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before you decorate: what can you afford?

| September 30, 2013

There are many different ways to save money and avoid unnecessary expenditure. Well known strategies include low rate mortgages, smarter budgeting, up-cycling and DIY. Decorating your home is exciting and it’s easy to jump in without proper planning and preparation.

However, if you don’t budget accordingly you could find yourself half way through a project with no money left to finish. To help you avoid this, we have constructed a list of suggestions to help you decorate beautifully within a budget. Continue Reading

5 ways to furnish a home on a budget

| August 22, 2013

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Filling up a home with furniture, ornaments and floor coverings is easy; in fact, anyone can do it. We can all just pop out to the store, spend a small fortune, bring the items back to the house and just scatter them across every home. It’s a piece of cake. If you thought this constituted interior design, however, you’d be completely wrong.

Furnishing a home on a budget involves far more than buying items and dumping them haphazardly across the whole house. It takes an eye for detail, an understanding of colours and contrasts, a knowledge of fabrics and textures and the ability to sniff out the bargains. Here are five tips to turn a property into a home that won’t entail spending a small fortune. Continue Reading

‘CHIPPENSTEEL’ Chair

| August 9, 2013

“The CHIPPENSTEEL is the most extravagant design in FIDU. Created as a result of research on material behaviour in FIDU forming method, it discovers new – more complex possibilities and opens new ways in FIDU shaping technology. FIDU technology means that two ultra-thin steel sheets are welded together around their edges and inflated under high pressure to give a 3d object. Continue Reading

‘Lampe L’ by Anna Leymergie

| July 30, 2013

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Designer Anna Leymergie has created ‘Lampe L’, a lamp made for angles.

“The L lamp is made for an angle. It clings on to furniture like a small animal on a promontory. It’s a craft piece, hand-stitched, which makes each piece unique.”

Materials : rattan, Japanese paper, linen yarn & white oak

The ‘Holding-Breath Chair’ by Ray Jiao & Yi Wang

| July 17, 2013

These inflatable chairs by Chinese designers Ray Jiao and Yi Wang integrate vacuum compression systems that mould the seats to the shape of each sitter.

The seat of each chair in the Holding-Breath collection is a detachable bag, filled with foam particles and fitted with a valve that allows air in and out.

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‘Ray’ collection by Lagranja Design for Fabbian

| July 1, 2013

Lagranja Design have designed a collection of lamps called ‘Ray’ for Fabbian Illuminazione.

“It takes its cue from typically Mediterranean Persian blinds. The light which “escapes” between the slats designs the shapes of the lamp. Quality is at the centre of the project. ‘Ray’ creates a direct light on a table or worktop and an indirect diffused light in the rest of the room. Continue Reading

handy pencil accessories by Artori Design

| June 24, 2013

Tel aviv-based Artori Design has developed a series of handy pencil accessories including a ‘Pencil Broom’ eraser extension and a storage device for organizing paper clips and other desk supplies.

‘Pencil Broom’ the wooden pencil supplement works to sweep away ones mistakes, through its grooved bristle-like eraser.

The ‘Pencil End Cup’ is a two-piece container for office utilities in the shape of a pencil end complete with a bright pink ‘eraser’ compartment. It is composed of two separate parts which stack on top of one another, or function as a cup with a lid.

‘Ugol’ by Yaroslav Misonzhnikov

| June 11, 2013

Saint Petersburg designer Yaroslav Misonzhnikov has designed a table lamp named ‘Ugol’.

“Plain form and performance is combined with unique mode of setting it up on a table, by the way already received a patent. All you need is a table angle and board of a standard thickness. A normal working table is usually from 1 to 2,5 cm thick. Continue Reading

3D printed bow tie by monocircus

| June 5, 2013

Made utilizing rapid prototyping techniques in polyamide plastic, the 3D printed bow tie by Japanese design studio monocircus reinterprets the common fashion accessory, retaining a visual presence similar to that of its woven-textile counterpart.

Conceived in one piece instead of being fastened like a ribbon, the attachment slots right onto the button of any collared dress shirt. A checkered surface pattern creates an optical illusion, accentuating the three dimensional volume of the item.

Available here.

how rugs can brighten your home this winter

| May 31, 2013

Interior of the stylish apartment

As winter rolls around, many homeowners across the country are looking for decorative options that can keep a little of that spring and summer cheer that brightens up the rest of the year. Keeping the sunshine alive will help keep things cheerful in the home and goes a long way in keeping that winter chill out of the air. Luckily, there are plenty of design options that do an excellent job of brightening up the home. One of the easiest and cheapest methods of doing so is simply by choosing the right rugs.  Continue Reading