Interiors

Eroded stools & cork furniture

I wanted to show you another great design from I M Lab architects as well as some examples of how designers are using cork these days to create some funky furniture.

The eroded cork stool were designed for a wine tasting room in the north east of Italy. The stools have been excavated from a solid volume of cork at the local manufacturer in Italy. The design nicely fits with the idea of pouring wine with its curve all the way through the stool.

Italian vineyard, I M Lab, London architects

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Other cork furniture:

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Seaside villa in Turkey

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I would like to show you some of the designs of one of my favourite architecture studios in London, I M Lab. The first project I would like you to see is a holiday villa in Turkey. This seaside property maintain a cool and breezy atmosphere. The main open plan living spaces are divided into intimate spaces using oversized teak roots, sheer light fabrics and laser cut metal screens maintaining a visual permeability between the spaces and out towards the sea.  Motifs and colours from traditional Turkish tiles have been used as inspiration in various pieces. Just as the living spaces are light and open the private bedroom space has a warmer feel with each room having a distinct character.

I absolutely love this villa, especially the wooden features present in every room. Let me know what you think. More designs from I M Lab coming soon.

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See more projects from I M Lab on their website http://www.imlab.co.uk/ and follow them on Facebook here.

7 Bathroom Storage Solutions

There is more to designing a luxurious dream bathroom than choosing the right suite and deciding what kind of tiles you would like. Lighting, plumbing and all the other fixtures and fittings are fundamental to the finished look and feel of the room. Finding the right balance between function & style can be tricky. It is worth enlisting a specialist interiors company like Increation, who see the project through from start to finish and will be able to understand what and need and then realise it for you. One part of the design process, which is often over looked, is storage.

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Open shelving – It is surprising how much stuff needs to be stored in a bathroom. Toiletries, towels and cleaning products all need a home. Open shelves look great and can give your bathroom a comforting feel and if you are lucky enough to have a big bathroom, can divide up the space.

Glass shelves in the window – Colourful bottles of soap, lotion and perfume can look beautiful when they are back lit by a window. The glass will also allow light to stream through without darkening the interior. The bottles will add a level of privacy as well as being on display.

Recessed shelves – If you prefer clean lines, setting small shelves or alcoves back in the wall could work well for you. Subtle lighting within the recess will give the room a luxurious fell when the main lighting is turned down or, better still, off.

Drawers – Beneath the basin there is often a large amount of negative space that can be utilised. Fitting units that have drawers is an excellent way to maximising your storage space without compromising on design. Essential grooming items will also be close at hand.

Cupboards – Building in cupboard space to your plan is a good idea. Having somewhere to store towels, loo roll, and other bathroom kit so that it doesn’t clutter up the floor or shelving space will help it look more organised and tidy.

Towel rails – Heated towel rails come in all shapes and sizes, and are practical, functional and fashionable all at the same time. Towels take up an enormous amount of space, so having an allotted area for them in the bathroom is worth putting some thought into.

Behind mirrors – Hidden storage is the trump card when it comes to bathroom design, and there is no better place to hide it than behind a mirror. As well as giving light and depth to a room, mirrors also provide an opportunity to conceal a cabinet which only those in the know will find.

Getting all of the decisions right in the planning stages of your ultimate bathroom takes a lot of thought and consideration, but should pay off once you stand back and admire the results.

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Buying the right Candelabra

I’ve been on a journey to buy the perfect candle holders or candelabra for a while now. Couple of months ago I bought two beautiful glass candle holders from ZARA Home and I was really disappointed with my purchase. On my first attempt to put a candle in I broke a part of the glass holder and made a hole through the whole thing! Same with the second piece. I guess those glass handle holders are not meant to hold candles?? (NOTE to Agata: never ever buy a glass candle holder).

ZARA Home is not all bad though, I do love the custom shaped candles they have on offer. I’ve got a Victoria Candle and it is so beautiful I don’t want to burn it!

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On sale now at ZARA Home £4.99

I’ve decided to concentrate my search on candelabras and done some research on what it is on offer. Here are some of my favourites:

"glass candelabra"ZARA Home £19.99 WARNING GLASS!

"three arm candelabra"

ZARA Home £19.99

"three arm glass candelabra"

ZARA Home £25.99 WARNING GLASS!

"ikea candelabra"

IKEA £26

"candle holder habitat"

Habitat £35

"candle holders"

Heals £22

"candelabra Heals"

Heals £325 (Holly Sh**!)

"candelabra Heals"

Heals £42.50

"candelabra modern"

Heals £45

"candelabra dwell"

Dwell £69

"yellow candelabra"

Dwell £89

"multiple candle holder"

Dwell £99

"candelabra"

NEXT £25

"wedding candelabra"

WeddingMall £34.99

In the end I’ve decided to get two candelabras from Heals, put them together and made them look like a candelabra on steroids :), which I can play around a little to create different shapes:

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