OKA Store Launch - Bath
If you are lacking interior design inspiration then look no further and fear no more... OKA will come to the rescue!
OKA is an upmarket interior design retailer who sell a wide variety of home furnishings and accessories; everything from gecko bottle openers to entire room sets! Customers can enjoy a bespoke interior design service should they need guidance and creativity in their properties or holiday homes. Judith Woods, journalist for The Daily Telegraph, once described OKA in a nutshell; 'Think Habitat for grown-ups; well-heeled, well-connected... seeking to furnish second homes in France.' (www.telegraph.co.uk)
OKA was established in 1999 by founders Annabel Astor (Samantha Cameron's Mother - David Cameron's Mother-in-Law!), Sue Jones and Lucinda Waterhouse. All three women, now in their mid to late sixties, and still very much involved in the world of OKA, share backgrounds in 'retail, fashion and textile.' (www.okadirect.com) OKA has grown from a small chain of shops and an online business, to now, thirteen larger stores across the UK, and, a booming online retail presence. The company's twelfth store recently arrived on Milsom Street in Bath, taking over what was once Cargo. I was invited to attend the store's launch party on a bright, sunny Thursday mid-morning. Prosecco was flowing and canapés were being consumed, and the air was full of excitement and intrigue. Bathonian's and passers by arrived in waves, and it was a busy, buzzing affair which I was excited to check out. I was shown around the new store by PR Manager, Lauren, who also kindly walked me through the history of OKA, the brand concept, vision and their plans for the future. Lauren was full of knowledge and shared a handful of brilliant interior design tips and tricks with me too; if you have a small room in the house, don't be inclined to fill it with teeny tiny rugs and items of furniture! Go big and bold! Not what you'd envisage hey?! It actually does the opposite; can make a cramped space feel bigger and more spacious, apparently. In addition, don't always fall into the trap of matching bedside lamps or even occasional chairs in the lounge. Swap things up as it adds interest and makes a defiant, confident statement. Don't be afraid to paint all four walls of your dining room in a vibrant fresh colour, such as a Spring green, check out the 'green room with the mirrors' (photo below) and, you'll see what I mean!) it just works. Besides, a feature wall is so overrated!
After Lauren had given me a quick tour of the two floors, I took the opportunity to whip out my camera and take a heap of photos. This was a blogger's paradise! So many cute home furnishings and accessories to photograph, ready to document and share with you here!
OKA can offer something for everyone; any discerning eye will find a treasure to take home with them. Add a pop of seasonal colour to a muted grey sofa with gorgeous jewel-toned velvet scatter cushions, upgrade tired glass and chinaware with pretty porcelain plates and fun espresso mugs. Enjoy (all year round) a beautiful bunch of 'English Garden Roses' or a delightful hand-tied posie of 'Delphiniums,' thanks to OKA's astonishingly life-like faux flowers. Perhaps you are on the hunt for a new contemporary centrepiece to complete the look of your living room, or, maybe you're just searching for new lighting options to assist a dark room. Whether you're thinking; a delicate wall lamp, a statement floor lamp or traditional set of table lamps, OKA have it all! I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area. It's hard to miss, and besides, the fabulous window displays will stop you in your tracks before you continue down Milsom Street!
The following series of photos have been uploaded to offer you an insight into the world of OKA; from close-ups of cushions, to pictures of pretty faux flowers...
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Alternatively, you can head to OKA on Milsom Street of course...!