If indoor space is at a premium, then multi-functional furniture can be a godsend. And if it looks as good as these pieces then so much the better. This is when great design really comes to the fore. We’ve chosen three pieces suitable for lounge, dining or bedroom spaces. Although concept piece #3 would have definite camper van potential too!
- Doc sofa bunk bed unit: (p.o.a.)
- Stompa European single high sleeper bed with storage: £1,079.99
- Convertible sofa (concept piece)
It’s the 21st century and almost everyone may have cameras on their smart phones these days, however, there’s still a place for instant cameras.
They’re perfect for events like birthday parties, wedding receptions and stag and hen events. If you’re like Justin – one of those rare people in this day & age who doesn’t have a Facebook account – you won’t be able to see, share and tag images on there with friends and family.
My favourite is the most expensive one (and not the orange or purple one, for a change!). Being a hybrid, you get the best of both worlds. The photos are taken in a square, Instagram-like format and you can preview your shots before you print. Again, like with the Instagram app, you can add effects, create vignettes and adjust the brightness. You can save the last 50 images to print whenever and as often as you like. You can even export and save your snaps to a memory card.
- Polaroid instant film camera PIC-300, purple: £71.99, Viking
- Leica Sofort instant camera in orange: £224.00, Jessops
- FUJI Instax square SQ10 hybrid instant camera: £249.99, Selfridges
We’re currently… slowly… getting our home office spruced up, cleared out and fit for work. We’ll tell you a little bit more about that tomorrow. Anyway, like the rest of of the rooms in our house – we never seem to have enough storage in there.
In the kitchen and bedroom, storage needs are primarily big cupboards and drawers; office requirements are a bit different. Shelving is the main demand with rows of (matching) box files – the tax office demands that self-employed people keep records – bank statements, receipts, invoices and the like – for at least 5 years. Even with a lot being kept online, it’s still a lot of paper to store!
I’ve always liked a tidy desk, free from piles of detritus – it keeps me sane. The best way to achieve this is to keep everything in office wall storage; off the work surface yet still within easy reach. I’d happily give wall space to all three of the modular options above which range from £36 to over £200 for the combinations shown. I love having a visible place for everything, no opening and closing drawer after drawer searching for the paper clips or the stapler, the scissors or the tape measure.
- Mystic modular wall storage: £8.99 per module, AliExpress
- Urbio Perch Biggy magnetic modules: from £3.82 for a Bitsy Organiser (this combination £94.79), The Container Store
- Vitra Uten.Silo by Dorothee Becker from Vitra: £225.25, Clippings
Last week, we featured online tea offers; this week, it’s only fair to investigate a few coffee subscriptions available. We only drink one or two cups each per day, but we like them to be made using good quality beans. Favourite of ours are full-bodied espresso beans – and decaf espresso beans for evening consumption.
- Coffee-Direct: from £5.99 per 227 sample bag (save 15% when bought on subscription)
Probably the one of the three that has the most choice – there are 16 different Espresso roast coffees alone! Coffee-Direct explain:
At the checkout you have the option to choose to receive your order periodically, at any frequency that suits you. What’s more, once your subscription is set up, you’re able to amend, skip, pause or delete your subscription at any time.
- Coffee REAL: subscriptions – £36 – £328 (3, 6 or 12 month coffee subscriptions, 6 – 52 bags of beans)
Coffee REAL is a company with a charitable heart. 10% of the purchase price of their espresso blend goes directly to the Born Free Foundation – and, even better, the blend is made from 2 top coffees that originate in areas where Born Free run wildlife projects.
- Skinny Coffee Club: from £24.95 (28 day, 8-week and 12-week day/night programmes)
Well, I never knew that you could drink coffee in an effort to help you drop a dress size or two! According to their blurb:
Skinny Coffee Club is ideal for those looking to lose weight, fast. It’s tasty, organic and designed specifically to raise your metabolism, burn fat, fill you with energy throughout the day and leave you feeling fuller for longer.
There’s only 63mg of caffeine and 6 calories in each cup. Skinny Coffee is comprised of ground coffee, ground green coffee bean extract, green tea extract powder, Garcinia Cambogia, Siberian ginseng powder and spirulina powder. I’ve no idea how much like traditional coffee it tastes but there are thousands of reviews on their website posted by satisfied (slimmer) customers!
Working from home, we drink a lot of hot beverages during the day – the kitchen is less than 10 paces away from where we sit at the computer. We tend to have one or two cups of coffee in the morning, then switch to loose leaf teas for the rest of the day.
We drink all sorts of tea – black, white, green – depending on the time of day or what we’re eating. I also cook with tea leaves occasionally.
We tend to buy our ‘everyday’ tea (Yorkshire Tea) at the supermarket,our ‘special everyday’ tea from Fortnum & Mason, our usual brand white tea from Amazon and green and jasmine teas from a Chinese supermarket in Manchester.
Tea subscriptions were made for people like us. We’re always up for trying new ones that you wouldn’t normally find in the supermarket. What kind of tea(s) do you drink?
- Teabox: from £39.70 for 3 months
- Silver Lantern tea: from £36 for 3 months
- Fortnum & Mason: from £45 for 3 months
We’ve finally put up a notice board in our slowly-coming-along home office. We’ve collected some lovely postcards over the years and can’t wait to display them. They’re currently sitting in a pile because we don’t have anything to stick them up with – we don’t have any push pins.
Why have plain, run-of-the-mill drawing pins when there are so many quirky, eye-catching examples out there from which to choose? I love the bumble bee ones, but perhaps they’re a little too cute. The cast concrete computer keyboard keys are really fun and would be perfect for an office environment.
- Pack of 20 bumble bee push pins: £4.50, Etsy
- Pack of 20 dart push pins: £9.99, Amazon
- Concrete keyboard push pins – set of six by PASiNGA: £9.99, Notonthehighstreet