Relocating to the hustle and bustle of the city from a rural area is sure to be an exciting prospect for any new homeowner, but there will also be lots to plan and many design decisions. Although city life is often more expensive than in more far out areas, there are ways around this - read on to find out more.
There are union jack themed homewares galore for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but out of the mix has come some quirky designs worth a second glance. Environmentally-friendly bunting, dog cushions and a denim chair.
Open plan living is ideal for style-rich, space-poor urban pads. Now analysis of Britain’s housing stock by Lloyds TSB Home Insurance finds one in five (21%) homeowners polled said that they have taken a sledgehammer to their home’s walls.
London’s loveliest locations are featured in a new series of tours by interior designer Susan Llewellyn. The set kicks off with the Geffrye Museum on December 9, with other venues including the V&A, Leighton House and Eltham Palace.
These beautiful handmade ceramic flying ducks are the latest find from home accessories online boutique Very Nice Things. They come in a range of exciting colours including lime zest green, honeysuckle pink and sunshine yellow.
How long does it take you to decide on decor? A new survey found almost two thirds of us have at least one picture that is still waiting to be hung, as homeowners procrastinate over the best spot for their artwork, according to Command Products.
A new London store offers gorgeous ethical home and fashion goods. Danaqa is now open on Westbourne Park Road in Notting Hill, run by a husband and wife team who once worked across Asia and Africa providing advice to entrepreneurs in an aid capacity.
Start planning your Autumn wardrobe - and your Autumn interiors. This year, classic cool is the order of the day, with romantic rustic hues to warm up your living room or create relaxing bedrooms just in time for the onset of dark evenings.
The new Autumn/Winter ranges are hitting homestores now - so what are the hot new trends for the rest of 2011? One of our favourite colour schemes takes inspiration from the forest, for cosey nights in your urban pad as the temperatures drop.
An independent online retailer has launched a new artwork that aims to bring a quirky summer feel to the modern home. The ‘Ice Cream’ screen print from the Virtual Department Store is hand pulled and inspired by the quintessential English seaside holiday.
Lombok has announced the launch of a new range of coloured and patterned fabrics inspired by Indian heritage, design and culture. The Tales of India collection aims to bring an exotic theme to the home and includes tableclothes, seat covers and quilts.
John Lewis has announced the launch of ‘Reborn’ and ‘Refined Puritan’ – a new range of home decorative themes and accessories. Drawing heavily on the key home design trends this coming autumn and winter, the new product collection aims to provide quality, simplicity and beauty.
You can decorate your urban pad for less and help struggling students, too, with a new online initiative. Buystudentart.co.uk was set up by an enterprising creative, Kerri Lister, who wanted affordable art to brighten up her own walls.
Who says a splash of colour is limited to the walls? With Silent Gliss you can use those on-trend brights on your windows, too, and try using bold hues to contrast with pale walls or to complement artwork, furniture or urban pad accessories.
Bocci, has announced the launch of the 28 series - a nouvelle style chandelier fashioned from a unique glass blowing technique. Consisting of a varying number of glass pendants, the 28 series can be altered to meet individual customer requirements.
Furniture specialists, Icons of Denmark, have announced the launch of the new Montana Wardrobe. Consisting of a flexible modular system, the Montana aims to break with the traditional idea of a wardrobe as simply a closet or a space for storing clothes and shoes.
It seems Brits are redecorating, rather than moving, to smarten up without a large financial outlay. John Lewis has reported a sales increase of 70% the First Collection range, proving that homeowners are still renovating, despite the credit crunch.
The website for lovers of quirky, original and witty interior design products, Dutch by Design, has launched an array of new items for 2011. Selling contemporary gifts, home accessories, lighting and furniture, the website has become a home for a range of Dutch designers.
Deck out your urban pad with the natural look and opt for a crafted wood lamp by Artisanti.
The Harlequin Studio has announced launch of its new Anoushka range this coming February. Drawing on inspiration from a number of folkloric influences, including textiles, fashion, illustration, art and ceramics, Anoushka aims to provide style and class for the most chic and up to date homes.
Bring designer style to your apartment with the new Silhouette Print Collection available now online from Digetex Home. The new designs feature striking duo-tone graphic patterns to liven up your living room.
British design firm Channels has launched its new range of trumpet-leg furniture, inspired by jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.
British interior design team Turner Pocock have joined up with graphic designer Catherine Cazalet to create a striking range of wallpapers featuring wild animals and simple patterns.
Bring quirky designer charm to your apartment with this textured 100 per cent wool rug from Selina Rose.
This bold, modern design from Jaanisays incorporates artistic Finnish style with a clean monochrome colour-scheme, which will compliment high-ceilinged flats.