Friday, 27 September 2013

New Season, New Collection

As we wave summer a fond farewell, it's time to embrace all that autumn brings with it - long countryside walks, crisp leaves underfoot, and evenings curled up by the fire.

What that also means is that now is the time our thoughts turn to our interiors - weather-proofing, if you like - with extra throws on the sofa, cosy cushions for that extra bit of comfort, and lots of handy storage that keeps everything nice and neat when not in use.

We've popped a few of our newest warmers below - we hope you love them just as much as us.

layer up 
...with a few of our favourite new arrivals 

cosy factor
new cushions for extra warmth 

throw and go 
Eleanor Pritchard's 525 Line Blanket is as heart-warming as a hug

Friday, 13 September 2013

From tomorrow: The London Design Festival

As of tomorrow, London will become a super-sized hub for British creatives as the first day of The London Design Festival 2013 gets underway.

It's going to be quite a spectacle too; "drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design", as LDF describes.

Blurb aside, it’s definitely not just about the designers; the festival brings all walks of life together, from art fans to buyers, tourists to children. Essentially it’s one big wonderful community of folks whom love to explore.

Naturally, we ourselves are huge fans of design; championing home-grown talent including artists such as Caslon & Co, Fanny Shorter, and Richard Brendon. Over the coming months we've plenty of exciting new pieces arriving from a variety of British designers, some of which you can see a sneak peek of below.

In the meantime, we’re jotting down the must-sees of The London Design Festival. On our agenda so far? The "Endless Stair" at the Tate Modern, re-visiting the Victoria & Albert Museum (a key venue for the festival), and taking in the "If Shoes Could Talk" exhibition - just for fun. What are your plans?

"Endless Stair" at the Tate Modern

Coming soon to Roost Living 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Desk-friendly plants

If you’re anything like us, African Violets, Orchids or Peace Lilies keel-over in your work space in no-time. We’re officially terrible at keeping plants.

Still, we love having a little bit of the outside, in, so we’re thrilled to have found three indoor beauties that thrive upon desks nearly almost all by themselves.

While we’re all pretty familiar with the ‘Vera’ species, there are many other varieties in this plant’s family. This one, the Aloe Polyphylla (or Spiral Aloe), is drought tolerant so no need to worry should you forget to give it a drink every now-and-then.

Snake Plant
Named after its vertical-shooting leaves, this yellow-edged shrub will continue to flourish again and again - no matter how often it's neglected.

Chinese Evergreen
Jewellery designer Winifred Gundeck, whose home is featured on the Design Sponge blog, shows a shining example of why we should opt for this perennial plant. Not only does it blossom year-round, it makes quite the focal point, too.