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20 scandi-style candlesticks under £30

20 scandi-style candleholders under £30

I’ve had a couple of people over on Instagram ask me where I get my candleholders from, so I thought I’d do a round-up of some of the best scandi-style designs out there. Because sometimes these things can be hard to find if you’re not really sure where to look. I’ve scoured small, independent British shops and well-known Scandinavian brands to bring you 20 candleholders under £30. From bargain finds to handmade chunky concrete blocks and minimal black shapes, there’s hopefully something here for everybody. Here are some of my favourites – tea and kate’s grey, concrete-esque candleholder (d)  is the most like mine above (sadly the shop I bought it from in Wimbledon has since closed), but sculptural, curvy dishes from Muuto and Normann Copenhagen (e + p) also caught my eye. For something a little bit different, why not Future and Found’s house-shaped design? a. Chunk of concrete candleholder by MENU, £30, Scandinavian Design Center b. Candlestick Loop Black, £29, Cooee c. Candlestick for three candles, IKEA PS 2017, £10, IKEA d. Catherine Lovatt …

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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 …

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Summer style wishlist

Summer is well upon us, and with a heatwave last week in the UK, I’m hoping the good weather is here to stay. You never can tell with this country, but whether it’s sweltering hot or pissing down with rain, you can bring the sunshine indoors and out with a few stylish choices. Just like the new summer dress you might have bought for your wardrobe, the home deserves the same care and attention. I’ve been buying a few new plants for the house (an Oxalis, which has wonderful purple leaves), for example, and am going crazy for baskets at the moment (this one from Ikea, just £9, is ticking all the boxes). I’ve also been adding lots of new items from all my favourites independent retailers to my shop to help freshen up the home – I’m thinking lots of planters to bring a bit of greenery, soft pastel shades, natural textures and beautiful handcrafted pieces. What do you think? The good news? You can shop most of these lovely items right here without having to move …

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Do South shop styling

I love exploring the different neighbourhoods or mini villages in London, discovering independent shops, seeking out good coffee and just soaking up the atmosphere. One such place is Crystal Palace, a forty minute overground ride for me from King’s Cross. I don’t often venture south of the river, but about a year ago I was tempted out of my north London cocoon with the promise of vintage and antique shops, and it didn’t disappoint: there’s four-storey antique emporiums, retro clothes shops, homeware stores, food markets on Saturdays and stunning views right down the hill to the City. So when Do South shop, a treasure trove of vintage finds, handmade goods and modern design products, asked me along for a sunny Sunday morning of styling with three other bloggers I couldn’t say no. Do South, set up in 2011 by the lovely Freddie Oke, is situated right in the heart of Crystal Palace’s shops, on the corner of Westow Street and Central Hill. It sells a real variety of goods, from design-led, modern furniture and accessories from the likes …

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Introducing… Shedquarters

Followers of my Instagram might know that I fell in love with these lovely porcelain espresso cups from alissa + nienke (two designers who joined forces after having met at Design Academy Eindhoven) during my last trip to Amsterdam. They’re almost too good to use everyday. So, I was delighted  when I learnt that British homeware shop Shedquarters was selling them in the UK, partly just in case I wanted to add to my collection! Shedquarters is an online shop selling contemporary homeware and accessories that feature bold patterns, colours and textures. It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame last year from a shed. Here, they answer some of my burning questions… How did you start Shedquarters and where did the name come from? We set up the online shop last year after deciding it was the right time to leave London and start our own business. It’s something we had always talked about and had the dream to work for ourselves. We moved to Cambridge and spent some time converting a shed into a studio, which is where …

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My Christmas gift guide 2014: For Homemakers

Good morning folks, this is my final installment of my Christmas gift guide 2014. This time it’s for homemakers, for everyone who likes to do what I call ‘nesting’, that is, getting the home nice, baking, drinking and entertaining! And let’s face it, that is exactly what we all like to do around Christmas time. I’ve got some lovely things for you today, my favourite is the House of Rym blanket from The Future Kept, perfect for these cold evenings, or also Bodie and Fou‘s Let’s Stay Home rug – the perfect motto for this guide! FOR HOMEMAKERS 1: House of Rym Go Undercover Heavenly Honeycomb Throw, The Future Kept: £59.99 2: Let’s Stay Home rug, Bodie and Fou: £80.00 3: Mako square cushion, Starling Store: £34.00 4: Concrete bookends, Future and Found: £65.00 5: Dipped terracotta mug, Decorator’s Notebook: £12.95 6: Triangles tray, Oelwein: €26.00 7: Beech shopping board, Folklore: £40.00 8: This is for you, Molly Hatch cake server, Anthropologie: £12.00 9: Mr Fitzpatrick’s cordial set, The Foodie Bugle: £7.60 10: Design Letters tea towel, Skandivis: £14.50

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My Christmas gift guide 2014: For Him

Welcome to the second installment of my gift guides for 2014: for the boys. I always find men much harder to buy for than women, so I think I might end up using this guide myself (don’t look male relatives!). I’ve chosen some lovely things for various budgets: for the cyclist (SMUG‘s flask), for the geek (Goodhood Store‘s laptop brush) and for the man who likes to be well groomed (Fig + Yarrow’s scrub from Folklore or SMUG‘s fab moustache grooming kit). Enjoy ladies and gentlemen, and don’t forget to check back for the homemakers guide! FOR HIM 1: Signals print by James Brown, Nook: £35.00 2: Uashmama Lunch Bag, The Future Kept: £42.00 3: Cinematype Alphabet Set, Tom Pigeon: £20.00 4: Fig + Yarrow body scrub, Folklore: £36.50 5: Moustache grooming kit, SMUG: £18.00 6: Military Watch Company, Goodhood Store: £35.00 7: HAY laptop brush, Goodhood Store: £14.00 8: APC jersey sweater, Mr Porter: £120.00 9: Don’t Drink and Ride hip flask, SMUG: £22.00 10: Gloves, Oliver Spencer: £49.00

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My Christmas gift guide 2014: For Her

Christmas seems to have come around super-quick this year, the Oxford Street lights were up at the beginning of November and the Christmas adverts are in full swing. I haven’t really done a gift guide on the blog before, but I thought this year was a good time to start. There’s so many lovely independent shops out there, both on our high streets and online (I’ve tried to stick mainly to independent shops, but I did sneak in an &  Other Stories or Anthropologie here and there, I couldn’t resist those Jane Austen painted books). So I’ve selected a few of my favourite things, which I will be sharing over the coming week: a gift guide for her, for him and for homemakers (after all, this is a design and interiors blog…). Lets start with the ladies, who all deserve a treat or two. There’s a lovely purse from my new favourite shop The Future Kept, some jewellery by my friend Saskia from Frost + Dutch and a tote bag from Oelwein, because, well, everyone needs …

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Introducing… Starling Store

The lovely Nicola at Starling Store sent me a sneak peek of her new autumn/winter collection last week. In case you didn’t know, Starling Store is an online shop launched in early summer last year. It has a hand picked selection of colourful and contemporary homeware, all curated by founder Nicola Eslick, who spent the last two decades on a long adventure travelling the world, exploring quirky stores in Tokyo, the chicest boutique in New York and the flea markets of Paris (I’m just a little bit jealous…). She now lives in the seaside town of Brighton with an ‘oblique’ sea view (again, jealous). She says of her shop: Starling Store aims to offer a collection for the individual; for when you are searching for something a little bit different, something inspirational. Each and every piece from the collection is hand picked for it’s original design combined with practability and quality. It is our aim to offer products that will enhance our lives and become the heirlooms of tomorrow. For her, inspiration was born out of a …

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Sukha: a cosy, eco-friendly boutique in Amsterdam

I discovered Sukha – a cosy, eco-friendly boutique on Haarlemmerstraat – during my recent trip to Amsterdam. Sukha means ‘joy of life’ in Sanskrit. Step inside and it is literally like you breathe a sigh of relief; it is so calm and relaxing, with the smell of scented candles and wild flowers dotted throughout the store. It’s a bit hippy, with day beds to lounge on and sprawling text and doodles (not a word of which I understood, but it looked pretty…) on the walls. Here, you will find that nearly all the items they sell have a sustainable background or are Dutch designed or produced. Most of the products are created in small quantities, and some under their own Sukha label. There are wooden beaded chains to hang over a picture or hook, handmade paper garlands, thick wool throws and cashmere jumpers. The displays are beautiful in themselves too: a salvaged stick to hang clothes on, old cotton spools to display jewellery, and artfully arranged display cabinets on the walls.    All images my own