FURNISH | IKEA CLASSICS

IKEA’s latest collection celebrates some of its most iconic products from the 50s through to the 00s.

There’s nothing like a 1990s product being called ‘vintage’ to remind you how old you are, but when it’s a design classic by Swedish design giants IKEA, it’s cool with me. In IKEA’s new vintage-inspired collection, the brand’s designers have looked to past collections and design history from the 1950s through to the noughties as inspiration for future products and they’ve brought back fan favourites, updating them for today and encouraging people to reimagine their classics and keep them forever.

  IKEA’s latest limited-edition collection embraces some of its most classic products including the KLIPPAN sofa (I have two here in the office!) and the LÖVBACKEN side table, which have stood the test time, in terms of both quality and design style, since they first came into the IKEA range many decades ago.      The collection will have three launch moments - August, October and December - each of which will re-introduce iconic IKEA products in the style and design of certain decades and bring fan-favourites bang up to date.

IKEA’s latest limited-edition collection embraces some of its most classic products including the KLIPPAN sofa (I have two here in the office!) and the LÖVBACKEN side table, which have stood the test time, in terms of both quality and design style, since they first came into the IKEA range many decades ago.  

The collection will have three launch moments - August, October and December - each of which will re-introduce iconic IKEA products in the style and design of certain decades and bring fan-favourites bang up to date.

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Launching this August is the first stage of the collection, inspired by a ‘50s and ‘60s look. Some of IKEA’s very first iconic products were produced in this time including the first flat-pack product, the LӦVET (now LӦVBACKEN) side table. Other new products this month include the GAGNET armchair – the handmade product which was launched in 1958 when IKEA’s first store opened in Almhult, Sweden. The famous POÄNG chair and KLIPPAN sofa also get a makeover in August, with new covers and accessories, a ‘hack’ for the classics.

In October, the ‘70s and ‘80s design trends return with the RÅANE armchair, which launched in 1983 and challenged the traditional design of the armchair with its mesh material finish. The KLIPPAN will get new covers in vivacious red, yellow and blue to match the rest of the launch’s style.

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The final stage of the “Re-imagined Classics” collection launches in December with the minimalist ‘90s and ‘00s, mixing untreated, blonde Scandinavian woods with graphic patterns. 

This was also the era when functionality came into play through hidden storage, for example with the IKEA PS 1995 storage bench for use throughout the home.

The “Re-imagined Classics” collection launches in three different stages from August to December and will be available in IKEA stores only. Check it out here:

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ideas/classic-furniture-designs-reimagined-1364644638945/

FURNISH | ¡Arriba, Arriba!

Anticipation is growing for Frida Kahlo’s flagship V&A exhibition opening this summer (I am a massive fan and already have it firmly marked in my calendar…), so Mexico and Mexican motifs are firmly on my radar. Cinqo de Mayo marks the start of the summer season and offers the perfect excuse to look to the Central American country for dynamic decorating inspiration.  

We all know that super-sunny Mexico is known for hot temperatures, hot dishes, and hot, hot colours. Opting for a Mexican-inspired decor is a failsafe way to lift your winter-weary interiors, replacing staid Nordic noirs and minimalistic mid-century with vibrant vibes and a joyful positivity.

Cult Furniture is a perfect pit stop for bright furniture and fun home accessories required to catapult your home from Redcar to the Riviera Maya. Hot on my wish list is the Moda Rocking Chair in bright yellow. If details matter, then this chair definitely has it all! The ultra-bright yellow shell is placed on a criss-cross wire base with two solid-wood rockers creating a sophisticated and timeless piece that is every bit as stylish as it is relaxing! Oh and if you’re not quite ready to go all-in brights, you will be glad to know it also comes in a range of colours…

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www.cultfurniture.com

PS – if you love Frida as much as I do, check out my previous Frida Kahlo post HERE

FURNISH | MAVERICK WITH FABRIC

In an era of all-beige and all-white interiors (or, if you’re me, all-grey), Swedish furniture and furnishings experts IKEA have partnered with Savile Row tailor William Hunt to create suits using IKEA textiles and fabric to encourage people to bring their personality and overall sense of style into their home with IKEA products. The really fab suits, (pictured below), are certainly  unique, and have been created using SOFIAROSENRIPSNEDJA and KUNGSLILJA fabrics, which mirror existing products by the retailer including POÄNG chairs, STOCKSUNDT sofas and bedding. 

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The Saville Row partnership comes hot on the heels of a new IKEA survey which shows NI as being one of the most confident regions in the UK when it comes to styling at home. In fact, 91% of shoppers in Northern Ireland are confident enough to express their personality in home interiors décor, making us the most confident region of the UK, with London proving to be the least (64%). However, those who were not so confident when it comes to decorating gave reasons such as not knowing how to include colour and patterns in the home that suit their style (64%) and not knowing what is on trend (10%). IKEA is now helping those who are curious about colour and particular about patterns to find out their personal every day style and bring it into their home, simply and affordably, using textiles.

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Carol McSeveny, Textiles Leader, IKEA UK & Ireland who started her career in IKEA Belfast said: “We’re seeing an increasing number of people playing it safe when it comes to decorating and furnishing their home. But, when the home can act as a canvas for self-expression, why keep things beige and boring? People use fabric in fashion to show off their personality and we want people to replicate this in their home through textiles.” Carol continued; “We are excited to be working with William Hunt as he is the ultimate “maverick with fabric” and has demonstrated, through the IKEA suits, how textiles can be used to express yourself and your home”

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William Hunt said: “I love the idea of people taking fashion and style and embracing it by taking it further into their homes. Our partnership with IKEA is important as we are encouraging the public to push themselves just a little, and to show off their character in their own homes. We create heroes out of ordinary men and women through our suits, and likewise the IKEA suits create heroes out of everyday textiles and furniture”.

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If you’d like to take the maverick personality test, and get inspired by IKEA’s textile style feed, including watching the latest clever TV commercial, just visit Be a Maverick with Fabric online. Plus, a limited number of the stunning IKEA X WILLIAM HUNT suits will be available for the public to get their hands via an online competition on the IKEA UK website: www.ikea.com/gb/en/ikea/threepiecesuit     Entrants must simply answer a question about how they express their personality in the home to be in with a chance of winning. #wonderfuleveryday.

WONDERBOLD HAS SOME WONDERFUL WALLPAPERS - IN STOCK NOW!

With the fashion world going crazy for monochrome right now, this striking Pied De Poule Wallpaper by WonderBold will certainly make a powerful statement in your home.  Pied De Poule translates as 'Houndstooth', a classic fabric design that is well known and loved in the fashion & design world - plus, this design is available in three pattern sizes, Small, Medium & Large; so the only question which remains is, how bold will you go?

Designed by Emanuele Pangrazi and made in England to the highest standards, this smooth, matt, non-woven wallpaper makes the perfect backdrop for a contemporary room design. Plus, the paste the wall, (not the paper) method makes for a very easy application - no pasting table necessary. Pangrazi’s second paper design for WonderBold which I adore (and which also falls within the monochrome category) is the Black Optical Stripes wallpaper. It really is just perfect for anyone seeking to make a statement on their walls, and the bold chevron design simulates an optical illusion effect on an urban concrete background.

Moving away from monochrome but bringing texture and depth to your interior is the stunning Twist design which simulates a 3D stone effect. And finally the fabulous Scratch Wallpaper - M by WonderBold -  will certainly make a powerful statement in your home or office … The unusual cracked paint effect is perfect for bringing an industrial edge to any interior scheme. This cool Magenta version is bang on trend, but it is also available in another 4 fab colours - Cyan, Black, Yellow & Green. Check it out at  www.limelace.co.uk

And finally the fabulous Scratch Wallpaper - M by WonderBold -  will certainly make a powerful statement in your home or office … The unusual cracked paint effect is perfect for bringing an industrial edge to any interior scheme. This cool Magenta version is bang on trend, but it is also available in another 4 fab colours - Cyan, Black, Yellow & Green.

Check it out at  www.limelace.co.uk

FURNISH | FRIDA FEVER

I’ve just been to see Pixar’s Coco with my daughter Valentina this weekend and I totally fell in love with the Mexican culture all over again, especially the vivid use of colour; so when I saw this new Frida Calo-inspired Boho party collection from Talking Tables, I got to planning myself a Cinco de Mayo party in my head. Or I may just call Boojum and start a #tacotuesday tradition with my closest amigos because I don’t think I can actually wait that long!


Taking inspiration from the country’s rich culture and history, Boho invokes the exuberant spirit of Mexico and pays homage to artist Frida Kahlo’s brazen spirit and iconic style, with trompe l’oeil embroidery, folk-style geometrics, naïve florals and lavishly costumed llamas – as well as Frida
herself - emblazoned across paper plates, cups and napkins. Referencing the country’s textiles tradition, pom pom lights, food picks, tassel chandeliers and bunting come in an Aztec-inspired palette of bold, punchy brights. Last but not least, a super cute piñata. Perhaps Mexico’s greatest party starter – alongside tequila – it doesn’t get much cooler than Talking Tables’ papier maché llama.


So sling on a sombrero, grab the guac, mix those margaritas and we’re ready to roll.  ¡Viva la fiesta!


www.talkingtables.co.uk

FURNISH: THE ULTIMATE COLOUR TRENDS FOR A MID-CENTURY SPRING

 

Christmas and New Year's Eve were cosy, but I’m all a little bit tired of dark colours and moody weather, so I’ve decided to take a look ahead to Spring and ditch those heavy charcoals and indigos for brighter, breezier shades. To brighten my interiors mood, I’ve looked to Essential Home’s inspiration boards, which have been developed based on Pantone’s key colour trends for 2018. From bright and vivid to earthy and soft, colours are exciting and happy, just like some of the Essential's Home fabrics and accessories, bien sûr! 

Unless you have been in a bubble, you cant help but notice that colour holds a steady spot at the top of the interiors inspo list. After all, it sets the tone for what furniture we buy, what decor we invest in, and the overall mood for that design year.

   
  
   
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    Green means go, but this colour will not go anywhere this year, it’s a personal fave of mine which was everywhere in 2017, and it will maintain a strong popularity for 2018. In the language of colour therapy, green it is associated with serenity, the perfect refuge from those who want to escape the city concrete and create the perfect spring garden inside their home.

Green means go, but this colour will not go anywhere this year, it’s a personal fave of mine which was everywhere in 2017, and it will maintain a strong popularity for 2018. In the language of colour therapy, green it is associated with serenity, the perfect refuge from those who want to escape the city concrete and create the perfect spring garden inside their home.

   
  
   
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    Vibrant Yellow is what spring is all about, bright and cheerful like the sunny days ahead, with a warm undertone that keeps it from looking highlighter bright. This colour is perfect for upholstery pieces, like a chair or a sofa, thanks to its warm yet fresh appearance.

Vibrant Yellow is what spring is all about, bright and cheerful like the sunny days ahead, with a warm undertone that keeps it from looking highlighter bright. This colour is perfect for upholstery pieces, like a chair or a sofa, thanks to its warm yet fresh appearance.

   
  
   
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    Blue always has an inner richness. Surf the Web Blue is a bolder and more confident colour that brings a breezy sophistication, like an heiress living in the Bahamas. This stunning shade can give a dramatic yet chic touch to rooms - from true blue to sky or even navy – blue is one of the most versatile decorating hues.

Blue always has an inner richness. Surf the Web Blue is a bolder and more confident colour that brings a breezy sophistication, like an heiress living in the Bahamas. This stunning shade can give a dramatic yet chic touch to rooms - from true blue to sky or even navy – blue is one of the most versatile decorating hues.

   
  
   
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    Tangerine Tango is an orange-red hue, perfect for brightening up darker spaces or adding a fiery pop of colour. I have a beautiful Italian lamp and at least 3 paintings in my living room in variants of this shade – and it does wonders to lift a grey wall or sofa. Whether you draw inspiration from autumnal leaves or rich Spring sunsets, orange is definitely an undeniably cosy and earthy reference for a chic mid-century decor.

Tangerine Tango is an orange-red hue, perfect for brightening up darker spaces or adding a fiery pop of colour. I have a beautiful Italian lamp and at least 3 paintings in my living room in variants of this shade – and it does wonders to lift a grey wall or sofa. Whether you draw inspiration from autumnal leaves or rich Spring sunsets, orange is definitely an undeniably cosy and earthy reference for a chic mid-century decor.

   
  
   
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       Candy Pink: often regarded as precious and girly, this colour has a hard time proving itself as a serious contender when it comes to decorating the home, but fortunately times are changing, and this softer offspring colour brings peace and sincerity as well as a lily-fresh sentiment. The colour continues to have a strong presence in runways across fashion weeks, but this colour can evoke elegance, relaxation, and a lot of fun in mid-century home decor. Perfect for that harmony between masculine and feminine.

 

Candy Pink: often regarded as precious and girly, this colour has a hard time proving itself as a serious contender when it comes to decorating the home, but fortunately times are changing, and this softer offspring colour brings peace and sincerity as well as a lily-fresh sentiment. The colour continues to have a strong presence in runways across fashion weeks, but this colour can evoke elegance, relaxation, and a lot of fun in mid-century home decor. Perfect for that harmony between masculine and feminine.

Essential Home is an innovative mid-century modern furniture brand that takes important historical and cinematographic references from the 1930s and 1960s and turns them into unique furnishing pieces. What started out as ‘Essentials’ in 2015, a furniture collection by the mid-century lighting brand DelightFull, quickly grew to be one of the most elegant representations of mid-century modern design, thus creating a new name, and a new brand, Essential Home.

Essential Home gathers inspiration not only from the glamorous Hollywood life of the 1940s, but also from the everyday life that defined that mid-century generation. Simple details such as the sleek lines of a futuristic 1960s chair, or retro ads that defined an era can be pinpointed in iconic pieces. Check them out here: www.essentialhome.eu

 

FURNISH | BUBBLEGUM BALLONS FUN ADVENT CALENDAR

Now that it is November (eeeeek! Where has 2017 gone?!) and Halloween is behind us, I can finally fully embrace my favourite holiday…Christmas. I love Christmas and I always get excited as we get closer to the big day itself. This time of year is made even more special when you have kids, seeing their little faces light up when visiting Santa’s Grotto and the buzz and mess when decorating the house.

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Advent calendars are such a fun part of the lead up to Christmas, but I find it seriously boring to just buy the same old cardboard calendar each year (although there’s nothing wrong with a standard Cadbury’s one to be fair). I love that there are now so many creative and fun alternatives out there and the team at Bubblegum Balloons has stepped up to the mark with this amazing reindeer balloon calendar.

Pop a balloon a day to for a chocolate just like a regular advent calendar - but with more bang. Plus, it also doubles as a Christmas decoration. [I do love it when a product can multitask!] What’s not to love?

The calendar itself is easy to assemble and it will make the perfect gift both for your little one or yourself, if you’re a Christmas freak or a child at heart like me!

Mix up the way you count down the days and buy your own here for £24: www.bubblegumballoons.co.uk

FURNISH | THE AMAZING LYFE Levitating Planter

Beautiful plants, from tropical curiosities to the simplest of herbs, have the ability to enhance and brighten any space, from the smallest kitchen to the unending office. But a plant with an attractive and interesting vase carries even more sway - and the innovative LYFE Levitating Planter brings the humble vase into the future.

A stunning new creation that brings together cutting-edge technology and the power of nature, the LYFE Levitating Planter reinvents the concept of a vase by using the power of magnetic levitation. The planter floats in the air above a real oak base as it gently rotates - it’s truly mesmerising to watch, but the rotation also serves a practical purpose by ensuring your plant always gets the full range of light and shade.

But the eye-catching design of the LYFE Levitating Planter isn’t enough for the inventive design team behind it. Following an explosively successful fundraising campaign, the LYFE Levitating Planter is perfect for Air Plants, conversation starting plants that grow in the air. With no need for soil, and no hassle from soil spills and muddy water, the LYFE Levitating Planter and its Air Plants are perfect for any modern office or minimalist home. The LYFE Levitating Planter is now available with a choice of three stunning Air Plants, from the calming Juncea to the out of this world Caput Medusae… You can also chose an empty planter, and grow whatever Air Plant takes your fancy! I have chosen the Medusae…

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This totally modern way to go green is lightweight, portable, simple to use and simple to maintain. Powered by an ultra-efficient AC Adaptor, no batteries are required. Should power be lost, the planter drops to its base, keeping your Air Plant completely protected. According to NASA clean air studies, just one plant for every 100 sq. ft is all it takes to increase air quality, filter toxins, and decrease stress levels. With the LYFE Levitating Planter you can achieve all of that, while bringing a beautiful, head-turning, botanical centrepiece into your space!

Available to order at: www.noxuhome.com/

FURNISH | LOVING THESE LOVE SEATS

LOVING THESE LOVE SEATS… AND SO MUCH MORE FROM CULT FURNITURE

If you wouldn’t Instagram it, don’t decorate with it; that is the main rule of thumb when it comes to interiors for millennials. (Actually, on that note, what I am if I’m too old to be a millennial and too young to be a Baby Boomer? I don’t like the Gen X label as it was originally coined for post-WWII American kids, but that is for a whole other blog…)  Anyway, back to the point… 

Textures, geometrics and flashes of metallic are all high on the instagrammer’s decorating cheat sheet. Star purchases, such as the new velvet upholstered Effie sofa and armchair from Cult Furniture, offer swoon-worthy style for a millennial budget. With velvet trending highly on the social sphere, the plush Effie is also complemented by gold toned legs, with colour options boasting a steel blue hue or the aptly entitled, ‘millennial pink’.

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Millennial interiors call out for rousing graphic prints and strong visual emblems, to set a scene irresistibly photo-ready. The Cult Living Mountain Print Framed Poster ticks all boxes with its geometric outline with flashes of pink, marble and metallic. The Irving Block Table Lamp is as simple in its structure, as it is unusual in presentation. The use of marble gives the lamp a distinctly opulent edge.

Warm up your millennial aesthetic with the Malini Mongolian Sheepskin Cushion. With its luxe finish and pale pink, grey or cream colourway, this shaggy shearling cushion features contrast leather on one side for a cosy, and tip-top textural finish. Mix up all three hues for a perfectly-coordinated look or create a clash of textures by adding a contrast cushion in velvet or cotton.

1. Cult Living Irving Block Table Lamp, White Marble; £49
2. Bloomingville Decorative Ceramic Pineapple, Grey; £26
3. Cult Living Effie Armchair, Velvet Upholstered, Blue; £449
4. Cult Living Mountain Print Framed Poster, White And Pink, A2; £25
5. Cult Living 100% Cotton Aztec Diamond Moroccan Kilim Rug, Black Multi; £150
6. Cult Living Effie Armchair, Velvet Upholstered, Pink; £449
7. Malini Mongolian Sheepskin Cushion – Grey; £49
8. Cult Living Effie 2 Seater Loveseat Sofa, Velvet Upholstered, Pink; £699

020 8185 6960 | www.cultfurniture.com

FURNISH | MAKE ROOM FOR RUME

Blue is set to be a growing trend when it comes to choosing furniture in 2017. Encouraged by the growing popularity of forest, sky and water tones on everything from cushions to pendant lamps, decorators are now opting for larger statement pieces in various shades of blue. This really beautiful Pelham sofa by RUME is the ultimate in elegance and an absolute trend setter. Shown here in inky blue velvet, it has luxurious duck and reflex seat cushions, a deep buttoned body and can be either piped or nailed. Each Pelham takes up to a week to upholster but it is definitely worth the time and care taken as the result is the one of the most beautiful Chesterfields that you can buy. This is one item that’s on my home wish list for this year.

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Call 01273 777 810 or log on to  www.rume.co.uk for the full range (which is totally dreamy).

FURNISH | DISTINCTIFY’S MUST-HAVE HEXAGON TABLE

This summer I have fallen in love with marble and warm metallics for my sun room. One design company which is jumping on this mixed material trend in a very good way is Distinctify. They have created the perfect piece that incorporates this stylish duo in the most elegant way!

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Available from September, The Piccolo side table is a hexagonal gem that will instantly add the new opulence look to your interiors, which is hotly tipped to be huge for AW17.

The combination of the hexagonal marble surface and the caged rose gold legs are a match made in heaven, hitting three top trends in one form that will bring gorgeous tone and texture to your home.

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Whether it’s placed next to your sofa or your bed, the Piccolo side table it is bound to complement your living room, bedroom or even as a feature piece in a modish office. Plus, let’s not forget how pretty marble is as a backdrop to all the best Instagram flat lay pictures!

The Piccolo Side Table featured here is 470mm (height) x 370mm x 370mm and costs £159.00

Order online at www.distinctify.com or call 0203 198 7218