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Aria: contemporary, design-led homewares for 2013

A recent desire to revisit of one of my favourite parts of London, Islington: now an interiors shopper’s paradise, but for me, years ago was simply home: somewhere I lived and played as a small child. A little fun with filters on these images, and the shot of the Mini (shame it’s not an original model) plus the communal London square (empty here but filled with children when school is over) brings the memories back…. If I were to display these shots at home, they’d have to slot into a perspex photo cube: (Remember them? No? Click the link! Hilariously retro) they were perfect for helping your photos fade happily together….

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Nostalgia over, let’s go back with a bang to stylish 2013 with a focus on Aria. Set in an atmospheric hall in Islington, Aria has recently overhauled their website so you can shop their interesting mix of classic, contemporary, design-led homewares wherever you live.

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The high ceilings of Barnsbury Hall provide a stimulating backdrop for their mix of furniture, lighting, ceramics and tableware…..

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Expect to find design classics alongside work from young, super-talented up-and-coming designers: I I love these geometric patterned cushions by the highly regarded designer Tamasyn Gambell:

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Whilst their own Aria Selection range includes contemporary pieces, such as this Embrace coffee table / storage:

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As well as smaller pieces: this French-made Aria Selection china, with its simple dip-dye pattern and block colours, is right on trend:

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All images courtesy of Aria 

Do pay Aria a visit if you’re in the area, or visit their website, if like me, you don’t live round the corner….

Live, eat, entertain: 6 of the best large dining tables

New year, new dining:

Whilst few of us have any space or even desire for a designated dining room any more, a  roomy table around which to eat, work, and entertain usually forms the focal point of our living spaces.  A chat with my sister-in-law over Christmas lead to some thoughts about large dining tables, further inspired by stumbling upon this chic, relaxed dining space in a historical house in Antwerp, Belgium.

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(images courtesy of Cote Maison)

I love the table in this shot as although it is large, it’s narrow enough for guests seated opposite to chat in comfort. The table doesn’t dominate or crowd the narrow dining space, and the trestle legs keep the look informal.

I’ve talked about my hotch-potch table arrangements before (here) when feeding a crowd together, and really my budget-conscious Ikea table suits our hectic lifestyle perfectly. For a similar one try this: (although, as mine is a kitchen table, I prefer an unfinished wood surface, as it can be scrubbed clean: super-practical…)

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You can’t beat Ikea for a bargain; the bottom trestle desk/table is only £35.

At the other end of the financial scale, try Skandium:

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The trestle-style Bermuda table by Asplund is currently on sale, so head to Skandium quickly for the discount; whilst the Sandra table, the second image above, was designed in 2003 by Thomas Sandell for Asplund, and is also from Skandium, though not currently discounted, sadly…

And at the mid-range price levels, Maison du Monde‘s trestle would be a great substitute for the table in the original image:

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And don’t miss this Ercol dining table, exclusive to John Lewis: the streamlined shape is contemporary, yet simultaneously acknowledges Ercol’s design history.

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Farrow & Ball Christmas table runner

I expect I’m not alone in mixing and matching tables for Christmas Day (does anyone own a huge dining table anymore?). This year I’ll be working an informal combination of my garden table, set alongside my kitchen table (!)…. so we can attempt  to all eat together.

To be honest, that’s as far as my thinking about table settings had got, till news of this limited edition Farrow & Ball runner arrived.

Modelled on their Ringwold design in sohpisticated silvery hues, and made from wallpaper, it’s a perfect way to make Christmas tables look elegant, festive and decorative, without having to invest in a new tablecloth. And at generous 5 metres long, there might even be some left over to use as wrapping paper.

Wallpaper table runner, £20, Farrow & Ball . Images courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Spring Summer 2013 trends at BHS

Brighton has a special place in British hearts: just the mention of sunshine or a bank holiday, and hundreds gather on the town’s shingle beach and Pier. Now BHS have named one of their key themes for this summer after this seaside city: the products are modern, fresh, with bright colours and patchwork patterns. My favourites are the Hove* table set and the fab Brighton kitchen chair.

 

Top image: Maisey sofa, Hove nest of tables, and all products, all from BHS 

Cut outs: Brighton chair, Maisey armchair and cushions, Brighton bedspread, all from BHS 

All in store or online from Janaury 2013 onwards. BHS 0844 411 6000 http://www.bhs.co.uk 

(*As any resident of Hove knows, this should really be called the ‘Hove, Actually’ table set)