Online Design Shops Review #1

Buying stuff online nowadays is so easy and affordable, but in terms of designer furniture and accessories, I’m never so sure where to buy and which sites to trust.

 

OnlineDesignShopsreviewI thought I’d share with you (design addicted people out there) some of my favourite furniture and design shops, to share my experience and tips:

MADE IN DESIGN madeindesignreview

It’s a French website which has got a very broad catalogue of furniture, lamps & accessories. They sell most of the popular Design Brands and also some small independent ones.

They also have some exclusive sales every now and again, where you can really grab a bargain. Most of the time they are ex display with little scratches etc but generally in good conditions.

I bought the Artemide Eclisse table lamp on a special sale on this website and I am very happy with it. The site was easy to navigate and order from.

Delivery (to UK) was pretty quick if  the product is on stock, they use a good courier company (I can’t remember the name), so you can easily track it.

Unfortunately they don’t offer Saturday delivery 😦

The customer service was also very good and very responsive.


FINNISH DESIGN SHOP 

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If you love Scandinavian design this is the website for you. The selection of pieces is carefully curated with all the main Nordic Brands (like Artek, &Tradition, Ferm Living, Muuto, Hay etc etc ) . It feels like shopping in Copenhagen ( oh well almost…)

Delivery was quick and customer service was good too. They used DHL as a courier which gave me a bit of headache with the fact that they don’t call you before delivering big parcels or let you select a delivery time slot -and no Saturday delivery again 😦

Apart from that, prices are also quite good (but beware that are in Euro) and they also have some exclusive campaigns with exclusive items.

I got my Hay Tray bedside table here, and I was really pleased with the service and price ( I got it on sales, and with free delivery too).

The inspiration section is one of my favourite, I could spend all of the day there 🙂


MONOQI 

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Monoqi is a German Website which ships to UK and (i believe) to Europe too, full of interesting Furniture, Designer pieces, Fashion accessories.

You have to register to be able to access their “Daily Sales Offers”. They add new offers every day for a limited period and with good discounts. Most of the time their products are from very unique and interesting brands from all over the world.

I often use it as an inspiration, to get to know some new brands. I just bought some small items from here, but I was pretty pleased with the customer service and delivery.

Only down side:  sometimes you have to wait a long time for the delivery (that’s probably how they manage to keep the prices low), but they also have an Outlet section on the website with ready to ship items.


LOVETHESIGN

LOVETHESIGNLovethesign is an Italian website which was founded in 2012. It’s been growing a lot in the last few years (they ship worldwide too). The selections of pieces is very broad, and mostly focus on Italian Brands (of course…). They offer top brands at very attractive prices.

Keep an eye on the  promo sales section  which is updated weekly, I found some cool Flos Lamps in here recently.

I can’t comment on their UK delivery, as the only time I shop here I had items delivered to Italy, but it was very quick and smooth.

– TANINIHOME

5 best FURNITURE online shops

Tanini Home is a really nice Italian website specialised on furniture and bathroom. They have shops in Milan and Florence and they ship to UK and Europe ( free for order > 50£)

They store a good selection of Italian and  Scandinavian Brands (basically all my favourite ones:-) ).

I bought my wall shelf from them on sale and it got delivered really quickly. The prices are good and they always have discounts codes (if you sign on the newsletter)  and Outlet item on sale. Worth a visit.


That’s all for now. I hope you’ll find my list interesting or helpful when you want to upgrade your interior. Leave me a comment and tell me which is your favourite design online shop as I’d love to discover new ones .

S


P.S. All the reviews are my personal opinion, no sponsored, endorsed or censored

 

Summer inspiration

Today is finally a sunny and summery like day here in London which is making me dreaming about summer holidays….I can’t wait to go away in two weeks, I will be posting some pics from my favourite place in Spain.

In the meantime, enjoy this lovely house in Greece designed by VOIS ARCHITECTS :

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I love how they use the solid stone for the sink, which is perfectly and delicately matching the grey tone of the rest of the kitchen

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The little stone shelf is just magic. I almost want to serve myself a glass of milk 🙂

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The Bedroom is so simple, calm and relaxing, the wood and desk chair are the perfect balancing elements to this pure white interior.

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The exterior are even more special, I like how the outdoor furniture are mimic the colours of the surrounding areas.

Hope you enjoy it.

 

PHOTO BY YIORGOS KORDAKIS.

 

 
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The Perfect Bedside table

Choosing the perfect bedside table isn’t an easy task. Especially when there’s not much available space.

With only 34 cm to play with, this was my selection shortlist :

COFFE TABLE OPTIONS

1. Backenzahn stool | e15 – £638

2. Fosta Stool | IKEA – £ 8

3. Hay Tray Square table – £ 119

4. VITTSJÖ | IKEA – £ 20

5. Butcher Table | Ethnicraft – £ 259

I decided to go for number 3, the Hay Tray square small table, white matte.

I can’t stress enough how minimal, pure, elegant and practical this table is!!! I also managed to get on the latest sales for a bit less than 100£ (yeahhh !!!)

It fits the space perfectly, the only problem I had was that it’s a bit too low for the height of the bed, which stop me from buying a matching one (I’ve never been a big fan of mirrored bedside tables anyway…).

I managed to solve the problem by placing a MUJI shelf raiser underneath, where I can also store some of my magazines and books.

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The small Eclisse Lamp by Artemide, is the perfect final touch: a masterpiece designed by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti.

WHAT I LIKE: Simple and elegant

WHAT I DON’T LIKE: The tray sits loose on the metal frame (even if sometimes it’s useful)

WHAT I’D CHANGE: Having a slightly taller option would be nice…

Hope you like it.

S

P.S. The links above are not sponsored in any way…All pics are mine 😉

I LIKE BEAUTIFUL THINGS

But beautiful things are expensive…that’s not true. Well at least not all of them.

When I see something that I really like in a Magazine or Online, I am always trying and think how to replicate that style in an easy and more economic way.

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Let’s take our TV stand for example:

When I worked for a top Italian architect in Milan we used to design those lovely TV units, clad in stone or exclusive (and expensive) wood. I knew it would be impossible to fit a custom made TV unit on our tiny little flat (or afford one!).

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I started to look around and IKEA is always the best solution in terms of price and flexibility. I bought 4 pieces of BESTA (I’m not sure if they’ve still available online but is basically the central piece of this TV Stand) The model with a full door all in a gloss or matt white looks very clean and simple.

 

I really like the idea of having extra space to hide stuff inside the 4 cabinets and when we have friends we place few cushions on top so it can easily transform it to a bench:

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Add cushions to convert to a guest bench

The floor lamp is “Lampreira Floor Lamp” from the Portuguese brand brancosobrebranco , while the pictures on the wall are some of my photos (I will do a post on those soon)

WHAT I LIKE: It’s simple and practical

WHAT I DON’T LIKE: It’s really hard to have the 4 doors perfectly aligned 😦

WHAT I’D CHANGE: If I could I will place a nice stone piece on top to make it look more solid and expensive (one day maybe…)

And what about you?  What’s your favourite TV stand?