Wishing you all a very, very Happy Valentines Day. We hope it’s filled with family, friends and a whole lot of love!

As our garden is currently on quite a steep slope, it requires tiering before we begin any major planting. Each tier will have a different use, from a vegetable and herb patch through to a seating and barbecue area and each tier will feature a slightly different planting scheme depending on its shading. To add structure to each tier our planting plan includes a variety of ornamental grasses, not only do these add height and form in the winter months but they’re also a calming accompaniment to more colourful flowering plants. We particularly love the texture that grasses add to a garden, whether it’s the use of shorter species for edging and lower beds or taller grasses to create dynamic screens and divides, they require very little maintenance and are generally hardy so they’re perfect for gardening novices like us. You can learn a little more about the vast array of grasses recommended by the RHS here.

Today’s newsletter introduces us to a touch of (well needed!) Spring. One of our favourite ways to introduce botanical freshness into your home this Spring is with our Bevin Glass Domes, their contemporary finishes and clean lines are perfect for showing off your favourite collectables or your treasured houseplants. You can find these alongside our latest arrivals here.

Some time ago we discovered the work of Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, intriguingly named The Jersey Ice Cream Co. Founded in 2010 and contrary to what the name suggests, they do not make ice cream (but will happily have some if you’re offering), instead they design and create beautiful interior design projects across the globe. As with a lot of interiors designers and renovators their projects began at home, moving house to house leaving beautiful homes in their wake. They believe in craftsmanship, timelessness, and leaving things better than they found them. Tara and Percy opt to relocate for a few months for each project they undertake, living either nearby or in the space while they work, an approach that began out of necessity, but now it is a trademark of their process. Building a close relationship with each home guides their decisions and helps them create intuitive, thoughtful and beautiful design. We have featured some of our favourite projects above, however you can peruse more wonderful work by Tara and Percy here.

It’s time to light up the New Year with our latest newsletter, give your living room, dining room or kitchen a touch of rustic ambience with our latest lighting additions.          You can peruse the full collection here

A new year brings a new desire to deter the Christmas calories and get active again, so we’ve been inspired by Ruth Allen’s outdoor exploring (as a nice alternative to the gym) as shared on her wonderful Instagram feed. Her illustrative work is soulful and often inspired by the beautiful landscapes she discovers around her home in the Peak District. We particularly like the example featured centre top which was inspired by the landscapes a little further afield in Nepal’s Himalayas, Annapurna Mountain. An array of animals regularly make an appearance on Ruth’s feed, whether they’re wild in the countryside or featured at home when ruth returns from the outdoors to illustrate her travels. Posted by Alex. 

To view more of Ruth’s work and photography you can peruse her Instagram feed here: @whitepeak_ruth.

Our New Year’s message to you all.We would like to say a big thank you for sharing a year of growth and goodness, here’s to an even bigger & better 2017, cheers!

As we begin to plan the re-design of our cottage garden, we’ve been taking much inspiration from some of our favourite garden designers. A designer that we have long admired is Arne Maynard, Arne is a passionate and experimental gardener who lives in Monmouthshire and is currently in the process of designing and landscaping the garden around his beautiful medieval tower house named Allt-y-bela. We have loved following the garden diary at Allt-y-bela this year, some of which is documented above. Whether it’s frosted topiary in December, a carpet of colour in March or everlasting pots in October, you can view more of Arne’s beautiful portfolio and the full Garden Diary here. 

Our Christmas message to you all. Thank you all for all your support and custom in the run up to Christmas, we wish you all a truly wonderful one!

As Christmas is just around the corner, today’s newsletter focuses on our favourite festive finishing touches. There is still plenty of time to order some extra special additions to your seasonal decor as our last order date for Christmas is Tuesday the 20th December. 

You can view all of the featured products in our Christmas Collection here.

The festive season is definitely upon us, which means that everyday can be marked with a festive celebration. For us this generally means a beverage or two and this year we have a favourite vessel to enjoy a bevy of drinks from (excuse the pun). Our exclusively designed Maebry punch mugs offer a wonderful and unique way to serve up your drinks at any celebration or gathering, so it’s only right that we suggest the perfect festive beverage to enjoy from them. Our Winter punch recipe featured above (although served on ice) is guaranteed to warm your cockles this winter, cheers one and all! You can find our beautiful Maebry punch mugs here. 

Today’s newsletter is all about preparing your home for the coming season with our exclusively designed decorations and home accents. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so we have everything you’ll need to make your home look wonderful too. 

You can view our Christmas Collection in full here.

We’ve been long admirers of Aimee Twigger’s recipes, every time they pop into our twitter or pinterest feed we find ourselves reaching for the cake tin to relieve our baked-good cravings. Not only do the recipes sound scrumptious, but Aimee’s photography beautifully exhibits the story behind each recipe, whether they’re sweet treats (Aimee admits her very favourite thing to bake is cake of any kind) or savoury dishes like Saffron pot roast chicken or cider glazed onion sausage rolls. One of Aimee’s wonderfully seasonal recipes that we’ve been wanting to try for some time is her earl grey buttermilk ice cream with roasted fruit and honey glazed hazelnuts, the perfect pudding for this time of year. You can view the full recipe here alongside some of our favourite examples of Aimee’s food photography. 

Image Sources: twiggstudios.com

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who purchased from us on Black Friday and therefore donated to Age UK, it is very much appreciated by both us and the charity, thank you x.

Instead of the usual Black Friday Discounting, we’re Donating…

5% of the total spend at rowenandwren.co.uk today (25.11.16) will be donated to our chosen charity, Age UK. An incredibly worthy charity all year round and particularly at Christmas time, Age UK provides advice, enables independence and combats loneliness for the elderly. A big thank you to you all for supporting our Black Friday giving initiative.