As the days get shorter and the evenings get colder, at Rowen & Wren we believe it’s prime time to summon our sense of hygge and gather a selection of recipes to bake sweet, comforting treats on frosty evenings. Fortunately we have been following Australia based Thalia Ho for some time after stumbling across her marvellous Instagram profile. As we browse the plethora of recipes published on her blog, Butter And Brioche, we often find ourselves trembling with excitement as to which delight we should indulge ourselves with next! One of our firm favourites are her classic chocolate chip cookies. The dark chocolate chips prove an elegant contrast in taste to the flaked salt used to sprinkle over the top. You can view the full recipe here. Be sure to follow Thalia’s Instagram (@thaliaho) and regularly visit her blog to stay up to date with some suitably seasonal bakes.Posted by Alex.

There was a time when ale drinking was reserved for dingy pubs or for die-hard wine refusers at dinner parties. But beer – now with the requisite prefix “craft” – has come a long way since the days its devotees would be forced to arrive clutching unappetising four-pack tins of the stuff. Such is the sheer array of cask- and keg-brewed beauties in their varying hues of gold, all packaged up in glass bottles complete with modish labels, that the grain is giving the grape a run for its money even on the highest class of tasting menus.

In recognition of the explosion in the craft beer tradition, we’ve created our first recycled glass beer tumblers, which present the perfect Christmas gift for those crafty gourmands and beer aficionados amongst your kin. Its elegant nipped-in waist makes it both ergonomic and elegant – and quite the addition to a festive table. So much so, in fact, that disciples of the grain might even consider swapping wine-pairing for beer-matching with their Christmas lunch this year.

You can peruse our full tableware collection here.

Having found the perfect Martini glass, we took it upon ourselves to find the perfect Martini recipe to enjoy with it (what a chore!). So here it is, our favourite tipple for this winter, the French Pear Martini:

Ingredients: 40ml pear vodka, 40ml elderflower cordial, Chilled champagne or prosecco, Granulated sugar for the rim, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 pear sliced, to garnish.

Method: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the pear vodka, elderflower cordial and lemon juice. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Pour into a sugar rimmed martini glass, top with champagne or prosecco and garnish with a slice of fresh pear.

Cheers all! 

At Rowen & Wren, we are sure never to squander these precious days of autumn. Instead, we take them as our cue to stoke the fire with that little bit more vigour.

Now is the time to sit out, al fresco, under dusky evening skies, shimmering with the glow of our Anker outdoor lights strung up above the pergola, leading the way like stars, and our Hayling Zinc lanterns – some small, others large – dotted around and illuminating from the ground with their flickering pillar candles.

You can view all of our autumn arrivals here.

Wishing you all a Hauntingly Happy Halloween! 

May your day be filled with very few tricks and plenty of treats (ideally of the chocolate variety…)

It’s that time of year when most things in the garden start to die back which makes any late flowering plants all the more rewarding. As gardening novices we have worked hard over the past couple of years to get the garden blooming from late spring through to late summer, however we have very much neglected the months between October and March, that is until now. In an attempt to get a garden in bloom all year round, recently we have been investing in winter blooms to enjoy both outdoors and indoors in the obligatory kitchen table jug. 

Top of our list for winter blooms is the hardy little Hellebore (sometimes known as the Christmas or Lenten rose). Hellebores are a perennial plant with elegant flowers most commonly found in self coloured greens or beautiful shades of pink and plum. They are perfect for brightening up shady areas of the garden throughout winter and through to early spring when many other perennials lie dormant. We have recently invested in several smaller Hellebore examples which we will enjoy potted throughout this winter until they are a little more established to be planted out next year. If like us you would like to introduce some of these wonderful winter plants to your garden, the RHS have put together some helpful seasonal tips for looking after them here.

Coming very soon to Rowen & Wren, the Christmas Collection…

Today’s newsletter introduces our new seasons glassware. Exquisitely handmade, our Isla & Elsa glasses are delicately fluted making them the perfect vessels for your sparkling pink or favourite cocktail. 

You can view our full our full Autumn Entertaining Collection here. 

Based in Sweden, stylist Nathalie Myrberg and photographer Matilda Hildingsson are the creative pair behind the delightful Instagram account ‘Babes In Boyland’. Since attracting a sizeable following they have began blogging at one of Sweden’s top lifestyle sites ‘Lovely Life’ and have been featured on some of our favourite sites including Gardenista. The imagery is invariably tailored to suit the season whilst maintaining a slow living, nature focused, serene quality. As we ease into autumn we’re adoring the dark forest greens, deep reds and dark naturals regularly appearing on their profile. We assure you following their account will keep you feeling suitably seasonal all year round. To peruse their profile click here or if you’re lucky enough to be local, the pair regularly host idyllic workshop retreats to impart their photography knowledge onto others.Posted by Alex.

Prepare to be the perfect host this Autumn. 

Whether it’s glistening glassware or heavyweight brass, we have designed and sourced a selection of seasonal serveware for every occasion. You can view our full ‘Autumn Entertaining’ collection here. 

Coming very soon to Rowen & Wren, our Autumn 2017 Collection…

For quite some time we’ve been coveting the work of London based fine artist and graphic designer, Caroline Popham. Her current artwork explores themes of repetition, imperfection, process and colour, which tends to be in a minimal (but very beautiful) palette of neutrals, inky blues, warm pinks and terracottas. Such colours are introduced with a great deal of texture through Carolines use of mixed media, creating a remarkable depth throughout her work and thus making it irresistibly tactile. Caroline proudly holds a Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts and has established herself as a highly sought after graphic designer, working with clients including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Christian Louboutin. Follow her Instagram to stay up to date with her latest projects (@carolinepopham), after perusing her posts we’re entirely sure, much like us you will leave hoping to one day own a piece for yourself.Posted by Alex.

Rodrigo and Luca began their lives in Argentina, where they were hand-crocheted before travelling thousands of miles across the globe specially to befriend the tiny folk in our lives. 

You will find these adorable creatures nesting within our Little Rowen & Little Wren Collection. 

Have you had a chance to peruse our latest lookbook yet? If not, then surely a rainy Sunday is the perfect opportunity to put your feet up with a pot of tea and leaf through the pages of our Hardware Collection Catalogue.

The wholesome lifestyle of Berlin based photographers and food stylists Susann and Yannic has captured our imagination. Together they have created Krautkopf, an inspiring blog that they use to share their stunning photography and scrummy vegetarian recipes. Despite living life in a bustling city, the couple regularly escape to the outdoors whether it’s the mountains, woods or vegetable patch to gather inspiration. They firmly believe in food being a pure, powerful experience to bring people together, much like the recipe featured top left, peas with fried chanterelles is a great late summer dish to enjoy with friends. We’re quite sure perusing their recipes through their website, app or book will leave you spoilt for choice. Head over to their Instagram (@kraut_kopf) and give them a follow to lust over more of their lovely photography.

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