Each changing season in her home my grandmother would take stock of her furnishings – a wall dulled in colour, chipped crockery or any frayed edges and add it to her list. She would pick out new fabrics for curtains, change dark winter slip-covers on her seats for bright cream linens and refresh that wall with a new lick of paint. Stored crockery would be brought out, dusted off and maybe a few new pieces added.
I am obviously of the same opinion that the home should be ever evolving and never staid – large investment pieces coupled with more affordable items should continue to inspire and invite. Here are my season’s 10 must have homewares.
1. VITIGKT Chair £50
This chair debuted at Milan earlier this year stole the design industry’s hearts. It has made me want to throw my carefully chosen dining chairs out and begin again. Part of the poetic and minimal VITIGKT collection at Ikea, this chair is a stunning stripped back take on the iconic cafe chair. I love it’s tea stained organic hues and layers of textures from the woven rattan and bamboo frame.
2. Oak Plate Rack £168
Rowan and Wren
So a plate rack is probably not what most people would deem an essential but at this really great price for such a glorious timeless piece – it feels pretty essential to me – i’m even considering getting it to store something other than plates…
3. Wave Edged Mirror £45
Rose and Grey
Be still my heart, this absolutely charming dainty mirror (38cm) is feminine and contemporary in equal measure. With a distressed gold frame and a bevelled-edge mirror the silhouette hints at a Moorish tile design. I think it looks just perfect on its own in a small nook but would look equally stunning in a ’tiled’ grouping which is totally doable for the price point.
4. Eve Dinner Plate £19
Sparrow and Co.
A white dinner plate looks innocuous enough – what’s so special about this one? Embarrassing design confession: Instead of buying something to fill a need at home I will either go without or use something within an inch of its life until it falls apart because I have not found the perfect replacement. We have lived without door handles for 4 years because i have not found the perfect sort. And we have lived with basic, chipped Ikea plates for longer and i keep buying more of the same as entertainment needs grow because I have not yet found the perfect plate. Until now. I feel like this plate could quite easily have its own post but I will continue here. Each year I buy something from Sparrow and Co. so my daughter can paint on it for Fathers Day. This year it was an Eve side plate to eat his breakfast on each day. The simple plate is glorious. The white glaze is thick and luminous like the bright chalky whites you would find on a Greek Isle and the raised lip that runs along the edge is sharp and contemporary. The underside is unglazed and wonderfully tactile and the brand’s stamp ‘Sparrow’ is utterly charming. It is the perfect white plate.
5. Blue Abaya Vase £15
Habitat have been killing it with their range of vases for the past few years with still-life worthy silhouettes and imperfect glazes. The one I have my eye on however is that flat matt indigo one in the back. The intensely hued Abaya blue and white ceramic vase is decorated with a reactive glaze that gives it its beautiful variations in depth of colour. Just. Love. It.
6 Palm Print Wall Hanging £32
Rockett St George
I have a real thing for Palm Trees right now – I think I always have – but I don’t have a thing for the bright tropical green colour they usually come in – well not in my home at least! This stunning wall-hanging has serious vintage appeal in glorious monochrome.
7. Jansen and Co Loop Cup and Saucer £19.95
As if I don’t have enough mug crushes in my life, this cherry red Cappucino cup and blush pink saucer has been giving me retro Diner vibes – and I can assure you I’ve never felt so drawn to those kind of vibes before! The Loop cup comes in different colours but all I can think of is wanting to drink my coffee every day out of this one. I love the generous proportions of the plate and the handle and the glimpse of blush pink on the underside of the cup. Perfection.
8. Aari Mint Cushion £55, Napeansea
Yes this cushion is from my own collection so i am slightly biased but it is a stunner, made using layers of hand-crafted techniques and you need to know about it! Inspired by the colonial chintz furnishings found in old Country Clubs in Bombay this cushion is hand screen-printed in a lovely mint green Pomegranate pattern with the spaces in-between filled in creamy (Aari) embroidery – the other side has hand block printed polka dots in Mint. What’s not to love? The cushion is also available in Rose pink.
9. Plastic Colour Rim Picnic Tumbler £3
Marks and Spencer
This image doesn’t do this plastic Tumbler much justice but trust me it is a beauty! In real life the rim is a little greyer in colour and satisfyingly opaque in comparison to the clear glass – and glossy. It has an unusual faux enamelware aesthetic which makes you question what it’s trying to be – faux glass or faux Falconware? But it just works – and at £3 a tumbler your picnic table dotted with these glasses will look seriously sweet.
10. Geometric Metal Hanging Planter £69, West Elm
Geometric. Metal (brass finish). Planter. It’s a no brainer really. I have yet to convince my husband to let me make holes in the ceiling or find an alternative ceiling hack, but this might just be the one that pushes me over the edge to go get the drill.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org