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Winter is here and all I can think about is getting cosy at home. During these cold dark months I like to add a few cosy items while refraining from filling my house with themed decor. I prefer to take deep consideration in what I want to add and debate (to myself) whether I need it. After a pre-Christmas declutter (usually October or November) I create a wish list, helping me edit my home for the season to come. This year I’ve collaborated with Nest.co.uk in selecting my winter wish list (a dreamy one but a wish list still). Nest.co.uk sell all of my favourite brands so the edit took deep consideration.
Specifically chosen for this season, I’ve focussed on minimalist lighting, tactile layers and iconic designs.
Pendant lighting is something I find particularly hard to choose from. I see lighting as the jewellery for the home. As I don’t own much jewellery it may demonstrate my selectiveness when it comes to these things. For me lighting should be minimal, not fussy, not showy, just simple. The String cone light designed by Michael Anastassiades for Flos is just what I need. It’s technical too with touch lighting controls on the cord. Clever!
This particular screen/room divider has been on my personal wish list for sometime. The Artek 100 Screen designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936 (yes, 1936!) is a modernist piece of design history. Made from vertically aligned strips of solid pine it can be rolled out to create straight lines or fluid curves.
Figurative artwork is becoming as popular as abstract monochrome painting. This Paper Collective Silhouette Print of a face by Amelie Hegardt is simplistic expressive and modern.
Ordinarily I choose chairs made of lighter woods but this one catches my eye. The Knitting chair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen has recently been relaunched by Menu. It appeals to me not only because it is a design classic but also because of it’s unexpected comfort. It’s very comfortable.
I do love rugs although I am incredible choosey, surprised? Muuto’s rugs in particular have been a dream of mine. I often swoon over the ply rug (also on my list, another list), NOW they’ve launched the new Pebble rug designed by Margrethe Odgaard. What I like about it is that it is natural and hard wearing. Made from Jute and wool it is woven to a beautiful tactile quality that is a joy to walk on.
Finnish design company Nikari make some of the most beautiful items of wooden furniture. I’d say that the April table has such a recognisable and minimalist silhouette that it is the perfect representation of Nikari’s portfolio. Beautifully handcrafted and with the highest quality woods.
Blankets and bedspreads. Sometimes it’s easier (and more minimal) to have one that can do both jobs. HAY’s crinkle bedspread can also double as a cosy throw. Made from cotton, it’s stylishly grey, beautifully simple with a subtle texture that I’m ashamed to say, looks great on camera, and in real life too. Instagrammers know what I mean.
Lighting is crucial this time of year and non more so than in Scandinavia, especially in my house where it’s all lamps. The only fixed lights are in my kitchen and bathroom. As I mentioned above, the style of lighting is so important to me and must be minimal and understated. Menu’s Peak Floor lamp designed by Jonas Wagell is slender and takes up little room. The simplistic style is humble and cleverly designed by controlling a dimmable LED light by the tip of the stem.
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Flos string cone light | Artek 100 Screen designed by Alvar Aalto | Paper Collective Silhouette Print | Menu Knitting Chair | Muuto Pebble Rug | Nikari April Table | HAY Crinkle Bedspread | Menu’s Peak Floor lamp