Future furniture classics
Creating enduring and exemplary furniture is no mean feat, unless of course you happen to have a history of crafting a stable of stylish and sophisticated pieces.....hey Ercol. So, when partnered up with another establishment delivering difinitive design through the years, aka a certain John Lewis, one expects the best. So it's a jolly good job that this meeting of (company) minds has come up trumps with an exclusive and extremeley covetable new collection.
Inspired by the slender silhouettes of Ercols signature style, the Salento upholstery collection and Shalstone living and dining range is based around a sculpted and tapered light oak wood framework, the end result of which delivers a distinctly refined finished product. Elegant and artfully crafted, seating pieces offer stylish and smart upholstery whilst dining and living collections are cleverly designed to address the practical principles of a modern homes needs, whilst presenting them in a highly desired furniture package. A future classic in the making....definitely.
Served in style
With the emphasis on making the world a little happier and a little more beautiful, Isak's ethos is a good way to kick any new years resolutions. Scandinavian in style this online emporium is peppered with pretty things for the home, more than a fair few of them devoted to the dining table and kitchen as owner and designer Sandra Isaksson is a self confessed foodie. Not shy of all things edible, I too love finding gorgeous pot to plate buys and their new Midnattssol Collection which comes in a range of pans, ceramics and emamelware is just, well, fabulous. With a nod to the on trend tribal look, the circular motif certainly draws the eye, serving up spoonfuls of style for any eating occasion.
Simple Scandi Christmas style
So here it is.....Christmas is here once more and unless you've hibernated way too soon, Scandi looks are here big time for the 12 days and more of the festive season seen from room style and tree decor to gifting and lights. We all loved it last year, and even more so this time around, but what makes it different is the elegance, slim lines and simplicity of how Scandinavian design makes and drapes itself in the interior world. Sure, the rough and tumble of fur and fringing are here again, but so are de-luxe smooth felts and clipped wools, keeping chills at bay in a much more refined and softer silhouetted shape. Furniture uses naturally found materials, but is crafted into sculptural shapes using artisan techniques. Surface textures are polished and cool or smooth and chalky, with sanded stone and marble lending a clean finish to walls and floors. One of my retail hero's doing it so well this year is Cox & Cox. Masters of the 'must buys', their home fashions and accessories have shown this year that whilst we all still wonder at rustic wood huts, a luxurious lodge ticks the style box today.
Season colour splash
Looking for a distinctive dash of colour to add to your home? Then take a look at Habitat's gorgeous new ceramics and textiles featuring an array of seasonal autumn hues. Drips, drops and dabs of shades are sloshed with style onto exclusive earthware, silk cushions and printed rugs and runners. Aptly named the Splatter range, use this tastily toned collection to bring bags of character to drab, tired interiors or some decorating oomph to a home in need of a little colour therapy!
Sunshine at last!
Make the most of the mini heatwave - well it's been a while - and take to the great outdoors for picnics and outdoor playtimes. Plum and Ashby have got the most beautiful of basics covered for sitting out in the sun with lovely blankets, deckchairs, cushions and stylish shoppers to carry all your picnic clobber. Just remember your sunnies and suncream!
So you've got your decor done...for the moment. How about finding some slick and stylish lighting that will suit your home now and when you come to revamp it in the not too distant. The Marv and Moonshot floor lamp and table lamp combi are being heralded as the new 'white T-shirt' of lighting by the design dude's at Loaf and you can see why. A modern classic in the making for illuminating the home, this lamps minimal style has maximum star rating for it's go-with-all design.
Handcrafted for the home
Looking for something lovely and unique to live with? Then take a look at the lastest handcrafted furniture collections by Aitkin and Thyme. Made in India by artisan makers the designs feature delicate leaf inlays which are sculpted and shaped from reliably sourced bone and mother of pearl and placed into grey resin. Taking weeks to complete, each one has it's own unique character due to the making process. My own particular favourite is the Estelle bedside table, a lovely little piece of cabinetry featuring elegant sculpted legs, but there's plenty more to see in the range including chest of drawers, a console and mirror.
Raise a toast
With the sun out, the kids off school and the events season within 'glass-clinking' reach too, it's time to plan those picnic, party or playtime occasions. Thank goodness glassware and general bottling and dispenser super-heroes Kilner are ahead of the game and have got drinks serving solutions done and dusted for us. With a whole host of ideas for pouring, storing and serving of summer drinks, it's time to ready the ice. Cheers!
Mad about blankets
Throws, rugs.....call them what you like but basically, aren't blankets brilliant! Originally created for cuddling into, no home is complete without at least one cast over furniture or rolled up ready for a rest. Of course blankets are not just bound to bricks and mortar, for they make exceptional picnic and outdoor dining bedfellows too. Cue this cosy cutie from Wool Me. Wool to the core and yet sumptuously soft, these throws are crafted in traditional mills from raw fleece to create the designs' signature striped pattern. My personal favourites are the stylish grey colourways with their striking hit of turquoise. I guess with picnic weather just on the horizon, I'd better be sure to get one rolled and at the ready!
You can never have enough kitchen linens. Well so say I!! So, as Spring makes it's return, it was lovely to find this new seasonally spot-on, Bumblebee range from Pastel Lane. Featuring a modern take on the humble bumble, this simply patterned range is printed on cotton in a soft blue shade and comes as kitchen staples such as oven gloves, aprons and teacloths as well as tabletop enhancing napkins and runners.....to name a but a few. And, the best bit, every item purchased from the collection helps fund the fab work done by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Go buzz off and buy....!!