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About findthedetails

I've been lucky enough to write about homes and what goes into them for several years, working with the best UK interiors magazines. This blog started for me in November 2012: I'd love it if you stick with me, whilst I source and share interior decorative details.

New moods – furniture for autumn/winter 2017

With thoughts turning indoors as autumn progresses, I’ve been drawn to some recent new furniture launches. It’s easy to underestimate how a smaller piece of furniture can alter or influence the look and feel of a room: and the well-thought-out designs of these simple, versatile chairs and tables will bring modern style and comfort to many rooms.

Nordic House have just launched a capsule collection of sleek, contemporary metal-framed chairs that bring an instant update without taking up huge amounts of space. The Odin chair has a black or Cognac-coloured leather seat; the Butterfly chair comes in black or brown leather:

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Luxe leather butterfly chair in black £450, Nordic House 

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 Odin leather chair in cognac, £545, Nordic House 

 

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Log and kindling table, £395, Nordic House 

Tall, compact side tables (not console tables) are hard to find, so I’m delighted to discover two styles this month. The log and kindling table at Nordic House (above), made from wrought iron with a wood top, gives wood-burning stove lovers a contemporary alternative to the traditional fire-side basket – and provides extra surface space for lamps, mugs etc…

For a more pared-down design, the streamlined Copenhagen tray table by Danish design house Norm Architects is lightweight and comes with handles so it is easy move around, should you wish to move it from room to room. It’s also the perfect height to sit beside a high bedstead (antique beds + modern mattresses are often too tall for modern bedside tables), or in a hall; as a drinks table, or on a terrace or balcony for groups of pots plants.

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Copenhagen tray table by Norm Architects from Menu, £179.95, Clippings.com 

Spotted at Design Junction, Design House Stockholm‘s new Wick chair, below, is a curvy, comfortable chair that sits as well as a desk as it does at a table, and was inspired by plaited Swedish wood baskets. Visit their website for local stockists and online sales.

 

All these shots of stoves are prompting me to light mine now, so happy shopping! Jx

 

 

 

 

 

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White goodness: stunning handmade ceramics by Emma Alington

Browsing the many inspirational stands at Design Junction a few days back, I spotted Emma Alington and spoke to her about her latest collection of handmade ceramics.

After graduating in 2013 with a first-class honours degree in Ceramic Design from Central St Martins, Emma took the brave step of setting up her own business. Now working from her studio in Berkshire, England, Emma designs and creates her own ceramics collections.

Beautifully crafted, each piece is tactile and functional. Choose from cups and mugs in three sizes (tiny espresso, medium cup and larger mug) plus several sizes of carefully crafted bowls, and plates and a jug.

The china comes either in white or decorated with a shimmering gold rim, and finished with a simple black heraldic motif:

 

How to choose? I’d opt for the upmarket gold rimmed designs for celebration china (they would make ideal wedding gifts) whilst the microwave and dishwasher-proof white design is a treat to use every day.

Shop directly through Emma’s website or search for stockists; you can also contact Emma for bespoke commissions: www.emmaalington.co.uk .

 

 

Best buy – winter toned baskets

The first snowfall here in a couple of years and the countryside has ground to a halt, with winter making its presence felt once more both indoors and out. A day spent snowed in reinforces my awareness of everyday life’s clutter: these fabulous felt baskets in tones of cool ivy and charcoal grey suit today’s mood perfectly….
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With stiff sides, the baskets hide much from view, and I love the contrast stitch detail. Sold as a set of three, £52 from Nordic House.

 

Autumn details

It’s that time of year again here in rural England, when dark evenings and often gloomy days call for indoor spaces to be illuminated by layers of lighting. The hallway needed some TLC, though I’d written about it before (here), the redecoration stalled as life and a lack of ££ got in my way. But now, what was an unloved corner bang opposite the front door, filled with discarded boots and battered bags (first impressions – not good!), has had an injection of colour, texture and light:

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It’s warmer and more welcoming in the evening…

…whilst in the daytime, even the cats tolerate the new arrangement….

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For a hall-sized console table, this metal table from Cox & Cox is pretty perfect: slim enough to be out of the way, yet elegant and understated; it also kindly masks the boring (but increasingly necessary) radiator from view. And as ever, clever BHS comes up trumps with low level lighting solutions.

My go-to finishing details right now are geometric, textured ceramic vases in interesting shapes, fashionable colours and a cluster of different sizes: head to the wonderful Graham & Green, Rockett St George and Rigby & Mac for a tempting seletion on each site.

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Vases, top left: Rigby & Mac; main and bottom left: Rockett St George

Rigby & Mac vases via findthedetails

Next up, I’m coveting these autumnal Broste Copenhagen vessels from Rigby & Mac, with their informal, two-tone drip dry paint finish.

Enjoy the beautiful autumn colours outdoors; and happy vase shopping, if like me, you’re that way inclined! Jx

 

Bunnies for life (not just for Easter)

If, like me, you adore HAM’s prints featuring the quirky antics of a unflappable rabbit going about his daily business (as they do), then you’ll love artist Jo’s latest designs:

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[All images, courtesy HAM]

The yoga print is my favourite – the perfect gift for a real life yoga bunny?

With a long weekend in sight, who knows, maybe you’ll be joining him as he takes up yoga, does a little DIY, or heads to the seaside (let me know if you make it to the trapeze…)

Shop the prints, plus cards and bone china mugs directly at HAM.

Happy Easter! Jx

 

Don’t miss this sneak peak: Tine K Home SS15 collection

Delightful Danish homewares brand Tine K Home wins the ‘I’d like everything in my home right now, please’ award for the most covetable, original, easy-to-live-with home products. With an emphasis on natural materials and gentle colourways (gone is the Coral of previous years), the collection for Spring/Summer 2015 is filled with additions to their signature bamboo, rattan, jute and wicker furniture, baskets and rugs, with plenty more textile designs and patterns to lust after:

SS15 at Tine K Home via findthedetails.com

Handwoven rugs and runners in various shapes, textures and sizes, all crafted from jute, alongside rattan tables and baskets….

SS15 at Tine K Home via findthedetails.com

Textiles: throws; scatter cushions, outdoor cushions in slubby textures; graphic prints and geometric patterns, picked out in seaside blue or misty green….

Textiles from Tine K Home SS15 via findthedetails.com

Ceramics include vases and tableware, from urn-like vessels to faceted coloured glass tumblers that will lift an all-white table setting:

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All products above, from the new Spring/Summer collection by Tine K Home

[All images, courtesy of Tine K Home]

You’ll also find decorative lanterns that are designed to withstand the weather outdoors; new rattan armchairs; block printed stationery; handpainted tiles and a huge choice of baskets: either to store Stuff or transport it to and from the beach / car / shops….. all will be online in the New Year. Happy shopping! Jx

 

 

 

Curl up, relax (and admire…) Sofa.com and Abigail Ahern: new furniture

Get set for an exciting collaboration this autumn between two of Britain’s most respected and accessible interior brands: interior and product designer Abigail Ahern and upholstery designer/manufacturers Sofa.com who have created their first collection together.

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Abigail 3 Seat Sofa in Hudson £1810, Maud rectangular footstool in Dusty Rose £255

The three seater Abigail sofa, like the other pieces in the collection, can be upholstered in any of Sofa.com’s own house fabrics or a designer fabric, should these not appeal, though I can’t help thinking that these velvets (Hudson Roosevelt on the sofa, and Dusty Rose pink on the footstool) would be hard to beat.

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Abigail Sofa in Hudson £1810

As well as the must-have Abigail sofa, the collection includes this curvy, curl-into Stanley armchair, shown here upholstered in Baltic Roosevelt velvet:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Stanley Armchair in Baltic £750 And my favourites: two cross-legged footstools, which work hard for their designated space: whether covered with clothes at the foot of a bed; with feet at the end of a sofa, or as extra seating when space becomes tight at a party….

Choose from square Celeste, below in Prussian Blue Velvet:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Celeste Footstool in Prussian Blue £255

…. and Maud, a rectangular version that is large enough to use as an ottoman replacement or as a side table:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Maud Footstool in Dusty Rose £255

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With prices from £1240 for the Abigail sofa; £580 for the Stanley armchair, and £225 for the Maud footstool, the collection is definitely on my shopping list… Visit sofa.com for more information and to order online.