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Muuto grey armchair - 10 minimal, grey armchair under £500

10 minimal, Scandinavian-style armchairs for under £500

I’m on the hunt for a new, minimal, grey armchair for my living room. We already have this vintage, mid-century number – a bargain find from eBay (see it here in my living room makeover) – but we need another one to go opposite the sofa to even the space out and fill that empty corner. So that when we have friends over there’s plenty of seats to go around and we don’t feel like we’re all squished in a row on the sofa looking at one wall. Or someone invariably gets the short straw and ends up sitting on a hard dining chair brought in from the kitchen. It’s a fairly small space and we don’t want something too overpowering – just a simple design, most probably in grey, with bold, clean lines and minimal, well-designed details. Not too much to ask for you would think, but a small budget makes it a little trickier to find just the right thing at an affordable price. So I’ve scoured the internet and picked out the best buys for under £500 in case …

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after

My IKEA kitchen makeover – the transformation

It’s a very exciting day, for I can finally reveal my kitchen makeover! It’s been a huge transformation and I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes, bringing it to life with IKEA. When we moved into our new house and found ourselves with this terribly vibrant, yellow kitchen, which was dark, dingy and unwelcoming to be in, I knew straight away that I wanted the complete opposite – a light, airy room that would be the sociable heart of the house. At the same time, IKEA were promoting the idea that ‘when we cook together, we make more than just food’. The concept that the kitchen is not just a purely functional space for feeding ourselves, but a space for ‘happy household togetherness’, whether it’s gathering your nearest and dearest and using every spare chair available, celebrating those wonderful everyday moments or connecting over long, lazy lunches. It’s a philosophy which really chimes with my own, and having had an IKEA kitchen before and been really happy with it, there was only one brand I wanted to turn …

Kristina Dam day bed

Interior trend: best of day beds

I’m seeing day beds everywhere at the moment, in magazines, in interiors shops and in almost every Scandi brand’s beautifully styled lookbook. It’s not particularly a new trend, classic modernist designers Mies van der Rohe and Eileen Gray both set the bar high with their 20th century designs. Eileen Gray, for example, designed her day bed for her modernist masterpiece, the E-1027 house in the Cote d’Azur (you can read an article I wrote about it in more depth here). Advocating versatile furniture with multiple functions, Gray believed that furniture should ‘lose its individuality and merge into the architectural whole!’. During the day the discrete and movable piece of furniture could be used as a relaxing spot to sit and read and a bed for guests at night. Today the day bed is still popular and I think it’s precisely because of its versatility. As living, dining and eating spaces merge into one, so the functions of our furniture need to be adaptable. A day bed could be used as a soft welcome in the hallway, for an extra place …


Hack your IKEA kitchen with these designs from Reform

Have you heard of Reform? It’s a Denmark-based brand that allows you to hack and customise off-the-shelf IKEA units into beautiful, functional and architecturally-inspired designs. Scandi-design fans can buy their basic cabinets from IKEA, then pick their favourite Reform fronts and worktops. Designs come in everything from carpenter-milled oak and fiber-concrete to clean painted surfaces and streamlined linoleum, so there’s something for every budget or style. I’ve had an IKEA kitchen in my own London flat for about eight years now and although it has lasted remarkably well, tastes change and evolve over time. This could be a quick and easy update without starting again completely from scratch. Reform has just collaborated with three renowned Danish architects – BIG, Henning Larsen Architects and Norm Architects – on three unique and modern kitchens, seen here. BIG’s ‘hyper-modern’ design features an elegant handle made of seat belt fabric, HLA’s is a sharp and classic piece of carpentry, while Norm Architects has come up with a sleek, handle-free creation. ‘The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our home. But Interestingly, it is often …


Ikea’s SINNERLIG collection by Ilse Crawford

Have you seen Ilse Crawford’s new SINNERLIG collection for Ikea? I popped over to the Tottenham store last week and boy is the collection a beauty – you’re in for a treat! Comprised of more than 30 pieces for the home, the collection includes tactile cork dining tables and stools, hand-blown glass bottles, woven baskets and stoneware vases. The pieces, in typical Ilse Crawford fashion, aim to engage with the senses and connect us to our homes. As such, all the objects are designed to have more than one function; the furniture is flexible and can easily swap and change, for example from desk or work bench by day to dining table by night. And they don’t just look good, the collection feels good too. Says Crawford: ‘They are helpful, background pieces, not showstoppers. We worked with cork, ceramic, glass, seagrass and bamboo; tactile materials that appeal to use because they feel as good as they look.’ On a Friday afternoon trip to IKEA, I couldn’t resist this bulbous, dark grey stoneware jug and a dark cork placemat/plant pot stand, which I’ve styled here with some new …


At home

We’ve been busy redecorating our flat in King’s Cross and I thought I’d share the results so far. I’m probably most proud of the living room, it’s been newly plastered and the double doors onto the balcony let lots of light in. I picked up the Eero Saarinen style tulip table from Ebay and the two Ercol dining chairs from Ardingly antiques fair in West Sussex, which I thoroughly recommend for vintage bargains (the grey chair and silver lamp were also from there- for £20 each!). The geometric cushions are from Ebay as well, from a company called Andshine, while the red and white rug is from Habitat. We’ve just got the kitchen to do and then it will finally be finished in time for Christmas (we hope)! The blanket on the sofa is from one of my favourite shops, The French House on Lamb’s Conduit Street, which sells French antiques, lighting, table linen and accessories.