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This is Poppy. She was beaten and starved by her previous owners but has just been given a new life by our customer service manager Kate. She now joins us on the farm everyday and can't stop wagging her tail. We're loving having a new member of staffie!
A gorgeous room for you to look at on Lovely Room Thursday this afternoon.
We saw this fabulous interior in Living Etc Magazine several months back and just had to post it for you. It is the definition of eclectic and therefore perhaps not to everyone's taste, but we absolutely love it here at Out There HQ.
Read on to hear why we love it. We'd absolutely love to hear your comments too.
This week: Eclectic Wonderfullness
Want to view more lovely rooms? Visit our Pinterest Boards for a bucket load of eye-candy.
We thought it'd be nice to show you some of the faces behind Out There Interiors, so here's a short interview with Liz Higginbottom, one of our most dedicated part-timers.
Liz has worked diligently in the background at Out There Interiors for almost three years. She dabbles in accounts and order entry and is currently writing descriptions for our fabulous new ranges of rattan garden furniture.
The nature of her work allows her to live in The Lake District in the winter and France in the summer. Alright for some!
Here's what she had to say about working at Out There:
Hi lovely people. This is the first post in a series to be called Ugly Room Tuesday. We think it'll be fun to showcase some of the world’s ugliest interior decoration, whether outdated, incompetent or downright lazy. In contrast, on the 24th of May will publish the first post in a new series call Lovely Room Thursday, which will showcase some of the post fabulous rooms we have seen this year. A ying and yang of interiors if you like. Hope you enjoy!
Although I'm often in awe of pristine, sophisticated interiors the child inside will never grow old of rainbow coloured graffiti furniture. I'm longing for the day I can afford a Jimmy Martin or have something unique commissioned by an admired artist. The armoire in the top left of the pictures below has to be my absolute favourite piece, it looks so bold against the white wall - the ultimate statement wardrobe by Burke and Hazelden. But there's other ways of utilising street art on furniture. The beautiful white, Louis style sofa above for example, has been given a quirky twist by interior designer Lucy Lonergagan; the back and sides emblazoned with bold, urban graffiti. Personally I love the juxtaposition of classic French design and modern street art, but if it's all a bit too extravagant for you, why not take inspiration from California-based designer Ilan Dei who adds colourful graffiti to the interior of neutral pieces.
Above are some more examples of graffiti furniture. The fabulous but extortionate Jimmy Martin cabinet, a couple more armoires by Burke and Hazelden and some other gorgeous creations I found via Pinterest.
Am I alone in my love of graffiti furniture? If we had some designed to sell on Out There Interiors would it only be me who admired it? Would love to hear your thoughts...
There really is nothing worse than tacky decorations which appear in abundance at moments of national celebration, and although I avoid them like the plague, I can't help but feel just a tad square when I attend the Union Jack sponsored BBQ that my happy-go-lucky friend throws, rain or shine every St Georges Day.
I've never been particularly patriotic, nor am I a royalist. But I am an interiors addict.
And for someone who appreciates colour, pattern and aesthetics, it would be impossible (and quite frankly wrong) for me to disregard some of patriotic accessories which have appeared on Out There Interiors.com over the past few months:
A quick techincal update folks. Our Sales Support Dept are currently fighting with cables and screaming at techies as they have lost internet connection in the office. (This has taken down the VOIP phones). We know how annoying it is when you can't get through to a company, so our sincerest apologies for this. Any voicemails left on the support line will be answered as soon as they are back up and running.
At the time of writing our Facebook page has 743 fans. We are attempting to reach 1000 fans or 'Likes' by the end of this week, and if we make it we'll be giving away one of our fab Louis armchairs in a prize draw.
The winner (who will be drawn from this silver urn 24 hours after the Likes hit 1000) will be able to choose one of the 12 chairs below, to suit their interior. It will be delivered free of charge and installed in the room of choice by our friendly delivery team.
A few terms - We don't have all chairs in stock at all time, so the lead time for the prize may vary dependant upon which colour/style is chosen. Should an out of stock chair be chosen we can offer an alternative or simply wait until the chosen one becomes available.
Please note, the competition is only open to UK addresses. If the winning address is in Scotland or Cornwall there may be a small surcharge to pay. Obviously, the winner is not obliged to pay should they prefer to forfeit the prize.
POST THE LINK ON OUR FACEBOOK WALL TO WIN A RABBIT NIGHT LIGHT!
There are twenty-one little bunnies hidden all over our website (which you are on at the moment). To win a bunny, all you have to do is 'Like' our Facebook page then post a link to the page where the bunny is hidden onto our wall - and yours please!
Some are easy, some more difficult. But we will give away a bunny to the first person to post each link.
Once the link is posted we will reply requesting your delivery address and get your little friend in the post! Please note, the bunny above does not count!
We've been giving away rabbit night-lights on our Facebook page for the past few weeks, and have been overwhelmed with the amount of entries into our competitions. It seems we are not alone in our love of these little guys!
Along side the Easter Bunny Hunt we have the Lucky Number Seven competition, which is ongoing. All you need to do is 'Like' our Facebook Page then send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are the seventh 'Like' in your round we will reply requesting your address. (New 'Likes' only please).
The Easter Bunny Hunt is open to all our existing followers and will run until Easter Monday (9th of April). One bunny per person. The Lucky Number Seven competition is on going until the bunnies run out! It is only open to New 'Likes' and 'first time' emailers. Please note, for both competitions we can only post to UK addresses.
Last week we visited Charlotte Berry. Charlotte used to manage our ordering and stock control but left us last year to spend more time with her two little girls. We popped in for a cuppa and had a nosey around her pad. Here's what we found...
The princess chest has pride of place in the girls' room. We've been selling this item for years but we fall in love all over again whenever we see her in the flesh.
Our tea was served in retro typography mugs. Wonder where she got those from? (click read more for images).
Propped up in the play room we found a glorious pink gloss mirror. This was a one-off which Charlotte 'acquired' from the warehouse, but we're seriously thinking about supplying them again now...
Barney the rabbit was rescued from a grotty little petshop in Enfield in March 2007, two days before Out There Interiors was born.
He has been a friendly face in our showroom over the years and had a particular love our our brightly coloured mirrors. (The picture says it all). We are all devastated to have lost him yesterday evening to kidney failure.
Goodbye Barney, you little stud muffin. We'll remember you always. Enjoy the ladies in rabbit heaven.
We were so exhausted from this night back in December that it's taken us until February to upload the images. The photos all have designer blur (perhaps due to the copious amounts of Bucks Fizz we consumed during the evening) but we think they look pretty nontheless.
In December the little village of Chalfont St Peter (where our showroom is based) shuts the high street for the evening and holds a street fair. Literally thousands of people surge down the tiny high street so it's a great opportunity for businesses to interact with local people. In 2011 we braved the cold and ventured out with half the showroom in tow. Fun (and knackering) it was! Read on for more pictures.
This November staff from Out There Interiors helped out with the making of a short film called Dad Dancing, by Director Domonic White. (Domonic created the little videos you see dotted around Out There Interiors.com).
Domonic is attempting to raise £5000 for prostate cancer with this heartwarming short - created on a zero budget. With the help of friends, family and a couple of famous faces he happened to know (James Payton from Harry Potter and Emma Samms from Dynasty), Domonic has a produced a remarkably stylish, funny and poignant short film with a belting sound track.
We're always in awe of individuals who are motivated to such efforts for charitable causes, and Domonic is no exception. A truly monumentous achievement, and a very worthy cause.
Hi folks, we're currently updating our stock module to give more clarity on due dates. A few stock details may be out of sync for the next 48 hours. We apologise for any confusion. If there the item you order does have inacurate stock information you'll be contacted within 3 days with the correct dates. Once again sorry for any inconvenience.
According to the institue of British Architects, Britain's new homes are far too small. If you are one of many people (including myself) who live in a pretty shoebox, we have some ingenious space saving furniture. Read on!
We received this photograph from one of our lovely customers today. It shows two of our mirrored tables in a shop window in Knightsbridge. We think the they are perfect for this display; so simple and elegant.
These tables are Siobhan and Suzanna. Click 'read more' for a larger image.
We're forever stumbling upon our furniture in TV and film, adverts and stylish window displays, but today we found a piece in a wedding photograph by Sam Hayword of samhaywordphotography.com. This gorgeous picture depicts a bride sitting at our "Racquel" white French dressing table, getting ready for her big day. We think both the bride and the dresser look stunning, not to mention the cornflower panelling.
We couldn't resist naming a new product Harper-Seven today in celebration of the Beckham's new daughter. And what better product than this awesome silver and white throne armchair from our French Furniture collection. This large and highly decorative throne chair has a gloss white frame and shiny silver, crocodile print upholstery. The ultimate statement piece. We love ostentatious furniture like this, so go on, splash out on Harper-Seven today. You won't regret it!
why ornate mirrors work everywhere and anywhere...
We stumbled across this image earlier today and fell in love with the relaxed feel of this modern interior. It's the perfect example of how a modern (almost stark) interior can be uplifted and revived by the use of period wall mirrors. Placing two gold mirrors either side of a doorway and one in the centre of the adjacent room creates a feeling of space and light whatever the size of your space, and it doesn't matter whether the mirrors match; in fact the individuality of the mirrors adds to the eclectic style of the room.
10 reasons to avoid high street furniture stores this January.
A new year, a new you, a new home. Many of us get this feeling in January, and with the prospect of all the 'high-street give-aways' out there, run out into the cold in search of that bargain bedroom furniture buying into the hype that we have been force fed since Boxing Day. But it's unnecessary, uncomfortable and expensive. Here's why.
We've spent a long time advocating our quirky outdoor images. In fact you'll find a post further down this blog explaining why we do them. However, after plenty of customer feedback and playing around with our camera we decided it was time for a change. Out There images are getting a face lift....
We found this video when looking for interior design shots. We are very often alone in what makes us laugh so we apologise if this does not amuse you! (Only problem is, we can't help thinking the pink genie lamp is pretty cool).
Send us your interior pics and we will post them in Inside Out There. We are fascinated to see what you do with our furniture and mirrors, and it will give other customers inspiration too. If you've got a room looking amazing using Out There furniture we want to see it! And, if we like it enough we will even link your picture to the individual product page and give you an accreditation. Talk about recognition! Get snapping your furniture now!
You can send us your pics via email or snail mail. Please include your name, location and of course a picture of an Out There item!
To get you started we have added some pictures of our own. Here on the left is our 'Melanie' modern Venetian mirror hung next to our shocking pink toilet cystern. View more pics by hitting 'read more' below.
Well, for a start off it’s in our name. If you start something you’ve gotta finish, right? Well when we started out we didn’t have anywhere sensible to photograph our mirrored furniture, so we took the first bits and pieces out into the garden where it didn’t reflect our somewhat questionable interior surroundings. If you look closely at the images you will see some of our original products – the mirrored chest and bedsides pictured in front of a green fence, with sheds, bird feeders and goodness knows what in the back ground. When we moved into sensible premises we decided it was best to continue to photograph outside for the reasons outlined below. Before we knew it we were getting more adventurous with our pictures, hanging chandeliers from trees, setting ornate beds up in the snow and thinking of a permanent company name...
In the Middle Ages Venice was the glassmaking centre of the Western world. By the end of the 13th century the government had moved the glass industry to the island of Murano. The name of this island is synonymous with high quality glass of beautiful design. So not only does Venetian glass have a long and illustrious history, it also embodies style, elegance, sophistication and luxury.
Venetian mirrored furniture
The Venetian mirrored furniture style that is so popular today dates from the 18th and 19th century. The elaborate ,ornate style that we associate with venetian mirrored furniture has a baroque influence. It is opulent and luxurious making venetian mirrored furniture a striking choice. Whenever a style is revisited a new modern twist is added and Venetian mirrored furniture is no exception. As well as the ornate rococco styles found in the Venetian mirror designs, modern taste also dictates more sleek clean lines (these are evident in our cabinets and console tables) The combination of these 2 opposing styles is one of the most striking and appealing elements of contemporary interior design.
An article on the history of Venetian glass furniture
If you happen to be as obsessed with glass furniture as we are, you may be interested in the following article. We explore how glass came about, how it was shaped and refined to fulfil different uses, and finally how the Venetian glass furniture you see today evolved throughout the ages. It is fascinating to find out how the decorative glass furniture, with which we adorn our homes today, has its origins in the mists of time.
How glass began
A form of glass, created by volcanic action on certain types of rock has existed since the beginnings of time itself. It is believed that some Stone Age tribes made use of this naturally occurring glass, to make tools and other objects. (Believe it or not they weren’t making glass furniture at this stage, although we like to think there was the odd Gay Stone Age couple boasting a cave full of mirrored furniture).