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Flat Pack v Bespoke

In 1962, the market exploded with the introduction of a brand new product: flat pack furniture. Over the years, self assembly assembly furniture has rocketed in popularity, providing a seductive combination of affordability and choice. However, can flat pack ever offer individuality? Or should you settle for the reassurance of bespoke design? Here’s a look…

Chic AND cosy homes, with Jali interior design

Stylish or cosy – do you really have to make a choice when it comes to interior design? Some time ago, I mentioned the Danish concept of hygge (you can find the post here). At the time, it was relatively unknown, but now it’s all over the media, from The Guardian to the Daily Mail…

Use fabulous fretwork for wonderful weddings!

It’s marriage season! And surely there is nothing to match the sumptuous spectacle and splendour of an Asian wedding.  Khush is a luxury, UK-based Asian wedding magazine, providing inspiration, ideas and sources for everything needed for the perfect Big Day. When the editor was looking for backdrops for a bridal beauty feature recently, he came…

Get designing, and avoid those year–end queue blues!

We’re always amazed and thrilled to see what our clever customers are designing with Jali. Some of you launch several ambitious projects at the same time (go you!) and really impress us – not to mention friends and family – with what you achieve with our products. I revealed a couple of great projects a…

The personal touch – for storage that suits YOU

After last week’s blog on our wish to be individuals and not have the same stuff as everyone else in our homes, guess what? A Japanese artist, Yuko Shimizu, said pretty much almost exactly the same thing in an interiors feature in The Observer Magazine on Sunday. You can find the feature plus photos here….

Home improvement made easy

Getting on with it, making things look, feel and work better – we humans seem to have an inbuilt urge for many kinds of positive action, including homne improvement. Self-help or self-improvement became “a thing” in the Victorian era, while home improvement had to wait until the 20th century to really get going. Sadly, some…

Storage that’s romantic AND practical!

  Ah, dark, velvety red roses! Yes, we’re a romantic bunch at Jali. Any excuse and we’re ready with the flowers, the fizz and the favourite restaurant table. Now before we all get carried away, I’ve never believed in the idea of ‘soulmates’. We are all individuals, and believing the opposite can lead to the wearing…

Time to bring back cupboard love

At Jali, we do love a nice cupboard. I thought the interiors magazines would be full of them at the moment, as their articles urge us to smarten up our act, and homes, for the coming year. (Actually, the magazines themselves are causing their own problems. I was seduced by a supermarket magazine rack promising…

Unique furniture, designed by you, for you…

I was leafing through the latest edition of the CoolBrands® report for 2015/16, when an article jumped out at me. (Since 2001, CoolBrands® has been compiling “an independent survey of experts and consumers to produce a yearly barometer of the coolest brands, people and places in Britain.” We’re not in it… Yet.) Written by Sam…

Bookcase and dresser, for now and forever!

Despite changing times, fashions and technologies, there are some things we humans have created that just, well, work. Take the bookcase, for example. Recent doom-laden reports on the death of the printed book, at the hands (digits?) of the Kindle and other e-readers, have proved far from accurate. So it looks as if the traditional…