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Five of the Best: Stylish Filing Cabinets

They used to be – almost without exception – grey, metal and clunky. Now, though, you can find filing cabinets in all manner of colours, shapes and materials – and it’s a good job, because for so many of us now, our offices are in our homes and if you have to live alongside a piece of functional furniture, you want it to look good as well. Here are our five favourites.

Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis Mira Filing Cabinet

Mira Filing Cabinet – £399, Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis

We love the neutral colour scheme and subtle curves of this smart filing cabinet from Ebbe Gehl, created exclusively by the Danish designer for John Lewis. Part of a range that has rounded frames, it’s made from a combination of solid oil oak and MDF and features a large filing drawer beneath a smaller drawer for your office supplies. Quality craftsmanship ensures this piece is as hardwearing as it is stylish.

15-Drawer Retail Multidrawer Filing Cabinet by Bisley Direct
15-Drawer Retail Multidrawer Filing Cabinet – £149.99 (was £157.99), Bisley Direct

Why have three drawers when you can have…15?! All your filing needs will be met by this fabulous Bisley cabinet, which is both strong and quiet. Each drawer sits on roller-bearing slides and has an efficient closing device for ease of use. This steel cabinet is available in mimosa (lime green!), mandarin (orange!), garnet, white, black and anthracite as well as in the bright cardinal red colour pictured.

Esme Filing Cabinet in Ash

Esme Filing Cabinet in Ash – £149, Made.com

You can always rely on Made.com for beautiful cutting-edge furniture at a bargain price, and this super-cute Esme filing cabinet is no exception. It’s part of a collection influenced by ’60s design (we recommend you check out the truly fabulous matching wall desk!) and made from bended plywood sheets and ash veneer. It has a simple shelf as well as a drawer fitted with hanging rails, which is perfect for the storage of A4 suspension files.

Baumhaus Shiro Walnut 2 Drawer Filing Cabinet

Shiro Walnut 2 Drawer Filing Cabinet – £399, Baumhaus

Baumhaus have decades of expert skill in the manufacture of quality furniture and this is evident in this fabulously chunky Shiro walnut two-drawer filing cabinet. Perfect for a modern study or home office, it is made from solid walnut with a satin lacquer finish and two antique-style bronze handles. If you really love the look, then matching sideboards, bookcases and table nests are also available.

Aston Oak Two Drawer Filing Cabinet

Aston Oak Two Drawer Filing Cabinet – £319.95, Furniture in Fashion

Fans of contemporary style will appreciate the simple shape of this Aston filing cabinet, which has been made from solid oak with veneers. Its handles are formed from brushed steel and its two drawers are equipped with hanging rails perfect for the suspension of foolscap files. Part of a wider range of home office furniture, it’s finished in lacquer which emphasises the natural grain of the oak while ensuring durability.

Five of the Best: Christmas Tree Skirts

In the old days, a simple bucket would have sufficed…or presents and/or the bottom branches of your tree would have been seen as enough disguise for the base of your tree. Nowadays, though, we have the tree skirt: whether it’s a wrap-around piece of fabric or a bucket-like er…bucket cover, its sole purpose is to make the bottom of your Christmas tree look as fabulous as every other detail of your festive decor. Here, we choose our five favourites – each of them available now from the best online retailers.John Lewis Mitsuko Galvanised Tree Skirt in Copper

Galvanised Tree Skirt in Copper – £30, Mitsuko

It’s a metal that’s been pretty much ubiquitous all year and is still huge in interior design, so we had to ensure that copper made an appearance in our choices! Mitsuko’s copper tree skirt is made from galvanised metal and will make the base of your tree look sleek while adding warm tones to your room. If you like the look but would prefer a different colour, a silver-coloured version is also available (also for £30).Light Grey Faux Fur Tree Skirt by M&S

Silver Grey Faux Fur Tree Skirt – £39.50, M&S

Our next exhibit is so soft and snuggly that we’re pretty sure it’ll double as a shrug should your shoulders feel a little bare when you’ve put your party frock on! Still, first and foremost this stylish item is a faux fur tree skirt from M&S, which wraps around the base of your tree and fastens on one side with two ribbon ties. It’ll add a wintry and luxurious look to the bottom of your tree.

Wilko Hessian Tree Skirt in Grey

Hessian Tree Skirt Grey – £10, Wilko

You can always rely on Wilko to come up with a stylish and practical solution for a bargain price, and this grey hessian tree skirt hasn’t let us down. The rustic-look container consists of four hessian boards that are joined at the corners with rope ties. Looking every bit as elegant as its more expensive counterparts, this simple piece can be part of your Christmas decor for a mere ten quid!Santas Belt LED Tree Skirt

Santa’s Belt LED Tree Skirt – £19, Premier

Don’t forget: Christmas trees enjoy fancy dress too! Let your festive centrepiece enjoy the fun and deck it out in this santa’s belt tree skirt from Premier. It has a metal frame that easily folds away for storage, and has a finish of shiny red, silver and black tinsel in the style of Father Christmas’s famous rotund torso. As if that wasn’t enough, the belt is illuminated by eight function sequence LEDs!Santas Belt LED Tree Skirt

Rattan Circular Christmas Tree Skirt – £24.99, Very.co.uk

Very’s Christmas tree skirt is already a bestseller and it’s not hard to see why – at a generous 57cm in diameter, it has a rustic, natural rattan finish and is a super-easy way of disguising the base of your tree…whether it’s an ugly plastic stand or an equally unphotogenic bucket. This timeless woven piece is selling at some speed, so make sure you snap yours up now while stocks last!

Five of the Best: Copper Geo Wallpapers

After years in the wilderness, copper has – quite deservedly – become hugely popular in this past couple of years, and there’s no need to limit it to your kitchen implements! A wide range of wallpapers with copper accents are available – and each of them will add warm tones to any living environment. Today, we present our five favourite currently-available geometric wallpapers with copper highlights.

Arthouse Rio Geo Wallpaper in Copper
Rio Geo Wallpaper in Copper – £14.99, Arthouse

Oozing modern elegance and sophistication, but definitely with a retro edge, this Rio wallpaper from Arthouse will add a bit of shine to your walls. It features a pattern made up from interlocking stars, outlined in glistening and glittery raised copper highlights. Perfect for a feature wall, yet not so in-your-face that it wouldn’t work if covering a whole room, it’s also available in a natural colour.

B&Q Colours Mosaic Copper Navy Pewter Geometric Metallic Wallpaper

Colours Mosaic Copper Navy Pewter Geometric Metallic Wallpaper – £16, B&Q

The sheen in our next choice comes from both pewter and copper-coloured triangles that sit alongside navy and natural-coloured triangles to form this gorgeous mosaic wallpaper from B&Q’s Colours range. The paper utilises ‘paste-the-wall’ technology, ensuring it’s both easy to hang and remove, and it’s also available in more subdued Valiant Grey and Loki (monochrome triangles with a ‘sketched’ texture) versions.

Erica Wakerly Copper Capsule Fan Geometric Wallpaper Lead Grey

Copper Capsule Fan Geometric Wallpaper Lead Grey – £89, Erica Wakerly

We love Erica Wakerly’s Copper Capsule wallpaper collection, from which this fabulous Fan geometric wallpaper is taken. It features an oriental-inspired pattern of ‘fans’, each of which consists of a series of lines meeting at a central point and overlapping the others. This version is rose gold against lead grey, but versions are available in everything from red on white to metallic gold on zinc grey.

Graham & Brown Taupe & Copper Boutique Trifina Geo Wallpaper

Taupe & Copper Boutique Trifina Geo Wallpaper – £15.99 (was £18.19), Graham & Brown

‘Trifina’ means ‘fun’ in Greek (or ‘delicate’ or even ‘delicious’, depending on your dictionary) and Graham & Brown’s wallpaper aims to live up to that with its retro-inspired geometric design which consists of a series of diamond shapes in white and grey (with copper accents) put together to form an almost three-dimensional effect. This paper is also of the ‘paste the wall’ variety for super-quick decorating.

Designers Guild Pisani Wallpaper in Copper - P603/02

Pisani Wallpaper in Copper – £82, Designers’ Guild

We finish our selection with this super-classy Pisani wallpaper from Designers’ Guild, which will add brightness and style to any room. It sets an abstract trellis motif in a geometric design against a white background and will provide a fine backdrop to virtually any furniture – though versions are available in gold-on-black or silver-on-white if that’ll fit in more with your interior decor scheme.

Five of the Best: Wooden TV Units

Televisions haven’t always been the sleek affairs they are today and so the units or stands supporting them haven’t generally been so nice either. However…that’s all changed – and to celebrate, today we’re presenting our five favourite wooden TV units – each of them deserving of a place in your living room as a piece of furniture in its own right!

Moon Maisons du Monde Solid mango wood vintage TV unit in yellow

Moon Solid Mango Wood vintage TV Unit – £459, Maisons du Monde

We see quite a few television units in Midcentury style these days, but – lovely as they are – they’re not always as attention-grabbing as this vintage style TV unit from Maisons du Monde. Constructed from solid mango wood, it has curved recessed sections on each drawer front in bright yellow. It’s practical too, and provides plenty of storage for your CD or DVD collections as well as for your viewing equipment.

Ainez Recycled Boat TV Stand by Borough Wharf

Ainez Recycled Boat TV Stand – £688.39 (was £1,082), Borough Wharf

Looking for a truly unique piece? This Ainez TV stand is made from 100% reclaimed wood, taken from old sea fishing boards, so each one is different. The kiln-dried wood makes up the bulk of the unit whereas the frame – which includes beautiful slanted Scandinavian-style legs – and the top are made from brushed steel. With a door and two drawers, this fine piece provides ample storage space too.

AVF Affinity Premium 1150 Bay Curved TV Stand For TVs in Oak

Affinity Premium 1150 Bay Curved TV Stand For TVs in Oak – £419.95, AVF

AVF’s sleek TV stand is almost kidney-shaped which makes it especially suited for slotting in a corner or against a wall – and with either a curved or a flat television screen. Made from sturdy oak veneer, it has two lower shelves and remote-friendly glass doors. The legs have three height options and, should you choose, you can attach the (included) mounting column to the back, suspending your television above the stand.

Tom Schneider Wave Entwine TV Unit

Wave Entwine TV Unit – £1049, Tom Schneider

Inspired by undulating waves, Tom Schneider’s television unit is part of a stylish range that includes a coffee table, console table and nest of tables. The shape of the frame shows off the natural beauty of the wood veneer that covers the frame. With a clear glass top and an additional shelf, there’s plenty of space for media units, yet the striking supporting structure is not hidden from view.

Aspen TV Stand

Aspen TV Stand – £449.99, Indian Hub

We finish with another beauty made from reclaimed materials: the Aspen TV stand, an Indian-made piece, hand-crafted from iron and wood. The frame has curved edges and has been finished naturally so that the beauty of the wood – which is slightly different for each piece – can be seen. The four drawers are lighter in colour and the structure rests on a four-legged frame made from iron.

Retro Suitcase-style Vinyl Record Players

Vinyl records have made an unexpected comeback in the past few years – though for many of us, they didn’t really ever go away! MP3s are all very well but they don’t have sleeves or artwork…or that smell! So we’re delighted to present – complete with technology that your dad’s player doesn’t have – our five favourite retro suitcase-style vinyl record players.

GPO Ambassador Attaché 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player in Cream & Tan

Ambassador Attaché 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player in Cream & Tan – £119.99, GPO

Made from solid wood and bound around the edges with brown leatherette, the GPO Ambassador is a really stylish record player in the style of an attaché briefcase. It has a rechargeable battery, which means you can take it wherever you want to, and Bluetooth functionality, so you’re not limited to playing vinyl – wonderful as it is! The three-speed player has twin stereo speakers but you can also connect it to external speakers if you wish.

Crosley Cruiser Turntable Record Player In Pink

Cruiser Turntable Record Player In Pink – £80, Crosley

We love the bubblegum pink colour of this suitcase-shaped vinyl record player by Crosley which incorporates a three-speed, belt-driven turntable and stereo speakers into its ever-so-cute frame. You can, of course, attach it to headphones or speakers should you wish – and it’s available in a beautiful vivid orange colour as well, if you love the product but fancy it in a different shade.

Goodmans Ealing Portable Turntable

Ealing Portable Turntable – £49.99 (was £69.99), Goodmans

It looks like a classic, but the Goodmans Ealing portable turntable is equipped with the latest tech. You can, of course, play vinyl records on it, but you can also connect it to your computer and save your favourite music – and it even includes all of the software and cables necessary for you to convert all your old discs into MP3 files on your computer’s hard drive. Stereo speakers are built in and a rechargeable battery means you can take it outside.

Itek Suitcase Style Turntable

Suitcase Style Turntable – £19.99 (was £49.99), Itek

Itek’s suitcase-style turntable will merrily play all of your vinyl records – at all three speeds and has both stereo sound and an auto-stop feature. An RCA output socket means you can connect this mains-operated player to a stereo-system if you wish. Best of all – this stylish bright red record player has been reduced in the sale and you’ll get a penny’s change back for a mere twenty quid!

AKAI Bluetooth Rechargeable Suitcase Style Turntable

Bluetooth Rechargeable Suitcase Style Turntable – £39.99, Akai

We finish with this Akai retro styled turntable which comes in a cheerful duck egg blue suitcase surround and has a drive belt turntable that will play your 33s, 45s and 78s (though did anyone ever really play those?!) Speakers are built in (though you can attach external cans should you wish!) as is Bluetooth technology, and a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery enables you to take it out into the open. It’s also available in black or red.

Dressing Tables with Circular Mirrors

A nice dressing table can make getting ready to go out like a ceremony in itself…but is yours up to the task? Today we’re looking at some that definitely are as we pick out our five favourite dressing tables, each of them with circular mirrors:

Ada dark stain dressing table in oak by Made.comAda Dark Stained Oak Dressing Table – £349, Made.com

Crafted from a mixture of dark stained oak and oak veneers, the Ada dressing table is part of a range (which also includes a bedside table) that’s been inspired by vintage sewing boxes and you can certainly see that when you examine its tapered legs. It has side drawers which swivel out to eliminate the need for rummaging, as well as not one but two circular mirrors that enable you to ensure your make-up is on point!

Bethan Gray for John Lewis Genevieve Marble Top Dressing Table in Oak

Bethan Gray Genevieve Marble Top Dressing Table in Oak – £799, John Lewis

John Lewis’s Genevieve dressing table – designed by Bethan Grey, who was voted Best British Designer in 2014 – oozes quality. Its sleek frame has two drawers and is held up by four elegant legs, two of which are positioned close together and extend to form supports for the large circular mirror behind. Finished off with circular round gold handles, it has a marble surface. Matching chests and a tallboy are also available.

Opalina Dressing Table with Mirror by Tonelli Design

Opalina Dressing Table with Mirror – £1,799, Tonelli Design

The Opalina dressing table with mirror has more than a touch of space-age style about it, with its circular mirror and minimalist structure. Made mainly from glass, it has a lacquered wooden drawer finished in white at the top, and has a large round flip-top circular mirror at the back. It’s part of a range that includes an equally futuristic mirror, console table, writing desk, stool and even a desk blotter.

Salome Solid mango wood 1-drawer dressing table

Salome Solid Mango Wood Dressing Table – £439, Maisons du Monde

Minimalistic but pretty at the same time, the Salome dressing table from Maisons du Monde has been crafted from solid mango wood. Sitting on angled, tapered legs, it has a simple frame that’s partly open but also features a drawer that features squares of mango wood laid marquetry-style in a diamond pattern and a goldtone handle. At the back you’ll find a large round mirror edged in wood.

Emil Birch Dressing Table With Storage

Emil Birch Dressing Table With Storage – £595, Habitat

Exclusive to Habitat, the elegant Emil birch veneer dressing table features slender legs, a series of stacked and five delicate yet spacious drawers finished with simple black handles and a stunning, oversized mirror at the back. A matching grey Emil dressing table stool (upholstered in grey) is also available. A distinctive piece that will truly transform your bedroom into the perfect place to prepare for the world.

Five of the Best: Nested Mixing Bowl Trios

Fancy kitchen equipment is already well but even if you’ve got a cavernous cooking area, you’re not going to be able to display everything all the time, and if space is at a premium, stackable cookware really is where it’s at! With that in mind, we present our five favourite currently-available mixing bowl trios.

Loft 3 Mixing Bowls

Loft 3 Mixing Bowls – £15, M&S

We start M&S’s three-piece set of mixing bowls, which are made from plastic and are in beautiful complementary shades of grey, peach and beige. Each bowl is dishwasher-safe (on the top shelf!) and is made from a robust plastic that will stand up to all sorts of mixing and whisking! The bowls have a spout on one side and a lip on the other, and will assist you as you undertake all kinds of culinary adventures.

3-Piece Bowl Set by Wayfair Basics

Three-Piece Bowl Set – £24.99, Wayfair Basics

As you might expect from the name, the Wayfair Basics range prides itself on providing ‘does what it says on the tin’-type implements and this set of three stackable bowls do not disappoint. Made from a high-quality stainless steel, each bowl has a black, anti-skid silicone base so you can stir away without worrying you’re going to slide across your work surface! They range in size from interior diameters of 24cm to 28cm.

KitchenAid 3-piece Mixing Bowl Set in Cream

Three-piece Mixing Bowl Set in Cream – £69.99 (was £79.99), KitchenAid

You’ll know them mainly from their legendary, rather expensive food mixers, but KitchenAid have been expanding their range to include other appliances as well as this three-piece mixing bowl set. The outer ‘bowl’ is more accurately described as a jug, but its handle is helpful all the same. Made from high-quality ceramic, they are also available with black or red around the edge, as well as in this cream version.

The perfect accessory for any budding chef, this set of 3 mixing bowls from KitchenAid is ideal for whipping up everything from single serving sides to family-filling cakes.

Spectrum Set of Three Plastic Mixing Bowls

Set of Three Plastic Mixing Bowls – £14, Spectrum

These large stackable plastic bowls from Spectrum will add a bit of bright colour to your kitchen – the purple, red and turquoise (or yellow, if you prefer) bowls are really capacious and each has a rubber ring appended to the bottom to prevent slippage. The dishwasher-safe bowls also have easy-grip handles to one side, and a pouring spout at the other, to ensure that your work surfaces remain under control.

John Lewis Croft Collection Copper Mixing Bowls, Set of 3

Croft Collection Copper Mixing Bowls, Set of 3 – £30, John Lewis

Copper is such popular material in home design at the moment – even the kitchen hasn’t escaped its notice! – and so the warm finish of these three mixing bowls from the John Lewis Croft Collection is certain to go down a storm. The stylish stainless steel bowls are designed to last and perfect for everything from beating an egg or two to running up an army-sized batch of fairy cakes.

The Dreamiest Dressing Table Mirrors

The bedroom is one of the most important parts of the home – it’s (normally!) the first thing you see when you wake up, so atmosphere is all-important. A beautiful dressing table can add a real feel of luxury and elegance to your boudoir, and with that in mind we present our five favourite dressing table mirrors.

John Lewis Rose Mist Dressing Table Mirror

Rose Mist Dressing Table Mirror – £225, John Lewis

We begin with the sophisticated Rose Mist dressing table from John Lewis. Stunningly crafted and both carved and painted by hand (with distressed effects) it has three discreet drawers finished off with dainty handles. This gorgeous piece is part of a furniture range that includes a matching dressing table – in addition to a wardrobe, beds, a bedside table and a chest, so you can match up your decor to your heart’s content.

Linea Grace Dressing Table Mirror

Grace Dressing Table Mirror – £100, Linea

Linea have developed a reputation for doing wonderful things with glass – though admittedly we know them mainly for actual glassware – so this stunning Grace dressing table mirror shouldn’t really have taken us too much by surprise. The three-part mirror has delicate flower detailing around the edge of each section, and at 60cm high (by 90cm wide), it’s more than large enough for you to beautify yourself in front of!

Gallery Direct Spire Dressing Table Mirror in Mindy Ash

Spire Dressing Table Mirror in Mindy Ash – £275, Gallery Direct

A real quality piece, Gallery Direct’s table top mirror has a gothic feel about it, thanks to its shape and spire detailing. The frame is made from solid Mindy Ash, finished off with both blonde European and American walnut inlays. A drawer at the base has a looped metal handle and offers space for your dressing table essentials. It’s part of an exquisite range that includes a bed, lingerie (!) chest and wardrobe.

Primrose Dressing Table MirrorPrimrose Dressing Table Mirror – £39.99, The Range

The Range’s Primrose Dressing table mirror is traditional in design, and features a shapely frame, attached to which you’ll find an oval mirror with ornate floral detailing at the top. The frame is made from MDF with a white finish, and the handles are made from matching poly-resin. Two small drawers on either side will store away your make-up and jewellery and eliminate clutter from your dressing table.

Marrakech Three Way Arched Dressing Table Mirror by Wildon Home

Marrakech Three Way Arched Dressing Table Mirror – £105, Wildon Home

And now for something completely different: Wildon home have taken a traditionally-shaped three way dressing table mirror, painted it black, and embellished it with elaborate North African designs. The appropriately-named Marrakech arched dressing table mirror is just perfect if you want something a bit different for your bedroom – and if you really like the look it’s worth noting that the Mrarakech range also includes tables and even a six-drawer chest.

Quirky and Contemporary Chandeliers

You could be forgiven for seeing them as a traditional addition to the home, ostentatiously harking back to a bygone age, but chandeliers have come a long way. Even in their more orthodox versions they make use of modern materials and in forms even more glitzier and glamorous than before. Those ones don’t concern us today, however – we’re looking at more modern takes on the chandelier – its more contemporary and quirky incarnations. Here are our five current favourites:

Heathfield & Co Andromeda Antique Brass Mixed Glass Chandelier

Andromeda Antique Brass Mixed Glass Chandelier – £1038, Heathfield & Co

Our first choice is unmistakably modern in its styling…Mid-Century Modern, that is! The Andromeda chandelier by Heathfield & Co comprises three adjustable arms in antique brass, each of which pokes through a pastel-coloured glass shade in the style of a vintage hairdryer hood! The arms are arranges at angles and are connected to a cylindrical brass section by three prongs of different lengths.

Antler Flowers 6 Light Candle-Style Chandelier by KARE Design

Antler Flowers Candle-Style Chandelier – £279.99, Kare Design

Kare’s chandelier shows a real mix of influences – extending from a long metal chain, the aluminium core of this piece is made from a cone shape from which extend six antlers (yes you heard that right!), each of which bears a vertical lamp-bearing post. Each light has a unique shade made from a different cheerful floral fabric and further antlers extend from inside of each light fitting as well as the base of the piece.

Marquis by Waterford Bandon 8 Light Chrome Curve Chandelier

Marquis Bandon 8 Light Chrome Curve Chandelier – £279.99, Waterford

Waterford have been producing crystal since as far back as 1783, so you might expect their take on the chandelier to be traditional – but the Marquis chrome curve chandelier, though it has timeless charm, consists of a series of contemporary chrome arms emanating from a central cylinder. Each of the arms supports a cut glass cup which holds a bulb, as well as a delicate crystal droplet which will shimmer as the light beams out.

Junipa Lana Large Wood Chandelier

Lana Large Wood Chandelier – £195, Junipa

Wood might not be the first material you think of when it comes to statement light fittings – and the term ‘rustic chandelier’ could well seem like a contradiction in terms, but the Lana large wood chandelier is here to prove you wrong! Hand-carved from mango wood, with plenty of intricate detailing, it hangs from a long chain, houses a single central light bulb and has been finished with a subtle grey wash.

Lee Broom Decanter Chandelier

Decanter Chandelier – £1,400, Lee Broom

We end with a real modern stunner – Lee Broom’s decanter chandelier, inspired by the company’s bar and restaurant design. Five twisted fabric flexes off different lengths hang from a large circular plate. At the end of each flex are beautiful decanters – two square bottles, one tulip and two bells – each of which has been hand-cut from lead crystal and engraved with beautiful vintage patterns.