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.

Special Offers
Danetti July Giveaway- Celebrating Our New Product Launch!
July 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm 0
Occasional Chairs Competition Facebook ImageWe are so excited here at Danetti. Not only are we really pleased to announce the launch of our brand new range of stylish (and super comfy) faux leather occasional chairs, but we have also just launched our new collection of luxurious velvet cushions, which we really think add that homely finishing touch to any seating arrangement. So, we thought what better way to celebrate the launch of our new product ranges than with a giveaway competition! Just tell us which of our chair and cushion combinations you like best for a chance to win your selected pairing worth up to £528. This can be done by commenting on Facebook, or ping us an e-mail and sign up to the newsletter. We love hearing what colour combinations you think look best and as you’ll see, we have plenty of pieces to choose from. To get you started, we asked our stylist Jess to give a few tips on the best ways to style an occasional chair... Room Build Gif   Jess’ top 9  tips for styling with occasional chairs:
  1. Create a real presence by using symmetry in your room - two statement chairs side by side or either side of an occasional table will look stunning.Depending on your personal style you might like to ‘dress’ your lounge chair with a scatter cushion or two! I always try a scatter cushion on chairs and sofas as it will often make a chair look much more inviting.Light-Grey-and-Black
  2. A swivel occasional chair like our neat compact Mono chair is ideal in a bedroom, perfect for quick perching to take off or put on shoes, or just somewhere to relax. With it’s self correcting pedestal base (it always goes back to its original position) the rotating chair always looks tidy.
  3. An occasional chair is the perfect solution for introducing a statement piece in your room, something like our Canio or Wing Back leather chairs will blend with the existing scheme but add character and style.
  4. If your occasional chair is big enough, try styling it with two cushions in different sizes. So, try something like the 58 x 58 Tropical Velvet cushion with a 45 x 45 Plush Velvet cushion. This layered effect with added accents of colour will give you room a designer feel. If it’s not big enough then using the same cushions can be a good way to tie our occasional chair in with your sofa.
  5. Think about the colour and style of your room when choosing a new occasional chair. It might just be a simple choice of black or white, but if your scheme is on the cool side of the colour wheel, opt for a cool grey or if it is a warmer palette then clay grey is ideal for these tones, our Tivani armchair is a great choice as it will go with almost any existing scheme._MG_4755--Black
  6. Scatter cushions will unite any scheme and introduce accent colours into your home, so do remember to get cushions for your sofa too when styling your modern occasional chair and mix and match colours and patterns that blend well together.Cushion Grid
  7. Don’t worry if you already have a fabric sofa, faux leather and real leather chairs are the ideal choice for creating a sense of style and juxtaposition so typical of the styling you get from top interior designers - so be brave with your choices!_MG_4759-clay-grey
  8. If you are just looking to fill a space with something that looks stylish perhaps for a small nook, or maybe in a hallway, landing or study then definitely consider using one of our small occasional chairs, like the Mono chair.
  Have a great weekend. We look forward to hearing what combos you like best! The Danetti Team. Terms and Conditions Win one of our occasional chairs and cushions
  • Tell us either on Facebook, or via e-mail to enter.
  • Prize includes one occasional chair & one 45 x 45cm cushion.
  • Competition runs from the 14th July 2015 to 4th August 2015.
  • Competition prize cannot not be exchanged for money, store credit or any other product or service.
  • Delivery charge is included in the competition prize.
  • Installation not included.
  • Winner will be notified via email by the 7th of August 2015.
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Ideas and Inspiration, Styling Tips
Top Stylist’s Insider Secret – The Power of 3
May 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm 0
Assi White Gloss and Walnut Sideboard   Have you ever wondered whether there is some magical chemistry at work when you look around you? How come you have naturally chosen candlesticks either side of a centrepiece on your dining table? Did you mean to have two sconces either side of your decorative mirror? What made you go for three hanging pendants over your breakfast bar? Why not two or four? Well! Pssst! I will let you into a little secret, for some reason, we all veer towards the harmonious symmetry of three in our lives….it comforts us, but above all it pleases us both mentally and visually. Next time you are pouring over the pages of Elle Deco, Living Etc or Ideal Home or any of your other favourite interiors magazines – check out the decorating pages – open your eyes and you will see the Power of Three trick being used to great effect throughout!  
Three pendant lights create harmony

Three pendant lights create harmony. Image Credit: Harvey Jones Kitchens

When I first started styling, the first and most important lesson I was taught was the importance of the power of three. So, if you are styling a coffee table, let’s say, or a dressing table, you would group together three items.
powerful 3 make a statement

These 3 striking mirrors make a powerful statement. Image Source: From Houzz.co.uk

So, for a coffee table it might be a vase, a scented candle and a stack of books and on a dressing table possibly a lamp, a picture frame and a trinket box…the trick works in multiples, so you may use a couple of groupings of three across a wide surface. Having given this some thought, I asked my good friend Sarita Sharma what she thought about this number chemistry and we both agreed it's almost an unwritten rule! "I am always drawn towards this simple, numbers chemistry - In the styling world, symmetry is a natural, fool proof way to create a great look and using 3 seems to always work". -Sarita Sharma, Stylist, Ideal Home Magazine. The number three has been making waves since the very early days, in every aspect of the world’s culture, from religion (don’t forget the Holy Trinity) to design itself. It’s no accident that florists always choose three blooms in an arrangement rather than two or four, in kitchens around the world you will find proof of the power or three throughout recipes....it’s called a ‘tricolore salad’ for a reason! So when you come to organise, makeover or simply restyle your home – give the power of 3 a thought. Let’s start in your bedroom: it could be that you need a focal point to create some symmetry and drama - think about putting up three lovely canvases above the bed. If your sitting room is looking disjointed, why not strip out some of the occasional furniture and stick to three main pieces, maybe it's your sofa, with a coffee table and a lounge chair to give your room a clean grouping of three? Moving into your dining room, perhaps move away from convention and see if your chairs look better with three chairs either side of the table rather than having two chairs stuck on each end:
3 chairs either side, 3 colours - the chemistry works

3 chairs either side, 3 colours - the chemistry really works with our Fern Grey Gloss Dining Table and Eames Style Chairs.

Follow the rule and give your home a sprinkling of the powerful three! You will be fascinated how your groupings will start to work wonders with your interior decor, by creating harmony and well being.
The magic is working in abundance in this room.

The magic of 3 is working in abundance in this room. Image Credit: Toronto Interior Design Group

So, why does this number work so well? It is proven that information and objects that appear in threes are more appealing, effective and memorable than other numbers of objects. Here are some examples, religious triptychs, three act plays, the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, (we three Kings!), Beginning, Middle and End, Trilogy, Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite – and so on. The number three just works! Using three in a room can totally change the dynamic and aesthetic appeal, determining the focal point and balancing it beautifully. Follow my five top tips to help you on your way and make it work at home. 1. To build up confidence, start with grouping your picture frames… groups of three can either be all the same size or use a collage effect with three different sized frames placed artistically together.
Picture grouping works well in 3's

Picture grouping works well in 3's

2. Look around at your surfaces, start with your dressing table, coffee table or your sideboard. Group a table lamp with a vase and maybe a scented candle…vary the sizes so the combination is pleasing size and height wise.
Image Credit: Kimberlee's Sweet Petite in Adelaide 'House Tour' on Apartment Therapy.

Image Credit: Kimberlee's Sweet Petite in Adelaide 'House Tour' on Apartment Therapy.

3. Depending on how you are using the symmetry, it’s good to think carefully first. I usually recommend using a larger object in the middle of two smaller objects (two candlesticks either side of a larger centrepiece for example) if you are looking at dressing your walls or table top but in some situations two larger items either side will work well (for example the cushions on your bed) this is usually due to being able to layer the cushions.
A harmonious grouping

A harmonious grouping on top of our Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard

4. Creating a designer look is all about style and impact. If you are thinking of dressing your bed with scatter cushions, make a bold statement with two large matching cushions with one smaller one in the middle - you can try this on your sofa as well!
Cushions are a great way of using 'The Power of Three' styling technique.

Cushions are a great way of using 'The Power of Three' styling technique.

  5. Be careful when you are grouping three different objects - you must always consider the dimensions so that they sit harmoniously together.  
emilia white oak sideboard

It's possible to style different items and still create a harmonious effect, like on our Emilia White Oak Sideboard.

  So there you have it, all you could ever need to know about using 'The Power of Three'. Have we inspired you to try this look yourself? Let us know in the comments! :) 
Dining Chairs, Materials
Take a Look at our New Range of Stylish, Contemporary Real Leather Dining Chairs
December 10, 2013 at 11:40 am 0

A set of new, modern leather dining chairs is a great way to breathe new life into your dining room or kitchen diner.  Leather dining chairs are incredibly versatile, beautiful to look at and comfortable to sit upon, as well as being really hard-wearing.  We have a new range of beautiful soft real leather dining chairs with brushed metal legs, as well as the Carlo Premium Full Leather Dining Chair which has stylish Black Wenge wooden legs.  Our new range of real leather dining chairs offers excellent value for money and fabulous quality combined with style!

Carlo Premium Full Leather Dining Chair
Carlo Premium Leather Dining Chair £119.00

Carlo Premium Leather Dining Chair £119.00

The genuine leather Carlo Dining Chair is a modern classic leather dining chair suitable for a contemporary dining room or kitchen diner. The seat and back are upholstered in high quality, comfortable foam which is then covered in soft, real leather to make it extremely tactile and a pleasure to both sit upon and look at!  The genuine leather seat is available in modern Charcoal Grey, high fashion Pure White and stylish Black.

The Carlo's wooden legs and frame are fashionably angled and finished in Wenge Black, elegantly tapering and with the rear legs slanting at the back.

Iva Real Leather Dining Chair
Iva Real Leather Dining Chair £129.00

Iva Real Leather Dining Chair £129.00

The Iva Real Leather Dining Chairs are so elegant with their slender, shapely backs and well padded comfortable seats. The V shaped stitching on the reverse is really sophisticated and eye-catching. These modern, designer genuine leather dining chairs look fabulous in a contemporary dining room and are available in 4 modern colours. Choose from Chocolate Brown, classic Black, Pure White or Charcoal Grey in lovely supple, soft leather which not only looks and feels amazing, it is also incredibly hardwearing too.

The squared, brushed metal legs enhance the modern style of the Iva Real Leather Dining Chairs to give you a dining chair which not only looks beautiful but is comfortable too!

Danni Real Leather Dining Chair
Danni Real Leather Dining Chair £149.00

Danni Real Leather Dining Chair £149.00

If you are looking for high quality, modern, soft leather designer cantilever dining chairs then look no further than the Danni Real Leather Dining Chairs. They are stunning, quilted dining chairs upholstered with comfortable foam and covered with high quality, soft, real leather hide. Available in modern Charcoal Grey or high fashion White leather, the backrest and seat are both quilted to create a design feature and extra comfort. The genuine soft leather hide looks beautiful and feels wonderfully soft as well as being very hard-wearing.

The stylish seat is set upon brushed metal cantilever legs creating a real wow factor with many of our contemporary dining tables.

Tod Real Leather Dining Chair
Tod Real Leather Dining Chair £129.00

Tod Real Leather Dining Chair £129.00

The Tod Real Leather Dining Chairs will make a beautiful addition to any contemporary dining room. These classic designer dining chairs are upholstered in comfortable, dense foam and covered in soft yet durable genuine leather. The backrest has a modern roll back which is stylish and eye-catching.

The brushed metal legs are rounded, slim and tapered to make the Tod Real Leather Dining Chair extremely elegant and sophisticated. These modern dining chairs are available in four shades: classic Black, rich Dark Brown, Pure White and creamy Ivory. They look fabulous with many types of dining table but especially those with brushed metal legs or pedestals to match.

Dining, Living
The Retro Assi Furniture Collection
October 7, 2013 at 9:42 am 0
The retro Assi Collection is bang on trend! With a selection of White High Gloss Furniture, Walnut or Wenge Dark Wood, it suits everyone's tastes! Assi White Gloss Sideboard
Assi White Gloss Sideboard

Assi White Gloss Sideboard £396.00

The Assi White Gloss Sideboard is a stylish and trendy storage solution for your home. The White High Gloss finish is bright and light, which brightens up your Living space. There are two cupboards and three drawers to suit all your storage needs. The drawers and cupboards have 'soft' close doors. The modern legs of the Assi White Gloss Sideboard are slightly slanted and finished in sleek brushed metal. Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard
Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard

Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard £396.00

The Assi White and Grey Gloss Sideboard gives the room a burst of colour with the bright White Gloss and the contrasting Grey Gloss creates extra interest. The Grey Gloss cupboards and drawers provide plenty of storage and the stylish soft close doors mean that no handles are needed. The small Brushed metal legs are designer retro and slightly slanted. Assi Walnut Sideboard
Assi Walnut Sideboard

Assi Walnut Sideboard £439.00

The Assi Walnut Sideboard is the ideal storage solution for contemporary homes. Two spacious cupboards and three handy drawers provide space to hold dinner services and glasses. The modern Sideboard has useful soft close doors which means there are no handles. The Walnut Sideboard is supported by rectangular, slanted brushed metal legs which contrast the Walnut perfectly. Assi Wenge Dark Wood Sideboard
Assi Wenge Dark Wood Sideboard

Assi Wenge Dark Wood Sideboard £439.00

If you are looking for a Dark Wood, well finished and high quality Sideboard this is the solution. The Assi Wenge Dark Wood Sideboard has two practical and spacious cupboards and three handy drawers with soft closing doors. The stylish sideboard has slanted, rectangular brushed metal legs which complements the Wenge Dark Wood perfectly.   Assi White Gloss Extending Dining Table
Assi White Gloss Extending Table

Assi White Gloss Extending Table £399.00

The Assi White Gloss Extending Dining Table has a retro, designer look that stands out from the crowd. The pure White High Gloss Table Top is slightly curved at either end, with chamfered edges. The Dining Table extends from 1600mm to 2100mm which comfortably seats 8 guests. The legs are finished in brushed metal and slanted to create a retro look. The White High Gloss extension leaf is stored discreetly underneath the table top. Assi White and Grey Gloss Extending Dining Table
Assi White and Grey Gloss Extending Dining Table

Assi White and Grey Gloss Extending Dining Table £399.00

The Assi White and Grey Gloss Extending Dining Table is eye catching and unique. When this stylish dining table is unextended, the table top is made up of two sleek White High Gloss panels with come apart when you extend the table to reveal a contrasting Grey High Gloss extension leaf. It extends from 1600mm to 2100mm which seats up to 8 people. Brushed Metal, rectangular legs support the trendy curved table top. Assi Walnut Extending Dining Table
Assi Walnut Extending Dining Table

Assi Walnut Extending Dining Table £419.00

The Assi Walnut Extending Dining Table has a beautiful Walnut Veneer Table top that is supported by slanted, brushed metal legs creating a retro look. It extends from 1600mm to 2130mm which seats up to 8 people. When it is extended, the grain of the extra leaf runs in the opposite direction to the table top grain, crating extra interest and a funky feature. When the extension leaf is not in use, it can be stored under the table top. Assi Wenge Dark Wood Extending Dining Table
Assi Wenge Dark Wood Extending Dining Table

Assi Wenge Dark Wood Extending Dining Table £419.00

The classic Assi Wenge Dark Wood Extending Dining Table has a curved table top with chamfered edges and a slim profile. This fantastic Dining Table extends from 1600mm to 2130mm, seating up to 8 people. When the extension leaf is not in use, it can be easily stored underneath the table top. The Wenge Dark Wood Veneer Table top is mounted upon four chunky Brushed Metal Legs which are rectangular and slightly slanted. Assi White High Gloss Coffee Table
Assi White Gloss Coffee Table

Assi White Gloss Coffee Table £89.00

The funky Assi White High Gloss Coffee Table has trendy, slender Brushed Metal legs that are angled to create a retro look. The sleek Coffee Table is finished in White High Gloss and a curved triangular shape with chamfered edges. It would look perfect in a modern, cool Living Room.       Assi Walnut Coffee Table
Assi Walnut Coffee Table

Assi Walnut Coffee Table £89.00

The Assi Walnut Coffee Table has a rich Walnut veneered table top that has a warm and tactile feel. The Walnut is complemented by the modern brushed metal legs, which are slightly angled and retro looking. The slim Walnut Table Top has a curved pebble shape, with chamfered edges. This Coffee Table is high quality with a stylish finish. Assi Matt Black Coffee Table
Assi Matt Black Coffee Table

Assi Matt Black Coffee Table £89.00

The unique Assi Matt Black Coffee Table has a modern design as the Matt Black Veneer Table Top has a shapely triangular shape with chamfered edges. Supporting the funky Table Top, is sleek, slanted Brushed Metal legs that overall creates a fantastic center piece for any Living Room.