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10 new ways with grey

Cast aside your associations with dreary days – grey is the ultimate hero hue. Look for powdery shades for this season’s update, or find your fifty shades with tonal textures like concrete and tinted glass for grey the contemporary way. Here’s our round up of the best.

 

 


1. Future classic

murmur dab cushion

 

The organic curve of this glass bubble pendant softens the cooler-than-cool exposed bulb.


Gray & Willow Glass Bubble Light £85.00

 


2. Hygge hit

Gray & Willow Giant Rib Throw Grey

 

If the key to cosiness is in our throws, this chunky cable knit option is pure luxury. Drape at the end of your bed, or team with a scatter of textured cushions to add warmth to a muted Scandi scheme.


Gray & Willow Giant Rib Throw Grey £95.00

 


3. Line up

Gray & Willow Anders Stripe Cushion

 

Back in June, watercolour prints were named by Pinterest as one of the season’s most-searched trends. Looking for an autumnal update? Swap spring-fresh florals for inky brushstrokes.


Gray & Willow Anders Stripe Cushion £18.00

 


4. Hand-crafted

Gray & Willow Thea Vase

 

Hand-finished ceramic, generous proportions and a unique ombre design make this contemporary creation a modern classic. Add your favourite blooms with a spray of grey-green foliage like eucalyptus.


Gray & Willow Thea Vase £22.00

 


5. Tea party

Linea Sincerity Grey Dash Mug

 

Make the most of your mornings with a mug you love. With delicate dashes and a splash of cloud grey, we bet you’ll find yourself reaching for this Scandi-inspired option again and again.


Linea Sincerity Grey Dash Mug £5.00

 


6. Fresh linens

Gray & Willow Linen Stonewashed Towel Range In Grey

 

These stonewashed linen towels from Gray & Willow are a lesson in simple luxury. Go for grey or add in white, blush or khaki colourways – a mix and match stack will look relaxed and effortless.


Gray & Willow Linen Stonewashed Towel Range In Grey From £15.00 to £38.00

 


7. Go East

Junipa Large Elephant Unscented Candle

 

Part candle, part ornament, this charming elephant is inspired by the exoticism of the Far East. With an intricate design and subtle metallic sheen, we’ll be reluctant to light it at all.


Junipa Large Elephant Unscented Candle £20.00

 


8. Retro revival

Linea Evie Ribbed Ceramic Table Light

 

With its 70s inspired shape and ribbed finish, this is a lamp with serious retro appeal. As the evenings draw in and a good book beckons, we can think of no better way to set a stylish tone.


Linea Evie Ribbed Ceramic Table Light £55.00

 


9. Winter warmer

Gray & Willow Round Roaster With Lid

 

The rustic finish of these hand-glazed stoneware roasters marries Scandi style and French country charm. Worthy of a place on the table, serve up warming crumbles, stews and casseroles straight from the oven.


Gray & Willow Round Roaster With Lid £36.00

 


10. Boho detail

Junipa Jhansi Medallion Print Cushion

 

Who says grey has to mean muted and modern? A simple colourway keeps the intricate print and embellishment of this cushion elegant and understated – a hero piece for any bohemian home.


Junipa Jhansi Medallion Print Cushion £25.00

Top Ten Transitional Pieces

Trying to get on top of that tricky not quite summer/not quite autumn dressing? Add these ten pieces to your wardrobe to make getting dressed in the morning that little bit easier.

 

 


1. The Victoriana Blouse

Biba Piecrust Plain Pleat Detail Blouse

 

It’s all about a high neckline and big sleeves this Autumn, something this Biba shirt has in abundance. The siren red colour and pleat detailing makes this top easy to dress up or down with a pair of skinny jeans.


Biba Piecrust Plain Pleat Detail Blouse £69.00

 


2. The Tough/Pretty Dress

Label Lab Ruffle Detail Dress

 

Toughen up this ruffled mini with black tights and biker boots.


Label Lab Ruffle Detail Dress £55.00

 


3. The White Shirt, Reworked

Maison De Nimes Wrap Poplin Shirt

 

Not just for the office, the white shirt can take you from formal occasion to casual with ease. The complimenting tie-up waist nips in at exactly the right place, making this your new wardrobe hero.


Maison De Nimes Wrap Poplin Shirt £39.00

 


4. The Pleated Skirt

Whistles Kitty Metallic Pleated Skirt

 

Pleating doesn’t have to mean prissy. Pair with a chunky knit, denim jacket or satin cami for the evening.


Whistles Kitty Metallic Pleated Skirt £149.00

 


5. The Power Suit (jacket)

Linea Khloe Structured Jacket With Popper

 

Nothing says business class like a power suit. Leave your black two piece in your wardrobe and, instead, go for a statement colour. Wear with the matching trousers for the office or jeans and converse for the weekend.


Linea Khloe Structured Jacket With Popper £55.00

 


6. The Power Suit (trousers)

Linea Pippa Level Hem Trouser

 

The humble tailored trouser has been updated. Wide leg, straight leg or cropped, they’re an everyday staple; pair with heels for that important meeting and white trainers for dress-down Friday.


Linea Pippa Level Hem Trouser £45.00

 


7. The Bomber Jacket

Ted Baker Cheylan Cbn Blue Floral Print Bomber

 

Florals aren’t just for spring. This big bloomed bomber jacket is sure to brighten up any outfit, even if the weather isn’t playing ball. Throw on over a baggy sweatshirt for those weekend errands.


Ted Baker Cheylan Cbn Blue Floral Print Bomber £179.00

 


8. The Slogan Sweat

Another Label Briggs Terry Textured Long Sleeve Sweater

 

Practical and fun, a slogan sweat will be your saviour as the colder weather creeps in. Over a checked shirt or paired with your active gear, this one’s easy and stylish.


Another Label Briggs Terry Textured Long Sleeve Sweater £70.00

 


9. The Skinny Jean

Maison De Nimes Le Marais Skinny Jean

 

The easiest way to revamp your denim? Opt for a different wash to your usual for an obvious update.


Maison De Nimes Le Marais Skinny Jean £45.00

 


10. The Jumpsuit

Warehouse Iris Print Jumpsuit

 

If there’s one lesson in transitional dressing it’s; layer, layer, layer. A jumpsuit lends itself to this teaching by being super simple to layer underneath and on top of – keeping off the chill while still looking chic.


Warehouse Iris Print Jumpsuit £52.00

10 ways to embellish any outfit

 

There's not many things that shout 'it's party time!' more than sequins. Whether you decide to sequin up-to-the-nines or just add some subtle sparkle, we've found the best embellished pieces you need in your wardrobe.

 

 


1. The Shimmying Mini



 

The LBD has had an update by way of some serious sequinage.


Shop Label Lab Sequin Mini Dress, £99.00

 


2. Statement steps



 

Add embellishment to any outfit with these courts.


Shop Nine West Naldi Courts, £79.00

 


3. Glitz & glam



 

This pencil skirt definitely wasn’t made for the office…


Shop Whistles Sequin Pencil Skirt, £149.00

 


4. Sequin overload



 

One for the brave, this tee will make you the centre of attention.


Shop Biba Fully Embellished Top, Now £66.75

 


5. Show-off sequins



 

What party wardrobe isn't in need of some khaki sequins, right?


Shop JS Collections Long Sleeve Sequin Midi, £140.00

 


6. Look-at-me arm candy



 

Keep the rest of your outfit simple and let this bag do the talking.


Shop Therapy Ami Sequin Frame Bag, £30.00

 


7. Tinsel tee



 

The ultimate accompaniment to a pair of chilled skinny jeans.


Shop Coast Cherries Beaded Cami, £79.00

 


8. Smart & studded



 

Add a bit of class to any occasion with this simple studded jacket.


Shop Biba Studded Longline Jacket, £149.00

 


9. Over-the-top ankle boots



 

These studded steppers will add sparkle to your weekday ensembles.


Shop Vince Camuto Drista Ankle Boot, £179.00

 


10. Star shine



 

Add some serious star power to your ensemble with this clutch.


Shop Guess Glitter Star Pouch, £65.00

Rule-Breaking Autumn Home Trends

10 rule-breaking autumn home trends

Bored of blush, botanical prints and the ubiquitous nautical stripe? Our checklist of autumn trends is the cure. This season, we’re bending, blending and full-on breaking the design rules - think clashing prints, hot pink and a seriously moody way to do Scandi. Bring it on.

 

 


1. Eclectic is the new normal

Vases with flowers on a sideboard

 

If there’s one interiors mantra to repeat to yourself this season, it’s this: matchy matchy is out. We’re all gloriously individual, so our homes should be too, right? That means mixing and matching prints, textures and shapes and investing in those unusual pieces you really love - just because. For winter, beautifully blended ombre and two tone effects work wonderfully alongside bolder prints, and an earthy colour palette will keep it all feeling (loosely) curated.


Gray & Willow, Shadow leaf vase, £28SHOP HOME ACCESSORIES

 


2. Scandi goes to the dark side

Dark Scandi trend black dinnerware on table

 

Black is the new black - matte black, to be exact. Nordic noir is no longer just our favourite boxset genre, but one of this season’s biggest interiors trends. Forget whitewashed walls and bleached wood - this take is decadently dark, with an industrial edge and hints of stripped back Japanese design. Shapes are a little sharper to keep it all feeling contemporary. Psst – this moody, Nordic-tinged trend is set to be big come Christmas, too.


Gray & Willow, Sable Dinnerware Range, From £7
SHOP DINING

 


3. Colour is autumn’s hidden gem

Pile of jewel tone printed velvet cushions

 

Nature might be maxing out on mustard, burnt orange and russety reds come October, but we’re championing something a little more saturated for indoors. Colour queens Pantone have pegged jewel tones like Pink Peacock, Ultra Violet and Nebulas Blue among their key shades for the season, and we couldn’t be happier. Paired with oriental, deco and bold floral prints, it all feels a bit fantasy – the perfect antidote to dreary autumn days.


Shop Cushions

 


4. Lighting gets architectural

Dyberg Larsen illumin philo green pendant

 

We’ve long championed luxe lighting – it’s one of the simplest home swaps that has true room-transforming potential. This season, only the statement will do. From mega modern concrete and terrazzo pendants to structured chandeliers, silhouettes are strong and lines clean - it’s the spiritual successor to the bare bulb trend. If it wouldn’t look out of place at the Tate Modern, we’re sold.


Dyberg Larsen, Illumin Philo Green Pendant, £85Shop Lighting

 


5. Velvet tastes the rainbow

Living by Christiane Lemieux pink monroe sofa

 

There was only one statement sofa to invest in last year, and it was velvety soft. Those gorgeous forest greens and inky blues we saw are here to stay, but so is baby pink, burnt orange and just about anything you can find a pot of at Farrow & Ball. Yes, it’s an investment, but it’s proven itself a trend with real staying power – so much so that we’d be reluctant to call it a trend at all.


Living by Christiane Lemieux, Monroe 3 Seater Sofa, £2,279Shop Sofas

 


6. Gold goes bold and graphic

Modern graphic colour pop and gold vases

 

Gold is inherently glamorous, so you’ve got to keep lines clean and any nearby colour totally tasteful, right? We disagree, so we’re ditching those old design rules in favour of something a little more fun. That means gilded accessories in graphic, almost geo shapes, paired with primary colour-pop tones like tomato red and marine blue. Balanced with white, the result is playful, arty and more than a little bit modern.


Linea, Teal block vase, £22
SHOP VASES

 


7. Animal motifs get wilder

Gold animal home accessories on table

 

It’s no secret that the leopard has serious longevity, and both the print and animal itself are officially back - both on and off the catwalks. It’s accompanied by a menagerie of equally exotic motifs, like flamingos, snakes and tigers. We’re channelling the trend via these statement gilded accessories – they have a crafted, quirky appeal that fits in with the vintage and the modern home alike. And whilst we don’t usually advocate restraint, this might be one trend to try with one or two pieces.


Biba, Oval layer mirror, £195
SHOP HOME ACCESSORIES

 


8. One print is not enough

Graphic modern geo print cushions

 

Here’s to a happy blend. If you’re feeling adventurous, clashing different styles of print – deco with oriental, geos with bold florals and so on – is the kind of contrast we’re loving this season. If not, try the same pattern in different scales or soften with solid colour – both will help to maintain a sense of visual calm. For the truly print-phobic, the simple two tone or stripe is a great place to start.


Linea, Jacob Cushion, £15SHOP CUSHIONS

 


9. Dark walls are de rigour

Rustic winter table with dark wallsl

 

We see a white room and we want it painted black – or charcoal grey, or maybe a really rich, pigmented navy. Yes, the dreaded dark wall is firmly on-trend, and Victoriana-tinged tones are the warmest way to do it. Not convinced? We think it might surprise you, but you can always experiment with a smaller room like a home office or bathroom before committing to a living room or bedroom. A moody wallpaper makes a great alternative, and there are plenty to choose from.


Gray & Willow, Alta dinnerware, from £9

 


10. Boring bathrooms are out

Bathroom with graphic geo print towels

 

The reign of the bland bathroom is officially over. If the idea of a total overhaul gets your heart rate going – if we’re honest, us too – then get creative with the bits that don’t involve the builders. A few simple swaps can work wonders - try swapping standard silver fittings for gold or bronze, adding an on-trend black radiator or a statement, oversized mirror. Towels have got to be the easiest way to inject some interest, so look for geo prints or contrast borders.


Biba, Giselle jacquard orange towel, from £12
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