We bought this fabulous 1950s/60s coal bucket & matching fireside companion set last week. Although there’s a good selection of great looking sets being manufactured today, we don’t come across many stylish examples from this period.
The only other ones that spring to mind are a couple of atomic sets that we sold many years ago. They’re usually very traditional looking affairs, often made of heavy brass, copper or wrought iron – this one is altogether more mid century modern in design.
It’s made of stainless steel with teak detailing. It was filthy when we bought it, but metal polish, wood oil and elbow grease has improved it no end. It’s heading off to our antiques centre space later on this week.
Property prices in the UK, especially in London and the South, are absolutely bonkers. If they want to own their own home, many buyers may not be able to afford much more than a small flat or bedsit. Studio living is many people’s reality.
If a home is compact & bijou – there’s a lot that can be done to maximise a living space. Items such as room dividers and rugs help to zone & delineate the different living and working areas.
Use space-saving and metamorphic furniture & fittings. Compact, folding, collapsible, stacking versions of usually bulky items such as chairs, tables and beds can free up a lot of space when not in use.
Multi-purpose items of furniture prove useful additions to studio living. Daybeds, sofa beds and shelving units that double up as room dividers cut down on the number of necessary furnishings and stop a space feeling over-crowded or cluttered.
Unfortunately, smaller doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper – mini versions of fixtures and appliances aren’t always less expensive than their full-size versions.
Black is stylish and sexy, adventurous and dangerous, mysterious and serious. You can jazz it up by using it alongside bright colours like fire engine red and hot pink; give it a ‘luxe twist with gold, bronze and animal print highlights or go traditional with white and cream. You can incorporate black into your interior decor scheme with pattern – think hounds-tooth, check, spots and stripes.
Don’t be afraid to use it – but beware of overusing it – unless you’re intentionally after a Gothic look!
A few months ago, we were approached by MADE.COM to take part in an exciting new venture of theirs – MADE Unboxed. They wanted to photograph our homewares from MADE.COM; in situ, in our home and interview us about our property, our style and our inspiration.
Unboxed is an online community for interiors fans… and for those folks who just like sneaking a peak around other people’s homes! Think Pinterest, but without all those cute cat photos and Ryan Gosling ‘Hey Girl’ memes! So go check it out, get signed up, share photos of your own home and gather some inspiration from other members. You can search by area or for a specific product to see who has purchased what in your neighbourhood.
According to Chloe Macintosh, MADE.COM Co-Founder and Creative Director:
“Unboxed contextualises our products without the need for costly lifestyle shoots or high street shops, which ultimately the customer would pay for. But more than that, Unboxed demonstrates ‘collaborative consumption’ a movement empowering consumers to take inspiration from each other… People not only want to see products in a real life situation, but more than ever we are fascinated by how others have decorated their homes; Unboxed taps into this property porn boom!”