [ from £7.95 ]

Bottom row – tray from audenza.com [ £29.95 ], shower curtain from dunelm.com [ £8 ], image from Pinterest

home: favourite thing [ wire chair ]

home: favourite thing [ wire chair ]

More chair love this week after we spotted these wire chairs in Graham & Green. The fifties inspied design has a contemporary edge with the black and brass wire finish.

Available as a dining chair or armchair they will definitely make a statement in your home. A good chair should not only essentially be comfortable, but needs to have a great design. These examples tick all the boxes.

grahamandgreen.co.uk [ from £199 ]

home: trend [ plywood ]

home: trend [ plywood ]

Plywood furniture is nothing new, made popular in the 1950s with design icons like Charles and Ray Eames. The material that was once thought too cheap to be on show is now making its biggest mark on interiors being used on everything from furniture to kitchen cupboards to wall coverings.

The amazing nature of plywood means it can bend and create beautiful shapes, and this is particularly evident in pendant lights. If you are looking for a statement light this coming season, make sure its made of plywood.

Light shade from clasohlson.com [ £29.99 ]
Another great way to make a statement is to use plywood where you may not expect. Make cupboard doors in a kitchen or panel a wall in a living room. Let the finish be raw and obvious, no need to cover up with paint.

If you fancy a more subtle approach to plywood try adding in some dining chairs or perhaps a side table or stool. These pieces of furniture can add interest to a room and blend with other trends, like mid-century, monochrome and Scandinavian. You really need to appreciate the design of the pieces you choose, so a less cluttered room is probably best.

If you are looking for inspiration than we recommend a visit to the V&A Museum and their current exhibition Plywood: Material of the Modern World.

Guide:

1. Image from Pinterest

2. Shelving unit from lozidesigns.com [ from £180 ]

3. Wallpaper from johnlewis.com [ £175 ]

4. Stool from lozidesigns.com [ £120 ]

5. Lamp shade from woolights.com

6. Floating shelf from made.com [ £49 ]

7. Eames chair from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £927.60 ]

home: trend [ finish it in black ]

home: trend [ finish it in black ]

As more and more people are turning to dark interiors for inspiration Black is becoming a popular choice whem accessorising a room. Whether its small accessories like vases and ornaments, tables and chairs or wall coverings and paint, black is the shade of choice.

Mix high gloss with matte finishes to create tone and collect a selection of black items to display in one space.

Layered black [ image from pinterest ]

The kitchen is a great place to introduce black as there are so many surfaces to play with as well as including electricals, tableware and cutlery. Of course mix with white for a more monochrome feel or combine with dark wood, copper or brass additions.

Combining different finishes [ image from pinterest ]

If you are daring enough, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be go full on black throughout a room. This especially works well in a bedroom, where most of the time you spend in there is in the dark anyway. Going dark creates a cosy space and doesn’t always – as a lot of people expect -make a room feel smaller. 

Guide:

1. Rattan chair from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £195 ]

2. Vanity mirror from futureandfound.com [ £39 ]

3. Ceiling light from habitat.co.uk [ £55 ]

4. Lamp shade from made.com [ £29 ]

5. Desk from westelm.co.uk [ £399 ]

6. Smeg fridge freezer from johnlewis.com [ £1999 ]

7. Armchair from ikea.com [ £190 ]

8. Vase from hm.com [ £17.99 ]