A new home interiors brand was recently brought to my attention that I thought I would share today, At the moment particularly I’m always looking for new sources of furniture and decorative items for my home, but even the old faithfuls can get samey and of course I’m on the look out for a budget bargain, so I was pleased to see an eclectic mix of pieces there with some at very good prices. There are also several ‘in the style of’ items that you may have seen elsewhere, that are at much lower prices. (As with all designer reproductions, make sure you check the dimensions thoroughly if you’re looking for a good ‘copy’.)

Here’s my pick of the best items – the range is diverse with everything from mirrored furniture to shabby chic armoires and retro sign lighting.

Copper hammered light £49 // Vegas Alphabet lights £295 // Arrow wall light £35 // American Flag wall hanging £55 // Turquoise jewellery cabinet £35 // White dressing mirror £195 // Embossed silver Chest of Drawers £255 // Tall factory stool £110 // White Chair with wooden legs £79 // Fifties style bedside £220 // Glass topped driftwood table £754

I’ve tried to show a broad selection of items here to illustrate the breadth of styles available. Out There Interiors is well worth a browse if you have an item in mind or if you are just browsing for something different.

Let me know if you see something you like readers!


The Blues…

After my collection of inspiration last week featuring pink as an accent colour for my newly decorated grey rooms, I also wanted to explore blue. I already have a bit of blue, albeit subtle, in the aforementioned rooms and I find it a calming colour. I also love flashes of unexpectedly bold or bright turquoise, sea and peacock blues but find it can be a bit cold when used en masse.

It was hard to find images that weren’t of blue rooms or walls, (although a few have sneaked in here,) but where blue was the accent, be that with soft or hard furnishings, art work, flooring or accessories, but I’ve gathered a collection that I love and am slowly honing my vision for the two rooms.

Let us begin the tour…

I love this bright turquoise chair in an otherwise neutral room. And who doesn’t want one of these gorgeous SMEG retro fridges? I love the pop of blue against this elegantly rustic kitchen.

Clearly, most of us don’t have artfully distressed walls, but the subdued blue upholstered bed frame is easily reproducible, or perhaps you like your blues soft – perfect for a classic bedroom in duck egg and dove grey.

I’m looking for accents and am completely in love with this pair of lamps against the dark backdrop and warm natural woods. Or how about a vibrant silk cushion – super cheap and striking against this shades-of-grey high design living space

It’s all about the dining chairs again with these velvet upholstered numbers looking very elegant. I wish I had a dining room this chic…

How about accenting the walls like in this simple bathroom with grey-brown walls and a band of turquoise above picture rail level? And I love how the print in this image stands out against the walls of a similar shade.

I wish I had the confidence to use a rug with a pattern like this one, (or just be lucky enough to find one!) or maybe artwork is the answer like these graphic prints.

Or for a bit of rustic chic, if that’s more your thing, I love the pop of this bright blue shelf laden with finds, or the coloured glass of these old blue bottles filled with toning blooms.

Now it’s time to hear your thoughts. Is blue a better accent for you?


Design Classics… The Eames Lounge Chair

I’ll come out and admit it, I’m not only a chair geek (read more of me waxing lyrical about my chair obsessions here) but I’m also a design snob. It is actually one of my life ambitions to own a collection of chairs which are also ‘design classics’, and learning more about them has inspired me to share some design masterpieces with you and see if anyone out there feels the same.

Today, I’m aiming high, it’s the excessively luxurious and outrageously expensive Eames lounger.

If it looks familiar thats because it’s an iconic piece, often featured in shoots, nearly always spotted in the stylish real homes edited by Living Etc and inspiring many a reproduction. (You also might have seen it on every episode but one of Frasier.) You can find the Eames chair at the Conran shop, retailing at a mere £4,779. One can dream.

*Image Credit:

And if there’s one single piece of furniture beautiful enough to compete with this view, it’s the Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman.

Images: here and here

I love mid-century design, so this 1956 designed example nears perfection for me with it’s moulded plywood structure and variety of leather upholsteries. Originally produced for Herman Miller by Charles and Ray Eames (a husband and wife design team), and is now produced by Vitra for Europe.

Images: Here and Here.

Apparently, Charles originally intended to create a chair with ‘the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.’ The originals are now collectors items due to the rosewood veneer that was used for the back, which is now an endangered species and the originals are displayed in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Beautiful is it not?

Tell me if you love the Eames, (or if you’re brave enough and think I might not be able to track you down and steal it,) if you own one. I will die of jealousy.

One-day-I-will-own-it Love,

Conran collaboration for M&S

It’s a sneaky peek this Monday morning as I wanted to share the latest collaboration to come from the design legend that is Sir Terence Conran – Conran for M&S

Founder of Habitat (his brainchild to bring continental clean design to the masses at reasonable prices without skimping on quality) and The Conran shop which stocks higher end design pieces, I’m always in awe of his eye for style. The Marks and Spencer collection is no different. Simple clean designs with a retro nod and up to the minute colour palettes referencing the fifties and sixties.

Conran for M&S

The shots I’m sharing with you today (excuse the poor quality scanned images) are lifted from the M&S catalogue as the collection doesn’t launch until Thursday 22nd September, although the catalogue opens with a 17 page spread previewing the mini range preceeding Spring 2012’s launch of over 300 products.

I can’t wait!

In the article Sir Terence talks about British design, producing democratic pieces of exceptional quality and at a price point everyone can achieve. You can tell he really hasn’t had to stray at all from his personal design ethos and says he hopes the collection makes people feel…

‘happy. …That’s one of the things I hope it will do – cheer people up.’

As I have a little bit of an obsession with chairs (really, I could buy a new one every five minutes and my house would look like a very stylish church hall in no time,) my favourites from the collection are the arm chairs, not to mention the stunning teal velvet sofa above. Unfortunately you can’t buy a new one of those every year.

Aside from chairs, the Conran for M&S collection also has pieces representing what I consider to be his trademark use of paler woods in simple designs. The Brindley range of side tables and shelving units, along with solid oak and oak veneer tables, chairs and some glossy white laquered additions, all look sturdy yet stylish.

I’m also loving the science vase collection. (that’s the geek in me, always looking for a bit of quirk appeal!)Resembling chemistry class beakers and flasks, the collection looks brilliant with single stems of wild looking greenery displayed en masse as a centrepiece.

Conran for M&S

Pieces and Prices:
Ackroyd Sofa, £1599
Marlowe armchair, £999
Brindley shelving unit, £399
Godwin Armchair, £999
Science Vase collection, various prices.

So, what do you think?


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