The timeless appeal of creams and neutrals ....... and lots of lovely new stock too !!

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Hi All

I gather my last blog 'Smooth Operator' gave some of you a wee chuckle :) But I promised that 'normal cushion fluffing service' would resume shortly - and true to my word, this one is indeed about cushions and other lovely goodies. Strap yourselves in - this is a long one !!!

I don't deny, the Natural Calico look and style tends to favour cool greys and whites - but that doesn't mean that I don't also love warmer neutrals - and just to prove it, I'd like to show you our latest Irish pure wool throw .... shown here in a bedroom setting :-

 

As with all of our throws, the quality is beautiful. To me, this is an incredibly calm and timeless sort of look - and I like the fact that it is neither too masculine nor too feminine.

The one little style tip I would give when working with creams and neutrals is this - don't be afraid to introduce a little bit of black to add depth and interest.

In this case, once I added the black framed print, it made a huge impact ...

I know that some of you will perhaps ask about the shutter mirror in the bedroom image - but I'm afraid I cant get any more of these - sorry !!

Sometimes I like pillows and cushions arranged in a symmetrical way - and other times I prefer a more "random" sort of look for a more casual effect. In this case, I interspersed one of our super big comfy quilted linen pillow shams with crisp ticking pillow cases... ..

We no longer stock the checked cushion in the middle of the main shot but this one is still available and would give a similar effect ...

Our style here is all about creating a blank canvas and adding depth and interest with accessories, layers and textures - hopefully, regular followers of our blog will have seen that this approach really is extremely versatile and can be adapted to suit your own personal taste and style of home - our last home page was quite 'cool' with more than a touch of Scandi mixed with Hamptons ...

Whereas the present one is quite 'classic' in an informal way - with a passing nod to Bonny Scotland - a place I love to visit :)

Next up, I'd like to show you some of our latest new stock .....

Check out these stylish mugs .....

I know ...... we seem to have a bit of a thing for numbers, letters and signage here in Nat Cal :)

Stuart has been doing some more of his wonderful original paintings for us ....

'Grey Nude' - isn't she beautiful !!

I absolutely love this piece - and am not one bit surprised that it is already sold !!!

Next Up - Meet Lorraine :)

I just love her whimsical expression - she looks so loveable - if a bit dim on it :)

By contrast, Reuben is anything but 'dim' looking - fine thoroughbred that he is !!

This is a much bigger painting than Stuart normally does - and is one which we decided to frame - simple but striking !!!

"Feed the birds" - check out this simple little pigeon.

Stuart used a slightly different technique with this one - this time it's all about texture and simplicity.

And also, as promised, here are a few more things available in our beautiful new Lene Bjerre range ....

White Linen Cushion ....

This is such a beautiful item - the crisp white linen is so incredibly fresh and timeless.

Next up - gorgeous napkins .....

How lovely are these !!! Casual, crisp, fresh - everything that we love in Natural Calico.

Check out these little wooden trays .....

These are so useful ....I think they would look great for a casual table setting - why not place the cutlery in them as shown here - and then they could be used for breads and tapas.  Or equally, they would look great with a little cluster of votives set in them ..... talking of which ...

I know - it's the letter/number thing again :) I cant resist them !!!

It can be difficult to track down white throws so I was delighted to spot this one .....

The cable knit texture is beautiful - perfect for a living room or bedroom with light decor.

We do love jugs and pitchers - and this one is a beauty ......

This is soooooo 'Natural Calico' - stripes, casual, letters - it has it all :) The perfect accessory for a 'Modern Country' setting .... and though I say so myself - ahem - what a stunning product shot. Stuart and I had such fun shooting our lovely new Lene Bjerre stock - and that particular shot is one of my favourites !!

And if you love the jug, you might like the bowls too perhaps !!

Well folks, I think that's all for now - I hope I have given you lots to think about - as I said right at the beginning when we first launched Natural Calico - turning a house into a home should be a happy experience. There are no rights or wrongs - find a look and style that works for you and just enjoy it all :)

Over and Out

Marie x