Objects of Design #139: Jigsaw Coasters and Trivet

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Now if I’m honest I’ve never really been one for a coaster. Possibly because we don’t really have the furniture to warrant it. But then recently, and perhaps it’s my age, I find that they are increasingly handy. Perhaps it’s all the ice I’ve been putting into the wine, but a little mat does help…

Objects of Design #138: Folding Hanging Chair

BBB Pick Chiar from studiodror

This is brilliant. You always need extra chairs and while I’m not averse to the Shaker idea of hanging them on wooden pegs when everyone has finished eating so there’s more space around the table, that does inevitably lead to banged heads as people have to squeeze past and under. So, if your rooms are…

Mad About … Outdoor Living Rooms

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There is something almost unbearably romantic about an outdoor living room. Perhaps it is just the promise of a summer so long and hot that you don’t need to worry about the rain ruining the furniture. Perhaps it is simply that in the UK, the summers are neither long enough not dry enough to warrant…

Objects of Design #137: Metallic Kitchen Accessories

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Metallics has been a strong trend for a while now but it has mainly centred around wallpapers and lights, with little opportunity to bring it into the kitchen, which has remained resolutely chrome or stainless steel for years. So here is a collection of copper and brass accessories including these fab storage jars with copper lids which, at £7.50, won’t break…

Objects of Design #136: Paper Straws

paper straws from pearlandearl.co.uk

It’s a small thing, one that perhaps hasn’t even occurred to you but as you carefully put your paper in the recycling and wash the food containers, spare a thought for the plastic straw. Millions of them are thrown away every single day. And they end up in landfill. Now admittedly most of them come…

Objects of Design #135: Urban Firepit

urban firepit from primrose.co.uk

Now that summer is here (or at least at the time of writing the sky is a definite shade of blue) there’s nothing nicer than sitting outside of an evening with perhaps a glass of wine or even having supper outside on the balcony or in the garden. But there’s no doubt that once the…

The Househunter 12/7/13

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This week, The Househunter, strolled off to Kent, the so-called Garden of England to see what was going on there, then caught a ferry to the Isle of Wight before circling back to Dorset to a property that was heavily influenced by American modernism.   WOODSIDE World’s End Lane Chelsfield Park Kent Price: £2,800,000 Agent:…

Objects of Design #134: Marble Board

Amory marble board from rowenandwren.co.uk

My mother had a cookery book in which one recipe famously began with the phrase “First chill your marble slab”. Well that was the end of that. Whatever it was we never had it. Years later when refurbishing a kitchen, she did include a marble slab set into the workshop but the recipe book had…

Objects of Design #133: Large Vintage Storage Jars

set of four large vintage style storage jars

  I just adore these ceramic pots. I’ve always wanted a set of those fabulous black and white Gentleman’s Relish jars, but as much as I love anchovies, I fear I haven’t got long enough left on this earth to get through even one jar – never mind four for a set. So, these will…