Month: June 2016

For the Love of Wood

Wooden table and eames style chairs

We live in a decor age whereby wooden furniture has been loved and almost loathed in equal measures, some preferring it in its natural, raw state, whilst others will chalk paint or gloss everything in their path.  I suppose when it comes to 1980s orange pine I don’t really blame them, however I do think there are some beautiful woods out there that should be left as they are to shine out as a statement piece in their own right.  A perfect example is the walnut and glass china cabinet I have at home that originally belonged to my Great-Grandmother which I simply adore for the way it is.  Ms Annie Sloan ain’t getting her hands on that baby!!

Essentially, the choice as to whether you paint a piece of furniture or not mostly boils down to your personal style preference; if you love the French country look then an oversized armoire painted in a dusky hue of Paris Grey will undoubtedly look the part in your home, just as a set of mismatched dining chairs painted in pretty pastel shades or an old china cabinet in a slick of bright green paint will guarantee a vintage style lover that quirky, eclectic look she’s after.  Personally, I love wood for the warmth and character that it imbues, but painted pieces can add individuality and a sense of fun, too.  And as I’ve shown before now, sometimes there’s a fine line between a trip to the dump and a gorgeously upcycled piece of furniture you can feel a little bit proud of!

For the purpose of this post, it’s all about renewing our love for wood, be it teak, walnut, mahogany or, dare I say it, pine… check out these awesome interiors for ways to work that wood baby…

 

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The Art of Fika

You may remember some time ago, I wrote a post about the Danish culture of Hygge, a concept centred around celebrating the little things in life, most often associated with staying cosy during the long, winter months and enjoying time with friends and family, but also getting out into the fresh air in the summertime and having picnics or a simple glass of wine in the garden with a good book.

Well, it seems that the Scandinavians have got it right again with the Swedish culture known as ‘Fika’.  According to Wikipedia, Fika is:

” a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries or sandwiches”.

Sounds pretty spot on to me!  However, you may be thinking “So what? Everyone can enjoy a cup of coffee”, but there’s much more to it than that.  For the Swedes, this is an opportunity to pause your day, share time with friends or colleagues, much like Hygge, but essentially it’s a moment in which to leave the stresses of work behind you, unlike here in Britain or the US, where coffee is a fuel to be taken in short bursts at your desk or on the commute.  I think whether you’re at work, in the middle of studying or in between school runs, everyone could do with practising the art of Fika.

And what’s Fika without the right equipment?!  It seems many of the homeware retailers out there are embracing the trend, too; Oliver Bonas has dedicated a small collection of tableware entirely to Fika, and you can find an ever-growing number of Fika inspired cups, mugs and teapots in many stores across the country.

Here’s my pick of everything you need to take a little pause in your everyday life and embrace this longstanding Swedish tradition…

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