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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Quick craft ideas

On July 29th, 2010 by .

With everyone still watching their pennies, we thought we would suggest a few quick and affordable craft ideas for around the home…

Jar Storage
Tie ribbon around an assortment of glass jars and fill with cutlery in the kitchen.

Light-up Bottle
Feed a string of fairy lights into a large glass brewing bottle for an alternative light source.

Art from Anything
Frame antique maps, sheet music, vintage handkerchiefs, poetry, postcards and envelopes.
Floating Bottles
Securely tie the necks of small glass bottles with twine or ribbon, fill with water and cut flowers from around the garden, hang from hooks indoors or off branches in the garden.

Feature by Craft Editor, Laura Timmons

Which wardrobe?

On July 26th, 2010 by .

When it comes to wardrobes you either want something flush and inconspicuous or a statement piece that will really stand out, but overall functionality is the key. They can be quite expensive so a few factors to consider  are; how many clothes you have, does it need to be multi-functional, how many drawers you might need; and will they be inside or out as part of the facade of the wardrobe and how much you have to spend.

Below is the new System 300 wardrobe from Furniture Village.  This wardrobe enables you to choose from 50 pre-designed interior options as well as the size and the interior and exterior finishes which are available in Matt White, Birch, Walnut, Cherry, Cream Gloss, Black Gloss and Mirror, it’s easy to coordinate with beds and other furniture.

The following wardrobe is from the french bedroom company, it has such an impact visually and can come across as quite masculine, yet mixed with softer furnishings and girly wallpaper it works both ways.  I think the soft curved lines makes it a really elegant piece of furniture.  To me, this is a classic piece that will stand the test of time.

If you’re looking for a more natural look then you could consider this wardrobe from oak furniture solutions. I especially like the brass handles on the drawers and seeing the natural grain of wood.  This would also be a good options if you have a lot of clothes as the triple door means it’s that much bigger then  a standard double.

For the classic and chic bedroom, try this Nordic Grey wardrobe made from pine and beechwood.  This style would work particularly well in a shabby chic style bedroom

In a similar style to the one above this light wood would work well in smaller room as and the drawers are large, allowing for maximum storage. You can find this wardrobe at Kingshall Furniture.

If you have a passion for ornate French style furniture then look no further than this glamorous piece from sweet pea and willow

Finally, we come back to  those of you who like to be highly organised when it comes to your prized shoes and clothing! I have chosen from a selection at In house interiors who produce bespoke fitted wardrobes for your home and suited to your specific needs.

The mirrors give the illusion of space and I’m loving the shoe drawers.

This one below is very Carrie Bradshaw! If I had an extra room I would love to turn it into a walk in wardrobe/laundry room as our house seems to constantly be covered in clothes.

This, I think is the more masculine version:

And what a great idea for those unused spaces especially in loft conversions and even under the stairs.

Press shows and shoots

On July 17th, 2010 by .

I managed to do two solid days of Christmas press shows and really liked some of the things on show. John Lewis had a particulary gorgeous selection as did The White Company. One key look this christmas white and lots of it!
Styling- we have the Post Office shoot next week and them I off on hols!!!! Back to work when I return, happy and sad about this as Amber will be going to nursery ;0(