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  • Q&A with Blogger and Stylist Lou Archell

    Weíve partnered with design blogger and interiors stylist, Lou Archell from the blog, Little Green Shed to introduce the Modern Rustic trend.

    Here we ask Lou about the trend, her home and inspirations.

    1.What does Modern Rustic mean to you, and what do you love about it?

    Modern Rustic is a pared-back look where natural woods mix with textured linens, chalky handmade ceramics and tarnished metals. It is a look that pairs old with new, rough with smooth and natural and the man made.

    What I love about it is the combination of utility and beauty. Function and form. Soulful interiors which have developed over time. As the Japanese love to call it ĎWabi Sabií Ė the love of the imperfect, the raw, the natural. The Denby Studio Craft range fits in perfectly with this aesthetic, with its warm tones and textured glazes.

    2.What advice would pass on for styling the trend for those without much space or budget?

    Start small and pick out a few key pieces. Modern Rustic isnít about expensive items from high end shops, itís about embracing a natural, crafted way of life. Mix up your bowls or cutlery with some chosen pieces. Scour car boots for old silver cutlery and linen table cloths but also get inventive with what you have.

    I think itís all about a considered home. Choosing to fill your home with items that you love, that have a history or are designed to enhance the way you live. Buying something once, buying it well doesnít mean expensive. Make a considered decision on whether this item will go with what you already have. A neutral tableware collection like Natural Canvas from Denby will complement other tableware pieces and work alongside foraged finds or vintage pieces for the table. In a world of consumerism I think itís an important decision to make. Items that have been handcrafted are honest, have a natural quality to them - and in turn that is wholly authentic.

    3.How do you style Modern Rustic in your own home?

    In nearly every room in the house there is something that has been handmade or is taken from nature. I am a big fan of white, and all of our rooms are painted in an off white shade. White works with everything, especially wood and natural tones. Our lounge has layers of sheepskin and wood, with hand dyed indigo cushions, old glass bottles from France, a collection of shells from beaches around the world, beautiful ceramics, a vase with dried seed pods. These items are all on the white, earthy and blue colour spectrum, where each item compliments the other, with no jarring colour pops. Iíve become a bit of a colour phobe!

    I have a bit of a ceramics addiction. Collecting the odd plate from here and there. I love to mix it up, never using the same bowls or plates when laying the table. I love how the Studio Craft range has four different colour glazes, so this idea is made easy. When laying the table I love to use natural linen napkins or even tea towels, if they are pretty enough, then why not!

    4.What is your favourite piece from Denbyís collections?

    Gosh this is so hard to choose, but I think it has to be the Studio Craft nesting bowls. Four shallow bowls of different sizes, each showcasing the beautiful colours and glazes. Perfect for styling and for serving - dual purpose, a must for the stylist in me. And the fact that they nest inside each other is great as I am always running out of space in my kitchen cupboards.

    5. Where / who do you get your design inspiration from?

    From all over the world! I am a keen traveller and have been inspired by markets, homes and hotels from my holidays. Iím also an Instagram addict and I love to see how people live their lives across the world. From the cool Scandinavian countries to North African deserts and in between. Iím a bit of a nomad, interiors addict and photography enthusiast, so all of these things really inspire me in my work and home life.

    Also see our Modern Rustic film introducing the Studio Craft collection here.

    Q&A with Blogger and Stylist Lou Archell
  • Weíve partnered with design blogger and interiors stylist, Lou Archell from the blog, Little Green Shed to introduce the Modern Rustic trend. Lou says, ďModern Rustic is all about using honest materials that feature handmade elements or are taken straight from nature and, when paired with contemporary homewares, create a truly interesting interiors styleĒ.

    Find Louís top tips for creating a Modern Rustic look in your home below:

    Tip 1: Use contrasting stacks - Avoid colour blocking by stacking coloured tones with neutral ones. Keep things interesting and informal by mixing textures too. On your shelf, place coloured glass against a woven basket or handcrafted ceramic

    Tip 2: Add a statement centrepiece - Fill your home with items you love, hero the things that are designed to enhance the way you live as well as handcrafted pieces that are authentic and honest

    Tip 3: Vary your heights - Play around with grouping and displaying products. To balance scale perhaps try a shallow nest of bowls next to some tall books (turn the spines in for more natural shades)

    Tip 4: Upgrade your containers - Kitchen shelves should be both practical and beautiful, donít fall into the habit of displaying the essentials or it will be messy in no time. Decant things like tea, olive oil and sugar into interesting glass jars and ceramic pots.

    Shop our Studio Craft and Natural Canvas collections as seen featured.

    How to Style a Modern Rustic Shelf with Lou Archell
  • Find your Perfect Colour

    From neutrals to statement hues, let us help you find the perfect shade for your home.

    From our iconic Imperial Blue collection to the multiple tones of Peveril and the coastal shades of Azure, we have a blue for everyone.

    Green has the ability to calm any room with its subtle tones. Regency Green is a refreshing tableware range in a light shade of green and . Heritage Orchard uses hints of mint green for a natural and relaxed aesthetic.

    Bring an eye-catching colour to the table with our purple Heather and Heritage Heath collections. Heather showcases a striking violet glaze and Heritage Heath provides a softer take on the purple trend.

    Our collection of white ranges including Natural Canvas and White, will complement any interior and can be used for both informal gatherings or special occasions.

    Make a statement with our selection of darker shades. Halo features a distinctive two-tone glaze whilst Jet has a striped pattern that combines black and grey.

    Find your Perfect Colour
  • British Flowers Week

    Itís British Flowers Week Ė a celebration of the natural beauty that flowers bring. This is an opportunity to venture outside and appreciate the outdoors, from the textures and shapes to the variety of colour that flowers bring.

    Our stoneware collections are crafted from locally-sourced clay and designed and made in our Derbyshire factory. A natural product, our clay is notably strong and durable, and provides the perfect base for our specialist glazes and floral designs.

    In bright floral shades, our Always Entertaining Deli range is guaranteed to bring character to your table. Styled in your outdoor space, Deli can be mixed and matched for an eye-catching look. Bring your flowers into this collection by placing single stems in the Oil Bottles and serve your desserts topped with edible flowers.

    Our Heritage Orchard and Heritage Heath collections are decorated with a flower inspired pattern taken from our 1970's 'Gypsy' range. Whether you prefer the mint green of Heritage Orchard or the natural lilac hue of Heritage Heath, both of these patterns are beautiful and practical.

    British Flowers Week
  • Spring Edit

    Get inspired for spring with our latest trend edit. From subtle tones to dark, two-tone patterns, we have a range of tableware designs that promise durability and beauty.

    Naturals

    Use the calming tones of our Natural Canvas collection to update your table setting. Designed for modern living, Natural Canvas is a beautiful range in a neutral shade. The simplicity of its colour ensures that it will complement any interior whilst the roulette detailing found on key pieces gives a considered look.

    For another natural touch of colour, our Elements collection is available in four stunning hues. Elements combines our durable stoneware with unique glazes for a hard-wearing and beautiful finish. An ideal starter set, this range has been designed to be used and enjoyed every day.

    Textures

    A work of art, Halo gives a textured look with two tones of beautiful glaze. Utilising the skills of our craftspeople to create this striking collection of tableware, Halo is able to bring depth and style to your home. Our most Instagrammed collection, Halo can be used to style your table or as a decorative collection to enhance the look of your interiors.

    A lighter but equally eye-catching range, Azure is a refreshing blue and sea green collection. Layers of glaze produce a coastal effect that will modernise your table arrangement. To achieve the stunning aquamarine colour, every item is heated in the kiln to a specific temperature.

    Brights

    With a focus on playful colours, Always Entertaining Deli is perfect for sunnier seasons. Featuring four contemporary pastel tones, Deli provides a light and fresh feel as a standalone range or as additional pieces to complement your current tableware.

    Shades of stunning blue dominant within our Heritage Pavilion and Fountain ranges. Inspired by glazes of the past, these bright collections will revive your kitchen with a true artisan quality.

    Spring Edit
  • The New Health Foods

    Purple vegetables, seaweed, grains, coconut flour and sugar are anticipated to be some of the most popular health foods to eat and enjoy this year. Luckily, these ingredients can make for a range of tantalising dishes that are visually pleasing and appetising to taste.

    Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, purple vegetables are the new green veg! Ultimately showcasing the nutritional benefit of darker coloured foods, purple vegetables help to combat disease, reduce inflammation and improve heart health. Introducing them into your diet is easy Ė keep an eye out for aubergines, purple cauliflower, corn, sweet potatoes and asparagus. On a side note, they will certainly brighten up your dinnertime Instagram photo! Plate up your veggies on a Halo Medium Deep Plate for the perfect contemporary backdrop.

    Japanese cuisine is on the rise and seaweed is amongst the top food trends in 2017. Enjoy it as a quick and easy snack in the form of seaweed crisps or as a main meal in seaweed pasta or as a flavoursome topping to your salad Ė our Imperial Blue 7 Piece Asian Set is ideal for serving your favourite international dishes.

    Continuing on from the growth of bowl food, filling your cupboards with grains and pulses including quinoa, lentils and couscous can enable you to create simple and nutritious meals that will give you more energy, and avoid the over-full carbohydrate feeling. Start with your grain or pulse of choice, layer with vegetables and protein and finish with a sauce. Serve in one of our eye-catching Nesting Bowls and eat with a fork or spoon.

    Gluten-free and high in protein, coconut flour is a great choice for guilt-free baking, and gives a subtle coconut taste. In addition, coconut sugar is a natural unrefined sugar, made from the sap of coconut tree flowers. Substituting cane sugar for coconut sugar in your banana bread or brownie mix is a guaranteed way to lower your unnatural sugar intake. Mix up your sweet treats using coconut flour and sugar in a Heritage Veranda Serving Bowl, and present to your guests on our Heritage Pavilion Large Rectangular Platter.

    Explore our full Healthy Eating collection here.

    The New Health Foods