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How to Be Your Own Interior Designer – Open Plan Living Ideas
January 11, 2019 at 1:55 pm 0
Open up your favourite interior magazine and I'm sure you'll see pages and pages full of open plan kitchens. Beautiful kitchen islands separating the cooking space from the dining area. Huge, clean homes fill your head with ideas and inspiration for creating your own open plan living space. And although these images look incredible, it's likely they've been styled within an inch of their life by a professional interior designer.    Interior Designer : Arc and Riva 4 Seater Glass and White Gloss Dining Set   If you want to create your dream open plan kitchen in your own home, all you need is a bit of willpower, planning and a head full of ideas. Here are a few tips on how to get started...  

Interior Designer: Open Plan Kitchens

Place Furniture in the Middle of the Room

When it comes to creating an open plan area of your home, it's really important to think about the layout. We want to avoid any clear walkways from one end of the room to another. Although it may feel natural to place your furniture around the edges of your room, mix things up and place a table in the middle! This will make you walk around the furniture. By simply placing furniture in the middle of a walkway you tie the room together and make a larger space feel cosy and filled.     Our customer, Lizzy, Has renovated her 70's home to a modern and crisp family home. They created a huge open plan living/dining space, with the focal point being this stunning kitchen featuring the Verona Barstool. By sticking to a simple grey and chrome colour palette their home feels seamless and warm, despite being very open. Kitchens work so well as open plan living spaces, due to the furniture naturally found in a kitchen. Kitchen islands, tables and dining benches are great pieces to use to separate the dining from the cooking.  

Top Tip: Glass Dining Tables are a great option for open plan living space. The clear table will allow more light to fill your space, keeping your home light and airy. 


Create Zones

Although you want the kitchen and dining areas to be in the one room, it's important to zone your home. Placing furniture in the middle of the room will help with the flow of the space, but by using subtle colour treatments and lighting, you can create clear zones to really separate the space.   Think about these tips when zoning your open plan kitchen:  
  • A kitchen Island will help bring the cooking area to the dining area.
  • Choosing a different colour/wallpaper in each area will help create a feeling of different rooms. Be sure to choose a simple colour palette to keep things harmonious. Avoid painting the kitchen green and the dining space purple as this will be too much contrast and create an unharmonious feel.
  Zen 6 Seater Grey Gloss Dining Table

Zen and Santo Dining Set with the Teora Bar Stools

Top Tip: Interhouse Design has created this amazing, light and open space by sticking to a clean colour palette and gloss finishes. A U-shaped kitchen featuring breakfast bar will help zone your open plan kitchen 

  • Add pendant lights over a table or island to create a 'wall'. This height will help break up your space all the while marrying the two areas together.
  • Use the same style throughout the space. If you have Velvet Barstools, choose Velvet Dining Seating too. Sticking to a scheme will help make the room feel tied together.
  • Think about height. Floor lamps or tall shelving units will help add height and a point of difference in your home. Using furniture which is all one level will make your home feel flat and uninspiring. Adding height adds interest.

Open Plan Living Areas

It's not just kitchens which work well as open plan living areas. You can create an open plan kitchen/living area, or maybe a home office combined with a living room. No matter what you use your space for, by following the above tips you can easily create any open plan living space.     If you're feeling super adventurous, why not have a fully open plan kitchen, dining, living area? This may take a little more thought and planning, but by spacing your furniture well and sticking to a cohesive colour scheme, you can create a truly beautiful home and become your own interior designer.   If you'd like to go back to basics, take a look at how to become your own interior designer. Where we walk you step by step through the basics of decorating your home without forking out for a professional interior designer.  

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Living Room Basics: Ultimate Living Room Buying Guide
February 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm 0
Living Room Styling Tips   Living rooms are the social hub of the home. It's a place to sit back, relax and catch up with friends and family in a cosy and inviting setting. With so many living room styles, shapes and designs to choose from, we thought we’d take it back to basics to help you create your perfect living room setting. We’ll cover everything from what furniture pieces to choose to colours and coordination. Sit back and enjoy!  

Know Your Space

First things first: know your space.  It’s best to start by drawing up a floor plan so you know what room you’ve got to work with. Don’t worry- this is far easier than it sounds. All you need is a tape measure, pen and paper! Alternatively, there are loads of apps that’ll do all the work for you. Some apps even let you visualise your future by placing it in a space. To see the apps we’ve chosen as the most useful, check out our blog: Top 6 Must-Have Interior Design Apps.  

Living Room Furniture: Staple Pieces

There are certain furniture pieces that are signature of a living room setting. These are the pieces that will really stand out in your space so you’ll want to choose them wisely...

Sofas & Occasional Chairs

Sofa and occasional chairs are generally the biggest investment for your living space, so you’ll want to make sure they’re right for you. The most important thing to get right is sizing, which is best to do before you buy. For more information on sofa sizing, take a look at our Your Sofa Buying Questions Answered blog post.

Vital Checks:

  • Height
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Seat Height
  • Seat Depth
  • Material
  • Base
  • Padding
  An equally important feature of living room seating is the comfort. Check the materials and quality of the sofa padding if you’re after a really cosy piece. For example, some sofas have a softer sit while others are padded but remain slightly firmer to retain their shape.
Create impact in your living room with a quilted detailing and high arms. Product: Ellis Leather Armchair

Create an impact in your living room with a quilted detailing and high arms. Product: Ellis Leather Armchair

Chairs and sofas with high arms, such as the Ellis sofa and armchair, offer more support when relaxing and will create a bigger impact in your space. Fabric sofas such as the Studio will create a softer and cosier look. Leather sofas and chairs with a quilted detailing, such as the aptly named Luxe sofa, will instantly add a luxurious feel to any living space.  

Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are a staple piece of living room furniture.  They’re perfect for creating conversational areas where drinks and snacks can always remain at arm’s reach. If you choose a rectangular coffee table, it should be roughly one half to two thirds the length of your sofa. Round and square coffee tables are more flexible, it’s just a case of matching what will suit both your sofa and seating arrangement. The height of your coffee table should always be slightly lower than the seat height of the sofa and chairs around it. As for spacing, around 36 to 46 cm will allow for enough leg room between your sofa and coffee table.

TV Stands

Make sure you know the size of your TV and of the unit you are considering purchasing. You don’t want a unit or TV that’s too big or too small! If you’re planning on putting a lot of electrical equipment on the unit, you’ll want to consider cable management as this will help keep your space looking tidy. Aside from housing electrical pieces like your TV box or DVD player, consider whether you want to use the unit for storage of books, TV remotes and other miscellaneous items. You won’t want cables trailing across your living room floor, so check that there is a power socket near where you want to have your TV. And finally, consider what you’ll be using your TV unit for. Obvious answers aside, are you an avid gamer or minimalist? Consider what you need the unit for so that it ticks all of the right boxes.   TV stands and TVs are measured in different ways. TV stands are measured horizontally across the front while TVs are measured diagonally across the screen. Also, the measurement of a TV screen does not include the frame around the screen (which is sometimes referred to as a bezel). This is important to note as it means a 40 inch TV unit will not perfectly accommodate the size of a 40 inch TV. If you want to get a TV stand that matches up with the edge of your TV, measure the width of your TV rather than using the size given to you as this will be the diagonal measurement of the screen.  

Living Room Furniture: Optional Extras

Side Tables

Side tables are such an underrated piece of living room furniture. Versatile, practical and stylish, they’ve got it all!  In your living room, you’ll want to have enough surface space without overcrowding your room, and side tables will help you to do just that. If you’re a little pushed for space, you can group side tables together instead of having a coffee table. This will give you both a stylish and versatile surface space. 
Pebble White Gloss and Teal Gloss Side Tables

Pebble White Gloss and Teal Gloss Side Tables

Alternatively, opt for a side table set that can be stacked or tucked away. That way you can bring out more surface space when needed.   As for sizing, side tables shouldn't be much shorter than the height of the sofa or chair they are next to for both practicality and aesthetics.

Console Tables and Sideboards

The great thing about a console table is that you can style them in almost any space. Their cleaver sizing and shape means they take up minimal room while maximising the space. Opt for a console table in your living room if you don’t have room for a large sideboard, or if you have an awkward empty space you want to fill. If you have the room or need the storage, then opt for a sideboard. Sideboards work incredibly well in a living space as you can style items on the top surface while storing away any miscellaneous items and clutter. A compact sideboard is a compromise between a console and regular sideboard as you get the best of both worlds: space saving and storage.

Living Room Spacing and Styling Tips

Here’s a quick rundown of best practices when it comes to living room furniture, from styling, sizing and colour schemes:   1. Inspiration. Start by looking through your favourite magazines and pinning pieces to your Pinterest board. For now, don’t worry about the cost, just start to get a feel for what colours, styles and materials you’d love to have in your space. There are always ways to create expensive looks for less. There are loads of ideas on our Pinterest page to get you started!   2. Focus. Decide on a focal point in your living room so you can build and style your furniture around it. Keep in mind that living spaces are highly convivial and conversational when choosing what to focus on, as you’ll want the space to remain open and inviting. Your focus could be anything from your TV or fireplace to your seating or a piece of artwork. 3. Back it up! This may sound controversial, but you don’t need to place all of your furniture against the wall... Sofas are great for creating different areas in your living room, especially useful if your room is open plan. You can find out more about our open plan living tips here.   4. Room for all. Ideally, you’ll want to be able to seat at least 6 people in your living room. Even if you’re pushed for space, this is easier to do than you think! For example, sofas like the Ellis 2 to 3 Seater are slightly larger than your average 2 seater sofa meaning you can always fit in a couple more when needed. Side tables and footstools are also ideal as they can double up as a handy extra seat.   5. Colourpop. You don’t need to have a bright green feature wall to introduce some colour into your living space. Instead, you can go for a more subtle approach through your choice of side or coffee tables. If you’re after something bolder, choose a coloured sofa or armchair. Make sure you choose a colour you love and not just the ‘in’ shade though, as you’ll be sitting on that sofa long after the colour trend is over!      6. Traffic flow. By placing furniture pieces closer together you’ll create a more intimate setting. However, you’ll want to leave enough room for guests to walk through. People should be able to comfortably talk to each other without straining their necks or shouting while also being able to easily get from one side of the room to another.   7. Coordinate rather than match. A living space that’s too coordinated can look a little forced. You want your space to work together but still have that WOW factor.  To do this, choose two to three main colours for your room palette and incorporate them throughout different aspects of your space. This will tie the look together but lift your space and stop it looking too matchy-matchy or flat. 8. Declutter. A busy and cluttered living space doesn’t exactly scream relaxing home haven. Decide what you need in the room and what’s taking up space that could be used more practically.   9. Be realistic. We just suggested clearing away the clutter but that’s not to say you have to leave your surfaces bare. In fact, a living space needs those personal touches to make it feel like home. Otherwise, it’ll start to feel too posed and not lived in. Plants, photos and stylish ornaments are all simple but effective ways to give your living room its own personal style.  

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Walnut Finishes: The Hottest Look for Cosy, Autumnal Interiors
December 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0
Cosy walnut finishes, with a walnut coffee table and side tabes Welcoming walnut finishes into your home is a sure fire way to make it the cosiest place to be this winter. Walnut finishes instantly create such a warm, tactile and inviting feel throughout your space, not to mention adding a really premium look. So sit back, snuggle up and relax as we show you how to create a cosy autumnal vibe throughout your home.  

Why Walnut?

Walnut is a medium-brown finish that’s not too light or dark, yet its yellow undertones place it within a warmer colour group along with finishes such as mahogany or cherry.  What sets walnut apart is that it’s incredibly versatile when it comes to styling with other colours and finishes. You can easily style walnut with light or dark paint colours and furniture pieces, depending on whether you’re after a bright or cosier look. Styling walnut with green, grey and blue shades will keep the look connected, while lighter colours will create a stronger contrast and really make your walnut furniture stand out.

Walnut Finishes: The Winter Warmer

There are so many ways to introduce this tactile finish to your home. So whether you’re looking to create a cosy living area or inviting dining space, there is sure to be a walnut piece to suit your needs. However, that’s not to say you need walnut finishes in every aspect of your space. Coordination and combinations are key...  

Accentuate the Look: Walnut and Black Chrome

Two finishes that are a match made in heaven are walnut and black chrome. A subtler take on a regular chrome finish, black chrome further accentuates the dark luxe qualities that a walnut finish has, while also introducing a modern flair and shine. A combination of black chrome and walnut is also an easier way to introduce a black chrome finish to your space as the two materials work so seamlessly well together. Top Tip: a fabric sofa will keep your walnut finishes looking even cosier. To keep the look light but coordinated, opt for a lighter colour fabric. 
Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa styled alongside the Acute walnut square coffee table and side table.

Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa styled alongside the Acute walnut square coffee table and side table.

Our Acute range, which includes a side table, square coffee table and large coffee table, is a simple but really effective way to introduce this winter warmer look to your living space. With a combination of such deluxe finishes, you can really have some fun with your styling. Take the Acute console table, for example. To create this moody yet cosy look, add a candle and some dark accessories. If you’re looking for a little more contrast, opt for regular chrome. This can be done with walnut and chrome mixed material piece like the Curva dining table. Here we’ve gone for the coordinating Curva chairs in black but if you want to lighten the look, go for a lighter colour such as white.  

Complement the Look: Walnut and Brushed Metal

If you’re after a slightly less shiny surface to chrome, brushed metal is about to become your new best friend! This sleek material finish has a much gentler shine than chrome. This, combined with the warm tones of the walnut, really helps to create a smooth and cohesive look. Another great thing about brushed metal is that you can introduce this as part of your walnut furniture, such as the legs of the Halo coffee table. Alternatively, you can coordinate your walnut pieces with other brushed metal elements in your space, from dining tables and chairs to your sofa feet and curtain rails.
Halo Walnut Coffee Table

Place a rung under the Halo Walnut Coffee Table for an added look and of warmth and texture.


Coordinate the Look: Walnut and Leather

A great way to create a really cosy feel is to combine your walnut finishes with smooth leather pieces. The variation of textures will again break up the look but if you opt for cooler shades like stone or charcoal grey, the colours and textures will seamlessly blend together. To achieve this look, you can opt for a smaller piece that combines the finishes, such as the Duo Walnut Side Table and Graphite Grey Stool Set. If you’re looking to create a real style statement in your space, go for something larger like the Assi Walnut Extending and Deco Dining Set. If you’re looking to carry a walnut theme throughout your home, opt for both!  

Lighten the Look: Walnut and Glass or Gloss

Styling your walnut finishes with a glass or glossy surface will keep your room feeling rich and tactile but will help to lighten the overall look. The contrast of finishes will break up the scheme while also stopping your interior looking too dark. This might be a factor to consider if you already have a lot of darker finishes and want to introduce walnut into your space. You can achieve this look by choosing a piece that is a mix of materials, such as the Assi White Gloss and Walnut Sideboard, or choose a glass item that will complement your interior while not being too visually impactful, like the Ripple Glass and Gold Coffee Table.   So there you have it, a whole variety of ways to introduce walnut in your home. Have we inspired you to create this winter warmer look in your home? Let us know in the comments! And for even more inspiration on how to style this on-trend finish in your home, be sure to take a look at our walnut Pinterest board which is packed full of design ideas.   

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Airbnb Basics for Beginners: Getting the Perfect Home Interior
August 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm 0

In this modern world there's a term that keeps popping up over and over again; Sharing Economy. But what does it mean exactly?

Sharing Economy: an economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet.

Sounds great, right? Sharing your off street parking to a commuter, renting out a room for a lodger, or maybe even letting out your entire house for holiday makers, there's no denying this is an intriguing concept. So how do you make it happen for you?

There are many sites on the world wide web, but perhaps most popular is Airbnb. You can let your home out for weekly getaways, or share a room to meet new people and make a bit of extra cash along the way.

I’ll admit though, the thought of having essentially a stranger staying in your home can be daunting. We’ve created a series of Airbnb Basics to supply you the best tips and tricks on looking after your Airbnb home, be it cleaning, styling or furnishing. This is your one stop Airbnb beginners guide. 


Make your home the perfect holiday destination with our Airbnb Basics guide. Siena Corner Sofa and Arc Glass 4 Seater Dining set with Riva Stackable Dining Chairs


Getting Started

Almost anyone can host on Airbnb but there are some barriers. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Airbnb FAQ’s. Heres a few things worth checking out before getting too stuck into Hosting;

  • House / Liability Insurance- Airbnb offer some sort of coverage, but it's a good idea to make your insurance company aware when you start Hosting on Airbnb, and also explore your other insurance options. Remember to add your furniture to any insurance policy too. These are investment items and you want to make sure you're covered should anything happen... Insurance isn't all about electricals!
  • Costs, Taxes and Fees- As with most sharing sites, there will be some applicable costs. Again, we highly recommend reviewing Airbnb’s post about what you’re likely to be charged when being a Host. 
  • House Rules, Safety Card and First Aid Box- When sharing your home or letting it out, you must make sure to lay down some ground rules, along with safety information. Look at a Welcome Pack, with all the do’s and don’ts, Safety information, emergency numbers and have a first aid box clearly posted.

Stylists Tip: Be sure to include any 'no snacking zones' and how to care for you furniture in your House Rules- let your guests know these are to be followed and respected.

  • Property Type- Airbnb has 3 different types of properties, and it's key to list yours correctly, not only for your listing to be found, but also for your security. These are:
            • Shared rooms- You’ll be sharing space with other guests, as well as sharing the entire property
            • Private rooms- You’ll have your own private room, however the rest of the property will be shared.
            • Entire homes / apartments- You’ll have the entire property for yourself. These are great for those big family trips away, or if you just prefer your privacy.

Creating the Perfect Listing

Now you know what Airbnb is all about, its time to get your listing up and running. So, whats the first thing that attracts you to a potential rental property? The pictures of sweeping staircases, insane garden views and the most desirable magazine-worthy interiors? Getting your home interior pictures right is super important in pulling in those future guests…

  • Lighting is so important! A bright and airy room flooded in natural light will always appear more appealing. Avoid synthetic light, and photograph your home in the morning, when the lighting is spot on.
  • De-clutter. Make your home look like the pages of your favourite interior design magazines by removing any remotes, mugs, washing, children toys etc. Your home wants to look like the perfect getaway / relaxation zone. 

Stylists Tips: Add a strategically places mug and magazine to make your home look lived in, but uncluttered! 

  • Get back and capture the entire room. You could use a wide angled lens to get more of the room in, but you don't want that 90’s fish eye effect. Just get back as far as you can, even if it means moving some furniture. The more your guests can see, the more likely they are to book with you.

 Moodboard using our Stone Grey and Taupe Grey Finn and Stylo Dining Chairs


Airbnb Interiors

Once you're ready to be a host(ess) with the most(ess), you need to make sure your home is practical for weekly new guests and also stylish, so people see your listing and want to stay. Luckily for you, we’re masters in creating beautiful interiors, so heres our tips for the perfect Airbnb home makeover.


The biggest thing to remember is that, although you are careful in your home, other guests may not treat it the same. That's where tough and durable furniture comes in. Some of the most durable kitchen table finishes on the market are Tempered Glass and HPL (high pressure laminate).


Zen Dining Table, £289


The Zen 6 seater Glass Dining Table is a perfect option for letting out your home on Airbnb. With a 10mm thick Tempered Glass top, this makes the table extra strong and resistant to breakage. As tempered glass will not splinter, the Zen Dining Table is also a kid friendly dining table. Plus, the sleek ‘V’ shaped gloss legs mean this 6 seater glass dining table is ticking all the boxes for modern interiors.

Stylists Tip: A Glass Dining Table allows light to flow through you room, helping with those all important interior photos and creating a light, airy kitchen! 


Ellie Extending Dining Table, £499


If a Glass Dining Table isn't your style, but you still want a durable kitchen table finish, take a look at our Ellie Extending Table. Made from HPL, this is one of the strongest, high performing materials for the home. HPL is able to withstand a temperature of up to 180ºC, but we would recommend using coasters anyway! Still unsure what HPL is? Take a look at our Material Spotligth: HPL post to find out more.   


Easy Clean

Secondly, you have to have wipe clean surfaces. There's nothing worse than scrubbing coffee stains out of a solid oak dining table, or trying to get red wine off of your favourite leather dining chairs! Let's face it, you can't watch your guests 24/7, so making sure your home is easy to keep clean is paramount.


Santo Dining Chair, £79


If you want to add more protections to your leather or faux leather dining chair, make sure you protect with a quality product, such as scotchgaurd fabric & upholstery protector. This will coat your chairs in an extra protective layer to repel those unwanted spills and prevent any nasty stains!


Detail of Zen Table


When it comes to keeping you table clean, our Zen and Ellie tables couldn't be more low maintenance. Just follow these simple steps;

  1. Wipe table with a clean cloth, soaked in a solution of warm water and fairy liquid. Make sure you cloth is rung out well.
  2. Wipe up any spillages as soon as they happen to avoid any staining. If you do find a stain, use a non-abrasive cleaner such as a magic sponge, or try adding a touch of vinegar to your cleaning solution.
  3. Take a dry, clean micro-fibre cloth to buff away and water makes, and keep your table streak free and sparkling!

Stylists Tip: If your table however does require specialist care, like a solid oak table, make sure to include this in your House Rules, so your guest know straight away to take extra care!


Compact Furniture

One of the key things potential guests will be looking at when browsing Airbnb is open, light and airy spaces. No one wants a home which is cluttered, dark and dingy. That's where compact furniture comes in.


Eve Compact Sideboard, £349


Although smaller, this handy space saving furniture for small apartments is ideal for rented properties. By having smaller, compact furniture, it means your space will feel more open, while still offering practical storage solutions. Which, as a result, will be much more appealing to potential lodgers!


Eve inside cupboard


Our Eve compact sideboard has a high gloss finish and matt tempered glass top (durability) and is a stylish piece for any hallway, living room, dining room or bedroom! Plus, for you part time Airbnb Hosts, a compact sideboard with drawers a good idea to tuck away any personal items and mark as an out of bounds area.


Multi-purpose Furniture

Multi-purpose furniture goes hand in hand with compact furniture. These clever space savers are ideal for rental properties and first time Airbnb hosts. Be it a side table which hides a footstool or a Console Table which doubles as drinks cart, there's no denying the possibilities are endless.


Fern Console Table, £199


The Fern console Table is a practical extra surface but also ideal for showcasing your favourite items. The high gloss finish also helps reflect light back around your room.


Duo Side Table, £149


Much as the Fern Console Table is multi-functional, the Duo Side Table doubles up as a table for remotes, lamps and magazines, while the pouf which tucks neatly inside can be pulled out as a perfectly sized footstool! Multi-tasking at its finest!


Dining Benches

When looking for an Airbnb property, 9 times out of 10 people will be looking for new experiences. You want your home to be that new experience, something different from the day to day.  Although you cannot physically give them a new experience, you certainly can give then a new interior experience.  

Loop Right Hand Corner Bench, £899

  Stand out from the crowd with a Dining Corner Bench and create a multi-functional American Diner style booth. Dining benches are such a focal piece and add so much style and class to a kitchen / diner. The Loop Bench Range offers multiple sizes and styles to suit any home interior. Combine a corner bench with a backless upholstered dining bench, or perhaps a mix and match of dining chairs and a 3-4 seater dining bench with backrest. Either way you'll have a totally desirable and magazine worthy kitchen. So now you have the basics to getting started on Airbnb. Don't forget to read through all the FAQ's over on Airbnb and familiarise yourself with the safety tips and tricks.  

Coming soon...

We've got so much more to share with you when it comes to getting your home Airbnb ready! Keep a look out for the next post in the series, where we will be talking through all things colour and getting the most out of your Airbnb listing!

Have you got any Airbnb hosting questions? Submit them below and our experts will be sure to get back to you. In the meantime share your Airbnb interiors with us by tagging us in your pictures and using #mydanetti.
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Judy Murray’s home makeover – Get the look in 5 simple steps
June 30, 2017 at 11:01 am 0

With Wimbledon about to kick off, we're all super excited to watch our favourite, Andy Murray, battle it out for a 3rd Wimbledon victory. Sure to be right by his side is mother, Judy Murray, who recently had her London Flat made over with House Beautiful magazine. Featuring Danetti furniture, you too can get the look in 5 simple steps. Want to know how? Read on...


1. Home Makeover Basics

  First of all, before starting your own home makeover it's key to do your research. Pinterest is a great place to start. Look for colour, themes and prints which excite and will fit in with any existing furniture. As you can see with Judy's home, House Beautiful chose a relaxing colour palette of whites and greys. This has been balanced with a hint of blue and pale aqua and abstract floral prints to add interest.  

Moodboard inspired by Judys Home Makeover

  Check out Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White; an understated grey; not too cool, and not to warm either. Add Topps Tiles Matrix tiles in black for contrast and Feathr's English Rose wallpaper in Forest to warm things up.  

Judy's White Gloss Zen Dining Table

2. Dining Table

Once you have selected the colours and textures you want to use, its time to decide on the most important piece of furniture for your kitchen; the Dining Table. Continuing the modern theme, maybe think about choosing a White Gloss Dining Table. This will compliment with the shiny tiles, and reflect all that beautiful colour!    

Zen White Gloss 6 Seater Dining Table, £289

  Our Zen Dining Table in white Gloss works perfectly within our moodboard, and is exactly what Judy has in her own home! The Zen Dining Table also comes in Grey Gloss and Glass with White or Grey Gloss Legs - A design for every home!  

3. Dining Chairs

Now, you probably want some chairs to go with your new Zen Dining Table? For Judy's home makeover, House Beautiful have teamed the Zen Dining Table with our Elise Faux Leather Dining Chairs. The smooth faux leather brings depth to the room as it contrasts the reflective finish of our Dining Table. Plus, the chrome legs keep the feeling of a modern kitchen without being too strong. (For a super modern edge, check out the Elise Dining Chair with black chrome Legs)

Judy loves to entertain around her new Danetti Dining Set!

Elise Faux Leather Dining Chair in cool grey, £95

If you wanted to inject a bit more colour, the Elise dining chair comes in 9 different colours, meaning your sure to find the perfect shade for your home.

4. Bar Stools

To finish off the perfect Danetti home makeover, you'll need some barstools for quick breakfasts and socialising during dinner parties!

In addition to the Leather Elise Chairs, Carry this through to your barstools too. House Beautiful have used our Monti Real Leather Bar Stools in Charcoal Grey. By using a different shade of grey this stops the room looking too co-ordinated and twee.

Monti Real Leather Bar Stool, £169 

    Again, as with the Elise Dining Chairs, the smooth matt finish of the Monti Bar Stool is the perfect opposite to that gloss kitchen island.  

5. Styling

And finally, no home makeover would be complete without the finishing touches. Probably the most enjoyable part of a renovation is shopping for those little bits and bobs, and placing your favourite items in prime position for all to see. Because our colour palette is pretty neutral, the addition of warmer pieces will help lift the room and add character.  

Selection of Vases from H&M Home

By sticking to shades from our statement wall paper, you're able to pull the scheme through from one room to the next. Same as our floral wallpaper, adding a touch of foliage and greenery will breath life into your home, while remaining on trend.

Get The Look

Love this look? Well thats good, because we do to! Here's your shopping list to get Judy's home makeover look for yourself;

Zen White Gloss Dining Table, £289

Elise Faux Leather Dining Chair in Cool Grey, £95

Matrix Tile in grey, Topps Tiles, £24.50 per sq meter

Monti Real Leather Bar Stool in Charcoal Grey, £169

Feathr's English Rose wallpaper in Forest, £129 for 10m

Farrow & Ball Cornforth White, £43.50 for 2.5L


So there you have it,

5 simple steps to you very own Judy Murray home makeover. You can check out the full article right here on the House Beautiful website. If you decide to use any of these tips, be sure to share your snaps with us, with the chance to be featured on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages! Just remember to tag us and use #mydanetti!
Living Inspiration, Styling Tips
One Sideboard, 3 Looks With Julia Kendell
November 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm 0
Featured Image Revised Take inspiration from our stunning new ‘Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendell’ range of sideboards and see how versatile the collection is. We worked with Julia to create three very different looks using the same sideboard. It’s so important to us that this range is versatile so we wanted to show you how it’s done. See how these looks can be achieved easily and used to enhance a variety of styles. Think outside the box and let your imagination do the styling!  


Look One: Naturally Organic Sideboard

Julia wanted to show the sideboard looking feminine and tactile, so opted for calming colours and natural textures. Choose your accessories carefully for this look. Julia selected pieces in soft pastels, twigs, interesting sculptural shaped flowers. A delicate framed butterfly print combined to give the look a slightly botanical feel with elegant style. Neutral Revised Naturally Organic: Glide sideboard in white gloss with grey and oak, £499

How to get this look at home:

  1. Use a few bold shaped items but in pale colours.
  2. Look for dried flower heads; hydrangeas and cow parsley work well.
  3. Twigs or something with height will add impact and substance to the look. You don’t have to buy them though, we just picked ours from the woods!
  4. Layering up a few different clear glass pieces will add interest without being intrusive.
  5. A simple framed print in soft colours will give the sideboard a focal point. For this look Julia opted for purposeful central placement.

This combination of organic elements and simple, elegant pieces creates a soft, welcoming look that sits well in most contemporary environments. Keep the look ‘clean’ and defined allowing the twigs and flowers to add the unconstrained movement in the display.” Julia Kendell


Look Two: Gorgeous Global Sideboard

The eclectic traveller look is a favourite style for Julia. Having been lucky enough to travel to amazing places as an Interior Designer, she’s picked up some interesting authentic pieces along the way. As a palette, classic monochrome works well for this look. Julia felt that black and white would give the sideboard style definition. A fascinating selection of accessories and curiosities add interest and create a well travelled antiquitous feel. Therefore blending in effortlessly with the contemporary sideboard. It’s easy to create with a selection of much loved treasured possessions and a few simple quick tricks.   Monochrome Revised Gorgeous Global: Glide sideboard in white gloss with grey and oak £499

How to get this look at home:

  1. Decide on the look you are going for, Julia went for ‘tribal global traveller’ - but it would work well with a different theme such as Mediterranean, Indian etc
  2. Cloches are a great way to showcase something simple and unusual - Julia used an old camera and a plant; even the simplest object is elevated to something special under a cloche.Man From Kathmandu
  3. One striking piece will give your collection a focal point, Julia’s wooden statue from Kathmandu was her choice for this ensemble.
  4. The contemporary zig zag vase helps set the scene and Julia then used touches of black and white throughout the selection to tie them all together. The ceramic we chose has a vaguely tribal feel, perfect for this look.
  5. Use something living like an orchid or a leafy fern to breathe life into the look and stop your arrangement from appearing dusty or antiquated.
  6. Authentic artefacts aren’t essential to this look. The best thing is to use something that means something to you, a piece that you love. But failing that you can get some amazing ‘global chic’ items in charity shops or on the highstreet. One of our go-to places for inexpensive but great quality props is Homesense.

“Its lovely to have a place to assemble your treasured memories of trips and adventures, family heirlooms and quirky finds. Collecting these together in one place has more impact than dotting around the house and has a wonderful sense of energy and history” Julia Kendell

Look Three: Playful Retro Sideboard

Although this might not be the most obvious look for this fabulous collection as it has a contemporary retro feel to it. It feels playful, fresh and bright and would be at home in any family living space. Julia managed to bring something new to the retro look with some lovely styling ideas. There is a fine line between stylish and kitsch with retro styling. Remember you want it to be more Conran less Austin Powers so get the balance between retro and contemporary right.  

How to get this look at home:

  1. Choose a few pre-loved or nostalgic accessories in bright colours to kick start your look. We used the bullseye telephone and the ochre coloured pot filled with bull rushes give the sideboard enough of a nod to the retro, without looking too themed.
  2. Add a few more sharp, contemporary products that will give it a really updated feel. The juxtaposition between the new and the old will give a designer styling look.
  3. Introduce something individual and cool. Julia used string, mini clothes pegs and a selection of Penguin Classic book cover postcards to create wall art. Childrens drawings of fun photographs would look great as well.
  4. A pendant light hanging over the sideboard is a great idea and can be themed to match the scheme - this globe style light is typical of the 60’s era.

“Retro is all about having fun, adding pops of colour and creating a space where people want to stop and look and leave with a smile. Have confidence in your choices, not mixing too many styles or colours, and leave plenty of space around groups of items to avoid the car-boot look!” Julia Kendell

To see these looks come to life, check out the video and comment telling us which you like the best.


The product that we used in this shoot was the The Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendell Glide Sideboard in White gloss, Grey gloss and Oak, £499, www.danetti.com

Dining Tables, Ideas and Inspiration, Living Inspiration, Product Reviews
Ancona Extending Dining Table
September 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm 0
Ancona Extending Dining Table

The Ancona Extending Dining Table

The Ancona Extending Dining Table is a truly unique piece of dining room furniture, crafted and designed in Italy. The table top is made from strong, vigorously tested tempered glass that has undergone a special process leaving a contemporary matt finish that prevents visibility of fingerprints on the surface. When you do need to clean the table then just use a damp cloth with warm water.

The ancona dining table

Dinner Table with Choice of Finish

Ancona Extending Dining Table

Ancona Extending Dining Table

Choose from a selection of colours and which type of metal finish you would prefer on the table’s frame and legs. Colours available include matt taupe with a powder coat finish and matt black veneer.

Glass Top Extending Dining Table

As the name suggests, this dining table extends. Don’t worry about damaging your floor when extending the table as the legs have floor protectors to eliminate wear and tear. The best feature of the Ancona table is the tempered glass extension, and this is what makes this dining table so unique. It uses a sophisticated magnetic wheel on the frame to secure the extension to the dining table. This makes it extremely easy to open, whilst creating an elegant floating effect on the table top.

Choice of 3 Different Size Options

This versatile table can be resized to suit your preference and the number of guests you are entertaining, with 3 different size options available. From the starting position with 6 places, the Ancona table can be extended both in length and width to accommodate 8 seats or extend even further to give 10 places for seats, for dinner parties with additional guests or entertaining indoors after a BBQ. When the extension is not in use it can be easily stored under table. Just slide the tempered glass extension under the table where it clicks in place using the magnetic wheel, without the need for any fiddly catches or locking mechanisms.

Contact Danetti

For more information on our fantastic selection of stylish dining room furniture contact Danetti and speak to our friendly advisors who will be happy to answer any questions you may have and can help you plan and design your perfect living space.
Living Inspiration
More Storage Solutions for Lounges and Sitting Rooms
April 11, 2013 at 10:10 am 0

One of the secrets to a modern and stylish look in your living space is keeping on top of clutter by using clever storage solutions.  When living rooms are used for lots of different purposes - they often have to double up as a home office or play room - then accumulated clutter in the lounge can quickly make the space look messy and disorganised.  Restore calm back to your living room with one of our contemporary coffee tables with hidden storage.

Velenza Large Matt White Coffee Table
Velenza Large Matt White Coffee Table

Velenza Large Matt White Coffee Table £249.00

The round Velenza Matt White Coffee Table is not only cool, it's useful too! Twist the top section round to reveal two storage compartments underneath. These are ideal for stashing away the TV remote control, coasters, newspapers and toy cars out of sight. Measurements: 300mm high, 800mm in diameter.  Also available in a slimmer size which is 510mm high and 400mm in diameter.   Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table
Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table

Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table £289.00

The modern Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table is a sleek rectangular coffee table with a hidden benefit. The lid smoothly lifts up on hinges at either side to provide a handy storage compartment within for magazines, newspapers and coffee table books. As an added advantage, the lid can be locked into the raised position so you can safely use it as a dining table or desk, as well as just for coffee. This is the perfect coffee table for a studio apartment or living space that needs to have a dual purpose. Measurements: 450mm high, 600mm wide, 1200 long. Denza White Coffee Table
Denza White Coffee Table

Denza White Coffee Table £299.00

The white high gloss Denza Coffee Table is a fabulous long rectangular coffee table with hidden storage within it. The lid lifts up on hinges at either side to provide a handy storage area to hide all that clutter! The edge of the lid creates a design feature with its smooth curves. In addition, the lid can be locked into the raised position so that you can balance a laptop or TV dinner upon it! The two legs of the Denza are looped with rounded corners, to create a stylish finishing touch.

Measurements: 320mm high, 600mm wide, 1200 long

Fina White Gloss Coffee Table
Fina White Gloss Coffee Table

Fina White Gloss Coffee Table £299.00

Keep everything neat and tidy in your living area with the modern Fina White Gloss Coffee Table, which has the hidden advantage of a storage area underneath the top. Lift the lid to reveal a funky bright yellow storage compartment for stashing away all those odds and ends.

The perfect rectangular white gloss coffee table for modern homes.

Measurements: 350mm high, 600mm wide, 1060mm long
Living Inspiration
Modern Furniture for Open Plan Living
April 23, 2012 at 10:30 am 0
Open plan living has become more and more popular in the UK, with over one in five home-owners having transformed their formerly separate kitchen and dining rooms into one large open plan kitchen, dining and living area.  If you are keen to embrace the open plan living concept, then take a look at our website for ideas as to how best to furnish your new, contemporary entertaining area. Bar Stools Around an Island Unit
Elise Modern Bar Stool

Elise Modern Bar Stool £79.00

A well-positioned island unit is eye-catching as well as useful.  It can be the perfect place to fit an oven or hob and some people like to have their sink there to face outwards whilst they wash up! However, the reverse side of the island is perfect for a set of bar stools to perch on at the end of the day with a glass of wine (whilst your loved one cooks of course!) or in the morning for a quick cappuccino and croissant. A Modern Dining Set
Tiva Glass Table and Coco Chairs Dining Set

Tiva Glass Table and Coco Chairs Dining Set £639.00

Make the most of your trendy, open plan dining area with a contemporary dining set. Our dining sets range offers something for everyone - modern yet practical and durable dining tables and chairs to suit many types and size of kitchen-diner.  You can create a whole range of different looks in your dining area depending on the type of dining set you choose. Glass and high gloss dining sets reflect light and give a modern and funky feel, whereas wooden dining sets are timeless classics.  And of course, extending dining sets, offering great style and flexibility, are always popular for people who love to entertain.  We have plenty of dining sets to choose from in all shapes and sizes, so take a look. Casual Seating
Cube and Drum Stools

Cube and Drum Stools from £99.00

When you want to relax and unwind with your family and friends you need comfortable casual seating that will also fit in with your modern decor and room layout. We have a selection of trendy tub chairs, contemporary cubes and flexible modular seating which can be upholstered to match your colour scheme perfectly, so all you need to do is put your feet up and relax!