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Our latest obsession: the best storage solution

We’ve all been there – scrambling around to hide clutter and detritus when unexpected visitors call. We’ve also been frustrated more times than we can count as we seem to have nowhere to put things. And this is why the best storage solutions are our latest obsession - because the right containers, offering the right solutions in the best style for the space are essential.

Aimee Reclaimed Wood Trunk Coffee Table and Storage

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We find the best way of getting the right solutions lay in matching the storage to the items that need to be kept – and that means taking a room by room approach. But as you would expect, we believe that no matter what storage option suits you best, it should be stylish as well as practical.

The Hallway

Shoes, boots, wellington boots, coats, hats, scarves, umbrellas… there are so many things that need to be safely stored away to minimise clutter that it is hard to know which storage option to plump for.

Rattan May Reclaimed Wood 4 Drawer Storage Unit for hallway

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We have many fantastic solutions in the shape of quality rattan furniture such as drawer units – handy for separating family things to aid with the school and work run in a morning – as well as a fantastic rustic style Winchester wooden trunk, perfect for throwing in shoes and bags to keep the hallway clutter-free.

The Bedroom

Again, there are several things that need storing in the bedroom that you will need quick access to from time to time.

Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Blanket Box for bedroom or hallway

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Anything from blankets to bed linen and towels can be stored in this stylish reclaimed wood blanket box. Chunky in style and appearance, there is a satisfying quality to anything made from reclaimed wood. With wooden bedroom furniture that provides spacious storage at an affordable price without compromising on quality, you can truly have it all.

The Living Room

The lounge is the place where you show visitors and guests when they arrive and so storage solutions in here really do need to be both practical and stylish. If you love the rawness of the rustic style – plenty of wood and exposed brickwork, beams etc. – then rustic, yet contemporary coffee tables will fit into your design scheme perfectly.

Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table for living room

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The Cotswold range of wooden furniture also offer storage perfection. The reclaimed wood coffee table is the perfect platform for drinks and nibbles, whilst having spacious drawers for throwing all kinds of clutter to be thrown in and hidden – it’s great for storing the remote controls too.

The Garden

The outdoor space at your home also has many things that need to kept tidily away after a day in the sun, whether you’ve been lounging on your rattan chairs with cushions or busying yourself with the bedding plants.

Weather can damage the highest quality rattan furniture and other items made from the hardiest of plastic, metals and wood. There is also the frustration of never being able to find matching gardening gloves or smaller gardening implements like a hand trowel.

Zinc Top Aldsworth Outdoor Storage Box

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Outdoor storage is not always stylish. Gaudy coloured, flimsy plastic chests are not the only solution. Our outdoor storage options come with zinc topped lids for extra weather proofing and hardy wood to keep everything free from rain, damp or the sun – and can keep it a spider-free space too.

Storage doesn’t have to be boring – take a look at the different stylish options available and have your home clutter free and stylish in no time!

Add a Stunning Woven Texture in Your Home

For anyone keen on styling their home, an understanding of the seven principles of interior design is essential. Space, line, form, light, colour, pattern and texture emphasise the focal point in a space. That means adding a key element that draws attention to itself.

Chilgrove PE Rattan Garden Sofa for outdoors

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Texture is an easy way of adding emphasis to a room or space, both in the home and in outside areas too.

The Texture of Rattan

Rattan is a fast-growing plant that is sustainable and once dried and woven, produces furniture and other items that is not only of exceptional quality but superior strength too. It can have a smaller, more delicate weave or pattern or, as in some cases we illustrate below, it can be larger, chunkier and more robust in its finish.

Rattan Furniture for the Outdoors

Because of its strength and ability to withstand all kinds of weather, rattan garden furniture is an increasingly popular choice in garden across the country.

Trends for the outdoor space for the coming summer season is for a laid-back approach to rattan garden furniture – opt for loungers or hammocks, bringing a relaxed approached to seating in the garden.

Marden PE Rattan Garden Corner Sofa Set

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The rattan sofa, both stylish yet neutral, will work well on the patio or in the conservatory, with the weave of the rattan inviting people to take a seat and relax a while too.

For a higher chair that is both relaxed seating and perfect as an al fresco dining chair, there are a range of rattan garden chairs that fit the bill. As well as texture, rattan pieces tend to bring earthy yet neutral tones to a space, perfect for any garden space. We like to think of rattan furniture as deceptively simple.

Chilgrove PE Rattan Garden Chair with Cushion for Outdoors

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Perfect for the Conservatory

Rattan is a material commonly associated with the conservatory. Deceptively lightweight but brilliantly robust, rattan doesn’t warp or weaken with heat hence, a firm favourite for the conservatory or the orangery.

A pair of Grey Wash Rattan Armchairs with Cream Cushion in conservatory room

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Whitewash rattan conservatory furniture adds style and neutral colour to a space, whereas the pair of grey wash rattan chair with cream cushions adds texture and colour without being distracting.

Dining in Style and With Style

Rattan is to just for the patio or the conservatory. As a material, it is a stunning addition round the dining table.

Savannah Reclaimed Wood Extending Dining Table and Rattan ChairsShop Savannah Reclaimed Wood Extending Dining Table and Rattan Chairs

No matter what your style – contemporary, rustic industrial or farmhouse country chic – the wood dining table, complete with large weave rattan high-backed dining chairs and soft, cream coloured cushions is simply perfection. Where else will you find a dining table with such character?

Rattan in the Bedroom

Want something different but still within budget? Want a bed frame that makes a statement, packs a punch but without being overly quirky or so eclectic that it is a bespoke piece that is too individual to be part of any design scheme other than its own?

Country Maya Rattan Sleigh Bed

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The rattan bed frame is the ideal solution – different without being ‘odd’, it has a warmth to its appearance, as well as being stylish and the centre of attention.

In our minds, there is no doubt that rattan is one of the best materials for use in and outside of the home, offering an elegance, stylish texture that is perfect, no matter the design or trend.

How to choose the perfect rug for a room

The main purpose of modern rugs is to define a space, and that means choosing the right size, colour and shape. It is, however something people often struggle with, and here at Modish we want to make buying our rugs more of a pleasure and less of a pain.

Here, we provide some advice for those looking to purchase a rug for every room in the house, whether to complement industrial office furniture or as the perfect addition to the bedroom.

Our top tip for getting the right size rug is to create an ‘ideal size’ out of newspaper or marking out the rug edges with masking tape. When in doubt, opt for a rug that is slightly bigger rather than smaller – but there are several tips that work specifically depending on what room you’re looking to style with a rug. Read on to find out what they are…

How to use a rug in… The Living Room

Rugs look fantastic next to wooden living room furniture, but a great tip for small to medium sized living rooms would be to opt for a rug that fits all of your modern living room furniture on it. This helps to define the size of the room, giving it an ‘ordered’ appearance. Choose colours that complement your colour scheme or use contemporary rugs to introduce an accent colour into a space.

Louis De Poortere Vintage Patchwork Yellow Rug in Living Room

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In larger areas, choose a rug that is large enough to fit well in the room and with the ‘front’ legs of furniture resting on it. This stops you breaking your budget with a very large or custom-sized rug.

If you have a large sofa, the trick is to choose a rug that is longer than the sofa. If you don’t want a too-ordered look, pull the sofa off-centre and have one end of it not sitting on the rug to create an abstract feel to the space.

The rug for The Dining Room

In an open plan dining room and kitchen, a rug is a great tool for separating the dining space. Opt for a rug that your contemporary dining room furniture fits on, making sure you have enough of a ‘border’ on the rug for chairs to fit, so that diners are not balancing their chair (two legs on the rug, two legs off) when eating.

And yes, for round dining tables, choose a round rug.

Louis De Poortere Fading World Rug - Atlantic Deep in dining room with dining chairs and table

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MEASURING TIP: place the dining chairs under the table and measure 50cm from the back legs. Add this to the measurement of the table and this gives you the minimum sized rug you will need.

The Bedrooms

In the master bedroom, rugs are a great alternative to carpet and they also complement wooden bedroom furniture perfectly. Like the dining table, you need a border of 50cm on a rug that you are fitting under the bed and any bed side tables you have. In the kids’ bedrooms or guest rooms, you can use rugs in various ways, including being a pleasant focal point that welcome people into the space by creating a path.

Think safety too - making sure that rugs do not ‘travel’ when walked on.

The Hallway

A long, runner rug works well in a hallway but if you have a large entrance space you may like the idea of placing a larger rug to define this area too. Choose complimentary colours and don’t forget that darker colours absorb light so think lighter shades or patterned rugs for maximum effect.

Your Home Study

With more and more of us working from home, the home study or office is increasingly common. In this space, you can be bold with your rug choice but again, ensure that it fits under your desk and office chair, leaving plenty of border so you don’t have the irritation of ‘falling off’ the rug with every movement.

Louis De Poortere Spring Leaves Green Rug

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A rug in the right place, in the right size and proportion lends texture, depth and interest to a space, as well as providing a definition and a boundary. Which rug will you choose?

Now that you found out how to choose the perfect rug and know how to measure your space get shopping! Browse the luxurious Louis de Poortere collection or make your feet comfortable on a sheepskin rug and get cozy on a reindeer rug.