We are so Ratt-ON
RATTAN PEOPLE! Let me explain quickly why I love rattan quite so much. Rattan is actually the word used to describe 600 different type of palm. Now, I don't know about you but palm (and palm trees) are a quintessential part of my summer holidays, and the fact that you can bring this gorgeous symbol of warmth into your home is just a total winner! The tropical, natural material used for furniture adds an instant feeling of tranquility and calm which is what we all aspire our homes to feel like. So, there you have it, my adoration for Rattan explained.
Not only does Rattan have fabulous connotations, but it is actually a very beautiful material to have in your home. It shows craftsmanship and that is a truly special skill to behold in your home.
There are so many different ways in which rattan is used and woven to create some really special pieces of furniture.
You can be outrageously grand with your rattan furniture and still hold onto a modesty that doesn't make your home feel too regal.
Rattan furniture is just so so much more than 'garden furniture'. Just typing that makes me overwhelming sad. I really do believe that rattan is the only style your home should be showing off in these coming summer months. And I hope you can see why.
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Lets Chalk About It
Chalkboard paint is one the this generations greatest inventions. Forget iphones, forget electric cars, it is ALL about chalkboard paint. The sheer pleasure of knowing anything you apply to your walls is not permant is a bizarrely invigorating feeling. It is the paint for interior commitment-phobes (guilty). Also, I can only imagine if you are a mother of young children then I know that you will be nodding your head along with me here. Kids can be let loose on this stuff and its not a worry. Just get a wet sponge and the beautiful work of a 3 year old can be brutally removed to make way for more of the same scribbles fit for the Tate Modern.
But it isn't just for the commitment phobes and the mothers with young creatives, it can also be wonderfully practical. Paint your kitchen walls and you instantly have a space to jot down your recipes, shopping list, week plans. GENIUS!
This one is my personal fave, paint your statement wall (an interior technique I hugely despise, all walls of your home should be made to be features, but with chalkboard paint, less REALLY is more) and let your creativy just flow. Simple little repeat patterns, darling doodles or just a full blown mural. Anything goes, and if it looks god awful, guess what? You can wipe it all off and start again.
I love the matt black colour of chalkboard paint, but I recently discovered that this miracle liquid comes in a variety of colours. I love this race car green for the fridge, perfect for scribbling down all the necessitates your fridge needs.
But why stop at walls? Cover you crockery! Dip the bottoms of cheap and cheerful wine glasses and write your friends names on the base so you never need your full glass of merlot be pinched off you again. Paint a dainty strip on a large plate and transform it into a gorgeous cheese plate with the cheese titles proudly written next to the cheese.
I hope I have left you inspired and itching to get painting this weekend. Enjoy the endless pleasure that non committal design has to offer.
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Power to the Rugs
Never ever underestimate the power of a good rug! A statement rug will transform a space instantly, fact. I think people tend to play it safe with their rugs as they are such a prominent part of the room, but don't be scared.
The bolder the better, granted this rule must be used liberally, but I do strongly believe that this rule should be applied with rugs. To ease you into this idea, for those of you less than convinced, let me introduce you to the monochrome rug.
We have the most gorgeous collection of monochrome rugs in the shop at the moment and I am going totally do-lally over them all. Join me in the monochrome rug appreciation society..
Our sailor runner is the perfect space filler for your kitchen or hallway or that awkward gap between sofa and coffee table. http://www.hollys-house.com/collections/rugs/products/sailor-rug-black-white
Brand new in the shop is the stunning black and white grid kelim rug. The geometric markings of the black stripes against the off white background is simply awesome. Will add an instant splendor to any cold and care floor! http://www.hollys-house.com/collections/rugs/products/kelim-black-white-rug
Hopefully I have persuaded you enough to join our appreciation society and you are currently looking at the bleak space on the floor next to you thinking how badly it needs a wonderful addition of monochrome textiles. If that is the case, then my work here is done.
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