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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.
General News, Ideas and Inspiration
Danetti At Home: Festive Edition
December 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm 0

danetti at home festive edition

It’s Competition Time! Fancy Your Chance to Win £300 of Danetti Vouchers?

  To get us all in the festive spirit, we want you to share a Christmasy image of your Danetti furniture on our Facebook page. If you don’t own anything Danetti yet, you can still enter by letting us know what you would like to spend the prize of  £300 of Danetti Vouchers on if you won. Make sure to leave your comment on our festive competition Facebook post. Alternatively, you can share an image on Instagram, using the hashtag #danettiatchristmas. To find the winner, we will choose our favourite 5 photos, and then 5 comments will be selected at random. One of the ten finalists will be selected at random to win. Whether you enter by photo or comment, all participants will receive a one-time code for FREE DELIVERY. To receive your free delivery code, make sure you send us a private message on Facebook with your email. We will send you your unique code once the competition has ended.   Our Christmas competition will close midnight 3rd January 2017 so make sure you share a picture or comment soon so you don’t miss out!   Good luck! And Merry Christmas :)  

Festive Christmas Competition T&C’s:

  • To enter, you’ll need to share a photo of your Danetti furniture on our Facebook page, or comment on the competition post with the pieces you like best.
  • You can also enter by sharing an image on Instagram, using the hashtag #danettiatchristmas.
  • We will select 5 photos and 5 comments at random which will make up the 10 finalists. Out of this 10, one winner will be chosen at random.
  • The competition will run from the 7th December 2016 to 3rd of January 2017. Unfortunately, after this time entries will not be counted.
  • Make sure you send us a private message on Facebook with the email address you'd like us to contact you on. We can only send you the code if we have a valid email.
  • You cannot use this free delivery promo in line with any other promotions.
  • The free delivery offered is free standard delivery which is worth £19.99 and is only redeemable on orders over £200.
  • You cannot exchange the prize for money or any other product or service.
  • No purchase necessary.
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Console Tables, Styling Tips
Interior Inspiration: How to Style 1 Console Table 2 Ways
July 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm 0

Modern Console Tables

Once you invest in a console table you'll find it a really helpful addition to your home. Its that great ledge where you can either enhance and decorate your room by creating a focal point. It will often provide much needed space for essentials like keys, clocks, and phones. Perhaps use in a dining room to give you extra serving storage? A console table will offer a place for plates, glasses or bottles to be on display. They are practical, useful and can be beautiful too! When choosing what sort of console table you want, have a think about the room you it’s going in and how you’ll use it.

Modern Contemporary Console Table

A modern console table can work well in classical settings too as long as you get the styling balance right. You can create a sort of eclectic look. If you have enough space in your home it might be worth considering console tables with storage for an added space saving bonus. We have just brought out a stunning modern glass console table with chrome legs called the Tiva glass and chrome console table. What is so great about this slim glass console table, is that it has such a simple design and being glass it is really perfect for almost any room in your home. This is because it can easily blend with your existing interior schemes. The glass top console table is wide enough to provide a good surface whilst not taking up too much space. We were amazed at how versatile the console table was and decided to style it two ways to give you ideas and inspiration. We're going to show you how you could use a small glass console table in your home. Whether you are looking for something decorative and feminine, or perhaps a more dramatic masculine look. Either way we hope this inspires you to see where in your home the Tiva could work for you!  

Perfect Pastels

A glass hallway table creates a perfect 'stage' for creating a dramatic entrance to your home and our lovely Tiva console provides a great surface for decorative objects. So with a plain white wall, we decided to use some colour and developed a strong pastel scheme. Based around an abstract painting that we used as our starting point, we feel this is punchy, without being too overpowering. We created the look by using coloured glass on the transparent table. Then we gently built up the colour until it reached the striking abstract print. Finally, we choose to use a fairly elaborate twig to balance the harder edges of the chrome. While working with the softer colours this creates a really harmonious balance. We finished off the look by adding a strong patterned rug in complimentary colours. This will really help the table stand out and the accessories above feel more connected.  

A Monochrome Moment:

A console table doesn’t have to just be used in a hallway. It can also provide an ideal place to either store useful things in any room, create a display or create an extra surface for whatever you like. We thought it would be great to use the chrome and glass combination in a more masculine setting to show how versatile the Tiva console table can be. Using a stylish monochome black and white palette punctuated with hints of inky blue this look is graphic with an urban style about it. Black and white framed prints add height to the console table area creating more impact. We also have the boldly patterned vase which creates a strong focus and combines well with the rug. We always use some sort of foliage when styling tables as it adds life to the other more static accessories.

9 Styling tips for your Tiva Console Table:

So, when you decide that you need one of these little gems in your life, here are a few tips to consider when it comes to styling your Tiva console table. (oh, and by the way, if you are thinking of one of these for your dining room - don’t forget to check out our stunning Tiva dining table incase you want a matching set!).
  1. Consider changing the paint colour of the wall behind the console table. This will help to create a more dramatic, stylish look.
  2. Does your flooring look plain? Have a look and see if you need to enhance the setting with a new rug to create more impact.
  3. Think about your colour scheme. If you want to blend and combine patterns, as long as the colours are the same tones and hues they will mix perfectly without clashing.
  4. Create height by either using something tall on the surface or use the wall behind to hang artwork. This is key, as it will help you frame the area and turn it into a focal point in your room. 
  5. Try to use some sort of foliage as it will breathe life into your arrangement.
  6. If you have the space, think about expanding your console display area. We did this by using a floor standing lamp, but a tall plant would work equally well. By extending the arrangement, you'll give it more substance in the room, whilst freeing up the useful surface area for other things.
  7. If you want to stack books on the console but still want to create an attractive selection theres a few things you could try. Our top stylist tip is to either remove the dust jackets to see if the colours work nicely. Otherwise simply turn the books around so that the white pages are on display rather than the spines. Don't forget to choose an attractive simple book to sit on the top.
  8. Always group things in three’s. It really IS the magic number! If you want to know more, read a previous post here for more information.
  9. Remember that you can also use the space under the console table, but always style it neatly. Boxes and baskets can give you more storage and add to your setting. By choosing colours which blend with your chosen look will help create a effortlessly cool area.
Ideas and Inspiration
Modern Contemporary or Soft Sculptural? Which Style are You?
February 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm 0
On our most recent shoot created two similar looks, each with a different feels. We took two of our new dining sets and shot them in the same room set. However, but by styling them slightly differently we can show you just how versatile our furniture can be. One look is sharper, more of a cool city style. While the other is a gentle, curvaceous tactile look, but still with a modern edge.  Our dining sets are always effortlessly stylish and modern but sometimes it can be hard to visualise how they will work in your space. Here we show you how easy it is to create a look you want. By adding a few different twists, the furniture can sit happily in any home with existing accessories. Or, if you are in a mood for change, why not copy our room set style! 

Look 1: Modern Contemporary

If you are looking for a more urban style with a modern contemporary feel why not recreate this look. The gorgeous glass Tiva table is ideal for creating a feeling of space. With the reflective chrome legs it looks stunning, especially when paired with cool grey Elise chairs. The chrome chair legs enhance the look perfectly and add to the overall elegance of this uber stylish set.   Set in a monochrome room with touches of colour, this is a look for those who want a bit more out of minimalism. By just choosing elements that make a style statement so here are some tips to follow when trying out this look at home:
  • Stick to a monochrome scheme overall.
  • Inject some colour with well chosen accessories. But remember- less is more.
  • For a modern urban feel choose chrome, glass or brushed steel.
  • Don’t be afraid to ‘fluff’ it up a bit with some soft textures like sheepskin, which work in contrast to the cool metals.
  • Greenery or something floral will bring life to the scheme. Even a bunch of plain foliage or twigs is enough to get the look.
  What we used: Tiva Glass and Elise large Dining Set £539Canio Leather Occasional Armchair £499, Reflect White Gloss and Chrome sideboard £499.  

Look 2: Soft and Sculptural

If you are looking for something a bit softer visually you might like the tactile curves of the new white gloss Eva table and the gentle shape of the Santos chairs. This is a really stunning combination with a sculptural feel that is easy on the eye and looks contemporary but classical. The white gloss is a striking finish. Whilst the chairs that are wrapped from top to toe in faux leather are beautifully curved and stackable too! What really makes this look is the absence of a metal finish which makes it all about the silhouette. Once again set in a monochrome room, this look works well but appears softer and more feminine than our previous look. If you are after a gentle version of cool style then this is the look for you. If you want to get this look at home, try these tips:
  • Use soft modern pastels like mint to accentuate the monochrome backdrop.
  • Add stylish texture and pattern with cushions and other soft furnishings like rugs etc.
  • This look works with tactile textures like leather and white gloss. Don't be afraid to mix textures. Gloss, matte and leather will all blend really well in a mix of monochrome tones. 
  • Accessorise this look with stylish bold pieces - a dash of clutter but not too much! Here we went for fewer bolder pieces. A great interior designer tip is to go for oversized props. Choosing props that are larger will automatically give a more dramatic impactful look. 
  • Choose sculptural leaves and plants, with strong large blooms for a graphic feel. Shop around, there are some amazing faux versions available. 
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Styling our Canio Chair £499, Grey Gloss Side Tables £119 and Eva and Santo Dining Set £615 together for a clean and contemporary look.

What we used: Eva white gloss and Santo stackable 6 seater dining set £615, Canio Leather Occasional Armchair £499, Reflect White Gloss and Chrome sideboard £649.  
Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Q & A – A word with Illustrator and PR Director Liz Owen
January 6, 2016 at 11:53 am 0

Mel&Liz Profile- orignial size Liz Owen is a 40 something, early 90’s ex fashion student, mother of two, with a strong love for a beautiful pair of impractical shoes! Liz fell into Public Relations by chance after a realisation that this type of work was going to probably pay a little quicker than a design job, of which there were slim pickings during the recession in 1992!

New-Laura-Ashley-2015-Fall-Winter-CatalogueCan you tell us how you started out in PR?

I approached a local wax jacket firm called John Partridge back in 1993, presenting them with an illustrated collection of men’s sporting jackets, even walking into their cutting room and taking samples of fabric for swatches. Sadly there were no design jobs at the time, but they did have a PA/ Public Relations role to the CEO who admired my audacity. I was hired on the spot – this job led me to all sorts of hunting, shooting, fishing, sailing and historic car racing events- it was enormous fun! From there, a few hit and miss attempts at other PR/ Marketing roles within dot.com start-ups back in the late 90’s, agency work and finally landing a fab role at Laura Ashley back in 2004 until 2010, where I felt it would be time to start my own micro company here in Marlow. I looked after ACHICA.com, the Indian Ocean Outdoor Company, Lisa Stickley, V V Rouleaux and Home Barn, all of whom I still have a great relationship with. Then late last year, I decided to persuade a fellow creative friend, who is an awesome graphic designer and photographer, with a love of fonts and creating beautiful websites, and with my illustration and PR skills, we decided to start a company for other little brands who are starting out, and called ourselves Little Shop of Brands.

Yoga3For those who aren’t familiar with the PR world - Can you tell us about a normal work day for you?

We are a brand new company, so we do have to work around the children – my day starts with either  bootcamp 3 days a week first thing and yoga 2 days, then the morning madness kicks in with organising the girls and somehow feeding them and taking them to school fully dressed! Then its either straight off to meetings with clients or back to our office at the end of the garden until 3pm. During this time we’re pulling plans together, writing releases, creating, illustrating, designing, making calls, emailing frantically…! Then the school pick-up deadline beckons, and it’s back to the gate to pick up the little ones, feed, force homework, wash and bed – 5 until my own bedtime varies pending on how much we have on – at the moment, it’s quite full on!

What do you love most about your job?

The people, the variety of the work – rather than just doing PR, I now have a hand at creating something for small businesses that make a difference; drawing one day, meeting clients and press another, attending shows, helping Mel create a concept for a brand. The beauty of PR is that I can use this skill to help the brands we work with get off the ground. It’s also a useful skill to have in terms of confidence and lifestyle trends, knowing what will work and how it will be perceived. I also have a lovely network of great friends who I have known for years in the business, journalists, stylists, retailers and PR’s – all of whom I feel blessed to be able to turn to when I’m unsure about anything, or just need someone to catch up with who knows my world!

Did you have to do a course or are you self taught? How did you start off on the PR ladder?

Hmmm – I admire those who do courses in PR, but I never did one – I enjoyed my fashion course instead which took up enough of my late teens and early 20’s – I’m sure there are some amazing courses out there. I could never claim to be self taught either. I worked for those who were slightly nuts, who taught me that being unique in this industry is a blessing, not a curse. Wallflowers rarely make it in the world of PR, and I was a wallflower at the beginning, but I was also personable and passionate, so once the confidence kicked in, and the experience was more familiar, all of it became second nature. I’m still a little nervous at picking up the phone sometimes, but I love nothing more than having a good chat with my contacts – it doesn’t feel like work until I have to write the report and invoice my clients!

What area do you specialise in?

Homes, interiors and lifestyle

LFWWhere do you find your inspiration for campaigns?

Attending London Fashion Week, London Design Festival, New York Fashion Week, Galleries, travelling, reading and film – Social Media has had me gripped since 2009, (I’m a part time blogger!)  and it’s a lot easier to see the direction trends are taking via all the usual platforms, namely the most powerful of all…Instagram!!

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

It didn’t seem like advice at the time, but I once threw a press release after the fourth attempt at my boss’s head out of utter rage – he merely told me to pick it up and walked out of the room. It made me realise that no matter how hard you seem to work, always respect people who are trying to teach you something until you get it right – it makes you a better person in the end!

40's austenWhat is your favourite style?

I’m a huge fan of the 40’s – I don’t fully wear from that decade apart from indulging at my wedding – my engagement ring is from that era, so I went to town with the accessories and had a rural country wedding on the farm I grew up on – My father and me drove to the church in an old Austin car, my sister wore a 40’s skull cap from Steinberg and Tolkien from the Kings Road, and jewellery from the vintage part of Butler & Wilson. I’m also a huge fan of Vivienne Westwood, and have a few pieces of hers – I want a whole wardrobe of her pieces, it’s just all gorgeous!

How would you describe your home?

Very Home Barn…no seriously, everything’s from Home Barn – ‘vintage modern’ if that’s a style?! I have an eclectic mix of homely pieces in warm tones – I love my copper Original BTC lamps with an old kitchen table surrounded by Ercol chairs, a cow hide rug with a Chesterfield style sofa in ticking.

What is your favourite Danetti product and why?

Clearly the Eames style chairs – they’re classics and Danetti do the most gorgeous colours – actually I have a few pieces in mind like the simple but shapely new Eva table - perfect with the Eames Style Chairs!

imageWhat is your favourite shop?

Oh don’t do this to me….can I merge my 4 favourites as one – Liberty/Selfridges/Henry Bendel NY/Merci Paris –they have THE best interiors, THE best candles, ALL the perfumes, ALL the fashion, ALL the beauty, ALL the quirky bits and pieces you’d never find anywhere else …STATIONARY …ALL the STATIONARY – love them!

vivienne westwoodWho is your favourite designer - dead or alive.

Vivienne Westwood…full stop!

The Quick Fire Round:

What is your favourite colour?


Favourite film?

Elf – I could watch it all year round!

 elfWhat’s in your bag?

Notepad, purse, a million pens, sunglasses, Laura Mercier lipgloss, diary, mobile phone – oh and reading glasses now, I’m going blind!

 the toolsWhat is your favourite book?

The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

Where is your favourite holiday spot?

Sablet in South of France

  What is your idea of the perfect weekend?

Socialising with friends, and Sundays usually kept exclusively to my amazing hubby and my sometimes well behaved girls – at the moment it’s all about family movies on the sofa with a roast later

Manor HouseFavourite paint colour?

Manor House Grey by Farrow & Ball – seriously, is there nothing this colour doesn’t work with?

Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
Q&A with Interior Designer and Presenter Julia Kendell
November 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm 0
Following the recent launch of our new  ‘Exclusively Danetti with Julia Kendell’ range, we managed to catch up with Julia during the recent shoot for the launch of our collection. We had a chat with her to find out what she thought about the collaboration and the individual products.

Why did you choose to work with Danetti?

When I am designing an interior for a client I will only specify furniture from a supplier I can trust and who I know will be reliable. The furniture also has to be aesthetically beautiful, fit the brief and it’s also got to be good value. I have to be absolutely sure that it's going to arrive on time, in good order and should anything go wrong, I have to know that the company will be on it straight away. Danetti satisfies all those criteria so I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to collaborate on a furniture collection with them.

What elements of your personal design ethos have you incorporated into this range?

My personal ethos is all about creating an emotional connection both between the interior and the inhabitants who will be using that space. The reason that’s important is because in this day and age we're all so busy and we need a home that we can retreat to at the end of the day. Somewhere you feel safe, that's also energising. So for me creating this range of furniture, creates a perfect backdrop for home life that has a sense of energy about it. And that has been really important.

How would you sum up the range?

I’d sum up the range as being a fresh and robust collection combining organic materials and glossy surfaces. I've created something that’s really energising and is just a really fabulous collection for contemporary family living.

The Peacock blue is a beautiful accent - is it a bit of a signature colour of yours?

I really enjoy designing with blue. It’s a very calming colour and because of this and because it’s very easy on the eye. It means you can use quite punchy shades to create impact and depth in a scheme without it unbalancing the whole look of the scheme and without it drawing too much attention. So yes, it's just a fabulous colour. I love it!

What elements of the process of design do you enjoy the most?

I love the entire experience of designing and putting this collection together. It has been hugely exciting for me. Of course I suppose nothing beats the moment when you’ve done all the concept drawings, you’ve had all the meetings and then suddenly the pieces arrive and you can unwrap them and see them in the flesh. It's just so exciting.

How important was it to you that these products were affordable?

Affordable design has always been at the heart of my work. When I first started out in the industry a very long time ago it was very much an elitist sport. Only the very wealthy could afford to have really beautifully designed pieces of furniture and interiors and of course there's no reason why everybody shouldn’t have a beautiful home. So throughout my career, I’ve always championed really good quality design at good value.

What does good design mean to you?

Good design to me is creating a balance between something being aesthetically very pleasing (so it's satisfying all the senses I suppose, something that feels good, that’s tactile, that looks great, sometimes that smells great too) and also being functional and practical. You want something that makes you feel a whole emotional connection. 

How do you see these products integrating with the modern family?

I think that the dining table and the space around it is really underestimated. In this day and age when families are so busy and when the illuminated screen is such a draw - we need to be able to have family time around the dining table. It’s one of those moments when we can really connect as a family. It’s the place where you have Xmas lunches and birthday dinners. You can sort out problems and share experiences. Frankly, it is where memories are made, family memories and that is so, so important.

What do you think of the bar stools?

I am particularly thrilled with the bar stools. It’s really difficult actually to find the perfect bar stool. One that you can move easily, is comfortable, looks great, but these bar stools I think are spot on. They’re very easy to move around. Plus, they’re light as anything but they are very robust and you know they are going to last and they look fantastic. Even just the tiniest detail like the beautiful stitching around the seat. They’re absolutely stunning -I'm so so pleased with them!

How about the sideboards:

The sideboards have been designed with detail in mind and they will satisfy even the most discerning client. The chamfered detail throughout the whole piece is just beautiful. Whats more the 'soft close' mechanism and the super smooth sliding door are great too. It’s just so lovely to use. I love the combination of the materials as well. The gloss, and the matt and the timber I think just works so beautifully together. And of course there are a lot of surprising little details as well like the mirrored backs on some of the pieces - just beautiful…

What do you like best about the table selection? 

For the cost of the Arc round table, the price I think is quite amazing. I haven’t seen such beautiful veneer detailing on a table at that price - ever! So just how lovely to be able to have such a stunning piece in your kitchen or dining room. The Zen table is a contemporary spin on the classic trestle table it is the perfect size for a family or a group of friends. I wanted to keep the lines nice and simple and straightforward - it’s just perfect.

The chairs are so elegant, how do you feel about the results?

Comfort is so important when it comes to sitting at a dining table. The design of the Form Dining chair really focus's on this. It's available with and without arms and the detailing again is really really superior. Particularly the way the frame follows the curvature around the back, it’s just the most beautiful chair. Definitely designed with comfort very much in mind. We all like to spend time at the dinner table, nobody wants their friends or family to feel uncomfortable. Therefore the design makes you feel like you want to spend hours at the dining table. So there you have it! Our Exclusively Danetti range with TV Interior Designer and Presenter Julia Kendell in all it's glory. If you want to see more, head over to Danetti.com for more.
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

Colour, Ideas and Inspiration, Interviews
How the Experts will be decorating this Christmas
November 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm 0

If you can’t wait to get up in the attic and pull out your tinsel, unpack your Christmas baubles and add a smattering of snow spray to all surfaces - then cool your heels! We caught up with some industry movers and shakers to find out how they will be decorating this Christmas….So before you dust off last years decs...have a read through this for some new inspiration from the experts!

Jane Rockett, Co-Founder of Rockett St George.


Rockett St George

Jane_Rockett_PR_SHOT 'This year my Christmas decor is all about the pompoms, tassles and creating a party atmosphere. My theme for my dining room is gold and caramel against dark walls. I intend to cluster the spheres and hang a different levels over the dinner table. The table itself will be piled high with ivy with caramel coloured candles and gold/white star tea light holders. Gold cutlery and serving spoons will finish the look. My kitchen is white, so in here I am using white spheres and disco balls - all the best parties end up in the kitchen!  I like to fill drinks buckets full of ice and let guests help themselves'.

My top Christmas tips are:

  1. You can never have enough candles and tealight holders to create the perfect festive feel.
  2. Put the Christmas cards away, they look messy!
  3. Max out on the decorations.  The more the better, no one likes a sparse tree.
  4. Buy two sets of fairy lights - one set is simply not enough.
  5. Christmas decorating is a family affair - open the mulled wine, put on the Christmas songs and have fun!  Christmas is about family not the perfect decor (or you can always move things around a bit when they have all gone to bed).

 Sarita Sharma, Interiors Stylist, Ideal Home.



rsz_img_5111_1‘I spend the summer styling shoots for the Xmas features for Ideal Home which I love! But I have to admit that there is a sigh of relief when the shoots are finished and I am not surrounded by baubles and glitter! It doesn’t take long before my real xmas comes along, but luckily by then I am back in the xmas spirit and just love to decorate my house. We always have a 10ft real tree which takes over the sitting room but I have tall ceilings so the room can take it. I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to decorating the tree and tend to put my stylist hat. It makes the kids laugh as I take it so seriously! Our decorations haven’t changed in years, I stick to silver, white and I love the vintage look of mercury silver..

My Top Christmas Tips:

  1. Fairy lights are a failsafe way to add Christmas sparkle. Keep lights simple but make sure they have a warm glow rather than a cool one.
  2. From year to year, vary things slightly like adding a splash of colour. I love to use stunning  paper pom poms. Last year I bought some in a pomegranate colour - they looked fab against the dark grey tones of my sitting room.
  3. Carry through your colour scheming from the tree right through with the gift wrap - it will all look very festive.
  4. Invest in some things you can use each year. A couple of years ago I went to Covent Garden Market and bought 2 bunches of the extra long white twigs, I keep them in the loft and they look like new every year!

Julia Kendell, TV Interior Designer & Presenter.


The White Company

julia-home "This year my own Christmas interior will be inspired by the current Scandinavian trend. I can't wait to accessorize my home with a white and pewter palette, organic natural elements, reindeer hides, velvet cushions and cinnamon-infused candles. I have the opportunity for a 10ft tall Christmas tree this year. So to save money on ornaments I'll be spraying pine cones matt white and combining with bronze and pewter metallic-sprayed leaves and twig bundles."  

Top tips for the Xmas Table

  1. Keep the table-centre decoration either low enough for family and guests to easily see over, or suspend baubles and decorations from above to create a magical 'Alice in Wonderland' effect.
  2. Arrange sprigs of foliage, including ivy and holly, around candles and tea lights in glass holders for an inexpensive, classic look.
  3. For a beautifully styled table, arrange a stacked pile of plates, bowl and napkin at each setting in preparation for the meal to come. Remove just before everyone sits and replace with crackers and glasses of fizz.

Jess Contomichalos, Interior Stylist, Danetti.

Christmas Table at Danetti


rsz_black-and-whiteAs a stylist, Xmas begins in July usually as most interiors magazines have a long lead time so all features need to be wrapped up by mid August. Normally I have decorated about five different trees and styled a few ‘Xmas’ houses! I feel very ‘bah humbug’ by the time the real Xmas comes around. So, usually my children and I get all the decorations down from the attic. We put on our Christmassy music and I let them decorate the tree. When I’ve told them how lovely it looks and we’ve all ‘oohed and ahhed’ the pretty twinkly tree, I start twitching. I start to feel panicky about it! I wait for them to go to bed and then I completely re-arrange the decs so that it looks perfect! It's the curse of being a stylist. I use lots of fairy lights with a soft glow. Along with candles and lanterns to create a magical atmosphere. I love dressing the table for Xmas, I like to load up layers of charger plates, dining plates and bowls. I also create a centrepiece for the table with baubles and sparkling reindeer with stars and crystals scattered along the centre of the table.

My Tips for Christmas decorating

  1. In the weeks leading up to Christmas whilst watching TV, we make origami style snowflakes out of plain A4 paper in a variety of sizes (each one is unique). They are so easy to make and look stunning when attached to windows with glue dots.
  2. I use white voile bunting hung around the walls near the ceiling and then I hang Christmas cards in between the triangles. It keeps them up and out of the way(!)
  3. Buy an inexpensive bumper pack of baubles in colours of your choice and then fill anything made of glass with them. So vases, jars, bowls, lidded cake stands or cloches for a gorgeous designer look.
  4. Go into the woods and find the perfect twigs to create a table top tree…(children love to search for one). When you get home spray it white and let it dry then place the twigs into a vase filled with glass marbles. String some fairy lights over the branches then find a selection of one off decorations and create a unique tree. At home our tree decorations are things like a small star cookie cutter on a ribbon, a large jingle bell (left by Santa of course), mini labels with Christmas message written on it by each of us and attached with mini wooden pegs. Along with felt shapes cut out and threaded with string, a crystal droplet from an old chandelier - and so on.
  5. Use icing sugar on mince pies and Christmas cakes. Even if they are shop bought, sieving icing sugar over them will add instant Christmas flourish!

Sue Pritchard, Florist and Stylist, Owner of The Lavender Hill Company

festive styling


Untitled-1 (1)Because we go all out for Christmas in the shop I tend to keep it quite simple with my decorations at home. My house has quite a ‘festive’ look all year round as I have lots of red accessories. I’m obsessed with candles and I can’t resist anything heart shaped. Christmas is one of our busiest times in the shop. I don’t have the time to spend days decorating the whole house with lots of things.

My Christmas Decorating Tips

1. Switch to really seasonal festive smelling candles and tea tealights to set the mood. Notes of citrus, cinnamon and spices give any room a warm feel and the scent will fill the whole house. We blend our own candles in the shop so of course use those at home. Top tip is to buy fewer candles of better quality. A quality candle will burn for longer and smoke less, plus cheaper candles only have the scent in the top layer.
2.  I don’t do the whole house, I’d rather consolidate the decorations in the spaces that we’ll be spending time in. I focus my attention on the lounge, entrance way and dining room.  Also, I find that the decoration take down operation is far less of an ordeal if it’s just a few rooms. If I did the whole house I think they would still be up in June!
 4. In terms of what I decorate with, I pick one theme or item and then decorate quite abundantly with that one thing. I find that’s the best way to have maximum impact. It’s always flower related; something in the shop will inspire me and then I build my ideas around that.
This year I’ll be filling every inch of free surface space with silvery frosty looking foliages. Also I'll be using succulents in mercury glass containers. I adore succulents, and they require hardly any care which is ideal when I’m juggling the shop, children, grandchildren etc. They’ll look beautifully wintery over christmas and then I’ll just swap the pots and spread them around the house afterwards.

Ideas and Inspiration, Styling Tips
How to add a modern edge to a traditional home…
September 25, 2015 at 10:50 am 0
Pretty-Dining-Room-Contemporary-design-ideas-for-Ikea-Dining-Table-Chairs-Decorating-Ideas(image: Optimise Design) Mixing contemporary and traditional styles is a clever designers trick that takes thought and taste, so whilst it may appear spontaneous and impromptu, you can bet that it has been a labour of love to get it looking effortlessly stylish. Whilst pouring over the gorgeous homes in magazines and checking out your favourite interior websites online bear in mind that the amalgamation of old and new takes a little while to achieve and needs confidence and more than a dash of design flair. So, if you’ve been stung by the ‘eclectic’ bug and you want to get the look in your own home, follow these rules to help you on your way! 51bc1864d9127e2600000950._w.540_s.fit_ (image: New York Times Magazine) Top 7 tips to mixing old and new:
  1. Never give your room a 50/50 split of old and new, generally speaking the ‘look’ will come together better if you let one style dominate and add accents of the other style - so more of a 80/20 ratio.
  2. Less is more with the ‘eclectic’ look. So, keep the look simple one or two key pieces will work much better than clusters of opposing styles that can end up looking like a car boot sale and that is NOT a good look!
  3. Upcycling and restoring old vintage or antique products with a modern twist will create an effective look that will not only be unique but executed properly will look stylish. So, for example this could mean perhaps painting a rococo style picture frame in a bright colour to bring it up to date or maybe re-upholstering an Louis XVI chair in a bright bold fabric to create a real statement piece.
  4. If you find it a bit overwhelming, let the pro’s do all the hard combining work for you!  Have a look for traditional or vintage styles that have been re-modelled in new materials to give the product a new lease of life but still provides a striking combination of the old and the new like the Louis Ghost chairs by Philippe Starck.
  5. If however you are feeling confident and enjoy the juxtaposition of texture and style, then try to experiment with mixing textures. So, for example an old worn pre-loved kitchen table will blend beautifully with some new moulded plastic Eames style chairs. Similarly, a set of old vintage wooden church chairs would work really well with a smooth matt finish Aver table.
  6. Remember your architectural surroundings will be a big factor in creating your look. If you have a room full of period details it will slightly dictate which way you go, as will a very contemporary room. So it might be best to use this as your scene setter and introduce touches of the other style to complete the look.
  7. Sometimes it might help if you create a successful combination of styles by sticking to the same colour palette, tones and finishes. So let's say you have a vintage deep midnight blue velvet sofa sitting on a pale wood parquet floor. You could introduce modern twists by bringing in some grey and teal coloured velvet cushions and a contemporary rug featuring some sort of pattern in the same colours. Then perhaps some wooden contemporary salvage style side tables or coffee table to compliment the wood tones...so you are mixing and matching the styles but keeping finishes and colours similar.
  8. The interior should flow from one style to the other in an aesthetically pleasing way, if it’s not working - it needs a rethink. Each item should stand in it’s own space and be good quality regardless of the style. Often using oversized products work really well, especially pendant lights - so whether it is a chandelier or a contemporary drum shade - always go for something impressive!
Remember that as a general rule with this look - less really is more. You want to create an impact with each product creating a vignette style area within the room. So whilst it needs to work really well as a whole - it is important that each area makes an attractive detail in it’s own right. If the room doesn’t flow harmoniously, try removing items from your ‘set’ and if you get a ‘stylist's block’ in one area then you need to work out if that is because something is too overpowering or not visually stimulating enough! Eventually you will get it flowing and the look will feel right - good luck!