Home is really where the heart is, and to truly make it your own, there's a few little touches you can make.
Nothing beats coming back to a space you can call your own and put your own personal touch on; a space that reflects the essence of you.
Below, Contributor Cherelle Mukoko gives us the ultimate guide on interior must-haves to elevate your home.
For me, home is a place of comfort for you and your family, but some days it is a place for entertaining. The pieces that make up this guide will transition you from comfy moments behind closed doors to days you open them to extended family and friends.
Everybody knows a stack of the latest designer coffee table books will make a perfect finishing touch to any room in the house, but it’s become such a typical interior piece. So, if like me, you are trying to find ways to think a little outside the box, then the Purling Chess set will have you intrigued.
With a range of unique and customisable chess sets to choose from, Purling enables homeowners to elevate their living space with a bespoke statement piece that reflects a style completely individual to them. It will definitely cost you a bit more than a few coffee table books but it is an investment that will allow you to stand out from the rest. This extraordinary chess set was designed by Olivia Pilling - a landscape artist from Northern England.
Don’t forget the Alcohol
Everybody knows that there are two types of alcohol in people's home - the bottles you have for drinking and the ones purely for display. If you are lucky enough to have your own at-home bar, then you'll want these bottles at the centre.
Minuty recently collaborated with Swedish designer Hanna KL and I've never seen a more beautiful and feminine bottle adorned with intricate flowers. You will be second-guessing whether you want to open this bottle or admire it from afar.
This is where tongue-tantalising liqueur and French-inspired heritage become one. One of the most talked about collaborations of the year, St Germaine and pottery brand Vaisselle came together to curate an iconic limited edition aperitif edit. This six-piece collaboration bridges the gap between tablescaping and the aperitif - perfect for any hosting occasion! Just a dash of St-Germain will elevate your sparkling apéritif cocktail, whilst a piece of Vaisselle pottery on your table instantly elevates any hosting moment.
Along with show-stopping displays, there may be some items in your home that you may not pay that much attention to. I certainly didn't think I would care about what my bottle stopper looked like until my eyes became fixated on the Nikita website - a sustainable home decor brand founded by 3 dedicated and creative women.
Everything on the site left me saying 'wow', but two products really had me at hello. The Agate Crystal bottle stopper is yet another unique piece that is going to be a topic of conversation at your next dinner party. And, paired with the Agate crystal coasters, your friends and family will feel like they have stepped into a dinner party fit for Royalty.
How do you bring beauty, nature and good energy into your home on a consistent basis? You sign up for a reliable flower delivery company.
I love flowers. In fact, the older I've gotten, the stronger my love has grown. I have bought flowers from my local supermarket, at an expensive boutique store and even at some of London’s most iconic department stores, but when Floetica turned up at my door, I quickly ran to Instagram to share their beauty (and I can confirm I wasn't the only one who appreciated just how gorgeous the bouquet was).
They added so much joy to my day and added such a lovely aura to my space. You can’t buy happiness but you can buy flowers.
It may feel like this next item isn't really outside of box, and if I'm completely honest, before receiving products, I didn't think I would be convinced that this brand would be different from any other candle brand on the market.
One Sunny morning in London, I heard the postman knock at the door with yet another delivery. Usually, I would go about my day and come back and open my packages later, but this one was different. The smell of Neroli and Jasmine quite literally took my breath away. Not only was the scent mesmerising, but the packaging exuded sophisticated luxury, and I couldn't wait to find the perfect spot to host the new Silk Route Shifa candle and diffuser.
Forget the brands you already know on the high street and set yourself apart from the rest with this unique British brand.
I admit, I've never really given much thought to the pots and pans I use to make dinner - bad, I know! As long as it did the job I was fine with it, but when I began taking more pride in every angle of my life, my pots, pans and cutlery also got an upgrade.
I didn't realise how good it feels to own state-of-the-art appliances and cookware which are both stylish and functional. This green pot will not only assist you in cooking your casseroles perfectly but will add joy to the kitchen with a pop of colour.
Last but certainly not least, it's time to add those soft and fluffy comforts that you dream of coming home to after a long day. And, what better way to do that than with cushions!
By this, I mean your investment cushions, the ones that have had hours of hard work and love put into them, and the ones that might take up half your sofa or bed.
Sarah Vanrenen has been one of the UK’s leading interior designers for more than 20 years, so it's safe to say she knows what it means to have a product elevate your home. Her range of cushions are truly incredible works of art that I know you will appreciate.
At the end of the day, your home is your home - but little touches like these make it all the nicer to come back to, right?
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