Pearls from the junk drawer

Pearls from the junk drawer

Browsing the internet one weekend we came across a handy blog called Junk Drawer Wisdom: What to Keep, What to Toss, and How to Keep It Organised by Fan Winston, April 10, 2019. As the title suggests, this inspiring piece offers wise words around the neglected topic of the junk drawer. Says Winston: This idea – that we all need a tiny section in our home that doesn’t require upkeep.

Blurred Boundaries between home and work

Blurred Boundaries between home and work

Apparently this year’s big interiors trend is the workplace. That’s according to Katrina Burroughs (@Kat_Burroughs), writing in the Sunday Times. Hot off the press from Salone del Mobile, the annual Italian design fair that took place in April, this workplace trend reflects a social change that is affecting many of us: the way boundaries between work and home have blurred, with the shift towards careers constructed from various jobs, often.

Live your best life possible

Live your best life possible

Regular readers of our Blog might recall that a couple of years ago we became totally obsessed with a book called Stuffocation. Written by James Wallman it reminded us that experiences make us happier than things (James even re-tweeted one of our Blogs on the topic so that experience made us uber-happy at the time!). So imagine our delight to discover that he’s written a new book Time and how to.

Take control of your clutter

Take control of your clutter

Another month, another decluttering expert – this time in the shape of Gretchen Rubin, author of Outer Order, Inner Calm which teaches us that if we declutter at home and work we can not only make room for happiness but free up head space to tackle life’s bigger issues. Featured in the April issue of Red Magazine in an article by Cyan Turan, Rubin says: “Taking control of the stuff.

Vive la revolution!

Vive la revolution!

It is, there seems, a quiet revolution happening all around us. That’s according to Sunday Times journalist Helen Davies (@TheSTHome) who says there’s a rental revolution happening in the UK right now. Perceptions of renting, she says, are evolving. Whereas it was once viewed as downbeat and down-market it’s now becoming a bit of a thing. According to research from the English Housing Survey, apparently one fifth of the population.

Sleep sound

Sleep sound

Here at Futon Company we often talk about the importance of sleep for our health and wellbeing – after all, it’s no secret that 7-8 hours of shut-eye each night is key to a happy life. So when we came across Julie Powell’s Self section and the news piece Happy Ever After in the April issue of Red Magazine we were intrigued to read more. She says: “We read children.

Creating power looks for your space

Creating power looks for your space

Always on the hunt for fresh ideas, trends and inspiration we were interested to learn about the new A-list must have. According to Grazia magazine, 12th March, behind every great celebrity look is a stylist – or an image architect. This person is a sartorial agenda-setter. The image architect they’re referring to in this instance is called Mr Law Roach whose focus is on power dressing the A-list, but the term really.

Painterly pointers for small space living

Painterly pointers for small space living

With the new season upon us, paint a picture of calm in your space by considering a new decorating scheme. And who better to give guidance than paint gurus Farrow & Ball, whose new book Farrow & Ball Recipes for Decorating by Joa Studholme was launched last month. To get you in the mood for sprucing up your space check out some of their painterly pointers for small space living…..

Brilliant blog alert!

Brilliant blog alert!

  Eternally hunting for brilliant blogs we were beyond excited to find this little nugget:  Expert advice:  11 tips for making a room look bigger https://bit.ly/2fg4Ri8 Written by Justine Hand and published March 22, 2019, her pearls of wisdom start with the premise that small spaces present themselves with both charm and challenge. When done well they can be cosy, Zen-like retreats, but can equally feel cramped, claustrophobic and anything but restful. Her.

Sugary shades for spring

Sugary shades for spring

Leafing through a back issue of Grazia Magazine,12th March, we came across a news piece called This week’s fashion manifesto, which included some sound advice, namely: embrace a Lent loophole: sugary shades are good enough to eat but not technically cheating. We love the idea that sugary shades are a thing right now, and with spring on the horizon it makes total sense to move away from dark winter-focused interiors.

2019’s answer to Marie Condo

2019’s answer to Marie Condo

Move over Marie Kondo, there’s a new tidying expert on the block! At least that’s according to Red Magazine (redonline.co.uk). In the March 2019 issue, in an article called Cupboard Love, the magazine introduces Corrie Jackson of decluttering duo Maison Heaven. According to Coco Chanel, says the feature, an interior is a natural projection of the soul….There’s organising (shuffling piles from one room to another), and there’s ‘organising’, and that’s.

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

  ‘The streets of London are paved with gold’ so goes the saying. Which is why the capital has traditionally been a stomping ground for ambitious professionals and creatives looking to forge their way in the world. But now, it seems, London is having a run for its money with competition from smaller cities and more rural retreats. According to research from Hamptons International which featured in The Sunday Times.