It is GORGEOUS here in New Hampshire right now. Spring comes late in New Hampshire (heck it’s practically summer!), but at last the irises are blooming, the lilac trees are resplendent in their plumage, and the maples, oaks, willows, and birches are all sporting their best New Leaf Green.
With all this summery New England splendor, I thought I would highlight a couple new designer collections that celebrate New England summer in a nostalgic Victorian Arts & Crafts way — like new takes on wicker and classic William Morris patterns recolored and full of optimism. Enjoy!
The Treillage Collection from Bunny Williams
Wicker furniture (made from weaving rattan) has an incredibly long & fascinating history that goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, but one probably associates it most with the grand vacation “cottages” of the Victorian era.
One of the biggest manufacturers of the stuff swirly stuff in the 20th century was Heywood-Wakefield.
I even have a piece of vintage Heywood-Wakefield in my “converted porch.”
Sadly, the company went out of business in 1979, but you can still find a number of vintage pieces on resale sites, Facebook, Craigslist, and flea markets.
However, vintage wicker isn’t for everyone. 50-100 years can definitely take it’s toll on a piece’s sturdiness! That’s why I was so excited to see the new Treillage collection from Bunny Williams Home which includes some beautifully curvaceous new wicker pieces!
Aren’t the bun feet on the Lucas table adorable??
I love the way Bunny styled her new pieces against a backdrop of patterns that could conceivably be considered updates on the Victorian fascination with Indo-Persian floral motifs. Which leads very nicely into the next collection I would like to highlight….
Cornubia for William Morris by Ben Pentreath
Cornubia is actually the second “re-coloration” collaboration between Ben and Morris & Co., the first being Queen Square back in 2020. While Queen Square had a definite autumn/winter vibe (via saturated ’60s colors like turquoise and eggplant), Cornubia definitely evokes spring and summer with leaf greens, yellows, and sunny tangerines.
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A Fresh Victorian-Inspired Patio
- Asian chippendale
- Morris style florals!
Shoppable links are below the mood board!
What do you think of the new Bunny Williams and Ben Pentreath/Morris & Co. collections? Yea or Nay?
‘Til next time, enjoy the glorious weather!