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Bright Buttons

I saw this sofa by Graham and Green with contrasting colourful buttons and had a bit of a swoony moment. Isn’t it handsome?

Graham and Green - Bath Button Back Sofa

It was rather out of my price range so I decided to emulate it by getting a couple of pieces of our existing furniture recovered in a similar fashion. I ordered some cream faux leather upholstery fabric & some sample swatches of bright velvets in yellow, duck egg, purple, orange and fuchsia to use for the buttons. Here is our old chaise lounge…

chaise longue

…and here is a footstool that we picked up in a second-hand shop a couple of years ago. I used a local upholsterer who did a far better job then I ever could.

footstool

We had a bit of a splurge (but still half the price of the version I was inspired by) on this two-seater Chesterfield style sofa bed from Designer Sofas 4 U and added the same colourful buttons. This is a great company who have an excellent sale section where you can often pick up a leather two-seater sofa for around £500. The sofas are handmade in the UK and they will make bespoke sizes. Their colour range is really extensive or you can send them your own fabric to use.

Chesterfield sofa

What do you think?

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Mr Wild Owl Stool

There are loads of owl homewares about, be they lamps, vases, cushions or chalkboards. I hadn’t found myself particularly hankering after them, but ever since I saw Mr Wild Owl from Graham and Green I want them all.

Mr Wild Owl Stool - Graham & Green

At almost half a metre high, he’s ceramic and his flat head can be used to sit on or to put things on. I’m thinking a pair of bedside tables or one as a stool in front of a dressing table maybe.

You won’t get much change from £100 but I think he’s gorgeous. Do you like him?

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Cardboard Chic

Cardboard is usually reserved for packing, carrying and storing. It is the workhorse of household materials that never really gets appreciated. Not these cardboard creations. They are the celebrities of the cardboard world that have been transformed from merely functional into beautiful as well.

This cardboard pendulum wall clock is stunning with its laser-cut curves and the brass hands and acrylic numbers add some extra class. It is $46 which is great value and even including the high postage outside of the US, it’s a lot less than many inferior clocks. As well as clocks Seequin also do some pretty cardboard chandeliers.

Cardboard Pendulum Wall Clock - Seequin

I love the simplicity of this cardboard radio from Suck UK. If you get bored with the radio playlists you can play your iPod or MP3 player through it too. It can be powered with batteries or a DC adaptor so you can take it out and about with you, eighties style. It’s £25.

Cardboard Radio - Suck UKNeed an ad hoc chair that you can fold away in between uses? Look no further than this cardboard chair from Paperpod Cardboard Creations. At just under £35 you could get a couple. I love the idea of decorating it, you could use it as a kind of furniture guest book and get a written message from everyone who sits on it. There are toddler versions too.

Cardboard Chair - Paperpod Cardboard CreationsThese cardboard shoes made from old Quaver boxes with parcel string laces are magnificent. Even if they’re not wearable they look amazing. Mark O’Brien will do custom orders too so if you want a particular style of shoe in a certain brand box he may be your man. The ones below are just under £40.

Cardboard Smart Shoes (quavers) - MarkofBrien

The people over at Kid Eco, have some fun playhouses for kids made of cardboard that can be decorated and painted. Choose from a playhouse, puppet theatre, teepee, rocket, castles, fortress, princess castles or my favourite, the igloo.

What do you think? Has cardboard got a little jumped up or is it the new eco chic?

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Love Tubs vs. Bouji Bargains

I saw these beautiful Love Tubs recently and developed a strong hankering. The curvy legs, button seat and back and the rolled top have certainly made me fall in love.

Velvet Love Tub - Oliver Bonas

There’s just enough room to snuggle up with someone lovely on here, but if you like your seat to yourself they come as single tub chairs too. Both designs come in these bright and sunny colours. Probably best not to keep them outside though…

Velvet Tub Chairs - Oliver BonasGo the whole hog with a matching ottoman in a contrasting colour.

Velvet Ottoman - Oliver Bonas

The Love Tubs are £545, Tub Chairs are £385 and the ottoman is £365 from Oliver Bonas.

Made.com’s Bouji collection is similar in shape but comes in more subtle cotton-linen fabric or gothic black or cherry velvet.

Bouji Chair - Made.comI can hardly believe they make a profit by selling the chair at £189 and the rather gorgeous and ornate ottoman at £169. But who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth? Delivery can take a while with Made.com but the quality of the products I’ve bought has always been excellent and the wait is definitely worth it.

Bouji Ottoman - Made.com

I love the velvet brights of the Oliver Bonas chairs but I also love the contrasting piping and legs of the Bouji collection. Which do you prefer?

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Al Fresco Apparatus

Now the weather is showing signs of brightening up I’ve been planning summer days sipping a long drink in the garden. Although the only thing in our garden is a trampoline and I can see that combination getting a bit messy so I’ve been hankering after garden furniture.

Not strictly a garden chair as it would look just as nice indoors or outdoors this seat has been inspired by a beer barrel making it lightweight, weather-proof and pretty darn gorgeous in my opinion. I really like the cushion too. It’s £155 from Garden Trading.

Barrel Seat by Garden Trading

I’ve always wanted a hammock but am a bit scared that whatever I attach it to will collapse on me when I’m in it, so this hammock and stand set by Hammock Heaven would let me relax rather than lie there rigid with fear. At a little over £96 I think it’s great value. They’ve also got a baby hammock which is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Jet Set Hammock & Stand Set by Hammock Heaven

Also from Hammock Heaven is the Globo, a gorgeous sculptural version of the swing seat. It isn’t cheap at just over £530 for the single version but it is beautiful. There is a double version and a kid’s version too.

Single Globo by Hammock Heaven

Taking garden furniture literally are Parameria who handmake these armchairs from natural sustainable materials in Thailand. They are so intricate and the curvy shape is wonderful. Available in two sizes from £275, I’m hankering for one of these.

Handmade armchair made from natural sustainable materials - Parameria

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