TRAVEL FROM HOME • March 2021
Are you a traveller who’s recently turned their attention to their own four walls? Then why not jazz up your interiors and collect Avios at the same time? Charlotte McCaughan-Hawes of House & Garden picks out the best British Airways Avios eStore purchases that will bring your favourite destinations home this spring
There are few places more beautiful in spring than Japan, when the cherry blossoms bloom (known as sakura) and shower the streets with pinks of every hue. Echo those delicate tones at home year-round with Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground No.202 paint, a fragile, soothing tone that’s reminiscent of the petals (Farrow & Ball; 3 Avios per £1), and a bud vase from Aerin (pictured) filled with a single perfect stem (Amara; 6 Avios per £1). The interplay of nature and the home is vital in Japanese interiors and a wooden bed frame is the only way to go. Made.com’s Meiko platform bed looks as if it’s been plucked from a Japanese ryokan, offering comfort without needless embellishment (Made.com; 4 Avios per £1).
Something we can all embrace right now is the Scandinavian ethos of bringing as much nature inside the house as possible. As we wait out the final stretch of being shuttered indoors, it’s important to get as much exposure to the natural world as possible. How do the Scandis do this? With an abundance of materials such as wood, cotton and ceramics. The team at Nordic Nest (10 Avios per £1) source from the sleekest Scandi brands, such as &Tradition, Ferm Living and, of course, Hay. And don’t forget Danish brand Meraki – its ‘Scandinavian garden’ fragrance sticks (pictured) are a breath of fresh air.
What we do so well here in Britain is comfort. Think squashy sofas, cosy patterns and lots of texture. The pinnacle of this style is the English country house – grand buildings with comfortable interiors that can be achieved through clever layering. Sofa.com (1 Avios per £1) has the best selection of armchairs and sofas to sink into, including this Teddy sofa in butterscotch yellow (pictured). It’s the craftsmanship that goes into the pieces that makes them stand out, as is also the case with Burleigh (3 Avios per £1), a heritage pottery brand whose patterned plates, teapots and more will add instant British appeal to any interior.
California is a place of extremes: high design on the one hand and easy, breezy living on the other. Nowhere captures this quite as well here as The Conran Shop (5 Avios per £1). The ceramic Mag coffee table comes in bright colours that speak to the landscape of California, but its sleek lines and design-led look work for the other side, too. It would look equally good by a hammock in Joshua Tree as it would in a terraced house in London. Modern designs that will stand the test of time are key for a California feel, and no design does this better than Hans Wegner’s most famous chair: the Wishbone (pictured).
Anyone who has visited Morocco’s souks knows that it’s essential to leave extra space in your luggage for your inevitable haul. Luckily, you don’t have to get on a plane to get your hands on Berber rugs, colourful glassware and decorative ottomans. The eclectic selection at Graham & Green (from 7 Avios per £1) caters to the look perfectly: case in point is this gorgeous recycled cotton pouffe (pictured) And, for a classic Berber-style rug, try this from John Lewis & Partners (up to 2 Avios per £1) – a clever way to inject some Moroccan patterns into your home.