Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Natural Beauty; HOMES with Andrea McLean Let This Lot Become Part of the Furniture

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Natural Beauty; HOMES with Andrea McLean Let This Lot Become Part of the Furniture

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Byline: Andrea McLean

AT A time when it seems all things fake are celebrated - whether that's looks or personality - it's easy to forget that true beauty comes from within and sometimes just needs a little expert touch.

Movie stars and models spend hours artfully transforming their faces and hair into styles that look effortless and natural, working that 'thrown-together' look that takes a team of dressers and make-up artists years of experience to achieve.

Let's face it, a make-up-free face will never look as dewy as one that has been cleverly touched up, and untamed hair that has never seen a brush won't have the same impact as a shiny mane of clean, glossy locks.

So wood, in its most raw form, has its own kind of beauty, but it takes the addition of the experienced hand to smooth its rough edges and draw our eyes to its perfections rather than its flaws.

It's when a craftsman has pointed us towards the sensuous curve of wood's internal grain that we really appreciate it.

It's only when a smooth, sanded edge has been varnished and polished that our hands itch to run along it and truly enjoy its beauty with our fingers as well as our eyes.

With every craftsman, whether it's a make-up artist or furniture designer, the aim is the same - to make a thing of natural beauty a better version of itself.

SIMPLICITY can lead to the greatest beauty. With leather straps holding these wooden shelves in place, storage becomes a piece of art. Mix together with woven baskets and neutral coloured ceramics for a truly natural feel. | Wooden shelf with leather strap, PS45, baskets from a selection, ceramics from a selection, all Holly's House HANDMADE using traditional Vietnamese techniques, this pretty stool uses rattan and woven water hyacinth to give you a sweet seat. | Tamky stool, PS55, Urbanara YOU may not think of yourself as a garland kind of person, but look at these beautiful pieces of driftwood, strung together and sprinkled with simply crafted little fish. …

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