home: trend [ crittal windows ]
The look of slim profile, notably black, aluminium window frames, often broken down into small panes of glass, are based on the beautiful and historic ‘Crittall’ windows.
It’s an elegant stylish look. It allows a lot of light to flow yet still acts as a screening with the framework.
It’s also a look that can be used internally – double doors between rooms, doors that can allow more light into a darker room or even shower screens.
Crittal Windows Ltd is a notable English manufacturer of steel-framed windows, today based in Witham, Essex, close to its historic roots in the county.
Originally developed in 1884 by Essex ironmonger Francis Henry Crittall, they were first manufactured in the UK in 1889. Only windows made by Crittall Windows Limited can legally be called Critall. However, rightly or wrongly, the term is often used in a general way to refer to black steel-framed windows
There are many brands doing in-the-style-of Crittall. Crittall is the best and authentic to get the perfect look of these windows but it is an expensive product and using it her companies producing a similar look is often a far more cost effective way of achieving the look on a lower budget.
Companies including The Heritage Window Company and Bespoke Glazing Design Ltd supply actual Crittall windows as well as other aluminium styles and come with excellent reviews.
home: favourite thing [ flooring ]
Zazous is home to a lot of great interiors products (including Acapulco chairs!!) but their flooring is where we most favour their collection.
Authentic heritage patterns, retro designs, traditional looks with modern twist, so many great patterns to choose from – their encaustic tiles and ceramic tiles are incredible but the vinyl tiles are really an absolute gem. Incredibly well priced for large scale flooring, superb pattern choices and the finish is perfect for safety, warmth and durability.
home: featured [ Bohemia ]
Founded by Jenny Lockton in 2006 Scottish based store Bohemia is a haven for homewares and goods uniquely designed in-house and handcrafted in partnership with artisans from around the world. With boho influences on trend this year [ featured on the blog a couple of weeks ago ] there is no better time to explore this great shop.
‘ Bohemia was established to build relationships with artisan producers and through collaborations help to support meaningful employment and ensure the survival of awe-inspiring traditional crafts’
Bohemia is full of colour and inspiration with the obvious strong influence of Morocco and India running throughout their products. Head to the blankets and rugs with gorgeous pattern and vibrancy, or browse the kitchenware with palm leaf brushes and hand embossed enamel bowls.
As well as the online shop Bohemia has a flagship store in Edinburgh. It’s a definate destination if you love authentic gifts and homeware with a contemporary edge.
Keep up to date with Bohemia on Instagram and Twitter.