Personal Statement

From industrial chic to vintage vibes, follow your heart when it comes to home style, says editor Lynn Stewart.

Made from sustainable mango wood, this hand-crafted pendant light is quirky, contemporary and can be used in so many different spaces. Striking as a single pendant hanging over a bedside table or in a hallway, line three above a kitchen island or group them over a dining table – every way makes its own style statement. Available in black or natural, this is a simple, elegant, room update.

Spindle Pendant Light Black, £49, Atkin and Thyme (

Oozing industrial style, this sideboard with three crates could solve many storage problems. Made from mango wood with a saw-cut finish and rebar frame, the crates can be placed on any shelf. Ready to add instant personality to any space, this would be perfectly at home in a hallway, living room, kitchen, dining room, boot room or even a bedroom for displaying books and plants, and hiding everyday items out of sight.

Industrial Rebar Sideboard with
Crates, £559, Vincent and Barn

French brand Facteur has been creating products using recycled material made by women in rural African communities for more than a decade. Made from recycled carrier bags, the crocheting technique used to make this basket produces great-looking, durable storage. This pretty design was created from around 100 carrier bags.

Crochet Black & White Squares Short Basket, recycled plastic, £65, Must Have Bins (

It has been around for a while now, but there is no sign that rattan is slipping off the style scales any time soon. This pair of dining chairs adds a pared-back, contemporary feel to kitchens or dining areas, while the elegant lines and simple styling give a nod to Scandinavian influences.

Set of 2 Rattan Dining Chairs, £335, Rose & Grey (

It is luxury all the way with this hand-crafted leather magazine rack. The iron frame houses a leather sling with lined interior, which is ideal for glossy mags you want to hang on to, or paperwork when working from home. Available in tan, brown or black leather, this is the ideal home office accessory, or a beautiful addition to a sumptuous living space.

The Soho Magazine Rack, £75, Where Saints Go (

How elegant is this retro-style vase? Classic shape and warm shades in colours that never go out of fashion. This looks wonderful filled with blooms and foliage, but works just as well on its own as a decorative piece. The stylist’s tip for console tables or shelves is to group items in threes, so pair with a couple of toning items for maximum impact when empty.

HKliving Retro Vase Affogato, £99,
Cult Furniture (


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