Month: January 2018

As we mentioned last week, the rattan revival is on. What was once regarded as a traditional addition, the recent rattan resurgence has crept into homes by offering a touchable woven texture and a soft wood-like accent to many interiors across the nation. A cost-effective option, take a look at the below tips that will inspire you to inject some rattan into your home.

Luxury in Layers

Rattan Infused With Luxury Layering A woven rattan addition, whether it’s a subtle headboard or a coffee table, rattan can add a neutral, soft detailing into any room. When you mix this texture with wood, velvet, mirror glass or even linen, it adds a high-end appeal while maintaining a refined contrast in the space.

Choose Classy & Casual

slider-image-2 Deck out your dining room, garden or decking with a set of cane chairs for classy cosiness with an informal feel. Whether its accompanying seats or a full rattan dining set, furniture that allows for the gathering of the whole family can’t be beaten. An inviting, casual and friendly place to socialize with everyone is simply what rattan offers so well. The modern-day sets available allow for comfort as well as practicality so you can stay chatting around the table long after the foods gone!  

The Eye-Catching Accent

Dijon in Ivory_5239 Make a room pop with a focal piece that packs a punch. The Scandinavian chilled style is a dominant interior design mag tip and by adding some woven rattan furniture into your chic home, it truly doesn’t disappoint. This quirky armchair, sporting a throwback style offers that unique vintage feels which fits perfectly in contrasting or complimentary settings. Paired with a sharp accent colour or fabric, you can draw guests in from the moment they come through the door.  

Bring Spaces Together

Arlington Chair Lifestyle Utilize rattan in the same way as you would add accessories. Rattan is a natural looking, inoffensive material that dials down the sterility of painted surfaces and busy environments. By incorporating a touch of organic softness, simplicity footstools or armchairs add an effortless rustic emphasis that blends any space together. As you can see here, some unused space in a room, is a great place to throw in an intriguing chair that when pair with other striking accessories, creates a welcoming sanctuary in your home.

The cold tormenting temperature may be taking its toll on us but rattan is still weaving its way into being one of the hottest home design trends for 2018. Here at Desser & Co, we’ve put together some fantastic tips on how to infuse rattan into your home. See here how you can create that idyllic, cosy setting that is a perfect retreat from the wet and windy weather!

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Weave It into Your Rooms

The key to this year’s trend is to mix that rich rattan item with a couple of key pieces to blend the foundations of the room. Whether it’s a rattan sofa set in your orangery or a stunning armchair that acts as the focal point of the room – like our Henley Chair – you need to complement the piece with neutral linen, coffee tables, rugs, accent throws and scatter cushions. By combining the raw colour, natural contours and shape of the rattan with more modern fabrics it creates a striking and chic room feature that immediately catches the eye. Stick to a colour palette with the bulk of your complimentary accessories but allow for one hard hitting accent colour that draws your eye to your rattan range.  

Wickers Winter Tones

Something that is storming interior Pinterest boards across the nation is the new take on rattan. This look screams contemporary class as designers are adding dark metal and black accents with rattan to give the pieces a moodier edge rather than a summer tropical feel that is commonly seen in conservatories. The reason why we love rattan so much is that is works seamlessly with seasonal trend colours, especially in winter as the more natural pieces lend themselves to earthy tone such an olive green and terracotta, not to mention cool blues.

Dessers Stamford Cameo Shot of a pattern rattan suite with a draped rug

Add Luxury With Layers

Rattan is a great way to do winter styling without being too heavy. The wonders of its look means that it is highly interchanged throughout the seasons, making it easy to transition from the summer into the cooler months. While rattan remains, the layers can change. For winter, add luxury with layers by throwing a blanket or sheepskin accessory over your rattan chair. Mixed with a classy ornament, some candles to set the scene, you can decorate your range and matching table to encompass what the winter is really about, getting cosy on the couch!  

Practicality 

In high traffic homes, it is easy for messes to be created. Today people’s hectic lives mean that the last thing they want to do is to be constantly cleaning when they could be relaxing after a hard day. This is why when rattan introduced into a home, it is an instant favourite. Once weaved in, dust your set regularly with a cloth or bristled brush. A low maintenance material, a quick wipe or vacuum can automatically get your suite looking back to showroom quality! If in need of a deeper clean, or if you’re restoring a vintage rattan find, use a mild detergent or furniture cleaner to spot clean, making sure you allow the furniture to dry out properly afterwards.

30255-holding-radish_1280x848 As you plan for the future of your garden in Spring, no doubt sustainability will be a big factor on your mind. In the modern world achieving a sustainable and low maintenance garden space is a big goal for many garden owners. Which is why it is important to set yourself up for this goal from the outset of your gardening effort. Here are some practical tips from the team here at Desser & Co for starting and maintaining your own sustainable garden space:

Avoid All Chemicals

It is easy to start out wanting to grow a sustainable garden, but there is a very real possibility that along the way you may consider it. Especially if pests become prevalent or your flowers/vegetables are not growing as much as you would like. Chemicals as a whole can create massive damage and are harmful to your garden (and you). This means also avoiding killing weeds and other pests in your garden with toxic pesticides. No matter how annoying they may be.

Reuse Creatively

Reusing resources is the hallmark of a sustainable garden space. Pots and other gardening supplies are created using a lot of energy, so using them and reusing them for as long as possible is a great to get the most out of this initial investment. Or avoid them altogether from the outset of your gardening efforts by researching the supplies that you buy! You can also make the effort to renew indoor items for the outdoor space. After all, a lampshade for a flower pot is both aesthetically pleasing and great for the environment.

Harvest Your Own Water

The hose you use to water your garden has a big impact on the environment. Whereas, not using it can have a terrible impact on your garden. The perfect compromise is to harvest your own water. Methods for this include putting out buckets or large tubs during rainfall or investing in an all-out rainwater tank. Or using mulch instead of soil, as it is much more permeable.

Zero Waste

A zero-waste garden is an ultimate step towards sustainability. No rubbish bins, no landfills and no dump will ever see an iota of scrap from your garden. Everything that decomposes is recycled back into the soil, in a true circle of life. Accept the challenge by simply removing the bin from your garden. See how it goes! You may have to remove a twig or two every now and again, but try and keep it as low as possible.

Sustainable Furniture

Here at Desser & Co, we ensure that all of our wicker and rattan furniture is sustainably sourced. Our wicker conservatory furniture promotes Fair Trade ethics, whilst also abiding by a low carbon emission business plan. All of our rattan is also sustainably sourced from the world’s largest rattan supplier, Indonesia. We work closely with suppliers to ensure that sustainability is a priority in the local communities, giving the communities a constant source of income and a sustained economy. Meaning all of our customers are able to have environmentally friendly furnishings. Overall, sustainability in gardening can be your own way to give back to the environment and protect it for future generations. All it requires is a little work and the drive to be a more environmentally friendly gardener.

Destress with gardening With the dawn of the New Year, getting your garden in order will be the resolution for many. So, here are the important steps you must take to prep your garden for the Spring growing season:

Create a Grow Calendar

Knowing the right time to plant and grow your different flowers, herbs and vegetables are important in order to achieve the best growth possible. Especially if you are buying a number of different seeds with varying grow times. Most will need to be germinated or planted in the middle of Spring (around May), so it is important to know when to start growing them indoors and when to transfer them outside. Buy or create a calendar for your plants, using the information that comes with the seeds to help determine your schedule. A garden diary can also be used alongside this to determine the success of your garden over time. It may seem like a lot of effort, but planning early can help to ensure the success of your garden in Spring and Summer.

Grow Seedlings Indoors

If you plan on growing any flowers, herbs or vegetables, chances are they will not take well to immediately growing in outdoor soil. In the weeks leading up to Spring, you should start by growing your seeds into seedlings indoors. This doesn’t have to be a time-consuming endeavour, simply choose a selection of paper cups, add drainage holes and put on a tray with newspaper. Then simply add soil and the seeds of your choosing. Keep this tray in a warm place with no direct sunlight. Water regularly and after a couple of weeks, you will find yourself with a healthy bunch of seedlings. Once Spring arrives, you can transfer these from the pot directly into your soil for a Summer bloom.

Work the Soil

Plants will not grow well if the soil you plant them in is not well-prepared beforehand. But, knowing when to work the soil in order to be ready to plant in Spring can also be difficult. Do it too early and you risk the soil being too wet, making it compact and harder for your plants to take root when you do plant them. To test this, simply get a handful of soil and squeeze. If when pressed the clump breaks apart easily when it is dry enough to work with, if it sticks together then it is too wet. Once your soil is dry enough, then you can start work by removing weeds, any large stones and dead plants. Use these to produce new compost for Summer growth. A broad garden fork is ideal to help break up the surface of your soil, as it will speed up the work and evenly distribute the soil – or you could use a tine tiller. As soon as these steps are taken in Spring you will be ready to plant your seedlings. If you plan to grow Spring flowers, then as soon as you finish this work is also an ideal time to plant your bulbs in the newly worked soil.   Here at Desser & Co, we know how much hard work comes into creating a beautiful garden space. Ensuring you get the right high-quality outdoor furniture to go alongside all of this effort, then, is vitally important. After all, what better way to enjoy the fruits of your labour than to sit and admire it throughout the summer on beautiful wicker furniture.