Your stars of 2020, styled by us
Whether embarking on DIY projects that upended your house from top to bottom, creating a study from scratch or simply incorporating a few new key pieces, last year was one that lots of us spent redoing our spaces. There were some OKA products in particular that we saw purchased time and time again, by customers and colleagues alike. We loved seeing how you chose to style these popular accessories and furniture items, so we’re giving you some insight into our homes too. Here, our experts reveal how they choose to decorate with the stars of 2020, plus provide some great tips on how to use them.
Stafford Velvet Chairs
Chic but hardwearing, the Stafford Chair has long been an icon, but Sue Jones, co-founder and creative director, has a soft spot for the truffle velvet, in particular.
“It’s great for any colour scheme and is brilliant for mixing with bright tones or neutrals,” says Sue. Her top tip is to invest in more than you need: “if you have a dining table that usually seats six people, buy some additional ones – say eight or ten – and you can position the rest in other rooms around the house, like the bedroom, study or hallway. So, if you need to expand your table for extra guests, you can pull on them.”
Beret Evenstad, director of interior design and trade in the US, is also a fan of the Stafford, describing it as being “as classic as the perfect Little Black Dress.”
“The moss colour is especially rich, and looks even more elegant at night, when the sheen is darker. I bought 12 of them for my daughter’s grey dining room and they’re gorgeous!” says Beret.
“I love the textured, intricate detail on these charming mugs!” says Bruce MacArthur, head of visual merchandising. “The sophisticated, yet fun colours never cease to bring a smile to my face and the size is perfect for an afternoon cup of tea.”
If there ever was a moment that called for cheery crockery, it’s now, so Bruce suggests arranging the Floryas in a glass-fronted cabinet so you can peek at them.
Saffron Calabash Table Lamp
The “warm and calming” saffron yellow of this piece is what makes it a winner for Sebnem Barker, head of trade and interior design in the UK.
“It has a very pleasing natural shape and scale that makes it a presence in any setting, both traditional and contemporary,” says Sebnem. Her styling advice? Using a pair in your scheme, to double the enjoyment.
Triomphe Side Table
A little opulence can go a long way, which is precisely why Belinda White, creative brand director, loves this antique mirror glass side table.
“It’s as versatile as it is beautiful; its dual levels also mean you can stack your best-looking books or objets at the bottom, leaving plenty of space for a lamp and a glass of wine on the top deck. Talking of which… it also does overtime as a bijoux home bar,” says Belinda.
Marylebone Coffee Table
A real statement piece for both formal and relaxed sitting rooms, Frank Abbott, Harrogate store manager, is a fan of this piece due to its “effortless look.”
“Utilising the glass shelves on the bottom, you can easily store your magazines and box files. And as the shelving is glass it looks perfect on a Persian or patterned rug so you can still admire it from above, but it maintains the feeling of space in your room,” explains Frank.
Wallace Coffee Table/Ottoman
“I’d recommend this for both traditional and contemporary design schemes as the perfect centrepiece for any sitting room,” says Ana Moisin, head interior designer.
The timelessness and adaptability of the Wallace is certainly part of its charm, and for Ana, “the leather adds character to the design whilst the angular solid brass frame brings a modern twist”, which reminds her of the style of the pioneering German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Anders Olsson, head stylist, loves the Zagora Rug and “simply cannot live without it!”. Due to its neutral tone, deep pile and chic Moroccan texture, he thinks it’s the perfect base for all kinds of spaces, no matter whether your scheme is classic or contemporary – “it works so well to soften a modern monochromatic room and will sharpen up any traditional setting,” says Anders.
Seal Grey Faux Fur Throw
You simply can’t go wrong with this faux fur throw; its delicate grey tone allows it to blend into all kinds of colour palettes.
“It’s my favourite piece and is as luxurious as it is practical. I use mine to warm my toes in bed on a cool winter’s night or to add texture and comfort to the back of my sofa. It’s washable too, so great for those with pets!” says Jack Hubbert, the manager of our Broadway store.
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