home: featured [ rattan at Habitat ]
Rattan, popular on and off throughout the last century, especially from the 1950s to 1980s in various styles and forms, is back in fashion and across the high street.
Habitat, known for its midcentury styling and strong designs from the key rattan era, is definitely the go to place for rattan and other materials that have a similar look – wicker, cane, bamboo, and other woods. Beds, shelving, chairs and more all embracing the current new trend.
So why is rattan different to other materials that look so similar? Rattan is a specific material, hence rattan furniture is crafted out of rattan only, but wicker furniture may be crafted out of different materials such as bamboo, straw and even rattan. Recently, synthetic materials are also being used for manufacturing wicker furniture.
It sits perfectly within either a clean minimal interior or equally amongst an eclectic bohemian styled room. It worked in the 1970s and still works now. Avoid mixing with chintzy florals – not to end up looking to 1980s.
home: favourite thing [ shelving ]
Perfect little shelving for displaying your favourite pieces, or little toys in a nursery or even spice pots in a kitchen – this Neth Shelving Unit by La Forma is available now from Next (online) for £38.
Black, industrial, linear style, ticking lots of trend boxes; and at such a great price its an easy way to give a new gifts feature to a room.
home: trend [ gold ]
It doesn’t have to be brash or over shiny, it doesn’t have to come across ostentatious or too blingy but this season, gold is the colour to embrace. From the, it seems, permanently on trend, metallics family, gold is a great colour to introduce in small homewares or be bold and embrace layering golds from walls, to floors, to ceramics to soft furnishings. Use either dark tones or soft blush and whites to sit along side.
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Boston Lounge Chair £320 Amara / Stockholm Geometric Wallpaper £9.99 per roll Inspired Wallpaper / Newberg Cutlery £129 Made.com
Trouva Rug £67.99 Wayfair / Honeycomb Side Table £99 Atkin & Thyme / Tranquil Wallpaper £18.39 Debenhams
Gold Print £15 Joyful Home Co / Vibe Cushion £9 Dunelm / Hammered Vase £29.99 Zara Home
home: nice price [ bottle opener ]
It would make a perfect gift or look great on show in kitchen – this ‘pliers’ bottle opener is stylish, fun and eye catching. It would also make a great fathers day present.
Get yours now at the reduced price of £6 (was £12) from Rose + Grey
home: featured [ BHS ]
Another long established brand, British Home Stores [ BHS ] which already disappeared from our high street, is now sadly also disappearing from online too.
The brand had decided to maintain an online presence with their clothing, homeware and infamous lighting, but now, after not long at all,they are pulling the plug on that too.
Just another all to familiar sign of the British retail industry losing pace and saying goodbye to another long standing retailer.
Head over to their website now and explore their closing down sale. It’s a good time to get some great bargain homewares at up to 50% off.
home: trend [ midcentury monochrome ]
The angles, the curves, the familiar silhouette of midcentury design sits so well with a monochrome interior. A little hint of walnut tones is all you need to soften the monochrome look.
Across the high street there are so many homewares and furniture embracing the style and designs from the midcentury era.
It’s easy to create this trend from modern stores but also it’s a great excuse to explore vintage markets, auctions and antiques fairs. Look for designs from brands including Ercol (furniture), Midwinter and Meakin that have some beautiful design and great monochrome pieces (ceramics).
Use vintage vases, lamps and plates for decorative display to compliment the look.
1 ‘EKENÄSET chair / IKEA £180
2 ‘Sputnik’ light / Dunelm Was £129.00 Now £38.70
3 embroidery cushions / West Elm from £29
4 ‘afar’ rug / La Redoute from £69.30 (current prices with up to 30% off)
5 wall hanging / La Redoute £37.80 (current price with up to 30% off)
6 ‘Margot’ sofa / Argos £299.99
7 ‘Scott’ armchair / Perch & Parrow £685
8 Ridgeway ‘homemaker’ vintage plate / search vintage markets and eBay
9 ‘Ditto’ wallpaper / Miss Print £64
home: featured [ George at Asda ]
Head to high street supermarket Asda for some unexpected gorgeous finds in their George homeware department. Ticking lots of the current trend boxes and having great quality pieces across all departments.
Trends covered include marble, geometric, typography, copper and all black.
The affordable low prices make it super easy to give a whole new look to a room on a budget.
Our top picks are brilliantly priced bedding, including a lovely marble design, for just £16 for the super king size duvet. Other marble pattern pieces including lighting (£22) and tea light holders (£6). And we love the boho style floor cushion (pictures) (£25).