Designer Home: Funky yet Functional Homeware for an Affordably Stylish Home
Who says designer home items have to cost a fortune? ShinyShack's Anna Clare introduces some funky homeware and stylish household accessories to help you create an affordable designer home.
Designer homewares also make thoughtful gifts for all occasions, so here are a few of our favourite stylish home accessories that are just perfect for giving as gifts.
Turn your favourite book into a work of art by framing it with a PictureBook frame. The PictureBook frame is available in charcoal and ivory colours which will suit any room decor, and it can be hung on the wall or stand freely on a desk or sideboard.
The PictureBook will display books up to 2cm thick and from 11cm x 18cm to 12.2cm x 19cm, and the box includes screws and wall plugs for wall mounting – so it's a complete kit for preserving your favourite book as a picture.
Keypad Magnetic Key Holder
Why do keys never seem to stay where you left them? And why do they always seem to hide when you're in a hurry?
Missing keys need never be a problem again with the Keypad Magnetic Key Holder, which comes in a variety of colours and can be easily wall mounted using the self-adhesive pad which is supplied with the Keypad.
Keypad is made from durable silicone which conceals a super-strong magnet that attracts the steel in your keys, keeping them firmly fixed in a place where you will always be able to find them.
On average, we waste an entire year of our lives looking for things we've lost. That's a lot of time that could be spent doing something more productive – or something more fun!
With the Doorganiser you'll drastically reduce the amount of time you spend looking for things when you'd rather be doing something else. The Doorganiser is made from canvas and comprises a variety of handy pockets where you can store small items that you need to find in a hurry – like your mobile phone or keys – and the whole apparatus fixes magnetically to your fridge or filing cabinet, so you'll never lose your small but important items again.
Splash Coaster Bottle Opener
We love things that can be used for more than one purpose – so we're especially fond of the Splash Coaster Bottle Opener!
This durable, rubbery coaster is shaped like a splash of liquid, and ingeniously incorporates a handy little bottle opener – so once you've opened your bottle of beer, you can put it down neatly on the coaster and avoid leaving ring marks on the table.
Flux Lights provide soft, ambient lighting very similar to candlelight, but without the dangers of naked flames and hot wax.
These unusual lights consist of battery powered LED lamps encapsulated in wax, on an attractive natural oak base. Flux Lights are safe and easy to operate, and provide the perfect soothing light source to ease away your stress at the end of a busy day.
Chain Bottle Holder
If you're looking for a really unusual home accessory that will draw admiring glances from visitors, look no further than the Chain Bottle Holder.
The Chain Bottle Holder is a thick length of nickel plated iron chain, cunningly crafted into a shape that will stand freely on any flat surface and hold a bottle of wine horizontally, so that it looks as if the bottle is floating in mid-air. It looks – and sounds – impossible, but it really does work!
The Chain Bottle Holder is the perfect table centrepiece for a dinner party, and will create plenty of conversation while you’re fetching in the next course!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anna Clare is Website Manager at ShinyShack.com, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of cool gifts and designer home accessories.