It’s been some time since I did a round-up of the latest additions at Design Storey. mainly due to my house drowning in dust, and my brain not being able to handle another design decision. But I’ve made it through the other side and have found an interesting mix of furniture, lighting, and accessories – glad to be back!
URKU CANDLESTICK CRACKLE LAMP, NKUKU
They are sold separately but I love a mismatched pair so if that’s your vibe buy one of each. You can then have the same lampshades (I would) or have different but toning ones. As we’re nodding to trends as we go along then buy a pair of plain cream paper shades and use up leftover tester pots by painting patterns on them à la Charleston House.
MERIAH THROW BLANKET, ANTHROPOLOGIE
There’s something so joyful about this blanket that shouts about summer even in the depths of winter. The Nordic nations change their curtains and cushions with the seasons and there’s no reason why we can’t do that here. That said if I had a large enough wall I would be tempted to hang it as a decoration.
SET OF 2 GARY OFFICE TRESTLES, LA REDOUTE
These trestle legs in wood and leather are a great way to create your own dining table. Either buy your own piece of tempered glass or wood or use a vintage door or length of worktop. Works well as a desk too.
DEUTZIA STRIPED REVERSIBLE LINEN PILLOWCASE, LA REDOUTE
Stripes always look good on bedding and this reversible pillowcase allows you to create that slightly mismatched look simply by flipping one side or the other. Also if you have a sleeping partner who hates cushions on beds then buy pretty pillowcases that look as good as cushions but you don’t have to throw them off at night.
FRANCESCA KAYE PLANTER, ANTHROPOLOGIE
The prettiest planter I ever did see. I love the sculptural nature of the flowers stuck on the side and this will look just as pretty empty on a shelf as filled with seasonal plants. It’s crying out to be displayed on an open pantry shelf.
HEM BEDSIDE TABLE IN BLUSH, JOHN LEWIS
Finding good bedside tables is one of the great mysteries of life. I tend to go vintage to bring in character and patina to a room that tends to be full of softness. But when you find a good contemporary version you need to strike as soon as you can. This is that – £129 with a fashionable scallop and lots of storage. It’s made from rubberwood and MDF which means you can paint it if you change your décor. Also comes in cream.
OLD HAVANA BAKING DISH, ANTHROPOLOGIE
The right tableware can elevate the humblest of dishes and this is perfect for bringing a little style to a Monday night Shepherd’s pie. It’s a huge collection in either this mint green or blue and there are canisters, pie dishes and bowls in the range.
MAYRA AGED METAL DINING TABLE, LA REDOUTE
I bought this table – although I must confess it was on offer when I saw it so it was cheaper. But pedestal tables are great for smaller spaces as the look – by the time you have added the chairs – is cleaner and less cluttered. None of Eero Saarinen’s “slum of legs” which was the reason he designed the famous Tulip table. Adding metal, this has a slight bronze effect, can be a good contrast if you have a wooden floor and lots of wooden furniture. Be warned it does scratch – we use mats – so if that bothers you this probably isn’t for you.