Accessible design at it's best
It appears that the opening to my blogs of late has begun with ‘it’s been a while!’ Much apologises, but on a good note it means that work is very busy and I’m focusing on some fab new design concepts, which I hope to share with you soon.
So, yesterday I went along to view the new Spring | Summer 2018 collection for Sainsbury’s Home and Argos Home. Although being in London for a presentation meeting before 9am does require a somewhat military organisation chez moi (family | dog | school…..) it was definitely worth it.
Rona Olds, Head of Buying and Design Sainsbury’s Home, gave a great insight into the DNA of the company and their commitment to great design with their growing in-house team of talented designers. Not only do they want to promote talented new design but they are also very committed to ethical sourcing, ensuring that their products being sourced are obtained in a responsible and sustainable way.
Mixing high street and high end is what our team of design creatives are always banging on about over at the interior design collective. I love it when you come across a brilliant new accessible high street item that can be nestled in amongst a treasured investment piece at home - gives me a total thrill! Knowing you've sourced something really beautiful, well designed and thoughtfully sourced AND at an amazing price – nothing beats it. And I know I’m not alone……
One major thing that I noticed when looking around the new collection in Argos Home is that it didn’t feel like ‘Argos’. It was well designed with many really attractive pieces and as a whole, it definitely felt ‘on trend’ and I could totally see many of these pieces blending alongside some high-end treasures in the home.
I was particularly impressed with the hygena makwa side table in white for £29.99 and will be looking to get one of these.
....and this gorgeous wall hanging which would make the perfect Christmas gift | hint to family.
To distract from our current grey winter skies then you need to peruse over Sainsbury's Fiesta range with its vibrant mix of fun pastel pinks, blues and greens mixed. For something a little more 'sophisticated' then the Global Traveller range may be more you with its muted pastel tones of pinks and rose gold.
The Helsinki range of dark moody tones with ochre accent is proof that the scandi trend isn't going away any time soon and the Riviera range is a refreshing take on the classic ocean inspired design with deep blue with cat walk inspired detailing.
I particularly loved the Havana range for it's eclectic mix of pattern and colour which I love to use in my designs and also the calm of the Meadow collection which has been inspired by the British countryside.
But if it's glam you want then head over sharp to the Palm House collection for popping pinks and powerful palms.
Once those Spring | Summer stock levels are stacked in the shelves, I will definitely be making my way through to grab my favourite piece of the day which was this brass and marble side table below, which, if I heard correctly is going to be priced around £45 which lets face it, means it's not going to hang around for long!