Hosting the Summer Solstice, June traditionally offers us real opportunities to step outside and embrace long, hazy days in the sunshine. This month, we’ve everything you need to embrace undisturbed relaxation. Whether you’re heading into your very own summer sanctuary in the garden, wandering in search of the ultimate unspoilt picnic place, or dressing a blissful nook indoors, take a comfy seat. There you can recline and watch the world go by, accompanied by an ice-cold drink and the Sunday papers, or – for an even better sense of escapism - a good book.
If you’re looking for a piece of stylish statement furniture to occupy a corner and maximise the feel of uncluttered space, the versatile nest egg chair is just the tonic. Guaranteed to be a talking point wherever it is placed – indoors or out - the nest egg chair is handcrafted from weatherproof PE bamboo and designed as stationary statement furniture, rather than a swing. Its cocooning seat pad and cushion offer superior levels of comfort, ensuring you're completely comfortable as your recline with a good book for a dose of complete relaxation. Now to decide which title you’ll choose to curl up with…
Lawn, beach or hilltop with a view? Wherever you’re seeking sanctuary this season, our Framlingham Picnic Blanket is guaranteed to enhance your perfect picnic spot. Made from cotton in Ink and Grey, it's designed with a waterproof base and carry handle, ready for taking to garden gatherings, sporting events and festivals…
Summertime is all about welcoming natural light back into your evenings, but outside after dark you’ll need designs that let your garden reach its full potential. Perfect for hanging on walls, lining garden fences, or stringing from trees, our Festoon Classic Lights with a smoked bulb finish add the perfect ambient glow to warmer evenings. Available in two lengths featuring 10 or 20 bulbs, they’re suitable for use indoors and outdoors and their hooks on each bulb make them really easy to hang from branches or fence screws.
Whether you’re hosting weekend brunches or sitting in the sun in solitude catching some rays, no outdoor relaxation zone is complete without a tray to safely transport refreshments. Handmade from rattan, in true boho style, our Mayfield Tray’s solid spiral base provides real stability as you enjoy all those simple, life-affirming pleasures. When you’re not using it as a drinks tray, why not add a plant pot or two and create a flourishing table centrepiece?
It’s all in the detail when it comes to creating your sanctuary and summertime is synonymous with serving thirst quenching drinks in stunning receptacles. Boasting a luxury art deco feel with subtle fluting, our Berkeley Carafe is available in both a clear and smoky glass. Beautiful glassware is a key contributor to an elegant outdoor dining setup and this tabletop companion is perfect for stylishly serving your favourite chilled water, vintage wine, or refreshing juice.
For the perfumes, skincare products, plants, toiletries, candles and more, the Novello Wall Shelf is perfect for your pride-of-place bathroom accessories. Objects are kept safely tucked in with the basket-like build to hold everything in place, and can be beautifully displayed with this timeless brass design. A sturdy shelf crafted in iron with an antique brass finish, this truly is a timeless shelf for adding a sophisticated touch to your bathroom.
The classic Novello Wall Mirror makes for a stylish statement in any bathroom, perfect for adding a warm, antique touch to the space. Brush your teeth in style every morning when looking into this mirror, perfectly shaped for a decadent finish to the room, and pairing well with the rest of the Novello collection for a complete golden hue in your bathroom.
The Novello Towel Ring is designed to hang hand towels on a wall by the sink. An elegant design, this statement towel holder makes for a gorgeous change from classic silver metal or white designs. Perfect for country home bathrooms, adding warm tones to urban homes, or balancing out a minimalist space.
Who said a toilet roll holder should ever be boring? Pay attention to the smallest detail in your bathroom by selecting the Novello Toilet Roll Holder to elevate all the hardware in that space. Add a classic brass touch to every aspect of your bathroom, even where the toilet roll goes with our Novello collection.
Outdoor oasis complete? Take a look at our summer reading list. Long, hazy days provide us with more time to get lost in a book. This month we’re loving:
A highly enjoyable and restorative read, particularly if you’re looking to be assured of the prevalence of human decency; this factual title is a tribute to mankind’s better nature. Bregman takes the reader on a well-researched yomp through moments in history where the goodness of mankind has been made wholeheartedly evident. This results in a thought-provoking, uplifting book crammed with feel-good anecdotal jewels that prove the perfect antidote, especially if you’re feeling slightly fatigued by the woes of today’s world.
Step into a world fraught with fraud, murder and threats, in a case that takes our favourite ageing investigators beyond life in the Kent retirement village of Coopers Chase. Osman’s beloved quartet return in another captivating mystery that’s full of neat twists and intricate plotting, which sits beautifully alongside the dry wit and deft characterisation we’ve gladly become accustomed to in his bestselling series. The Bullet that Missed is the thirdThursday Murder Club title and if anything, it’s got even greater momentum than the two triumphs that were published before it. Now available in paperback, it’s even easier to slip it into your suitcase.
Struggling with a small home, working from home or renting your home? Either way, this book’s being heralded as the indispensable guide to modern living. Author of the bestselling ‘ Mad about the House’, Watson-Smyth is the expert dedicated to showing you how to make the most of your space, whatever your situation. Get planning your new interiors project from the comfort of your summer picnic; new for 2023, this innovative sourcebook looks beyond the estate agent’s floorplan and helps you revolutionise the way you live, by choosing from over 250 practical solutions. Packed with invaluable tips for a more productive home life, plus ingenious space-saving solutions, it’s also accompanied by gorgeous illustrations that bring her ideas to life.
Women have always gardened, but their motivations for actually doing so are so often buried with their work. On a mission to recover the stories that have been lost among the soil, Alice Vincent is on a quest to change that. Why Women Grow examines why there’s always an inclination to turn to the earth, as gardeners, growers and custodians of outside spaces. Featuring conversations spanning creation and loss, celebration and grief, power, protest, identity and renaissance, the stories featured in this powerful read are moving and empowering in equal measure.
Calderone has lived the dream and done what any interior design aficionado would dearly love to do; she’s delved into the homes of key industry contacts; decorators, designers and tastemakers and thrown open the doors to their houses, to reveal exactly how their carefully crafted interiors come together. A showpiece of exquisite design, plus a complete guide to creating a home that’s unique and totally you, Live Beautiful is crammed with helpful tips and advice that makes great room design truly accessible. No home is complete without a coffee table book and this gorgeous read isn’t just pleasant to browse; it has the power to improve the quality of our lives.