Friday, 31 July 2009
The includeds a hand-woven, long-fibre Andrea rugs, Tallvik steel lamps and Ronas candlestick and tealight holders, which were created by Ehlen Johansson.
It also included three-in-one cushions, which can be laid flat along a sofa or folded up into an s-shape to make a soft seat and Evabritt panel curtains, which are hinged to fold in the middle.
The IKEA catalogue has been produced every year since 1951 and is now read by more than 400 million people in 28 different languages across 38 countries.
This year's catalogue will present approximately 2,000 products, including several hundred new ones. The full IKEA range is made up of 10,000 products.
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Former editor of glossy magazine Homes and Interiors Scotland Sandra Colamartino has turned her back on the magazine sector to launch a new confectionery business which combines her two passions - books and chocolate. The Chocolate Library, based in Edinburgh, creates chocolate bars designed to look like books with packaging that opens so that buyers can read an article about the subject on the cover of the product.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
This week's interior is from our friends at Wallpaper magazine and the 'Rossana Orlandi 'pops up' in Sardinia' feature.
The Gallery Fumi space, complete with Bokja sofa and pendant light by Pieke Bergmans
A digital newsletter will showcase the Habitat range and keep customers up-to-date with current interior decorating trends and the latest store news. Recipients will also be able to click through to the magazine microsite.
Habitat recently got into some hot water for using the Iran election and interest in products such as the new Apple iPhone to help publicise money-saving discounts at its stores on Twitter. It used its Twitter account to add keywords, known as hashtags, to Tweets.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Whether you're a retailer, flooring buyer or contractor, National Floor Show provides you with the opportunity to touch, see, source and be inspired by all the latest trends in flooring. National Floor Show provides the largest forum to meet with existing suppliers as well as source new ones and network with peers.Are you visiting the National Floor Show in Harrogate this year? We'd love to hear from people who have visited or exhibited in the past.
Monday, 27 July 2009
1. I'm for style - fashions change too often.
2. The mood of a room must dictate. Every room has a mood or personality - sometimes - latent - and it is this that one desires to develop.
3. It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.
4. Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.
5. The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what's in or what's out. This is not an easy job.
Friday, 24 July 2009
The Triangle’s 42 properties — which will meet the testing Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes — will be built around a traditional village green, with a contemporary eco-touch. There is, for instance, a wet meadow, part of the development’s drainage strategy.
The model for the two and two-and-a-half storey terraced homes will be Swindon’s Victorian railwaymen’s cottages, but the properties will be updated with 21st-century green extras, such as triple-glazing, eco-roofing and rainwater harvesting systems.
The 19th-century layout will also be modified to fit in with today’s thinking on energy efficiency, as McCloud explains: “We have decided to raise the ceiling on the downstairs living space to give more light; this makes the first-floor bedrooms more womblike.”
McCloud, who studied scores of examples of domestic architecture when formulating his plans, considers the railwaymen’s cottages quite beautiful. This is appropriate as his development company is called Hab — Happiness Architecture Beauty.
The guys over at interiordesign.net recently highlighted the return of Cassina. Franco Albini and Franca Helg introduced their three-piece Tre Pezzi in 1959 as an update on the bergère.
The comfortable proportions, crescent shapes, and tubular-steel base endure. However the latter, originally painted black, can now also be ordered in polished chrome, and the wool fabric, formerly offered only in red, now comes in other bright colors and a selection of neutrals.
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