SIMPLE SHAPE'S 14-DAY HOLIDAY GUIDE / day 04

DAY FOUR: Wrap It ('it' being you...or someone near to you who might share)

Day four of our guide to the season: Wool. Draw the curtains, light a fire, wrap up in a blanket and eat mashed potato. I mean, in my book, that's a near perfect scenario on a day like today, surely? And as arctic storms are forecast to hit the UK today it seems like the right moment to talk about blankets (and cushions).

Super Soft; Denim Blue Herringbone Blanket, 100% lambswool.

Super Soft; Denim Blue Herringbone Blanket, 100% lambswool.

Thank you sheep. Wool is a wonderful material and I'm very proud of the blankets and cushions we have on Simple Shape. Most of blankets come from Foxfords, a mill in Ireland that has been in operation since 1892. Founded by nuns to give employment locally, it values traditional skills, embraces modern technology and marries these with a contemporary design aesthetic.

Up Close (& personal...that's your choice); Denim Blue Herringbone Blanket, £75

Up Close (& personal...that's your choice); Denim Blue Herringbone Blanket, £75

Traditional turn out; Storm Grey Herringbone Blanket, £80

Traditional turn out; Storm Grey Herringbone Blanket, £80

These blankets and cushions make gifts that settle into any environment, they'll be equally happy in a fiercely modern or comfortingly cottagey home. Choose carefully and these pieces won't be ditched at the next redecoration, they will last for a few rounds of interiors fashion, hopefully until they become heirlooms.

The future is bright; Tangerine Orange Herringbone Cushion, £65

The future is bright; Tangerine Orange Herringbone Cushion, £65

Stacked; Sky Blue, Tangerine Orange, Sage Green & Storm Grey Herringbone cushions, £65

Stacked; Sky Blue, Tangerine Orange, Sage Green & Storm Grey Herringbone cushions, £65

Draped; looking good even when lazily left on the chair

Draped; looking good even when lazily left on the chair

Thick, heavy and incredibly warm, the beautiful Quail's Egg throw by Eleanor Pritchard is a mighty work. The subtlety of the design and the muted colours make you feel like you've know this blanket all your life. This is a keep-forever piece.

Quail's Egg Blanket, £320

Quail's Egg Blanket, £320