Our Favourite: Welcome Mats

 

“Take your shoes off!”

I always used to get into trouble for trailing my muddy shoes across the hall carpet, so much so we had a strict ‘no wearing shoes inside’ policy at my parents house. Fair enough I hear you say, but when I was even banned from wearing my brand spanking bonafide Kickers I wasn’t happy (terrible childhood right?)

Now it’s my turn to make the rules, all I ask is that guests wipe their feet before they come in – so a door mat is an essential accessory. Here’s our best, most reasonably priced picks (after all you don’t want to be spending an awful lot on something that is essentially designed to become filthy).

 

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1. Coir Doormat – Good Day $29 (apologies this is USA only but it’s my favourite – hopefully it’ll be in UK stores soon),  2. Ovalado Doormat £19.99, 3. Fox Washable Doormat £7.99, 4. Cloudy Browns door mat £15, 5. Margo Selby Phoenix Doormat £20, 6. Morocco Door Mat £10, 7. Pheasant Bird Coir Doormat £17

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Our Favourite: Home Telephones

I have the misfortune of being an EE customer in an area where EE signal is a bit ropey and in an old house with thick stone walls which seem to weaken it even further.

Whenever I try to make a call from home I have to loiter by the windows, which must make me look pretty odd to the neighbours, especially when I run from one window to another as the signal starts to fail. I recently reached the very peak of my frustration when I was on the phone to the bank, had just navigated through the nine circles of hell (aka the automated telephone system), and after 20 minutes I finally reached a human being, and the signal chose that point to drop. Gaargh!

Suffice to say, I think a re-instatement of the house phone is needed to restore my sanity, and it turns out that there’s a fantastic selection of stylishly retro ones available. In fact, my parents keep reminding me that their red rotary dial phone would be very much in vogue now had they kept it instead of switching it out for a modern one in the early 90’s due to my protestations that it was preventing me from being able to participate in Going Live! phone-ins (not that I ever did get to speak to Chesney Hawkes…)

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1. Wild & Wolf 746 1960’s Corded Telephone, £49.95 (collect in store / £3 p&p)  2.  Etsy, GPO 162 1930s Art Deco Bakelite Pyramid Telephone, £150 (£7.99 p&p)  3. Amazon, Emerald Green Classic 1970s Style Trim Phone  £34.95 (free p&p) 4. Amazon, Swissvoice Epure Full Eco Cordless Single DECT £ 49 (free p&p)  5. Retro style phone five by viva designs  £85 (£10 p&p)  6.  Etsy, Genie – 1980s Retro BT Telephone in Antique White £40 (£4.99 p&p) 7. IWOOT GPO Audrey retro push-button telephone £34.99 (free p&p)

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Our Favourite: Armchairs

In my opinion it’s best to play it safe when it comes to sofas – after all they don’t come cheap, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to afford to change your mind too often. But I think you can justify being that little more adventurous when it comes to your choice of armchair. Take a glance at some of our current favourites.  (And yes, I may have been watching Mad Men whilst making the shortlist…can you tell?)

More can be found over on our dedicated pinterest board

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1. Armchair in Putty Linara Mad Men £399, 2. Mid Century Rocking Chair in Orange £395, 3. Brown leather Chesterfield £699, 4. Charcoal Velvet Occasional Chair £395, 5. G Plan Vintage The Fifty Five Armchair £799, 6. 1950s Mid Century Modern Style Leather Armchair £595 , 7. Bespoke Parker Knoll Patchwork Armchair in Designers Guild fabric £395

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Our Favourite: Throws and Blankets

It’s that time of year again. I’m refusing to put the heating on until the clocks go back, so i’m currently sat on the sofa with my thickest pair of socks on and my fluffiest dressing gown acting as a makeshift blanket. It doesn’t have to be this way though, Winter can definitely be done in a more stylish manner. Blankets (never slankets) and throws are the solution. Here are just some of our favourites and more can be found on our pinterest board…

 

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1. Pendleton Heroic Chief Blanket £87, 2. Geometric Jacquard Blanket £69.99, 3. Odense Scandinavian Wool Throw £69.95, 4. Mint & cream throw £10.00, 5. Red check throw £5, 6. Albion Throw £110, 7. ABBAN REDS Cotton Red and blue reversible cotton throw £35, 8. Moose Design Wool Blanket – Chunky, Modern Style £62.00

 

 

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Our Favourite: Occassional Tables

There’s always an occassion for an occassional table. Whether it’s a cup of tea, a bottle of wine or a bowl full of crisps. Give your snacks some stature and invest in one of these splendid side tables…

You can see more of our favourites here

 

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1. LÖVBACKEN Side table, medium brown £40, 2. Accordian Plant Stand £55.00  3. Gallery side table £175, 4. Metal Nesting Tables £100, 5. Kare Gorilla Side Table £120.00, 6. Wooden Tray Table £49.50, 7. Antique Copper Side Table  £130, 8. BLYTH PINKS Lacquered Yellow storage side table £95, 9. Teak coffee/side tables by G Plan £75

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Our Favourite: Dining Chairs

If you’ve read Our Favourite Dining Tables you’ll know that my furniture choices were inspired by the cover of ‘Simply Scandinavian’ by Sara Norman, a book showcasing the very best of Scandi interiors. With the table sorted, thanks to Made.com, I needed to source the chairs. I’ll be honest though my vision had always involved Hans J Wegner’s wishbone chair and nothing else could match up. I couldn’t quite stretch to the genuine article though, particularly as I needed at least four of them, but even the replica ones don’t come cheap.

However there is plenty of choice out there, so take my advice and don’t get too attached to an idea and you’ll be able to achieve something just as elegantly stylish without blowing your budget. These are just some of our favourites, more can be found over at pinterest…

 

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1. Set of 6 1960s Danish dining chairs £600, 2. Farmhouse Slat Back Kitchen Chairs £70 painted / £60 waxed, 3. HESTER GREENS Wood Green stackable dining chair £95, 4. STOCKHOLM Chair, walnut veneer £100, 5. Red Vintage School Laboratory Stacking Stool £30, 6. Oak stacking chairs £114 7. Blu Dot Hot Mesh Chair £115, 8. Vintage Leather Dining Chair £285

 

 

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Our Favourite: Vases

I’m pretty awful at flower arranging.  My strategy of hacking at the stalks and jamming them in a clear glass vase is probably not the best, but no matter how much time I invested in flower arranging classes, I’d never get near to the skills of someone like Amy Merrick.  Plus if I was going to dedicate my spare time to learning a new skill, there would be a good number of things further up on the list (plumbing, speaking foreign languages, wrestling, etc.).  So my new strategy is to veer away from the simple glass vase and get something more interesting to stick my flowers in.  That way, even if my arrangements are lacking in imagination, at least the vase will be stylish.

Here are a few of my favourites, for more have a look at our Pinterest board.

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1. Green Glass Vase £6.99  2. Tribal Collection Round Ball Vase £19.99 (£3.95/ collect in store)  3. Serax Milky Medium Blue Vase £25 (£5.95 p&p)  4. Two-Tone Zinc Vase £30-£35 (collect in store/ £3.95)  5. Metal Small green top copper vase £20 (£4.95 p&p)  6. LSA Flower Table Arrangement Vase £16 (+£3.95 p&p)  7. Ferm Living Hexagon Brass Vase £38 (£4.95 p&p)  8. Stitch Ceramic White porcelain vase £16 (collect in store / £4.95 delivery)

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Our Favourite: Hallway Furniture

I’ve been decorating my hall for about 18months now (it’s not that big, i’m just that slow) so I’ve had plenty of time to think about how I’d like to furnish it. However, living in a typical redbrick Manchester terrace means the hallway is incredibly narrow, and the ceilings incredibly high so room for furniture is limited. My dreams of owning a lovely midcentury telephone bench have sadly been put on hold. The space I do have though I hope to utilise for  hanging coats, organising post and displaying books. So here’s my ‘slim pickings’ for narrow hallways (note the dream ercol bench – couldn’t resist)

More over on our Pinterest board

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1. Graham & Green | Wire Floor Storage £125, 2. Urban Outfitters | Scroll Shelf in Teal £20, 3. Habitat | Twiggy Natural Wood Oak coat stand £150, 4. Ark Midcentury | Ercol telephone bench £295, 5. England at Home | Botanica Shelving Unit £329.99, 6. Cox and Cox | Antiqued Metal Console Table £180, 7. Not on the Highstreet | Pigeon Post Letter Rack £20

 

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Our Favourite: Bedside Tables

No bedroom is complete without bedside tables.  I don’t care whether they match, or even if they’re just an upturned crate, but any bedroom in a glossy design magazine that doesn’t have bedside tables won’t cut the mustard with me, no matter how beautifully decorated.

Where would you put your nighttime reading?  Your alarm clock?  Your evening tipple? Your graveyard of used daily contact lenses? (that one might be just me…).  They’re a bedroom essential and mine are in need of an upgrade.  It might just be a sand and paint job, but if I was going to splash out on new ones, these would be on my list…

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1. West Elm | Parquetry Bedside Table £199.95 sale price (£15 p&p)   2. Urban Outfitters | Factory Side Table in Mint £60 (free p&p)  3. French Connection | Small Wooden Cube £95 (collect in store)  4. Design Vintage | Vintage French Cupboard £175 (£5.95 p&p)  5. Etsy | Upcycled Vivienne Westwood Squiggle bedside tables £250 for 2 (£29 p&p)  6. Loaf | Campaign retro style bedside table £225 (£4.95 p&p)   7. Graham & Green | Giogio Dark Bedside £295 (delivery costs vary by location)

See our full Pinterest list of bedside tables for more ideas.

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Our Favourite: Bathroom Accessories

Having recently finished my bathroom i’m now in search of accessories to complete the look. Admittedly searching for loo brushes and soap dishes didn’t strike me as something to get too excited about but there are actually some pretty nice offerings out there.  Here’s what I’ve stumbled upon whilst on my quest to find the perfect toilet trimmings…

You can see more of our favourites over on pinterest

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1. Jute mat £19.50 (£12.50 p&p), 2. Bhavani Bath Rack sale price £31.96 (£2.95 p&p), 3. Enamel Bath Accessories £14.00 – £39.00 (£8 p&p). 4. ISLA BLUES Ceramic Blue patterned porcelain toilet brush £18 (+£4.95 p&p), 5. Gold Turtle Jar £17.99 (Free instore pick up or £9.99 p&p), 6. Baileys Home oak loo roll holder  £16, 7. Bits & Baubles Trinket Dish £20 (£5 p&p), 8. Smoked Glass Cotton Wool Pot £4.50, (Free instore collection), 9. Mr Fox Bath Mat £25 (£3 p&p)

 

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