This week we are focusing on styling with one of our favourite decorative accessories; our Moroccan urns. Each of these fabulous earthenware urns is unique and forms part of our exclusive Limited Edition collection. Sourced by Birdie in North Africa these urns are made using traditional techniques by local artisans. Some are hand-painted with subtle earthy colours and others are plain making them ideal for display in small groups and clusters.
LOOK 1 / OPEN SHELF
In this particular instance we were able to use fairly large urns on the bottom shelf as we didn't have to worry about any height restrictions. Crucially though the sizes we selected are all in proportion with no one piece dominating all of the others. Here the colour of the wood on the shelf and floor boards tones perfectly with the colours of the urns but we also included a few with heavier decoration to give the display more depth.
LOOK 2 / CONSOLE TABLE
This is one of Birdie's favourite looks - it is clean, simple and perfectly balanced. The key to this look is the painting which needed to be enhanced rather than obscured by the pieces on the table. The glass vase on the right has been deliberately filled with stems in a dark colour which bring out the stronger tones in the painting. This combination is then balanced by the 'weight' of the group of urns on the left which echo the softer tones and texture of the paint. The small cous cous platter completes the look and crucially prevents the arrangement from looking too symmetrical.
LOOK 3 / FIREPLACE
An empty fireplace can be a tricky space to fill and a large void can dominate an otherwise well styled room. A simple group of urns placed to one side is an incredibly easy solution to this problem and will suit almost any style of fireplace.
LOOK 4 / ON A TABLE
Our smaller urns make perfect centrepieces on a dining table. In this particular instance we have chosen two urns in different tones to sit alongside our Mishran Marble table linens and natural jute placemats. As these urns make such a great statement on their own, there is often no need to fill them - an attractive display could be created with two or three empty urns and a filled vase to create an interesting arrangement with lots of texture.
LOOK 5 / WINDOWSILL
For a simple, contemporary look we like to style these urns on a windowsill without any other accessories. A well chosen trio in complimentary tones and slightly different sizes is more than enough create a stylish, unfussy arrangement.