I recently teamed up with Danish retailer JYSK to do an Urban Jungle inspired photoshoot, using one of our restored vintage chairs and accessories from the JYSK homewares range. I have a local JYSK store, and shop there often and I love the quality and affordability of their pieces. JYSK is still owned by the original founder, Lars Larsen, who is known throughout Denmark as the country's leading merchant who always has 'a great offer'. The first store was opened in 1979 in Denmark, and following its success, today the JYSK Group comprises more than 2,400 stores in 48 countries worldwide.
Being a monochrome interiors fan (and someone who is also partial to a few houseplants), the Urban Jungle theme was the perfect choice for me. I chose simple, monochrome accessories and added some natural wood details to complement the chair legs and tie the scheme together. A few selected plants and my trusty palm brought the look together. My personal take on this scheme is somewhat pared-back, not overly fussy but shows each piece off individually.
I picked our restored vintage armchair in yellow wool to style on this occasion as I thought this colour would look really fresh teamed with the green plants, monochrome accessories and bright white floors and walls.
For the side table I chose the BAKKEBJERG tray table - which is such great value at just £16.99. The top is painted MDF but it has solid pine legs (which you could paint a colour of your own choice if you wanted to match it to your own decor!). It's great quality and can be used in many rooms.
I love the simplicity and the ribbed detail of the ODDMUND flower pots which are available in both black and white. Perfect for smaller houseplants, and are just £2.49 each. They look great on their own, or styled with smaller vases such as the AUDUN vase, shown here in grey which is £1.79.
I couldn’t resist the little AMDAHL cactus ornament - such a perfect dark green colour and a great silouhette to peek out from underneath those trailing houseplants. It looks like an expensive piece, but costs only £2.49.
The TORKILD decorative box, which looks like a mini house is definitely the most versatile piece. I have used it in this shoot, placed on the floor with a plant inside. But it could also house some smaller succulents in pots, candles, other trinkets, or perhaps hooked onto the wall to use as a mini-shelf. It’s priced at £6.99, and you could buy 2 or 3 and place them together.
The BERRIT black 2-tier clay hanging planter is the perfect matt black with black cord to tie up and hang off a hook from the ceiling. I have styled it here with them joined together, but at home (and as our ceilings are quite low) I have actually split them into 2 separate hanging planters and put them in separate rooms. And a bargain at just £8.49! Yes, that is for the two!
The GODVIN glass and black metal picture frames are so special. They open out so you can pop in your own flowers, notes, pictures or keepsakes in them. I have styled it here with some fern from our garden. I imagine I will be using these for all sorts of things in the future. They are currently on offer priced at only £3.49 each and are also available in a brass colour.
The black HEROLD bamboo basket, £6.99 can be used for so many things, but here I have added it to my palm planter to add some interest and contrast against the white floor.
Last, but not least, I love these simple VILHEM hanging flower pots, which are ceramic and are attached to the wall by a small piece of cord, which are just £3.99 each. I added Aloe Vera to my pot, but it would look great with some hanging plants draping over the side, and maybe 2 or 3 together on a wall. They also come in dark grey too.
JYSK certainly offer some great value for money accessories which can easily, and affordably update your living space. They do have some UK stores, but most items can also be purchased online on their website at JYSK.CO.UK.
FANCY WINNING MY TOP 5 PICKS FROM THIS SHOOT?
Head over to our instagram page @florrieandbill to find out how to enter to win. The competition will run from Friday 21st July to midday Friday 28th July 2017. The competition is open to UK residents only. One winner will be selected at random to receive the five items as shown in the picture below. No cash alternative offered.
I would like to thank JYSK for allowing me to be involved in this shoot and blog post. All the items I chose to style in this feature, I would genuinely have in my own home. Infact, some pieces are already from my own collection, and the other items will certainly make their way into #cawsoncottage and appear in future Florrie+Bill photoshoots.
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For our very first #fabfivequestionsfriday we chat to Emily Mayne, Founder of design-inspired homewares store Someday Designs. Emily has worked in the design and interior industry for the last 15 years and has always had the ambition to start up on her own - it had been on her ‘someday’ list for some time.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
I’ve always wanted to set up on my own but it takes such a leap of faith to actually do it. Working alongside small business owners in Australia a few years ago had a huge inspiring influence on me. Seeing them fulfil their ambitions made me think, I can do this too!
WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE THINGS YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
1. Creativity - Whether through our own studio or in collaboration with our design partners.
2. Appreciation of good design - We’re pretty geeky when it comes to the detail.
3. Flexibility - Running your own company is definitely a lifestyle choice and with a young family in tow that's really important to me.
WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL STUDIO SPACE LOOK LIKE?
We dream of creating a double storey steel framed window studio with built-in mezzanine level. Using the lower level space as a place to meet, create, display, and photograph and the upper mezzanine level as a more quiet breakaway area, whilst still being connected. There are lots of plans and drafted drawings - it’s definitely a someday goal.
HAVE YOU MET ANY FAMOUS PEOPLE ON YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY?
None so far, though I did bump into Dame Judy Dench in the loos last week... does that count?
WHAT IS A SKILL YOU REALLY WANT TO LEARN?
Pottery! I’ve done a few classes and really enjoyed the slow, careful and intentional process. I’d like to attempt a vase next to sit alongside my ever so slightly lopsided bowl.