Introducing Woven – Comfortable Luxury with Personality

We are always eager here at Heart Home to pass on any snippets of industry news that we may come across, and we are also always on the lookout for things that may inspire you. It’s our opinion as you know, that great interiors come together over time and we know that any new purchase for the home has to work hard at being both beautiful and/or useful.

So we were delighted to be one of the first to see a new online marketplace called Woven. It’s a brand new company with a simple aim – to bring together design, style, comfort and individuality and to create a collection where shopping for the home is a pleasure. The founders, Andy and Paul have carefully sourced a selection of homewares true to their ethos of comfortable luxury with a large helping of personality.

From left to right, top rowBroome & Bee Cushion in Sky by Lorna Syson, £52. Cea Stripe II Basket, £48. Angelica Pot, £19. Middle rowAximon Pots small: £16, large: £21. Bird Tea Light Holder, £10. Flask II, £30. Bottom rowMimi Lantern, £24. Scratch Cushion by Ella Doran, £48. Tip Top Metal Basket, £34.

They care about how and where the products are made and place great emphasis on manufacturing techniques used by craftsmen and women who have honed their skills for many years, using their hands and intricate knowledge of the materials they work with. They also champion contemporary British designers (so they have a lot in common with Heart Home!) and will launch several new design collaborations in the year ahead, some well-known, others not just yet.

From left to right, top row Bradbery Cushion by Lorna Syson, £47. Cicasso Pot, £18. Dansk I Lantern, £49. Middle rowHerimo Vase, £32. Greenfinch Cushion by Lorna Syson, £49. Hix Baskets small: £67, large: £79. Bottom rowHubble I, £49. Mimi Lantern, £24. Flock Cushion in Sunrise by Lorna Syson, £52.

Importantly, their design selection is matched by equally excellent practical details, such as service, free delivery (UK only, sorry), quality and a robust returns policy. With over 25 years in creative industries they will continue to embrace new talent and production ideas to offer innovative pieces to love and style your home with.

Go and have a browse. We think you’ll like Woven too.

Website Of The Week: Raj Tent Club

Raj Tent Club throws a great garden party and have been supplying parties with lovely Moroccan, Indian and luxury Indian tents for years.  They have now opened a new online store to bring  the magical delights of colour, rich materials, traditional tents and exotic home furnishings to your own garden with the new Raj Tent Club online shop.  The new store offers a colourful array of summer glassware, garden furniture, traditional patterned wool throws, collectable cushions and mystical lanterns to light up a garden beautifully.  Raj Tent club travels the world in search of unique high-end items to furnish a garden haven.

A set of beautiful hand carved Elephants from India the perfect finish for an enchanted garden setting.  Everyone in the family can get together with Raj Tent club’s garden accessories.  A doggie and children’s delightful traditional Indian tent house awaits to create the perfect garden setting…

Website of the Week - The Future Kept

The Future Kept is a new venture by husband and wife team, Jeska and Dean Hearne. Some of you might already know Jeska as she is the author of the beautiful Lobster and Swan blog (winner of the best designed blog in the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2014). Their former home also appeared in the first issue of Heart Home magazine (see page 108).

So when Jeska and Dean announced that they were working on a new online shop we already knew we were in for a treat. And what a treat. In fact, readers, if you want to buy me a gift this Christmas can you please buy it here (only kidding, about buying me a gift, I mean). The products listed are just beautiful.

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Not only are they beautiful but they are all ethically sourced. The pair's mission was to seek out beautiful and useful items for life and the home that are made with love, thoughtfulness and detail. Items with timeless qualities created by people with a passion for what they do, and a care for the future of the world we live in. 

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"Creating and seeking beautifully considered, functional items for others to enjoy is our passion, by sharing these items that we celebrate, we hope to connect and form relationships with like minded people, whilst having a positive impact on the environment".

Christmas gifts sorted!

Winter Colour from Hunkydory Home

It's time to add some colour to our homes and we can't think of a better way than with these fabulous tablelamps from Hunkydory Home. We love the collection of zingy shades and we can't make up our minds which we like best. Secretly, I'd go for pink! Ssshh.

All of the lamps are hand-crafted in North East England. The lamp bases are made by Nick James, a furniture designer based in Newcastle and the silk lampshades are by Hunkydory Home in Northumberland. Table lamps retail for £75 and the drum shades are £28 for a 30 cm diameter shade.

 

If you are thinking of adding one to your work desk, have a look at their equally bright peg boards too. They come with coloured pegs and at £40 make a cheery addition to any home office or kitchen.

Can we have one in pink too please Hunkydory Home?

April and the Bear

April and the Bear is an online art and interiors store based in Dublin, Ireland. It is dedicated to finding and selling unique homewares, gloriously eclectic gifts and exclusive art prints

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The founder (we're assuming it's April!) is a former fashion buyer who was growing weary of the 'throw-away' nature of the fashion world, so she chucked it all in to create an art, interiors and jewellery emporium where each product is carefully selected for its unique aesthetic, quality and ability to bring a smile to the face.

We were smitten at first glance.

All items are sold internationally online.

Location, Location, Location

Do you ever wonder where magazines find those impossibly gorgeous houses they use for their photo-shoots?

You know the ones I mean? The grand Downton Abbeyesqe period homes with ornate fireplaces and tall graceful windows. The ones where modern furniture is arranged tastefully against all of the rococo embellishments.

And then there are the warehouses with bare brick walls and rusting metal beams. Vast expanses of vintage flooring and soaring ceilings. Those are the ones that are perfect for the juxtaposition of tarnished and lush. Rust and velvets. Rivets and crystal droplets.

Or maybe your imagination is piqued by modern kitchens. Volumes of stainless steel, sharp as a pin LED lighting and an absence of human occupation. Maybe you yourself would like to take all of that perfection and dress it with retro china and a jungle of plants?

Well, I'm going to let the secret out.

Those in the know go to a location agency where you can find a whole library of houses, gardens, apartments, warehouses, bars, and even summerhouses and caravans if that is what you need. It's like shopping for a new house without the hassle of estate agents and banks and moving. The only trouble is you have to give it back!

All locations featured are exclusive to 1st Option.


Website of the Week - Place in Print

Place in Print is a London-based design studio, manufacturer and retailer, specialising in locally themed art, homewares and gifts. Places in Print - Brockwell Lido

 

Their captivating artwork is created by some of the best local designers celebrating London's unique neighbourhoods in vibrant colour. In their own words  "Every place is unique. We spend so much of our lives in or around particular countries, regions or local areas, it is natural for us to build up some form of connection with a particular place".

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The website is a dream to navigate - either choose prints and posters, kitchen and home or books and cards. Alternatively you can search by region from Archway to Wimbledon. Commissions are also undertaken.

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The prints are priced at £35 print-only, £40 mounted, £50 framed (frame available in white, black or wood).

 

Website of the Week - The Den & Now

If you like things that have been pre-loved, that have developed the patina of time, you will love The Den & Now. TheDen&Now_Small&LargeRusticWoodenStools_Lifestyle

Newly launched, this site is the dream come true of Charlie Beebee, a northern lass who strayed south to work in the fast-paced fashion industry for a little over a decade, before returning home to her roots in Chester, where she lives with her husband.

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With a background in art, Charlie has a keen interest in all things style related, and The Den & Now is an online emporium, bringing together unique homeware from the past and present, all in one place. The stock is an edited selection of furniture and accessories, from one-off vintage and reclaimed finds, to industrial and contemporary pieces. They also have an array of unusual decorative pieces for the home and handcrafted lighting.

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But what interested us most is the bespoke personal shopping service. Meaning that if there's something that you've seen on the store which is either out of stock, or not quite what you were looking for (perhaps it's a little too big or the wrong colour) then Charlie will help you find it.

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Now that's what we call service.

Website of the Week - Pipii

Summer wouldn't be summer without a few parties to go to, or the odd wedding or two. Maybe you are organising your own little shindig and you are in need of inspiration. Look no further than Pipii (pronounced pi-pee), a world full of ideas, inspiration and fun products for your party, wedding, birthday, or any special occasion. pipii party accessories [1]

Based on the edge of Ashdown Forest, (home of Winnie-the-Pooh) but with its heart and style in the traditions of Scandinavia, Pipii has a creative edge, and is full of ideas and products to make your party twinkle like tea-lights on a table brimming with cupcakes, and surrounded by friends.

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Where possible, the products chosen by the team are sustainable, eco-friendly, have a hand-made, retro or vintage feel to them, and are influenced by Scandinavian design.

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We can't wait to have a little party of our own!

Where does the name Pipii come from? Pipii is the way that birds say hello in Scandinavia, the equivalent of the English tweet. To the Danish founders, the name shares their vision of spreading the word about the way Scandinavians celebrate, party, and create a special occasion out of everyday events. Pipii also reminds us of the free-range, unique childhood of that well-loved Scandinavian character, Pippi Longstocking.

Website of the Week - The Sofa and Chair Company

When it comes to the larger items around the home we like to know we're in good hands and that our purchases are going to last and last. The Sofa and Chair Company is the UK's leading manufacturer of luxury sofas and bespoke furniture and they pride themselves on only using the best of British craftsmanship. All of their luxury furniture is handcrafted using kiln-dried hardwood timbers and the top quality, solid beech wood frames are guaranteed for 15 years for lasting assurance. The Sofa and Chair Company 1

They also have the largest fabric library in the UK and we were absolutely bowled over with their contemporary take on the trend for bold colours. We love the vibrant mustard and fuchsia tones paired with that most enduring of colours - grey.

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And we simply can't get enough of the buttoned footstools and ottomans in plush velvets.

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And don't let the name fool you either. The Sofa and Chair Company also have a huge range of bedroom furniture, lighting, mirrors, accessories and bedding too.

A little luxury goes a long way.

 

 

By George, We Love It

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Affordable style is what we’re all after and at Heart Home we’re on a mission to let you know about any little gems we may manage to unearth. This week we had a chance to peruse the George at Asda website and we think we have found a little treasure. Stylish and bang on trend, it is bursting with easy updates for the home that won’t break the bank but will definitely add a zing to your spring.

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So we’ve put together for you a couple of room ideas that might take your fancy. Like this monochrome bedroom scheme with touches of summery yellow. Perfect for a city apartment (take out the floral lampshade and it becomes a perfect bachelor scheme too) it incorporates the current trends of typographical prints and apothecary inspired chests. We love the dog bust lamp stand too!

George at Asda - Nautical but Nice

Or if you are more traditionally inclined you might like this nautical living room scheme. We love the decorative oars that could have all manner of uses. We’re thinking curtain poles, coat hangers and even picture rails! Our favourite has to be the pebble side table though, which is a subtle reminder of those summery days spent on the shingle.

All products from George at Asda.

Limelace - New Cushions and Chairs

Samantha King, founder of Lime Lace, realised that customers preferred things which were more unique and personal to them, so she developed a website and a shop in Harrogate which is full of all those quirky, usually hard-to-find items, making it easy to buy products that really stand out. And she has added some fantastic new products lately that we just had to share with you.

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These amazing cushions and fabric upholstered chairs are from Lime Lace's new designer Emily Humphrey. Emily comes from a fashion print background, working in-house designing women’s wear prints for Paul Smith & Ted Baker. Her new cushion collection is designed around the concept of a ‘mix & match flip book’.

The Marché aux Puces Cushion (above) features a white swan, floral images and aged crackle effect. It comes with a contrasting grey lace printed reverse and contrasting black and white piping.

 

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The stylish Harrogate toile cushion was created in homage to the town Emily now calls home. As you explore this design you will see local landmarks like the Turkish baths, Pump rooms, Betty’s and the Majestic Hotel, as well as images that have inspired the designer since living in Harrogate such as magpies, rabbits, fat rascals and Victorian characters.

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This fabulous and eccentric magpie's paradise large cushion features magpies surrounded by jewels, pearls and pocket watches. The cushion comes with a contrasting striped piping and a red striped reverse

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All cushions are 100% British designed & made. They are crafted from 100% cotton satin, and include a duck feather inner.

Website Of The Week: Home & Tribe

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Home and Tribe is a collaboration of bohemian decor, handcrafted homewares and boho bags - bought to you with love from around the world - modern style bohemian heart! 6lXRWEIMWa3SxeCF09V41QwZpsk

Stocking a selection of quality handcrafted items including textiles, soft furnishings and jewellery, Home and Tribe sources creative, unique and unusual pieces with an ever-present emphasis on both affordability and design. In line with our fair trade ethics a percentage of our sales will go back into funding creative handicraft charities around the globe.

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Home = Find that special something to brighten up your home. Tribe = For you, your family & your friends to enjoy.

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Home and Tribe collection is tailored to all  bohonistas out there! Full of colour, global treasures and handmade curiosities to bring you a collection from the path less travelled. Special items sourced with love from around the world adding that little extra bohemian touch to your home.

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Heart Home Loves Ebay

We've been having lots of fun over the last few weeks creating boards on eBay Collections of all of our favourite things that are listed for sale. Country Chic

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It's a brand new way of shopping on the nation's (no, make that the world's) favourite shopping destination. You can be inspired by celebrity (we're talking Dannii Minogue, Kelly Hoppen and Reggie Yates to name just a few) collections or by other bloggers collections, or you can create your own. We're telling you it's totally addictive once you get started!

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All you have to do is browse the site and add items to your collections as they take your fancy. You can follow boards if you see one you like and want to come back to it later, and the best thing is, everything is shoppable with just a quick click of the mouse.

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You might be surprised by what you find too. We were totally unprepared for the number of well known high street shops who have their products listed, as well as the one-off items that you will never see elsewhere.

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If you want to see what the Heart Home team have been up to you can see all of our boards here. We'd love it if you 'followed' and we'll love you even more if you wanted to 'share'.

 

Website of the Week – Jasmine White London

We’re often asked how we choose our ‘Website of the Week’ and we have to confess it’s an instinctive feeling. Like the feeling you get when you walk into a potential new house for the first time and you know in the first few seconds that this is the ‘one’. Jasmine White London 2

It’s the same with the websites that we choose. We know pretty much straight away that they will be featured. They all display products that we would like to have at home, or that we know we will someday buy as a gift. The products could be unique, or unusual in some way, or they are simply a selection of products that are curated into a beautiful collection.

The same was true when we first saw Jasmine White London which was launched only six months ago after a successful debut at Top Drawer London.

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It was created by Supriya Broadbent who wanted to reflect her love of all things beautiful, handcrafted and finished to a high standard. She drew her inspiration directly from her life in both India and the UK and in her production she uses traditional crafts and skills from communities in India which have been inherited through generations. This not only results in unique products but also helps to sustain communities that would otherwise be displaced due to increasing urbanization.

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The other thing that drew us to Jasmine White London was Supriya’s passion for colour and pattern, which she believes evoke mood and atmosphere and enjoyment too. Her designs (the floral patterns on the hand painted enamelware are by Supriya herself) are cheerful and optimistic and we are now firmly under her spell.

Jasmine White London are offering Heart Home readers 10% off all orders until 1st May. Just enter the code jwheart at the checkout.

Website of the Week - MadeEthical.com

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MadeEthical is a new online home furnishings and accessories business based in Clapham, London and was set up by co-founder Alex Pescott after a holiday spent in South Africa.  During the trip in he bought some beautiful gifts and mementos from local craftspeople and it felt so good to be helping the local communities that he wondered if there was a way to do more to help, and that was the inspiration for this very special online shop.
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Purchase a Jaime Hayon designed chair and you will donate a football.
Alex says: 'I have always been very sceptical towards large charities and worried how effective financial donations are  in making long-term change. We identified several small, community based projects who understood local needs better and we started sourcing items directly from the people who made them, paying the craftsman an honest wage and turning them into positive role models in their communities. Of course we couldn't source all of our inventory from South Africa but regardless of what item a customer purchases from us, we will gift an item to one of our community projects. Speaking regularly to the project organisers we find out what they need most; craft tools, fabrics, sewing tuition, sewing machines !’
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Purchase a pink mosaic picture frame and you will also donate a football.  The majority of the reclaimed wood is collected by unemployed and homeless people who collect the waste wood in South Africa.
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My Friend Yarn cushions takes place in a family home in Stockholm where Eva (mother) uses a hand-powered knitting machine to translate Lisa’s (daughter) hand drawn illustrations into cushions. Buy one and you will support the Groenfontein Toy Project.
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Purchase a Stanley Chandelier and you will donate a study desk and chair.
‘We sell many beautiful items on MadeEthical.com but we also help these communities with long-term, sustainable improvements to their lives, I like to think of it as feel good shopping.’

Website of the Week - Artisanti

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Artisanti is all about elegant living. The products on their website carefully combine the contemporary with the classic to reflect the very latest trends in interior design and include a diverse range of metal wall art, metal lanterns, contemporary furniture and home design accessories.

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We couldn't choose between the cute wooden owls with their oversized eyes and pointed ears or the metal playing card coasters!

Maybe you'll find the perfect Christmas gift too?

Orders placed by Monday 16th December will be delivered by Friday 20th December.

Heart Home readers are eligible for a 10% discount on any item by quoting HH10 at the checkout.

Website of the Week - Mumo

At Mumo, design is definitely the focus. mumo 1

Their first collection Leblon, was inspired by Rio de Janeiro's urban-beach lifestyle, and was the result of a competition run in conjunction with Chelsea College of Art judged by Wallpaper Magazine, Heal's and WGSN. The collection was first retailed through a pop-up shop at Harrods in the summer 2011 and since then the brand has gone from strength to strength taking on clients such as Louis Vuitton International and ABC Home & Carpet, New York.

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The collection for 2013 was inspired by the 'Tropicalia' movement that defined Brazilian Art and music in the late 60's and 70's.

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All of their products are produced sustainably and are inspired by the local art and culture from the regions where the fabrics are made. In this way they aim to give the design conscious home-lover the chance to help build trade with small-scale producers and bring their unique products into all of our homes.

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You can visit Mumo at 91 Brick lane,  Old Truman Brewery, London, E1 6QL and they are also available at House of Fraser as well as online.

Christmas at Rose & Grey and a Reader Offer

The lovely people at Rose & Grey have been scouring the four corners of the earth again so that we don't have to.  And, although you may think it's too early to start shopping for Christmas, when you see what they have in store you will think again.  We are already in love with their metal tree decorations (especially the angel wings!) and rose and grey - christmas - for the tree

the Charente Collection dinner sets and glasses. Ooh so French.

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and all of the lovely little things for filling the family stockings.

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To top it all, Rose & Grey are offering Heart Home readers 15% off.  Just quote RGH015 at the checkout.

Website of the Week - Stuff of Dreams

Stuff of Dreams is a brand new website offering a range of products and accessories for the home. Most of the stuff is handmade by makers or craftsmen here in the UK or from more distant shores and is very often a limited edition.

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We love these striking African place settings which are hand-woven from indigenous and renewable fibres, are durable and long lasting. They are crafted under the auspices of Gone Rural, committed to women's empowerment and providing home-based, sustainable work for 760 Swazi women.

Stuff Bookmarks

These vibrant bookmarks are in African block-print or Ikat fabric and at £6 each would make fabulous stocking fillers.

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And speaking of Christmas...it's never too early to snap up some new baubles.

The range is extending all the time so make sure you drop in often for more browsing, dreaming and…stuff!