Friday, April 1, 2016
Interior Inspiration: 2 Ways to Use a Marble Platter In Your Home
I was recently reminded of how small the world really is when I got chatting to Julianna Barnaby, co-founder of Brixton-based homeware and gift store, Barnaby & Co. Turns out we were at Oxford at the same time (me, for my junior year abroad) and that we both read English literature. Our paths crossed again when we started following each other on Twitter and I went all heart-eye emoji over the beautiful products in her store, which are sourced from independent artisans and makers.
I've always been jealous of those people who are able to say things nonchalantly like, "Oh, that geode? It's from this teeny tiny shop in Brazil I happened to pass after doing a 7-mile hike" about the items in their home. And yet, that's how I feel about the items that Barnaby & Co. stock.
Take this marvellous, weighty Venn View marble platter by Studio Jorrit Taekema. When it arrived, I felt like I had just received a piece of art, rather than an object.
The great thing is, I got the smaller version as well, so I could use them both in the kitchen and my bedroom: one for displaying food (or brownies, in this instance) and the other for displaying my fragrances, costume jewelry and other ephemera.
I tend to leave a trail of things behind me (John refers to them as "droppings" - nice!) everywhere I go in the house, so it's a good way for me to at least leave them in one place! I like taking off my jewellery as soon as I get home at the end of the day, so I've got little bowls in every room to put them in.
These marble platters are so pretty and useful to have in the house - I've received a few compliments from guests recently on the large platter, which I hastily slipped under the wine bottles we had out for Easter lunch. It instantly made my glass table look chic and sophisticated (rather than the £300 online bargain it actually was!).
I've got my eye on a few other items from Barnaby & Co. for friends as it's perfect for gifts and I know a few people who will be moving into new homes soon. This ombre glass decanter is on my list, as is this pretty geometric lampshade.
Great news! Barnaby & Co. is offering Angloyankophile readers 15% off all orders with the code angloyankophile15 until 2 May 2016. Happy shopping!
The Venn View Marble Platters were generously provided to me by Barnaby & Co. Follow them here, here, and here for 24/7 design/home inspiration! Thank you for supporting the brands that support Angloyankophile. All opinions are my own.