Pick of the week #2

This week has been a busy one. Lots of lovely things and places.

So, #2 pick of the week is this lovely star shaped hurricane lantern from Marks & Spencer;

At almost 40cm tall and wide, they hold their own, without too much else going on. I’ve seen them used, flanking the Oak front door in a lovely wide hallway which had huge, pale Travertine floor tiles and a very Farrow and Ball-esque soft green-y blue on the walls. A nice mix of rough and smooth textures and these looked right at home. Unfortunately, they are no longer available to purchase, however, I’ve found some pretty good alternatives;

Top Left – Silver Star hurricane lantern from Ten Thousand Villages a Canadian Fair Trade company. Comes in 3 sizes, but doesn’t have a lid so to speak, so be careful if you’re planning on putting them on the floor, especially if you have kids or particularly nosey pets!

Top Right – Extra Large Silver Hurricane Lantern from Marks and Spencer. It’s a classic shape, but the 85cm in height makes it a contemporary highlight to any hallway or patio.

Bottom Left – Idha Straight and Tapered hurricane lanterns from Nkuku. I love the combination of the fragile blown glassware, with the solid mango wood bases. I especially like the tapered shape, and they come in a range of sizes to suit any nook and/or cranny!

Bottom Right – Kensington Garden Matt Black Lantern from Jim Lawrence. Although classed as an outdoor piece, nothing stopping you from using this inside and I love how solid and contemporary the shape is. Would look gorgeous in an otherwise neutral living room with whitewashed wood and natural linen textures.

I’ve also been down to Newport in Pembrokeshire this week which is a pretty little coastal village in West Wales. Lots of little cafes, pubs and walking paths. Wasn’t a particularly nice day, but took some pics out of my van window anyway;


It’s not a UFO. It’s a blob on my windscreen


What Wales does best – lanes, beaches, cliffs, fields, hills


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