Thursday, 17 June 2010

Add some glamour to your bedroom

We all like to feel glamorous every once in a while, whether its buying a new LBD or blagging your way into a celebs party, but why not recreate that feeling every morning when you get up?

Allure says it all with its name. Allure is a finely woven shaggy rug that just begs to be touched. Its metallic shiny shades add a touch of class to any floor they're laid on. Four colourways are available including Bronze/Black, Silver/Black, Orange Gold and White Gold, each more rich and sumptuous than the last.

Polyester rugs are a great alternative to wool sometimes, allowing more adventurous designs and textures. Allure is made from 100% polyester and is soft to the touch as well as being easy to maintain.

Add some glamour to your bedroom with an Allure rug. This rug would look great at the foot of your bed and would be a dream to walk on first thing in the morning. If you have a dark room then choose a lighter option such as white or orange gold rug, where as if your room is light in colour then bronze/black rug would make a powerful statement.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

When nature calls

With the abundance of decorative items created from man-made materials on the market its refreshing to consider opting for something natural when it comes to your floor coverings. Natural rugs is a broad term that encapsulates a collection of products ranging from Jute rugs and herringbone rugs to Sisal rugs. These materials are mainly harvested in India and Nepal where they are major crops, responsibly farmed, making them an environmental choice - but also one that comes with history and craftsmanship past down through generations. Natural rugs have graced homes for hundreds if not thousands of years.

So next time your in a store looking at rugs, or indeed anything where there is a choice between polyester and wool - make the right choice. You never know it may just make you feel better too.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Bruce Willis gets sued over a rug

Its been reported that the Die Hard star is being sued by a shop which claims he ruined an £18,000 rug by trimming it and spilling wine on it. Natural rugs and red wine do not mix.

The interior design shop state that the 55-year-old actor brought the rug back six weeks after it had been delivered to his Los Angeles home, stained with red wine - and shortened by several inches.

Willis's lawyer Marty Singer said the legendary action hero did not buy the wool and silk rug and it was not damaged or dirty, but he had offered to clean it.

The shop says it is stuck with a damaged shaggy rugs.


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Roadkill Rug is Surprisingly Appealing

Dead fluffy animals don't spring to mind when i think of soft furnishings, but that's what Dutch product design studio Oooms thought of. The studio run by Guido Ooms and Karin van Lieshout create thought-provoking and original products - some are sold via their website, others like the rug are a one off.

This is their take on the what the rug's about:

Do you know the feeling that you do not want to take a look at something, but you still do? The Roadkill carpet is a continues struggle between attraction and repulsion. It’s a warm, soft, cuddly carpet that attracts you to take a nap on it. But at the same time its a repulsive image of a car-flattened, bloody fox.

Thought-provoking yes, but hardly a mere snip at 3,400 Euros.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Bringing Nature Indoors with Natural Rugs

As we're coming ever closer to Summer its time to get ready for more outdoor living and having as many BBQs as possible, however, don't forget to spring clean inside - you can achieve a fresh new look with the addition of a just few new items. Rugs make a perfect (relatively low-cost) floor covering for conservatories, kitchens and open plan living rooms in the Summer.

The Rug Lounge is a small rug store we feature occasionally on this blog and i recently revisted their natural rugs section to see what i could find. Jute and Sisal have their own unique properties, but both are durable and appealing materials that make a room a pleasure to be in. Jute is usually the softer when used in a rug and can even therefore be used in a kids room to add comfort. Sisal tends to be more coarse making it perfect for areas that see a lot of feet.

Organic Knot is my favourite natural fibre rug from The Rug Lounge. Its rough and knotted look is extremely fashionable at the moment and create a great focal point for a large space with lots of light. At £48 with free delivery its also a real bargain. Natural Herringbone features the most traditional pattern alongside a sumptuous velor border. As in the image i think this rug would suit a real wood floor, or if your not so lucky any solid colour carpet or laminate would give it a could frame.



Natural Weave
is a Jute rug with a brown cotton border, here seen on a wooden floor paired an old English arm chair in red leather. At the time of writing this rug is on offer - at a very reasonable £74.00. I think combining what are essentially natural materials with traditional approaches to pattern and form can be a real winner when styling a room.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Flooring to modernise your home

If you are looking to modernise your home this summer or change the d├ęcor you need to think about all the different flooring options that are now available to you.

Carpet seems to have been thrown onto the waste pile in recent years as people have opted for hardwood, laminate or tiled flooring.

The consumer has moved away from carpet as it is less hygienic and it can be ruined if something is spilt, especially if it is light in colour.

These days it is very rare to find carpet down as flooring for a bathroom or kitchen however, where hardwood or rubber flooring has been used people often like to add a rug as a feature.

Depending on the style of your kitchen there are many options available for both the colours and materials.

Sisal and Jute fibres are often a good choice on hard flooring surfaces because they are less likely to slip. These fibres are also best for use within a kitchen as they do not hold dirt. Another good tip would be to use an anti-slip underlay to stop your mat from slipping.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Interior design of a kitchen

Quite a few changes have taken place in the world of kitchen design over the last couple of years.

No longer do we have the old farm kitchen doors made from wood, with the latest modern look kitchens are now also using modern materials such as high gloss plastics and glass work tops.

Colour is being introduced into kitchens but the use of high gloss black or white kitchens are also on the rise.

Kitchens are being made with better storage solutions, hidden features and soft close cupboard doors. Integrated appliances are still on the top of many people's ideal kitchen list and that now includes double ovens at just below eye level.

We haven't lost the past completely though, it has just taken a slightly different approach. Belfast style sinks have become very popular in our kitchens again but with a modern twist. The deep pot sinks are back in fashion but now they have the added pot draining board area attached.

Rather than having wooden doors the wood now appears on the work surface in a butcher's block style worktop.

Granite is still a popular choice for those who can afford it but the wooden worktops are becoming increasingly popular especially in larger kitchens.

Carpets in a kitchen are a thing of the past and many people opt for either a tiled or rubber flooring. Rugs are also often used just in certain areas of the kitchen to add a bit of colour and warmth.

Put Your Feet Up in The Rug Lounge

A brand NEW retailer specialising in natural and shaggy rugs has just launched in the UK. The Rug Lounge differentiates itself from the competition by offering free delivery on everything (within mainland UK that at least).

What's different about The Rug Lounge?

From the looks of it The Rug Lounge is trying to provide people with affordable rugs that also say quality and reflect both current and classic rug designs and materials. Entropy is a shaggy rug like any other but at this price makes adding much-needed style to a room easy. The other shaggy rug line is the wonderfully named Allure rug, also made from Polyester making it affordable, but also easy to maintain and bright.

The Rug Lounge's range of natural rugs is also worth a look. Bringing together a mixture of modern and traditional looks in both Jute and Sisal the natural rugs have something to offer everyone.









Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Flooring Sale to Celebrate St Patricks Day

UK Flooring Online are celebrating St Patricks Day this year by offering a massive 17% discount on any green version of any flooring products they have on their website.

St Patricks Day marks the start of the sale, which runs until Sunday (March 21st).

UK Flooring Online sell a variety of flooring options for your home or business, from studded rubber floor tiles through to vinyl flooring.

You could save yourself the equivalent price of VAT (17%) if you buy your flooring between March 17th and 21st, 2010.

For more information and to grab yourself a top bargain visit www.ukflooringonline.com

Monday, 1 March 2010

BA Flying The Flag For Interior Design














It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you mention the words interior design but a lot of thought and effort goes into the design of the interior of aircraft flying around the world.

If you have ever been lucky enough to travel first class then you will know that the interior of the first class cabins can be a lot different to the standard class option.

The 100 million-pound revamp to the British Airways flights has closed the gap on standards set by the luxury cabins provided by rival airlines in the Middle East and Asia.

The first class cabins now come with wider bed seats, leather desks and linen made from Egyptian cotton. Passengers will also be treated to an Anya Hindmarch washbag containing toiletries from the 200-year-old London pharmacist D.R. Harris & Co.

The designers of the new BA first class cabins have previously worked in the motor trade creating leather-rich interiors for Jaguar and Aston Martin cars and they will be available to passengers travelling to 40 different locations.

This is BA's first makeover for the premium class seats in just under 10 years and has been created to provide an “intimate private jet experience”. The new design also features the first electronic blinds on a commercial airliner.

It will be interesting to see if any other airline companies follow suit and update their first class cabins in the coming months or provide other extras to get people to use their flights.

Yoville takes interior design into the digital age



A lot of people are interested in the world of interior design and it seems that Yoville has taken this one step further.

Not only are people interested in designing their dwellings in the “real world” it seems that following the fashion and design trends is also becoming of interest in virtual worlds too.

Yoville is an online virtual community, which has been heavily boosted by the Facebook Application, is all about designing and decoration your “virtual” home.
There are many different designs and features that you can take advantage of to build your ideal home.

A lot of the furniture designs you can buy in Yoville with your virtual cash have been based on real designs that you can buy in the shops.

Recent additions to the furniture styles include digital versions of the Arne Jacobsen Egg and Swan Chairs.

What makes Yoville even better is the fact that you do not have to part with your hard earned cash and that you can style your house just the way you want it without having to worry about how much it costs. You can also change the colour of the walls and your carpet as often as you want. If you don't like the colour you just pick another and it will change instantly – no waiting for the paint to dry.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Italian Interior Designers Showcase in Abu Dhabi

More than 35 of Italy's finest interior designers and manufacturers are set to showcase their work in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.

The event has already attracted interest from the region’s trade buyers, as well as design consultants and architects.

Italy is well known for producing superior quality goods and craftsmanship using the finest materials.

An interactive living zone has been created by Italian architects Mr Attilio Lapietra and Mrs Tiziana Burrini from ARTEX, the Centre for Artistic and Traditional Handicrafts of Tuscany.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Looking back on a decade of interior design

The Interior Design blog takes a look back across the past decade of style and trends.

The 90's featured a lot of beige, white, and well lets face it a lot more beige.

This became the palette of choice for the many buy-to-letters who were making the most of the rising house prices.

As we entered the noughties the trend continued but as the prices slowly began to fall the market saw a slump in house sales.

Towards the end of the decade the prices began to fall and lending became a lot more difficult people started to invest in their current home instead of moving house.

As the prices changed so did the interior design styles because people were starting to make homes their own and not just decorated for sale.

Here saw the return of colour with feature walls and large designer prints and florals.

With the recession towards the end of the decade a feature wall provided a cheap way to spruce up your home and allowed stronger colours to return because of a feature wall not overpowering a room.

The end of the noughties following the start of the recession led to people reusing and revamping old furniture and materials.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Interior design offers currently on the web

Interior Design Sales currently available on the web. We have been searching all across the internet to bring to you some of the best offers currently available on the web. They have been sectioned into different areas of interior design.

If you find any offers you think are worth a mention please add them in the comment box below.

Paint

Homebase







Homebase are offering Dulux 2.5L standard coloured Emulsion at half price and buy one get one half price on Crown Emulsions.

To see the offer click here

Flooring

Doormats Delivered



















Currently have up to 30% off in their January Sale across a number of their products.

The Rainbow Blue Coir Mat is a real bargain!


UK Flooring

UK Flooring have taken off the cost of VAT across the whole of their website.

Check out the Slate Rubber Floor Tiles.













B&Q


15% off ALL flooring!

Click here to see the sale prices.


Bedroom


Debenhams

The Debenhams sale has some great bargains on good quality bed linen bed linen

Betty Jackson Black Yellow geo bed linen King Size Duvet £15 @ Debenhams was £40




Kitchen


Focus

Up to 70% off all kitchen units

Save 50% on the Vermont range plus an extra 10% off currently. A standard 7 Unit kitchen is priced at £288.90!


Bathroom

Sainsburys


Bristan 3 Piece Bathroom Suite White only £179.31 and you get Nectar points!








B&Q


Half Price on Cooke and Lewis bathroom collections and many good deals on other bathroom suites too!

The Seattle Bath Suite is a web exclusive offer and the whole suite is available for £249!!






Living Room


Elsa Large Sofa in Chocolate

The Elsa offers superb value for money with its combination of clean modern lines and great comfort levels. Supportive foam-filled seat cushions combine with the soft fibre-filled armpads and back cushions and Upholstered in leather/PVC combination.

See more information on the sofa here

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Layers are the way forward for interior design

Wallpapered ceilings and layered rugs are set to make an appearance this season.

If you have high vaulted ceilings, beams or ceiling roses in your house original or mock, the wallpaper can bring emphasis to these features.

Make sure that if you wallpaper the walls as well as the ceiling you use a different paper for the ceiling otherwise it will make your room feel boxed in and claustrophobic.

Remember to use a plain paper on the ceiling if the walls have a pattern or vice versa.

If you are going to go for the layering look then you need to make sure that the colours and patterns on the rug are similar in style. This way the rugs will then work as a theme together rather than looking odd and out of place.

In the cold winter a room will be made to feel snug and a lot warmer with the introduction of layered rugs.

These trends can work in both modern and more traditional dwellings provided that you use patterns and colours to suit the style of the house. Use persian rugs for a traditional look and bright bold colours for a modern take on the trend.

For a nice range of rugs visit www.nicerug.co.uk

Monday, 4 January 2010

New Year New Trends

A New Year means out with the old and in with the new. That also includes the interior design trends that we are set to see this year.

With the world becoming more environmentally friendly, the colours looking to make an appearance this year are of earthy tones. Expect to see a lot of natural dyes being favoured over chemicals, such as the use of berries.

Along with the more natural earthy tones the interior design world will also see the introduction of more vibrant global tones especially in the way of sofa's and soft furnishings.

Green and yellow will play a huge art in the colour schemes of any modern dwelling and expect there to be a hint of purple and orange to add to the rich vibrant colours of the season.

Environmentally friendly textiles will play an important role in the design of any interior and concrete greys will become the new black in the neutral colour chart.
 
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