home: favourite thing [ bamboo pendant ]
Make a statement with this gorgeous pendant light from Bloomingville. The Danish design with its woven bamboo frame has so much detail and gives off a delicate light when on. Perfect for a living room or bedroom.
Available through various stores, but we spotted it at hurnandhurn.com
[ £169 ]
home: featured [ Seld ]
Seld is a gorgeous Welsh store of contemporary mixed homeware, gifts and accessories. Explore online for a plethora of ceramics, soft furnishings, candles, kitchenalia and more, or visit their store based at 4 Bridge Street, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Cymru/Wales SA46 0AP
This is a shop with a story…
The STORY of SELD – pull up a chair…
The seld has always evoked strong childhood memories for me growing up on the family farm – a little like the reassuring clunk of the Aga door closing. Firstly, I should explain to all non West Walians what a seld is. Seld is the colloquial term for a wooden dresser – the central hub or ‘mothership’ (call it what you will) of a kitchen on a Welsh farm. Many people would polish their seld fastidiously and would use it to show off their best china, but ours was all about practicality and daily use. Ours felt like part of the family, in as much as a slab of wood can. As soon as I’d left the farm and got married there was only one thing on my mind, no – not the husband, but getting my hands on my own seld. We couldnít afford a new or a nice antique one so I rummaged through ‘The Exchange and Mart’ and found one advertised somewhere near Mountain Ash in the Welsh Valleys.
I dragged Gareth (the husband) over there without much thought of transport and decided after little deliberation that the aforementioned seld would be our first piece of family furniture. Gareth, being the practical one, uttered the words “There’s no way that’s going to fit in the car”, (a phrase which has since become as much a part of the family as the seld itself…). It turned out that he had a fair point, but who ever said that it had to fit IN the car?! We proceeded to strap both parts of the dresser to the roof of our Volkswagen Beetle and cheerily headed back down the A470 to our little terrace house in Cardiff. All was well until we lurched to a sudden stop at some traffic lights… and the dresser didn’t. Sometime later we arrived back in Cardiff –no reported casualties or deaths and the dresser was still in only 2 pieces. Since then, the seld has adapted well over the years to our evolving family life –from storing the children’s toys to now holding family heirlooms, memorabilia and a load of CDs. It’s had numerous coats of paint over the years, and by now I expect that the paint is the only thing holding it together… Any mention of getting rid of our trusted friend is greeted with shrieks of horror from the kids. When we had to choose a name for our company we thought that seld was a great play on words – being Welsh, and seeing as I ‘dressed people’s houses – a Welsh Dresser aka SELD was the only choice!
home: made [ Ikea cabinet hack ]
We love a good hack, and this one from hunker.com is a goodie.
Turn an Ivar cabinet from Ikea into a really modern woven fronted alternative. By simply cutting a panel out of the doors and attaching some cane webbing you can make a huge transformation.
Head to hunker.com for the tutorial
home: trend [ woven furniture ]
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.
Clockwise from top left
Coffee table / hm.com [ £99.99 ]
Screen / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £400 ]
Wardrobe / made.com [ £699 ]
Dining chair / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £265 ]
Table lamp / dunelm.co.uk [ £42 ]
Bed / frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk [ £1095 ]
Cabinet / laredoute.co.uk [ £655 ]
home: favourite thing [ rattan shelf ]
Continuing our love for rattan and it remaining firmly on the current 2019 trend radar – we found this great small wall shelving unit from Madam Stoltz (available from Trouva and other online stores)
£72 with free UK delivery
home: favourite thing [ Urban Outfitters ]
We have just fallen in love with the new Ria range of rattan furniture at urbanoutfitters.com. This 70s boho vibe is sticking around for 2019 and this range is a gorgeous example of the style.
Choose from a side table, bed, chest of drawers, bookshelf and stool, all with detailed woven structure and rounded edges. These amazing pieces are available for pre-order now.
Bed – £849
Bookshelf – £329
Chest of drawers – £899
Side table – £149
home: found this [ rug ]
One of our favourite West Elm rugs is on sale right now with a sizeable discount. We love this rug ‘Inspired by a 1970s wall hanging…
….our Multi Pixel Rug is handwoven by Craftmark-certified artisans in India using yarns of varied texture and colour. The facility where it’s made is Fair Trade Certified™ and the artisans have chosen to use the premium they earn from Fair Trade production to fund additional healthcare coverage.’
It’s normally £499 now £349!