Review of Autumn and Winter Products from Wovenhill.
With Autumn well and truly here, it is time for us at Wovenhill to spend less time in the garden and more time in the warm and cosy environment of home. With the heating on and the fire lit, it’s been a great opportunity to get inspired with some new home products, and we've been able to put them to the test.
I, for one, have been enjoying wrapping up and, after digging out the Wellington boots from the depths of our shoe cupboard, taking long woodland walks with the children. I think the new Loxley Bench
is going to be particularly useful for such occasions. We have space in our rear utility room to house a 3 drawer bench which is great for holding all our shoes and boots that are usually kicked off at the back door and left strewn across the floor. The generous sized basket drawers are deep enough for several pairs of shoes, and the matching rattan top is a lovely addition to enable us to sit on whilst putting on and taking off shoes. The unit itself is extremely strong and has a lovely chunky frame and short legs to take our weight. I've found the cats are rather partial to sleeping on it during the day, so it even suits the most fussy of feline preferences! Also available with two drawers
, the design is exactly the same, with a third of the less length and one less basket drawer – great for more narrow spaces or smaller families. The neutral design of all 4 colour options make it perfect for most décors, and you can simply choose the colour finish to match your own style.
With the imminent arrival of Christmas, we've started to think about housing the 14 family members we enthusiastically offered to entertain (but perhaps now regretting?!) for the festive period. Call it forward-planning but in reality there are 10 Sundays left to get organised – that includes redecorating our living room, preparing the spare room, and generally panicking over how we are going to cope and where we are going to put everybody! Having looked at splashing out on a new suite for the conservatory, we've actually decided that the Wovenhill Banbury Sofa Set
is absolutely perfect for what we need. There is quite a bit of floor space, so it makes sense to have a set that is generously sized, but we were concerned about fading of the furniture come the summer months. The rattan Banbury sofa set has a UV resistant synthetic rattan weave, and is perfect for indoors as it is out doors. It means we can use it in the garden during the summer months and in the conservatory in the winter. The sofa and chairs are beautifully deep with lovely high backs and squishy cushions. The neutral latte colour suits our neutral décor, and I might accessorise with some coloured cushions and matching throw. I envisage rainy days snuggled up on the sofa reading a book whilst the kids are occupied.
As for the dining situation – we have a dark wood dining table with leather chairs, however I am going to add some Ascot rattan dining chairs
to seat our extra guests. The dark wooden legs and brown coloured weave actually complement our existing set rather well, and you could be fooled into thinking they were part of the same set. Bonus! The chairs are nice and weighty without being too cumbersome, and the finish is perfect for cleaning any food spillages off (not pointing at anybody in particular....). The seat pads are made from shower-proof Sunbrella material in Mushroom, so again won’t clash with our existing colour scheme. There is also a choice of two other styles of chair (Finsbury and Truro) with slightly different skirt design, and they all come in a choice of brown or natural.
I've started to buy little presents – although I refuse to consider it ‘Christmas shopping’ I have made a definite hole in the long list of gifts for family and friends. The main problem with buying so early has been storing everything out the way, but with the addition of the new under-bed storage baskets
, it’s been a doddle so far. Luckily all of the beds in our house have a gap to fit the extra large sized baskets underneath. The kids have linen and out-of-season clothes in theirs, whilst I've started to cram Christmas present purchases in ours. With them having linings has meant the contents are protected, whilst the straps not only makes them secure but also look great too.
If I have time, I have also been considering making my own mini gift hampers this year – perhaps cosmetics/toiletries or food hampers, depending on who it’s for. My friend recently had a baby, so as a gift I filled 3 Small Milton Baskets
with baby gifts – socks, bibs, toiletries, and some treats for herself! She was delighted with them and said even the baskets in particular have been really useful since the baby’s been born. The Twyford and Milton baskets are perfect for this, and there are three sizes to choose from so it shouldn't be difficult to find one of a suitable size per person. The beauty of them is the fact that they are really useful little baskets for the recipient once they've emptied it of their gift contents. I am looking forward to getting started and buying all sorts of little goodies to fill the baskets.