WINTER WARMERS FOR THE HOME
Maria Fitzpatrick rounds up the top 20 interiors trends that will take the chill off the season
gardentrading.co.uk) or if you’re seeking that ever-elusive attractive fireguard, go to Oka for Nicky Haslam’s “French Quarter” design (aged metal with a verdigris finish, £150, okadirect.com). With all this softness, it’s a good idea to incorporate some textured materials to interest the eye. Loaf’s weathered birch rocker (£345, main image) has a handwoven rattan seat and backrest, and looks great by the fire (loaf.com, as before). Or try a toffeecoloured “Leona” rattan lightshade which pops against winter white (£25, sainsburys.co.uk; 0800 636262). It’s difficult to move for badgers, owls, and hedgehogs at the moment. Animal illustrations aside, keep your eyes open for understated nature- inspired pieces such as the glass John Derian tree clock, £245, and ceramic bird bottle stop, £6.95 from Liberty (liberty.co.uk; 020 7734 1234) and feather lampshades, £140, from themintlist.com. The trend segues nicely into a theme for Christmas, with pine cones, berries and wooden bird decorations (see houseoffraser. co.uk for inspiration). Demand for screens is increasing, as they allow visual separation of open-plan rooms. Decorate Now has a canvas “bamboo” design, stonecoloured leaf on black (£85) or a “lunar metal” paisley cut-out divider (£150, decoratenow. co.uk; 01323 436180). There’s a “homespun aesthetic with a Nordic influence,” at Sainsbury’s; white and berry-red block prints and papercut designs dominate (sainsburys. co.uk). The mood is also prominent at Habitat, in tie-dyes and ikat weaves (habitat. co.uk). We like Madeline Weinrib’s block print napkins, £90/ six (madeline weinrib.com). You’ll need a desk that befits those seasonal scribblings. To mark London Underground’s 150th anniversary this year, Fired Earth used moulds from the archives to reproduce its historic wall and floor tiles. Some ornate (Edwardian), others retro, they make a distinctive feature in a metropolitan home (from £2.95, firedearth.com). Printed, knitted, woven or glazed – this year customers want a “clear sense of the hand of the maker,” says Polly Dickens, creative director of Habitat, so that they feel connected to the craftsman. Look out for Portuguese ceramics and Indian weavings in stores. Whether oriental (at Okadirect.com), Scandinavian (at johnlewis.com) or English (at liberty.co.uk), there’s a sense of yearning for calm and purity. It doesn’t mean plain: a new Liberty fabric and wallpaper range, inspired by William Nesfield, the landscape artist, invokes the serenity of the English country garden in warm hues (from £59/roll, £75 per metre; liberty.co.uk).
GREAT DIVIDE 12. A PLACE TO WRITE
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