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Month: March 2016

Bedroom with bunk beds

Bedroom with bunk beds

Bunk beds are a practical and fun space-saving solution for kids’ bedrooms. The cabin style is particularly conducive to helping little ones feel secure as they sleep, and there are plenty of design options out there, from freestanding to fitted with integrated storage. Here, expert joiner Paul McCormack shares his top five tips on constructing the bed of your children’s dreams. Choose a versatile design that can be adapted as your children grow, either by separating the beds or taking…

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Be inventive with copper piping

Be inventive with copper piping

Concealed behind the walls of virtually every home, copper pipes are a hidden gem. Now, as the trend for industrial pieces continues, exposed pipes are an easy way to get the look. Cheap, accessible (you can buy pipes from any builders merchant) and versatile, copper pipes can be fashioned into virtually anything, from taps to dish racks, curtain poles to clothes rails. Here, we explain how to make a mixer tap. Jamie Blake of Blakes London describes the trend for…

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Copper bathroom fixtures

Copper bathroom fixtures

The qualities that make copper a good choice in the kitchen also make it a practical option for bathroom fixtures. But John Rutter, managing director of Metal Sheets, warns that due to the damp atmosphere in this room, the colour of the copper can change dramatically. To slow down the tarnishing process, he advises avoiding chemical cleaning products.  

Polished copper mirror

Polished copper mirror

Copper can be polished to a high sheen, making it a great alternative to a traditional glass mirror. Take inspiration from this large antique bronze looking glass. Not only does it look striking and reflect the light in the room, producing a gentle warm glow, the soft copper tones also provide a very flattering reflection. To make your own, fold a thin sheet of copper around an MDF core and then apply it directly to a wall or frame it.

Copper splashback in kitchen

Copper splashback in kitchen

Due to its antimicrobial and durable properties, copper makes a great surface for use in the kitchen. It can take a splattering of oil and withstand exposure to heat, so it can even be used above the hob. Lucy Bathurst of Nest Design has used copper sheeting to create her splashback (pictured). In much the same way as the antique French copper pots and pans that inspired her, a copper splashback will stand the test of time. To maintain it,…

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Renaissance bathroom suites

Renaissance bathroom suites

Matching bathroom suites are having a renaissance. The ‘Stand\’ collection by Norm Architects, created for Italian brand Ex.t, is a stylish example of why. A lesson in pared-back elegance, the range, designed by Danes Kasper Ronn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, combines cast-iron details, inspired by 1920s and ’30s fittings, with a 21st-century material, Living Tec – a mixture of aluminium oxide and polyester acrylic resin.

High ceiling pendant lights

High ceiling pendant lights

If you want to make an impact, particularly in spaces with high ceilings, these substantial enamel pendant lights, which measure almost one-metre tall, are a fantastic find. Reclaimed from Communist-era factories in the Czech Republic, these lamps can be bought, fully refurbished, in their original black or grey enamel from Enamel Shades. Alternatively, Trainspotters sells versions that are powder-coated in bright colours.

Showcase designs under staircase

Showcase designs under staircase

Maximize the oft-neglected space under the stairs by hanging photographs and wall storage beneath the treads. We love the way that, this arrangement makes a feature of this awkward space, creating a neat triangular display. For similar units, tray Ikea modular ‘Valje’ design. London-based designer Alexander White advised that if you’re considering minimalist staircase like this, the most popular materials are wood and steal, but you could also opt for reinforced concrete or glass for a more unusual finish.

Hanging cocoon chair

Hanging cocoon chair

Louis Vuitton has expanded its ‘Objets Nomades’ collection of travel-inspired lifestyle accessories with the launch of nine new creations by big-name designers. Highlight from the limited-edition range include the Campana Brothers hanging Cocoon chair, made using stereolithography, a form of 3D printing.