A Buzz Around Barton Square Part 2


Hope you enjoyed the last post on some good lighting options from BHS.  Today's post is going to feature the other accessories that popped out at me on that visit to Barton Square, the homewares section of The Trafford Centre near Manchester.  To start off with I'd like to stay with BHS and show you a couple of small items I think you might like. 

Firstly, I spotted these photoframes which I don't think would look out of place in The White Company where the price tag would be more than £16, or even £12 as it is at the moment.  The edging is silver plated and the mount is linen.


I was also drawn to these ceramic birds.  At £3 and £6 they are a very inexpensive way to buy into the current penchant for birds in interiors without much of a financial investment.  They could easily have come from Anthropologie which would immediately lend them more credibility in the style stakes:


My next finds were in M&S.  I didn't focus on the Conran collection in there.  I rather like quite a lot of those pieces in the right setting and if you think you might too, you could do worse than spend 2 minutes 21 seconds watching their Editor's Picks video - obviously, I can't be held responsible for the use of the phrase "storage solution" to describe some shelves.


A couple of their crockery sets made me want to re-set my table.  My favourite was the stoneware Cross Hatch dining set in their latest colour.  They do one in blue but the new set is a lovely shade of grey with goldy metalic lowlights.  It would all look quite glam and lustrous on a candlelit table but it also seems quite robust.  You can buy pieces individually or a 12 piece set for £59:

If that's much too tame for you, you might be more drawn to the Painterly Florals set which is colourful, but not at all garish, and extremely pretty.  It is more robust than it looks, being dishwasher and microwave safe, and is available individually or as a set.  The set is a bit pricier than the Cross Hatch, at £95:


If you're fan, as I am, of http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/ you might like these M&S pieces that would fit nicely into that kind of look.  A simple mirror made more interesting with the addition of a pocket-watch type detail as a kind of crest and a ramshead.  Each of these items are priced at £45.  The animal head thing has been around for so long now that you may start to grow tired of it and don't want to invest too much on a piece at this stage:

It doesn't seem to be on their site at the moment but they did have them in store.


The last stop where I had some success was at Next where I espied this lamp.  If you fancy the idea of buying into the fashion for animal lamp bases but can't stretch to the striking examples from http://www.atelierabigailahern.com/collections.asp?cid=4&sid=9  then consider this ceramic Ollie Owl Lamp at £35.  It is a great deep taupe colour with an undertone of grey.  The shade is included in the price and looks just fine but it might be nice to pick out the grey a bit more with a grey shade - there are a couple of good options for £18 at BHS. 


These double-sided photoframes are a great buy as you can show two images for the price of one.  They look good in both the pale colour and the black and are £8 and £6.  They look rather Kelly Hoppen style but would look good in almost any setting.  Can't see them on the website though.   

These two cushions in lavender tones would give your sofa, bed or chair a real Designers Guild look.  They cost just £14 each.  I was quite happy with the feel of them but I don't know how well the fabric would bounce back once sat on.  I'd just use them in a spot where they just need to look the part but don't get squished. They are the Fleur Stripe Edge cushion and the Floral Frame cushiion. 


The final image is of some Fornasetti-style accessories that I was delighted to spot but that is for another post.  Coming soon!


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