Jan 20, 2017
It may be hard to believe, but 2017 is officially in full swing, and with it come a whole new set of interior design trends. We take a look at the colours, themes and fabric that will transform your nook this year.
From Pantone’s zesty Greenery to plush forest hues, green will be everywhere in 2017. Symbolic of new beginnings, revitalising green will give your home an instant update. Keep it fresh by mixing with greys, black and white, or embrace a warm colour palette with rich woods and terracotta. If you’re not quite ready to go all out, a few accent pieces will bring you up to speed.
With both designers and consumers becoming ever more eco-conscious, this will be the year that we reconnect with nature. Think bamboo, rattan and untreated wood for a natural element that’s inherently serene. For textiles, wool and cotton take centre stage - our handwoven pouf by Madam Stolz embodies the trend to a T.
Texture promises to be a big theme this year, with design mostly geared toward softness and comfort. Tactile elements make for an inviting interior, and ever-elegant velvet is top of our list. In deep jewel tones, it adds a little hint of luxury, and is perfect for sinking into at the end of the day.
Versatile and sustainable, cork is making a comeback, from stools to walls and everything in between. This natural material adds warmth to any room, and contrasts well with a whole host of colours. Nod to the trend with a contemporary cork board, or if you’re feeling bold try some statement furniture on for size.
Move over DIY, 2017 sees the return of high level craftsmanship. Lovingly made in small amounts, artisan items add a distinct and personal touch to your nook. Invest in some pieces with a story to tell - we love these Kraal Dome Pendants by Dassie Artisan, a collective of craftsmen built on talent and integrity.
Dec 11, 2016
‘Small Business, Big Difference’ - that was the battle cry for Small Business Saturday, which bolstered the earnings of millions this year. Here at nookoo we’re all about independence, and with the festive period just around the corner, there’s no better time to start shopping small. Here are 5 reasons to support the little guys this Christmas.
Finding Something Different
If you’re bored of browsing the same tired gift sets, then shopping small is the way to go. Independent retailers stock unusual, quirky gifts that you’re unlikely to find anywhere on the high street. Not only will your present be extra special, you know it’s not something they already own. For the little one in your life, these patterned pieces by Marmalade Sky are truly unique.
Small businesses put more money back into the local area than their larger counterparts, and can play a pivotal role in building a sense of community. Earl of East, purveyors of hand-poured candles, are not only a permanent fixture on the London market scene, but share the love with regular creative workshops across the city.
Investing in Quality
Many small businesses make products by hand, often with years of expertise behind them. Family-run Flensted Mobiles have been perfecting their craft since the 1950s, with all of their products both designed and made in their native Denmark. With credentials like that, you can rest assured that your carefully picked gift won’t be in bits by New Year’s Eve.
Supporting A Family
Instead of lining the pockets of a big shot corporation, when you shop small you are supporting small too. For you it may be just another Christmas gift, but it makes whole world of difference to the people behind it. Wildfire Teepees began as a one-woman business, and directly supports a family of 4. How about that for some guilt-free shopping?
Paying It Forward
Small businesses not only contribute to their local communities, but often give back on a much larger scale, donating up to 250% more than the standard big biz. Built on close links with it’s Indian suppliers, Madam Stoltz supports a New Delhi school, with a fair trade initiative giving straight back to its roots.
Behind these reasons are millions of people whose dreams have been built on supporting the small. If you haven’t quite sorted your Christmas shopping this year, we hope you’ll choose to spend where it counts. Shopping small is the gift that just keeps on giving.