5 Key looks from ARGOS for Autumn Winter 2017

The Homeware team at Argos have really come up with some nice looking furniture and accessories for this autumn and winter.  I have issues with Argos stores and their queuing system and I haven’t always liked the quality of their goods, but not this time. There are five ranges that fit in with today’s trends and lifestyles.

INHABIT

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The pace of modern culture has fueled a desire and appreciation for relaxed living and understated design. Inhabit is a minimal trend that celebrates a new pace of home life by creating a comforting and calming space that encourages restoration. A pared-back colour palette of soothing neutral and green tones is combined with tactile surfaces, subtle weaves, printed leaf patterns and simple geometric prints.

Furniture designs show a nod to Danish influences with clean lines, minimal shapes and blonde woods.

Products within the Inhabit trend have a simple aesthetic for a softened minimal look in the home.

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NATIVE EARTH

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Inspired by the arid beauty of New Mexico and South America, the fashion-forward Native Earth trend offers a warm and rustic feel with tribal-inspired designs.

The colour palette celebrates Autumn with rich clay red and burnt orange hues paired with charcoal tones, blue accents and dark woods.

Metallic home accessories and woven materials add a rugged finish to the look, whilst bold tribal textiles and intricately embossed ceramics create a strong visual impact.

Native Earth offers a modern take on the iconic wilderness trend and creates a sense of warmth this Winter with earthy textural tones.

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DARK POETRY

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Dark Poetry is a stylistic approach to interiors with a focus on filling your home with products that are both functional and visually striking. With a fusion of elegant design and decadent materials, Dark Poetry creates a sense of luxurious living. Touches of gold, brushed brass and jewel tones add a feeling of warmth for the Winter season.

The collection of furniture and home accessories allude to architectural forms with structured shapes and designs, whilst velvet textiles and soft upholstery add elegance to the room.

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FOREST FROST

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Inspired by hazy Winter mornings, Forest Frost introduces a soothing and tranquil look to the home. Forest Frost exudes elegance with a soft blue palette balanced with pastel pink hues. Textiles are adorned with watercolour florals, nature-inspired details and diluted ombre ink washes to achieve a serene setting in the home. Furniture and home accessories are delicately rounded in a painted chalk finish. Velvet and fur textiles ensure this trend feels cosy throughout the cooler months.

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HYGENA

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Hygena provides contemporary and versatile designs for the modern home. Every piece in the range is designed to perfectly complement one another, offering ready-made design solutions which are easy to incorporate into the home. Accents of ochre brighten a sleek colour palette of monochrome and midnight blue hues, whilst geometric details offer a bold contemporary look. With urban living in mind, Hygena offers space- saving solutions and clever designs at attainable prices.

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LAKELAND’s 6 ‘on trend’ best sellers

Last year when I attended Lakeland‘s press briefing it was all about Spiralizers. They were selling one every 7 seconds! So  here we are one year on and I wondered what has been catching the interests and more importantly the consumers pockets. Often fads or trends are TV led.

1.The sale of Lakeland‘s Kefir Kit is down to Michael Mosley’s ‘Trust me I’m a doctor’ TV series. I am not surprised by this as Mosley goes out of his way to de-bunk nutritional fads and fancy’s and many people still follow his 2:5 eating plan. Mad Millie Kefir Kit, £9.99, ref 71791

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2. With the introduction of paying for plastic bags in supermarkets, and the fact we are more environmentally aware, the sale of  Lakelands stylish reusable shopping bags  has shot up by 70%. 2-in-1 Trolley Tote Set, £19.99, ref 25306

3. I’m not sure if this will turn out to be a fad or a trend but in order to avoid ‘avacado hand’ people have been buying avacado gadgets and their sales are up 72% on last year’s. Lakeland Avocado Masher, £4.79, ref 72197

72197_14. Last year Juicing was very popular this year souping is the new juicing. Lakeland‘s  Soup Maker is already selling three times the amount that was forecast for 2017. 31577_1

5. Health seems to be the key factor, when it comes to cooking, and so in at number five is the Touchscreen Air Fryer, £79.99. ref 31796

At the press show I was lucky enough to taste some  very healthy potato chips  and some  made from sweet potato that had been cooked in the Touchscreen Air Fryer. They were delicious. 31796_LAKE12618_423

There is even a book to go with it. 14573,TAGINES BOOK,LAKE6215,KITCHEN,BOOKS

6. Last but not least, are Lakeland’s fermantation jars. Fermantation has taken over from spiralizing as the ‘on trend’ lakeland foodie process. Fermented vegetables are great tasting and good for your gut. So sauerkraut and kimchi it is, packed with probiotic goodness and flavour.

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Lakeland Fermentation Jars, from £6.99

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/

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Habitat’s Key Trends for Autumn Winter 2017

I would love to work in the Habitat studio, the designers travel the globe going to exhibitions, design shows, markets and workshops seeking inspiration. What a job!

After their initial research, the products are designed and sourced. The company ethos is to celebrate the craft and the skills of the maker and artist. They re-imagine traditional materials and techniques, designing with a sense of fun for those who appreciate contemporary design, but don’t take things too seriously.

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The AW17 colour palette has a new group of matt, chalky and earthy colours. Fennel, Salmon and Paprika are key to the season and create a background for the more saturated brights. New colours include small amounts of Crocus and Satsuma.

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A mix of designs worked in 1970’s colour-ways and paired with accents of bold primaries. A bohemian edge is created with loosley woven, up-cycled sari rugs, hand painted accessories and walnut furnishings.aw17-lftyl-s02-bonham-sofa-green-rgb-300dpi

A new range of black tableware has been developed with bold shapes and strong silhouettes in complete contrast to the usual white dinner service.

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There are thirty new rugs in the collection many made from recycled materials and are re-interpretations of the traditional Indian wool dhurrie first introduced by Habit in the UK in the 1960’s. What is excellent is that as well as a range of designs, there is also a range of prices, so you should be able to find something to suit your pocket.aw17-lftyl-s04-tiling-patterns-the-traditional-wool-dhurrie-redesigned-060-rgb-300dpi

As with so many interior companies they have their own version of the velvet sofa and chairs in deep colours to match the sumptuousness of the fabric and the comfort of the furniture.

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Pattern is everywhere, often taken from tile designs and then translated into contemporary textiles and ceramics.aw17-lftyl-s07-playful-mark-making-textiles-124-rgb-300dpi

 

In case this collection sounds as if it is all highly ethnic there is also the sleek high glamour inspired by 1970’s Italian design. Marble and brass are still key materials and are used to create a feeling of opulence. Some very nice designs here Habitat.

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IKEA’s key trends for Autumn Winter 2017

June and July are the months of press shows, where stylists, journalists and bloggers all get to view next years offerings. Who doesn’t own at least one piece of Ikea furniture? Well their press show was impressive.

The key looks for Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 include Loft Industrial highlights with a bigger focus on metals and dark paint effects to create a loft living look. At its heart is industrial design, that focuses on functionality of the product and clean lines.

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Being Ikea, it is not a surprise that they include Scandinavian as another important trend, with natural materials and pale colours to create a clean and stripped back look. Remember the Scandinavian countries have long dark winters and need to maximize the brightness of space. However, this collection includes more greys paired with terracotta tones and muddy greens to bring a touch of warmth to a space whilst keeping it neutral.

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Yet another theme is Midnight tropics combining bright and playful colours pairing with rich dark tones with accents of brass and gold and velvet.

IKEA_AW_17388Accessorizing with succulents and tropical plants is key to the trend alongside artwork and patterns that take their cue from nature and in particular foliage. Ikea is forming partnerships with small scale social enterprises and creating limited edition collections that provide livelihoods for people who would have little or no access to decent jobs.

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The other very pleasing development is the chair that has been designed using  100% recycled plastic. Not a first, but this one looks great and comes in white and  black as shown above.

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