Garden Trading doesn’t just sell stuff for the garden. One glimpse at their website and you’ll immediately fall in love also, with their contemporary lighting, high quality furniture and simple but stunning designs that will stand the test of time. I’m particularly fond of their neutral colour palette and use of organic materials which suit both town and country homes alike. And what you can be sure of is that every product on the site has a purpose. It will be designed to help remove the clutter from everyday living, and thereby create a calm living space. Or garden.
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My Favourite ‘New Arrivals’
The Teardrop Terrarium (£30) is pretty and delicate. The graceful shape works beautifully when filled with floaty air plants (I’ve never seen the appeal of these until now!) and striking succulents. And I’d definitely say you need more than one to really give an effect. Maybe use the chunky rope to hang several from a wooden pole in front of a window with a less than perfect view? The Tabletop Terrarium (£35, left of image) on the other hand is chunky and substantial enough to stand alone. It’s made from recycled glass and would suit ferns and succulents. Lastly, the Tabletop Terrariums with Cork Base (£28 for the small, and £38 for the large), feature a contemporary mix of materials. All would also make lovely gifts.
The contemporary Workshop Trestle Desk (£550) certainly exemplifies the practical design ethos of Garden Trading. It’s inspired by the classic architect’s desks but mixes materials and colours for a striking appearance. The solid Spruce top has been sanded back to exaggerate the wood grain. It’s then finished with a grey wash and protective wax to tone with the legs. What’s more the desk height can be effortlessly adjusted by raising the trestles. Now that’s practical.
If like me, you plan on doing lots of entertaining outside this summer. Weather permitting. You’ll need to look at the range of enamelware with a vibrant mottled Peashoot glaze applied onto its crisp white base. In addition to this Salad Bowl (£10), there’s a Nibble Bowl (£4.50), a Serving Tray (£9.50) and a Pitcher (£28). The green patterned appearance is perfect for summer, adding that pop of colour to your dining table which would look sensational with white linen and tableware.
The Shelves and Planters
Both the shelves and planters are new in. The shelves are made from recycled scaffolding planks and feature galvanised steel brackets and punched metal details. They’re available in two sizes – Scaffold Shelf with Brackets, 80cm, £50 and Scaffold Shelf with Brackets, 120cm, £65.
The Alderton Pot (top shelf, £12), has a unique crackle glaze mixing white and green tones. It has a chunky rustic appearance and looks perfect with the smaller Alderton Pot (£5). Just the thing for a windowsill or indoor shelving unit.
Last but not least, every garden needs The Idbury Cast Iron Fire Pit (£85). I know mine sure does.
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