home: featured [ Chocolate Creative Studio ]

home: featured [ Chocolate Creative Studio ]

Lauched in 2009 by Spanish maker Margarita Lorenzo this lovely online store showcases her individual designs for home interiors. Heavily focusing on wooden items including hooks, door handles and picture shelves, adding simple touches of colour and print to bring these basic objects to life.

Everything is sourced and handmade in the UK & Spain and 100% sustainable. Other items to choose from include cushions, lamp shades and art prints.

‘To chocolate creative sustainabilty is an essential element in our design and manufacturing and we make every effort to communicate the processes we follow with regards to materials, sourcing, production and recycling in our aim to remain sustainable’

chocolatecreative.co.uk 

home: trend [ desert ] 

home: trend [ desert ] 

We are needing a retreat, a place of calm and perhaps an interior that makes us think of warmer climates, holidays and miles of endless sands. 

The desert trend back for 2017, with the surge in popularity of succulents and cacti still growing (happy plants we generally succeed in not killing!) is a strong easy look to pull together in a home. High street (and designer) stores have plenty of natural homewares, products that look as if they’ve been gathered from travels and craft inspired goods. 

Use bright light interiors and bring in leathers, weaves, wood and tapestry. Search vintage fairs for large patterned rugs or head to highstreet stores including Urban Outfitters, La Redoute and House Doctor for new versions. The current Summer sales are perfect to pick up large items that work with this trend – suede sofas and leather armchairs and with the good weather explore markets and carboots, and thrift unusual items, pottery and trinkets to build the look.  

Stick to neutral colours, dark and light but throw in a little colour in an odd chair or patterned cushion. Essentially use indoor planting for fresh green tones that will set off well against the tans, beiges, whites, creams and other neutral tones – with highlights of gold and bronze. 

Get creative and work on your own DIY projects for accessories – macrame pot holders, woven hangings for the wall and block print canvases leaning casually against the side. 


Credit : TheArtHouseConcept 

Product guide: 

1 cactus curtain / BritishMadeInteriors £27.73

2 ‘Clunch’ paint / Farrow + Ball £43.50 

3 ‘House Doctor’ rug / Wayfair £85.17 

4 goat skin pouffe / MaisonDuMonde £108

5 Aztec cushion / Wolf + Badger £105 

6 llama cushion / Urban Outfitters £35 

7 midcentury leather chair / Rose + Grey £915 

8 woven throw / Dunelm £15 

9 white cactus vase / La Redoute £65 

(Currently 25% off at La Redoute with code : 25OFF )

home: nice price [ Dunelm sale ] 

home: nice price [ Dunelm sale ] 

From lighting for under a tenner to half price towels, glasses and up to fifty percent off their already low priced homeware and furniture, the Dunelm sale is a veritable feast of bargains. 

Find on-trend updates for your home or stock up on homeware gifts to use throughout the year including kitchenalia, personalised pictures or candles with initials and industrial style signage – we love the wire ‘clean’ sign; perfect accessory for the bathroom! 

Our favourite nine picks in the image above from as little as £2. 

home: featured [ Mon Pote ]

home: featured [ Mon Pote ]

This little gem of a store in Bristol is full of gorgeous homeware and gifts. Set up by two best friends Mon Pote has a carefullly curated collection of quality items you will fall in love with and enrich your life.

‘Mon Pote loosely translates from French as ‘my mate’ or ‘my friend’. Our hope is that you will always feel as relaxed and welcome in our shop, or browsing our online store, as you do in the homes of your friends’.

Browse the online store for everything from kitchenware and lighting to soft furnishings and prints. Plus they stock an extensive kids collection, jewellery and stationary.

If you are in the Bristol area you must pop along to the shop. Alternatively keep up to date with Mon Pote on their blog and Instagram, and of course get shopping on the website.

Monpote.co.uk

home: featured [ Corey Homeware ] 

home: featured [ Corey Homeware ] 

Found on the historic Roman Road, East London we find Corey Homeware. Opened in 2015,this boutique homeware and furniture store has a lovely, constantly changing curated selection of pieces sourced from the UK and further a field. 

We love their eye for unique pieces with both a modern and industrial edge. 

They say, ‘The idea behind the shop is to offer a treasure trove of modern design at realistic prices. I am a local resident with a passion for interiors. Originally working as a teacher, I spent years being frustrated at the lack of affordable homeware. Each weekend would see a trip to seek out interior shops across the capital only to be disappointed by the choice and shocked by the price. I felt so strongly about it that I decided to put my passion into practice and open my own homeware shop right on my doorstep.’

459 Roman Road, London E3 5LX

home: featured [ Amazon ] 

home: featured [ Amazon ] 

Not everyone’s cup of tea for an online shopping destination but king of online selling, Amazon, is a surprising veritable gold mine for modern well priced homeware.

 A few searches of key wording including marble, copper, Moroccan, monochrome and even Moomin and we could be filling our virtual shopping trolley with anything from rugs to lighting, to ceramics and cushions, with prices so tempting it’s an easy way to kit out a new home with some great pieces, update current rooms or find great gifts for interiors lovers! 

If you love a certain look or piece from another interiors store but not the price tag, it’s definitely worth having a window shop around the Amazon mega site to see if a more affordable version is available. 

home: trend [ watercolour ]

home: trend [ watercolour ]

Take a romantic journey with print and patterns this Summer when watercolours take centre stage. Look out for bed linen, rugs, soft furnishings and art prints in gorgeous blended colours.

Structured and modern art is replaced by the relaxing fluidity of watercolour. Mix in framed prints to a picture wall to update a room, or add a rug to a living room to bring a subtle statement.

This trend is great for everyone, go bold with vibrant colours of red, blues, yellows and greens. Keep it more muted with soft tones; a popular choice now is blue and green with everything in between. And even if you are a monochrome fan, you can still have a bit of watercolour in your home.

Guide:

[ left to right ]

Top row – duvet set from ikea.com [ £25 ], paper napkins from trouva.com [ £4 ], rug from anthropologie.com  [ £298 ]

Middle row – print from skandivis.co.uk [ £64 ], serving bowl from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £29.95 ], print from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £37 ]

Bottom row – rugs from westelm.co.uk [ from £499 ], glass vase from habitat.co.uk [ £25 ], print from desenio.co.uk [ £6.95 ]