Possibly the prettiest, daintiest china we ever did see just arrived courtesy of Bodo Sperlein, a London agency designing on behalf of leading Japanese porcelein manufacturer Nikko. The collection goes by the name of Macaroon. Most apt when you consider the blush colours, soft edges and the fact they look way too good to put to funtional use. Yup these little pots and plates, cups and jugs are to be treasured and admired, spared for high days and holidays, accompanied by a box of Ladurée we think.
We have gone paper decoration mad here. It's a paper explosion in the project space. Check out bunting, fans, garlands, honeycomb balls and ice cream cornets. Hell yes, every party should have an ice cream cornet. It's time to celebrate.
A trip to Copenhagen for a womenswear and menswear show turned into so very much more. We couldn't leave these beautiful cushions behind. They're a little bit naval signals flags (squares, triangles, squircles) but the colours are anything but nautical. Think this Summer's neon pops in home accessories. Choose from cotton duck or luxurious knits. All the best dressed sofas should be wearing these.
Are these just about as American as apple pie? Although milk glass actually originated in Venice in the 16th century, we're going for a Depression era US/50s housewife/uber Martha Stewart version. These are super simple cakestands in jade, milk and brand new rose pink, with matching mixing bowls, made in a family owned factory. Surely guaranteed to release your inner Mary, or Paul. (PS Thanks to Victoria's daughter who is responsible for the baked goods shown!).
We can't get enough of What Katie Ate. The debut cookbook from award-winning Irish photographer Katie Quinn Davies, raises the food porn bar to a whole new level. So much so we couldn't resist the opportunity to indulge in its sheer deliciousness....
Full blooms ahead into spring here. Our in store flower stall is bursting its vintage buckets. Newcomers Ranunculas, Scabiosa, Mum Spray and Zinnias competing for space alongside perennial favourites Hydrangeas, Roses and Dahlias.
It's all new wall adornment for us here. The happy upshot of a snowed off buying mission to Maison et Objet in Paris. Victoria and Lucy found themselves taking shelter in the lovely Caravan cafe in Kings Cross, huddled over coffee and laptop. Some successful hours of internet scouring later and we have this lovely, cheery lot of posters all the way from Sweden. Silver linings and all that.
Borgen, The Killing, The Bridge. We have been hitching a ride on the whole Danish thing. But shed any notions of bleak dockyards, creepy killers and slightly matted jumpers, we were in a very different, fashiony, cool and colourful Copenhagen. Day 1: Gallery Fashion Show and we discover a super gorgeous knitwear brand and have a lovely appointment with Stella Nova in their beautiful showroom. Day 2: New homeware show in old cattle market and we're very excited about brand spanking new Scandi things about to be delivered to sunny Winchester. And then much wandering about in the Meat Packing district. Go to Mother for pizza (very good). Visit vintage shop Affaer (very good but they don't take cards).
January is over. A fact surely worth celebrating. And if you need any convincing then this gorgeous new party range from French company, My Little Day, will certainly do the trick. Party hats, party bags, plates, cups, napkins, and a surefire shortcut to the prettiest, jolliest party ever.
We love winter for many things and candlelight comes a close second to Christmas. This season we're filling the hours of darkness with our latest flame - The Spitalfields Candle Company - a venture that started just a few Christmases ago over an old slow cooker. Friends Andrew and Philippa made some orange & clove candles as gifts and they were met with such praise that the pair took a pitch at Spitalfields Market. Fast forward two years and they've pitched up in our bath & beauty department smelling particularly fine, made from sustainably sourced 100% natural soy and aromatherapy grade essential oils.