When it comes to home wares and interiors, I can be either totally decisive and know exactly what will work or the complete opposite is true. At the Neptune Home autumn/winter 16 preview that I visited last week, it quickly became clear that I needed everything or failing that, just to pack everything in and move into the art gallery which had been transformed into a home lover’s paradise for the day. That’s right, all memories of me claiming my “forever home” is the one we currently live in quickly disappeared, I’m on the move!
Needless to say I wasn’t alone in feeling enamoured, overhearing many similar conversations. I LOVE discovering a brand I haven’t come across before and whilst Neptune do have a well-known presence, I haven’t visited one of their London stores yet and am now slightly scared to just in case we end up finding ourselves bankrupt. I just wish we were closer to those beautiful finishing touches that will be so enjoyable to shop for – at the moment our focus is very definitely still on ripping out ceilings and re-configuring lighting arrangements but we’ll get there.
You can read all about Neptune’s background on their website because there is so much to talk about and show you from their upcoming autumn/winter collection. Having formerly run a children’s clothing business online, I’m all too familiar with previewing upcoming seasons well ahead of time and thankfully the weather is completely appropriate to be discussing autumn/winter trends. I could think of nothing more enjoyable than curling up in a squashy armchair with a good book on this damp and grey July afternoon.
What intrigues me most about Neptune is their ability to successfully blend the old with the new, mixing fabrics and even materials to create something exciting and diverse. It’s something I struggle with frequently at home – we’re committed to restoring our 1930’s house and adore the bay windows, large room sizes and feature fireplaces. At the same time I can’t deny my natural style is modern and minimal. Yet Neptune showed me that I can open my mind to blending, to differences and that it can all work. As they describe it:
“Step inside and you’ll see the unexpected sat together in one room, getting along splendidly. You’ll see that opposites attract. You’ll see traditional craft fusing with contemporary cleverness. And you’ll get to know what the perfect balance between function and form really looks like.”
Even their two chosen colours to reflect the changing seasons are more muted than I would naturally go for but it works so beautifully – mustard, a darker more earthy version than we’ve seen previously (think windswept moors) and smoke which of course I love because these dark colours are taking up a large part of my obsession of late what with our epic house-painting adventures.
I won’t say too much more though and leave you to be inspired by the pictures instead. Is it wrong to say I’m already looking forward to the colder months?!
Thank you to Neptune Home for inviting me to their autumn/winter preview. All words, opinions and images are my own unless otherwise stated.
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