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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Carys » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:58 pm

I quote myself.
Carys's top five decorating tips wrote:1. What you think needs doing isn’t what needs doing: Okay. You’ve seen the flat/house. You’re ready to move in. You think you know what needs doing, what the priorities are, where you’ll start decorating. Take it from me: you don’t. It takes a good long while of living in a space to get a real sense of where the problems are. Unless you’re extremely lucky, you can’t afford to do everything at once, so don’t rush – it would be a shame to spend all your money doing up a lounge which is perfectly liveable before realising your toilet doesn’t flush properly and you need to rip out the bathroom and start again.

2. Treat Heal’s as a cash-only shop: If you’re going to go into your favourite homeware shop (mine’s Heal’s) for ideas, be prepared to leave your wallet with a trusted friend or loved one before setting foot in store. When you inevitably start frothing at the mouth in lust over an equisite item of furniture that you can’t afford, instruct your friend to slap you in the mouth if you beg for your credit card. Think of your favourite shops as cash-only – only take in store what you can afford to spend.

3. Don’t impulse buy anything that’s heavily printed: You’ve seen the perfect wallpaper/duvet cover/cushion cover. Perhaps it’s chintzy and floral, perhaps it’s covered in poodles or teacups, or maybe it’s gloriously retro. You want to buy it straight away, but don’t. Give it at least a few weeks before buying it. Chances are, now you’ve seen the print, you’ll see it everywhere (yes, Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston, I’m looking at you). Do you really want your homewares to be so instantly recognisable and, dare I say it, common? I didn’t think so. Edit: also, these prints date really badly.

4. Know where to avoid short-cuts: The cost of furniture when buying a new flat is unavoidable, and it’s tempting to cut corners by picking up everything from Ikea. However, cheap flat-pack furniture is usually a false economy. It’s possible to pick up decent antique furniture for not much more, which is usually better made and, crucially, won’t devalue. If you decide you don’t want that G-Plan sideboard in six years time, someone else will. If you decide you don’t want that Ikea coffee table in six months time (which is more than likely), you’ll have to pay for a skip. For real bargains, put your postcode into eBay – you’re much more likely to get a decent deal on a local pick-up item.

5. Know when (and how) to take short-cuts: For some things, Ikea is a godsend. You know, for things like candle holders and cutlery and plates and bedsheets. So when you make your inevitable trip to Ikea, always nestled in somewhere delightful like Croydon or Warrington, do everything you can to save your sanity. Go on a Friday night. Make it a date. Get dinner. And, if you need to, get a cab. After years of dragging CD racks on the tram through South London, I finally realised that a taxi was only about twenty quid, and that much on the barginous food. And, of course, Freecycle is a godsend.

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Concrete » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:31 pm

We don't have any massive plans really, because we're not sure we'll be successful yet and we already own enough furniture to fill a house. But we just don't really like the egg chairs as they are, so we saw moving as a good opportunity to get rid of them or get them to a state we liked. The only things on the shopping list for now are some kind of armchair if we don't do anything with the egg chairs, something to replace our awful coffee table (either a nicer one or a set of nesting tables) and probably a long sideboard because the flat has long, flat walls. Anyway, we have to basically win the aforementioned raffle before any of this can be put into action.

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by annie » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:34 am

Sylvie wrote:What do people make of made.com? I've seen a couple of armchairs there that look really nice and are affordable (cheaper than getting one egg chair recovered anyway). I'm not too keen to get anything else from a reproduction website since one of our tulip dining chairs developed a crack in the metal. Are there other places to get really nice, but affordable armchairs that isn't Ikea?
Our sofa is from made.com, if you remember what it looks like? We're very happy with it (except we have to cover it up now as light blue fabric isn't very baby proof - turns out baby poo stains bright yellow). Is it the Urban Splash place you're hoping to move to? Hope it works out!

Sandy, congratulations on having an offer accepted!

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Sylvie » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:39 pm

annie wrote:Our sofa is from made.com, if you remember what it looks like? We're very happy with it (except we have to cover it up now as light blue fabric isn't very baby proof - turns out baby poo stains bright yellow). Is it the Urban Splash place you're hoping to move to? Hope it works out!
I thought your sofa was from there - it's really lovely! Maybe Lucas thought he was customising it...? Yes, it's the Urban Splash development, Lakeshore. I really hope we get in!

I should point out that we've lived with the egg chairs in their current state since 2007/2008. The mouse that got in the house last year nibbled some of the underneath bits too. I think I've reached that "now or never" stage with them.

Completely unrelated - I really want these cake tins http://www.magpieline.com/product/352/w ... g-set.html I did want the Orla Kiely set, but my mother-in-law got it for xmas and I'm starting to tire of the Orla Kiely home stuff being everywhere (something I never thought I'd hear myself say!)
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Carys » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:53 pm

I really liked some of the Orla Kiely patterns at first, but I think now they're common, overpriced and wholly unimaginative. I'd rather get the 'vintage look' by getting actual vintage stuff than a ubiquitous reproduction.

My friend's sofa is from made.com and it's very very nice.

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Silver Girl » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:51 pm

I moved house yesterday. Because I'd been too smug/cavalier/in denial to measure up properly, I discovered that my beautiful, Victorian, imbued-with-family-memories oak hall robe is Not. Going. Up. The. Stairs. I cried and phoned an auctioneer.
Neither is the sofabed but pffft, half an hour on the Sheffield forum and that's going to its forever home this evening.
Meanwhile can I interest anyone in 4 Saarinen-style tulip chairs? White bases, 50s floral upholstery in turquoise/green. Originals, not repro.
(p.s. we have a new chair from made.com. It's lovely!)
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Sylvie » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:26 pm

Silver Girl wrote:I moved house yesterday. Because I'd been too smug/cavalier/in denial to measure up properly, I discovered that my beautiful, Victorian, imbued-with-family-memories oak hall robe is Not. Going. Up. The. Stairs. I cried and phoned an auctioneer.
Neither is the sofabed but pffft, half an hour on the Sheffield forum and that's going to its forever home this evening.
Meanwhile can I interest anyone in 4 Saarinen-style tulip chairs? White bases, 50s floral upholstery in turquoise/green. Originals, not repro.
(p.s. we have a new chair from made.com. It's lovely!)
Oh god, that's awful that you can't fit your stuff in, especially when it has sentimental value. Is there any way around it, like dismantling it then rebuilding it when it's in the right room? We already have four tulip chairs, funnily enough, but they're reproduction ones not original.

I'm quite tempted by made.com, as I don't even know whether this furniture upholsterer will do a decent job for the £360 he's quoted. I also think it's a bit odd that he quoted £360 even though there's been no discussion about the fabric we'd want. It makes me wonder if we'd get charged for that on top. I would just get the foam replaced and make covers myself, but I'm worried that I'd make a mess of it. Besides, I'm quite taken with this http://www.made.com/collection/ritchie- ... ow-buttons It could only be improved if the legs were teak and not black.
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by indiehorse » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:10 pm

I'd like one of these for my flat.

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Actually, I'd like two.
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Sylvie » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:56 pm

We're moving in 12 days, so it feels like we've been going a bit mad with house stuff. We sold our egg chairs and some hi-fi equipment on eBay so have been putting the proceeds towards new furniture for the new flat. We've just bought this sideboard http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171018304205? ... 1423.l2649 and Gplan nest of tables from eBay and ordered the made.com Ritchie armchair, but won't get that for a while yet. I don't think it's really sinking in that we're moving...

Had a bit of a strange afternoon yesterday where we spotted lots of nice tea towels (it would appear Clifton village is the place for tea towel shopping). There's too much nice stuff out there! I really love the Nikki McWilliam's Tunnocks teacake cushion and this cat one by Robin & Mould, although maybe it's a bit too silly. Image
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by tompony » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:20 pm

If that's too silly, I don't want to be... Erm... Not silly enough?

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Sylvie » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:58 pm

I was hoping someone would say that!
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by oasupp » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:14 am

seeing that i'd love to have some more silly pillows... ;)
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Carys » Mon May 06, 2013 2:52 pm

So we ran out of bookshelf space ages ago, but have only just taken the bold move of boxing up all our CDs and sticking them in the basement to make room for more books. I've been deliberating over what type of shelves to go with, having narrowed it down to Cado, String System, Ladderax or Vitsoe.

In the end, I think we're going with String System because Cado or Ladderax would be teak overload in our flat, and Vitsoe is a bit too expensive.

So we're getting one bay that looks a bit like this:
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And then we'll get some more for different bits of the flat over time.

I just needed to get that off my chest,

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by oasupp » Mon May 06, 2013 4:44 pm

those shelves are fantastic, carys, i'd love to have them on my own! i really often hate myself for having books and vinyls, those things destroy any plan of reducing furniture (unless you have a media garage or something like that). keep on with that great style (and buy the silly pillow) ;)
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by crystalball » Mon May 13, 2013 10:44 am

If I ever have millions of money, I'm buying millions of String System. Those look great, Carys.

Meanwhile, how pretty is this:

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Post by lynsosaurus » Tue May 14, 2013 11:05 am

Ooh, I love that! Where is it from? We were watching that Hebrides documentary from Sunday last night and I was talking about how much I love the shipping forecast.

I love that string system too, Carys! We've put an offer in for a flat today (eek!) and the closing date is tomorrow so we should know at least something by the end of the week. I'm pushing myself round in circles trying to think about how to do the kitchen.

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Carys » Tue May 14, 2013 1:54 pm

Edit: Forgot to say, good luck Lyns. I hope you get your place sorted soon!

We're doing our kitchen with English Rose, like this picture only yellow handles and surfaces rather than blue.

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And by 'doing', I mean: paying off the loan we took out to do the bathroom and then taking out another loan to do the kitchen in probably twelvety years time.

The bathroom is looking good though - excuse the dodge phone pic which doesn't do it justice.
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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue May 14, 2013 2:58 pm

The bathroom looks incredible! What a difference from the photos you posted a while back.

Kitchens and bathrooms are the hardest for me to deal with because most of the more commonly available stuff is either super modern or really old fashioned (in a bad way) and I don't want either of those. The English Rose kitchens are beautiful but probably waaaay out of our price range. I think that might be a possibility for our next house, but the place we're buying now is likely to be our 3-5 years home rather than the one we'll be in for the rest of our lives, so I think we need to be sensible this time around!

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by a layer of chips » Tue May 14, 2013 3:03 pm

Sorry to butt in, but would anyone like to help me with some inoffensive CD storage "solutions". I fucking hate CDs, and there are farrzands of 'em.

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Re: Pretty stuff for the house

Post by Sylvie » Tue May 14, 2013 4:55 pm

Ours probably is offensive to some, but we got our CD storage from Unto this Last http://www.untothislast.co.uk/Shelving/CD%20Racks.html. Sadly, all our CDs don't fit on it, but we just put the less important (i.e. embarrassing) ones in an Ikea Billy bookcase.

Carys - how much does the String System cost? Our kitchen has white walls and grey flooring, so we'd like some white shelving to store cookery books and the odd kitchen gadget.

Our Made.com chair is arriving next Monday. I think I was more excited when we ordered it, but I'm sure I'll gain more enthusiasm when it's here.
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