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Fabric is the new leather!

Hey my fellow bloggers, sorry I haven’t blogged sooner – my bad! Recently, I have been to the Interiors UK 2013 exhibition at Birmingham NEC. I was amazed at the turn out, and the furniture is out of this world. I did however notice one thing, not only if fabric the new black, but fabric is the new leather – or so it seems! Fabric beds were everywhere, and we love them.

Fabric beds are available in many different colours. Birlea Furniture has introduced an amazing range of fabric beds, such as the Birlea Brooklyn fabric bed which is available in chocolate brown, grey or wheat. The thing we like most about the Birlea Brooklyn Collection is that it is also available as an ottoman storage bed, which is perfect for any room lacking in storage. Currently I have only seen these particular beds available from leading bed stores such as Bed Centre UK and Bed SOS, but we’re sure other retailers will soon sharp jump on the fabric bed band wagon.

Birlea Brooklyn Ottoman Fabric Bed Wheat

Other manufacturer’s, such as Limelight Beds, have introduced some very modern fabric beds. Our favourite is most definitely the Limelight Eclipse fabric bed in plum finish. This Limelight Jupiter bed is another favourite of ours, with its beige upholstered fabric finish and easy lift up action for the internal storage facility.

Time Living is another fine example of a fantastic manufacturer of fabric beds. Their range of Hamburg fabric beds are desirable, and come in a choice of pebble grey fabric or cocoa brown fabric finish.

Here at Home Desirable, we just love the fact that contemporary fabric beds are becoming the latest must have piece of bedroom furniture.

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Headboard Dilemma: Officially sorted!

Remember that ivory faux suede headboard we bought? Well, as I mentioned previously, when it arrived it was not ivory in colour and it certainly wasn’t faux suede. Basically, it just had to go!

We have purchased many products from Bed SOS in the past, so we thought we would search for a 5ft cream headboard from Bed SOS. We were not disappointed! We opted for the 5ft king size Cambridge headboard, in cream faux leather finish. This headboard came with free next day delivery, or alternatively we could of opted for a specific delivery date if we wished. Bed SOS also deliver on a Saturday at an additional cost of £20.00, but that wasn’t necessary.

Anyways, when the headboard arrived, we were very impressed! The Cambridge 5ft cream headboard is manufactured to a very high standard and comes from the Sleepy Valley Beds Collection. Doesn’t it look beautiful!?

Sleepy Valley Beds 5ft Cambridge Headboard Cream Faux Leather

When we unboxed the headboard, it was covered in a white fibre protection bag, which acted like a dust sheet and also offered slight protection against any damage whilst in transit – even Angel from itsapussycatslife was impressed!

Sleepy Valley Cambridge headboard review

The headboard was packaged securely, and came complete with easy to attach wooden headboard fixing struts.

Sleepy Valley 5ft King Size Headboard Assembly

The struts are of far better quality than the ones included with our previous headboard. They are thicker, better finish/ quality and far more sturdy.  The struts were also extremely easy to attach.

Sleepy Valley 5ft Cream Leather Headboard Review

The pack included x6 bolts and x6 washer rings, three for each strut, as well as the appropriate allen key.

Sleepy Valley Headboards Review

The headboard took around ten minutes to assemble, and fixed to our 5ft divan king size bed without any problem. Over all, we are extremely happy with the colour, style, quality and over all finish of our new headboard.

What do you think?  Is anyone else as impressed as us with the Sleepy Valley Cambridge headboard?  Don’t forget to like, comment and share!

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Shopping Madness: and faulty heater!

Well my lovely blogging friends, today I have been given my orders! I’m currently in search of a new cat bed (for Angel and Diesel, from itsapussycatslife – preferably a dog bed, so they can both snuggle up in a roomy yet comfortable space, god love em!) Secondly, they need a brand new cat scratch post – the type with the corked bottom, as Diesel is lazy and doesn’t use the actual scratch post part.

Thirdly, we need a draught excluder – preferably two matching ones for the living room! I did actually purchase a Warmlite oil filled electric heater from Argos, but unfortunately it was faulty! So I had a refund issued earlier this morning, and treat Kelly and I to a McDonalds breakfast with Tropicana fresh orange – yummy!

Kelly is currently in the process of cleaning the whole flat, in preparation for our Christmas decorations. Mainly, I would like to get the Xmas tree up and decorated at some point today – question is, are there enough hours left in the day?

One last thing, seen as it’s almost Xmas, I will be hunting the shops for a cool knitted jumper for Diesel and Angel – you can’t have Christmas for the kids without ‘cheesy knitwear!’ I’m also craving a Scrunch, so I will be purchasing two (one for Kelly and one for myself)! If you don’t know what a Scrunch is, I’ll show you if I’m lucky enough to of grabbed them before they sell out – they sell in minutes! Fingers crossed for the Scrunch desserts guys.

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Ice-Clock Alarm Clocks: Review!

How super cool are these little beauties? We will definitely be getting one of these for our guest bedroom. The white Ice Clock with alarm is awesome and super trendy – wouldn’t you agree?

Featuring a 14.5cm diameter with 4.5cm depth, these designer alarm clocks are rather cute.  The IAF.WE white Ice alarm clock is manufactured in keeping with the classic Ice-Watch design.  This alarm clock features a stainless steel pull out stand to the reverse, analogue display and a snooze button.  The clock also features a backlight which is activated by pressing and holding the snooze button, as well as that all important alarm feature which is activated/ deactivated by twisting the crown to the on/ off position.  The white Ice-Watch alarm clock is like no other alarm clock we have seen before.  The Ice alarm clocks benefit from three-hand Quartz movement, with the second hand sweeping continuously around the face and offering silent movement.  Ice Clock alarm clocks are the latest bedside accessory, which can be wall mounted if preferred.  The Ice-Clock Alarm Clock Collection is available in a variety of ten colours, and comes in official Ice-Clock packaging, with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.

What are your thoughts on these fantastic designer clocks? – feel free to like, comment and share!

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The classic clock meets vinyl music history!

Yesterday I posted about clocks, and today I thought what better chance than to let all my lovely followers know about a company we came across who specialise in some of the most extraordinary wall clocks we have ever seen.

Becky’s Clocks are so eye pleasing. All of Becky’s Clocks have been handmade from old no longer played or graded unplayable vinyl records. These attractive wall clocks are so eye catching, we just had to introduce the Becky’s Clock range to our blog. These unique clocks are super cool, attractive and reflect an individual’s taste in music. Each vinyl wall clock is specially designed, and Beckys Clocks don’t miss a trick. Becky’s Clocks take advantage of the artwork found on the covers of such vinyl records to create tasteful distinctive wall clocks. Home Desirable loves the fact that these time pieces are one offs. Each clock is made from a 12” vinyl record and comes in a presentation box, which is also handmade from the original album cover. Each clock runs off a branded quartz mechanism, which uses a single AA battery. These fantastic clocks also come with a 1 year guarantee.

Not only does Becky’s Clocks create music inspired wall clocks, they even have a range of animated clocks which would be perfect for any child.  With a variety of clocks including Hello Kitty wall clocks, Avatar wall clocks, Betty Boop wall clocks and many more we’re certain there is a clock to suit everyone.

To own your very own unique piece of vinyl music history, visit Becky’s Clocks today.

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Retro 80s Vintage Coffee Table by Paolo Piva

I was browsing my new favourite place to shop, Johnny Moustache, and I noticed on their FaceBook page that they have a very rare original 1980s B&B Italia Alanda coffee table, designed by Paolo Piva.

An iconic coffee table which is no longer in production, this Paolo Piva desirable is extremely hard to come across.

This retro coffee table was designed in 1981 (making it older than me!) by Paolo Piva and has since become a very sought after piece of vintage furniture. Home Desirable absolutely love the Crystal Maze feel to this fantastic piece of furniture.  The use of black steel straight diagonal lines to the over all design of this table is truly admirable.

This piece of furniture is an exceptional find which is sure to be enjoyed.  Remember guys, all Johnny Moustache furniture is 100% original.

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Johnny Moustache Retro Furniture

Hey my lovely followers, hope your all well? The passed few days have been quite a nightmare, however yesterday when browsing the internet I came across a fantastic website named Johnny Moustache. This website is worth checking out guys, it has some beautiful retro furniture, and I just love it!

Johnny Moustache is a North East based company who specialise in sourcing and selling genuine vintage and retro furniture. Johnny Moustache prides itself on professionally restoring, where necessary, and reupholstering their furniture finds back to their former glory with the use of high quality modern fabrics.  JohnnyMoustache.com sources their high quality fabrics from a variety of sources, including Bute fabrics. Bute fabrics are sought to be suppliers of some of the very best fabrics available.

The thing I like about Johnny Moustache is that they always have in stock a vast array of retro chairs and sofas. Johnny Moustache offers a bespoke upholstery service, upon request, which enables their customers to choose which fabric they desire. With so much to choose from, this place is certainly one of the best online retro furniture retailers we have ever seen in the UK.

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Shopping: towels and bath mats!

With the bathroom flooring already chosen, it was time to shop for some bath mats, towels and flannels. Kelly picked up a red bath mat with matching red towels from Primark.

As soon as I finished work I went straight to meet Kelly. We headed to TK Maxx in search of some luxurious bathroom towels and bath mats but unfortunately there wasn’t much selection in the colours we so desperately desired. What use is a bold bath mat without the matching towels right?

Anyways, whilst doing our shopping in Asda we browsed the Asda home department only to find an aqua green shabby bath mat with matching bath towel, hand towels and flannels available. We also picked up a full set of bold pink bathroom towels, again with the matching flannels and a pink shabby bath mat. Totalling just over £50 we thought we did well considering we purchased x4 bath towels, x2 hand towels, x2 medium sized towels, x2 pair of flannels and x2 shabby bath mats! I couldn’t wait to get home and put a set through the wash to see how well they washed – I shall update you guys on the quality of Asda towels once they have dried!

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New cooker: check!

With us needing a new electric cooker, we had set aside a maximum of £450. With this budget we wanted a 60cm double fan assisted cooker, black finish, ceramic hob, interior light and energy rating A (preferably on both ovens).

After browsing online at Curry’s and Comet, we decided to head down there and check out our faves in the showroom. We were very disappointed at the lack of black freestanding cookers actually out on the showroom floor. Kelly was not impressed by the slightest. We were in Curry’s, where we had bought our washer that time, and the staff were very unwilling to help – they just stood there like they had better things to do! I was quite shocked really, I had been at work all day and had £450 in cash burning a hole in my pocket! (I don’t purchase goods via my bank card anymore, as twice I’ve been double charged for goods well over £100 so cash is my means nowadays – and I have OCD anyways so it’s not like I’ll lose the cash if I’m a ‘constant checker!’).

Anyways, when a member of staff actually realised we weren’t stood around for the good of our health, she sent someone over to help us. He was adamant that ALL gaps between the units where the cooker fits are 600mm (which is 60cm). Kelly had measured our gap before she came to meet me to go to the store. Kelly wasted no time explaining to the guy that our gap was not quite 60cm (it is across the back, just towards the front the gap is approx 2mm too short – nothing Trev’s tools won’t sort!). We actually have some kind of metal edging screwed on either side of the work top, so we’re hoping once these are taken off we will have a big enough gap, front and back, all the way across.

So anyways, with Curry’s staff not bringing any black cookers up online for us and talking down to Kelly (as if her measuring skills were wrong!) we thought we’d just go to Comet. Comet is actually next door to Curry’s where we live, so it wasn’t as if we had to travel far. We wasted no time going straight up to a member of staff and telling them what we wanted.

The guy searched his Comet online system and came across a 60cm Beko oven, in black with a ceramic hob and energy efficiency A – it was £399. Kelly and I decided to purchase it as it was well within our budget, it was the same brand as our old one – which despite the handle dropping off, and the main oven dying on us, it had been an exceptional oven for three years and it was the cheapest of cheap at the time. Kelly and I opted for the 3 years cover on the cooker, it was £65 extra – but it covers if the cooker knobs fall off, if the handle drops off, if any parts break – basically it covers wear and tear as well as the obvious manufacturer’s parts. The cost of the cover can be spread over four months, so it actually didn’t bankrupt our budget in the end.

The thing I like about Comet, is the fact that they listened to what we wanted. They searched for what we wanted. They found what we wanted, and then gave us express delivery free of charge, and took a £5 discount off our 3 year cover plan. The whole shopping experience with Comet was great!

Kelly and I came out the store with enough change to head to KFC for a naughty tea – the perfect way to end a manic/ stressful last thing at night shopping trip for electrical home appliances!

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Ice-Clock Review

So my brother owns a watch company, and I have a thing for clocks!

I was impressed when I seen that Ice-Watch had sent my brothers office an impressive stylish wall clock. Of course, I wasted no time in un-boxing it and setting it up. My first challenge was to find a battery, which didn’t actually prove as difficult as I initially thought.

The Ice-Clock takes one AA battery (which is not included), and is very easy to set up. My excitement rose when I seen that the Ice Clock was ‘Radio Controlled’, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in setting the time! There two different versions available for the Ice-Clock, the WWVB – America version and the UK – MSF/ Germany – DCF/ Japan – JJY model. Obviously, being in the UK we had been given the UK model.

I believe the American model has added features, such as daylight saving time switch and P.M.C.E time zone switch, whereas the other models are pretty much standard. There are three buttons on the reverse of the UK Ice-Clock. These buttons are very clearly marked. M-Set is the manual set button, Rec is the radio controlled button and the red button, which says ‘reset’ above it, is the reset button.

 

(Pictured above is the instruction manual)

Using the Rec button enables the radio controlled feature to activate. Once pressed the second hand sweeps around the clock face at a faster than usual pace and the minute and hour hands begin to move also. This function is designed to use radio waves to automatically set the clock to the current time – it is accurate to one second in one million years and never needs adjusting. NOTE: do not attempt to use the radio controlled functionality if you are close to electrical equipment, or appliances, as it may not work correctly due to interference. The radio controlled functionality on the ICE-Watch clock face works best when stood setting the clock next to a window.

In my case, I was sat next to my computer trying to automatically set the clock via the radio controlled functionality. The clock didn’t set and just went straight back to 12 o’clock – due to the interference from my PC. I decided to manually set it, which is done by pressing and holding the M-Set button.

Once the clock was set, I wasted no time clicking the back cover over the battery housing and hanging it on the office wall.

 

(My apologies for the poor picture quality – the office has them stupidly bright strip lights, which has caused glare!)

It looks fantastic! It’s a real focal point on the wall. In the style of Ice Watches Black Sili Forever, this XXL Radio-Controlled Ice-Clock is a must have for any home or office! Available sometime in 2012, these Ice Watch clocks are available in various bold colours and also as an Ice-Clock alarm clock – a stylish must have for any teens, or modern, bedroom.

 

I think the other colours available within the Ice-Clock Range (pictured below) are awesome!  What do you guys think?

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