The autumn edit
The autumn edit
We know – you shouldn’t play favourites. Not when it comes to your nearest and dearest anyway, which, by the time we’ve drawn up, refined, made and photographed our designs, they certainly are. But, naturally, there are some pieces which we’re each personally drawn to; those that we can’t wait to welcome into our own homes. So, we asked around the team – and then asked a few of our friends in interiors as well – to see what their favourite design from the new autumn collection is. Here’s what they had to say…
John Sims-Hilditch, Neptune co-founder
The Terence tray resonates with me as it was inspired by a wedding present that Emma and I received 30 years ago. When we brought our collection of hedgerow plants, from which we selected this season’s colour, into the design team, we’d arranged them on our beautiful old tray. We loved that it had lasted 30 years but wondered what we would need to do to make it last 100. That lead to an improvement in the corner jointing from a mitre to a finger joint and a refining of the shape to make it so beautiful that it will always be loved and cared for. Of course, it’s practical too, not only as a tray but also because we’ve created a very elegant stand on which the tray locates to make a side table that you can use anywhere you need, from beside a bed to in a living room.
Fred, Neptune head of store design and build
My favourite would have to be the Wycombe bench with the spindle back. I think it’s a beautifully designed, mid-century piece that will sit back effortlessly against a range of interiors or be a real stand-out piece on its own. I’d either use it with the new Wycombe table to create an elegant yet flexible dining solution, or in the hallway paired with a Wardley coat rack to give a modern spin on the boot room.
I’m a huge fan of statement, upholstered headboards (having made a couple of my own!). They really help to make the bed a focal point, and add softness, comfort and texture to a bedroom. It’s also a great way to introduce some pattern if you’re a bit hesitant about using wallpaper, which is how I’d use my favourite design: the Francesca printed linen. I love how, on the Clemmie headboard, Neptune have paired it with contrasting piping. The pop of colour around the soft curves adds some definition to the shape. And you can never go wrong with a pattern like this – quintessentially British and absolutely timeless. @manwithahammer
Meaghan, Neptune art director
For me, it’s the round Wycombe table with its combination of smooth and slenderly tapered oak legs and the veined marble top. They’re such an elegant pairing. It’s also a versatile piece that can work in more than just a dining room. If I were lucky enough to have a spacious hallway, I’d dress it simply with a large statement vase of foraged branches. More likely, I’ll use it to create an intimate dining kitchen corner, framed by our Buckland fitted bench seating, spilling with cushions. Our Wycombe dining chairs make another great pairing. Essentially, it’s a piece you can have real fun with!
Rhoda Parry, editorial director at Future Homes
Autumn for me is all about slow-cooked food and good times round the table eating it. Tableware – how it looks and feels – is all part of creating that laidback, no-rush ambience. I’m a beach dweller – the sea is part of my everyday life – so the coastal vibe of the Lulworth crockery feels right for chicken one-pot wonders, just-picked apple crumbles and feeling at peace with my nearest and dearest. @rhoda_parry
Mitch, Neptune driver
When we were setting up for our photoshoots this year, I definitely had my eye on the two new additions to the Chawton cabinetry collection. Both the small drawer that fits in between the sideboard and dresser sections and the open base cabinet with its cable cut-outs make it even more practical. They also continue with the slick and smart look that Chawton’s known and loved for.
I love that the bronze Chetham reading light draws inspiration from the pharmacy lamp invented in the 1890s, which is around the period my home was built. I’ll be adding it to our newly created snug at one end of the sofa as it’ll create just the right atmosphere to cosy up with a good book come colder weather when I can light the fire and snuggle under a blanket. It’ll also perfectly complement the other bronze accents in this room such as the Hanover wall light and black-bronze hardware on the cabinetry. @viviennecutler
George, home designer at Neptune Fulham
My favourite pieces from our new collection are the Kersey cushion and throw. When the seasons change, it’s always lovely to be able to update your interior with some simple additions, and nothing is simpler than cushions and throws. The Kersey designs, with their deep damson tone and thick knitted texture, brings in the beautiful, rich colours of the season and add wonderful woolly comfort to your sofa, bed or favourite armchair. If you need to find me this winter, I’ll be curled up under my Kersey throw with a glass of mulled wine by the fire. @neptunefulham
Emma Sims-Hilditch, interior designer and Neptune creative founder
The Orla-patterned Emily tablecloth and napkins are the first time we’ve done a print on table linens so I was especially excited to see them in person. Making an effort when laying the table (even if it’s just something as simple as a weekday breakfast; in fact, especially so) elevates the basic act of eating into something with real ‘bella figura’. It’s an Italian idea that, if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly and with style. @emma_sims_hilditch
Suzanne Imre, former editor of Livingetc magazine
I suspect I’m someone for whom the new paint shade Clove was made. I’ve been looking for a dark, warm, enveloping neutral to decorate my hallway and landings (which are already dark, so why fight it?). I kept ping-ponging between dark blues and dark greens (I’m over dark greys) but I didn’t want a ‘colour’ as such. Enter Clove. Impossible to define as brown or purple or anything in between, it has all the qualities of a velvety, dark neutral that I’m looking for without the label of a precise colour. Job done. @suzanne.imre