A Buzz Around Barton Square Part I


It's been some time since I went into some of the less trendy homewares stores to see what's around (I realize the use of the word 'trendy' is very untrendy but I like the way it encompasses the word 'trend').  I love going in each season to see if they've come up with any good interpretations of the things we're loving in more fashionable stores.

I got off to a bad start in Laura Ashley as they don't seem to have come up with much to inspire so far this season.  They did have some examples of an old favourite, their black Henshaw furniture range, and a pleasing set of Owl bookends but not enough to warrant photos.

Things rather picked up in BHS.  Unsurprisingly it was the lighting department that really came up trumps so for this post I'll focus on their lights.  They have a selection of subtley coloured glass pendant lights and glass lamps that look totally designer.  They remind me of the lights I adore from curiosaandcuriosa.co.uk and could be used in similar settings.  My favourite, the Grey Malik Electroplate Pendant, is the most gorgeous colour and finish and priced at £50, less when they have their frequent sales.  The table lamp version is £40.  The Green Whitney Pendant light at £40 is also quite lovely.  The lights in this collection are beautifully luminous and lustrous.  I'm planning to put one of the table lamps in my partner's study.  I think it is much softer than  a straight industrial look and hints more at eccentric inventor.

Some links as examples but do check out the full Illuminate range in store if you can.  Otherwise P&P is free over £30 so they are easy to try at home:






If glass isn't your thing you may like these incredibly well-priced  pendant lights.  The Reno pendant, £35, comes in a variety of colours.  There are no dud colours but I'd say the grey and mustard are particulary smart looking.   


If you've got plenty of room and want a striking floor lamp check out the Camera Tripod Floor Lamp at £130.  It does look smart with its burnished metal details and black wood base.

Hope there is something amongst those suggestions that appeals to you.  I spotted quite a few other noteworthy items in the chain stores and I'll show them to you in a post later this week.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday,


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