I love styling my house according to the season and with April here I was delighted to be approached by online company Woolme.com for a styling challenge.
In case you were not already familiar with them, Woolme.com is a sister company of Linenme.com, the successful online retail of linen who under the guidance of its head designer Inga Lukauskiene (KLC School of Design) creates stunning home accessories of the highest possible standard but at much more affordable prices compared to what is available on the high street.
Inga is a passionate linen expert, focused on designing unique soft furnishings from pure linen fabrics. Working closely with a manufacturing team based in Lithuania, her inspirations and ideas turn into luxurious linen bedding and tablecloths virtually overnight. As a young designer, she’s happy to be able to bring her creations to fruition within a short period of time. My personal favourite from her linen collection? The ROSA STONE WASHED bed linen range, seen below.
With that in mind, Woolme.com was also launched in 2009 and every year surprises us with collections that are too good not to have in your home. But let's get back to the challenge. Woolme.com have just launched a luxurious new collection of 100% Merino wool throws named ‘Rhomb’ and were keen to get it introduced to a wider audience. Crafted in traditional mills using authentically sourced raw fleece, the Rhomb throw is wonderfully soft to the touch yet durable enough to keep out a chill.
Well, allow me to introduce you to it! Available in three on-trend colourways of Stone Blue, Coral and Beige sumptuously soft merino wool fibres are lovingly woven together in a two-tonal palette to create the design’s signature geometric diamond pattern and coordinating fringing.
A highly practical and sustainable yarn, merino wool is a breathable fibre that provides warmth and regulates itself to individual body temperatures, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Now, I am generally pro having products that can be used in a number of ways and this show really fits the bill as you can see below. Although I have another few uses for it (such as in garden for a picnic or thrown over me while reading outside or in the newly decorated she-shed) I chose three areas in my home where the throw will see most use: On a bed, on the sofa and alternatively on an armchair. Which one will be your favourite, I wonder ?
I was asked to choose one of the three colours and having something in mind already, I went for the coral one. The throw arrived well packaged within a few days.
The throw styled three ways in the living room, in a reading corner and in the guest bedroom.
1/ On the bed
Last month the guest bedroom was having a blue-ochre moment while used as the backdrop for my collaboration with John Lewis - more of that here. So for April, I removed the ochre cushions, kept the faux Mongolian wool cushions in grey by ZARA Home, added the colourful pink and mauve floral pillow cases and a simple light pink smaller cushion (both also ZARA Home which I already had available) and used the throw on top of the bed at its full width/length. Being really generous in proportions, the throw covered the double bed in my guest room with ease. In a second the whole room changed vibes.
Of note, I was really impressed by the gift box the throw came in. This is an optional extra at £10 but if you are considering this or any of their other throws as a gift, it is really worth it - a fine gift bag for this size will cost you £5 easily and is not likely to be this chic. I don't like anything tacky so, personally, given the the overall exceptional price of the throws I would not mind adding the gift box in the mix.
2/ Next, I moved the throw in my living room. I was very lucky everyone was out and had the room at my disposal. Now, here's the thing. I have a lovely oriental carpet - a wedding gift from mother dearest - which unfortunately I didn't choose myself (ahem, Mom!!) and which has been a paint to combine - I think the walls need to go blue to make the carpet work, what do you think ? Anyway, it seemed the throw and carpet really complimented each other which made me super happy.
The throw has a light coral colour, not too intense, and it picked up the colour of the carpet really well. A great match altogether (makes me want to go back to Woolme.com and ask if they can make some cushions in the same colour for me!
The ceramic ducks that are painted in a beautiful teal/blue and mauve colour are a beautiful find from LUXFLEA.com.
The gallery wall above the sofa is too packed and will shortly be changing, especially as the wall colour will be changing as well. Blue this way please!
3/ The reading nook
My last look was this little reading nook next to the fireplace. The antique armchairs belonged to my grandma and they are made of a wonderfully warm rosewood with inlay and brass feet. Being close to the same carpet and with the grey wall in the backdrop (Mole's Breath by Farrow & Ball) I thought the throw would look right at home there.
The verdict ?
My favourite look was on the sofa, helping to bring that scheme together. That's where the throw is right now. Head over to Woolme.com to grab yours.
Special thanks: In the White Room, PR