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St Vincents concept store, Antwerp

Travel: st. vincents concept store, Antwerp

So earlier in the month I shared the first instalment on the bloggers tour I attended with Function & Form in Antwerp (you can see it here if you missed it). Masterminded by fellow bloggers – interior stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley and graphic designer Annie Kruse – we spent a lovely weekend in October exploring all things design in the Belgian city. A slightly under-the-radar European city in terms of design, Antwerp has a bounty of boutique concept stores, beautifully curated design shops and independent coffee shops waiting to be discovered. One such gem is the concept store st. vincents, which we were all cooing over. And if it hadn’t been for the fact it was our last day and we all had trains and planes to catch I think we would have moved in. It has something for everyone, whether you’re an interior and antiques magpie, a fashion lover, or whether you simply want to while away an hour or two over a good coffee or tea in this beautiful, raw but contemporary setting. Visitors are actively encouraged to linger and enjoy …

The beautiful Frama store in Copenhagen, housed in the former home of the St. Pauls Pharmacy. Image: cate st hill

Frama store Copenhagen

I first heard about Frama store in Copenhagen when I saw the most beautifully calm, minimal images on my friend’s blog Hannah in the House. I just knew I had to pay a visit when I headed to Copenhagen for the northmodern furniture fair. So, Hannah and I popped into Frama for an evening of drinks at the store to showcase the work of Copenhagen-based Plethora magazine. Eager to have a proper nosy around, I returned the next day to wander around the fascinating space and take a few snaps. Housed in a former home of St. Pauls Pharmacy in central Copenhagen, Frama is an architectural gem of a store, where old meets new. The building has been remarkably restored, with all the original dark woodwork, decorative ceiling motifs and even the little drawers where all manner of pharmaceutical paraphernalia would have been kept. Floorboards have been sanded back, while the back rooms have been left fairly minimal with white and soft grey walls. They describe the store as a ‘work in progress’, serving as a both a retail space and a platform to …

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West Elm comes to London

J Crew isn’t the only American store to land on our shores. The popular homeware store West Elm has come to the UK and opened up shop on Tottenham Court Road today- just in time for Christmas! Founded in 2002 in Brooklyn, New York, the store has been helping people express their personal style at home with collaborations with locals artists and craft communities, as well as a focus on handcrafted products. The 12,000 sq ft shop in London, neighbouring Paperchase, Habitat and Heals, will feature furniture, textiles, accessories and gifts, as well as a West Elm Market for kitchenware and homekeeping accessories, and a coffee shop. To mark the opening, the London shop will include a ‘Local Gallery Wall’ featuring art from UK artists sourced through Etsy and curated by Will Taylor of the blog Bright.Bazaar. West Elm will also offer a suite of in-store services at the Design Lab, where customers can take part in design consultations, workshops and space planning sessions. Check out West Elm’s blog Front & Main here.   Here’s my pick of …