Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Natural Habitat

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Natural Habitat

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Byline: With Andrea McLean

WHEN I was growing up, my dad had a workbench in the garage. It didn't take up too much room, though. It slotted in alongside the bikes and boxes and other paraphernalia that meant our garage would never experience the joy of housing an actual car.

It was a small work space, but meticulously organised, with tiny drawers filled with different sized nails and screws, and a wall where he hung the rest of his tools.

Pride of place in his workspace was a lathe, a heavy metal contraption that grasped pieces of wood in its firm jaws and spun it round, while Dad, to my young eyes, simply held sharp ended-tools against it and watched as curls of wood cascaded to the floor.

What started out as a square of nothing was transformed into a lamp base, a light pull or simply a beautiful shape to be varnished and put on a table. Wood was something to be wondered at, its curves and lines traced with a finger and admired.

It has long been thought that surrounding yourself with natural materials like wood and stone calm us and give us a sense of grounding.

I agree and would add to that it also makes me feel like I'm truly at home.

1 WEAVING SOME MAGIC I LOVE to mix and match textures and themes and this is a great example of doing just that.

Investing in this stark steel lamp, a simple rustic stool and tribal-inspired woven baskets really helps to bring this 'best of basics' look together well. Black tripod lamp, PS25.

Monochrome woven baskets, set of two, PS10. Large black rectangular lantern, PS30. All from Sainsbury's.

2 EAU NATURALE NATURAL tones make a refreshing change from the more typical blue in a bathroom and make just as much of an impact. …

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