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.
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.
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!)
Even if you look very closely you will find it very hard to see that Zaida Sabatés immaculate marble, brass or tortoiseshell is faux.
Based in Barcelona, this decorative painter uses traditional techniques to achieve results that are nearly as good as the real thing.
Without forgetting the past and tradition, Sabatés looks at the present adapting classical decorative painting to current trends. In her portfolio you can find decoration for public and private spaces, old stucco recovering, painting and restoring furniture or the creation of scenographies for cinema, theatre or events.
Zabatés believes that decorative painting can be as classic or as contemporary as one wants and couldn’t agree more with her.