‘Tidy home, tidy mind’ as the saying goes. I’m a firm believer in keeping rooms pretty neutral when decorating so that you can change and accessorize accordingly each season. Below I share some of my must-haves to instantly transform the atmosphere of your home!
Throws & Cushions
First up is the stunning Cranley Throw from interior and lifestyle mecca THE WHITE COMPANY. Crafted from the finest merino wool the throw is perfect for your bed or draped around your shoulders on those cold mornings. The classic herringbone design in a pale grey makes this a really versatile piece to style in your home. Priced at £150 you are looking at a real investment piece.
If like me, stripes are your thing this nautical offering from John Lewis really hits the spot. Made from lightweight acrylic this throw would look fantastic draped over the back of your sofa or doubled up a picnic blanket! A steal at £39 and also available in a grey/white option.
Nothing says home quite like a tartan lambswool blanket throw. This beautiful offering from Moon Massif at John Lewis is available in a handful of colours to match your mood. I have chosen this subtle beige offering for it’s simplicity and ease of styling.
Heal’s x Gemma Kay Waggett ‘Stamp Set Shape Collection’ – Working with arrangements of colour, pattern and shape, Waggett creates hand-sewn, machine embroidered and screen-printed textiles. Inspired by motifs found within stamp sets from 1986, the year Gemma was born, this design overlays speckled and solid curves of colour onto natural cotton before mounting the pattern to a navy cover. Mix a couple of these cushions with plain navy, cobalt blue and white cushions to really compliment the prints.
House of Hackney ‘Palmeral Cushion’ – If bold, striking furnishings are your cup of tea, House of Hackney will have it! The Palmeral print pays homage to Loddiges, one of the world’s largest palm houses based in Hackney during the Georgian period. A mecca for tropical plants, it was the original inspiration for many of the species at Kew Gardens today. An Art Deco inspired patio print, Palmeral features an explosion of palm leaves reminiscent of 1930s Palm Springs.
French Connection ‘Suede Square Cushion’ – This super soft suede workwear inspired style from French Connection is perfect for adding a touch of masculinity to your place. I’d mix it up with various textured cushions for a really interesting feel.
H&M ‘Canvas Cushion Covers’ – Available in a wide range of colours, these block colour covers from H&M are excellent for highlighting the colour themes throughout your home!
Photo frames & clocks
The White Company ‘Classic Silver Frames’ – A shiny and seamless photo frame made of silver plated brass on a premium white mount. I love the idea of using these different sizes around the house as statement frames to house those special memories, mixing with plain black and white frames.
Discover Attic. – ‘Distressed Picture Frame’ – If shabby chic is more your style, this distressed, hand painted, blue/grey finish will tick all the boxes.
The White Company ‘Small Karlsson Alarm Clock’ – I love how cute this little clock is! With a minimalistic white face and polished steel frame the clock is very ‘Scandinavian’ looking in style. Never have I been so happy to see an alarm clock in the morning.
Newgate ‘Billingsgate Market Clock’ – Taking its name from London’s infamous Billingsgate market, this clock has an evocative industrial style design – think white tiled food halls, grand railway stations, and green lamped office spaces. The simple watch face layout and classic Gill-Sans typography are also reminiscent of early 20th century modernist design, and pair perfectly with the sharp lines of its metal hands.
Menu x Norm ‘White Marble Wall Clock’ – This minimalistic wall clock is free from unnecessary details; the face is crafted from pure marble for a polished finish. Adorn your walls with this piece for an architectural finish. I have a real fascination with marble at the moment and this clock is a quick way to add some subtle opulence in to your home.
Ptolemy Mann ‘Alacha Bed Linen’ – This jacquard woven bed linen made from 100% cotton has a subtle ikat stripe; the design blends muted grey and white tones with an architectural edge.
The White Company ‘Santorini Bed Linen’ – When it comes to good looks, high quality and great value, the Santorini bed linen is just impossible to beat. Made in a wonderfully smooth and luxurious 200-thread count, pure cotton percale, Santorini features a stunning, hand-worked ladder stitch along Oxford edges.
Orla Kiely ‘Tiny Stem Bed Linen’ – Instantly recognisable, Orla Kiely’s prints are bold and a touch of retro chic to the home. I have chosen this grey tiny stem version as it’s neutral allowing you to play with the colour of your scatter cushions and throws.
Candles & Home Fragrance
The scent of your home is just as important as how it looks. It really completes the experience for you and any guests. Most brands now offer room sprays alongside their candle offerings – a few quick bursts will brighten up any room!
Diptyque ‘Baies’ – This enticing combination of red fruits and rose creates an exquisite fragrance that is both fruity and floral. It isn’t too overpowering or sweet and softens into a soft, fresh scent.
The White Company ‘Cassis’ – A sophisticated scent that combines notes of fruity ripe blackberries and blackcurrants with a relaxing woody base of cedar, clove and patchouli. Perfect as a candle when having breakfast and reading the newspapers on a sunny Sunday morning.
(Malin + Goetz) ‘Vetiver’ – A modern interpretation of the legendary, aromatic classic, the Vetiver candle synthesises natural grassy notes for a cool, classic, earthy scent. Known for its tranquil and restorative energy, vetiver is a clean, fresh and comfortable scent. A great candle to light in the evening whilst enjoying a glass of red wine curled up on the sofa.
Tom Dixon ‘Royalty’ – A reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones with strawberry jam and the drive home in a ‘52 Bentley with tatty leather seats. I am obsessed with the designs of Tom Dixon and the collection of candles mirror his contemporary aesthetic perfectly.