Sunday, 7 August 2016

Building my retro home - my favourite furniture find

Mid century modern style furniture bargains from La Redoute

So I've recently explained that I've been working hard in recent weeks to sort out my new home - and for the first time, I can decorate a place exactly how I want it to look. Part of that includes investing in furniture for a place I can't be booted out of at two months' notice because it's mine and no one can make me, ner ner (at least, as long as I'm paying the bills!).

Now, we already had a lot of our furniture that I've been building up gradually over the past year, basically as soon as I knew we were hoping to buy our own house. You might remember a post about our tv stand in fact - which, as it happens, fits nicely into our new living room. It wasn't all going to fit, though. For a start, we've gone from three bedrooms to two and what was our 'study' is now a corner of the living room. Being the savvy shopper I am, I made arrangements with the sellers to measure up the house long before the sale went through and, keeping my fingers crossed things would go to plan (house sales can break down up until the last minute in this country), set about selling off or downsizing the furniture we couldn't take with us and planning what new stuff we'd need.

I'll admit, I was worried. I can't afford high-end furniture (particularly not right now) and charity shops round my way haven't been very good the past few months. Having one too many disasters with poorly-made flat-pack furniture, I was really hoping to avoid going this route, but it became apparent it was the only cost-effective option left to us... Now Ikea is the best of a bad bunch in many ways, but while they have some awesome retro options, there's a lot they don't have too. But where do you go if Ikea don't have what you want and you're on a budget? I was at a loss... But step up, my new favourite, La Redoute!

Mid century modern style furniture bargains from La Redoute

I never really realised that La Redoute made furniture or that it was any good, until stumbling across this desk while googling. I have to add the usual apology: the pretties I'm about to show you are fairly inaccessible to North America and Australia. If you're in Europe though, you're probably going to be in with more luck. I guess that's the thing with furniture - it's just not that easy to post to the other side of the world!

This desk was a bargain for what I got, which is a very sturdy, stylish piece of flatpack furniture. This thing is absolutely solid - and to my surprise, as we constructed it everything attached together so darn smoothly - there was no trying to force joints together because a hole was drilled a millimetre out. I've never said this about building any flatpack before, but I actually enjoyed putting it together, it was so easy to follow the instructions and the finished piece was so satisfyingly perfect. Of course, I immediately put a scratch on the top because that's what I do when things are pristine and I love them - destroy them within the first 24 hours (I've since added more marks by accidentally putting the drawer back wrong post move - d'oh!). But my clumsiness aside, I wasn't expecting anything much from this desk and it sure proved me wrong. I also love the light grey colour - I've got a lot of grey in the living room and it fits right in without clashing with my mishmash of wooden charity shop finds. B also loves it, which wasn't essential but is a nice bonus ;) Flatpack win!

Mid century modern style furniture bargains from La Redoute

(I wasn't exaggerating about the 'corner of the living room' thing...)

It was a no-brainer to source the next thing we needed from La Redoute too - the bedside tables for the main bedroom. Thankfully they didn't disappoint, they have a huge range of them to choose from (I've selected some favourites below) and I found one that would fit in with our ash wood and white furniture colour scheme oh so perfectly (trying, as I was, to keep the bulk of the bedroom furniture we already had), and was slim enough that we could both have one either side of the bed.

Mid century modern style furniture bargains from La Redoute

These were so easy to put together that I did the second one on my own in half an hour. Again, it's another example of flatpack done right - everything's straight and the end result is a sturdy little table that perfectly suits a retro aesthetic.

The thing I really love about this shop is that they don't just do the odd thing that's got a retro vibe, there's a huge range to choose from. Here's my picks of the mid century pretties they're currently offering and there are an awful lot more I didn't feature too...

Mid century modern style furniture bargains from La Redoute


I should add I'm in no way being sponsored by the company, I just really love their homeware!

While I'm on this subject, would you like to see what the rooms look like as we finish them off?


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23 comments:

  1. Very nice choices there, you did amazing well for flatpack! I had never even thought of La Redoute for furnishings until you mentioned it, I've always just bought clothes from them in the past. I can see you're doing a very beautiful mid-century minimalist look, so OF COURSE we want to see more photos please!! Before and after ones too?!

    Good luck with the rest of the furnishing and decorating, have fun with it. Hope you're having a super Sunday! xx

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    1. No I didn't think of them either - but now I think of them first for everything!! I think the minimal part of the look is purely due to lack of funds right now as eventually it would be nice to have some artwork etc... xx

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  2. Would love to see more pictures of your home as it comes together. I'm sure that it will be incredibly stylish as you are!

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    1. Ha, thank you! I'm much better at outfits than interior decor, which is what I keep saying to anyone who asks about the wedding decor too, to be honest...

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  3. Congrats again on the new digs! It sounds like you're putting a lot of love into the new place, and you found some really fabulous pieces for a great price. It's a pity the brand isn't really available in the US, I know a lot of folks who would really love to get their hands on some of these pieces.

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    1. Thanks :) it's nice to have a place to want to put the effort in with! I'm amazed this shop is as affordable as it is for the quality they're offering - I'm a bit worried they'll realise they're onto a good thing and raise their prices!!

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  4. I would love to see more pics once you have it set up! I love midcentury furniture- although I don't have much myself, but I like adding midcentury pieces in with older antiques to mix things up a bit- so I am looking forward to seeing how you have styled yours :)
    The Artyologist

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    1. I certainly don't have exclusively midcentury pieces as a lot of my furniture I've had for years now before I was remotely interested in this stuff - but I kind of like the challenge of gradually kitting out a room and swapping things in and out of it until it looks and feels right :)

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  5. I would so love to see more once properly decorated to your liking! I used to joke that I was a real estate agent or interior decorator in my past life - I love seeing new homes/apartments and going on tours or seeing other people's homes. Whenever a friend is moving, I am the first to help look for a new place! ;)

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    1. Good to know - and I'm wondering if I should hire you to work out what to do with our kitchen... Ha!

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  6. The pieces you've picked do look really nice.

    I'm always up for a virtual snout round someone's house - it's always interesting to see if/how their home style matches their clothing. (Mine doesn't, not remotely.)

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    1. Well, now I want to see yours too!

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  7. Hi Cici,

    Nice selection of 50´s style furniture. You know what? I went to Dublin last weekend to visit some friend´s of mine (used to live up there for 9 years).
    I went to Ikea, I did not buy anything but discused furniture design with a friend of mine, an architect... yes, we had a great fun critizising the quality of the Company. In fact, we were just comparing originals that he owns (given to him for free by his father in law) to designs Ikea has. Some few pieces haven´t changed their design, which is nice but as I said, the quality is owful.
    I know a bit about antiques because I own victorian and edwardian furniture (found in Luxembourg at very, very cheap Prices) and I´m madly attracted to design.

    Anyway, my recommendation to you, second Hand Shops or people that inherite that "old house from grandma" and throw away good quality furniture (the case of my friend).

    Keep your eyes wide open and good luck decorating your home (another tip, keep clutter to a minimum, it will save you time when cleaning).

    Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

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    1. I think generally that furniture is much worse quality now than it used to be - stuff just isn't built to last at all. The mid-century dining table set I just bought is a great solid little piece still all these years later - it's sturdier than some of my flatpack stuff for sure!

      I definitely do try to pick up secondhand where I can, but the problem is that in the UK this style of stuff I like is SO sought after - so you tend to pay a premium price if you don't get luck yin charity shops :(

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  8. Nooo we don't have this company in Australia! Seriously there is not a piece you've featured that I wouldn't buy...especially those cactus vases, I LOVE them, just thinking about how good they would go with my living room...*sigh*.
    Your house is looking fantastic, sleek, modern but with a retro vibe that reflects your style so well. I would love to see more photos once you have set everything up!

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    1. I hope that link I sent you on Instagram helps re the vases :)

      It sounds like there is demand to see pictures, so no doubt I will one day share them when things are a bit closer to being finished. The big thing being my sofas joining the collection :D

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  9. Your house is looking amazing, that brand has some great stuff by the look of it! I am loving the desk and bedsides.. I am on the hunt for bedside tables after returning some cheaper ones recently... Now I am picky after that mistake. Looking forward to seeing more of your house, setting up is taking me longer than expected!! x

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    1. It's easy to buy really crappy pieces because most flatpack stuff IS crappy!! Getting a house truly 'finished' I fully anticipate never actually happens, as there's always *something* that can be tweaked/added etc... x

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  10. Such charming pieces - and what a beautifully decorated room. I adore splayed leg (surely there must be a more technical term for it, but that's what I call such :)) furniture like that classic nightstand. Such furniture just telegraph a mid-century feel instantly. Thank you for sharing about this brand with us. I want that table, clock and cactus in particular so much now. :)

    Big hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I'm not sure what the technical term is either! Thanks Jessica :)

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  11. Swooning over these designs. I love seeing pics of mid-century-esque interior home designs. So lovely CiCi. <3

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  12. Nice finds! I'm looking forward to seeing more. I think it takes quite a while to get a house furnished how you really want it. We are in the process of saving up and swapping crappy flat pack that we got for budget reasons when we first bought our house for things of better quality. It is going to take a while but I'm enjoying the daydreaming!

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  13. La Redoute do homewares? Who knew! They do some lovely items I must say.

    One of my favourite tops is from them actually, I haven't worn it in years as it creases like you wouldn't believe and is tiresome to do x

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