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Christmas gift guide for a homebody

I’m back with my second gift guide for Christmas (here was my first gift guide for design lovers if you didn’t catch it) – this time for those who like nothing better than to cosy up at home and nest to their heart’s content. It’s one of my absolute favourite pastimes – to throw a warm blanket across the sofa, light some softly scented candles, dig out a book or two and enjoy the simple pleasure of a steaming cup of tea. Ah, bliss! If you’re anything like me then, you’ll love these carefully handpicked homely products. There’s beautiful, handmade ceramics and coffee cups, cookbooks with hearty recipes and simple ideas to rustle up a meal, plus the odd gift set for those really hard to buy for… You can purchase these items right here on my blog, just click on each product for more information, add to cart and you’ll be led to the checkout. My shop is powered by Showroom, who do all the hard work and nitty gritty, so you can be …

Summer style wishlist, image via Urbanara

Summer style wishlist

Summer is well upon us, and with a heatwave last week in the UK, I’m hoping the good weather is here to stay. You never can tell with this country, but whether it’s sweltering hot or pissing down with rain, you can bring the sunshine indoors and out with a few stylish choices. Just like the new summer dress you might have bought for your wardrobe, the home deserves the same care and attention. I’ve been buying a few new plants for the house (an Oxalis, which has wonderful purple leaves), for example, and am going crazy for baskets at the moment (this one from Ikea, just £9, is ticking all the boxes). I’ve also been adding lots of new items from all my favourites independent retailers to my shop to help freshen up the home – I’m thinking lots of planters to bring a bit of greenery, soft pastel shades, natural textures and beautiful handcrafted pieces. What do you think? The good news? You can shop most of these lovely items right here without having to move …


Introducing Shedquarters to the shop

I’ve written about British online store Shedquarters on the blog before (see the interview here). It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame in 2014 out of a converted shed in Cambridge, hence the name. They sell a handpicked collection of contemporary goods, each item carefully chosen for its considered design and craftsmanship. Says Shedquarters: ‘We source items from independent designers and makers as well as established brands to create a collection of goods that we hope will be part of your home for years to come. We search for well-crafted and thoughtful designs, which are built to last and become part of your lifestyle. Whether it’s a coffee cup for your morning ritual or a comforting blanket for a relaxing evening.’ But you want to know the best bit? You can now shop Shedquarters beautiful pieces directly on my own shop, powered and secured by Showroom. There’s handcrafted porcelain cups, Fine Little Day accessories, graphic stationery and cosy geometric blankets. I’m really in love with their simple, Scandi-style ceramics, including this Nobel Cup snapped here. Each Nobel Cup is …


Alternative Christmas decoration

The temperature has suddenly dropped in the last few days, there’s definitely a chill in the air and it’s making me feel a little bit festive. I’m starting to think about getting the house ready for Christmas and thought I’d share some inspiration for alternative Christmas decoration. Although I’m a traditionalist when it comes to the routine of Christmas Day, I prefer a more subtle, modern approach when decorating the home. I hate clutter and colour (I’m the kind of person who turns colourful books round the wrong way on shelves…), and all things kitsch and fake (except for Christmas jumpers of course), so for Christmas I look to nature for inspiration – lots of greenery, natural materials and cosy textures. Taking notes from Scandinavia and the Nordic countries, I’m thinking minimalist Christmas trees, monochrome wrapping and handmade paper folded decorations. But it doesn’t have to be cold or lacking in personality – I’m all for creating a festive atmosphere, with thoughtful handmade touches, a bit of creativity and a handful of Danish hygge. Instead of fairy …


Introducing… Native & Co

Native & Co is an independent homeware and lifestyle shop in London’s Notting Hill. Founded by two product designers, Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung and British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green, the shop specialises in crafted home products that are predominantly sourced from Japan and Taiwan. Working with small suppliers, specialist workshops and local craftsmen, they seek out simple, discrete pieces that are both functional and beautiful at the same time. Here you’ll find traditional cast iron kettles, hand-made ceramicware, canvas aprons and striped linen tea towels. Their shop interior is as well thought out as the products on display, from the furniture that Green crafted himself to the little touches that make the space homely. Laid out on the table is the Arita Porcelain Collection, which includes Japanese kitchen tools such as a sesame mortar with pestle and lid, a lemon squeezer, a ladle stand and multi-functional canisters. Tableware includes ceramic tea cups, rice bowls and plates that use 400-year-old porcelain techniques and are adorned with traditional Japanese navy and white patterns. Hand-bound brooms,  made from Japanese hemp …


Do South shop styling

I love exploring the different neighbourhoods or mini villages in London, discovering independent shops, seeking out good coffee and just soaking up the atmosphere. One such place is Crystal Palace, a forty minute overground ride for me from King’s Cross. I don’t often venture south of the river, but about a year ago I was tempted out of my north London cocoon with the promise of vintage and antique shops, and it didn’t disappoint: there’s four-storey antique emporiums, retro clothes shops, homeware stores, food markets on Saturdays and stunning views right down the hill to the City. So when Do South shop, a treasure trove of vintage finds, handmade goods and modern design products, asked me along for a sunny Sunday morning of styling with three other bloggers I couldn’t say no. Do South, set up in 2011 by the lovely Freddie Oke, is situated right in the heart of Crystal Palace’s shops, on the corner of Westow Street and Central Hill. It sells a real variety of goods, from design-led, modern furniture and accessories from the likes …


Introducing… Shedquarters

Followers of my Instagram might know that I fell in love with these lovely porcelain espresso cups from alissa + nienke (two designers who joined forces after having met at Design Academy Eindhoven) during my last trip to Amsterdam. They’re almost too good to use everyday. So, I was delighted  when I learnt that British homeware shop Shedquarters was selling them in the UK, partly just in case I wanted to add to my collection! Shedquarters is an online shop selling contemporary homeware and accessories that feature bold patterns, colours and textures. It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame last year from a shed. Here, they answer some of my burning questions… How did you start Shedquarters and where did the name come from? We set up the online shop last year after deciding it was the right time to leave London and start our own business. It’s something we had always talked about and had the dream to work for ourselves. We moved to Cambridge and spent some time converting a shed into a studio, which is where …


Introducing… Starling Store

The lovely Nicola at Starling Store sent me a sneak peek of her new autumn/winter collection last week. In case you didn’t know, Starling Store is an online shop launched in early summer last year. It has a hand picked selection of colourful and contemporary homeware, all curated by founder Nicola Eslick, who spent the last two decades on a long adventure travelling the world, exploring quirky stores in Tokyo, the chicest boutique in New York and the flea markets of Paris (I’m just a little bit jealous…). She now lives in the seaside town of Brighton with an ‘oblique’ sea view (again, jealous). She says of her shop: Starling Store aims to offer a collection for the individual; for when you are searching for something a little bit different, something inspirational. Each and every piece from the collection is hand picked for it’s original design combined with practability and quality. It is our aim to offer products that will enhance our lives and become the heirlooms of tomorrow. For her, inspiration was born out of a …


Sukha: a cosy, eco-friendly boutique in Amsterdam

I discovered Sukha – a cosy, eco-friendly boutique on Haarlemmerstraat – during my recent trip to Amsterdam. Sukha means ‘joy of life’ in Sanskrit. Step inside and it is literally like you breathe a sigh of relief; it is so calm and relaxing, with the smell of scented candles and wild flowers dotted throughout the store. It’s a bit hippy, with day beds to lounge on and sprawling text and doodles (not a word of which I understood, but it looked pretty…) on the walls. Here, you will find that nearly all the items they sell have a sustainable background or are Dutch designed or produced. Most of the products are created in small quantities, and some under their own Sukha label. There are wooden beaded chains to hang over a picture or hook, handmade paper garlands, thick wool throws and cashmere jumpers. The displays are beautiful in themselves too: a salvaged stick to hang clothes on, old cotton spools to display jewellery, and artfully arranged display cabinets on the walls.    All images my own


Par La Roy boutique in Mexico by Savvy Studio

It may be rainy and well on its way to autumn here in London, but seeing this light and airy shop in Monterrey, Mexico on Behance this week made me think back to summer, sunshine and palm trees. Par La Roy is a new boutique with a simple and clear layout, allowing individual products to stand out in a borderline OCD fashion. It’s branding and interior design was overseen by Mexico-based Savvy Studio with Emilio Álvarez. The store is predominantly white, bar the striking black grouting on the tiles and the soft pink rugs and graphics on the walls. It looks ever-so clean and calming. They say: The project’s formal and structured language is based on two contrasting materials: metallic tubing and fabric. The tubes provide a set structure whilst the fabrics create volume, generating a unique and inviting atmosphere       Images