On Our Wish List as We Spend Time at Home

onour wish list as we spend more time at home white board on wall

While many people have more pressing matters before them at the moment, the exhibition at Chelsea Harbour, London, does provide us with lots of inspiration. The Design Centre is an incredible hub for anybody who loves interior design or care about the look and feel of their home.Dozens of some of the finest home decor brands have space there in what is a shopping mall overflowing with exquisite textiles, elaborate lighting arrangements and fabulous furniture from all over the world.

The trends this year are for green – as is the color of the year in Scandinavia – and reds. And attention to details “is what sets a home apart” which is also our mantra. Many of the brands, including many from the USA, are not found in the high street – and many of the fabulous pieces are not to be found either except through interior designers.

Here we show some of our favourite picks from the Design Week and connect you with similar pieces to help you create a more Scandi looking home.

handwoven lampshade by Ilala made in africa london design week 2020

Loving this lampshade above – it is not a Nordic design, it was in fact handwoven in Africa. But it ticks almost all Scandi aesthetic boxes, specially our favourite Scandi Boho Chic aesthetic.

Simple in concept, adaptable, natural and representing something slightly “off-piste” ie not the usual run of the mill department store – the pieces are made from indigenous grasses, cane, river reeds, creepers and ilala palm, baked in the sun of Africa.

It sits – or hangs – perfectly in the minimalist home… a coming together of the cool North and hot Sub-Saharan Africa. But it’s possible to get equally attractive and fun bamboo lampshades online too – here is one of our favourites from Amazon, the Natural Bamboo Washer. Find out more here.

On our wish list outdoors – furniture and decorative pieces

It’s hardly the most functional piece – although with some dusting down and a new lick of paint this could be a chic fruit bowl on the large wooden kitchen table. But that would remove much of the charm from this weatherworn stone urn bowl. We found it at McKinnon And Harris estate, garden and yacht furniture at London Design Week.

Traditionalists might put it on the terrace outside, but at DU we believe in bringing as much of the outside inside. It would look fabulous on a stone floor, either in the hall or the sitting room. But you need a good size room for it to really shine.

What does it do for a room? It lends a little grandeur to the room, a whiff of fresh air as it brings the terrace (or part of the fountain) inside. And a vintage feel, too.

Garden Centres and Country Car Boot Sales for Vintage Urns

Glam urns or original, vintage urns and planters are hard to find at the best of times but garden centres and with luck country car boot sales and fairs.

However, Amazon is another place to shop and there are some finds online, with quick delivery. We like this one, the Buckingham Urn Stone Plant Pot. Find out more or browse to see others on Amazon here.

how to find amazing interior pieces in charity shops - tiebacks

Tie Backs to Glam Up the Curtains – and the Room

We’re huge fans of tie backs, which are home decor’s answer to jewelry (ie tassel earrings). A pair of solid, rich, elaborate, colourful tie backs can really make even plain curtains look glorious. So over to the Jason d’Souza shop for Wendy Cushing’s spectacular couture tie backs. Cushing has designed for some of the most discerning customers, Buckinham Palace and top hotels. (To read more about luxe tiebacks click here.)

blue tiebacks for curtains

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