I’ve always been fond of Habitat as I worked for the brand while I studied at university, so I was left with a heavy heart when the brand closed the majority of their stores back in 2011. However, the wise move of bringing creative talent Polly Dickens onboard as Creative Director has seen the brand’s collections do a U-turn, with many claiming their offering is speeding back towards it’s former glory. Not only are the collections improving but the result of being bought by The Home Retail group means that you can now also buy their colourful large rugs from Argos as well as their stylish curtains. I’m excited to see what Habitat have to offer for A/W13 at their press show in a few weeks but for now I thought I would share some of my favourite finds from their current collection.
There are some great styling ideas to take from these spaces: firstly, consider bringing a glass tabletop into your dining room if you’re keen to keep the room feeling spacious. As well as keeping the space light and airy, this also allows you to make a design statement with the trestle legs you choose to support the top. Above we can see how a solid oak base pulls the dining table and chairs together as they are made from the same wood. Hanging a statement pendant above the table helps to draw the eye down to the focal point of the space, as well as making the dining area feel more intimate. How about when it comes to introducing pattern to a scheme? Taking the cool white bedroom above as an example, we can see how multi-coloured stripes have been introduced to the space to bring visual interest to the scheme. By using a consistent pattern style across all the textiles in the space – the bold stripes of the rug reference those in the bedding, tying the two elements of the room together – the resulting look is consistent and stylish. Another way to pull the soft furnishings of your scheme together is to use colour as the reference point in the scheme. This method has been used in the yellow and grey bedroom seen above, where the colours of the Pixelate bedding are pulled out and used as the palette for the rug. This works well here as replicating the busy pattern from the bedding on the rug would clash, whereas referencing the colours still pulls the two elements together. In other words, you can use colour to take a softer approach to achieving a co-ordinated scheme.
Mr Bazaar’s notable favourites are the Hester dining chairs that bring refectory-style dining into the home with a contemporary twist thanks to their flashes of modern colour, and the sumptuous beetroot hue of their blur rug. I’d love to place a set of four Hester dining chairs in different around my dining table to bring some playful dashes of hue to the space. I’d love to know which pieces are catching your eye, friends?
// Photography by Habitat