■ 2lg Studio, AKA Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe, diagnose your design dilemmas
IN a world of mass produced, it’s time we seek out the handmade. Conscious purchases needn’t cost the earth. They make our homes more personal and bring craftsmanship back to the fore. It has never been more important to source and support small businesses, local carpenters, ceramicists, artists and young designers. Buy less and buy smart is our motto: more long-term loves and less being lured in by the next big trend. When you discover something unique, you create your own stories you will love forever.
Our ceilings are more than three metres-high — how can we create a library look? Simeon and Jess
There are so many images of gorgeous library walls on Instagram and Pinterest but they can be tricky and time-consuming to achieve. We found this arrangement [pictured left, below] from neptune.com and it could be perfect for you. Totally bespoke to fit your space, you can incorporate whatever you like — and add to it as you need. You don’t have to shell out all in one go. There are shelves for books with storage underneath — and the best part is the sliding ladder. It’s freestanding so you can take it with you if you move, and it can be painted a myriad of colours. Stunning.
My children have left home and I want to treat myself — could you suggest to a grown-up dinner service? Rebecca
There is nothing more satisfying at a dinner party than when your guests eagerly turn over your plates to discover where you found them. We have a gorgeous collection of pink plates from ISTLondon.com (also from heals.com and WAgreen.co.uk). Unique and beautiful, it comes in a range of hues and you can add to it over time. We would also highly recommend MUD Australia. They have a huge range of shapes and sizes and a rainbow of colours to choose from!
I fancy two matching pieces of furniture in my living room, one for the TV and one for shelves. What would you recommend? Idris
Look locally for a carpenter you can work with to design and build them. They’re perfect for hiding the Sky box and ugly plug sockets. It’s not as expensive as you might think as simple MDF carcasses are all you need to fill the space. Go high with cupboards below and shelves above. Think about LED lighting and paint it to match the walls so the items you display become the stars.
We’ve got a real taste…
Richard Brendon’s dip ceramics in cobalt blue and cream are all hand-dipped so no two are the same. From £19, conranshop.co.uk
Hold a candle
These marble flambeau candle holders are hand-carved in shapes taken from ancient Egyptian urns. Large Candle Holder, £245 timothyoulton.com
Neptune Chawton Bespoke: base cabinet drawers £1,425, triple-height cabinet open £800, single-height cabinet open £380, ladder £485
Dinner on us
Olivia Rubin x Etsy collaborates with Febbie Day Ceramics with this stunning four piece gold rimmed pastel rainbow dinner set. £147, etsy.com
Designed to look like a doorway in Paris, this stunning ridge vase was created by Studio Kaksikko for Muuto. Small £75, large, £125, nest.co.uk
Time for tea
Using age-old techniques of tracing paper laid over porcelain, each piece is totally individual. Blue Calico Teapot, £59, burleigh.co.uk