High Street Heroes – John Rocha at Debenhams
What’s this I see? More natural materials cropping up at Debenhams in the RJR.John Rocha summer collections? And very relaxed and elegant the collection is looking too.
In the kitchen
In the kitchen there’s a combination of honest craftsmanship and skilled artistry. The black ceramic tableware, stone chopping boards, and pretty hand woven placements look casual but sophisticated. All set off against darker tones of wood. As appropriate for a summer lunch as a candlelit dinner party. To be honest it had me at the woven bowls and placemats -especially as they were black – but the whole effect is making me itch to hot foot it to my nearest store.
Black hand-woven bowl, £16. Matching black placemat, £22 for two. Matching black coasters, £12.50 for a set of four. Black bowls, £7.50 each. Blue dinner plate, £90. Floral mug, £7.50. Floral rectangular platter, £30.
Stone serving board, £20. Two tier wooden stand, £30. Wooden board, £20.
In the bedroom
In the bedroom, the theme continues but this time in a softer palette of whites and grey, with the odd black accent. The floral bed linen is subtle and the ruched bedspread/throw is just calling me to climb under it for a quick summer siesta. When summer arrives, that is. I’d be tempted to bring in some of the black woven placemats to use as doilies in here. They would coordinate perfectly with the black mesh lanterns.
White ‘Flora Embroidery’ duvet cover, £45 – £75. Matching pillowcases, £25 a pair. Grey ruched throw, £105. Cushions, £28. Black Lantern, £25 for the small.
In the bathroom
In the bathroom texture is all important, with wicker laundry baskets and plaited bath mats. Again in a softer palette, but still featuring those all-important natural materials. The overall effect is bringing to mind tropical holidays and much warmer weather. And that can’t be bad can it?
Natural wicker laundry basket, £60. Grey hydratex towels, £3 – £24. Natural woven wicker basket, £20. Dark grey plaited bath mat, £20.
All from Designers at Debenhams.