Tag Archives: mid century modern

Are you sitting comfortably?

24 Mar

purple mid century chair comparison

As regular readers will know, I’m partial to a bit of mid-century design, and I’m particularly fond of a bargain… but even I needed a little sit down when I saw the whopping price difference between these two equally gorgeous armchairs.

The one on the left (the ‘Ritchie’) is from the very lovely Made.com and costs £349. The one on the right (the ‘Ricardo’) is from my new favourite secret shopping destination for chair-buying, AtlanticShopping.co.uk and costs – wait for it – just £159.50. Crazy eh?

Not only that, but just like the Made.com chair, the Ricardo comes in teal, and also in beige too. Perfect for a living room or even a bedroom, at that price, I reckon it’d be rude not to buy one!

blue mid century chair comparison

This Asda be seen to be believed!

27 Aug

Asda modern memories main v2 (RT)

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Asda’? Groceries, supermarket checkouts, or people patting their bottoms suggestively to make the change in their pocket jingle?

Well, now you’d better add ‘gorgeous, bargainous homewares’ to that list, as their new Autumn/Winter collection is, quite frankly, AMAZING.

There are five key looks this season. Winter Mist is shabby chic with a cosy twist (think soft heather and silver, chunky knits and snowy stags); Monochrome is themed around vintage Parisian photographs with classy Georgian house-print bedlinen; Noir is dark and dramatic butterflies and florals shot through with gold; and Bootcamp is reds and neutrals with an industrial feel (think typography, maps, wood and hessian details).

But my absolute favourite trend is Modern Memories. Quirky and fun, it mixes mid-century fifties styling with graphic and animal motifs for a bright, modern take on the retro look.

Asda Modern memories Bedroom MainV3a (RT)

What’s  more, it’s all absolutely as cheap as chips!  In the pic at the start of this entry, the geometric teal rug is £40; the designer-look white geometric vase is £12; the cushions are (LtoR) £11, £9 and £7; the squirrel ornament is £6; and the squirrel mug is £2.

In the bedroom pic above, the origami double duvet set is a mindboggling £11; and in the kitchen pic below, the Tea, Coffee & Sugar canisters are £3.50 each; the Biscuit tin is £4; the Cake tin is £6; the bread bin is £10; the tea towels are £1 each; the pear glass worktop saver is £3.50; the hi-ball glasses are £3 for four (crazy eh?!); and the set of three pear nested canisters is £4.

Race you to the checkout!

Asda Modern memories kitchen v3 (RT)

Asda Modern memories bathroom accs CO (RT)

Origami style soap dispenser £5; tumbler £3; soap dish £3. Milk carton jug £5.

ASDA AW13 Modern Memories Wonderful Life Cushion

Wonderful Life cushion £11.

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Watch the birdies

22 Jun

Magpie are one of my favourite brands (check out their brilliant alphabet mugs in my 5th January entry) and now they’ve created another gorgeous range of home goodies. Called ‘Birdy’, it features four Mid Century Modern-style birds, based on retro school I-Spy book illustrations.

The range includes  mugs (£8), plates (£18 for four), cushions (£20), tea towels (£12 a pair), lovely makeup bag duos (£20) and a too-sweet-for- words Espresso set (£20 for four cups and saucers). They’re all available from www.cubicuk.com and would make great gifts.

This is the second time Magpie have run this range (the first time it ran, everything, ahem, flew off the shelves so fast it sold out), so if you like it, you’d better get in quick!

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One hot desk

16 Mar

I had an email from a reader recently, asking whether I thought she should get a desk from Ikea.

Now, I LOVE Ikea stuff , and would normally have said yes, but one of my favourite pieces of furniture in my house is my Loft desk, £199, from John Lewis.

For just a few pounds more than an Ikea version, you get something made of solid oak and oak veneer, that looks like it was designed by Conran. With an extendable pull-out desk top, it’s perfect for a home office, and easily smart enough for the corner of a living room/bedroom where space is tight. It has five useful cubbyholes, plus a drawer, and discreet holes for computer cables.

It’s available in plain oak or White; or for £225, you can now get the “Reborn” version, which has gorgeous coloured lacquer inside the cubbyholes. Cute!

Not so ugly mugs

5 Jan

Christmas is over (sob!) and it’s minging outside, so to cheer yourself up, why not treat yourself to a nice hot mug of tea?

And what better to serve it in than one of these gorgeous china mugs from Magpie at http://www.cubicuk.com? There’s one for every letter of the alphabet, each illustrated with quirky pictures in the mid-century modern style. They cost £7.50 each and come in a lovely gift box (bottom).

I’m putting my order in already!

 

Mini adventures

14 Oct

If you’ve read any homes magazines recently, you’ll know everyone’s going bonkers for the ‘Mid-Century Modern’ trend. Very roughly translated, this means designs and patterns from the 1950s. M&S are leading the way with their brilliant new collection of affordable homewares by design guru Terence Conran; while John Lewis have some gorgeous bits and bobs at reasonable prices.

And if you want to just dip into the trend, or are looking for an unusual present, you can’t go wrong with this stylish espresso cup and saucer set, inspired by the 1951 Festival of Britain, from designers Mini Moderns and Caroline McGrath. It’s made of porcelain, comes in a pretty gift box, and costs just £19.90.

It’s available from http://www.minimoderns.com/shoppe. While you’re there, check out their other 1950s designs, such as the ‘Hold Tight’ wallpaper (below), £45 per roll, inspired by Vintage bus tickets. They’ve also got cute canvas bags, £15; tea towels, £8, and other goodies all in various retro prints.

Pleased to seat you

5 Oct

It’s impossible to go to Ikea and only come out having bought the thing you originally went in for. On a recent weekend trip there (never a good idea, I know, best to go in the evenings when the store is yours) for door handles, I came back with this lovely Nordmyra chair.

It’s a cross between Scandi style and the mid-century modern (a new take on the 1950s) designs that are everywhere at the moment.

Normally, something like this would cost you £80 upwards pretty much anywhere, but as it’s from Ikea, it cost just £29. It looks really stylish in the corner of my bedroom with a little red crochet cushion on the seat; but I bet a set of four (which would set you back £116 – a total bargain) would look amazing round a dining room table.

Roddy brilliant

28 Sep

Looking for an unusual present?

New graphic and textile designer Virginia Armstrong’s Roddy&Ginger range of retro, Scandi and folk-inspired homewares are a little bit different to the usual stuff you’ll find on the high street.

I love the quirky cushions, £26; tea towels, £10; canvas tote bags, £10; aprons, £20; and screen prints, from £25. And, if I had an open fireplace like the one below, I’d definitely make a feature of it with it with logpile wallpaper, £52 a roll (it’s also available in beige and mustard yellow).

The full range is available at http://www.roddyandginger.co.uk

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