Muddy shops: OKA Direct, Marlow
I think I may have whooped last December when I realised that OKA Direct was opening in Marlow. Now, since popping into the store last week while I was in Marlow for a meeting, I’ve reached the quiet, contemplative, silently lustful stage. My home, formerly my pride and joy, suddenly looks looks tired, scruffy and in need of *ahem* refurbishment.
If you follow interiors trends, you’ll know that Spring/Summer is all about soft mid-tone shades and metallics – dusty pink, rose gold, plaster beige, flint grey and ochre yellow.
Blues are also a massive next season in all hues, along with geometrics.
But whatever the ‘trends’ are, I always try to buy stuff first and foremost that I simply like and that will last well. OKA Direct is that wonderful missing link between the classic taste of John Lewis and the high end design of Conran with stunning statement pieces (dining tables, mirrors, lamp bases, wall art, faux flowers, candelabras and consoles etc) amongst the more traditional furnishings.
The brand has grown massively in the last few years, with stores popping up in Bath, Broadway, Knutsford and all manner of well-heeled towns across the UK. What they do so well in store is create credible ‘rooms’, where you can really see how everything from a table light to a full dining table display works.
Plus they also have interior design advice (it’s FREE, with no compulsion to buy from OKA), and a commercial service for those who want to kit out rental or business properties.
But fwfffff, alright alright, I know you’re chomping at the bit to see how to upgrade your soft furnishings or revamp your lighting, so here are some more pics of cool stuff in the Marlow store.
If you can’t make it into the Marlow store, go online – it’s not called OKA Direct for nothing! But if you want to see the products in situ, there are also sores in other well-heeled towns like Bath, Broadway, Sunninghill, Froxfield, Chelsea and Notting Hill.
I have my eye on quite a few pieces, so I’ll put some pics on the blog for inspiration when I take the plunge. Or if you beat me to it, send me your pics to [email protected], I’d love to see them.