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 of our favourite things on Etsy!

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As we’ve done before here are six of our favourite items on Etsy right now. From Tables to pencils there’s a real mix of items for your home.

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This industrial desk and chair set

By carbonmakesastar2014

This mid century modern/industrial mix is a great set for any small office area of the house. Our favourite bit of this is the steel hairpin legs. A great touch to match the detailing on the chair.

Find it here: Etsy

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Pottery Heart Bowls

By JDWolfePottery

These little nesting heart bowls are cute and come with a range of different uses. They can be used in the kitchen for dips and crisps or in the bedroom to hold jewellery and little bits.

Find it here: Etsy

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Agate Coasters

By GeodeInTheRough

These stone slices work so well as a natural boost of colour to your room. Great little coasters that work as a great little gift too.

Find it here: Etsy

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Concrete Pendant Lamp

By LJLamps

This concrete lamp, made in Berlin, is delivered as a whole pendant perfectly in tact. It is then down to you break away sections to expose the wire and the light. (It does come with instructions) We love this idea! To think that everyone that orders it ends with a unique piece that they’ve had an input in making it!

Find it here: Etsy

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Polyhedron Geometric Table Lamp

By LightingAlchemy

“The metal geometric lampshade is inspired by Platonic icosahedron and it is made of metal nerves welded together.” These funky table lamps are the perfect accessory to a industrial style room.

Find it here: Etsy

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Grammer Pencil Set

By: NewtonAndTheApple

These pencils are slightly different to the above home accessories but we still love them… because we love all stationary. There are a load of variations of text on pencils from famous movie quotes to motivational words.

Find it here: Etsy

Hope you like them too!

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Lisbon, Portugal

Here is the second instalment of our recent trip to Portugal. We only spent one day in Lisbon but we packed a lot in! So here are some of our highlights!

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If you want to view the whole of Lisbon, look out over the Tagus River and see a little bit of history visit the São Jorge Castle. The castle offers various views of the whole of Lisbon and even boasts a camera obscura. One of the turrets has been adapted to hold a camera obscura that allows you to experience the views of Lisbon in a magical and interesting way. Another way to view the Lisbon landscape is the Santa Justa Lift, although I wouldn’t bother paying to go up the lift, if you head to the ruins (bellow) you can walk across a bridge and get to the viewing platform for free!

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Carmo convent and ruins. Struck by the 1755 earthquake this building has partly been rebuilt and restored but a beautiful open roof has been left, allowing the blue sky to flood light into the grounds. It is a great place to sketch and view some architecture from the 14th century. It also boasts a little museum and gift shop with some interesting books of Lisbon.

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Expo’98 Portugese National Pavilion by Alvaro Siza. We visited this in the morning before the sun decided to make an appearance, it was pretty soggy… This piece of architecture is sort of mind boggling, it doesn’t seem possible that the thin piece of concrete can drape so easily between the two porticoes. It also has some beautiful coloured tiles on the inside and outside.

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And for some great food head to Timeout’s Mercado da Ribeira a fun and interesting food hall that offers a range of food types and drinks! Also the Bairro Alto district offers a lot small bars and pubs that allow you to grab a drink and walk around or to the next pub. We’d recommend checking out the Park Bar located on the top floor of a car park with great vibes and views of Lisbon.

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Architectural Inspiration: The Kunsthal

The Kunsthal is a museum that was designed by architect Rem Koolhaas and established in 1992. The museum in Rotterdam goes against the conventional modernist architecture that was otherwise being seen at the time of its design and making.

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The off the shelf materials used to make this building play with the idea of the industrial ready mades. The joins between materials are harsh and clash. Although the building was cheaply made and badly put together it is a architectural statement.

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The design of the building itself is also a sort of mix match. It is set on a slope with a road at one end and a woods at the other. Within the building the walkways are also a series of slopes. They lead you around the building and don’t allow you to rest, they change how you react to the building and manipulate your experience of it.

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When you enter the building (if you can find the entrance) you are brought straight into the lecture theatre. Seen above and bellow.

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This building is a montage of materials and spaces. It is a homage to modern architecture.

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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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Inspiring Interiors – The Brick Wall

We are in no way saying that full brick chimney decor is ok. But in some rooms and with some styles the bare brick wall is a  great raw way of decorating the home.

Scandinavian style

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A brick wall works well in a Scandinavian bedroom, especially with a white wash.

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Again with a white wash brick works in a Scandinavian style kitchen. Especially with the mix of light wood and greenery.

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Again for the same reasons the brick wall works in this style lounge. Hints of greys and yellows, as seen in the above living rooms, are a perfect pairing for the brick wall.

Industrial Style

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The natural brick with the dark metal bed frames and large chunky photographs in an Industrial style bedroom is a great combination.

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Heavy metal and wood furniture and dark colours are a signature of the Industrial style. A white wash brick wall will brighten up this style whilst keeping in with the theme.

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Leather, cushions and big metal lights. Industrial style living rooms ooze style and comfort. A brick wall is a simple answer for this style. It allows photographs to stand out and is the optimum industrial wall covering.

Eclectic Style

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The eclectic style brings together bits from all styles that work together. In the above examples you can see hints of Industrial, Shabby Chic and Mid Century Modern.

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The brick background to this style works as a great neutral canvas for the other style to meet.

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We love the mix of Industrial, Mid Century modern and hints of Scandinavian in this first lounge. Especially the roughly exposed brick with the worn off white paint.

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UO Magazine Rack and Basket

A few posts ago we picked some of our favourite items from the sale sections of various stores. One of these was this industrial style Magazine Rack and Basket from Urban Outfitters.

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We liked it so much that we bought it!

We chose the black option as it would have clashed with the other colours in our room.

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It’s just the right size for the space and looks great with our record player and vinyl. The colour works well with the other colours around and the red and white egg chair looks great with it.

Available here : Magazine Rack

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5 Interior Inspirations

Here are 5 great looking interiors that will give you inspiration for decorating your home.

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1 -This bright and airy Scandinavian design style.

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2 – This eclectic mix of country and industrial, we love the high ceilings and big open window.

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3 – This simple but effective Mid-century Modern design style.

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4 – This great mix of white walls and floors with coloured furnishings.

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5 – This comfortable mix of industrial and Scandinavian.

Enjoy!

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Red’s True BBQ Nottingham

Sunday I was invited to the friends and family opening of Red’s True BBQ in Nottingham. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. The music playlist was awesome, perfectly suited to the style.

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The good book, let there be meat. The leather menus feel great and are designed perfectly. For the amount of meat you get, the prices are great. I hear that theres a weekday lunch deal with bottomless drinks too.

Here’s what we got, and boy it was good.

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BBQ Rib Taster

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Mac-N-Cheese Balls

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Prime USDA Beef Brisket Plate with Sweet Potato Fries

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House Sauces with great recommendations to what to put on what.

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The interior has low lights and an urban industrial feel. With neon lights, graffiti, varied levels, sofas and mix and match furniture. You can see into the kitchen and the smell of the smoked meat fills the room.

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Theres a large  room within the restaurant that is available for renting out.

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Why not have a clown statue with a glowing nose?

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Well, I Believe.

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