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Archive for March, 2009

Shelving, storage and the 6 inch nail

Shelving and storage OK, so there I was musing on the subject of shelving and storage – it was a slow day Рand my thoughts turned to how boring the majority of options available are. Sure, there are many finishes to choose from, but the basic principles remain the same.

Shelves are lengths of wood, metal or whatever, held up by brackets attached to the wall by several screws. Invisible fixings and racking systems add a touch of excitement to the deal but that is about it. Books, in particular remain destined to be shunted along endless boring rows of variations on the standard bookshelf, many never to be read again.

Garages, garden stores and workshops are festooned with the legacy of, admittedly highly satisfactory, sessions whacking 6 inch nails into any available wall space at varying heights. From these, everything from spanners to saws, spades and screwdrivers hang limply like some still life piece eulogising the pleasure & pain of DIY.

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The modern alternative to the sofa

Bean bags

“Beanbag?” I hear you ask, “How 1970’s is that!” Well, very but as any fashionista will tell you, 70’s kitsch is THE thing darling and the new LoJo Ball takes the concept to a totally new, funky, functional and more comfortable level.

During the tail end of flower power, the original Beanbag was everywhere, cheap versions soon followed but the appeal remained undimmed. These 1st generation floor cushions were de rigueur for every teenager’s bedroom but did nothing much for long term comfort. That said, the washable covers meant that it was a parents dream and a quick cycle in the twin tub was a lot less hassle than a full on session with upholstery cleaner. Added to that, that it was a lot easier to kick into the cupboard come tidy up time than wrestling with the cast off G Plan corner unit donated by your parents.

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