Despite the Cost of Living Crisis, sales of furniture and home accessories grew sharply in March, seeing the strongest growth of any category according to KPMG and the British Retail Consortium (BRC). This trend is expected to continue as people tighten their belts by entertaining at home rather than going out.
Dimitri Pappas, Managing Director of My Furniture, said, “We have launched a brand new range of dining chairs, as we’ve noticed an increase in customers looking to update their homes, rather than going out. People are looking for investment pieces to last, rather than cheap throwaway items.”
My Furniture’s newly launched, contemporary dining chairs take inspiration from highly collectable American mid-century furnishings, but with an added playful twist. The black velvet upholstered seats showcase an eye-catching Jacquard woven design. Each design comes with a choice of base – cool Brushed Stainless Steel or warm Brushed Brass.
The striking Zig-Zag Dining Chair features a neat zigzag pattern, while the fabulous Suki Dining Chair showcases a fun, abstract painterly design. The Elenor Dining Chair and Dara Dining Chair are both clad in bold, geometric, monochrome patterns. You may prefer to pick all of the same design, or why not mix and match? Whichever you choose, they are sure to be a talking point over dinner. The new dining chairs are priced from £269.99 each.
Sustainable Room Refresh
Weaver Green’s founder, Tasha Green, explains, “Rather than updating a whole room, customers are buying items such as rugs and cushions to provide an instant, yet cost-effective refresh. We make all of our home accessories from recycled plastic bottles, so they love the idea that they are helping to save the planet too.”
Because they are made from recycled plastic bottles, Weaver Green’s rugs, throws and cushions are long lasting, washable and super durable. The company has just added two new colourways to their boho-striped Darjeeling collection. Darjeeling Heather incorporates the gentle pinks, yellows and blues of moorland heaths, while Darjeeling Caspian features soft blues, yellows and neutrals. The Darjeeling Heather and Caspian designs are available as rugs, cushions and throws, all of which work beautifully both indoors and outside. Cushions start from £65.
Invest in Longevity
Matki showers and Swadling Brassware are quality products that are built for longevity. Nicholas Cunild, Managing Director, said, “With all the uncertainty in the housing market, we’ve notice some of our customers are looking to improve, rather than move. If you can’t afford to put in a whole new bathroom, you could invest in just a new shower door or bath screen. Alternatively, consider updating your bathroom brassware. For example, switch your standard silver taps to Polished or Brushed Gold to add a new feel of luxury.”
Matki’s new Eclipse range offers great value and truly stands the test of time. With the right cleaning regime, the Eclipse shower door will look just as good in ten years as it does now. The minimal frame brings a feeling of light and space to your bathroom, while Matki Glass Guard Easy-Clean Protection helps keep the beautiful expanse of glass bright and sparkling. The Matki Eclipse Door for Recess starts from £992.40.
Swadling Brassware’s brand new Living Copper finish is an exciting new addition to their range of finishes for taps, showerheads and shower/bath mixers. As the name suggests, Living Copper has a living quality that changes and evolves over time, contributing to its unique appearance. The uncoated copper will oxidize into a finish known as a patina, which protects the metal from corrosion. Each piece of Living Copper reacts uniquely to its environment, ageing gracefully and developing its own character and variations in tone over time.
The Invincible collection, from Swadling Brassware, looks stunning in the new Living Copper finish. The Invincible collection includes hand and deluge showerheads, thermostatic shower mixers, basin and bath mixer taps.
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