If you love your interiors bright, bold and ever-so-daring, then you’re going to fall head over heels for the new House of Holland collection for Habitat. Showcased at a celeb-filled launch party in London on Thursday night, there’s been a lot of hype about the range, not least because it’s fashion designer Henry Holland’s first foray into the world of interiors.
We’re suckers for a trend here at Roost, and have already written about how we can’t get enough of the Jungle look this season. We’re also suckers for colour and pattern, which this collection has in abundance. But, more than anything, we’re suckers for a celeb brand collaboration (YES Alexa for M&S!). So it’s perhaps not surprising that we’ve fallen hard for the #henryforhabitat offering.
Here are five things we love about it:
1. Daring colour combos
Scarlet, tangerine, magenta and cobalt with khaki, green, Oxford blue and blush pink, it doesn’t get brighter (or bolder than this). This definitely isn’t a collection for everyone and if you prefer your interiors in calm grey Scandi neutrals then you’ll probably want to steer clear. But for anyone else, investing in a few Henry cushions could be a great way to jazz up a tired sofa and inject a pop of colour quickly and effortlessly.
CREDITS – clockwise from top left: Topical Leaf reversible cushion, £60 | Pufferfish cushion, in pink, £35 | Buggin reversible cushion, £35 | Pufferfish cushion, in blue, £35 | Tropical Leaf reversible cushion, £60 | Buggin reversible cushion, £35
2. Bold patterns
Palm leaf prints? Check. Leopard print? Check. Random bugs? Check. The pattern game on this collection of interiors goodies is strong.
3. The sense of fun
“Inspired by the 1970s casinos and hotels in the psychedelic film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the collection is a festival of colour, pattern and fun, fun fun,” says the Habitat write-up. We tend to agree. There’s a wonderful irreverance to the designs, which is sometimes lacking elsewhere. It’s all too easy to think family living has to be about functionality and nothing else but, if anything, having kids should be an excuse to ramp up the crazy at home and bring a touch of that chaos and silliness into our decor. That’s what I think anyway.
4. The price
Let’s be honest, nothing in this collection is budget with a capital B (the flagship Abel sofa, pictured above, is £1,300) but it’s possible to grab a slice of the Henry action for under £40 with a statement cushion, which is more than can be said for many designer offerings out there.
5. The shapes
OK, so ignore the ridiculously beautiful model lounging on the sofa in the picture above and try to picture it in your own front room, with a kid or two climbing all over it. Are you there yet? Can you see how that shape is beautiful no matter who’s jumping all over it? Those 1970s shapes are a magnet if, like me, you’re a fan of mid-century, retro shapes. They’re round, friendly and small enough to fit into a large bedroom or kitchen, if you don’t want to incorporate that loud print into your main living room. Love.
Well done Henry. You can hang out at our house any time.
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