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I’ve always been a firm believer in the idea that the design of your home should be something of an expression of your personality. There can sometimes be a conflict between personal interests and the conventions of interior design aesthetics. If your a big film lover like me, here are some great ways to express your love for teh big screen, whilst maintaining a cool contemporary interior identity. 1. Characters are everything Movie Posters are the most typical way of paying homage to your favourite films within the home. However, why not add a little eastern flavour with a Japanese version of a classic western film poster. As well as being more unique than the original, the characters (letters, not people!) are more visually interesting [&hellip

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  Ethnicraft M1 Solid Oak Bookcase – A 100% solid oak rectangular frame, housing 11 cuboid storage shelves. The m1 is also a great way of creating ‘room’ separations in large, open planned spaces. Conran Balance Walnut Bookcase – Dark Walnut veneer combined with a signature Conran design. The open sides are great for emphasising wall space in a smaller room.   Ethnicraft Ligna Solid Oak Bookcase/Storage Unit – The Ligna Bookcase is a majestic piece of modern Eupean design. The open shelf compartments can be moved into more or less any configuration, adding a certain uniqueness to the piece. Lyon Oak Bookcase – A slim, compact design enables the Lyon bookcase to fit quite seamlessly into most interiors. It’s on the lower end of the designer furniture [&hellip

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We’re happy to be completely immersed in the world of contemporary furniture and design, but we’ll never forget where it all started. 10 years ago we started with a few core collections of contemporary oriental furniture, which still thrive today. The additions of new designers and suppliers has ensured that we can still offer one of the most unique and interesting ranges around. Here are our favourite 5: 4 Living’s Black Lacquer Console Table – The black lacquer console table is one of the signature items from 4 Living’s internationally renowned contemporary oriental collection. The thick black lacquer combines nicely with the distressed brass handles, providing a refreshing new take on a classic style. Red Shanxi Oriental Painted Cabinet – Chinese style furniture has historically been [&hellip

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Spring is finally here! We may have lost an hour of sleep, but it’s more than worth it  in exchange for the positivity and optimism of Spring! Spring is a great time of year in which to inject a different style into your home. Retro style is often particularly colourful, as well as providing a unique and different style to your home – Two birds with one stone. You can see our top 5 retro home accessories below! Retro Telephone – Petrol Blue/Red One of the best ways to bring back a classic style is to give it a little facelift and, perhaps, a dash of extra colour in order to adapt it for a modern interior. This phone, from Wild & Wolf is a [&hellip

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Content by Terence Conran (formerly Content by Conran) was founded in 2003 by Terence Conran himself in 2003. Known for contemporary cutting edge designs, Conran elected to go for an informal, casual style of contemporary design within the ‘Content’ brand. The brand includes seating and modern furniture which bridges the gap between formal and informal, vintage and contemporary. We were fortunate enough to visit their London showroom and film some of their nicest products and ranges. It’s some really great stuff, and it looks even better in the flesh! Check them out below: You can see their whole range right here. What do you think? Are there any other brands you’d like to know a little more about? 

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The Oscars can be a bit of a predictable and boring affair. It’s often quite clear who’s going to win, largely because they’ve strategically aimed their marketing at winning an Oscar rom the get-go. The categories which I tend to find actually do offer a certain degree of intrigue and surprise are those which focus more on the visual categories within the films. These categories can’t really be campaigned for or bought. The set, costume and design of a film are either beautiful; or they simply are not. The Grand Budapest Hotel took home the full set in last month’s Academy Awards, so let’s take a little sneak peak: (Being a furniture and interiors blog, I’ll stick with that angle. Fashion is slightly above my pay-grade. I [&hellip

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In the spirit of the film award season, which culminated with the Academy Awards, we have decided to put together our own list of awards. Take a look at our selections and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. BEST FURNITURE DESIGN  Winner – Skovby SM32 Walnut Dining Table  This award was one of the easiest to decide on. The SM32 table from Danish brand, Skovby, is one of the most innovative and unique designs we’ve ever seen. The table is made from an extremely high quality walnut veneer, and comes in a few different tones. The fancy extending mechanism transforms a relatively compact 4 person dining table into a 9 person dinner party centrepiece. The mechanism is also fun, which earns extra points [&hellip

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1. You know what you’re getting – The beauty of any product labelled ‘organic’ is that is does precisely what it says on the ‘tin’. There can be so much smoke and mirrors, especially in the food industry. An organic certification provides clarity peace of mind. 2. Sustainability – Organic food is changing the way people look at farming. More and more organic groceries are being sourced locally, from farmers who care about the long term sustainability of their industry, as well as their land. 3. The environment benefits – Organic cotton plants use up to 50% less water, due to the lack of chemical fertilisers. As a result, surrounding eco systems are still able to thrive. Non-organic cotton can starve its immediate environment of [&hellip

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Happy new year from all at 4 Living! New year’s resolutions tend to polarise people; some love them some hate them. One benefit to making new year’s resolutions is that they at least get you thinking about what you might liek to improve or achieve. To make the process even easier for you, we’ve put together a list of 10 new year’s resolution for house and home. If you only stick to just one of these, your home will benefit greatly. 1. Don’t wait until spring to spring clean! – The weather is less than desirable at the moment. and it’s only going to get colder and more miserable. Make the most of being stuck inside by giving your house a good old fashioned spring [&hellip

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  1. Pascal Brass Floor Lamp Lighting becomes increasingly important as the days become shorter and the nights become colder. This bold brass spotlight is the perfect balance between warming winter comfort and long-lasting contemporary aesthetics. 2. Chesterfield Brown Leather Sofa The Chesterfield sofa has been one of the most popular designs, without fail, for the last century. Although technically a ‘vintage’ style, the timeless style can be combined with virtually any other designs or colours effortlessly. 3. Black Ball Leg Coffee Table 4 Living’s ‘contemporary oriental’ range is perfectly represented by th ball leg coffee table. The clean lines and luxurious black lacquer are typical of modern furniture styles, where as the turned legs and distressed edging add a distinct oriental flavour. 4. ‘Colour [&hellip

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