• Preloved storage solutions

    by  • January 11, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Ah, storage. You can never have enough of it but choosing it can be a real challenge.

    You need enough space inside the item to make it worth buying, but it needs to fit effortlessly with the scheme you’ve got going on. And it goes without saying that you need to love it.

    The answer? Step forward FurnitureEtc, the online home of the best preloved furniture finds for all your shopping needs.

    And the best bit? It’s run by the lovely people behind the Homes Network, which features all your favourite interiors brands.

    The storage section of FurnitureEtc is bursting with eclectic gems – from cupboards and cabinets to large sets of drawers and bookcases galore. Here are few that have caught my eye. Which one is your favourite?

    A hand-painted beauty

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    This beautiful 1920s cabinet has been transformed into a fabulous statement piece with chalk paint. It’s grey with detailed metallic gold birdies – what’s not to love? It’s on sale at £240.

     

    Really retro

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    I’m not sure I’d have a place for this in my teeny tiny home, but wouldn’t this brighten up a hallway a treat? The 1960s-style sideboard, for sale at £490, has been upcycled with a splash of colour and the handles are brilliantly disguised – but there’s more than enough storage space inside for any living space.

    Trolly dolly

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    A kitchen trolly – how marvelous. This 1920s French vintage trolley would look pretty good filled to the rafters with cookbooks and my extensive collection of battered Good Food magazines. It’s listed on FurnitureEtc for £365, and is in showroom condition. We likey!

     

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    Beat the January Blues with these 2016 winners

    by  • January 4, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Monday, January 4 is officially Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year.

    The tree may be down and the office open again but there are numerous things to look forward to in 2016…

    Pancake Day

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    This is super early this year, so get ready to start flipping on Tuesday, February 9.

    Retro rules

    Prints, accessories and so much more rule the roost in 2016, so pull out your favourites and scour flea markets for hidden gems.

    Harry Potter returns

    The theatrical show of the year, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to the West End in the summer.

    Easter

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    The first bank holiday of the year (Good Friday) falls on March 25, which means there are only 84 days of the year to get through before chocolate eggs!

    London Anniversary Games

    In July, our sporting heroes will be back in action in the Olympic Park competing in the London Anniversary Games. You can get tickets online at Britishathletics.org.uk.

    Tate Modern gets more space

    Another excellent reason to visit Tate Modern in 2016 – the 10-storey extension with 60% more gallery space opens in June. Mini break to the capital is go!

    Grey is still gorgeous

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    The neutral trend that took over homes in 2015 isn’t going anywhere, so if you spruced up a room in the tone you’ll still be in style as 2016 swings into action.

    Rio is coming

    The 2016 summer Olympics kick off in August 2016 in Rio, which means…

    Carnival colours are in!

    Get ready for a burst of energy with bold and beautiful colours to celebrate the summer.

    Flamingos are the new owls

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    The pink spindly chaps are replacing elephants and owls as the animal of the year. Top flamingo fact? The collective noun for a group is a ‘flamboyance of flamingos’. How fabulous!

    It’s a leap year

    Yes, February 29th exists in 2016 – an extra day and evening to enjoy, so make it count!

    …and if all else fails, we have 20 super cuddly house proud cats to make you smile.

    Chin up, spring is just around the corner!

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

    by  • December 18, 2015 • 0 Comments

    The Housetohome team is in full festive spirit, with trees and decorations springing up around the office and in our homes.

    Here, we share our Christmas trees and festive decorating schemes…

    Kate, social media editor

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    Tree – real or fake? Fake

    Scheme for 2015: Mixed metallics with warm white lights.

    My favourite thing about Christmas is…the food, particularly bread sauce.

     

    Julie, content editor

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    Scheme for 2015: Snowy white and frosty silver.

    My favourite thing about Christmas is… going away to the Christmas cottage.

     

    Jodie, editorial intern

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    Tree – real or fake? Fake, so the cats won’t climb it or eat it (we’ve learnt from previous years!)

    Decorations: Three sets of twinkly lights (we like sparkle) with gold, dark reds and dark purples to match the room’s colour scheme. Our second tree is dark green and gold.

    My favourite thing about Christmas is…gifting presents and seeing people open them!

     

    Liz, web editor

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    Tree – real or fake? Fake

    Scheme for 2015: Silver glittery baubles, coloured lights and a rustic gold star. We’ve also hung white warm lights around the living room door frame and have a mini stocking garland around the fireplace.

    My favourite thing about Christmas is…the food, roasties to be precise.

     

    Jen, content editor

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    Scheme for 2015: White, silver and a touch of blue. We’ve also hung twinkling white lights around the window, fireplace and outdoor conifers. A stocking adorns every door handle.

    My favourite thing about Christmas is…Christmas markets, cosy log fires, mulled wine and Bratwurst.

     

    Karmen, video editor

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    Scheme for 2015: Pink and flamingo-based

    My favourite thing about Christmas is…sweet treats.

     

    Tamara, shopping editor

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    Tree -real or fake? Fake, purely a style choice for the colour.

    Scheme for 2015: Every decoration on my tree has sentimental value and I’ve built up my collection over the years. To make a statement I’ve got a good mix of twinkly lights, flamingos and personalised neon baubles – lots of pink!

    My favourite thing about Christmas is…the festive spirit and the sparkle. A touch of sparkle makes everything so much more glamorous & jolly. Oh and MARIAH!

     

    Nat, web editor

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    Tree – real or fake? Fake

    Scheme for 2015: Miley meets shell pink.

    My favourite thing about Christmas is…the food (stuffing, at least two kinds and they must be made with sausage meat), Christmas markets and Baileys.

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