• Posts Tagged ‘cutlery’

    Irresistible new trend for AW15: create easy style with unrefined luxe

    by  • Monday, July 20, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Tougher than glamour but more refined than vintage, the new trend for undone luxe is definitely one to watch for A/W 2015. Effortlessly fusing copper and gold with clay, marble and wood, it’s a tactile trend inspired by raw materials, muted colours and toughened-up textures. Look out for clean lines and modest, utility-inspired shapes, brought to life with exposed finishes and hints of metallic for an opulent twist on simple designs.

    Rowen-&-Wren

    Adept in the art of putting a luxurious spin on simple homeware is Rowen & Wren. Its statement copper mugs are available in either a shiny or matt finish, whilst the hand-made nature endows each piece with its own distinct character. Give the copper an unrefined feel by teaming it with cool concrete or marble, for a look that’s both effortless and artisan.
    John-Lewis

    For a slightly more utilitarian take on the trend, try this striking range from John Lewis. Reminiscent of the pared-back aesthetic of Japanese style, it’s a sturdy, tactile collection in a thunderous palette of inky black. Simply team it with stormy greys and sprigs of foliage to let this beautiful raw material sing.

    Marks-&-Spencer

    Add a vintage spin with this charming set from Marks & Spencer. Industrial metal cutlery is given a softer edge with aged handles; just pair with rough hessian or soft linen for easy, undone luxe.

    West Elm

    Lastly, take a look at this trio of textured vases from West Elm. Style the mattified metallic finishes with exposed concrete and a moody palette for instant understated luxury.

     

    From top: Moscow mugs, £18 each, Rowen & Wren; beaker, £15; mini jug, £18; 25cm serving bowl, £55; dinner plate, £28; all Dove Street Pottery by David Worsley range, John Lewis (coming soon); Ornate cutlery, £75 for a 16-piece set, Marks & Spencer; textured vases, from £29 each, West Elm (coming soon)

    Read more →

    NEW BOOK: Rediscovered Treasures

    by  • Tuesday, January 4, 2011 • Books and TV • 2 Comments

    Eee by gum, our first ‘Book of the Week’ for 2011 is a real stunner. Packed full of beautiful photographs and printed on expensive-looking thick paper, it’s written by two Norwegian stylists: Ellen Dyrop and Hanna Kristinsdottir, and out on February 7th. Rediscovered Treasures: A New Life for Old Objects is an absolute treat from beginning to end. And it goes a little something like this…

    This beautiful book shows you how to transform old curios into shabby-chic homewares for every room of the house…so start collecting cutlery, biscuit tins and the like, and stock up on super-glue:

    I like the idea of using stencils to update old tableware – ‘CARPE DIEM’ in an Emma-Bridgewater-esque font scrawled across a vintage metal teapot filled with fresh flowers– what could be more pleasing?

    It’s got a step-by-step ‘how to’ section at the back, with stencils to trace and a useful list of shops you might need, too. It’s out on February 7th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon now for under a tenner. – Ellie

    Read more →

    Ode to cutlery

    by  • Monday, February 1, 2010 • Decorating and interiors, News, Stylish shopping • 4 Comments

    Oh, I do love a Welbeck cutlery tile. Or two. Or four…

    Obviously, they’d look fabulous on kitchen walls, or you could just buy a pair (£22), glue felt to their bases and use them as statement coasters.

    Check out the ultra-chic new Pied a Terre (yes, the shoe people) Home collection at House of Fraser this spring for stunning black and gold cutlery. It’s SO glamorous – imagine the black cutlery on a crisp white tablecloth with black napkins, Jo Malone candles and elegant white roses – WHAT a look for a decadent dinner party! In reality, my guests have to endure a manky old polka dot oilcloth but HEY. We can dream.

    I’m a huge fan of vintage cutlery…no, you can’t put it in the dishwasher. But you can buy it for next to nothing at car boot sales and it looks so lovely:

    I’ve admired Tracey Kendall’s cutlery wallpaper for a while now. Let’s treat ourselves to a little peak. Sadly it’s £95, chaps. SIGH.

    If you like cutlery, you’ll love these Victorian cutlery catalogue greeting cards from Baileys – they’re nice enough to frame!

    And while we’re obsessing about Welbeck tiles…check out the amazing postcard tiles, the vintage household range – and have you seen the gorgeous jelly tiles they do?

    I’ve got a bit of a thing for jelly at the moment (!) which started with Thornback and Peel napkins…

    From top left, working clockwise: Thornback and Peel jelly napkin; RE jelly mould light fitting; RE rabbit jelly moulds; and my charity shop glass jelly moulds, 99p each, (no expense spent).

    And here are some more lovely wibbly wobbly jelly pictures from RE. You’ll find more gorgeous jellies at Bompas & Parr (jelly-mongers!) Right, I’m off to pop some more Nurofen for my lack-of-caffeine-headache. Perhaps I should have phased out coffee gradually rather than going cold turkey?! Alas. We live and learn. – Jelly Ellie

    Read more →