home: featured [ Nkuku ]
Nkuku is a name we have come to know and love in recent years, seeing their products in various stores, but today we share a little bit more about this Devon based company.
‘We create beautifully handmade home and lifestyle products. We work with artisans throughout the world, combining timeless design with traditional skills and natural materials’
Nkuku has a strong idendity within its product range, celebrating artisans from around the world and emphasizing the importance of their values; Ethical, Eco friendly and Handmade.
Nkuku’s website is full of gorgeous pieces including and extensive range of picture frames, terrariums, soft furnishings and lighting. There is a strong rustic & industrial feel throughout the range with materials such as brass, zinc, mango wood and recycled glass. A rawness to each product which is beautiful yet practical at the same time
If you hadn’t heard of Nkuku then you have now, and they are definitely worth a visit. Keep up to date with their blog and Instagram to see their latest products and inspiration.
home: featured [ Baileys ]
If you are looking for a bit of escapism from city life and like to fill your home with neutral, efortless, utilitarian pieces then you need to head to Baileys. Housed in a converted barn in Herefordshire Mark & Sally Bailey have created a stunning shopping space full of gorgeous homeware from all over the world. There is an abundance of rustic pieces including crates, salvaged furniture and hand crafted soft furnishings, as well as recycled goods. Our favourites include the lighting, apple crate storage and hand woven cushions.
This emporium covers everything you need with furniture, lighting, accessories, kitchenware and hardware all with a neutral colour pallete, allowing customers to easily fit items into their homes. Alongside the shop there is a tearoom, which means you can make a full morning or afternoon visiting Baileys, stop for a cup of tea & cake and then continue shopping.
Visit the online shop at Baileyshome.com or if you can, make a trip to the shop to be wowed.
Store Owners, Store, Herefordshi
Here, you become besotted with recycled and salvaged furniture, spend hours rifling through piles of linens, throws, rugs and towels and are led to believe hanging hooks and pot brushes are covetable items in their own right.
Mark and Sally Bailey, the force behind Baileys Home and Garden, have published three books expounding their design philosophy. We talked to the couple as they were wrapping up their fourth tome.
home: trend [ Rustic Utilitarian ]
Taking a slightly softer approach to the Industrial trend of last year, Rustic Utilitarian focuses on worn and textural finishes – combining hard working materials with a soft colour pallete.
In the 1900s utilitarian design was created for use rather than beauty, but now things have changed.
For example the practical use of enamel-coated tableware and light shades has now become desirable for the home as objects of beauty, but still maintaining the usefulness if needed.
Another example of this adaptability could be galvanized buckets which aren’t necessarily used for carrying water anymore, instead used for storage or as a planter.
The great thing about this trend is that traditional materials are there to be used, whether you choose to use them for function, for looks or both, it doesn’t matter.
1. Falcon enamel dishes – amazon.co.uk [ from £12 ]
2. Rug – rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £80 ]
3. Bucket – labourandwait.co.uk [ £28 ]
4. Leather chair – johnlewis.com [ £350 ]
5. Pendant light – artifact-lighting.com [ £60 ]
6. Copper shelf – grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £39.95 ]
7. Bar stool – vincentandbarn.co.uk [ £95 ]
Mix wood, metal and leather on furniture and seat covers, softening the look with linen and wool soft furnishings such as throws and floor rugs.
Wall colours to consider are cool grey, moss green and cream, which work really well next to metal and wood tones. You can also add small punches of colour like yellow and red – achieve this with chairs, lighting and accessories.
A couple of shops who do Rustic Utilitarian very well are Labour and Wait [ step back in time to find traditional products, from hardware to clothing ], and Rockett St George [ great selection of industrial furniture and lighting ]