This last year has seen a massive resergence in 70s inspired rattan furniture. A boho feel, with a relaxed vibe was seen everywhere, and is still very much a popular choice.
This year we are seeing a lot more woven furniture incorporating Japanese influences. The pale wood tones are being mixed with black for a more striking look. This can be seen on cabinets and screens, again with Japanese influences.
The fine weave we are seeing creates a lovely pattern and texture on table tops and door fronts, perfect for a statement piece. Don’t go overboard with this, as the more stripped back the better. Let the furniture do the talking, so just invest in one or two items to tie into your space.
ALSO Home, founded by Anna Schmidt in 2008 is a haven of gorgeous handcrafted & unique gifts and homeware. Every item is considered for its origin and how it was made, whether handpainted plates or handwoven baskets.
ALSO Home has a lovely selection of tableware, bedding and soft furnishings, as well as baskets and storage, with influences from Scandinavian and Japanese design
‘The business and brand philosophy is to design and source products that are unique and stylish and support talented artisans around the world. The owner Anna’s love of travelling and working with age old crafts and techniques is the real inspiration and story of this brand and business‘
Pop into their West Sussex store or head online to alsohome.com
Also keep up to date with their blog and Instagram for all the latest news and inspiration.
Other countries have huge influences on us and our home, and this year we have been introduced to a few. First we learnt of the Danish Hygge & Lykke, now we have Wabi Sabi – the Japanese way of thinking about our lives and homes and making them imperfect…in a good way.
‘Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes’
There is so much presure to make our homes the best they can be, whether it’s clean lines, perfectly arranged bookshelves or neatly placed cushions. Whatever habits we have Wabi Sabi teaches us to let go a bit and feel more content.
Wabi Sabi is about mis-matched furniture, wonky vases, worn wood floors and naturally textured accessories. Less shiny and new, more used and imperfect. There is no wrong or right way to indroduce the principles of Wabi Sabi, it’s more about appreciating what we have, and if we need those new things then perhaps opt for handmade or used items.
This simple diy project combines the popularity of indoor hanging plants and the new trend for Japanese inspired homes.
Kokedama meaning ‘moss ball’ is a Japanese form of hanging plants by creating balls of soil covered in moss. These unique hanging plants look amazing in groups if you have the space.
They are very easy to create, all you will need is your choice of plant, soil, sheet moss and string, and you are good to go.