We’ve got kitchen cupboards – in Your Home magazine!

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Jali is on the shelf again – in newsagents and supermarkets all over the UK, so we’re actually very happy! As is Claire Carpenter, a Your Home magazine reader who used bespoke Jali cupboards as a big part of her kitchen makeover.

yh-monochrome-makeover_750The kitchen cupboards – and Claire, of course – star in a 3-page feature in the current (October) issue, which is actually out now and available in all good outlets. And for your extra delight and delectation, we have exclusive pictures taken on the photoshoot – many thanks to Becky for letting us use them.

Claire loved the huge size of her kitchen in her new house in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, but began to realise how little storage space there was. She updated the existing cupboards with a fresh coat of paint and with new handles she made herself (we thoroughly approve!) but it wasn’t enough. “It seemed obvious that I needed to put up wall cupboards to span either side of the chimney breast, but the alcove isn’t deep, and the walls aren’t straight so there was no way I could buy something off the shelf.”img_2229“I went online to the Jali Designer and created cupboards that would fit perfectly and give my kitchen the bespoke look. Once they arrived I painted them black and added frosted panels to the doors – a look I’d seen on Pinterest. I decided to leave one door off for an open display shelf.”

img_2239The result? “The room looked bigger and had more style than I thought possible.” Now that’s what we like to hear!

img_2547If you fancy something just as gorgeous and practical, it’s very easy: design your perfect kitchen cupboards online and save them in ‘Work in progress”. Then ring us on 01227 833333 and ask us to send you the doors WITHOUT gluing in the panels. You can then use the loose panels as templates to help you order clear or frosted panels to finish off your cupboards in unique, individual style. The next best thing to baking in a tent, surely….

-Annie

Fab, fast DIY projects with fretwork!

Jali fretwork panels at a windowMore great DIY projects this week, using Jali’s signature fretwork to great – dare we say even dramatic – effect. One of our clever customers has made her own makeover magic, with a bit of help from us, and then was kind enough to send us photos – thank you so much! (Full disclosure: I did my own bit of Photoshop chicanery on the picture below for the Jali ezine banner, above, but even as a singleton this window is an amazing achievement, I reckon.)

Jali fretwork used as window screen, with window filmIn fact, our resourceful home transformer has used Jali’s versatile fretwork panels in a couple of very imaginative ways.

Here, she’s designed a panel in pattern 2152 to use as a screen on a sash window.

I’m assuming that window film has been used on the lower section to provide maximum privacy, while the Jali panel above gives an airy feel, a view of sunlight and sky, and fabulous decorative impact.

Of course, our decorative shutters work really well on most windows, but this is a brilliant way to deal with more tricky sash or bay windows, or with secondary double-glazing.

Jali‘s very own Amy suggests using magnetic catches to make it easy to remove screens for window-cleaning, decorating etc. There are some small, flat, circular versions online that I think would do the job perfectly…

i293The same clever customer has used another bespoke fretwork panel, also in pattern 2152, to make a gate at the bottom of the stairs – another stroke of genius!

Although not a substitute for a child stair safety gate, used like this it’s a brilliant way to deter animals, small children and pretty much any other life-forms from going upstairs when you don’t want them to….

(Though maybe more of a dog deterrent, to be honest –  a cat would probably just see it as a challenge – or a game!)

Again, many thanks to our customer for these photos. When products are wrapped, packed and despatched from the Jali factory, they usually disappear into people’s homes (or restaurants, offices, shops) and we never get to see how they are used.

So it’s great to have feedback, especially when it’s an endeavour that gives us and other keen DIYers inspiration and ideas. (I happen to know this canny customer already has more projects on the go, so once you’ve got the taste for it, it can be addictive. You have been warned!)

No fret fretwork…
Like many of our products, our fretwork panels are available in real wood veneers, as well as primed or painted finishes – contact us for details of our top-coating service. And the finish, even on the more elaborate patterns such as 2152 and 2082, is crisp, clean and entirely beautiful.

So if you have a household problem to solve, maybe involving screening something ugly and/or awkward, or creating a physical barrier that is also decorative, our gorgeous, versatile panels could be just what you need. Please keep us posted on your own DIY projects; we’d love to see what you come up with…

-Annie

How to tame your home tech – with style!

Yes, modern technology is brilliant, but have you noticed its not-very-pretty habit of taking over any space it’s put in? Well, we have ways of helping you tame your tech and take it, quickly and easily, from dominant to delightful.

Take big, black flat-screen TVs – depending on where and how they are positioned, our Flexi shelving, deluxe dressers or cupboards can put them in their place, in the nicest possible way. Less diva, more darling.

Jali bespoke Flexi shelving unitIf your big TV is wall-mounted, you could ‘frame’ it with one of our brilliant Flexi shelving units, as seen above in our revamped showroom (yay!!) Quick to design and fit, a modern wall unit will transform a boring wall into a stylish talking point, and lessen the visual impact of a TV by grouping it with other objects. And, of course, with Jali you can design the compartments in your unit to show off all those items to their best advantage.

Jali bespoke Flexi shelf unitAs Flexi shelving units have no back panels, they’re perfect for fitting flush against walls; just use the ‘Base’ button on the Jali Designer to switch from ‘Floor-standing’ to ‘Wall-mounted’.

One option is to use trunking to hide TV wires and cables, and cutting away part of the shelving to allow for this – several customers have told us they have successfully done this. It’s a bit of extra DIY, admittedly, but nothing too difficult. Or, if you are having substantial building work done at the same time, it might be possible to recess the wiring completely… (And no, this is NOT a recommendation to start such a project. As if!)

Jali bespoke Flexi shelf wall-mounted unitAs big flat-screen TVs are heavy, neither do we recommend using a Flexi shelf unit as the only support for one of these monsters. If you do want to stand the TV on a shelf, use our kitchen dresser Designer instead, to create a more substantial and safe base. Despite its (current) name, our latest designer can also create amazing floor-standing units and sideboards that make perfect cinema and media centres.

As these units are very substantial in their materials and construction, it’s fine to stand a large TV on a shelf or on top of a sideboard. You can even extend the sides of the unit (effectively making a unit with an inset back) to cope with electrical sockets and other obstructions on the wall behind the unit. The Designer also lets you add cabling holes in the back panel, so cords and cables stay tidy and out of sight. All this design wizardry is totally free to use and available here.

dsc_0002_enhanced_750Finally, don’t forget our simple but smart cupboards – they can also be used to stand a TV screen on, with other components hidden away behind the doors – lovely stuff!

So whether you’re hooked on footie, the foot-stamping Victoria or hot-footing it with Strictly, we’ve got your back, helping you tame your home tech, and making it more stylish. And if Poldark ever footles around with 18th century DIY, you’ll hear it here first. Promise.

-Annie

Why Good Homes picked our chic fretwork shutters

For its September cover feature, Good Homes magazine picked some of our gorgeous fretwork shutters. The theme was ‘Global Fusion’, and they really did it (and us!) proud. And you can see why they chose our chic shutters – they fitted perfectly into the scheme, with its eclectic mix of cool and warm hues, plus intriguing patterns and textures.

Good Homes Sept 2016 featuring Jali bespoke shuttersFor their shoot, the magazine ordered our fretwork shutters in a trellis pattern, and paired them with gauzy curtains, putting into practice their own advice on ways to achieve the look, which include:

  • Conjure up an Eastern-inspired mood by mixing block prints with chevrons, on-trend ikat and tessellating diamond designs.
  • Prevent this scheme from becoming too tonal by adding a warm burnt-orange feature wall to contrast with a pale linen sofa.
  • Filter sunlight with wooden fretwork shutters and lightweight sheer curtains.
  • Get creative with finishing touches – use hexagonal, Moroccan-style tiles as coasters, and transform rattan lanterns into hanging gardens by filling them with trailing plants.

More tips and product sources here…

Good Homes Sept 2016If you’re now hankering after a similar vibe, zip over to decorative shutters on our website, and click ‘Customise’ on any of the designs shown. Then use the ‘Patterns’ button to select 7632; this will give you the trellis design chosen by Good Homes. Get the same sophisticated panel effect by using the ‘Panels’ button – so easy! Creating tall, narrow leaves for an elegant overall look is also simple with our clever Designer.

Good Homes Sept 2016The genius of Jali is in the choice it gives you to incorporate beautiful pattern into furniture and fittings, to echo, tone or contrast with flooring, fabrics, wallcoverings, lighting and decorative items. No other range gives you the freedom to create exactly want you want and need and make it fit your space – exactly. And as the trend for individuality and the quest for the personal, rather than ‘one-size-fits-all’, gets stronger all the time, Jali is still streets (or should that be rooms?) ahead of the rest…

-Annie

Gorgeous storage that ticks all your boxes!

Fancy a beautiful and practical piece of furniture in real wood veneer? Steve did, and this lovely cupboard is the result. Gorgeous storage indeed – stunning to look at, with the capacity to swallow heaps of stuff – and then some…

Jali bespoke radiator cover and real oak veneer cupboard And we were delighted to see that Steve has also designed a Jali radiator cover, so obviously has impeccable taste. Go Steve!

So if you too have bags and boxes bulging with items that desperately need a home of their own, this is what to do.

First, decide whether you just need more cupboard space, or if drawers on their own would be the best solution. You’ll find separate cupboards and drawer units on our products page. You can choose the width, depth and height of the unit, as well as the number and position of shelves or drawers. And you can opt for a piece with a plinth, as below, or without one.

Jali bespoke radiator cover and real oak veneer cupboard As for looks, cupboards and drawer units are available in oak or walnut real wood veneers, as well as primed or top-coated paint finishes.  So you really are spoilt for choice, which is just as it should be.

To make designing easier, there’s a very useful ‘Spacing’ button on the drawer unit Designer. Once you’ve put in your dimensions, just use the button to automatically create graduated drawers. Change the unit height and the drawer heights change in proportion – nifty!

Conventional drawers come as standard, but if you’d like soft-close versions, design and save your unit, then contact us for pricing information.

Jali bespoke radiator cover and real oak veneer cupboardIf you’d prefer a combination of cupboards and soft-close drawers, even shelving, use our brilliant dresser Designer to make your dream of deluxe storage come true. If you’re planning a media unit, you can specify cut-outs for cords and cables. And of course, you can easily ensure that your unit fits snugly into alcoves or against walls, for the ultimate in bespoke beauty.

So if you’d love a more organised autumn, try a little cupboard love; take a break from the sunny great outdoors this bank holiday weekend and get designing. Never mind just ticking those boxes – you’ll be able to take them to the recycling with a clear conscience and a happy heart: result!

-Annie

Our new furniture showroom is now open!

At Jali we’ve been busy making ourselves some new furniture for our brand-new roomsets, in our totally-transformed showroom. Yes, we’ve taken our own advice and decluttered, designed and done ourselves proud (in a modest way, of course!)

Jali bespoke furniture in our showroomWe have some more changes up our sleeve, but the showroom is, in my humble opinion, a genuine show-stopper. Helen, our Operations Director, led the rest of the brilliant Jali team in the renovation but also got well stuck in herself with paintbrushes, rollers and a lot of hard graft.

Jali bespoke alcove unit in our showroomSo here’s a taste of what is waiting for you if you decide to pay us a visit – and we really hope you will. There is only so much photography can do to show how fabulous this furniture really is. I took these quick shots earlier this week, but a professional shoot is in the diary.

Jali bespoke Flexi shelving and shutters in our showroomNow it’s finished, the showroom is the perfect way to experience the full Jali effect; the quality, construction, appearance and overall impact of our products often takes people by surprise. (In fact, in the pre-makeover showroom, I remember a friend coming in after I’d recommended a visit, and her jaw literally dropped when she saw our furniture “for real”. She was so impressed she designed and ordered a large bookcase then and there.)

Contact us for the address, directions and to confirm opening times, which are normally Monday-Friday between 9 and 5.30, except for Bank Holidays and around Christmas. Have a look at at our products page, then bring your measurements with you and you too can design and order your very own pieces on the spot! We look forward to seeing you soon…

-Annie

From messy to marvellous – a customer makes magic with Jali!

This week, I’d like to introduce you to a very clever customer, John. Not only has he found transformed an alcove using three different Jali products, he also sent us a detailed account of the process, complete with photos. It’s a journey from messy, cluttered dumping-ground to chic, stylish built-in storage, and he shows us exactly how it was done. What a star! Here’s the whole story in John’s own words – I’ve just added a few comments in square brackets.

20150116_101824_350Stage 1 – the alcove, still showing the outline of the old shelving – less than half the depth… the plinth at the bottom covers the heating pipes – that’s how they used to do it – or so I was told.

The old shelves just got filled up with books, dvds and various bits and pieces, such a mess that I never bothered to take a picture of all that clutter – but it finally had to go.

Overall size WxHxD is 4’ 10” x 7’6” x 18” deep (based on the plinth).

Ordered:
1. Cupboard, 4 doors, with an internal shelf (but one side is sacrificed to hold a small filing cabinet – that specified the height and depth of the cupboard)

2. Drawer unit 2 x 2 – wide drawers 27” wide by 7” high

3. Flexi shelving to fill up most of the rest of the space up to the ceiling – almost, left a gap for the coving, and somewhere to lose some odd bits and pieces would be handy.

Jali cupboard carcase goes inStage 2 – the carcase for the cupboards goes into place [above] – the shelf on the left hand side was ignored as this is where the filing cabinet is going to hide.

20150116_112207And another view [above], showing the box for the internet getting in the way – had to lift the carcase over this – and this is where you find out how heavy this stuff really is. ☹

[Yes, John did add that unsmiley face – I can understand why, but it also shows how well-made and high-quality our furniture is. I remember helping a friend to assemble a Jali bookcase – he was particularly surprised at how substantial the back was, unlike that of a bookcase from a well-known Scandinavian company, which he described as being “like a sheet of paper.” ☺ ]

Stage 3 – the carcase for the drawer unit goes in.

Jali drawer unit and cupboard carcaseMaybe I should have moved the sofa out of the way – and the mirror !

Jali drawer unit and cupboard carcaseDoors and drawers are all fitted in:

Jali cupboard and drawer unitYes – I know there’s a handle missing, this was replaced by post in a couple of days, the first one had a fault in the finishing. Thanks Jali for the speedy replacement. [You’re very welcome John! We do try to get replacements out as fast as we possibly can.]

20150116_151510Final step, add the Flexi-shelving:

20150116_163435_750And the map of the world (from my old office) has found a new home, very conveniently covering up the marks on the wall from the original shelving, which I had neglected to cover up.

And finally – the full completed article. The carpet was the next thing to go!

Jali cupboard, drawer unit and Flexi-shelvingThe End

[Well, what more can I say, except to thank John warmly for his time, effort and generosity in showing us what is possible with some inspiration, imagination and a dash of DIY derring-do. So what are we all waiting for – future Jali projects, here we come!]

-Annie

Radiator covers – making it modern!

If you thought radiator covers were just for traditional room settings – think again! At Jali, we’re currently having a showroom makeover, and have just created radiator cabinets, plus some chic shutters, to finish a light, bright, modern room in appropriate, uncluttered style.

Jali bespoke radiator covers and decorative shuttersWith this front grille pattern, the Jali Designer gives you a choice of vertical or horizontal bars for your cover. And you can pick different styles for top and base, depending on the look you prefer. On our Radiator Cabinets page, no. D52825 has the same design as the cabinets in our photos (above and below), with a square-cut top vent and matching skirting at the base. Here’s a shortcut to this design; click the ‘Customise’ button to get going straight away!

Jali bespoke radiator coverHowever, using the Jali Designer you can easily change the square-cut base for one with curves – just use the ‘Skirting’ button. Now for the top vent: choosing an Ethnic or Classic upright on the Jali Designer will change the shape to one with curved ends, to echo the skirting at the base.

However, for a modern interior you may prefer plain uprights, but still want a curved vent. If so, just contact us and we’ll make the change at our end, then send you a drawing so you can see exactly what the final design will look like. The photo below shows a scooped top vent and skirting, plus the horizontal version of the grille:

Jali bespoke radiator cabinetAs well as looking great in contemporary interiors, this is a brilliant addition to Art Deco style schemes – just use the ‘Grille’ button in the Jali Designer to pick pattern 7692. And, of course, you can choose a top-coated finish (again, just contact us) as well as priming, oak or walnut veneer. And who would believe it was so simple: measure, design, order, assemble. Now there really is no excuse for a less-than-lovely room, whatever your style preference. Modern or moderne, 21st century or 1920s: too terribly chic, darlings – cheers!

-Annie

Shelf control: how to maximise your storage space

Making the very best use of every inch of space: it’s what all of us super-keen storage seekers are looking for. Yes, we want our furniture to look good, but it’s what is on the inside that really counts. It’s the difference between “Meh…” and magnificent, something that is so much more than a compromise or a “second-best” answer to the problem.

Let’s face it, with ready-made furniture, you’re usually stuck with what the manufacturer has decided on. So the interior layout, the number and position of shelves and compartments, isn’t up to us, the customer, or necessarily suits our needs. There are, of course, units with adjustable shelves. But honestly, how many of us actually bother to change them, once we’ve loaded them up with books and other items?

2H8A0105a_750 But with Jali, it’s a whole different story. (Or space odyssey. But without the Neanderthals or the psychedelic special effects. Although we do have the robots… )

Jali bespoke cupboardOur brilliant online Designer lets you customise to your heart’s content. Your home and everything in it is unique, so why put up with storage that only comes in standard sizes?

For example, with our Flexi shelves, you can start with one of our design examples, then change all the sections and shelves to suit your display and storage needs exactly.

Measure your books, files and boxes, so you know they will fit. Add sections and shelves. Take them away again.

Change the height, width and depth. And you can take as long as you need to get it right, with no pushy salespeople or pressure on you to make a decision.

You can change the height and number of shelves in our cupboards and bookcases too. And as for our wonderful wardrobes, there’s a world of possibilities awaiting you, your tape-measure and your PC. So go for it. You won’t believe the difference it will make – just Jali, and a whole lot of shelf control, under your control…

-Annie

Use fabulous fretwork for wonderful weddings!

front-summer-coverIt’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 to Jali.

And our beautiful fretwork panels, in pattern 2172, did the job perfectly. The summer edition of the magazine is available online at www.khushmag.com but we’ve had a sneak preview of the results – and they’re gorgeous!

Khush magazine spread showing Jali fretworkAnd this is another double-page spread from the same issue:

Khush magazine spread showing Jali fretworkWedding designers are also using our fretwork to create arches and other decorative structures, to make this summer’s ceremonies even more special and memorable. One customer is using 10 panels of the design below, in pattern 2152, to create an outdoor arbour for a midsummer wedding:

Jali fretwork panel in pattern 2152As it’s just for one day (and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for balmy weather!) our moisture resistant MDF will be just fine outdoors. You could also use a similar structure inside, of course.

In fact, with all this talk of nuptials and customers ordering panels and telling us their plans, the Jali team has been playing around with more ideas for using fretwork. Amy suggests using a fretwork panel as an alternative either to a long tablecloth hiding the front of the top table or the kind of ruched or swagged ‘pelme’t effect that is often used by caterers. Think of the kind of ‘modesty panel’ you often find in office desks, but a lacy and decorative version. Add some tiny LED lights and flowers and it would look absolutely gorgeous…

Yes, at Jali we’re a bunch of romantics at heart. It’s lovely to play even a small part in people’s big events, so if you have an idea that you think we can help with, please don’t hesitate to contact us

-Annie