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  • Behind the Scenes : We Love Home's #PimpMyFrench entry

    Once upon a time....there was a fluffy white dog called Teddy, who took off on a floating adventure over the high seas of Brighton in his pimped out pom pom coffee table.....Who knows where he'll end up at the end of this #pimpmyfrench up-cycling furniture adventure?

    A canine take on James & The Giant Peach A canine take on James & The Giant Peach sees Maxine Brady's dog Teddy take off in his magical up-cycled furniture for one.

    pimpmyfrenchOf her #PimpMyFrench project WeLoveHome's Maxine says "My #pimpmyfrench coffee has been revamped, resprayed and re-purposed with a splash of festival magic; a touch of high fashion; and lashings of pure fun.

    I wanted to smother the table in pom poms after being inspired by amazing festival outfit spotted in the summer. I knew I had to steal this idea. I wanted my #pimpmyfrench coffee table to have the same colourful, party feel. As an avid follower of fashion - I looked for colours on the Spring/Summer catwalks and instantly hit upon the trend for acid tones mixed with geometric 3-d shapes. A bit of a tall order for a simple piece of French furniture. So I called in the troops for the pimping"

    Step 1/ Once the table was primed with Plastikote spray, I called on my friend who is a graffitti artist to spray the table in starburst pattern in electric neon shades using stencils and repeat patterns.

    spray painting french furniture

    Step 2/ Once dry, 1000s of pompoms were painstakingly glued on (while trying to stop Teddy eat them at the same time). I had a few attempts at sticking them on in different ways, finally setting on using them to highlight the stripes with rows of pompoms. Trial and Error!

     

    dog looking at pompomsStep 3/ the shoot - WeLoveHomeBlog's #pimpmyfrench coffee table is fun, cheery, colourful, festival, carefree and frivolous - not unlike Brighton, the town where I live. So that is why we heaved the coffee table down to Brighton beach to shoot it with a fairground, summer holiday feel. I got some seriously strange looks driving around town in my little car full of pompom furniture, a puppy and seven helium balloons.

     

    dog in french coffee tablemaxine jumping on the beachclose up of french coffee table

     

    Yep, it's safe to say WeLoveHomeBlog was totally carried away by this challenge. We love projects like this which inspire new ideas and unleash the creative spirit. It was such good fun to do this. More please!

    Like what you see? Vote For WeLoveHome's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

     

    french coffee table with a backdrop of beach huts

     

    About Maxine Brady: Maxine Brady is a leading interior stylist, writer, blogger and TV presenter. She styles for many household names including Debenhams, House of Fraser, The White Company, B&Q, Dulux and HobbyCraft, to name just a few. She also styles covers and interior decorating stories for magazines like Country Homes & Interiors, House Beautiful, Ideal Home, Homes & Antiques, Coast, Good Homes, Mollie Makes and The Guardian. On television she produces and presents makeover shows for ITV, Channel 4 & Five, as well as appearing on radio shows as a resident interiors expert. Most recently, she has just launched WeLoveHomeBlog.com which has a vlogging channel on youtube (so you can watch her styling in the flesh).  She lives in her hometown of Brighton in a little terrace house with her Maltese puppy called Teddy and Buster (a rather shy) fluffy white cat.

  • Vote for your favourite in our #PimpMyFrench competition

    Voting has now gone live for our #PimpMyFrench Competition with entries from Mollie Makes, 2LovelyGays, Moregeous, We Love Home, Period Living, Courage & Dash and Emily Quinton, and we can honestly say we've been blown away by the ingenuity and creativity that all of our entrants shown!

    We have seen Neon colours, Santorini Blue, Stripes, Tropical prints, Antlers, Balloons, Graphic Illustration, 2 Dogs, 1 Cat & a Bottle of Gin take over our Isabelle Bench.

    We personally love them ALL but who will you vote for?  Voting ends 07/04/15 and the only way you can vote for your favourite is by visiting either our Facebook page and Instagram accounts to vote. 

    Vote via Facebook here  |  Vote via Instagram here   (Vote by hitting the 'Like' button)

    Each day for the next seven days we'll be doing a little look behind the scenes as to what has inspired each designer and give you background to their design.

  • Meet The Real Moo & Bozo

    If you read interiors magazines you may have noticed rather a lot of rabbits recently. Our bunny porcelain range has received a huge amount of press and as a result is proving rather popular!

    rabbit design porcelain

    The ‘Moo & Bozo Cupcake Plate’ and the ‘Barney Sweet Plate’ are adorable additions to your crockery cupboard and perfect for Easter and beyond. Their slightly odd names relate to real life rabbits, so I thought I’d quickly introduce you to their namesakes.


    moo&bozo
    On the left is Moo. She is feisty, naughty and certainly the boss. (Definitely the one about to grab the cupcake).

    The dozy ginger guy is Bozo. He is slow and soppy (unlike most rabbits) and a joy to live with.

     

    barns

    This is Barney who passed away in 2012. He was a very typical small and wary rabbit but such a character. A much loved old friend never to be forgotten.

    I hope you love your new porcelain as much as I love these guys.

    Jenny x

     

     

  • This Week We Can't Live Without....... The Lesette Pineapple Jar

    If you haven't noticed, pineapples are IN. And gold is IN. So you can't get any further IN than a gold pineapple. Unless you live inside one.  Which in this case is only possible if you happen to be very very small. I'll shut up now.

    gold pineapple jar

    The Lesette Pineapple Jar is this week's 'Can't Live Without'. This super cool storage jar is manufactured from resin, stands 30cm tall and is perfect for storing dry food on your dining table, or throwing your keys and change into when you return home. What's more, it's marked down from £60 to £55 for one week only - so grab this beauty now!

    (Also available in black and white).

  • All The Best People Are Bonkers

     

    If you ever find yourself getting tired of the 'Alice In Wonderland thing' you need to read the book again. Or at least Google 'Alice In Wonderland Quotes'. (A cursory glance reminds you of its brilliance). From forcing us to face our hypocrisy to reminding us not to take life too seriously, the story is magic. And if you ever needed an excuse to indulge in quirky/whimsical stuff (as if!) then the 150th anniversary of Alice In Wonderland is it.  2015 is sure to be all about Alice, so here are the first of our top picks to celebrate this truly wonderful literary classic.

     

    alice in wonderland home decor

    1. If all the best people are bonkers then you should definitely put this flamingo in your bathroom. Firaki Lifesize Flamingo Statue £90

    2.  This quirky teapot lamp will illuminate never ending tea time. Teapot Pendant £100.

    3.  Perfect for displaying your tarts... if you can find them: Cartina Playing Card Side Table £170

    4. Be consistently two days late with the fabulous I'm Very Late Clock £49

    5. Curiouser and curiouser. Our 'definitely not upholstered' chair definitely doesn't make sense. Outline Garden Chair £440

    6. Perfect for storing dormice. Itessa Teacup in Fuscia £35 

    7.  Fit for a queen. Amorette Heart Table £300

    More Alice next week!

  • Get ready… to ditch the telly. 5 Reasons to lose the big black shiny thing in your lounge.

    My TV license expired recently and I decided not to renew it. I genuinely don’t watch TV anymore. I hate adverts, find most popular shows mindless and dislike organising my evenings around programming schedules. Even BBC News infuriates me. I definitely don’t want to pay for it. Nowadays evenings in are spent surfing the internet, chatting on social media, watching videos on YouTube and ‘box sets’ back-to-back on Netflix. And a lot of this is done on my laptop, phone or Ipad.

    I doubt I’ll be able to convince Mark to wave goodbye to the giant black plasma above the fireplace (and I would probably miss it occasionally) however when you look at interiors all day long it’s obvious that the most appealing and inspiring living spaces are telly-less. Here are five reasons you should consider ditching your telly:

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  • The launch of #PimpMyFrench

    If you follow us on twitter or Instagram you may have heard us talking about #PimpMyfrench and have asked what on earth is it?

    Well… we’ve invited 7 members of the design & interiors community to customise a piece of French Furniture to their own personal taste.  Each entrant has been provided with the same piece of French Furniture by ourselves to adapt to their heart’s content – so whether they want to paint it in a 2015 colour palette, style it to the max, paint the Mona Lisa on it, distress it or stick feathers all over it and call it ‘Tallulah’ – the choice is theirs.

    With two weeks to go till the completion date, the competition is getting fierce with references to Pompoms, Santorini Blue and Fringing abounding, but you can expect to see entries from Morgeous, 2LovelyGays, We Love Home, Mollie Makes, Emily Quinton, Courage & Dash & Period Living.

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    Follow us on our twitter feed @otint or our Instagram account @outhereinteriors  #PimpMyFrench to keep up to date with teasing snippets of what they are all up to and most importantly prepare to vote for your favourite when the competition closes on the 25/03/15.

    Who will you vote for?

  • The Deco Collection

    We recently introduced a new category to our Shop By Style navigation: DECO. I wouldn’t class every piece in this category as Art Deco in style, but after deliberating (for slightly longer than I wanted to) on a name to describe these stunning new pieces I felt DECO was the most appropriate fit.

    The metallic trend has brought with it some beautiful new furniture designs. Brass, gold, copper and glass combine to create these structural pieces which look fabulous anywhere.

    Here are some of my favourite pieces from the new DECO range.

    art deco lamp

    Cuyler Cube Table Lamp in Bronze

    I don’t usually get excited about lighting but this striking table lamp with its gravity defying triple cube base is such a favourite. The bold design commands attention whilst the bronze finish complements almost every surrounding.

    retro mirror
    Chelly Retro Mirror in Black and Gold

    A distinctly retro mirror with a touch of the ‘deco’. I love the unique combination of black, gold and mirrored glass along the frame, with touches of walnut. She’s also big! At 100cm diameter Chelly makes an awesome statement.

    gold art deco dining table

    Taylin Decor Dining Table

    I am completely enamoured with this dining table and its fellow pieces of matching antique gold furniture. Each piece features a structural steel base topped with toughened glass. I picture this table in a dark blue dining room below a starburst pendant surrounded by pink Panton chairs. But maybe that’s just me :)

    gold deco side table

    Nira Tripod Table in Gold

    This simple side table is ridiculously beautiful, don’t you think? I can picture it used in a million ways and all of the pictures in my head are gorgeous. Try either side of a grey linen bed or soft pink chesterfield sofa. She is the epitome of understated elegance.

    green art deco cabinet
    Weber Art Nouveau Cabinet - Olive Green

    Inspired by the art nouveau period, these cabinets (three sizes and three colours) are a firm favourite at the moment. A brass wire cross and symbolic (imitation) key adorn the front of each handy cubby hole. Please note these will be available from August 2015. We are taking back orders now.

  • Designer Profile : Out There Interiors talks to Stefano Seletti

     

    Stefano Seletti, Seletti Holder & Art Director, Seletti Image courtesy of Seletti Stefano Seletti, Seletti Holder & Art Director, Seletti
    Image courtesy of Seletti

    Founded originally in 1964 by his father, Romano Seletti,  Stefano Seletti and sister Miria Seletti, are the second generation of a brand with over fifty years of pedigree, and have been instrumental in shaping the unique and visionary brand that Seletti is today.

    Out There Interiors talks to Stefano Seletti, Seletti Holder & Art Director about the vision behind the Seletti brand, his personal design favourites and inspiration.

    The OTI team love the new Outline range that you have launched for Spring 2015.  What was the inspiration behind it? Did you use somebody’s real life sofa to model it on?

     

    The iron rod used in the design is like the graphite of a pencil, which designs with sophisticated curves the effect of Capitonné stuffing (found in traditional upholstered furniture). Remotely surreal, the series evokes memory stimulations, sending back a familiar image to the viewer.


    Outline Range S/S15

    What are your favourite three Seletti products and why?

     

    It is very difficult for me to choose, I love all the products and the best one is always the newest one, even though I will never betray my past. An example for now is the Toiletpaper Project. These are projects that belong to my origins, products similar to those imported by my father from China in 1972, which he used to sell in local markets (the metal mug, the plastic mirrors, kitchen towels, plastic trays, plastic tablecloths…), and it is exactly for this devotion and this memory that we decided to work with Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. This is a great return to “popular” and to Basic products with accessible prices for everyone, with a very well selected distribution logic (the tp Collection can be purchased in the best shops all over the world for accessible prices for all). This is a revolution for us.

    Another satisfying Project is the collaboration with Diesel and their team. Working in harmony has given us two collections for the table that have obtained great results and very important appreciation. This is just the beginning.

    In terms of commercial satisfaction, the other important projects for us are “lighting” and “neon font”, a bright alphabet (and a series of numbers and symbols) formed by letters that can be joined together to form a word, number, symbol or sentence that can light up the environment where one lives or works. It is another unconventional way to ‘enlight’.

     

    Neon lighting from Seletti

     What or who inspires you, on a day to day basis?

     

    I find the major inspiration is my family, in my little daughters and nephews. I have in front of me an extraordinary generational context (little girls and teenagers) from 5 to 17 years of age, and I chose them for the elaboration of my new projects, because I like to understand what they watch on TV, how they sit on the sofa, how they use their smartphones. Of course, travelling has contributed a lot to the development of styles, necessities, and colour variety. Since I was 17 I have travelled to the Far East for work and amusement, and I have been married for the last 15 years to my Brazilian wife. (We are…) Two opposite worlds that have created wonderful contrasts in my day to day, and with imperfections that I appreciate so much.

     

    Entrepreneur and Designer Marcel Bich in 1953 Entrepreneur and Designer Marcel Bich in 1953

    If you could have personally designed one item in history what would it have been and why?

     

    I consider Monsieur (Marcel) Bich my highest level of inspiration: for his design of a lighter, a pen and a shaver. Perfect products, and each one extremely different from the other as merchandising categories, detectable in all parts of the world. All of this without investing in publicity, at least until recently.

     

    How would you describe your own personal interior design style?

     

    It is difficult to define it as a design-style. I am not a designer, unfortunately my school career ended early and I then started to follow my father in his trips to the Far East. At 18 I entered the family company and I immediately loved it. My style and my company’s is a gathering of experiences from the past, future visions, mistakes, different materials, different styles, imitations. A kind of plaudit to the imperfection that makes us different from all the other competitors.

     

    What is a normal working day like for you and your team?

     

    I live and work in the countryside. My house is only 100 meters away from my office. Time is regulated by the slow routine of the village. My daughters go to school by bike in the morning, I go to walk to work and then we all see each other at my parents’ house for lunch (they too live near my office). We don’t have overtime and we stop from 12:30 to 14:00. This way we can divide the day, to have a break from stress and the difficulties of the job. Some of our collaborators stay in our office for lunch where we have installed a kitchen, but most of the guys live nearby and manage to eat at home. This situation is excellent for a work/life balance but it is obviously often changed by trips, expositions (fairs), meetings, and a long holiday I have in Brazil with my family.

     

    You talk about a journey towards a ‘new beauty’ can you elaborate further? 

     

    I believe in a concept not too blinded with perfection. I love a used chair, with history, I like a wooden floor with traces, a wall with marks on. Our objects must tell a story but they have prices accessible for all. I believe this to be the real new thing Seletti proposes.

     

    Export Como Collection

     

     

    Can you give us a sneaky peak into what concepts you and your team are currently working on? What can we expect to see in 2015/2016?

     

    We are now exploring new merchandising categories, such as outdoor. For the next Salone del Mobile - it’s a famous Italian furniture exposition - we will have a new product in partnership with Studio job that will represent a new revolution!!!

     

    And finally you’re hosting a dinner party, and you can invite anyone to it, living, imaginary or dead. Who would you bring, why and what would be on your menu?

     

    I’d leave it all to my wife because she is a fabulous hostess and a great cook… I would take care of the wine…maybe a Barbaresco to start with and a good Barolo to continue.

    To see more of Seletti's innovative products available now at Out There Interiors click here

  • My 5 Favourite New Things

    cushion with colourful botanical pattern

    I am definitely a furniture girl. I'll admit to not getting all that excited over cushions and candlesticks. However I am excited about the latest addition to our home accessory category: 'Preeti'. Named by me (because I think it's so preeti) this large 70 x 50 cushion is embellished with exotic botanicals and colourful birds. I've bought a couple for the bedroom and can't wait to see them in black surroundings flanked by antique gold furniture and lush palms.

    tan tub chair gold legs

    What a chair! Tons of vintage appeal but with perfect springs, sumptuous velvet upholstery and generous proportions. Turned mid century style legs (in gold)!! give this tan tub chair buckets of style.

    mirrored cabinet

    Any addition to our best selling American antique mirrored furniture collection is welcome, but Dainata is the perfect new piece. Bigger than Daina but smaller than Decima she is ideal in the lounge, bedroom or hallway and (like the others) provides glamorous yet very elegant storage.

    warehouse bed

    Personally I am more inclined to embellish than strip back, and yet I am a huge admirer of the well established industrial trend. Carole Poirot's gorgeous images sold me utterly on the idea of a warehouse pipework bed, so when I saw this (terribly photographed but totally awesome) industrial bed I had to get it on the site pronto. Follow Carole's example and juxtapose with soft pink linen and flowers for maximum appeal.

    walnut drinks cabinet

    Brilliantly (yet possibly unconsciously) named by web content manager Richard, the Fox drinks cabinet is seriously foxy! Dark walnut-backed beveled glass covers the cabinet section which is elevated 60cm off the floor on antique brass Art Deco style legs. I want it!

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