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1. Magical windows
Doesn't everyone dream of soaking in a bath with a beautiful view? Well, if that's not possible where you live, cheat with one of glass artist Rachel Welford (opens in new tab)'s gorgeous tree windows, above and below.
Featuring layers of mirrored and frosted glass, her artworks change in response to the light. So that with daylight behind them, the silver mirror branches appear as dark silhouettes, but at night-time, they reflect light from inside the room and become bright against a dark sky. The tree shapes in the frosted glass diffuse the branches behind and turn reflected light into a soft, blurry glow. Whichever room you put them in, they'll be magical. Bespoke windows, from £1,000.
2. Electric avenue
Looking for that special party piece? How about a sparkling tree, or for a real show stopper - a cherry
orchard? Romantic and elegant, Twilight Trees (opens in new tab)'s sculptured LED cherry and maple designs create instant atmosphere. Brilliant twinkling at your front door too! Prices start at £545 for a 1.5m tree, but you can also hire them if you don't want to buy.
3. Ring leader
Giorgio Cattelan's Bora Bora bistro table, £1,189, for Cattelan Italia at Chaplin's (opens in new tab) runs rings round
your average living room piece. With its top made from a section of oak tree
trunk, you can be sure your piece will be a one-off, boasting its own unique
shape, colouring and size. The lacquered aluminium base also comes in
4. Going with the grain
The Eco table by Riva 1920, from
£1,050 at Heal's (opens in new tab), not only looks good, but smells fantastic too. Carved
from sustainably sourced cedar, it perfectly captures the trend for
rustic craftsmanship and will fit into any contemporary scheme, from
pared-back Scandi to eclectic contemporary. Just sand the wood (the Eco comes
with its own maintenance kit of gloves and Brillo pads) to preserve
the colour and release its natural cedar scent.
5. Dark star
For a more dramatic take, craftsman of the moment Sebastian Cox has combined traditional skills with modern artistry to create a blackened version of his Shake cabinet for The New Craftsmen (opens in new tab). Manufactured by Benchmark Furniture, the Scorched Shake, £4,600, is made from sustainably managed chestnut and ash, which has been cleft (split along its grain) to make shingles, which are then hand-scorched to create these wonderfully textured door frames. Not your average burnt offering, this is refined woodcraft indeed.
6. Going with the flow
For his curvy Orinoco bench, approx £2,800, designer Henry Swanzy (opens in new tab) has merged pristine stainless-steel frames with the first cut of timber from the trunk of ‘Pippy' English oak. While the seat is smooth, the underside maintains the natural contours of the tree. The first cut is ordinarily overlooked, so this piece is truly a ‘rescued' material. Swanzy readily admits inspiration came not only from the South American river, but the thrifty womble character of SW19. Wow... who can resist a piece named after a womble?
Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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