We made a table!

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Instead of throwing away the above troughs that I made for my MA degree show I decided to, with the help of my Granddad and his workshop, turn them into coffee tables!

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Having come up with a design the first thing to do was create a higher base for the tiles so that the edge wasn’t too deep. Easily done with Granddad’s tools!

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Then we attached the hairpin legs that I bought from Wicked Hairpins. I went for the three rod leg because I thought that the wooden trough with the tiles would be heavy and so the extra support was a safe bet.

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The next step was to layout and stick down the tiles to either side of the coffee table. It took ages to find these tiles. I wanted a specific colour and style of pattern similar to that seen on the buildings in Portugal. These ones are from Milagros a Mexican shop that sells a range of handmade tiles and other goods.

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The first idea for the table was that it would be the tiles and then a strip of grout… not the best idea as it seems. Having grouted the table (above image) we left it dry and it cracked – so back to the drawing board.

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After another indecisive gap I decided on these little mosaic tiles from a local bathroom store. This worked so much better than the grout. So then the table was pretty much done just needed to paint it. In the design the centre section is to be filled with succulents. It has been left empty for now in case it needs to be transported anywhere.

And here’s the final piece!

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It had its ups and down but I got there in the end. I also have the materials to make another one which will hopefully wont take as long to make as this one did! Huge thanks to Granddad and his patience with my unexpectedly difficult design.

It is also now available to buy on Etsy!

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Etsy Favourites: Furniture

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We’ve chosen some of our current favourite pieces of furniture available on Etsy. A mix of reclaimed and handmade industrial pieces and some classic Ercol furniture – just the designs we currently love.

Reclaimed wood dining table and bench

From 7MAGOK

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These tables and benches are made with wood that has been salvaged from construction sites. Giving each piece a unique trace of its history on their surfaces creating a distinctive and industrial look. The makers offer these tables and benches in various finishes putting the extra individual touch to the pieces. The hairpin legs are a stylish current trend that compliment the wooden tops finishing off the items perfectly.

Box dark wood coffee table

From BlueIslandHome

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Some more of those beautiful hairpin legs with this coffee table! This sturdy looking coffee table with the extra storage from the ‘box’ shelf is the perfect piece for any living room. Here’s what the company says: “A vintage retro wooden Box Coffee Table in a dark wood finish with mid-century style metal hairpin legs in a choice of black or white powder coating or a bare steel ‘look’ (clear coated to protect from rust).”

Scottish Elm and Steel Distressed Bench

From escafell

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The impressive grain from the Scottish Elm, paired with the slick clear coated sturdy legs, makes for a useful and trendy bench. Benches are often forgotten when you’re thinking about furniture for a home, but they work so well in any room; the perfect seating in a dining, hallway or living room. So, check this out!

Wire shoe rack bench

From InekoHome

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This bench shows exactly how a bench would work in a hallway, as said with the Elm bench above, with the added bones of sections for your shoes. We love the mix of the industrial scaffold pole legs and cage shelves with the soft light food top. From the description it sounds as if the makers are willing to make this bench into something to perfectly fit any house and customers need.

Ercol 203/3 Windsor sofa/daybed

From WorkShopVintageStore

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This sofa had to be involved in this post, it is not handmade in the same sense as the other items so far in this post, but, it has the character and charm that comes with being a piece by Ercol. If you don’t know about Ercol and their process of making then you must check out some of their archive videos of the making of their furniture. This is just the perfect little Ercol piece.

Ercol Rocking Chair

From Swedishdalahorse

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Another simple Ercol piece. Not much to say about this stylish little rocking chair. I just want it. This seller also has a two seater windsor sofa which is just as beautiful.

Minimal industrial console table

From RefillDecor

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Console tables combine function and style in an area of the house that tends to be the dumping zone. This slender, minimalist industrial table is the perfect statement piece for any size entranceway from small to large.

Resin river coffee table

From FrancesBradleyDesign

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This English Elm table top features a resin river running through it adding the perfect splash of colour. The table is supported by a walnut frame and legs contrasting the light wood top and colour river. This statement from the description makes the tables stand out even more: “All our Elm is sourced within 30 miles of my workshop and can be traced to the individual tree, sustainably harvested as a by product of local tree surgeons and rescued rather than be used for firewood. Each piece has been handpicked for interesting features and is planed, sanded and hand rubbed with a protective varnish.”

Simple Metal Wired Shelves

From AllThingsChloeJane

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Stepping away from the wooden joys that we’ve seen so far we come to these wire shelves. They are simple, industrial and useful. They would look great in any room of the house as a versatile piece of furniture. Bonus: they’re not too expensive.

Hand Made Leather Butterfly Chair

From RealLeathers

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The final piece of furniture we’ve chosen is this foldable metal and leather chair. This is a rustic design that is effortlessly brought into any room with the use of pillows and throws. The perfect solution to the need of extra seating without losing style within a room.

Hope you like these pieces as much as we do!

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6 Items We Love For Your Home

For this post we’ve raided the home section of Urban Outfitters and the wonders of Not On The High Street to find some great items for the home. These items are at the higher end of the price scale, but they definitely seem worth it.

First up lets look at Urban Outfitters. We’ve chosen a mix of furniture that we think are so adorable. The colour, pattern and style of the dresser makes us want to buy it straight away. The different industrial style of the shelves is a useful item that we need. From last posts it may be obvious that we love Terrariums. Urban has a range of different shaped and sized terrariums on offer at the moment!

1 – Wood Pattern Drawer Dresser – £280

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Available here: Urban Outfitters

2 – Industrial Style Shelving – £120

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Available here: Urban Outfitters

3 – Geo Handle Terrarium – £25

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Available here: Urban Outfitters

Now we’re going over to Not On The High Street for a few more great items.

The first item we’ve picked shelf with a difference. It is made from different materials and looks different to your standard shelf. We love the design and how cute does it look with a plant on it! The next item is a geometric style coffee table. Its contemporary and sleek, perfect for a modern living room. The final product is an adorable house shaped shelf. The perfect cute little addition to any kids room.

1 – Concrete and Bronze Leather Hanging Shelf by Kelly Connor Designs – £29.45

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Available here: Kelly Connor Designs

2 – Contemporary Square Coffee Table by P&P – £290

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Available here: P&P

3 – House Wall Shelf by Lullabuy – £82.75

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Available here: Lullabuy

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5 Items We Love On Etsy

Here are some items that we’ve found on Etsy and love!

1)  Happy Giraffe and Bubblegum Pop Poster by Natalprint

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This cute little giraffe print is colourful, fun and different. Perfect for any room of the house.

Available here: Etsy

2) Marble Black and White Ceramic Bowls by ONEandMANY

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These marbled ceramic bowls are the perfect accessory to any kitchen. They’d look great in an industrial or modern style kitchen and look a size.

Available here: Etsy

3) Wood Book Shelves Large Honeycomb by HaaseHandcraft

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These honeycomb shelves are great! Handy to have and a great pop of colour!

Available here: Etsy

4) Coffee Table-Handmade Mid Century Modern Light Teal and Chocolate Brown by TinyLionsDesigns

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We love this mid century coffee table! Again a perfect practical and colourful piece. A timeless style too.

Available here: Etsy

5) Pulley Wall Mount With Industrial Cage Light and Wooden Handle by IndustrialRewind

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These industrial style lights would look great in any room. In a home, restaurant or office this light piece is a great feature.

Available here: Etsy

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