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New moods – cosy furniture for cooler months…

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

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Vases from Tine K Home SS15 via findthedetails.com Tableware from Tine K Home SS15

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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

 [All images, Sofa.com

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.

 

Shades of autumn at Zara Home

Get set for autumn at Zara Home: you’ll find an abundance of animal prints, balanced with textured plains:

Zarah Home bedlinen via findthedetails.com

fringing, chevrons and feathers….

Zara Home bedlinen via findthedetails.com

White and creams brought to life with oranges, rusts, and reds:

Zara Home tableware via findthedetails.com

Navajo-style stripes:

Zara Home throw and blanket via findthedetails.com

And lots of metals, such as this mirrored table set… This appeals, as it’s sold as a set of three tables, yet works just as well as one single console or side table:

Zara home table via findthedetails.com

And in the bathroom, the textiles and accessories are, as always, a strength: this autumn you’ll find pared down versions of their wilder patterns in softer tones, plus roughly textured baskets, stools and storage:

Zara Home bathroom accessories via findthedetails

[all images, Zara Home]

All just in, at Zara Home. Happy September! Jx

Blown away: pendant lighting in a rainbow of shades

The beautiful hand-blown glass pendant lights created by Rothschild & Bickers just serve to emphasise my indecisiveness: how can I choose just one? But their Pick N Mix collection of simple glass pendants should help me out: aptly named, the lights come in a range of several pared-down shapes, and look wonderful as a varied group:

First, choose the shapes:

R&B pendant lights via findthedetails.com

Then there’s the colour to think about: naturally I’m drawn to this blue / grey Denim palette:

R&S pendant lights via findthedetails.com

But lovers of brights will be happy:

R&S pendant lights via findthedetails.com

Pendant lights via findthedetails.com

Finally, say goodbye to boring white flexes:

R&S flex colours via findthedetails.com

… then hang and enjoy! They’d look wonderful in a light-filled hallway, kitchen and kitchen/diner…anywhere with a ceiling, basically…

If these shapes are too simple, you can confuse matters more by browsing their other products. This Flora pendant is both highly decorative and elegant:

R&S pendants via findthedetails.com

And I love the curvaceous Bubble pendant:

R&S pendants via findthedetails.com

 [all images, courtesy of Rothschild & Bickers, photography Simon Camper

Take a look and get in touch – they’ll help with the decision process, if, like me, you just can’t choose one! Jx

Wish list: Japanese ceramics in pastel shades

New for summer 2014 is this elegantly understated china by Japanese brand Kinto. Each piece starts life as clear white porcelain, which is then glazed in one of several soft pastel shades creating a surface that’s washed with translucent colour: Kinto Atelier Tete Dune porcelain via findthedetails.com Choose from three sizes of plates, plus a deep plate/bowl that’s perfect for pasta and salads, and two further bowls, one large, and one small: Kinto Atelier Tete porcelain via findthedetails.com Kinto Atelier Tete Dune Porcelain Tableware Range via findthedetails.com

Kinto Atelier Tete Dune Porcelain Tableware via findthedetails.com[all images, courtesy 95%

Part of Kinto’s Atelier Tete collection, shop for Dune porcelain in the UK at 95%: this must-visit online shop is fiilled with covetable, design-led products for every room in the home: filing your shopping basket is more than easy! Enjoy the weekend, Jx

Just in: Arkiv wallpapers by Sandberg

Combining both the best of both old and new design processes, Swedish wallpaper design house Sandberg has drawn on a wealth of archive material – both their own and sourced from Sweden’s rich architectural and design history – to create their first digital wallpaper collection.

Launching this spring, Arkiv includes fifteen different highly detailed patterns: pictorial designs of trees and chairs; buildings (in particular the Nordic Museum) and architectural elements such as doors; as well as maps, Japanese woodblock prints (highly popular in 19th Century Sweden), and digitally reproduced images of popular Sandberg designs and sketches:

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.comFrom the top: Justus, Gunnars Stolar, and Nordiska Museet from Chaper One: Architecture, Arkiv collection, Sandberg

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From the top: Georg, Tang and Botanica from Chapter Four, Sandberg Archive, from the Arkiv collection by Sandberg

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Top: Hiroshiges Regnskyar and below, Eishi, from Chapter Three: Japanese Woodblock prints, from the Arkiv Collection by Sandberg

My favourites are these two, with their very different but equally calming tree motifs:

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Top: Carlsbergs Trad, and below: Eden, both from the Arkiv Collection by Sandberg

[All images, Sandberg]

The Arkiv collection launches this spring; visit Sandberg for detailed global stockists information.

Christmas shopping sorted in clicks: the best websites, Pt1: Cox & Cox

If, like me, you have to shop for Christmas gifts with your nose near a screen rather than your feet moving on concrete, then we’re lucky – we can make the most of the best online retailers who’ve done the hard work for us. These are the sites that have buyers/owners with eagle eyes that disregard piles of mass-produced tat at trade fairs, instead winkling out the unusual, covetable and interesting, sourcing products made with care and design flair, perfect for giving and receiving. Some have physical shops and others, such as Cox & Cox, are purely online.

One of my favourite places to shop, Cox & Cox offer beautiful homewares, furniture and decorative details that, thankfully, can be used on a daily basis. Searching for gifts that are perfect for home-lovers, you’ll find decorative details that lend a touch of understated luxury to rooms, and at Christmas, many gifts can be put to work, adding festive glamour to the Christmas table and surrounding room: 

Candle angel wings, £12.50, Cox & Cox 

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Aged Linnea candelabra, £125, Cox & Cox 

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Stone-effect angel wings, £125; set of three aged zinc planters, £60, all Cox & Cox 

Gifts for gardeners and cooks are covered; such as the the zinc planters, above, and the cream tableware, below, which looks almost too good for everyday use:

Casa earthenware, from £45 for a set of four side plates, Cox & Cox 

And whilst this metal console table is probably too large for a gift, I’d be delighted if someone were to give it to me… alongside the rug, lanterns, mirror…..

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Antiqued metal console table, £180; frames mirror, £125; filigree tree hurrincane lanterns, £40 for two, all other products, all Cox & Cox 

If you love making your gifts look as good on the outside as they are on the inside, then don’t miss their wrapping paper, ribbons and crafty details to customise your wrapping:

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Wrapping paper, ribbons and snowflake punch, all from a selection at Cox & Cox

All these products and many more can be found online at Cox & Cox; let me know your favourites, and happy shopping! Jx

Get hooked: The best hooks to make your walls work for you

With their simple purpose: to store our clutter, getting it off the floor (heaven!) yet keep it easy to find, I find hooks very appealing. Most interiors stores offer a selection; here are my current favourites:

These circular wooden hooks, collectively called The Dots, below, are versatile and contemporary; the design has a welcome sense of fun. Sold as a set of 5 (although there’s no reason why you couldn’t hang more together) they almost look better with nothing hanging from them, which possibly defeats their purpose; I love how they turn this empty stairwell wall into useful storage:

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… although I’m less sure about the slightly unrealistic styling (beads on turn of stairs in my house = slip; knock over, probably breaking glass lamp; then tread on, so smashing digital camera positioned on step below…)

Here are The Dots again in natural oak finish, and yellow stained oak, below:

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[The Dots, available from TwentyTwentyOne

House Doctor‘s current collection includes designs with a nod to 1950s and 1960s style; the Liva coat rack, below, with its spherical, coloured hooks, references Charles & Ray Eames iconic Hang it All:  

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House Doctor is the go-to company for that key vintage/industrial look we can get enough of right how; with a great choice of hooks and coat racks, two more House Doctor favourites include this wire/wooden rack below, and the numbers (sold as a set of 5) beneath:

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[hooks and images, all  House Doctor

For children’s rooms, there are so many clever and cute designs; if you’re looking for colour, then Danish stylist Rie Elise Larsen includes hooks in rainbow shades as part of her interiors collection; source them through Little Baby Company.

They look wonderful grouped in a line:

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[hooks and image, Little Baby Company

Whilst this simple, wooden coat rack by All Lovely Stuff is another winner for children:

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[Animals of Whittling Wood coat rack, All Lovely Stuff]

Whilst for elegant, grown up hooks, head to Rowen & Wren: their delightful homewares collection includes a great choice of covetable products, including both these French-style metal/ceramic hooks, below, and in the second image, the Hector plated coat hooks, which come as a set of five as shown, or as a single hook,

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[above images and hooks, all from Rowen & Wren]

Which are your favourites? Let me know. Happy Friday! Jx