We’ve been busy at Fig1. There are many jobs behind a small business, but the buying and sourcing of stock and the visual merchandising are 2 of Luke and my favourite tasks. Preparing for the Autumn season has taken some leg work – we’ve been on trips to Denmark, Paris, London, Birmingham and Devon looking for the best our suppliers have to offer this Autumn and Winter season. Behind the scenes we’ve been rebuilding our website. Our shelves – both in the shop and our virtual shelves online – are brimming with new stock.
With all the new stock, the buying, displaying and computer work it’s been super hard to find the time to write about what we’ve been doing. Here’s some of our favourite colour inspiration for this season, all designed for a brighter life.
Soft Furnishing Heaven
Good soft furnishings are about the combination of texture, pattern and colour. These cushions from House Doctor and the throw from Bloomingville pictured beneath work brilliantly together. The simplicity of bold colour and herringbone texture of the mustard cushion and the deep blue quilt make a real statement and the gorgeous more intricate nature of the smaller cushion, also from House Doctor, with it’s Art Deco scallop pattern adds intrigue to the colour blocks. The three together are a sophisticated and contemporary combination.
Mustard is a great accent colour for this time of year – it oozes Autumn but also it’s striking enough to jump out of most colour pallets. It off-sets quieter and more comfortable tones. Mixing in a mustard coloured cushion or some wall art draws the eye, distracting your gaze from any mess or clutter. It’s a total favourite of mine.
Planters, Flowers and Vases
Great for Autumn, the mustard colour is not only found in the leaves on the trees as they start their display, it’s also in a lot of things available at our local florist like dried Achillea or Craspedia. Sculptural vases, planters and pots are a great way to show these off. We’ve had quite a collection of new bubbly and bobbly textured beauties in. The thing about glass and ceramics for me is that they are natural materials. The way glaze fires unevenly or glass traps air bubbles is their charm: perfect in their imperfections. The new ranges of shapes and texture celebrate these qualities. Beautiful decorative objects in themselves, they work for displaying single stems such as Protea or for more complex arrangements. If Autumn is also about harvest, these gourd-like shapes are the perfect celebration of the season. I love them.