Category Archives: Home Accessories

Stand-out Swivel Chairs for the Home Office

So many more of us are working from home nowadays – and your posture won’t thank you if you don’t use a proper office chair for the purpose! At the same time though, compromising on style is not an option – this is going to be a fixture in your home for years to come. Luckily, you can have your cake and eat it by choosing a chair from our range of five favourite swivel chairs for the home office.

Flynn Putty Beige Leather Office Chair
Flynn Putty Beige Leather Office Chair – £169, Made.com

From a company that produces endless ranges of beautiful, hardworking and reasonably-priced furniture comes Made.com’s Flynn office chair. Designed to feel like the best seat in the house, it is made from faux leather in a beautiful beige putty colour (though a pale grey version is also available) and stands on a swivel base with castors. The height-adjustable chair means that you’re not skimping on practicality either.

Wollano Desk Chair with Chrome Legs by Metro Lane

Wollano Desk Chair with Chrome Legs – £47.99 (was £64.30), Metro Lane

Fans of rather adventurous interior colour schemes – it’s certainly one way to inject a bit of energy into your workday environment – should take a look at the Wollano office chair from Metro Lane. Made from high quality faux leather to form a contemporary geometric design with a definite retro feel, the chair has hydraulic lift and sits on a metal star-shaped base with a chrome finish.

Brooklyn Office Chair

Brooklyn Office Chair – £99, Very.co.uk

Very.co.uk’s Brooklyn office chair is a compact piece that crams lots of features into its diminutive frame. Its curved and richly-finished wooden seat frame supports two cushioned sections covered in black faux leather and rests on top of a chrome-effect metal swivel frame. A lever beneath the seat enables you to adjust the height of the chair between 69-79cm with the assistance of gas lift.

John Lewis Croft Collection Marple Office Chair, FSC-Certified (Beech)

Marple Office Chair in Beech – £149 (was £299), John Lewis Croft Collection

A truly unique piece, which oozes quality, this office chair is brought to you by John Lewis as part of its country-styled Croft Collection. Made primarily from beech finished in a neutral cream colour, it has a round slatted back but doesn’t skimp on features – the chair can be swivelled or tilted, or its height adjusted, with ease. A grey padded cushion and curved armrests ensure your comfort.

Avram Home Office Chair In Yellow With Castors

Avram Home Office Chair In Yellow With Castors – £179.95 (was £233.94), Furniture in Fashion

Bright and contemporary, the Avram office chair is now eminently affordable, with over fifty quid off its original price tag. A versatile chair that clearly means business, it has a mesh contoured backrest and a deep-seated yellow cushion (with a bespoke upholstery option should you wish).  Other features include folding arms that can be pushed back if you prefer, a revolutionary counterbalance mechanism and a gas-assisted lift.

Five of the Best: Earthenware Storage Jars

Glazed earthenware makes beautiful storage jars – the earthenware itself is relatively easy to shape, and the glaze makes it watertight. This is nothing new of course – in fact pit-fired earthenware has been produced as early as 29,000 BC. So, what we can say with confidence is: today’s choice of five earthenware storage jars isn’t going to go out of fashion in a hurry!

Habitat Tira Small Orange Storage Jar with Black and White Stripes

Tira Small Orange Storage Jar – £7.50 (was £10), Habitat

Add instant cheer to your kitchen with the addition of the Tira small orange storage jar which has a wide-mouthed bottle shape and is painted in parallel bands of black and white topped with a panel of orange. A wooden lid with a silicone seals makes it airtight. It’s part of a range of similarly-painted jars in different sizes and colours – all of which are currently on sale, so there’s never been a better time to upgrade your storage options!

Rick Stein Coves of Cornwall Earthenware Storage Jar - 1L

Coves of Cornwall Earthenware Storage Jar – £17, Rick Stein

We’re sure seafood enthusiast Rick Stein knows a thing or two about storage and this elegant earthenware jar is part of his exclusive collaboration with John Lewis. The tall, cylindrical cream-coloured pot – which has the capacity of one litre – is painted on one side with the abstract blue Coves of Cornwall logo. It’s topped with a wooden lid that fits tightly and has a rather rustic, threaded rope handle.

Brigitte earthenware floral vintage pot in blue and green
Brigitte earthenware floral vintage pot in blue and green – £5.35, Maisons du Monde

Who can resist the retro, almost Scandinavian style of this earthenware storage jar from Maisons du Monde? We know we can’t! Microwave and dishwasher-proof, the 7cm high (and 11cm in diameter) Brigitte jar features a gorgeous floral and foliage design in shades of yellow, orange and light blue and has a circular lid with a natural wooden finish which slots on tightly to provide perfect storage.

M&S Textured Storage Jar Medium

Textured Storage Jar Medium – £9.50, M&S

Stylish without being obtrusive, M&S’s storage jar has a pleasing texture thanks to recessed honeycomb shapes on its surface. This medium-sized version is part of a wider range that includes a small version (with the same proportions) and a large tub that’s somewhat shorter and fatter. The jars have wooden lids and are available in charcoal grey as well as in this cream-coloured variety.

Blue Spot Plain Store Jar Set by Fairmont and Main Ltd

Blue Spot Plain Store Jar Set – £27.57 (was £56.97), Fairmont and Main Ltd

We finish with a trio of earthenware store jars. Perfect for both town or country kitchens, they are hand-decorated with a spot design in three different shades of blue on a cream background. The handle of the matching jar lids – all of which have airtight seals to ensure contents remain fresh – are painted in dark blue. Matching textiles are available and this fine set is currently on sale – so act now if you fancy a kitchen revamp!

Five Festive Finds: Christmas Cushions

It’s a cliche to say that Christmas seems to get earlier every year but…it really does! The local pubs have been taking bookings for the day itself since the end of August, so we may even be a bit behind the curve here! Still – forewarned is forearmed, and there are also one or two bargains available in our five favourite Christmas-themed cushions.

Town Scene Light Up Cushion

Town Scene Light Up Cushion – £6.99 (was £24.99), Ace.co.uk

The advantage of buying now, as opposed to in ‘peak festive meltdown’ week, means that you can find some rather splendid pieces – such as this red town scene cushion –  for bargain prices! Made from polyester with Sherpa on the reverse, the landscape depicted on this sizeable (43cm square) cushion has a starry backdrop which actually illuminates, should you insert two AA batteries into it!

Velvet Christmas Cat Print Cushion

Velvet Christmas Cat Print Cushion – £15, M&S

Our feline friends might be as indifferent to the festive season as babies are, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be incorporated into proceedings, thanks to tasteful items such as this marvellous cat print cushion from M&S. The cuddly 45cm by 45cm cushion is actually made from a polyester velvet, printed with a charming picture of a cat resting on a red blanket in a festive environment.

Reindeer Cushion Cover by House Additions

Reindeer Cushion Cover – £4.99 (was £11.99), House Additions

Adding a lovely tan colour to the festive surroundings, this wool-mix cushion features a pattern featuring parallel rows of snowflakes (or are they poinsettias?!) and two symmetrical reindeer. It’s the perfect piece to add a festive feel to a sofa or a guest bedroom and is made from a cosy wool-rich viscose mix. Should you like this look, a smaller version and a matching draught excluder are also available.

Christmas Pudding Cushion

Christmas Pudding Cushion – £14.99, Very.co.uk

Even if you don’t like the real thing, you can’t fail to be cheered by this Christmas pudding cushion which features a design in brown, white, red and green with 3D detail. The circular cushion is 38cm in diameter and will look great on a sofa or under a tree, as well as being extremely comforting to clutch to your stomach during the Queen’s speech as you recover from that Christmas Day binge.

John Lewis Folklore Round Embroidered Cushion

Folklore Round Embroidered Cushion – £25, John Lewis

If (like us, if we’re being honest), you think it is slightly too early to go full-on festive, you can dip your toe into the water gently and introduce this embroidered round cushion to your surroundings. Festive, but not in an over-the-top way, it’s part of John Lewis’s Folklore range, which aims  to bring Scandinavian festive designs into our homes. This cushion is 40cm in diameter and embroidered with a beautiful pattern in shades of blue, red, white and orange.

Shoe Storage Racks and Cabinets

Storing shoes might not sound like the glamorous thing in the world…so it’s rather surprising that a lot of the solutions are so incredibly stylish! We’ve searched our favourite online retailers for the best shoe storage racks and cabinets and come up with the following:Alana Copper Shoe Rack by Made.com

Alana Copper Shoe Rack – £99, Made.com

Copper is the metal when it comes to interior design at the moment and pieces made from it just seem so much warmer than their chrome counterparts – so we welcome the appearance of this Alana shoe rack by Made.com. Angled legs support two platforms onto which you can position your footwear. This fine piece is part of a wider Alana range that includes beds, mirrors and lots of other bedroom essentials – each of them with the same minimalist style credentials.

John Lewis Rubberwood Shoe Rack, 3 Tier

Rubberwood Shoe Rack, 3 Tier – £50, John Lewis

If two tiers won’t provide enough storage space for your footwear, John Lewis’s three-tier shoe rack might be the answer. It’s made from sturdy recycled rubberwood with a natural finish and the three platforms are supported by legs that meet at the top, where they curve. A fine and functional piece of furniture, it measures 49.8cm high and 63cm wide (23.2cm deep); so there’s plenty of room!

Ethnicraft Horizon Teak 2 Door 1 Drawer Shoe Rack

Horizon Teak – £869, Ethnicraft

Ethnicraft’s Horizon teak shoe rack just oozes quality. The two doors of this classy bedroom fixture – which are fastened by metal hardware open to reveal a drawer and three shelves. This rack is part of an extensive range of teak bedroom furniture that includes beds, wardrobes and tables. If you really like the look you can even extend it to the kitchen, as matching teak dining tables and sideboards are also available!

Shoe Storage Cabinet by Home Loft Concept

Shoe Storage Cabinet – £509 (was £549), Home Loft Concept

Home Loft Concept’s shoe storage cabinet looks every inch a vintage heirloom! It’s been made from solid wood that’s been varnished and distressed. The front has been painted in a diamond pattern in iridescent shades that have an almost mother of pearl feel about them. Inside you’ll find four shelves and the whole unit rests on distinctive angled black legs. It’s currently on sale so now’s a great time to invest in a quality piece!

Wilko Wooden Shoe Rack 2 Tier

Wooden Shoe Rack – £16, Wilko

If you’re looking for a practical piece of furniture for a great price, Wilko will not let you down. Easy to assemble, their two-tier wooden shoe rack is smart with a natural finish that will fit in with any home’s interior and its oak slats will house up to six pairs of your shoes. At £16, you’ll find it won’t break the bank and you’ll be able to invest in several if one isn’t enough to fulfil your storage needs.

Five of the Best: Window Mirrors

Mirrors, like windows, can add a real sense of space and light to any room…so why not combine the two?! We’ve searched our favourite online retailers to find the best wall mirrors on the market, so you can make your living space look as cavernous as possible! Here they are:

Window Mirror by Latitude Vive

Window Mirror – £329.99 (was £550), Latitude Vive

We’re not sure that a photograph can do it justice, but this large window mirror from Latitude Vive is rather massive and very heavy – a real statement piece. If we tell you that it’s a sizeable 150cm high and 80cm wide, with a bronze frame finish, then you should get an idea. Best of all, this quality item is currently available in the sale at over £220 off, so act now if you want to get your hands on a real statement piece at a great price.

Arch Window Mirror

Arch Window Mirror – £473, CH House

CH House have made something of a habit of producing stand-out wall mirrors, from the classic to the contemporary. We highly recommend their porthole mirrors (ideal for a nautical-themed bathroom!) but today we’re focussing on their rather grand arch window mirror which is an impressive 132cm wide by 179cm high and has segments edged in a bronze-coloured finish. It’ll add a country house feel to your home in a stroke!

La Redoute Interieurs Lenaig Window Style Mirror

Lenaig Window Style Mirror – £149, La Redoute Interieurs

A simple but no less effective design, the Lenaig window style mirror from La Redoute Interieurs will add a feeling of space to your home. On a backdrop of black MDF, it measures 98cm high by 68cm wide (with a depth of 7.5cm) and is divided into seven segments (with a circular node at each intersection) by a metal frame covered in matt black paint. It includes two hooks to enable you to attach it to your wall.

Yearn Window 112x61cm Wall Mirror in Silver

Window Wall Mirror in Silver – £199, Yearn

Another classic piece that will work just as well in a contemporary interior design scheme, Yearn’s window mirror has an arch shape and will make your room feel bigger. The frame – which is made from long-lasting and moisture-resistant engineered wood, is over 111cm high and almost 61cm wide (it’s 3cm deep) and has a silver-coloured finish, although this mirror is also available with a white frame.

Gallery Roebuck Mirror - Cream

Roebuck Mirror – Cream – £89.99 (was £99.99), Gallery

We love the medieval-style shape of this Roebuck mirror from Gallery – and luckily, your don’t have to have a Dark Ages-era house in order for it to look fabulous! The mirror’s intricate metal frame is finished in a cream colour with an aged effect, and is 94cm high by 50cm wide. It’s currently available in the sale with a tenner off, so act now if you want to add this statement piece to your living space.