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Round up of cool and cheap Magazine racks

Hey lovelies,

After researching magazine racks for a client of mine I realised there is seriously slim pickings out there. Who would have thought that it would be so hard to find attractive magazine holders?

So hopefully the collection below benefits you too!

For this round up I was looking for ones that would suit a modern/Scandinavian home. And we didn’t need it to have a table surface as we already had nest tables in this space.

I also didn’t want anything wall mounted as we didn’t have a lot of wall space. But that being said I will probably do a round up of these another time, as there are heaps out there.

Block magazine rack

By: The bower birds nest

Colour: Black or Blue

Price: $59

                                                                The bower birds Nest

                                                               The bower birds Nest

Ditto magazine holde

By: Bo Concept

Colour: Willow wood veneer

Price: $139

                                                                         Bo Concept

                                                                        Bo Concept

Replica Giotto Stoppino Magazine Rack

By: Replica Furniture

Colour: Black, White, Red or Yellow

Price: $59

                                                                     Replica Furniture

                                                                    Replica Furniture

Ella vintage magazine holder

By: Retro Jan

Colour: White

Price: $69

                                                                          Retro Jan

                                                                         Retro Jan

Companion side table / magazine rack / black

By: The Minimalist

Colour: Black with timber

Price $269

                                                                      The Minimalist

                                                                     The Minimalist

Eric Pfieffer for Offi Magazine stand Birch

By: Top 3 Design

Colour: Birch

Price: $199

                                                                        Top 3 Design

                                                                       Top 3 Design

Alfred Magazine Rack

By: DesignByThem

Colour: Black, White, Yellow, Blue

Price: $175

                                                                       DesignByThem

                                                                      DesignByThem

And I’m going to finish with one that doesn’t seem to be available in Australia yet, but is just gorgeous!!

So fingers crossed it gets over here soon! I am sure it’s going to go viral.

It's multifunctional, it's compact, it's comfortable and it's beautiful!

Woodieful chair

By: Klavdija Jarac

Colour: Beech

Price: Unknown

                                                                       Klavdija Jarac

                                                                      Klavdija Jarac

Sally xx

What's your favourite? Or have you seen any other cool and cheap magazine racks? 

If you have spotted a funky magazine rack in your travels then please comment and share with us all.

                 

10 Tips for choosing furniture

Ok my lovelies, i'm making things super easy for you today. Here are my 10 top tips for choosing furniture. These are great general tips that you can keep in the back of your mind while out sourcing furniture. 

1. DON’T CHEAP OUT

When it comes to the big items – bookcases, chests, sideboards, wardrobes, tall boys and consoles shop for quality not price. Ideally these are items you will buy once, so it’s worth the investment. This doesn’t mean that you can’t look for a bargain!

2. MIX N MATCH

Don’t fall for buying a set, in the bedroom or the living and dining room. The most interesting spaces have items that look like they go together but they don’t actually match. This is how you create a style. Go for combinations that look like friends not relatives.

3. GET THE RIGHT UPHOLSTERY

While silk and linen are beautiful they aren’t practical for years of use. Choose something that will last. Fabrics with a small amount of synthetic are more hardwearing. Consider patterned fabrics as they disguise stains more than plain fabrics. Remember that darker colours are more forgiving, and avoid white unless you want to be cleaning it weekly!

4. LEAVE ELBOW ROOM

When positioning your dining table near a wall you want to make it easy for people to walk behind a dining chair. So aim for a 90cm gap, but up to 150cm would be great.

5. PENDANTS - KNOW THE MAGIC NUMBERS

When installing a pendant light over a table the standard rule is 70-82cm above the table surface. The bigger the table the higher you should hang it so that the illumination can spread across the entire table. If the pendant you love is too small for a space then get a few more and cluster them together. When hanging pendants over an island bench, use 2 pendants for a smaller bench and 3 for a larger one, and hang them approx 55-70cm above bench height. When hanging pendants in a stairwell aim for a 45-60cm gap between head height and the bottom of the pendant fixture.

6. KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

If you are ever offered a family heirloom like an antique dining set or writing desk – take it! As long as you have the space, it fits well and you like it, why not?! It will bring charm and personality to your home.

7. DO THE SCOOT TEST

When buying a chair or sofa make sure you give it a good test first. Scoot back and forward and side-to-side to get a good feel for the comfort, height (ergonomics), squeaks and wiggles. This will help you figure out the quality of the piece and how much it suits YOU.

8. DON’T BUY PLANNING TO RECOVER

It might seem cost effective but when you add up the time and materials you’re better off paying a little more for something in good condition. If it’s a small mark, it might clean up but if it’s badly stained just leave it.

9. ASK WHERE THE PIECE CAME FROM

It might have a story.

10. CHAIR-FUL CONSIDERATIONS

Avoid too many furniture legs in a room. For the ones you do have, pair them next to furniture without legs to ground them. Use fully up holstered Sofa’s, ottomans or chests to help create a visual barrier. Also you should find a common denominator to tie all your legged furniture together. Consider their shape, finish, style or texture and focus on one.

Happy shopping! :)

Sally xx