Loaf: The Winter Edit
Posted on November 10 2015
Discovering inspiration and advice for this Winter Season from the founder of Loaf, Charlie Marshall. I take a look at the fantastic handmade designs that Loaf has to offer.
The Winter season is in fast approach and it will not be too long before the heating is switched on, blankets and throws come out and we start to cosy down for the cooler months. Most of us spend more time in our homes during this season and our surrounding environments have a huge impact on our daily lives so it is important to have a home where you can relax. What better time than now to make the most out of your interior space and give it the love and style that it deserves.
I have been lucky enough to take some time with the Founder of Loaf, Charlie Marshall to discuss and discover what Loaf has in store for the Winter season and their advice on how to make the most out of your interior space.
"Here at Loaf it’s our mission to make laid-back furniture for people to feel comfy enough to kick off their shoes and lead happier, more relaxed lives. And this is the time of year to get into full hibernation mode, don a pair of sheepskin slippers and totally switch off at home (without feeling guilty about it!)"
There really is nothing better than sitting back and relaxing under a throw on a gorgeous sofa. This item of furniture plays such huge part in a room, creating a focal point and adding character. Simple designs with vibrant or detailed patterns are extremely popular at the moment. I have selected the pudding sofa as a perfect example of how wonderful this style can look.
"We’re more about lasting design than seasonal trends but we do love the ethos of staying in and loafing about in the winter. It’s all about warm, soft to the touch blankets and rugs which are perfect for cocooning and enjoying a mug of something hot"
A room and design should not last for one season, it should evolve and adapt to reflect each season. The easiest way to do this is through accessories and fabrics. Whilst the vibrant orange above is a fantastic warming colour for Winter, it will look great all year round. The way that you accessorise the sofa is how you emphasise what season you are in.
"For the bedroom, throw a super-soft blanket on the end of the bed for a really cosy, inviting look. At home we have a giant lambswool one that covers the entire bed. It’s a definite favourite! We like to have a few stockpiled so you can mix it up with different colours, texture and patterns. I’m also a fan of laid-back 100% linen bedding that feels soft, natural and lived in rather than starched, ironed bed linen, which can look nice but really doesn’t feel as snug. A hot water bottle is a treat too, and placing a scented candle on the bedside helps keep things cosy"
The bedroom is where you want to feel the cosiest on those cold Winter nights. Many people change their duvets so why not go one step further and introduce some winter sheets too!? Throws, cushions and bedsheets are such an easy way to change the style of a space without having to change your furniture. I have selected the Lordy sheets below as a personal favourite, a simple style that can be accessorised with deeper colours and rich tones to create a personal style to your space.
"For warm lighting, dot lamps about with soft glow bulbs. We're loving copper and brass designs at the moment. They look great and also gently reflect the light out of their polished metallic shades."
Lighting is one of my favourite areas in the home but it is also an area that many people overlook. A great design should not just light a room, it should create a setting whilst in use and when it is switched off. Floor lamps are incredibly popular at the moment and they add a beautiful presence to a room. As Charlie mentioned, copper and brass designs are in huge demand and look breathtakingly beautiful. Two of my favourite designs from Loaf is the Snoop floor lamp and Apothecary table lamp designs featured below.
It is refreshing to see vibrant and characterful colours taking centre stage once again in interior design. My advice to anyone deciding colours for their home is not to be afraid of bold and go brighter. We have lived too long in the safeness of beige and it is time to experiment with the beautiful colours that are on offer.
"Our customers have become bolder and are experimenting more with colour which can really give your home a lift on those grey winter (or summer!) days. A few years ago it was all about neutrals but I think now with sites like Pinterest and plenty of good inspiration out there, it’s easier to get bolder colours right. Plus, our photography does a good job of hand-holding customers offering inspiration to show how a look can work. We recently launched our Pudding sofa and decided to shoot it in a punchy Burnt Orange velvet accessorised with shots of blue. Each of our sofas is handmade in Derbyshire and this one, in particular, is slightly deeper than most with feather filled cushions so you can really sink back. Our Burnt Orange Pudding is not as “out there” as you’d think and it’s already proving a hit. Like a tin of baked beans, it just works!"
I am thrilled to be able to share such fantastic designs and words from Loaf. The company embraces a new way of thinking, one that I admire. There is not just a love for design, there is an understanding of interaction and the importance of customisation. Every person is different and with a huge variety of fabric finishes and styles, it has never been easier to create a space to match your exact requirements. The modern way of thinking and the ease of design choices is transforming the way that we view our homes and Loaf are at the forefront of this change.
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