Welcome to the blog post for this fortnight! Since we’ve launched our Online Store we’ve decided to cut back on weekly posts to make time for product sourcing, production and marketing. Never fear though – I just love writing about all sorts of design and interiors related ideas that I find so I (and Frances too!) will be making sure we keep you in the loop of all our great inspirational finds and will keep sharing these with you all! So basically, keep following along with us and tell your friends about the blog – and you’ll have something new and exciting every fortnight to get those creative juices flowing on how you can style your space to suit you to a tee! Having said that, make sure you check out the Online Store and grab a gift for someone special (or for yourself!) from our catalogue of vintage, art and homeware goods. Feel free to let us know what you’d like to see more of too!
So recently, while indulging in a much needed dose of Grand Designs, I was super captivated by the work of Cornwall (England) based furniture and lighting designer Tom Raffield. On this particular episode I discovered there was such a thing as wood steam-bending and man is it beautiful! Tom Raffield and his wife Danielle basically designed and built this AMAZING steam bent house in the middle of a woodland, and watching their process and the finished product, was nothing short of fabulous!
Gorgeous right?! And the fact that they made all their own lighting and furniture, totally embraces the idea of truly making your house your own! Now of course, not all of us, are quite as gifted in this particular arena but that’s why I love finding these inspiring designers from whom you can get so many great design and styling ideas for your own living spaces – even if you can’t make your own pendant light 🙂
Tom Raffield’s lighting and furniture range is so beautiful and I think I appreciate its beauty even more after having watched this episode of Grand Designs and seeing how they actually make their products. Some of my favourite pieces from the current range are:
Another thought that came to me from watching this episode was that you should surround yourself with the things you love and are comfortable with – which for this couple, is obviously the wood and the craft that they work with everyday. Think about where you work, or maybe the things you love to immerse yourself in and purposely surround yourself with those things – the things that will make your home really feel like home for you.
Do you love books? How about adding built-in bookshelves to a hallway or living room wall?
Do you love plants and flowers? How about a corner of hanging plants in your sanctuary or ‘wind-down’ zone or maybe a mini orangery in a well lit part of your home? Wouldn’t that be the perfect place to come home to after a long day!
Do you love working with wood, pipes and other industrial-type fittings? You could totally design or make some of your own furniture from some pipes and some elbow fittings!
Hope you’re thinking more about how you can incorporate your own tastes and style into your home and have got some inspiration from Tom Raffield’s awesome work!
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