Price Points: Homeware textiles with tassels

Homeware textiles with tassels | H is for Home

If you don’t have a massive budget and want to add some decorative touches to a room, a few tassels or pom-poms are a quick and easy solution.

There’s a huge variety of homewares that can be given the tassel treatment – curtains to cushions, bedspreads to beanbags.

Tassels can be pared back & natural or colourful & fun. They work with lots of different styles; from luxe to ethnic, modern to classical.

  1. Metallic key tassel – silver/gold: £2.49, Terry’s Fabrics
  2. Pocah multicoloured cotton cushion 45 x 45cm: £45.89 Maisons du Monde
  3. Selina table runner: £118.00, Anthropologie

4 Things to look for when purchasing high-quality furniture

4 Things to look for when purchasing high-quality furniture

Not all furniture available on the market will match up to the expectations you have for your home’s interior. Therefore, it’s essential to ascertain if the pieces you intend to acquire have the desired quality and features required.  After all, in addition to providing function, furniture does an exceptional job of reflecting your personality. Here are 4 things to look for when purchasing new furniture.

Walnut extending dining table

  1. Quality of materials

The quality of materials used is an essential consideration – whether it be wood, metal, plastic – or a combination. Wood options can be made of solid timber, composites or veneers. Solid timber is generally the most expensive. Veneers are often a cheaper alternative as the core or carcass is made from less expensive woods. Composite refers to wood mixed with several other materials including plastics, resin and wood pulp. Composite furniture is often the material used for cheaper, mass-produced products and often don’t fare well in the durability or longevity departments. Good-quality wooden furniture looks great and ages well, it offers a range of colours, grains and texture – and can add real warmth to a space.

Metal furniture and fittings have been very much in vogue over recent years providing shimmer and sheen to interior décor – copper, brass and steel being the most widely used. As with wood there are noticeable variations in quality of metal products. This goes for main structural elements of a piece, but also the incorporated fixtures such as screws and brackets. Look for good weight and a nice surface patina.

Plastics are often much maligned but offer great flexibility in colour and form. Modern plastics can provide real quality of finish that should overcome any doubts – and good design will utilise the material to its greatest potential.

Sideboard drawers

  1. Quality of workmanship and finish

Before purchasing furniture, you should assess the workmanship and quality of finish. Pay attention to the drawers, cabinets and so on – a good indicator of quality. The drawer should pull out completely and smoothly, latch properly and shut evenly. Joints should be fitted, stable and secure – and preferably not just simply glued into place. Joints should be neat and flush – as should borders between different materials when used in combination. Also, check furniture edges and corners for a smooth, well finished appearance. When doors are opened, check they remain fixed in that position until you shut them again. In addition to checking the drawers and cabinets, you should also ensure that the handles and knobs feel secure and built to last – they shouldn’t feel loose or jiggle around – and you should feel confident that they’ll stay that way despite heavy use. If you’re purchasing a chair, sofa or bed in particular, you must ensure that the legs are secure and joined properly to the frame; legs roughly nailed on might not be the best sign! You should also make sure that the legs or feet are made of materials that won’t damage your floor surface.

Occasional table in front of a fire

  1.  Size and proportion

The furniture you buy will need to depend on the size of the room in which it is to be located. If you’re buying a sofa for a small box room, an oversized 4-seater example would look out of place and swamp the space. Conversely, an expansive, open-plan living space calls for large sofas, tables and chairs. Otherwise pieces get lost in the space and rooms feel sparse and ‘echoey’. Consider marking out the outline of various furniture options using chalk or masking tape – this really can help you visualise the finished room.

It’s not just the size of the rooms that you need to take into consideration. Always measure furniture before you buy to make sure that it can fit through the front door, around corners, up stairways and through internal doors. It can become a very expensive and time-consuming task having to remove doors and windows to get furniture indoors. Some have to resort to hoisting over-large pieces of furniture up through upstairs windows to get them where they were intended to go.

Corner of a cream leather sofa

  1. What’s already in your home?

Consider the furniture that you already own – will your new piece compliment or clash with it? Some very successful decorating schemes are quite eclectic when it comes to age and style, but this requires care and skill. You can’t just throw objects into a space and hope for the best! And then there’s the age and fabric of the building to consider. Will it suit a traditional, vintage industrial, country or contemporary style?

Read interior magazines or browse websites such as Pinterest for inspiration. Check out the results other people have achieved who live in buildings similar to yours – or have incorporated furniture pieces that you love too.

Hopefully these pointers will help with your choices. For a wide range of attractive, high-quality furniture, danetti.com is the perfect site to visit.

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Forthcoming Attractions: Mid July 2017

Collection of vintage homewares

We put loads of new items in the web shop last week – one of our a ‘Forthcoming Attractions‘ posts would have been very much in order, but we didn’t get round to it – slapped wrists! We vowed to do one soon though – so here it is! It’s a much smaller selection this week, but some nice pieces all the same.

Collection of vintage art glass | H is for Home

For starters, a lovely selection of glass. Various sizes, shapes and colourways – and some famous designers such as Per Lutken and Otto Brauer.

Set of cream & green vintage spice tins with rack | H is for Home

Next up we have a very cute little spice rack. There’s a wall-mountable metal shelf with six labelled metal tin pots. It dates from the 1950s era and is in very good condition – the perfect vintage touch for any kitchen.

Vintage Mills Moore soup spoons and dessert spoons | H is for Home

We don’t normally pick up part sets of cutlery, but we had good reason this time. We had some of this walnut-handled Mills Moore cutlery in our web shop a couple of years ago – and so many people have enquired about it since it sold that we vowed to keep an eye out for more. Perhaps someone out there would like to add these soup and dessert spoons to their collection. It’s very stylish and beautifully made.

Vintage Hornsea Pottery witch birthday mug | H is for Home

One of last weeks item’s was a Hornsea ‘Birthday Mug’ by John Clappison. We’ve decided to add another example from our collection this week – a magnificent spooky witch design. The sweet verse underneath reads:

If I but had THREE WISHES
And only one came true,
I’d ride with these THREE WITCHES
Upon their broom to YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Orange vintage fondue set | H is for Home

From monochrome to eye-popping colour! This fab orange fondue set looks like the perfect thing for a cold winter’s evening. Log fire, glass of wine, melting cheese – bliss!

Vintage Esquire Drink Book | H is for Home

…and finally a late arrival (today in fact) – the Esquire Drink Book dating from the 1950s. It’s interesting, informative and funny… and is packed with the most gorgeous illustrations by renowned artist (and one of our personal favourites) Bill Charmatz. We already own a copy, so this one’s for sale.

Illustrations from the vintage Esquire Drink Book | H is for Home

As usual, these pieces will be split between web shop and physical shop, but blog readers will have first dibs – so let us know if anything catches your eye!

Stylish medium clocks to check out at Dandelion Interiors

Stylish medium clocks to check out at Dandelion Interiors | H is for Home

**Written in collaboration with Dandelion Interiors**

No home is complete without beautiful clocks to adorn it – form and function working perfectly together. That’s why we’ve compiled this selection of stylish medium sized timepieces that would be great for different areas of your home. Here are our top picks from our Dandelion Interiors medium wall clocks line-up!

Vintage copper with white face London modern wall clock

Vintage copper with white face London modern wall clock

The Vintage Copper with White Face London Modern Wall Clock has a real classic look and vintage appeal. This medium-sized clock is perfect to add a focal point and interest to an otherwise stark wall. It’s also available in the multi-dial variant (bronze and yellow). The clock dimensions span 50x50x7cm. Retailing at £79.00, down from its previous price of £125.55, this is definitely one of our best bargains yet.

Orange with white face London multi-dial wall clock

Orange with white face London multi-dial wall clock

The Orange with White Face London Multi-Dial Wall Clock is another timeless piece from our medium clocks line-up. Also available in red, it provides a flash of zesty colour – a bit of punch to spruce up white or pale interiors. Item dimensions span 50x50x7cm and currently retails at £67.00 from £90.45.

Cream with white face London multi-dial wall clock

Cream with white face London multi-dial wall clock

The Cream with White Face London Multi Dial Wall Clock a wonderful clock to compliment antique furnishings and traditional decor – and is perfect for the frequent traveller! Available in the Dublin and Edinburgh edition as well as in black face, you can choose whatever fits your preference. Item dimensions span 50x50x7cm and currently retails at £67.00 from £90.45.

Venetian pearled style edge Mayfair glass wall clock

Venetian pearled style edge Mayfair glass wall clock

The Venetian Pearled Style Edge Mayfair Glass Wall Clock is an elegant looking medium sized clock -. Quite feminine in style, a perfect addition to a chic and stylish interior. Its dimensions are 51x51x6cm and is now priced at £90.00 from its previous £121.50.

Traditional wooden and brass Smiths school clock

Traditional wooden and brass Smiths school clock

The Traditional Wooden and Brass Smiths School Clock will compliment any rustic or vintage industrial style interior. Polished with a gold lining accent, it still manages to retain a refined feel that will suit more formal interiors too. This item’s dimensions span 40x40x10cm and is now priced at £67.00 from its previous £90.45.

Round nickel traditional mantel clock

Round nickel traditional mantel clock

The Round Nickel Traditional Mantel Clock could be perfect piece to complete the overall look of your fireplace mantel – or perhaps a great addition to your bookcase or console table. This item’s dimensions span 42x48x11cm and is now priced at £69.00 from its previous £93.15.

Medium nickel skeleton clock with glass fronted face

Medium nickel skeleton clock with glass fronted face

The Medium Nickel Skeleton Clock with Glass Fronted Face is a classical looking round-shaped clock with Roman numerals that can easily become a focal piece of your interior. It works well with other vintage-style and antique pieces that you may have in your house. Also a good contrast piece on a dark background. This example’s dimensions are 65x60x6cm and is now priced at £102.00 from its previous £137.70.

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Price Points: Pink flamingos

pink flamingos | H is for home

Like cacti, pink flamingos are all the rage in homewares at the moment. They first had their heyday back in the 1950s with Miami and California mid-century modern – but they’ve flown back into favour!

Kitsch and playful, quirky and vintage or practical and colourful there’s a flamingo-themed item out there that will suit your taste, interior and pocket.

  1. Colours charcoal & pink flamingo mica wallpaper: £14, B&Q
  2. SUNNYLIFE flamingo watering can: £14, Selfridges
  3. Meiko pink flamingo – pink metal: £71, La Redoute

Orange vintage Siltal saucepan

Orange vintage Siltal saucepan | H is for Home

We picked up this very striking orange vintage saucepan during the week. It’s mid-century modern combined with ancient Egypt!

Vintage orange Siltal saucepan from above | H is for Home

The range was manufactured by Italian company, Siltal in the 1970s for food writer and chef Robert Carrier. He was a big name in the cookery world around this time – perhaps you remember him on TV. If not, you might very well have come across his vintage cookery books and recipe cards in charity shops.

Detail view of a vintage orange Siltal saucepan | H is for Home

Mid-century modern treatment of more ancient life or art can be very successful – Roman, Etruscan and medieval subjects spring to mind. Egyptian imagery is a new one to us.

Vintage orange Siltal saucepan with lid removed | H is for Home

This Siltal saucepan itself is beautifully made – quite reminiscent of Cathrineholm in materials and style. Siltal is still manufacturing products today, although they seem to concentrate on fridge-freezers and washing machines nowadays. So you’ll have to look out for vintage examples if you like the look. The pans were made in a variety of colourways – and there were also ancient Greek and Chinese ranges too. This large lidded example will be going into our antiques centre space priced at £45. It’s pretty heavy, but we could post out if required.