Five Finds

Brass Handles

brass handles

It’s no secret that I do have a bit of a brass thing going on at the moment. Having said that, so do many of you. I have been asked several times where to source brass handles as it’s a quick and easy way to bring a little bit of the look into your own…

Trend: Pineapples

pineapple featured

I have always loved pineapples. The symbol of hospitality and welcome, the pineapple is often seen at the entrance to grand old houses and is a recurring theme throughout history. It’s back again for 2014. Last year it was flamingoes and owls everywhere you look, this time it’s the turn of this deliciously spiky fruit…

Objects of Design #285: Five of the best Sofa Beds

mid century modern sofa bed from pelikanoniline.co.uk

I have been on a quest for the best sofa bed for years now. It needs to be contemporary and a bit cool. Comfortable enough for a family to sit and watch a film but also convenient enough to manoeuvre the bed part. I have found great looking sofas that convert in the wrong way…

west elm is here … a new interiors shop

pintuck grey bedding from westlem

So after all the hype and the previews, the latest arrival from the US is finally here. West Elm opened its doors yesterday and, while there wasn’t exactly a Black Friday style riot, there was a long queue of very polite shoppers all waiting patiently to be let in. I had been invited to the…

Objects of Design #264: Bloomingville

bloomingville products

As I delve around the Internet looking for exciting products to tell you about, and interesting new stores for you to discover, I find that again and again I click on a product to discover it’s by the same brand. A brand that is Danish (no great surprises from me there) but one that seems…

Objects of Design #255: Westelm is Coming

chunky tassel throws £50 from westelm

Less than a month to go people. The second great American behemoth to land on our shores (yes, yes J Crew we love you but we prefer the US prices frankly) is Westelm and it opens on 5 December. That’s about three-and-a-half weeks *screams a like a One Direction fan*. So, I thought it was…

Objects of Design #250: A Shade Wilder

animal cushions from a shade wilder

You all know that I do love a bit of wallpaper and when some samples from new UK company, A Shade Wilder, fell through my letterbox the other day, I was smitten. I couldn’t choose just one so here are this week’s Five Finds. Based in Lancashire, this is the company’s first collection and includes…

Objects of Design #243: Five Knitted Lampshades

grey knitted lampshades from rockett st george

If the colour palette in your house is quite simple and consists, perhaps, of only two or three colours then you need to make sure you introduce variety with lots of different textures. So when I saw these knitted lampshades I was immediately taken by them. And then I started looking for more. And then…

Objects of Design #236: Five Task Lights

Five Industrial Task Lights

Task lights, reading lamps, desk lights, call them what you will, you need some. Creating the right lighting in a room is about adding layers that can be used in different combinations. Sometimes an overhead, sometimes a gentle wall light, sometimes a few table and floor lamps. Or combinations of all three. A couple of…

Objects of Design #229: Five Lampshades

PicMonkey Collage

Sometimes a stunning lampshade is the easiest, most effective (and cheapest) way to go. If you just want an easy solution, although beware – there is so much choice out there it may be overwhelming, or, perhaps more likely, you’ve spent the money on a new chair/table/pair of shoes and you just want something that…