As we decamp to nature’s dining room, it is only fitting that the scene of lazy lunches with friends should be dressed with materials evocative of her bounty. Layering up our relaxed natural textured linen tablecloths in dusky pale pinks and fresh fine black stripes creates a beautifully breezy canvas for an idyllic al fresco lunch. Great generous hunks of crusty rustic bread lie like defeated dominoes on top of a rustic Bruna wooden board; lemons ripe for cutting sit prettily in palm leaf woven baskets; recycled tumblers sweat with condensation from the ice-coldness of the white wine they contain; and drip-glazed terracotta tumblers, reminiscent of sizzling Mediterranean holidays, keep water icy cool.
As mother’s day advances ever close, who more apposite to defer to on this day of maternal celebration than Mother Nature herself? Since experience always steals a march on stuff, and creating treasurable memories wins over the dizzying cornucopia of designated ‘gifts’ vying for our attention in shops, we repair this year instead to the garden. Our table, dressed up with natural linen cloths and relaxed linen napkins, will be adorned with blousy florals, harvested from the garden and left to tumble out of our recycled bottle vases, while completing the picture of fresh florals for mum, are jugs full of refreshing lemon water. As the sun sets on our garden party, we shall illuminate the scene with the lantern light and toast the women who gave us everything.
It is one of the world’s most recognisable designs. The classic Chesterfield – with its deep buttons, its gracefully low-slung back and its sublime comfort – has enhanced gentlemen’s clubs, high society sitting rooms across the empire, and is even the psychoanalyst’s couch of choice, in homage to the original that Sigmund Freud’s patients once reclined upon. Our latest collection puts a relaxed yet refined spin on an icon; available in luxuriant velvet and homely wool finishes, the restrained colour palette – in shades of grey and pale pink – speaks of understated refinement, while the details, in the form of beautifully turned legs on wheels, dial up the elegance yet further. Choose from armchairs, sofas and footstools; but for best effect, mix and match colours and finishes for a fresh take on a masterpiece.
As we prepare to wave a warm goodbye to the bleak wet winter, we start to anticipate the freshness of spring. There’s nothing more blissful than the first sighting of blossoming yellow daffodils, so as we begin to look forward to the slow awaking of sweet springtime florals, we also begin to get a taste for our most favourite seasonal recipes.
Of late, we have been greatly inspired by Kym Grimshaw’s plethora of content on instagram, as she shares her tantalising recipes taken from her wonderful ‘On The Plate’ blog. Our firm favourite has to be Kym’s spinach, cheddar and onion tart, featured centrally here and looking deliciously wholesome. Kym reflects the seasons perfectly throughout her instagram feed through the delicate hues of her beautiful back drops mixed with a host of scenic images from her latest adventures around the globe.
Whether your an amateur chef or fancy prepping a spontaneous supper for a loved one, Kym has many tantalising recipes that will most definitely tickle your taste buds. Head over to ‘On The Plate’ today for more seasonally-inspired dishes and if they fail to nourish your springtime needs be sure to peruse @kymgrimshaw for more travel and lifestyle inspiration.
We’d like to wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day. May it be filled with plenty of love and joy!
If the surest way to the heart is indeed, as experience tells us, through the stomach, it stands to reason that couples who cook together must be wending their way on a picturesque path to romantic nirvana. With that inevitability in mind as Valentine’s Day hovers near, there can be fewer gifts more predicative of lasting romance than complementary his and hers soft linen aprons in pink plaster and black stripe(whoseis whose is down to your discretion). Whether you’re a couple whose metier is baking home made bread and cakes; candlelight suppers a deux; or entertaining friends over extended Sunday lunches, they are a metaphor in microcosm for a good relationship: complementary but still individual.
We often find ourselves through ways of expression; from the wise words of Henry Ward Beecher, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures”.
Of late we’ve thoroughly enjoyed meandering through @irenedkw’s beautifully textured paintings. The Copenhagen based artist, Irene de Klerk Wolters, creates her bespoke pieces with labour and love, in the belief that her paintings can change a rooms atmosphere without dominating the interior. We find her creations incredibly calming, which is expressed through her simplistic use of layering; layers that are only enhanced by her beautifully considered colour palette; consisting of warm pinks, teamed with cooling neutrals and a hint of glimmer from the metallic tones. The perfect palette for the upcoming spring season. We can’t help but favour Irene’s top left image, which captures her work in all it’s natural beauty – capturing warming tones that uplift us during the bleak, chillsome days that the winter brings.
Whether you want to peruse Irene’s current paintings for colour inspiration, want to explore the picturesque city of Copenhagen, or you’re simply looking for a new year hobby – Irene’s curated content won’t disappoint.
We’d like to raise a glass and wish you all a very Happy New Year…
We would like to say a massive thank you for sharing a year of growth and goodness, here’s to an even bigger and better 2019!
As we approach the annual New Year celebrations, we start to reflect on the moments we cherish most, with warm prosperous wishes to those we hold close by raising a glass, filled with our favourite tipple, or two.
Whether you’re hosting a spectacular party, or having a cosy night in, we’ve got the perfect glassware for all occasions. Our glassware balances form and function at all times; whether you are sipping beer, wine, cocktails or homemade lemonade, our glasses are simple of silhouette, sophisticated and thoughtfully designed to help enhance the flavour of your drink of choice.
From all the Rowen & Wren Team, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas… Thank you all for your support in the run up to Christmas, we wish you all a truly wonderful one!
‘Tis the season to welcome winter in all its bounty, while the rays of the sun weaken, the temperature starts to descend and we begin to feel the cold bite of winter on our flushed cheeks. From bare frosty trees to glistening dewy grass – we can’t get enough of winter mornings in the countryside and all that nature has to offer in this season.
Recently we discovered Melgården; a beautifully situated farmhouse manor, located deep in the Osterdalen Forest, Norway. The Lady of the Manor, Live Huse Mykleby perfectly documents her inspirational renovation project; restoring the house and garden to its former splendour.
While we peruse through Melgaarden’s instagram, we can’t help but feel suitably festive as we see the manor transform into a rural winter wonderland draped in an abundance of holiday greenery. The historical grounds, first mentioned in 1465, houses a perfectly planted vegetable patch, which we’re sure serves inspiration for her traditional Norwegian recipes that feature throughout her carefully curated content – such recipes as that featured top left.
Whether you want to explore Live’s current project for renovation inspiration, fancy a spontaneous trip to Norway, or you’re simply looking for a little festive spirit, please do peruse more of this beautiful imagery at…@melgaarden
If homemade gifting doesn’t tickle your fancy, we’ve got you covered this Christmas with some of our hand-picked favourite gifts.
For more last minute gifting solutions, you can view our Perfect Presents Collection in full here.
Homemade presents are always a favourite at Christmas – and they’re made all the more better for being edible. What could be more irresistible than a perfectly presented parcel, piled high with festively spiced gingerbread?
For more homemade gifting inspiration, you can view our crafting story here.