The nights are drawing in and I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me happier than staying in, comfort food, low lighting and good company. And whether you’re sitting down to a romantic meal with your other half, having the girls over or kicking back with a take out…why not take some styling tips from our Store Manager, Kate, who features in our “How to Lay the Perfect Table” video. The principles that Kate has used are really simple!
Items used in our video can be found on our website (where not available we have linked to similar products)
Layering is your friend! We’ve first layered a textured placemat (we just can’t get enough of those pom-poms!).
Grab some plates and bowls that are a mix of patterns and tones – the more the merrier to continue adding those layers.
Add some water glasses for daytime dining, or lose the mugs and add your favourite wine glasses for supper.
Remember – there’s no rules here, so if you have a favourite treasured piece or a set of vintage dinnerware – get that involved too for a truly authentic eclectic mix!
Those of you that are eagle-eyed and have visited us in the shop, might have spotted our handsome Boston Dining Table. We think our Boston Table is a true hero piece because it’s so versatile. You can extend it, so plenty of your mates can sit around it and the patina of the reclaimed wood just gets better with age – it’s perfect for families as you can actually use it and live with it!
If you’re really looking for that ‘wow’ factor or have a more formal dinner party approaching, take a look at this episode of The Sheer Luxe Show. Hostess extraordinaire Serena Fresson shows how to make your dining room table one your guests will want to Instagram with dinner party tablescape ideas – and if you look carefully you’ll see one of our pieces that Kate uses in our video, featured by Serena too!
Made from sustainable Canadian pine, our Sherwood range of furniture is perfect for any family home.
Sherwood’s Journey: Seeing the wood from the trees
Made from sustainable Canadian pine, our Sherwood range of furniture is perfect for any family home.
FROM CANADIAN FORESTS
The timber starts its life in the wilds of eastern Canada, in the province of Quebec. The forests here are run sustainably; foresters are selective over which trees are felled, only certain trees are chosen in order for the forest’s growth and expansion to be as natural as possible.
For the Canadian pine, also known as Eastern White pine, these extensive forests provide the perfect conditions. Temperatures in Quebec can reach approximately -20°C in winter, this cold climate allows the pine to grow much slower than more conventional pines. The chilly nights enable the pine’s properties to change, the wood develops and it acts like a traditional hardwood. The slower and steadier rate of growth allows the grain to straighten out, increasing the wood’s stability and allowing it to stand the test of time.
HANDCRAFTED JUST FOR YOU
From Quebec, the Canadian pine arrives in the UK and our Sherwood collection begins its journey right in the heart of Lincolnshire. Here, at a family-run business and workshop, a skilled team of carpenters bring this timber to life. Their bespoke manufacturing service relies on traditional methods and modern tools. Drawers are finished with dovetail joints, ensuring durability and quality in the smallest of details. Each piece receives time and skill in order to create a piece of furniture which is unique for you.
Once the timber arrives at the workshop, it is assembled and built to each individual specification. Whether you desire a smooth, light finish, or a rougher texture, each piece is hand-crafted to achieve your vision. The Canadian pine’s rich, ‘honeyed’ sheen gives the most natural of finishes a desirable edge.
When the furniture is assembled each piece is waxed by hand to ensure the best possible standard. Our Sherwood range is available in a natural, smooth finish, or a deep brown wax.
The beauty of Canadian pine lies in the unique nuances in every piece of timber. The pine is still traditionally hewn using British band saws, as well as circular saws. This is a rough method of felling that results in exposing the wood’s grain, leaving unique marks and bringing the pine to life. Similarly when the timber passes through a table saw, gripper marks can be seen where the teeth leave behind indentations.
All these supposed imperfections are never sanded out and instead they are celebrated. Each sawmark, gripper mark, even each knot adds to the character of the wood. They serve as a visual reminder of the craftsmanship involved in creating such a beautiful piece of furniture.
FURNITURE THAT IS UNIQUE TO YOU
The Sherwood collection itself is not restricted to dining tables but instead extends to anything from beds and bedside tables to chest of drawers, consoles, and coffee tables.
The entire range is completely bespoke, and designs can easily be customised. Table sizes can be altered, the height of bed heads can be reduced or increased, drawers in bedside tables can be replaced with shelves. The Sherwood range works with you, not against you, in order to help you achieve your dream home.
We even have the option of metal legs for dining tables and coffee tables in our Sherwood Industrial range. We have carefully chosen metal legs which are finished to an outdoor grade in order to prevent rust, giving you more choice without compromising on quality.
We all believe that good quality furniture doesn’t have to be expensive and with the bespoke nature of our Sherwood range, there really is something for everyone. The Sherwood furniture range is a durable, crafted collection which is built to grow and evolve with your family.
Guest post from New Recruit Phoebe – hear how she has settled in, plus latest shop news
We hope you are all enjoying your Easter weekend and making the most of the sunshine and time off! Of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without treating yourselves to some goodies from the Easter Bunny.
With Easter being a time of new beginnings, I thought it would be apt to share with you my new chapter as a new starter here at Liv’s…
BUTTERFLIES FOR BREAKFAST
At the end of January, I made my first of many commutes to work as a Sales Assistant. I was full of butterflies and nervous energy and, consequently, arrived super early for my shift! However, all these feelings soon changed when I was greeted at the door by a super friendly Kate, with the biggest smile on her face. From this point on, I knew everything was going to be ok!
PART OF THE FURNITURE
I feel like I’ve been here for ages! But let me assure you, I mean this in the best way!
As a Sales Assistant, my job involves anything from helping you, our customers, around the shop and popping your transactions through the till, to checking off deliveries and getting our lovely stock out and priced, and ready for you to buy! But you may also see me wrapping and posting your internet orders, merchandising around the shop or in the window, up a ladder, or even drilling something! (a ‘life skill’ I will be forever grateful for).
PERKS OF THE JOB
For me, the best part about working here at Liv’s is the people. Every shift I get to work alongside such a supportive and hardworking team, without them I never would have settled in so quickly!
As Liv’s is an independent business, my job here is never boring. Every day is always busy and filled with such a variety of tasks. It truly is lovely to work somewhere where you really feel like you’re pulling your weight and helping towards its success.
So next time you pop in for a mooch, please come and say hi! I can’t wait to meet you all .
BEHIND THE SCENES: OUT WITH THE OLD
As I’m sure many of you are aware from the ‘gram, it has been all go here over the last few weeks; everyone has been busy decorating to give Liv’s a fresh, new look for the Spring!
MC and Gina, supervised by Betty, have been busy constructing our all-new gazebo! As well as making alterations to the textures of our walls. Meanwhile, the rest of us have all ‘mucked in’ with sanding, painting, merchandising, painting, rearranging, ‘wall-papering,’ and painting some more, to help Liv’s vision come to life.
Our walls have been freshened up with some luscious new colours. On-trend pinks have been complimented with vibrant greens, allowing those Spring feelings to echo around the store.
Liv, MC and Kate gained their inspiration from the displays they saw at the Paris Show and came back bursting with ideas to try out in the shop! If you haven’t already, check out Kate’s post about their trip.
On top of the DIY-ing (as if that wasn’t enough excitement), the whole shop has undergone a re-jig! We have decided to scale back our merchandising, giving it an appropriate spring clean, and have made the decision to group our products more. Our aim is to make it easier for you to shop all the options that are available – we hope you like our new look!
Everyone here has played a part and we can’t wait for you to see what we’ve done. Please come and let us know what you think!
SO, ONCE AGAIN, HAPPY EASTER!
While digging into some hot cross buns, why not have a think about taking a leap this Easter; whether that’s into a new job, like me, or perhaps you fancy changing up your interiors this Spring time? What have you got to lose!
Phoebe @ Liv’s
P.S. If you’re like us and love any excuse to continue the Easter treats, Kate is making a delicious boozy pudding with an Easter twist this weekend. Check out the recipe below…
JAMIE OLIVER’S HOT CROSS BUN AND BUTTER PUDDING
Bursting with apricots and cognac!
This super easy recipe serves 8 and is ready in 1 hour (with soaking time).
600 ml semi-skimmed milk
200 ml double cream
400 ml single cream
1 vanilla pod
4 medium free-range eggs
170 g caster sugar
6 hot cross buns , sliced in half
1 knob butter , spread on the hot cross buns
3 tablespoons Cognac
1 handful dried apricots , chopped
1 orange , zest of
a little icing sugar
THIS SCRUMPTIOUS PUDDING CAN BE ACHIEVED IN JUST 3 EASY STEPS!
Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas 3. For the custard base, bring the milk and all the cream just to the boil in a saucepan. Cut the vanilla pod in half, scrape out the seeds and add to the pan. Whisk the eggs with the sugar until pale, then whisk in the milk and cream mixture, removing the vanilla pod shell.
Dip the hot cross bun halves in the mixture, then place in an ovenproof dish. Drizzle over the Cognac and sprinkle over the apricots and the orange zest. Sieve the custard over, and leave it all to soak for at least 15 minutes.
Place the dish in a roasting tin, half-fill the tin with hot water, then bake the pudding for about 45 minutes. When cooked it will have a slight crust on top but will still be slightly wobbly inside. Dust with the icing sugar and serve.
New Year. New Hue. How colour of the year “Living Coral’ can work for you
Happy New Year (can we still say that?)! We hope you had a wonderful time over the festive season celebrating with friends and family. We literally ate our body weight in cheese, gorged on Christmas TV and now we are ready for an exciting 2019.
This Month We Are . . .
WATCHING: ‘Luther’ (hello Idris!) (…from behind a cushion) and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (I read her first book, did (almost) everything she recommended and kept local charity shops in business for at least a year 😉
The Pantone Institute have announced The Pantone of the Year 2019 as Living Coral chosen for its “animating and life-affirming” hue which “energizes and enlivens with a softer edge,” according to the official site.
To us, Living Coral feels like that fresh, vibrant shade that we’re all looking for to kick off the new year, especially when we’re trying to escape from the cold dreariness of winter. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it works well in your home, wardrobe and make-up bag!
Live with Living Coral
Take inspiration from Sweden’s Artilleriet Store and make coral cozy and luxe. Super snuggly.
Or make it happy and bright like this coral dining room with it’s vintage finds.
For the brave fashionistas how stunning are these colours and textures together?
Love the textures and colours in this bakery. Who would have thought pink grout could be to die for?!
If a large expanse of coral packs too much of a punch for you, take a more subtle approach by adding accents with accessories, or introduce colour via a picture wall like this gallery in the stunning home Tanja Gottharsden.
Or take a tonal approach and use a stack of cushions in complementary shades.
This shade also works well mixed with other unexpected colour ways like this rich jewel emerald with just a pop of coral.
If you want something a little less committal and maybe at a more palatable price point, go crazy with florals, we love these colourful beautiful creations by @tulipinadesign
Or perhaps paint the inside of one of your internal doors for a happy little surprise.
Have a wonderful January lovelies, here’s to keeping resolutions and embracing colour!