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6 ways to style your rental and achieve the Pinterest home of your dreams

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6 ways to style your rental and achieve the Pinterest home of your dreams

These 6 ways to style your rental will help you to transform a standard apartment or house into the Pinterest home of your dreams. Though we envy those with a fresh new project and endless rolls of cash, the reality is that some of us are just looking for simple tricks to give your space a refresh. Fortunately, it’s easier than it sounds. We’re here to disclose the tricks of the trade, demonstrating that your aspirational home needn’t wait. #InteriorGoals are just around the corner. 1. Indoor plants Indoor plants are the interior designer’s weapon when it comes to manufacturing...

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Raft's 2020 January sale is now on

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Raft's 2020 January sale is now on

This January discounts are available right across our range, both in store and online... Yes, it's that time of year again - and as ever, Raft are doing the January sale properly. Our January sale will run from the 1st - 31st of January 2020 with discounts across most lines including leather and fabric sofas, teak and upholstered beds and home accessories. So if there’s something you’ve had your eye on for a while, now’s probably the time to hop in and nab it while stocks last. Pictured above: Lincoln four-seater sofa - was £2,044, now £1,941 Teak root coffee...

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The sling chair: a simple design with a surprisingly long history 

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The sling chair: a simple design with a surprisingly long history 

With its elegant, streamlined design, the sling chair may look simple and unassuming, but it has a history which dates back around 1,000 years. Here's everything you need to know about this unique and stylish chair... One of the most striking items of 20th century furniture must surely be the LC1 leather sling chair, designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. Unveiled to the public in 1928, its simple and streamlined shape and structure, which featured thick leather attached to a metal frame, created design waves that are still in motion. The LC1 chair – and subsequent variations...

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Simple choices: the story of minimalist furniture

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Simple choices: the story of minimalist furniture

We take a look at the history of minimalist furniture design, and how the concepts still apply today... Ronald Knul, one of the Netherlands’ leading designers has described minimalist furniture – in a suitably pared down definition – as ‘form and function in harmony’. There are lengthier definitions but, essentially, they all tell the same triangular story. We’ve been embracing minimalist furniture since the 1960s, when more streamlined, simpler styles with a distinctly futuristic look – the furniture equivalent of the white heat of technology – started to become popular in the USA. The minimalist approach flew across the Atlantic...

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Mirrors - the secret interior design weapon

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Mirrors - the secret interior design weapon

From amplifying the light and space in a room to adding depth and drama, here’s why mirrors are a key weapon in your interior design armoury - plus tips for choosing the right one... Mirrors are so much more than just practical objects for checking your reflection. They can be used to create a sense of space and airiness, open up narrow hallways, frame a great view, or highlight a favourite statement piece - and they can be a beautiful focal point in themselves. With the clever use of mirrors, you can really add extra ambience to your interiors. Increasing...

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