365 Objects Of Design

Seasonal Picks from La Redoute

5th December 2018

Good Morning and welcome to the Wednesday slot. This week I have collaborated with La Redoute to show you some of the things I discovered and loved on their site. As many of you know, I have worked with this French company before – styling a shoot for them –  and this time they asked me to bring some pieces into The Mad House and style them there.

seasonal picks from la redoute

I first discovered this brand about 30 years ago when I lived in Paris, only of course back then it was catalogue rather than online and I think, although I may be wrong, that it was just clothes. Then, about 20 years ago, when I had moved back to London and got my first job on a national newspaper (The Independent) I decided I needed something appropriate to wear and figured a bit of French-chic wouldn’t go amiss.

I bought a pinstripe suit but sadly, as I am not built like Ines de la Fressange, it didn’t give me quite the required insouciance I was searching for.

seasonal picks from la redoute

But it was a thrill to rediscover it some 10 years after that as the joyous thing about homewares is that they fit everyone. And I even found a hall table that was small enough for my narrow house (see above). As you can see it’s a semi circle and you can fix it to the wall if you’re worried about it tipping.

The vase, plate, mirror and candle holder are all also from there. Shoes, as they say, model’s own.

seasonal picks from la redoute

Le Redoute also has a huge range of kitchenware, some of which you can see above – the pink plates and glasses being two of my favourites and you can also get this chair, which was very comfortable. I say “was” as all the furniture went back after the shoot.

seasonal picks from la redoute

I styled the final shot in the bedroom where, after years of The Mad Husband insisting on white only bedding it was fun to try something with a little more character. This is the Jacob set and the cushions are all also from there – I chose different shapes, shades and materials to layer up in front of the pillows.

And lastly I was rather taken with this bedside table with the leather shelf underneath for storing all those books which also, I presume, since there is effectively a roof over the top of them, won’t get dusty when you haven’t touched them for months since there is a long gap between books that are on my reading list and books that I have actually read. Just me? I’m betting not.

seasonal picks from la redoute

Do go and have a wander round the site. It’s massive so you will need time to rummage but I’m sure you will find some great pieces if you do. Or you can just look at mine, which have been gathered for you here.

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  • Ursula in Cádiz 30th December 2018 at 11:02 am

    Love, love, love La Redoute and their sales are ACE!

  • TheNetline 5th December 2018 at 9:54 pm

    The Mad Husband insisting on white only bedding , lol

  • Cruelty Free Laura 5th December 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I love the grey bedding x

  • Cath 5th December 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Have recently bought very reasonable pure linen duvet set from them in a sale. Beautiful quality and a classic design. All white I’m afraid Kate! I’m now eyeing up their linen sheets.

  • Hev 5th December 2018 at 10:25 am

    I really like their homeware. I’ve bought bedlinen (an Xmas gift, so can’t comment on its quality yet), a dining table and a stool (in the latest sale, so again, can’t comment on it yet as it hasn’t arrived, but it looked good online). They have great sales (delivery always slow during this time). Delivery is not ideal at all for large items. They expect you to be in all day as it’s with one of those companies that doesn’t provide a time slot. I’d think twice about getting a large delivery again, a shame…

  • Jade 5th December 2018 at 8:25 am

    Hi, what colour is the hall mirror? I’m struggling to work out whether it’s silver or gold.

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 5th December 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Well it’s a sort of mix – it would work with either. Technically slightly more sliver than gold I think.

  • Hélène 5th December 2018 at 7:11 am

    La Redoute is a French institution. I remember when my mum use to receive the catalogue twice a year. I used to read it from cover to cover. It was mostly clothes and bedlinen but you could also get kitchenware and furniture. Then a few years ago the company ran into big trouble and was bought by two of its employees for a nominal sum. They got rid of the massive catalogue and chose to concentrate on clothing and trendy furniture and thet have been doing pretty well since. They have even opened some shops in Paris to showcase the furniture. I think you’d really like their am pm collection but last I looked they don’t deliver the big pieces in the UK. It’s a shame as their sofas in particular are pretty nice. They are going to be piped at the post by Maisons du Monde who have a similar offer and do deliver all their collection in the UK!

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 5th December 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Interesting point! I think it’s the upholstery they don’t do here as there are different regulations between France and the UK…. and perhaps different wiring for the lighting.

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