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10 Of The Best Budget Friendly But High On Style Wall Lights

Wall lights are so important in creating ambient and warm atmosphere in our home and I don’t think an average home has enough of them. I have recently been looking at a lot of different wall lights while researching for our potential bathroom redesign project. In this post I decided to compile my favourite finds that meet my usual two criteria, the first one being reasonably priced. And to comply with this goal I set myself a budget of a maximum of £200. So the lights are not going to be throw away cheapest possible options but at the same time should be affordable for design conscious shoppers. My second criteria that I always strive for is to choose objects with timeless appeal. Something you will not have to change every few seasons – this is not my ethos. I like investing in pieces I will love and will want to keep for as long as possible. Choosing existing classics and looking for potential future ones is what I am trying to do. The shortlist …

Product Of The Month: Flare Candleholder By Hay

As you might have noticed I love coloured glass, so I am really excited to discover this new candlestick designed by one of my favourite brands, Hay. Made of durable borosilicate glass these candleholders have a traditional shape that was simplified for a more contemporary look and come in three choices of colour. I can’t decide whether to go for a pink or an amber one. Flare candleholder can be bought here.         For more inspiration read: Danish Brand HAY: 12 Essentials Every Home Needs Design Classic: Mid-century Decorative Glass

Staying At Home Comforts: Top Picks To Help Enjoy Your Home

In these uncertain and worrying times home has become our place of refuge and how welcoming and comfortable it is, is so much more important! How are you spending your time at home? Have you worked out a certain routine for yourself? What are your home comforts? What I’ve been trying to teach myself recently is to focus on the now more and make the best of the situation I am in. And to be honest, to have a chance to spend more time at home is not such a bad prospect. I generally love pottering around the house and working in the garden (I am very grateful I have got one though, and I know not everyone has this luxury right now. It has never been used as much as in the last couple of weeks), so this is not a difficult task. But like never before certain simple home comforts can make a huge difference on your quality of life. Below are a few ideas I have come up with to help brighten …

How To Fill Your Walls With Art On A Budget (Without It Looking Cheap)

Original art costs money but there are multiple ways we can adorn our walls with things we love on a much smaller budget, and they don’t include buying a canvas with a flower or a sunset on it at your local department store. Today I decided to put together all my favourite and most interesting tips to fill your walls with art without compromising on quality and style. Tip 1: Museum shops for prints and posters Whenever I go to a museum I love spending time and browsing in a museum shop. Most of them have a wonderfully curated selection of books, home decor items and artwork, such as posters and prints. My favourite shops include Tate Modern, V&A, Design museum. Many museums, such as National Portrait gallery and V&A also have a Print on Demand service where you can choose from an extensive database of artwork and print to the size you need. A good thing is Museum shop always reflects its’ exhibits collection, so you can easily choose the ones that are closer …

JWDA Table Lamp by MENU – The One Lamp Every Home Needs

About a year ago I set out to search for a table lamp for my bedroom. I have a sideboard along one of the walls and was fixated to place an oversized lamp there to create drama. So how did I end up with a small and minimalistic JWDA? Inspired by traditional oil lamps, the lamp was designed by Stockholm-based designer Jonas Wagell for one of my favourite Scandinavian brands MENU. This light does not shout “Look at me!” but it does possess timeless quality of a future classic. The simple rounded shape of an opal glass and a sturdy base made of a combination of two natural materials, be it marble, concrete or metal (mine is in brass), make it fit perfectly into any context – a bedside table, a desk, a sideboard or on bookshelves. Jonas explains his design philosophy: “I want to create products that can be used every day and become part of people’s lives.” In practical terms, what makes it so perfect is the lamp’s quality of light. The manual …

Prettiest Christmas Decorations By Walther & Co

I have a confession to make – I am not that bothered about Christmas. I am feeling slightly nervous though admitting this in the midst of all the festive preparations. Don’t get me wrong, I do get a little bit excited in the run up, setting the table on Christmas day and opening presents with the kids, but after the festivities are finished, I am quite glad to put all the decorations back into their boxes, sweep up drying Christmas tree needles off the floor and return the house back to normal again. But this was until I discovered Christmas decorations, which I promise, you will want to have on display all year round! I am talking of course about ethereal creations by Danish brand Walther & Co. The brand is a creation by Birgitte Herrig, who named the company after her grand father who travelled a lot in Indonesia and India and always brought back exciting and special objects. This has inspired her to mix Nordic traditions and Asian mystery in a both nostalgic …

Create Your Dream Home – Design Masterclass with Abigail Ahern

In this masterclass based in her house, Abigail shares her insider knowledge, decorating secrets and tips and tricks of the trade that will enable you to create seductively stylish places overflowing with personality. Take away oodles of inspiration, pick Abigail’s brains and discover all you need to know to create your dream home. I had the pleasure of attending this masterclass myself a few years ago and it was definitely a design highlight of the year for me. Just to visit and nose around her house was worth the money in my opinion but of course you also got a day packed with useful information, socialising with like minded people and a delicious lunch. Apart from sitting and taking notes in the classroom Abigail also took us on a tour around her house stopping in every room and explaining the principles of her design and how she customised this or another object, how she bought something at a thrift shop for next to nothing but combined with more expensive pieces it looked fabulous or how …

Design Trend: Portable / Cordless Lamps

In the past few years we have seen more and more portable light design appearing on the market. This is a welcome trend – cables can be hugely unattractive and the need to move a lamp around is dictated by our modern life styles. The versatility of a rechargeable portable lamp means this is a growing market. So what’s available out there right now? I have discovered some very attractive cordless lights suitable for different budgets. Carrie Lamp, Menu In Denmark, where winters are cold and long, creating a warm, cozy atmosphere is a way of life. There is even a Danish word for it – hygge. The idea behind the Carrie LED Lamp is to honour hygge in the context of modern living. Lightweight and portable with a USB charger, the possibilities of the lamp are endless. Use it as a bedside lamp, on an office desk or as an alternative to candles on the dining table. Carrie is also perfectly sized for picnicking in the park, festival-going or moonlit walks on the beach. …

Stable House by Frama

The Stable House is one of a few preserved villas in Copenhagen. The building originally functioned as stables for the horses that carried water from the lakes, and the protected facade was created in 1878 by Georg Møller. Frama Studio has completed the residential project, where a series of stylish details included pivoting brass shutters, a terrazzo floor and a custom-made bed wrapped in solid Douglas fir. The result is a light, warm yet minimalistic feel where every detail of the custom-made furnishings and interior has been thought through. Year: 2019 Client: Private Location: Copenhagen Services: Interior Architecture Photographs: Erik Lefvander     framacph.com

Trend Alert: Seashell Inspired Designs

Organic but intricate forms of sea creatures is a great source of inspiration for home decor. Reminiscent of art deco designs today seashell motifs in furniture and accessories are as popular as ever. Here is a selection of my favourites.   Eichholtz Sofa Messina This elegant sofa is inspired by the sumptuous sculptural silhouettes of Art Deco armchairs.   Feather chair and bed, Anthropologie This collection is a result of Anthopologie’s collaboration with a Welsh designer Bethan Gray. The award-winning designer ‘s love of detail, texture, and luxury defines her signature style. In this collaboration, she embraces both sleekly geometric and fascinatingly biomorphic silhouettes and endows them with an eclectic, yet modern touch – the result is a glamorous, head-turning collection. This Art Deco inspired shape of arm chairs and sofas is very popular at the moment and you will be able, no doubt, to find multiple variation on the theme by different brands. Although this one is called feather, to me it also looks very much like a shell. This particular chair and bed …