As news & homes editor of Build It, I’m lucky enough to get invites to various press previews to see the latest collection of homewares before they even hit the high street. What’s more, every single day I am sent emails showcasing new products that would look great in all of your new dwellings and innovative self build schemes that are sure to inspire any one of you to construct your own home. So, this puts me in the perfect position to share my favourite finds with you.
My first post pays homage to Homebase’s new autumn/winter 2013 collection (available in-store from 1st July 2013). Homebase used inspiration from popular books, including One Day by David Nicholls, Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Lewis Carrolls’s Alice in Wonderland, to style the different room settings on show. Each area had a character from the different titles playing the part.
Our first stop was Sherlock Home’s home. The collection was called Anthology and offered rich dark wood coloured furniture and lots of textures such as velvets and knits used in the upholstery and bedding. Sherlock was even playing the violin in the corner as we were shown round.
Upon walking into Emma’s living space (One Day) who was sitting down at the dining table typing away writing her latest novel, I immediately fell in love with the designer-style Canonbury hardwood furniture collection from the Revival range. A bureau desk, coffee table, TV unit, dining table, chairs and bench make up the collection. Homebase’s key point they wanted to put across was that the furniture is extremely versatile and will blend in with existing pieces you already have at home – it was all about taking old ideas and modernizing them.
The final room was Scented Garden with bunting hung over the table and ice cream coloured painted dining chairs. Beautiful china, birdcages and cake stands were all on show; along with some of the new wallpapers (Homebase is introducing 169 new designs for this season). It was a quirky garden tea party which looked very inviting – sadly we missed the Mad Hatter!
It was a great way to showcase the autumn/winter 2013 collection and I know when the products drop in store there will be a few pieces I know I’ll be picking up – my favourite two items have to be the Canonbury dining table and bench (as pictured) – which will be great for informal gatherings!
Photo: Canonbury dining table & two benches, £649.95; Canonbury bookcase, £349.99; Canonbury sideboard, £399.99, all available from Homebase
Author: Sophie Hoyland