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Kalinko: from Burma with love

I was looking for the perfect rattan butler’s tray when I discovered the one made by Kalinko. Later that day I found out that this brand has much more to offer than just pretty trays.

My beloved rattan butler’s tray by Kalinko

 

 

As Londoners living in Burma, Kalinko founders noticed that it was very difficult for the Burmese craftsmen to sell worldwide so they decided to give the artisans access to the international market through an online homeware store.

Their products are affordable yet you won’t compromise on great design and quality. Kalinko is independent, ethical and adheres to the globally recognised 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

If you’re a rattan lover like myself, you’ll probably find browsing their website very tempting! Although I honestly love everything they do, here are my picks.

 

Za jacket. Kalinko
The Za Jacket. Proceeds from the jacket’s sales will be used to buy new looms, yarns and weaving equipment for the community, and to help support their livelihoods, giving them time to train their successors, and keep their traditional skills alive. Learn more about the project here
 For more information visit http://www.kalinko.com

Beaverbrook

On a recent article, The Telegraph was questioning if Beaverbrook was Britain’s coolest new country house hotel. Well, judging by the recent images that have been released,  I think that’s more than a fair question to ask.

Located in Surrey, this impressive property was the former home of press baron, Lord Beaverbrook. The transformation into a luxurious country hotel has been made in different phases: the first one was the Garden House, which opened its doors last autumn. The recently opened House was the second phase and later this year, the Couch House Spa and the Glass House will complete this ambitious project.

The Garden House by Nicola Harding. Beaverbrook hotel
The Garden House

 

A bedroom at The Garden House by Nicola Harding. Beaverbrook hotel
The Garden House’s interiors were designed by Nicola Harding

 

Renowned interior designer  Susie Atkinson was in charge of the Main House interiors. She did an excellent job creating a  glamorous retreat without forgetting the cozy country feel.

The parrot bar designed by Susie Atkinson. Beaverbrook hotel. Surrey

 

The parrot bar. Beaverbrook hotel. Surrey

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design
Guests can also book a table at one of the hotel’s star attraction, the Japanese restaurant headed by Taiji Maruyama of KIRU restaurant in Chelsea

 

Pretty details from Susie Atkinson Instagram account:
The Parrot Bar. Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design
 Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

For more information visit http://www.beaverbrook.co.uk 

Introducing The Winthrop, Blithfield’s new collection

A few weeks ago I received a sneak peek of Blithfield’s new collection, the Winthrop. Minutes later I found myself trying the swatches around my house: cushions, walls, perhaps an upholstered headboard? That could only mean one thing: I loved it.

Following the style of previous collections, Blithfield keeps the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. I find all the patterns and colours so versatile and easy to use in many different styles and schemes.

The Winthrop collection is comprised of eight exciting new designs. Aylesbury and Chauvet are elegant jacquards in sumptuous colours based on antique embroideries. Anoushka, a jewel tone paisley, and Simsbury, a classic floral, are complemented by colourfully textured geometrics, Amesbury, Colby, Compton and Windsor Stripe. The new designs expand on Blithfield’s tradition of beautifully printed and woven fabrics in a distinctive colour palette, inspired by documents from around the world.

Below you can find some of my favourites. I like them all but if I have to choose one, that has to be the pink/blue Anouschka ( which I’m trying to figure out where I can use it!)

Anoushka Fabric. Blithfield
Anoushka – pink/blue

 

Chauvet fabric by Blithfield. Winthrop Collection
Chauvet – Raspberry/Pale Blue/ Gold

 

Amesbury fabric - Blithfield
Amesbury – Green

 

Colby fabric by Blithfield
Colby – Red

 

 

 

 

Blithfield fabrics

For more nformation visit http://www.blithfield.co.uk

Images: Blithfield