home: featured [ rattan at Habitat ]

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.

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home: favourite thing [ chair ]

home: favourite thing [ chair ]

If you are looking for a statement chair for your home then consider this simply gorgeous offering from Future and Found. We love the mix of soft and hard with its marshmallow like cushions sat on top of a black metal base.

If the pink is not your thing then it comes in grey too!

Head to futureandfound.com [ £695 ]

home: trend [ curated living ]

home: trend [ curated living ]

Gone are the days of hiding everything behind cabinet doors and wardrobes, it time to embrace what you own and show it off.

This Autumn furniture is to be admired not only by how it looks but also whats on it. Open clothes rails instead of wardrobes in the bedroom, doorless cabinets in the kitchen and drinks trolleys in the living room is where its at.

Curated shelving [ image via Houzz ]
Going for this kind of look will obviously mean some serious de-cluttering and organising. Pick your favourite pieces to display on shelves, your best dinnerware out for all to see in the kitchen and neat hung clothing on rails. Its much more of a curated feel, almost shop like with minimal designed pieces of furniture.

Of course there is still a need to for some closed doors for those items you just cant live without but perhaps are less appealing on the eye. But generally if you can invest in some key storage you will start to embrace it and destress knowing you have a place for everything, and it looks good at the same time.

Guide:

1. Shelving unit ftom westelm.co.uk [ £499 ]

2. Hanging unit from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £140 ]

3. Bookcase from habitat.co.uk [ £250 ]

4. Clothes rail from made.com [ £199 ]

5. Open shelving unit from miafleur.com [ £425 ]

6. Open wardrobe from ikea.com [ £150 ]

7. Shelving from futureandfound.com [ £340 ]

8. Trolley from roseandgrey.co.uk [ £155 ]

home: trend [ plywood ]

home: trend [ plywood ]

Plywood furniture is nothing new, made popular in the 1950s with design icons like Charles and Ray Eames. The material that was once thought too cheap to be on show is now making its biggest mark on interiors being used on everything from furniture to kitchen cupboards to wall coverings.

The amazing nature of plywood means it can bend and create beautiful shapes, and this is particularly evident in pendant lights. If you are looking for a statement light this coming season, make sure its made of plywood.

Light shade from clasohlson.com [ £29.99 ]
Another great way to make a statement is to use plywood where you may not expect. Make cupboard doors in a kitchen or panel a wall in a living room. Let the finish be raw and obvious, no need to cover up with paint.

If you fancy a more subtle approach to plywood try adding in some dining chairs or perhaps a side table or stool. These pieces of furniture can add interest to a room and blend with other trends, like mid-century, monochrome and Scandinavian. You really need to appreciate the design of the pieces you choose, so a less cluttered room is probably best.

If you are looking for inspiration than we recommend a visit to the V&A Museum and their current exhibition Plywood: Material of the Modern World.

Guide:

1. Image from Pinterest

2. Shelving unit from lozidesigns.com [ from £180 ]

3. Wallpaper from johnlewis.com [ £175 ]

4. Stool from lozidesigns.com [ £120 ]

5. Lamp shade from woolights.com

6. Floating shelf from made.com [ £49 ]

7. Eames chair from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £927.60 ]

home: found this [ shelving ] 

home: found this [ shelving ] 

With a sleek, minimal linear look and coloured in the perfect copper tone, the Lulea shelving unit from Maison Du Monde would be a perfect, affordable design piece to make a statement on a wall. 

Style with a few home accessories depending on the room. Would be great in a lounge, kitchen or even a nursery. 

£35.99

home: trend [ raw white ] 

home: trend [ raw white ] 

The most tranquil of settings, the purest of environments – controversially thought to be sterile and clinical, all white interiors are calming, beautiful and warm if done with quality pieces, textures and detail.


Raw white, in a matt finish, is modern, clean and pure. It may not be the most practical in furniture but choose leathers, plastics or wood which are easier to wipe clean. White painted walls can be regularly touched up as the simplest paint is to use high street affordable favourite Dulux brilliant white, although we love Farrow and Ball ‘All White‘ for its great finish. 


Enrich the raw white look with textures in the furnishings. Lace for curtains, long and drizzling in puddles on the floor (IKEA Alvine Spets are made for even the biggest biggest windows), ruffles and knit in cushions and throws, and smooth matt finishes in vases, lamps, dishes and table tops. Ensure all details stick to the white palette for the strongest look. 

Even kitchens and bathrooms can be beautiful in all white.  Vary tiles in size and style but all in white, matt worktops or counter finishes, handle-less cupboards to keep minimal and design in open shelving (and doored cupboards) and pile up endless white ceramics and glassware for detail and texture. 

1 Dynan Shelving / IKEA £80 

2 Vienna Sofa / Dwell (Now) £699 

3 Kura Lampshade / Habitat £60 

4 Alvine Spets Curtains / IKEA £10

5 Satin Cushion Cover / H&M £7.99

6 Hexagon Tiles / Tons Of Tiles 94p p/t 

7 Sweep Floor Lamp / Made £99 

8 Shianti Bed Linen / John Rocha at Debenhams from £50 

home: nice price [ concrete clock ] 

home: nice price [ concrete clock ] 

We love January for it’s sales and discounts.

Head to Luke Arthur Wells now and take advantage of 20% discount with code NEWYEAR20 at the checkout. 

Our favourite pick – the gorgeous minimalist House Doctor concrete clock (£44) which after discount will be a lovely £35.20 !