So you’ve spent a small fortune on your stunning new chunky knit merino blanket and your friends have all come round to admire how very stylish your sitting room is.
But how do you care for it and keep it looking like new when all you want to do is snuggle up in the thing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
I spend every day making these chunky throws and I know how sumptuously soft this stuff is so yes, I get it, you love it but you’re frightened to use it and just what do you do when your bestie drops her latte all over it?
Don’t worry, I got you covered – see what I did there?
Merino wool is one of my favourite fabrics to work with as it is basically magic! It’s hypoallergenic, eco friendly and sustainable. It is also flame retardant, breathable, and reacts to body temperature so you stay warm and cosy in the winter and cool in the summer. In short it is the ultimate luxury for you and your home.
So how do you keep it looking good?
Like all woollen fabrics your blanket may develop small bobbles (or pilling) with use, this is because the fibres rub against each other as you move it around. It’s perfectly normal, and just like your favourite jumper you can gently pick these off and smooth the fibres back down again.
Merino wool has an amazing natural ability to repel dust and grime due to the nature of the fats and proteins in the wool.
However this does not mean it should be used as a picnic rug!
Merino has more elasticity than many woollen fibres and does not generate much static electricity which means your blanket drapes much better than other fibres and can easily be given a gentle shake periodically to enhance it’s texture and to encourage the stitches back into their original shape.
So there you have it, don't forget to share your pinterest worthy pictures, I love to see how you've styled your kingandeye.co.uk decor.
With Spring finally upon us and the longer days flooding light into our homes I don't know about you but I’m so looking forward to shedding my winter layers, opening up my windows and brightening up my home for Spring & Summer’s more laid back living. Now is a perfect time for a quick and easy update to transform our homes while it's still a bit too cool to be spending our days outside..
Whether you’re in your first home or forever home there are so many ways you can add your own style to your space. Today I'm going to show you 5 of the ideas I’ve picked up on my extensive
(Sorry I mean too much time with a coffee that’s gone cold!) research on pinterest:
Huge tropical indoor plants are literally
in every magazine/blog/pinterest image
you look at this year.
As a trained ecologist I absolutely love plants almost as much as my fabrics and have several that are almost as old as I am (don’t ask!).
Etsy or Not on The High Street are great options for succulents, many are available in super cool concrete pots (make sure to warn your lovely postman!)
Whether you head for a wall print, cushion or the real thing, don’t worry about whether you go big or go small. All sizes are welcome here from teeny tiny succulents to huge 6 foot Monsteras (see what I did there?)
Personally, I love my giants but it has taken me fifteen years to get some of them to the size they are now, if you want to take a short cut then you could try newly established Between 2 Thorns for instant effect:
2) TEXTURED ACCESSORIES
Ceramics of the seventies are coming back in a big way (in a good, big way). Gone are the brown over glazed shire horses my granny had on her rustic stone fireplace, to be replaced by beautifully textured simple pieces that celebrate the skill in producing a unique handmade piece.
I’ve seen simple jewellery bowls that can be styled as part of a gentle feminine vignette through to huge hand glazed plant pots that help to keep up that green theme.
Being a massive fan of Scandinavian design I’m absolutely loving Naboshop founded by Christina Thaisen in 2017.
3) GEOMETRIC PRINTS
The Mid Century look is here to stay and the freshness of geometric prints is perfect for summer living. They work particularly well in a simple pared back space that celebrates varying textures but just needs a small lift from a simple but effective pattern.
I love to add cushions as it allows me to play around with colour and texture without spending too much! It’s also an economical way to add a pop of summer colour if you’re feeling the need to brighten things up. This version is available from Andshine on Etsy.
4) LUXURIOUS LAYERS
It may be Summer but those evenings can still be chilly, (ahem we do live in England you know). Anyway, no sofa is complete without a throw to snuggle under when you’re bingeing out on Netflix at any time of the year (like I said, this is England it’s bound to rain at some point!).
I use these merino throws on my sofa as they’re breathable so help you to stay cool even if by any chance you’re watching something steamy. They’re also hypoallergenic - no itchy scratchy covers here thankyou! Not to forget sumptuously soft.
I promise your friends will be asking how your room became instantly instgram worthy with just one purchase. You can find these in just about any shade to suit your colourscheme at kingandeye.co.uk
You’ve appealed to almost all of your senses by now but please don’t underestimate the power that scent can have on wellbeing.
Swapping out a new candle can be one of the cheapest and most effective ways to transform the feel of your space for Summer. I like this scent from Savon Claire as it is so fresh, uplifting and evocative of mediterranean evenings spent on a terrace with a tall glass of something cool…..ah a girl can dream can’t she?