NOW that the glitz and indulgence of Christmas is over, pare things back a little by introducing subtle changes that will add a sharper, edgier look to interiors.
Little changes can make a big statement such as this striking Industrial Gatsby Light. Available in the neutral tones of Putty, Blue or Matt, they look great suspended over dining tables or for designating a work zone in an open-plan space.
Industrial Gatsby Light, £245, Rose & Grey (www.roseandgrey.co.uk)
PART of a new range of vintage-style furnishings, this trunk box coffee table is made from reclaimed hardwood and finished with a whitewash that results in the popular ‘distressed’ look. The reclaimed timber comes from old building structures, boats and doors, and much of it still bears the orginal colouring and markings of the wood. Not only does it look good, the hinged table top folds open to reveal handy storage space.
Whiteleaf upcycled trunk box coffee table, £385, (lead time for orders 9-12 weeks), Little Tree Furniture (www.littletreefurniture.co.uk)
A place for everything
Everybody likes a bright new storage option to help with that New Year’s resolution to cut the clutter. These nylon storage tubs come in a range of colours and can be used throughout the house for books, toys, kids stuff or everyday bits and pieces that gather where you don’t want them to. Leather handles mean they are easy to cart around, while the wipe clean finish is an added bonus.
Lazzari Storage Tubs, £42, Great Little Trading Company (0844 848 6000, www.gltc.co.uk)
As a previous winner of the Inverarity One to One Travel Award, scupltor Jennifer Watt spent two weeks in the Bordeaux area of France, which has led to her completing a whole new body of work. Many of her elegant pieces have been inspired by the long shadows you get in the south of France and the natural organic forms that are found in the landscape there. Captivated by clean, simple forms, Jennifer works mostly in stone, wood, cement and clay, with the clay and cement being cast in either bronze or resin, both in limited editions. Until 30 January, Jennifer Watt – Shapes from France. Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh (0131-557 1020, www.openeyegallery.co.uk). Monday-Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 4pm