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As many of you may know, I have been an avid attender of Grand Designs Live, in particular the annual event in Birmingham. Check out some of my highlights in Experience your Own Grand Designs Live.
We are honoured to be able to share a fantastic ticket offer with you!
The inspiration starts here…with a visit to Grand Designs Live
NEC Birmingham 8th – 11th October
Grand Designs Live, the UKs top contemporary home show, returns to NEC Birmingham from 8th – 11th October for its 10th anniversary show. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, and based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series, the show offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home.
With areas dedicated to interiors, technology, kitchens, bathrooms, build and gardens, there’s something for every room in your home. And with over 500 exhibitors, you can shop from a great selection of brands with 100’s of items not available on the high street.
With all this and much more, make sure you plan a GRAND day out this October!
To celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary we have a great £10 ticket offer. Simply log on to www.granddesignslive.com, follow the link to book your tickets and enter the code CITRUS10 to claim. Or call the ticket hotline on 0844 854 1348.
*T&C’s – Transaction fee of £1.70 applies per order. Tickets must be booked in advance. Offer ends 07/10/2015. Offer valid on standard admission tickets only. Saving based on the door rate.
A little warning to our readers, I’m afraid this weeks Product of the Week is for children only! The Teepee Cabin Bed from Cuckooland is possibly the coolest bed that your little boy or girl will never get bored of! Add some fun and adventure to your child’s bedroom as you decide who will be the Cowboys and who will be the Indians.
Dutch designer Woood has created this beautiful children’s bed with matching bookcase and desk in this unique and on-trend teepee design. Made in Holland their highly skilled Dutch craftsmen create strong, contemporary furniture designs for every room in the home and especially unique childrens furniture for kids rooms – an area we at Cuckooland specialise in!
Fuel your child’s imagination from the moment they wake up and watch them as they create their own playful scenes with their friends, who are also sure to fall straight into character as soon as they step into the room. The simple but effective design with its neutral colours creates the perfect environment for little boys or girls allowing their bedroom to transform into a playroom or even the wild west!
Teepees originated as portable shelters used by nomadic tribes, and are most commonly associated with Native Americans. If you’re looking for an adventure-inspiring children’s bed with a slightly more fixed location, look no further than this stunning cabin design! The ultimate sleep station for mini explorers in the making, this bed is a wonderful way to bring a sense of the outside into your home. Made of solid, quality pine and white veneer, the neutral colour will suit any decor, and can easily be updated as your child grows and tastes change!
Cuckooland.com is a magical world of stylishly quirky homeware and unique & unusual gift ideas. A luxury lifestyle emporium showcasing an original collection of unique furniture & homeware; niche gifts and all things Wow, Weird and Wonderful… sourced by Zebarella and her team of buyers from the World’s freshest, brightest new Designers & Manufacturers.
Step inside Cuckooland and take a tour around their fabulously unique world and ultimate shopping experience.
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without the usual “egg” jokes and our Product of the Week blog is no different! Our eggs-tra special weekly feature includes 6 Egg Cups from the Easter Collection by At Home in the Country. Whilst the kids are enjoying their chocolate treats take a tour of the countryside with a friendly Hen, a fast talking Hare and a proud Robin in our eggs-travagant animal tale.
Rise and shine and start your day with the colourful and friendly mother hen. We like our eggs large and this porcelain egg cup can fit even the largest of eggs to really kick start your day!
Out of the woodland steps the strong Pheasant with it’s ornate colours, fighting off its natural predators to continue to lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch. Perfect for those freshly boiled eggs for all of the family.
We all know the tale about the hare and the tortoise but there’s no need to rush this Hare as he sits on his hind legs while you enjoy your breakfast or midday snack.
The lab lovers dream breakfast features the athletic playful black labrador. Being the most popular breed of dog these egg cups are sure to be a best seller all year round.
Answering the beautiful sounding call of the robin is our penultimate egg cup. Puffing out his red chest he asks if you have chosen your favourite egg cup yet?
And finally, man’s best friend has featured twice in our collection this time with the feisty and independent Scottie Dog. A lovely gift which like the rest of our egg cups are available with matching cups, saucers and other British countryside inspired tableware.
Clearly eggs-perts in Countryside tableware our Products of the Week are at home in this Easter Collection but can be used throughout the year with At Home in the Country’s beautifully made porcelain and fine bone china pieces.
Guy and Georgie Robinson have designed and produced their own ranges of home accessories, tableware and giftware for over 25 years but it wasn’t until 2012 when they decided to set up “At Home in the Country” selling their beautiful and unique products to country people and their homes.
Proud villagers and obvious countryside lovers Guy and Georgia introduce us to the village that has inspired their designs. “Farnley Tyas is a beautiful hilltop village, just south of Huddersfield and is surrounded by glorious fields and woodland. We love our village, the countryside and everything that comes with it.”
Their pieces can be found in some of the finest Palaces, Castles, Country Homes and Hotels across the UK including Kensington Palace, Balmoral and Longleat.
The sleek and timeless Cowrie Bowl from In-Spaces is our Product of the Week. We were drawn to this piece originally because of its simple design and unique name, Cowrie, which on further investigation is a shell of sea snails. Often rounded, porcelain-like shells, cowries are beautiful to look at and to handle much like the Cowrie Bowl.
Pearl or Aqua? Available in two ocean inspired colours for you to choose from each bowl can be used in your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. Suitable for cold food only but we think these bowls could be used to add to your theme in your bathroom or to hold jewellery on your dresser.
Continuing the ocean theme to create these cowry inspired bowls epoxy is a applied in a wave design. Epoxy is a type of strong adhesive used for sticking things together and covering surfaces, in this piece a finley cast aluminium has been coated using epoxy.
Within a year IN-SPACES has secured its place as a leading e-commerce platform for interiors, gift and fashion. They have since launched In-Spaces Design Studio, focusing on 3D Printing, opened a Central London showroom, and founded In-Spaces PR and their In-Spaces Blog. The In-Spaces Blog includes Design, Architecture, Decor and Lifestyle to name a few.
In-Spaces are using their Central London Showroon to hold events and launch their featured brands to the public. Their aim is to recognise and understand the vision of these brands to create a buzz and help to get them noticed to the right people. Using their vast contact book they pride themselves on not only getting these brands recognised but also talked about by the most prestigious names in business.
Step inside the growing world of In-Spaces through their website, blog, pop-up stores and social media channels.
How retro are you? No matter what your style is our Product of the Week the Retro Light from Rothschild & Bickers is timeless! Beutifully described as, “sleek handblown glass with a modernist streamlined spun copper top” even just saying it slides off your tongue. Their pieces can also be found in Eat Sleep Live‘s new showroom where they accompany rustic handmade furniture and the best of British upholstery.
Rothschild & Bickers is one of the last glassworks that is still active in the UK where their glass is handblown. Their furnace glows throughout the night firing at a temperature of 1100C! Just half a century ago there were hundreds of similar studios now there are only around thirty, with Rothschild & Bickers being the only glassworks who focus their designs on lighting. Straight away as you view their collections you start to choose your favourite style, colour and shape, you may even envisage how they may look in your house! Their striking designs are all created by hand with different options of glass and colours for you to swoon over. Here are some creative ways of how the Retro Light has already been used (Interior by Lisa Burke Interiors and River Island, UK)
Behind the Glassworks
Despite the use of electricity in present day glassworks, the process and tools are much the same as when the craft first originated, which can be dated back to the Phoenicians on the Palestinian coast, around 50BC. The finished pieces provide a bridge between
the traditional and the contemporary, bringing ancient and Victorian processes to 21st century design and fittings.
“I love the design work,” says Rothschild. “But the fact that I know I am keeping a craft alive, and for a good reason, is what makes it worthwhile. “What’s more, glassblowing gives me the freedom to experiment with a fascinating material every day. I’m often surprised when the glass can do things we hadn’t thought were possible.”
Rothschild and Bickers have over twenty years of experience between them, they make the complex skill of glassblowing looks simple. A stick of colour is chosen, picked up on the end of a blowing iron and softened in a gas fired chamber known as the ‘glory hole’.
“Every piece that we create,” explains Rothschild, “whether it’s a bespoke commission or something from one of our signature collections, is an original. Each one is free blown and comes with its own tiny irregularities. It is impossible to imagine the many steps and techniques which go into producing each of our designs if you haven’t seen the process for yourself.”
Victoria Rothschild and Mark Bickers met at the Royal College of Art, London, while studying for Masters degrees in Applied Art Ceramic & Glass. They soon began working together, winning Worshipful Company of Glass and RSA awards. They set up Rothschild & Bickers in 2007 and moved to their present studio in Hertford in late 2011. The company is well known for its sophisticated and unique designs, but behind the lighting adorning stylish hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and homes across the UK, Europe, US, Asia and Australia, is a mission to keep a dying craft alive.
Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus or Happy St David’s Day to our non Welsh speaking friends! In honour of St David’s Day we have a Collection of Products of the Week from Welsh Designer Sian Elin.
Featured as one of the Sunday Times Top 30 Fabric & Wallpaper designers, Sian Elin is a Wales-based e-tailer selling home-wares and gifts. We love the choice of colours paired with the Horseshoe Arch print which is why the whole collection is our, Products of the Week!
With one foot firmly rooted in the West, Sian Elin looks to the East for inspiration. Her fresh designs, and globally inspired colour palette create an exciting mix of contemporary products, where Scandinavian style combines with Eastern flair. We love the energy in Sian’s designs and they seem to leap off the fabric. They feel contemporary and yet there is something vintage about them, this is what makes them so versatile. She uses such captivating rich and warm tones you can’t help but take notice. The use of yellow, grey and teal in this way can add a splash of colour to any room. Sian features geometric shapes throughout her collections each piece can inspire a whole new look to a room or you can mix and match the products to emphasize the horseshoe arch print.
Cushions, Fabrics, Lampshades and Wallpaper
As a St David’s Day treat, Sian Elin has kindly given our readers 20% off the whole Horseshoe Arch Collection From the 27th February until March 1st.
The Sian Elin range of home-wares and gifts are sold at Heal’s and Oliver Bonas – as well as independent stores across the UK and further afield in Poland, Norway, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. To view this Collection and take advantage of the 20% weekend promotion please visit www.sianelin.com/shop/category/large-horseshoe-arch/
As Citrus Content are also based in South Wales we would like to wish everyone a
Happy St Davids Day!
Glamorous and Luxurious are two words that best describe our Product of the Week. Made by the professionals at The French Bedroom Company, the Versailles Curved Upholstered Bed oozes sophistication and adds luxury to any bedroom.
Create the look:
Versailles Curved Luxury Bed: from £1,695 (Double), Quatrefoil Side Table (£195), Large Oak Leaf Gold Gilt Mirror (£360), Versailles Mummy Gold Chair (£459)
With deep-buttoned upholstery in piped-edge, beige-grey raw slub silk, framed in antique gilt mahogany and with signature cabriole style legs. Even the inner side of the footboard is upholstered in three smart sections with piped-edged silk, mimicking the outer side but without buttoning. Every little detail of this French bed has been meticulously thought through – pure luxury and perfect design!
The French Bedroom Company is an online interiors boutique specialising in exclusively created, high-end home furnishings and accessories – from the stylishly decadent to the breathtakingly simple.
Launched in 2006 by Georgia Metcalfe, The French Bedroom Company has become truly synonymous with the very best French inspired furniture and accessories; offering something undeniably special. Its collection comprises over 500 products to choose from so whether you are seeking intricately carved classic beds, quirky cushions or contemporary lamps; there is something for everyone.
Georgia’s passion for this relaxed and eclectic French style never wains – “Every time I see one of our products featured in a magazine I feel so proud, and when we launch new products and arrange new photo-shoots I still get a buzz and thoroughly enjoy the creativity and ideas and can’t wait to see the finished results!
Georgia and her designers are continually working on new and exciting products and ideas so their collection is constantly expanding. Georgia says, “we have just a launched our amazing 72 page brochure which is brim full of ideas and we hope ingenious ways of using FBC products to give homes that something special”.
With all areas of the company set to develop throughout 2015, it’s sure to be an exciting year!
Our tastiest Product of the Week by far is the COFFEEASY™ #lovetastycoffee
COFFEEASY™ is a flexible and easy to use one-mug brew station for coffee lovers who want to enjoy freshly brewed coffee to personal taste with minimum time or fuss. The coffee world is constantly changing, and a simple new product is now giving consumers the chance to join the ‘baristocracy’ by producing top quality coffee in their own homes, just like they have seen professional baristas do.
The COFFEEASY™, produced by Leeds-based Coffeeasy Ltd, allows people to make high quality filtered coffee in their own kitchen and experiment with the huge influx of exciting new single origins and coffee blends increasingly available from around the world.
COFFEEASY™ taps into the growing ‘third wave coffee’ trend, a global movement which regards high-quality coffee as artisan, like wine and cheese, rather than a commodity. It’s very versatile and works with many drip brewers, even the ever popular Aeropress.
Furthermore, the product comes complete with a measuring scoop and clever clip to re-seal the bag properly after use to protect the coffee from oxidation and making it go stale. It could not be easier. COFFEEASY™ is also friendly to the environment because it does not rely on aluminium coffee capsules which end up in landfill. You only boil the amount of fresh water you need for each brew without the electric cafetiere staying switched on all day.
Patrick Joseph, is the founder of COFFEEASY™, his story began just before Christmas 2012 after being told to tidy up his ‘coffee corner’ before family arrived for the holidays. This is when he came up with the idea of a stylish and honestly priced ‘brewing and storage station’ for coffee people.
Patrick, commented: “It took two years to develop the COFFEEASY™ from the initial concept, taking it from a home-made unitconstructed from polystyrene and Sellotape to the sleek coffee brewing stand that we have now.” There are similar systems available but they tend to be designed for professionals in coffee shops and are usually more expensive as well as odd looking.
Patrick says: “Our stylish product gives people the chance to do the same thing in their
own home. It is very easy to use, it’s not very big, and has been designed to sit next to
the kettle and the toaster. We have only just launched the product and the response
has been very enthusiastic, from trade and home users too. It opens up so many
choices for people at home, at the office, or even in a café.”
COFFEEASY™ is available to buy online from Has Bean Coffee and Omega. RRP £49.90.
To find out more about COFFEEASY™ you can visit their website at www.coffeeasy.com
Or contact Patrick Joseph on 07967 831 385 or email email@example.com
Perfect for the Winter or Summer, Inside or Outside the Bubble Commerce is this weeks Product of the Week from Planika Fires. We love the whole Collection but everyone needs a favourite and this is ours!
Bubble Commerce was designed exclusively for Planika by a renowned artist – Serge Atallah. The fresh idea behind its creation was to come up with an attention grabbing, moveable fireplace perfect for arrangement in city lofts and funky contemporary interiors. We think that this statement piece would be the talking point of any home wherever you decide to use it. Our imagination runs wild with summer BBQ’s, Christmas get togethers and cosy nights in! I’m sure already you are planning the perfect place and party around this fun and fresh fireplace.
“Easy to use and beautiful to watch” Planika Fires
Whether you are looking for some romantic natural light – or a place to get warm, this is a great option! Interior design is all about being innovative, exclusive, but most of all – functional and user friendly. Even when it comes to the warmth giving fire. However decorative and fashionable, fire has to be clean and convenient for the user. Following the latest trends in architecture and design, and being the world leader on the bio fireplace market, Planika uses the most advanced technology to create highest quality, user friendly products. All of their bio fireplaces are safe and clean to use.
It is suitable for both outdoor and indoor use, commercial and private, in traditional and modern style. Inconspicuous as it seems, Bubble Commerce has extremely advanced technology hidden inside. It leaves no ash, smoke or smell, and thus does not require any special ventilation, chimney etc. because the recommended Fanola® bio fuel is completely non-toxic and odourless. The only combustion products are water vapour and CO2, emitted in the amounts comparable to human breath, which makes the bio fireplace extremely user-friendly and environmentally-friendly
Planika Fires are inventive, technologically advanced fireplaces for contemporary lifestyles. Fire Design, a new category of design started by Planika takes the biofireplace sector to the next level. Planika has moved away from the traditional approach to this kind of product. The diversity of forms designed by international design masters emphasizes the concept of Planika Fires and allows the introduction of fire into the most sophisticated spaces
Planika tell us that this new model evokes positive emotions and draws a smile on every face and we agree!
This weeks Product of the Week is from one of our favourite online retailers, Amara. The John Green Embrace is a coffee table with a twist! This award winning piece of furniture by John Green naturally forms two low modern tables that can then be ‘embraced together to create a versatile storage unit.
Made from bent plywood the beautifully designed Embrace piece of furniture is ideal to store modern media such as DVDs, CDs, books & magazines, it can also be used as an occasional table or even as a bench & desk for children. Embrace makes a fabulous addition to any living space and a great new home gift. As it’s also available in Birch and Oak you can match it to your existing furniture or have this modern table as the statement piece of your living room.
Amara has fast established itself as the UK’s largest e-tailer of Missoni Home, Ralph Lauren Home and William Yeoward Crystal, to name but a few. They also offer a luxury gift wrapping service for those buying presents and a Wedding list hosting service for those tying the knot!
2014 saw an increase in Amara’s luxury products to nearly 30,000. They introduced top new brands and launched their French website, which after a painstaking translation of each and every word became the very first foreign language website in ever growing international expansion.
What’s next? Amara continues to work hard to bring you the very best in luxury home fashion, and with many more leading designer brands and upcoming new products on their way they are sure to have your interior style covered.