Five of the Best: Mirrors with Built-in Shelves

Perfect for the hallway or the bathroom, shelves with mirrors can add style as well as functionality to your living environment. Here, we choose our five of the best, all currently available from online retailers.

Gray & Willow White Wash Mirror With Shelf

White Wash Mirror With Shelf – £136 (was £160), Gray & Willow

We begin with this rustic-looking Grey and Willow mirror which is 66cm in diameter and edged in a solid wooden frame that’s been whitewashed. A built-in shelf made from the same material cuts across the lower third, bisecting the circle.

Hexagonal Shelf Mirror from M&S

Hexagonal Shelf Mirror – £119.20 (was £149), M&S

This sizeable hexagon-shaped mirror from M&S can be wall-mounted or will stand on a dressing table. It’s 78cm high and 61.5cm at its widest point and is edged in a goldtone metal. A handy shelf, also hexagonal, sits in the bottom half and has handy raised edges for stability.

Cellini Wall Mirror by Julia Grup
Cellini Wall Mirror – £211.99, Julia Grup

Julia Grup’s Cellini wall mirror is 77cm high and 51cm wide and sits in a deep (16cm wide) stylish oblong frame made from black metal. The bottom third of the shelf is divided by a shelf made from solid fir wood with a natural finish.

Croydex Coniston Oval Mirror with Shelves

Coniston Oval Mirror with Shelves – £109.99, Croydex

Introduce modern design to your bathroom with the Coniston Mirror from Croydex. A oval shape measuring 75cm high and 50cm wide, it is decorated on the right-hand side by a wavy line marking an area occupied by three small glass shelves. It’s especially easy to fix to your wall, thanks to the patended Hang ‘n’ Lock method.

Design Project by John Lewis No.120 Circle Mirror With Shelf in Black
No.120 Circle Mirror With Shelf in Black – £195, Design Project by John Lewis

John Lewis’s Design Project has produced another timeless piece in the form of this  powder-coated black metal mirror. 82.5cm in diameter, the oval mirror has a small lipped shelf built into its frame. The frame itself is shaped so that it’s wider at the bottom.

Five of the Best: Novelty Bookends

We know that e-books are more popular than ever, but we still value our old shelves full of dusty first editions and dog-eared paperbacks…and while they still exist in so many homes there’ll be a need for bookends! On a trawl of the best online retailers, we’ve unearthed our five favourite novelty bookends – each of them guaranteed to keep your reading matter under control in a stylish fashion!

Modern Arrow Book End by Mercury Row

Modern Arrow Book End – £26.90, Mercury Row

Made from iron, this pair of decorative bookends does a really rather good impression of an arrow piercing through the books they keep in place. Fun as well as stylish, these sturdy pieces have real weight to them, are finished in gold and black and will add a distinctive and contemporary look to your library or mantelpiece.

Larry 2 clock bookends

Pair of Clock Bookends – £71.88, Maisons du Monde

We’re of the firm opinion that, when shelf space is limited, all pieces of decorative furniture should be forced to multi-task! Which is why we were delighted to encounter these two Larry bookends, which double up as actual (i.e. they really tell the time!) vintage-look clocks. Finished in black, they’re each operated by a single AA battery.

Gift Republic Retro Vinyl Bookends - Set of 2
Retro Vinyl Bookends – £12, Gift Republic

Looking for a gift for a music-loving bookworm of a certain age? Gift Republic could have just the thing for you – their vinyl bookends are in the shape of two 7″ singles that will sit either side of your favourite tomes should you choose to keep them – but come in a retro-style presentation box, if you can bear to give them away!

Letterfest Personalised Engraved Yorkstone Bookends

Personalised Engraved Yorkstone Bookends – £37.95, Letterfest

If you’re rather territorial about your library, you could do worse than invest in these personalised bookends by Letterfest, which are make from natural tumbled British yorkstone. Small but heavy, they have chipped and bevelled edges and, once engraved with your initials, will add a natural, rustic look to your shelving arrangements.

M&S Silver Stag Bookends

Silver Stag Bookends – £17.50, M&S

These are no ordinary bookends – they are M&S bookends in the shape of stags’ heads! You don’t have to own a country house or belong to the hunting set to appreciate this fine pair – made from aluminium, the 22cm-high (and 8cm wide) bookends will do a smashing job of keeping your books in their place.


Five Fun Light Boxes

Light boxes have really come into the forefront in interior design in the past year or two – from a niche fixture in retro designer shops to finding a place in living spaces throughout the land. Today, we present our five favourite currently-available fun light boxes for your perusal.

John Lewis Fun This Way Small LED Light Box in Pink

‘Fun This Way’ Small LED Light Box in Pink – £27.70 (was £55), John Lewis

Add a real sense of occasion to your everyday life with the addition of this marvellous LED lightbox from John Lewis which bears the legend ‘Fun This Way’ in a fairground-inspired font on a bright pink acrylic background. An arrow points the way to wherever you decide the ‘fun’ is! The integrated LED has a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours and uses up to 85% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.

Sunrise Light Box Headboard Wall Lamp by ReallyNiceThings

Sunrise Light Box Headboard Wall Lamp – £169.99 (was £185.99), ReallyNiceThings

To add a more calming effect to your home, you might decide to introduce a mountainous panorama to the backdrop of your boudoir. In which case…this sunrise light box wall lamp is exactly what you’re looking for! With a plywood construction, this eco-friendly light box is made from methacrylate at the front, with LED backlighting and is designed to fit behind your headboard.

Mimo What Lightbox

What Lightbox – £7.50 (was £14), Mimo

The message conveyed in the ‘What’ lightbox by Mimo is short and (sort of!) sweet and the box itself is quite petite, at 30cm wide by 10cm high. Should you decide that another slogan would suit you better, then the monochrome-on-pink design can be slid out of its white frame and replaced with something that suits you better. Currently available at almost half price, you can assemble a full sentence should you wish!

White Speech Bubble Light Box

White Speech Bubble Light Box – £9.74 (was £12.99), New Look

If you don’t want to limit yourself lightbox-statement wise – and sliding letters on and off a board isn’t quite instantaneous enough for you – then this speech bubble design might be the answer. The  white speech bubble light box has a whiteboard-type wipeable surface that means you can write on it and clean off your words to your heart’s content! The battery-powered lamp is currently yours for under a tenner so act now if you want to get your hands on it!

A4 LED lightbox

A4 LED lightbox – £35, Maisons du Monde

We end with the type of lightbox we’ve seen in so many interior design schemes this past couple of years – the sort of A4 LED light box with slide-on letters. This one is from Maisons du Monde and is at the luxury end of things, its frame made from a medium-density fibreboard with a light wooden effect. Importantly, you shouldn’t run out of letters –  you get three lots of alphabets with this battery-powered light box!

Fashion Trends: Mosaic Furniture and Accessores

If you’re looking for some striking but timeless accessories for your home, mosaic pieces are a great option – the earliest artefacts using the effect date back to the 3rd millennium BC, so you can be pretty sure they’ll stand the test of the time! We’ve visited our favourite online retailers and found our five favourite mosaic accessories and furniture – each of them ready to brighten up a room near you!

Fusion Crackle Mosaic Square Side Table by Castleton Home

Fusion Crackle Mosaic Square Side Table – £99.99 (was £158.49), Castleton Home

We start with Fusion’s crackle mosaic square side table which may be humble MDF at its base, but is covered in individual pieces of irregular, colourful and iridescent shell mosaic which stands in relief to the black background. This quirky accent table is a textural piece, that is great to touch and will add real visual interest when used to display an accent lamp or as a simple side table next to an armchair.

Linea Mosaic Ball Ceiling Pendant

Mosaic Ball Ceiling Pendant – £84 (was £110), Linea

Linea are well-known for their quality glassware and the Mosaic ceiling pendant lives up to its billing. A glass sphere (30cm in diameter) with a crackled chrome finish, giving the impression of a mosaic, suspends from a long chrome chain. This gorgeous pendant light is currently available for £26 off its original price, so act now if you want to add this statement lighting to your living room or hallway.

Wilde Java Purple Mosaic Arch Mirror

Purple Mosaic Arch Mirror – £74 (was £82), Wilde Java

Prince’s favourite colour has been a popular colour in interior design schemes for some time now, and we love the rich huge hues in this arched purple mosaic mirror from Wilde Java. A beautiful finishing touch for any living room, bedroom or hallway, this mirror is an impressive 80cm high by 60cm wide, and the small mosaic tiles range from violet to deep purple and form a smooth curved surface.

Mosaic Glass Accents Hurricane Jar in Champagne

Mosaic Glass Accents Hurricane Jar in Champagne – £57.99, Worldstores

We love the curved shape and shiny finish of this glass mosaic hurricane jar which has been overlaid with a crackled effect in a champagne colour. It’ll be equally happy employed as a handsome vase on your fireplace as it will holding candles as a dining table centrepiece. It sits on a circular acrylic base that’s been finished in a bronze colour and the jar itself is also available in silver.

Zoffany Mosaic Dapple Wallpaper in Glass

Mosaic Dapple Wallpaper in Glass – £90, Zoffany

Our search ends with another non-tiled but artfully-applied mosaic effect, thanks to this stunny Zoffany Dapple wallpaper. Use on a feature wall to add a real sense of glamour to your home. If you like the effect of the paper but would prefer it in a slightly different shade to this rather confusingly named ‘glass’, it’s also available in an equally shimmering silver or taupe.