Antonia's Notebook: Storage Solutions
PUBLISHED: 10:45 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:59 20 February 2013
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We are looking for some stylish storage solutions for a rather small bathroom. Whats on offer?
We consulted Alex Walmsley, Senior Designer at Ripples Brighton for advice on the latest trends:
Storage has become a must for modern bathrooms and manufactures are meeting the demand with functional and attractive products.
Bel from Burgbad (pictured below) is a stunning and versatile range which can be pieced together to create a specific look depending on your space and budget. Floating sideboards offer plenty of drawer space without making the room feel cluttered as the floor area is kept to a maximum.
Recessed storage gives a seamless look. The Integra illuminated mirror cabinet by Burgbad can be built into the wall to give a flush appearance.
Tall units should be used where there is minimal floor space. Mirrored cabinets can double up as a full length mirror. (Ripples, Brighton 01273 841228 and Chichester 01243 776661)
Creating an ambience
Were just settling into a new house which hasnt been aired in a while. Where can I find a room fragrance that will create a homely feel?
Carvills have a good range of scented candles, including lovely fragrances by Max Benjamin. These are made of 100 per cent wax and essential oils with a burning time of 40 hours. Look out for their Blue Velvet Elderberry, blended with oils of lily, rose and cyclamen. The berries grow in the moist forest habitats of North America and have a natural cleansing aroma (Carvills, Uckfield 01825 763456).
If you want a lasting aroma in the house, reed diffusers are decorative as well as functional, and theres no need to worry about flames and fire risks. The reeds gradually release the aroma and can last for about 4 months. For diffuser sets try The White Company (pictured below). Be sure to check out their new Wild Mint and Fresh Thyme fragrances, also available as a room spray or candle (The White Company, Brighton 01273 447061).
Ancient meets modern
Our house was built in the 1900s and has some lovely traditional features. Where can we find a modern kitchen that will blend in with this style of property?
Its worth taking a look at Charles Rennie Mackintosh kitchens. The celebrated Glasgow-born Mackintosh was a designer, architect and artist who earned worldwide acclaim as a visionary in furniture design, interior design and textiles at the turn of the 20th century.
His distinctive style has been adapted to create a series of stunning in-frame and contemporary kitchens, manufactured by Omega.
Three ranges are available including framed oak styles that have a fresh, country feel whilst retaining the unique Mackintosh style windows for the cabinets. Pictured is a kitchen from their linear range. It combines lacquered gloss ivory with veneered walnut and features curved peninsular units, available at HKS Heathfield 01435 865599, St Leonards 01424 443464, Eastbourne 01323 639446 Haywards Heath 01444 452222.