Another design seen on Clerkenwell Design Week. Handblown bespoke glass and bone china lighting made by Curiosa, Curiosa.

From their website:
Curiosa, curiosa glass lighting range offers a wide choice of colour, shape and size providing shades from 130mm to 500mm in diameter and a variety of styles, complimented with a selected range of finishes, fittings, flexes and bulbs. Each shade is traditionally free-blown without moulds, allowing virtually any shape, size and colour to be achieved.

Based in Derbyshire in the Midlands with a commitment to working with UK based craftspeople and suppliers, Esther continues to work locally with carpenters, fabricators, photographers and glass blowers - all highly skilled crafts people.









Upgrading your home every few years is the ideal way to keep it looking trendy, modern, and up-to-date. It is also necessary in many cases because an aging home can present myriad problems that can become quite costly if not repaired right away. By staying on top of your home's appliances, interior and exterior design, electrical and heating, etc., you'll be able to live in it comfortably for years to come while also maintaining its value so you can sell it for as much money as possible when you're ready to move.

Below is a list of some home upgrades that you may not have previously thought of. Check them out to see if your home could use them.

LandscapingMany people don't think of their land when they think about how they can upgrade their homes and add more value to them. But landscaping will give you an average of 100% return on your investment when you're ready to sell.
If you don't have a green thumb, rest assured that hiring a landscaping company or gardener is definitely a great option because they know what plants will look best on your property and how to lay them out so they make the biggest impact. But if you'd rather take a DIY approach, consider taking an affordable landscaping design class, reading some books, or doing some research online first.
The keys to successfully updating your landscaping include:
  • Choosing a colour that pops for the front of your home, along with a variety of plants of varying heights and widths.
  • Keeping any greenery in front of your home trimmed and neat.
  • Adding a fountain to your garden, along with a patio or walkway, fragrant flowers, and perhaps even a fruit and/or vegetable patch.


Other Exterior Improvements
Other exterior improvements will add to your home's curb appeal, and this is important when it comes to attracting homebuyers and making your home always look modern and beautiful. Update your front door and entry, as well as the siding on your property if it's old and dated. You can also opt to update your garage door if you have one.

Updated, Modern Looking Radiators
Many people think of ways to reduce their heating bills in the winter, but have you thought about upgrading your radiators so they look great as well as function optimally? For a variety of design options that will suit any home and design scheme, check out Warmrooms.co.uk, where you can also find luxurious heated towel racks that are perfect for cold winter days or nights when you want to step out of the shower or bath and wrap yourself in a warm towel right away. These little upgrades can make a big difference in the quality of your living space and its value.



There are many ways to upgrade your home, so see where your property needs a little TLC and then update whatever necessary to bring your home into the 21st century and bring its property value up in the process. 
During London's Clerkenwell Design Week they definitely attracted my attention. A Rum Fellow is London based interior brand. The furniture, fabric and accessories are made to captivate the space around. Ethnic, travel inspired and very dominative. Use with caution!













By utilizing the natural light in your home, you can make any room seem fresh and full of life, but not all rooms are as easy to fill with light as others. Enhancing your property’s natural light will make it a more relaxing place for you to be, and will also help you sell a property (according to this article in The Guardian); if that is something you are considering. Here are some ideas to help you bring in the sunshine, and light up your rooms and life.

Enlarge Your Windows
The most straightforward way to increase natural light is to give it more space to enter a room, and making your window space bigger is sure to do that. It is an easy enough job for a builder to enlarge your windows, and even a small increase can have a huge effect. Changing a window for a French door would bring in extra light too, but you will probably need to have a girder made to measure by a professional steel fabricator like Cannonsteelsltd.co.uk to have the correct structural support. Of course you could also add a window, but if you are going to do that, consider which direction the wall is facing to bring more light into your home when you want it.


Fit a Skylight or Light Well
This is another structural change to a property, and is not suitable for many. However, if you live in a loft conversion or basement, it may be the only choice. This natural light coming into a home from above may not seem much different to having overhead lighting, but once you experience it, you will see the difference it can make.


Consider Bigger Rooms
You may have one room that has a lot of light flooding into it, while the next room has hardly any; and if this is the case, you should think about combining the spaces. You do not need to lose the extra room, as you can use a divider if an occasion arises that demands a private space. What this will do is combine the light from both rooms, giving you a bigger area that has tremendous light.


Add Glass Panel Doors
If you do not want to make any structural changes to your property, you will be happy to know that you can add natural light from one room to another; and by fitting glass panel doors to the interior of your home you will allow the light to move around your property. Opaque glass is probably the best idea, but if you don’t want any kind of privacy, you could consider removing the doors altogether, and fitting archways for added effect.

Strategically placed mirrors will help bounce whatever natural light you have around your room, so try and have at least one mirror in a room to aid the natural light. Glass tables, shiny floors, silky soft furnishings, and even satin finished paint on your walls can have a reflective quality, so use these things to bounce the light as well.

Natural light not only looks great, it makes you feel great as well. I hope that these ideas will bring you all the light that you want, and that your days are brighter because of it.


The best idea to create a nice wall above your desk should be suitable to your nature of work. Here you can have some hacks to make it smartly and practically, depending if the desk is located at your home office, youth room or just small corner for work.

Magnetic/ Chalkboard Paint
Magnetic chalkboard paint is always a good idea for a wall finish, especially above the desk. You can always have important information just in your sight, record your to-date ideas or create your current calendar by just writing it down by piece of chalk. If you wish to attach some paper by magnets - use magnetic paint before you paint your wall in chalkboard paint.



Pin or Fabric Board
Pin/ pin board or fabric board is another way to change your wall above the desk. If your work needs creativity, including collecting pictures, samples, texts - change your space above the desk into thubmtacked gallery of inspiration!

Cover your wall by pin or plate covered by fabric. It's a great idea for student's room where you can pin a timetable, important information or things-to-do.



Expanded Metal or Brass
Expanded metal or perforated sheet may be an original idea especially for teenage room. Modern and industrial breath - why not? Moreover, on perforated sheet you can hang some boxes for writing stuff, wires, headphones or even shelving to gain extra space!






Most homeowners strive to make their homes a showpiece for friends and family. This is especially important to those who like to do a good bit of entertaining. However, did you ever stop to think about the fact that you could actually save money with certain ‘functional’ features you can incorporate into home décor? Not only can you improve functionality while preserving the aesthetic appeal, but you can look for money-saving benefits as well. Why not take a good long look at where design meets function to get the best of both worlds? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Design and Functionality of WindowsMost people think of windows in terms of function, but on a traditional level. Windows let light in during the day, keep people from seeing in when well covered and allow for natural climate control when opened or shut. But did you ever stop to think how nice it would be if you didn’t ever need to worry about opening or closing them if they could be automated? Well, believe it or not, there are products on the market that can do just that.
With automated window sensors from Teal Products, hi-tech sensors detect when they need to be opened or closed and can be programmed to your desired specifications. This is something you need to check out if you are in the market for upgrading your current window scheme.


Sensor Taps in Bathrooms
It is a known fact that one of the quickest ways to spread germs is with dirty hands. Many people have wondered just how to keep their bathroom faucets free from germs. Yes, you wash your hands to the duration of your lovely rendition of Happy Birthday (20 seconds or longer) but after they are washed, you still need to touch that faucet that you just turned on with germ-ridden hands.
Take a look at some of today’s sensor taps and you should never have this problem again. They turn on when hands are passed under the sensor and off again after a few seconds with nothing tripping the beam. You’ve seen them for sure as almost every supermarket around the country has gone to sensor taps. There are some lovely taps on the market so this is one really great area where design meets function in a hi-tech way.



Designer Radiators
There are times when there is a chill in the air and you don’t quite want to run up your heating bill by turning on central heating but those space heaters are so expensive to run. Not only are they energy hogs but they are ugly as well. If you want to know where design meets function, why not choose a lovely designer radiator that can even ‘pose’ as a wall hanging or even be disguised as a wall panel. They are functional as well as decorative and no one would even know that’s where the source of heat is coming from. How innovative is that?



It only takes a little thought and before you know it, all those design features in your home can be functional as well. Save money in the process and you’ll be so happy you made a few little changes. The smart homeowner is one who knows where design meets function and is able to use technology to their advantage. A few improvements go a long way and you’ll be so happy with the results.
In love with shoes. But where to put them if you love them too much? Let's think about some nice piece of furniture for storage or just ideas when there is not enough space.












Blue is a wonderful colour, so calming and so refreshing. I think a bit of blue will not hurt in any room :) Painting one of the walls blue can help to create a focal point of the space and add more interest. 







We will never get bored of concrete in interior. This simple and affordable material can be used in so many creative ways, that is never enough. From walls and floors up to furniture and accessories such as candleholders. Get the fresh and contemporary look!