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The Beauty Of Everyday By Danish Brand HAY: 12 Essentials Every Home Needs

On my recent trip to Bath I stumbled across HAY shop and of course couldn’t go past it. I have never seen the whole shop full of HAY products before and subsequently was surprised to find out that their Bath store is the only one in the country. I wonder why there isn’t one in London – a shame, Bath is a bit far to travel to otherwise I would be a frequent visitor. HAY is one of those several Scandinavian brands I go to whenever I am looking for something for my home. Apart from their contemporary non-pretentious furniture and lighting design (it’s so much more difficult to create something simple but perfect), what I like about them is the fact that they take essential objects in our household, the ones we’d rather keep out of site, like a kitchen sponge, a dish cloth or a tooth brush and make that look beautiful. Another big positive for me – they claim that one of their fundamental goals is to make good design accessible to …

Design Classic: Mid-century Decorative Glass

For many years now I have been obsessing with various rainbow shades and imaginative shapes of vintage coloured glass from restrained forms of Holmegaard bowls to bursts of colour by Blenko or Murano glass. What I really like about it, is that you can easily find a spectacular looking object, be it a vase, a paper weight or an ashtray and create a unique centrepiece for a relatively small price compared to, say, a piece of art.   I have recently browsed Etsy and found so many amazing designs that I would like to share with you, so they can be an inspiration not just to me, but perhaps to some of you too. I have added links to the product under each photo. When searching for coloured glass I look out for the following makers: Czechoslovakian vintage glass. Some of it, like Exbor sommerso glass, can get quite expensive but there are cheaper options too if you go for less well known makers. Murano, by different makers. There is a lot of cheap, tacky …

Designers Guild Warehouse Sale 26 – 29 April

Come to Park Royal Distribution Centre for fantastic bargains. Enjoy up to 75% OFF Fabric, Wallpaper, Bed & Bath and Home Accessories. Friday 26th April 09.00 – 18.00 Saturday 27th April 09.00 – 15.00 Sunday 28th April 10.00 – 15.00 Monday 29th April 10.00 – 15.00 FREE PARKING – Postcode for car park – NW10 7PS Designers Guild, Unit 10, Matrix Park, 900 Coronation Road, London NW10 7PH 02078937400 For more details go to their website.

Tour This Contemporary Home Set In Idyllic Woodland Location Near Helsinki

This impressive contemporary new build in amazing woodland location 35 minutes from Helsinki is home to Tuuli and her family. A house in the middle of the forest with a vegetable garden next to it is a home of my childhood dreams, so when I saw this house I couldn’t resist to see and find out more. Could you tell me a few words about yourself? I am an art teacher by education, but also studied marketing at the university.  My occupation is related to marketing, but interior design has been one of my passions since the early age. I see myself as artistic and visual person. I really enjoy doing ceramics and visual arts during my spare time. Could you tell me a little bit about the house? How did you come up with its’ design?  Before this house, me and my husband had designed a few houses on paper and also had bought a plot near to our current house. We used to live in a traditional wooden house also located near to …

Canvas Home Sample Sale 11 – 13 April

From the 11th to the 13th of April Canvas Home will be holding a sample sale at their London Shop. There will be items from their previous collection as well as discounts on the new lines with prices starting from £2.00. A huge variety of tableware, glassware, ceramics and cutlery will be available. Dates: 11th April 2019 from 10am to 6pm 12th April 2019 from 10am to 7pm 13th April 2019 from 11am to 5pm Address:     57 Amwell Street  London EC1R 1UR  United Kingdom www.canvashomestore.co.uk  

Interior Designer Alison Anderson on Her Favourite British Made Brands And Local Shopping

I am very interested in British made products and it seems at the moment it’s quite an exciting area with new, small, individually crafted, artisan brands starting up and thriving. There is definitely a revived interest towards local and hand made.  I had a chat with an interior designer Alison Anderson, whose house featured in one of the recent posts, about her love for local and sustainable products and she told me about a few of her favourites:   “I’ve very much a supporter of well made British products and I’m setting up an on-line shop later this year to sell a curated selection of products for the home.  I’ve been busy meeting suppliers and discovering new makers and their amazing products, so it feels like a completely natural extension to my business. I’m on a bit of a mission to fight back against the throw away culture that’s become so ‘normal’ and I love incorporating beautiful finds in my designs that have been well made by talented craftspeople with purpose and passion. It’s easy to become …

House Of Hackney Sample Sale: 30 – 31 March

Exciting news! Another House of Hackney sample sale is going to take place at The Box at the end of March. The BOX is a new venue designed to accommodate sample sales, pop-ups and product launches. You can register on their website to receive updates of events they hold throughout the year – fashion and interior sales by high end brands. At House of Hackney sale you can discover amazing pieces from their interiors, home accessories and fashion collections with prices starting from just £10. Key items will include wallpaper, cushions, lampshades, fabric and washbags in a range of the brand’s beautiful and bold prints, such as Limerence, Artemis, Palmeral and many of their other iconic prints. SALE TIMES: Saturday 30th March: 10am – 6pm Sunday 31st March: 11am – 5pm ADDRESS: The BOX 4–6 Ram Place, London E9 6LT (off Chatham Place) For full details please check out their website.  

Preparation for Spring in Stephen and Karen’s London Apartment

As the days are getting longer and warmer (particularly this week that’s been the warmest few February days on record) I have noticed my neighbours spilling out into their gardens rushing to tidy up their outside space, opening the windows wide and welcoming the early change of season. A this time of year with new enthusiasm we are starting to think of seasonal changes to our homes. I have asked Stephen Thomas who works for a London branch of B&B Italia to share with me his thoughts on how he is planning to prepare his home for spring this year. Stephen shares a Victorian London apartment with his wife Karen Yuen who works for Clippings. “This time of year after a long dark and dismal winter, where the early afternoon around 4 O’clock begins with the flick of a light switch,  where the interior of the apartment has been filled with the scents of heavily braised, slow cooked meals eaten from bowls on the coffee table, and the living memory of box sets dramas, and …

Maria Sigma’s Handwoven Designs – The Beauty of Sustainable Craftsmanship

I have always been interested in hand made individually crafted designs and brands produced locally in the UK. Over the last few months I have become familiar with quite a few really interesting UK brands that I would like to start introducing to you on my blog. London Design Fair was a really good place to meet talented crafts people. This is where I saw Maria’s beautiful textiles. Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles is a London based award-winning textile brand specialising in hand-woven textiles. By using exceptional natural materials Maria creates textiles and furniture pieces for projects large and small, commercial and residential, combining expertise in made-to-measure throws, cushions, rugs, furnishing fabrics and many more. Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles collection celebrates a timeless high aesthetic via ‘zero waste’ design and production ethic, combining a contemporary approach with traditional weaving techniques whilst focusing on raw natural materials and texture. Individually designed, handcrafted and fully customisable. Inspired by her Greek heritage and by the colour palette of the British landscape, in combination with a love for …