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How to make reclaimed wood work in your home

Today marks International Day of Forests, a day used to enjoy everything that is green, lush and from the forest - and this includes the repurposing of wood.

International Day of Forests Reclaimed Wood Modish Living

Using reclaimed wood gives furniture a unique look – and we really mean that! There are stories etched into the surfaces of tables and other items. Notches, twists, dents and scratches all add to the beauty of the piece and that is why reclaimed wood furniture is our passion.

Take a look at these great ideas on how to use reclaimed wood furniture in the home – and no, it doesn’t mean a rustic-only style…

Dining at Its Best 

Dining tables are the places around which you will have many years of laughter and tears. If you don’t have acres of room in your dining space, this smaller reclaimed wood dining table is the perfect choice.

Oldman Industrial Reclaimed Wood Round Dining Table

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Frame the dining table with bright white walls, and a few well-placed glass accessories and candles and let the dining table be the star of the show.

And don’t forget, reclaimed furniture doesn’t have to stay inside. This trestle table would be just as good for al fresco dining on the patio.

But, possibly the easiest way to add reclaimed wood into your home is with these wonderful Stanford reclaimed wood dining chairs.

Standford Industrial Reclaimed Wood Upholstered Dining Chair pair

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Upholstered, they add warmth and character to the dining room without feeling or looking too chunky but not too lithe looking that they are too fragile for robust family meetings at meal times.

In the Bedroom

There is something incredibly romantic about the Lazy Days high headboard reclaimed wood bed. Again, for it to stand out frame it in white, with crisp white walls and high quality, white bed lined. If you want the reclaimed wood bed look but without the chunkiness, choose a slatted headboard and a bed with less of a frame.

LazyDays Reclaimed Wood High-Back Bed in Bedroom

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We love the use of mirrors in a space as well and the reclaimed wood mirror we think, compliments either of our beds.

English Beam Floor Standing Reclaimed Wood Mirror

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Accessorise to Your Hearts’ Content 

Whether you have a library worth of books, or a mixture of fine sculptures and plants, reclaimed wood shelving works well in any interior design style. Clearly fitting with a rustic look, this book case with cubed shelves and cupboard space is fantastic in the industrial design too.

Nilsson Rustica Reclaimed Wood Shelving Unit

Staying with the storage theme, we love the reclaimed wood box. Ideal in so many spaces, this is an investment in a box that will perform a myriad of uses over the years, from kids toys to woolly blankets.

Untreated reclaimed wood can be washed in white oil, to bring out a Scandinavian flavour. If ever there was a piece of furniture ripe for this, it is this useful and practical wooden box.

Bremnes Reclaimed Wooden Toy Box & Blanket Box

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Coffee Table with Character

In the lounge, welcome the Scandi-style into the space with a well-made, stylish reclaimed wood coffee table. Slightly white-washed, this finish works well in any room but for lazy evenings in the front of the fire, this coffee table is the perfect addition.

Whiteleaf Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

There is a romance to reclaimed wood. Why not take a look to see if you can fit it into your space?

How to style and organise your home office

With recently being ‘Organise Your Home Office Day’, it seems the right time to remind all the thousands of home workers that their office space is important. And yet, so few of us make the effort to create a space that is stylish, functional and welcoming. Styling your office doesn’t mean throwing practicalities out the window. You can have the home office you want, in the style that works for you and within budget.

The Desk

You need the right work platform that fits your space and offers you the space you need to work. To illustrate this, we’re launching a range of beautiful yet practical desks, which you can customise to perfectly fit your space. You’ll be able to choose from a range of sizes, and a range of coloured legs, bringing a stunning yet functional piece to style your office around.Oldman White Industrial Office Desk

The Lighting

To reduce eye strain, you need adequate lighting in your workspace. Adding a lamp – why stop at one?! – adds style and detailing too.

As you would expect, we have a fantastic range of desk and floor lamps that perfectly complete the work you do in your stylish home office.

Metal Arc Floor Lamp

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Office Furniture

No office can function without office furniture that offers the right amount of storage. When you store things, from papers to books, the items need to be accessible.

However, finding office furniture that compliments your desk can be tough and that’s why your office space can look and feel mismatched.

We have solutions, from bookcases made from reclaimed wood to industrial furniture and bookcases in a style to match your desk.

Hudson Living Oak and Concrete Bookcase

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Add Finishing Touches with a Dash of Detail

Detailing is important in any space. Accessories add warmth, depth and texture to a room, and your home office should be treated no differently.Large Rustic Metal and Gold Wall Clock 76cm

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The Power of Green – plants and flowers in any space but especially your home office are the perfect additions that not only look great, they add colour and scent too. But, there is also research to suggest that a plant in the office creates the right environment for more productivity.

Office Desk styling for home with flowers

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Keep an Eye on the Time – you know what they say: too much work is never a good thing. Make time to play by keeping an eye on the time with a stylish wall clock.

Dress the Walls – art inspires us and when you work long hours at a desk, it can be helpful to have another point of focus in the room, other than your computer screen. Wall art is a great way of adding detail to your room, providing inspiration without distracting you.

Dress the Floor – a rug adds texture, as well as warmth beneath your feet. Choose a colour and style of rug that matches your décor or use it to add a streak of colour and detail into the space. Check out this raspberry Louis de Poortere fading rug or the freshness of a Windsor Blue rug.

Louis De Poortere Fading World Rug - Raspberry Cream

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Louis De Poortere Fading World Rug - Windsor Blue

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At Modish Living, we love to make even the most functional office beautiful – so why not try a new look in yours?

5 new creative ways to use a sideboard in your home

Sideboards are a wonderful addition to almost any room in your home. Traditionally, sideboards are seen in dining rooms but there are so many different ways you can incorporate a sideboard into your home decor. 

In the Kitchen 

A reclaimed wood sideboard offers understated and classic style at its best. Perfect for almost any interior scheme, a reclaimed wood sideboard will provide a practical storage solution and give a charming finish to any room with the natural markings. If you are looking for something a little more creative, a white reclaimed wood sideboard such as our Large Dorset Reclaimed Wood Sideboard could be used as a kitchen island to bring the rustic vibe with a contemporary twist this spring. 

Large Dorset Rustic White Reclaimed Wood Sideboard for KitchenIn the Home Office

A sideboard with drawers can be very practical in the office area, as it can help declutter your working space. This creates a better space to think and motivates productivity. An industrial style sideboard such as the Zinc Top Architect's Cabinet is fantastic for an office space for creating a stylish, streamlined finish. The addition of three double drawers is fantastic for providing plenty of extra storage for stationary, folders and filing away paperwork. 

Zinc Top Architect's Cabinet with 3 Double Drawers for Home Office


In the Dining Room

If you are looking to use your sideboard in a dining room, we suggest choosing a style with a wine rack which can store your favourite drinks close to the dining table. This also cuts out storage space needed for wine bottles in your kitchen and creates a cleaner finish. The Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Wine Rack Sideboard is fantastic with its cupboard storage paired with space for 28 bottles of wine. The sideboard is crafted using 100% FSC recycled wood for a charismatic, rustic look.

Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Wine Rack Sideboard for Dining Room


Alternatively, if you need less space for wine bottles, the Riya Reclaimed Wood Sideboard Cabinet and Wine Rack is a great option - and provides lots of extra storage too!

Riya Reclaimed Wood Sideboard Cabinet and Wine Rack for Dining Room

In the Living Room

In your living room, a sideboard is a great place for proudly displaying your collections or trinkets. But they can also provide a storage space for family games, films, or even special glassware you don't want to keep in your kitchen cupboards. The clean lines of the Hudson Living Chilson Oak Sideboard and the concrete resin top adds a warm industrial finish to any room and will be adored for its stylish, contemporary look.

Hudson Living Chilson Oak Sideboard for Living Room

In the Kids Bedroom

Finally, a sideboard can even be a fantastic addition as kids bedroom storage. They are often a more compact solution than a chest of drawers and provide space for storing toys, books and games. The Riya Medium Reclaimed Wood Sideboard is a wonderful option with its mixture of cupboard and drawer storage and the colours running though the wood adds a fun and quirky finish, perfect for your little ones bedroom.  

Riya Medium Reclaimed Wood Sideboard for Living Room

To find the perfect one for your home, take a look at our collection of sideboards, or get in touch with one of our team members for any enquiries.