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The promise of Spring is suddenly all around, don’t you think? The days are noticeably longer already and the first shy blossoms are on the trees.
Which makes it the perfect time to start thinking about refreshing your home. That might mean a bit of a Spring clean and declutter, or possibly adding some fresh new purchases (or maybe both). I already have a to-do/buy list to welcome the new season in – my way of saying goodbye to winter.
So I was more than happy when John Lewis asked if I’d like to write about new additions to their timeless and considered Croft Collection. There’s always something here that catches my eye and speaks to my love of pared-back, stylish simplicity coupled with natural materials and craftsmanship.
The John Lewis Croft Collection Lorn Dining Range includes two dining tables (one extendable) and a dining bench, all in solid oak.
The clever A-frame style of the legs creates a much more open feel than if they’d been placed, monumentally, at the corners.
The Lorn range is ideal for smaller spaces, therefore, and also works beautifully with the natural, woven texture of the Croft Collection Easdale Lloyd Loom Chair.
I love the contrast of the (again) solid oak legs against the woven texture of the Lloyd Loom seat. Plus its curves and incorporated arm rests mean it will be a beautifully comfortable chair for long, lazy meals.
That said, it will work just about anywhere in the house and has a timeless versatility that should ensure it’s a much loved and used piece of furniture for years to come.
More furniture from the Croft Collection that I’ve fallen for is the Bala Bedroom Furniture range.
Designed in the John Lewis Design Studio, it’s inspired by the functional elegance of Shaker furniture but every piece has its own unique characteristics.
Details include soft curves, turned legs and natural weaves, resulting in a tactile range that effortlessly combines traditional craft techniques with a modern aesthetic.
A personal favourite is the Croft Collection Bala Bench, above, with its tactile, woven grass seat and handy storage shelf.
Again, it’s one of those ultra-versatile, classic pieces of furniture that I can foresee being used in countless ways around the home for a long, long time.
The Croft Collection Selsey Glass Lighting range features blue-tinted handblown glass pieces. The bubbles in the glass create a wabi-sabi style beautifully “imperfect” decorative effect.
The Croft Collection – everyday pleasure
To finish, some smaller items from the John Lewis Croft Collection that come under my heading of “everyday pleasure”. Sometimes it’s the simplest of everyday items that can bring us the greatest pleasure, particularly when they’re well made from quality materials.
I get huge pleasure from choosing beautiful yet wholly practical items to have on display in the kitchen and the pure simplicity of marble will never go out of style. Above is the Croft Collection Pestle and Mortar and below is the Arundel Marble Serving Board and a stunningly simple Marble Utensil Pot.
I’ve been looking for ages for some glass bowls to serve desserts. We only have cereal bowls at the moment, which obviously do the job (and Ron thinks they’re great because they’re pretty big = more pudding for him).
But I’ve been on the hunt for something a bit more special. These Croft Collection Hambleden Handmade Bowls could be just the thing. Made from soda glass they’re ideal for everyday – and a good size too so everyone should be happy!
These minimal poured concrete pots have a natural texture and soft stone colour. Perfect for the contemporary ‘greenery’ look and the gently tapered sihouette adds a subtle refinement to their shape.
You can find the whole Croft Collection here. It covers furniture, lighting, home textiles, kitchen and dining and outdoor collections too.
Everything you might need, in fact, to add some naturally inspired, timeless style to your home this Spring. Happy new season browsing.
Images: John Lewis