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Chesterfield sofa shopping with Timothy Oulton

Posted on Fri, 17 Aug 2018 by KiM

Ask me what my favourite style of sofa is and the first thing that always pops into my head is CHESTERFIELD! I know I’ll never find a vintage one around these parts so buying new is the only way I have a chance of getting my hands on one, and now I have a great source for this classic style. British furniture and interiors company is known for its creative collections including distinctive handcrafted leather furniture, unique lighting and home accessories. Exuding the perfect balance of tradition and modernity, each piece is pervaded by a passion for traditional handcraftsmanship and a fearless quest for innovation. They take what is typically thought of as traditional and make it relevant for today. “Be relevant or be dead” – Tim Oulton 🙂

Let me give you a little taste of what the Timothy Outlon brand has to offer in the realm of chesterfield sofas:

These give me heart palpitations. That tufting! The worn, vintage look of the leather. That curved arm. So hot!!!

DAMN it is so sexy in black! I should note they have an incredibly broad range of leathers and fabrics (for those who don’t do leather). I counted 7 black leathers! You’re bound to find your dream shade.

Not only do they have a huge range of materials, but sizes too. You can choose from a 1 seater, 2 seater, 2.5 seater, 3 seater, 4 seater and a footstool. That’s not all. The red leather chesterfield above is the  that has an added touch of luxury in the form of plump down feather filled cushions. WHOA. If you want something with a bit of femininity, there is the that has a sweet curve at the front. Or if you want something less traditional and more modern, there is the  that has narrower arms and the absence of any studs or piping. Looking for something with a glamourous edge?  The  comes in 4 vintage rug-like velvets – a modern take on faded grandeur. The variety of options are impressive.

Here are a few more photos of Timothy Oulton’s chesterfields in spaces he has designed and some that demonstrate his love of tufting.


This post is in collaboration with Timothy Oulton. All opinions are my own.

Top 20 A’ Design Award Winners

Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 by KiM

is organized and awarded annually and  in a wide range of . Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A’ Award. While realized projects find opportunities to get published, reach new markets and meet a wide range of buyers for their existing products, the organization also helps the creative minds and startups to meet with the business people to realize their product ideas. Here is a look at 20 past winners…

Spot Multifunctional Sofa by 

Seehof: a garden architecture Hotel by 

Catino Bathroom collection by 

Banco Kitchen table by 

Silhouette Collection Vase by 

Malangen Retreat Family retreat by 

Jurong Library- Jinke Branch Library by 

Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum by 

Corner 60’s Residence by 

Images of “Knitted” – Lighting Collection by

Flexibility Residence by 

Binhi Multifunctional Bench by 

Tribeca Loft Residential Apartment by 

AS Offices Mixed Use Building by 

Weave Curio Shelf Curio Shelf by 

Pool House Residential by 

Shallows Vase by 

Mantova New Life with Secret Garden Residential private house by 

Méo Shelf by 

Gravity Swing sofa by 

Some details not to be missed: The competition is now open for entries for 2018/2019! Details can be found . Registration information is available . At the end of the competition we’ll be featuring some of our favourite winners so stay tuned for that!


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It’s that time again. Time to get your entries in for the prestigious . We are excited to share with you not only some of the previous winners but also how you can enter your own designs. With over the A’ Design Award and Competition is the world’s largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, your design front and centre before design companies and professionals. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members (you can check out the methodology ) and the benefits to the winners are inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure.

From the , to the . The   to the  . The   to the and so many more. Are you inspired? Excited? Believe you’ve got what it takes to take on the best of the best design from around the world? The deadline for early submission is June 30 and results will be announced to public on April 15. Of course we will be bringing you the results as well. You can register for A’ Design Award and Competition .



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Everyone has their own view on what they would consider a stylish home. From incorporating modern interior decor to opting for a warm color theme or sticking to vintage styling, there are different ways to make your home stylish. Despite the many options available, it all narrows down to a home with personalized design features that not only offer a great aesthetic appeal but also superior functionality.

If you’re looking for stylish design elements to incorporate into your home, here are five options to give your space a personalized and appealing edge.

Cable Railings
Safety should always be a priority when choosing your home décor elements. Since areas like the balcony, stairwells and even the poolside typically come bundled with the danger of accidental falls, which can be fatal, most people tend to use wood in these areas to prevent such accidents from happening. However, this ends up blocking their view from the statement pieces of their home, such as the pool or the garden that they can see from the balcony.

Cable railings can be used as a more stylish element in your home. They can serve the purpose of preventing accidental falls while allowing you to enjoy your aesthetically appealing indoor or outdoor spaces. The fact that they can fit into both the modern and traditional décor themes also makes them great for home styling. Furthermore, are versatile in terms of where you can incorporate them in your home, according to Inline Design.

Quartz Tiles
Your choice of home flooring has a significant impact on the overall appeal of your décor choices. In addition to requiring minimum maintenance, quartz tiles tend to come in a variety of textures, colors and patterns from which you can accentuate other home design elements. This tile choice is also excellent for an environment that has kids, as it is quite stain resistant and can withstand extended exposure to foot traffic without getting destroyed, making it an excellent choice as a future-proof design element. To preserve the stylish appeal that they offer, be sure to avoid using oil based soaps, silver polish and paint removers on them.

Motorized Roller Shades and Blinds
Window treatments have a considerable role to play when it comes to promoting privacy as well as regulating the amount of light that gets into the home. In fact, according to Inhabitat, some treatments allow you of your home. If you are searching for a window treatment option that will provide the above perks and bring some sophistication into your home, then motorized shades or roller blinds can be a great option.

Unlike ordinary roller shades and blinds, the motorized version is convenient in that you can pull your window treatment up or down with the press of a single button, instead of having to do it physically. Some even allow the homeowners to save on their energy bills as they have sun sensors. This allows the window treatments to be set to close automatically when the sun is at its peak, which can further help in reducing the damage of your upholstery by the sun rays.

LED Lights
Your choice of lighting solutions doesn’t necessarily have to consume too much energy in order to ensure a stylish home appeal at night. While consuming less power than ordinary bulbs, LED lights produce less heat and are durable as well. The fact that they don’t contain mercury like other conventional lighting solutions makes them safe for the environment.

You can also use them as a lighting solution for rooms that have pieces of art and other items that are sensitive to exposure to UV rays. This is because they produce a low amount of infrared rays and no UV rays. Other than just producing cool light, these bulbs can also produce light in different shades of white which can further add to your home’s appeal.

Spa Bathrooms
Your bathroom is your sanctuary. Well, no bathroom can outdo the level of comfort that a spa has to offer. Luckily, you can have one in your home too, as long as you make the . Start by creating ambiance in your bathroom by either using natural light from your window or appealing, modern lighting solutions such as LED lights. Add some texture to the walls of the bathroom by using mosaic tiles. As for the bathtub, choosing one that is quite easy to relax in will make it great for relieving stress after a hectic day.

Choosing the right design elements for your home will not only offer you something to be proud of, but it will also improve your home’s appeal and increase the resale value of your home.


This post was contributed by a guest writer

It was time for a change. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my old bedroom. One of the very first things I wanted to do when we moved into our new old house 7 years ago was to paint at least one room black and it was my bedroom that turned to the dark side. Unfortunately impending renovations mean that my spacious bedroom is about to be chopped in half to make way for an upstairs bathroom. Yay! Much smaller bedroom. Boo! What to do? Why move across the landing and convert my office into my new bedroom. Quite a change as the new room is white. What to do? Where to start? Well I started with a rug.

It was as if the design gods were smiling the day the came into my life via email a few weeks ago with an offer to review their extensive range of handmade rugs. Think Turkish and Persian rugs, kilims, vintage, distressed, over dyed and patchwork. They are a small local producer trying to keep a traditional craft alive. Their rugs are fashioned from original handmade and organically dyed wool and cotton blend vintage Turkish rugs. The edges are hand sewn and they are responsible for the shaving, bleaching, colorization, over dying and drying of the reworked carpets. The exciting news for me here in Australia is that they ship worldwide. Yes everywhere. Think of it … thousands of rugs and worldwide shipping. I was in heaven but how was I to choose? Luckily the website was easy to navigate and soon I had narrowed it down to a handful of rugs. This is the beauty that was the genesis of my new bedroom design.

It’s a beige over dyed vintage rug. The takes Turkish carpets at least 40-50 years of age which then undergo a unique process of colour neutralisation before being over-dyed in an exciting new colour. The result is a mix of traditional Turkish carpet design fused with a contemporary vintage style with each rug unique in size and colour.

I wanted a bright neutral colour scheme, white walls, natural wood floors, caramel leathers. The room faces east and morning sun streams in. After years of sleeping in a black as night bedroom I was ready to celebrate the light. With my new rug laid before the fireplace (ooh can’t wait to light a fire when the weather cools) it was time to shop my house for what I needed to furnish the room. I did mention we have major kitchen and bathroom renovations in the pipeline didn’t I? Money is painfully tight. With my new vintage rug as the hero of the room I pulled together what I could, bought a few pieces I didn’t have like sheers for the windows and some new sheets (that’s all I had to buy believe me) and slapped some paint on old boards to create large art pieces for the walls. And yes I’m an art dilettante. I create paintings to match my colour scheme.

Luckily I am blessed with a large room with two huge windows and french doors onto a verandah. With my rug looking so good on the floor I thought it would be a shame to cover it up with furniture. I dragged in an 80’s glass and marble coffee table I had used in the sitting area of my old bedroom and paired it with two Robert Dunlop Tanderra chairs from the mid 70s.  The glass top and the wide open legs of the chairs allow the carpet to shine through. I love it. The depression era chair in the corner I found in a secondhand store covered in layer after layer of homemade upholstery. I stripped it back to its bare bones and love its primitive honesty. An Eero Aarnio Parabel side table, found on eBay years ago and more than likely a reproduction despite the seller’s protestations that it wasn’t, sits beside. On the mantel is a piece I painted in a hurry for the spot. Something abstract to contrast with the 150 year old fireplace. On the other side is an old homemade workshop cupboard topped with various retro pieces and a mirror I picked up in the 90s at a local artisan market. I stole the bead chandelier from my dining room. Which reminds me I have to find something for there now. Bugger!

At the other end of the room is our bed, simply dressed in white. Above is a painting of mine that started off as another abstract but somehow evolved into a floral. Weird. I’m not that sort of girl. It still needs a frame but considering I pulled together this room in a week I think you can cut me some slack on an unframed artwork. The screen is a student piece from my design school days. Not my design unfortunately.

So there you have it. My transformation from dark to light, from old bedroom to new and the rug that set the scene for it all. A big thank you to for my fabulous new vintage over dyed rug. I love it.

P.S. The hemp over dyed kilim runner at the foot of my bed is also from the . It’s actually for my new bathroom whenever it is built. But you’ll get to see more of it when I reveal the new bathroom in all its black glory. What? You didn’t expect me to leave the dark side completely did you?

P.P.S. Want to see what my old bedroom looked like? And this room before the transformation? Here are couple of pictures for you.

… and a little later

The office before it became the bedroom …




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