It's been an unusual year to say the least, and whilst many us will happily toast goodbye to 2020, before we pop the Champagne corks we thought we'd take a look back at some of the fabulous homes, influencers and businesses we have met throughout the year to chat about homes, interiors, sustainable living, reclaimed wood furniture and more. From the lovely Lorraine Pascale and Instagram favourite, Just a Little Build, to the talented floral artist behind Botanical Tales, not to mention some of the stunning homes we've been lucky enough to feature.
Devoted to helping us live our best lives possible, Lorraine Pascal shared one of her scrumptious recipes with us to help us through the dreary winter months. Testament to her great taste, Lorraine served up the dish on our Standford Industrial reclaimed wood dining table; the perfect backdrop if ever we've seen one.
Photo credit: @lorrainepascale
Gemma Gear, That's So Gemma
To kick off the year, we met with our friend, stylist and blogger, Gemma, to discover more about a day in the life of an interior stylist. Gemma works with us on our shoots and her sharp eye helps make our rustic furniture look even more desirable. We asked Gemma what she thought would be big in homes in 2020 and she predicted 'plants'. How right she was!
Ju de Paula, The Blueberry Living & Co
We burst into spring in a blaze of colour with an interview with Ju de Paula, interior designer and founder of Blueberry Living & Co. You may have recognised Ju from the TV hit Interior Design Masters where her colourful designs won her a third place in the competition. We talked about sustainability in the home, where she gets her colourful ideas from and her favourite products; unsurprisingly our canary yellow Sabrina Curved Velvet Armchair stole her heart!
Photo credit: @blueberrylivingco
With over 100k Instagram followers, @justalittlebuild influencer, Sarah-Jane, has the home many of us dream of. She would often feature our Kensington Reclaimed Wood Dining table in her posts, showing her followers just how glamorous an industrial dining table can look in the home. With her love of entertaining, and of her wood dining table, we asked Sarah-Jane to show us how to create a lust-worthy dinner party table.
Photo credit: @justalittlebuild
In our House Tour features we walked around some truly stunning homes. From the beautiful light-filled Cotswold home of @aconstantdreamer, to the dark and dramatic home of @beetrootandblack, not forgetting the incredible American colonial style renovation of @inside_number_5_. The common thread in all of the homes we featured was not just the wonderful taste they all had, but their love of rustic and reclaimed wood furniture. Whether that was a dining bench crafted from old railway sleepers or a solid oak farmhouse dining table, the natural imperfections and original nail holes in these pieces added character and charm.
Photo credit: @aconstantdreamer
Photo credit: @beetrootandblack
Photo credit: @inside_number_5_
Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director, The Little Greene Paint Company
When it comes to eco-friendly paints, The Little Greene Paint Company is one of our preferred choices. We spoke with Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director and daughter of the founder of the company about sustainability, how best to use colour in the home and the best colours to complement industrial furniture.
Photo credit: Little Greene Paint Company
Undoubtedly, one of this year's favourite interior trends was dried flowers and grasses. Their sustainable and ever lasting qualities filled vases on many a large sideboard and rustic table, so in the lead up to Christmas, we asked floral artist, Bex of @botanical_tales, to tell us all we needed to know about creating the perfect display for your home.
Photo credit: Bex Partridge
Wishing our friends and our customer a very Happy New Year!