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  • We are moving!

    Out There Interiors is moving down to the south coast.  Thirty minutes north of Brighton to be precise, to a little place called North Chailey.  We are moving into much larger premises and have four display rooms ready to be kitted out with lovely stuff.  We hope to welcome you to our new home very soon.

    brighton pier brighton brighton-hanover

  • Halloween Harmony

    I love pulling products out of our catalogue to fit with a certain event or time of year. No matter how obscure the theme you can be sure we'll have some fabulous product to work with it.  Taking pieces out of their normal context and mixing them up allows you a fresh look, and I love finding harmony between pieces you never knew existed. So without further ado, I present my top picks to celebrate Halloween 2015:

    black and orange halloween themed furniture


    1.  Acrylic Baroque Bar Stool in Orange

    2. Wise Monkeys Candelabra

    3. Large Angled Floor Lamp

    4. French Solid Door Armoire in Black

    5. French Media Unit in Black

    6. Porcelain Tea Cup Orange Handle

    7. Surprised Basset Hound in Orange

  • Trend Watch: Scandi-Luxe

    We are long term lovers of Scandinavian design and are thrilled to see the emergence of ‘Scandi Luxe’. It’s where pared-down Scandinavian design acquires a touch of luxury; where white, pastel and blonde wood meet brass, copper and marble.


    For 25 years now, our exposure to Scandinavian interiors, has been largely through a certain Swedish giant. And while we still appreciate the need for practical kitchen equipment and low cost furnishings for student flats, many of us have moved on creatively and developed a deep yearning for quality, style and individuality.


    While retaining the clean lines, practicality and simplicity that characterise Scandinavian design, Scandi-Luxe has that little extra ‘je ne sais quoi’. Perhaps a rounded corner, perhaps a subtler shade, perhaps a tad more comfort or a soupçon of more shine. It will create an interior that focuses on home comforts and maximisation of the light, an interior that is harmonious but allows itself the occasional extravagance, an interior in which the day to day incorporates an impression of indulgence.


    We already love open plan living and the pared-down Scandinavian style works wonderfully in large open spaces. We are still delighted by all things industrial, but trends are moving away from factory grit and grime towards a pristine workshop style with shiny copper, brass and gold fittings. The natural world is, as ever, of great importance. Light woods, marble and stylised elements from nature frequently feature as designs and, as winter approaches, the appeal of homespun fabrics becomes all too apparent!

    Top image features Marilyn dressing table, Maurice table lamp and Gayla chair.

    Middle image features Ovina wall mirror, Bulbi table lamp and Nessia hanging lamp.

    Bottom image features Manya table lamp, Alia t-light holder, Dalyse pedestal and Daisy coffee table.

  • Colour of 2016: Cherished Gold

    One of the most anticipated events of the autumn in the design world is the unveiling of the Dulux colour of the coming year. Here at Out There Interiors, we are particularly pleased with the choice for 2016 which is Cherished Gold. Cleverly spotting that our love of metallics is set to run and run, the committee of influential experts and trend watchers in the interiors world, which makes this important decision, has aimed for evolution rather than revolution and chosen a sophisticated shade which is both forward looking in its originality and yet works perfectly with current themes and fashion.

    cherished gold 1

    There is undoubtedly a heritage feel to the warm earthy tones of this ochre colour. Within its depth, it contains the glow of old masters, a glimpse of vellum parchment, and the ambiance of classic country houses, where quality and sophistication are innate rather than contrived. But neither Dulux nor Out There Interiors are suggesting for one minute that you should recreate a period interior. No, this is the colour of 2016 and as such it makes its most effective statement with the furniture and accessories of our era.


    While coordinating beautifully with the copper and brass furniture and accessories which are so popular this year, cherished gold also works well as a backdrop for the cool blues and greys and the light woods emanating from Scandinavia. On yet another level consider how well its touch of oriental spice will conspire with the rich feel of ethnic prints and textured fabrics to create a warm and welcoming interior. Furthermore how well it offsets our animal themed accessories!


    The versatility of this complex colour is quite remarkable. Try teaming with duck egg blue or even pink for a look which is both avant garde, yet enhances everyday living.


    As well as contrast we also desire harmony. At Out There, we have, for a long time, loved furniture and accessories of both modern and traditional design which incorporate gold, so we have a great choice of items which will work well with this exciting yet elegant colour. Here is a small selection from our range.


    1. Enrico Fibreglass Tulip Table in Blue £185
    2. Geva Bloomingville Chair in Sky Blue Braided Rattan £310
    3. Penina Bloomingville Pendant Lamp with Coloured Balls £70
    4. Festa Egg Ceiling Lamp in Blue £60
    5. Teasha Tea-Light with Dragonfly £35
    6. Hilde Deer Head with Antlers in Yellow £50
    7. Spica Bloomingville Table Lamp in Duck Egg £115
    8. Alberte Bloomingville Tapas Set on Cork £64
    9. Giancarlo Padded Rocker in Tan £310
    10. Biata Narrow Wooden Stools - Set of Two £195
    11. Afimia Industrial Coffee Table on Wheels £595
    12. Canda Folding Table with Teak Top £945
    13. Paolo Platform Bench £365
    14. Jamie French Louis Chest in Vintage Yellow £1,250
    15. Cerelia Pair of Candle Sticks - Rose Pink £109
    16. Jules Swan Chair in Tan £410
    17. Konstantia Large Zinc-Topped Coffee Table £545
    18. Susita Elm Nine Drawer Chest £975
    19. Papillon Butterfly Chair in Brown Leather £510

    And for that all important accent wall we have of course a fantastic new range of wallpapers.


  • Designer Profile : Out There Interiors talks to Mads Nordal.

    mads nordalFounded in 1991 by Annie & Ingolf Nordal, Mads and Signe's company is still very much a family business. A unique blend of edgy, Indian inspired Nordic design permeates from Nordal HQ and it's more popular than ever before. Out There Interiors speaks to Mads Nordal about family, inspiration and personal style.

    Nordal is obviously very much a family business. How does this influence your decisions and what would you describe as the three key points that make up the essential Nordal DNA?

    We don’t need to say everything to each other. We know how we feel, and more importantly we have more or less the same opinion on where we want Nordal to be, and how we want things to look.  Key points are:

    1. Providing great things that are great for everyday use, and that make you happy.
    2. Inspiring the consumer to be creative, and mix things in a new way – their own way.
    3. Being proud of our collection, and 'feeling it' all the way.

    summer picnic in denmark Image C/O Visit

    Denmark in the Summer means?

    It means seeing people out of their homes. Sailing, having a picnic, bathing in the sun... And when people relax, they dress cool, they are enjoying themselves, having a summer party in a colourful new way. That gives us a lot of inspiration. The Danish summer is really something special. It’s something that we talk about all year, so when it finally arrives, we use it to the fullest in all its wonderful ways.

    mads nordal - pendants01What are you most proud of?

    I am immensely proud of the fact that we have so many customers that like what we do and are really looking forward to seeing our new collection, the new colours and styles.  It’s something very special, and something I think about daily. Thanks a lot, it’s all for you.

    With regards to product design is there a conscious effort to differentiate yourself from other ‘Scandi’ brands? Perhaps the ethnic influence?

    It’s not something we strive to do, but something we can’t help doing. We like to be a bit 'off', if you know what I mean. Even within our own family none of us has the same style privately – I think we just want to create beautiful things that you can use to make your home feel unique and personal. A home with attitude.


    What is your favourite colour?

    I don’t really have an all time favourite colour. It changes all the time. Right now I am all about Dark Blue, Shine Yellow and Orange. Not necessarily together, though.

    What is your favourite product from the AW/15 collection?

    We have this new really cool wood and iron chest of drawers. Some Dark Blue glass vases with brass thread around it. Some patchwork tableware, that I am really looking forward to using together with some of our plain white Japanese and 60´s styled tableware.

    wood and iron chest on dark blue background

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

    Sometimes nothing - sometimes everything. It’s really hard to say, but one thing I can say for sure is that I see a lot of things. I observe. I all ways have my eyes open and love to try out new stuff. And the same goes for the rest of my family..

    How would you describe your own personal interior design style? Are you influenced by the seasons?

    My style is not that great for others to look at, I think. I have a lot of things that mean a lot to me, but don’t make sense to others.

    At our house I like to have a lot of small things that we move around, so you can’t find it, sometimes for days. This makes me look at my home in different ways all the time, which I think many people don't do. You need to be all over your home and to know all the corners. This way you get to know it and get to style it your own way.

    What’s your favourite film?

    I have a lot. But it's important for them to move me, and the person I’m seeing them with. I like slow movies, something like Driving Miss Daisy with Morgan Freeman. It just has something to it. And Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep. There is just something about people who do it their own way and get respected for it.

    morgan freeman in driving miss daisy

    Are there any areas that you’d love for Nordal to branch into? And any brands in alternative fields that you’d love to collaborate with?

    We always move around to see things in another way. This year I moved to New York City for 7 months. To get some inspiration from the upcoming market. I really think the US is a great country, with a lot to give.  I hope to be able to bring some of it into Europe very soon.
    Also, my sister (Nordal’s Creative Director and Product Developer) is travelling to India more and more often to see how we can mix things of a more personal style, with things that are made by hand, together with the Nordic style, that´s all the rage right now.


    mads nordal - india

    mads nordal - new york


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

    On my right side: my father and my mother. On my left side: my husband, my sister and my brother. After that all of my friends, some of which I known since I was 2 years old. So as you can see, family and friends is everything to me. Maybe that’s why I love my work in Nordal so much.

  • Black and Gold... Black and Gold

    It may still be summer but it doesn't feel like it here in Stokenchurch. We've had the heaters on in the office for three days straight and the rain and wind is set to continue through the August bank holiday weekend.  We are not too upset however. In fact for the last three months we've been fully immersed in Christmas, so the cold and wet doesn't feel so alien.  And also a wave of new and exciting products are helping us to imagine (and look forward to) those cosy autumn and winter months.

    Black and gold is set to be big this autumn/winter. From subtle brass lamps to ostentatious 'Arabian Nights' side tables. Here are some of our favourite new things:

    Black and gold product images


    1. Daphne Retro Angled Floor lamp £145 (coming soon)
    2. Myami Black Glass and Gold Coffee Table £1390 (coming soon)
    3. Hillary Round Side Tables in Gold £175
    4. Gold Seahorse Ornament £39 (coming soon)
    5.  Chet Console Table in Gold and Black £925
    6.  Sola Satin Finish Side Table in Light Gold £595 (coming soon)
    7.  Laton Glass Topped Console £645
    8. Dezzrah Black and Glass Bedside Table £310
    9.  Kaina Case Base Marble Topped Table £1195 (coming soon)
    10.  Perrilea Mirrored Desk in Black and Gold £820
    11. Arin Marble Topped Gold Side Table £495 (coming soon)
    12.  Bobbie Designer Style Table Lamp in Gold £195
    13.  Arabian Nights Side Table £449 (coming soon)

  • Designer Profile : Out There Interiors talks to the ibride Design Team

    Benoit & Rachel Convers - iBride Designers Benoît & Rachel Convers - ibride Designers

    Founded in 1996 the ibride Design House combines historical references, romanticism and the designers' own experiences from travelling in its pieces.  The word 'ibride'  is a play on words for the French meaning 'hybrid', with many of the pieces combining several forms and several functions. OTI talks to Benoît & Rachel Convers, the Husband and Wife Designer Team, about their inspiration and what makes them laugh.



    Joe - Bear Bookcase from ibrideYou can tell that the team at ibride love animals :) ! What are your top three favourite animals and why?

    Benoît : Our favourite animal is our Jack Russel of course! It was our inspiration for our first piece of furniture Sultan the dog stool.  Rachel loves the birds, you can feel it on the “Galerie de Portraits” collection of trays. And finally we would say Bears, they are a majestic animal.



    What is your favourite design from the current collection?
    Benoît : Each project has its own history. The souvenir we've dug out to find inspiration, the moment we had the idea, the people we met and collaborate to set up the production… it’s hard to highlight one particular product in the collection - most of them became characters of our design history and share our life like children or cousins. Some of them are bad-tempered, but most of them are easy to live.


    How did the company start? Can you tell us a little bit about the team?

    ibride Console TableIn 1996, Carine Jannin (Director & Editor, ibride) decided to create her own publishing house specialising in the design of objects. Her singular and strategic choices, free from all archetypes, allot a central position to the independence of creation. Together with Rachel and Benoît Convers, the established designers of the label, they combine a family trio, precursors in author design. Based on audacious concepts such as the “Made in France ” and objects with dual interpretations, this publishing house blossoms independently and cultivates its differences on the fringe of insidious standardization.

    What is a normal working day like for you and your team?
    Benoît : We are lucky to work in a hidden rural area at the east of France. When we aren’t travelling, we spend our time between our design studio and the workshop in the same building. Since we have our own production plant, we can do many experimentations and work hand in hand with production people to set up the new collections.

    What would be the ultimate piece of furniture or accessory that you’d love to design? For instance: A full size elephant bookcase, a ‘plate’ tree that has a whole banquet service inside it?
    Benoît : When we meet a manufacturer or a craftsman, it’s a new opportunity for us to experiment new technologies, new processes. We feel free to discover new materials, and design new things.

    What’s your favourite film or novel ?Alice in Wonderland - a source of inspiration for iBride

    Rachel: A few years ago, we developed the ibride catalogue from the Alice in Wonderland story of Lewis Carroll. This fancy and complex story is like us – As Alice, I do like to hesitate between dream and reality, especially in the morning.
    Benoît : I really enjoyed Toy Story from Lasseter. The idea that the objects come alive as soon as we don’t look at them is a story that could be suitable with the ibride collection.


    What makes you laugh?
    Benoît : We did a design recently for an exhibition in Shanghai about Spongebob Squarepants. The name of our design is « Precious but not so serious » / To work at ibride’s, you must be really involved in your job, but not take yourself to seriously ;)

    Fontain in the Summer means? Countryside! Fontain is a small town based in the East of France where we come from. We enjoy being closed to the nature, living in a quiet environment.

    What do the ibride team do to relax? Having coffee, playing babyfoot or pingpong, sharing music, going to weekly massage - working at ibride is quite cool !

    Can you give us a sneaky peak into what new designs you and your team are currently working on? What can we expect to see in 2016? Our inspiration for this 2015/16 collection comes from our childhood memories. Most of these new products refers to our grandparents’ ways of life.

    To see more of the ibride collection click here





  • Behind The Scenes : Trend Daily's #PimpMyDeckie

    Trend Daily's #PimpMyDeckie entry The traditional stripy deckchair is re-envisaged by Trend Daily

    RibbonsCaroline Davis from Trend Daily says "I chose to decorate mine with some fabulous ribbons from Jane Means and create my own take on a striped deckchair! It’s a quick and easy makeover that anyone can try! I was initially thinking of doing a simple floral design with fabric pens and paints, but when your deckchair arrived, I thought the linen was so gorgeous, I didn’t want to permanently mark it! Stitching on ribbons seemed the perfect alternative and you can still change or update the look and colours any time!"

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


    Caroline Davis

    About Caroline Davis from Trend Daily: I trained in textile design at De Montford University, then moved into buying for Debenhams. After 3 years I moved into magazines and worked as a style director for the now defunct Home Flair. That led to a short stint setting up an interior design business with two friends and finally my real passion, freelance styling! I live in the Chilterns with my husband, two children, Evie and Gabriel and 6 pets! I started my blog Trend Daily in 2012 and update it as and when I can in between work and the kids, but hope to pick up with it much more seriously again this Autumn. I have some ideas for a fresh start and new angle, which I hope will be very exciting!

  • Behind The Scenes : Homemaker Magazine's #PimpMyDeckie entry

    Homemaker Magazine #PimpMyDeckie entry Ice-cream shades, Holidays and Coastal memories provide the inspiration behind Homemaker Magazines's entry

    Fabric SelectionHomemaker Magazine's entry was conceived, designed and made by Corinne Bradd, In House Crafts Project Designer.  "I’ve always lived by the coast and deckchairs were an integral part of my ‘70’s childhood holidays. I wanted to create a luxury version that reflected the colours of summer. I started by blending ice-cream shades of chalk paint then added a little sparkle to the corners of the frame using mixed metal leaf flakes to imitate sunlight reflecting off the sea. I’m a bit of a quilt addict so a pastel, padded patchwork runner was the obvious choice to recover the seat. Hand-stitched across the existing canvas, I added pads of extra wadding between the lines of stitching to plump up the quilt. In addition I created a large ‘pocket’ at the top of the deckchair to act as a pillow case.

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



    work in progress

    Homemaker's Deckchair

    Corinne Bradd from Homemaker Magazine


    About Corinne Bradd: Corinne Bradd has worked for Aceville Publications for more years than she cares to count. As In House Crafts Project Designer for a number of creative titles including Homemaker her work is varied and never boring. A childhood spent sewing, painting and gluing things together has resulted in a dream job that allows her to spend time with her daughter while filling her house with ‘lovely stuff’.

  • Behind The Scenes: Alternative Eden's #PimpMyDeckie

    Alternative Eden_PimpMyDeckie Agave inspiration from Alternative Eden

    Centre of an agave plantMark, of Mark and Gaz the duo behind Alternative Eden says "We decided to use our separate chairs to combine to a "whole" by creating an image of an Agave. Using fabric paint to create each half of the image. We grow a number of agaves and other succulents in the garden so it was an easy choice to use an Agave plant, plus the plants are roughly symmetrical so it would form a unified image.

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



    Mark from Alternative EdenGaz from Alternative EdenAbout Alternative Eden: Mark & Gaz are the creative duo behind Alternative Eden which follows the story of their garden, as they create a taste of the tropics in the UK. Their philosophy is to create an exotic effect using mostly hardy plants with some more tender accent plants in pots.  Mark says "We have been creating an exotic garden in Bedfordshire over the last ten years, the garden has been a real labour of love turning a fairly normal residential garden into a tropical escape. Its our real Alternative Eden!"

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