The other week, whilst we were sunning ourselves by a pool in Bali, cocktail in hand listening to Club Tropicana, summer was bidding London adieu. After a couple of months of moaning that we’re too hot, we’re now entering the next stage of moaning about the depths of winter, classic Brits. This period is however perfectly announced by the guys at Campaign for Wool who launch the annual Wool Week. A celebration of all things wool and the fluffy clouds (aka, sheep) that produce it, the week hosts a series of events, exhibitions and activities for all to join in with.
We decided to take a look at the ultimate natural fibre and the home that sheep made…
This year, the main event to mark Wool Week was the WoolBnB – doesn’t it sounds cosy! Designed by Karina Garrick and featuring a whole array of brands who specialise in wool based products, the BnB (naturally in partnership with Air BnB) was, for a very limited time, available for the public to book and stay in. We’re sad to have missed the week but, quite honestly, Bali over bahhing sheep any day. Here’s a peek around the rooms…
Is that ‘Mum’ rug by Sally Spinks not one of the best things ever?!
We love how the home is daring, mixing vibrant colours and bold patterns. Many homes now opt for wooden floorboards, white walls and matching coloured accessories so Karina’s creativity and innovation in using wool in this way is inspiring. This BnB shows how to bring tactile elements into the home in a modern way. Wool doesn’t have to just be about traditional checks, plaids and tartans. Yorkshire based Moon or Mounre Textiles both offer beautiful plains, perfect for the contemporary home and great if you’re a keen upholsterer. Getting crafty in our spare time is something that has become increasingly popular. Whether it’s knitting or using the sewing machine to create patchworks, why not look to this natural insulator to create texture to a room. For those looking to get into knitting then we’d recommend Wool Couture and Wool and the Gang, cool companies who offer great kits for beginners.
As we say goodbye to summer and look to cosy up for the autumn, how will you be updating the home to make it more snug? Here are our top wool-based picks for the home…
1. Hardy knitted cinema chairs, £2,600 – Melanie Porter 2. Essential Collection Village Green throw, £69 – Tolly McRae 3. Sonne pendant, £2,640 – Naomi Paul 4. Bloomingville wool hanger, £79 – Out There Interiors 5. Round knitted wool pouf, £84 – Holly’s House 6. Black and white wool cushion, £55 – Rockett St George 7. 50p rug in grey, £695 – Out There Interiors 8. Limited edition Elton snuggler upholstered in Gushlow & Cole’s luxury shearling fabric, £2,500 – Arlo & Jacob
There you have it, some furry delights to warm up the winter so even if you can’t stay in the gorgeous WoolBnB, and if like us you missed the chance to visit, you can at least create our own cosy den.
David & Mark x
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