Vintage Industrial Chic!


Photo courtesy of Vintage Industrial Furniture

Photo courtesy of Raw Dice

Photo Courtesy of Handmade Charlotte

Our obsession with vintage looks like it’s here to stay, however the industrial look is great for those of you who can’t quite commit to the floral chintz.  The look often incorporates metal, stone and wood and has the benefit of looking fantastic in both traditional and urban settings.  A table made out of reclaimed wood coupled with metal chairs will make a great impact in the kitchen or dining room, whilst being incredibly practical.  Tolix chairs can be pricey however there are some great reproductions out there.  It just requires a bit of searching.  Mismatched wooden chairs work just as well but remember to keep them simple. The best bit about this look is that nothing needs to look perfect.  Using items for other than their intended purpose is an easy and fun way to create the look.  Tin cans can hold plants or flowers.  Old trunks can double up as coffee tables, vegetable crates can be used for storing just about anything….you get the idea.  White painted floorboards and exposed brickwork create the perfect backdrop whilst simple light fittings such as our Scandinavian designed Diamond Lights  are just the ticket.  Anglepoise and tripod floor lamps look great and can be found in lots of homeware shops, however vintage finds will give you the one off individual edge.  Try The Junk Shop in Greenwich and a visit to Crystal Palace Antiques and Modern will amaze you with their choice and expertise – you never know what you will find.

I’m so excited about the upcoming Modern Show at Dulwich College on 18th March.  This is such a treat for fans of vintage and retro with the clean lines of Mid Century Modern as the main focus. Perfect for the Industrial look!

See you soon


Little bit of local news….

School of Frock are holding a special workshop with textile designer – Helen Banzhaf at the School of Frock Studio on Saturday 4th February. Helen will show you how to transform a piece of ordinary fabric into a fabulous piece of art – and all with a simple sewing machine!  How cool would it be to create something so beautiful!

I am personally hopeless at sewing but would so love to be able to take after my mum and sister who are naturally gifted in the sewing department.  Fortunately my eldest daughter has the gene and attends Cilenes’s classes every week, which are fantastic.  She regularly comes home with a creation you could imagine buying in a shop! Below are some images of some very pensive little students at Cilene’s class.

Crafty Cooks

Crafty Cooks will be at Rhubarb and Custard Cafe on Manor Lane, Lee during the half term week commencing 13th February.  Times TBA but I strongly suggest booking soon.  Classes are popular and are sure to keep little ones entertained and they learn how to cook!  What’s not to love?

A Concert for Andy

Saturday 4th February  sees a very special performance in tribute to the frontman of the Icarus Club, Andy Ropek, who sadly passed away at the end of 2011. Singer/song-writers who have performed with the Icarus Club join together in an evening of music to celebrate this well-loved music promoter.

The Icarus Club exists to promote, encourage and generally enthuse about singer/songwriters and instrumentalists, providing them with a space for their music to be heard whether they be seasoned veterans trying out new material, newcomers just starting out, and all points in between!

8pm, doors open from 7pm, Great Hall, Blackeath Halls

£8 per ticket

Event info Courtesy of Trinity Laban


Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet!

The lovely Nikki Spencer is hosting another night of fantastic fun on 10 March.  If you haven’t been to one of these nights already, you can expect …

A Fabulous Night of 70′s & 80′s Soul, Funk and Disco

7.30-11.30pm at St Swithun’s Church Hall, Hither Green

Tickets are £10.00 in advance or £12.00 on the door

Click here to find out more



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Anthropologie Love

I absolutely love Anthropologie  For those of you haven’t heard of it, they sell the most beautiful array of lifestyle and home accessories and furniture.  I challenge anyone to visit their shop and not fall in love with something.  I visited their shop in Miami last  year and when I returned to London was happy discover they had opened one on Regents Street.   There’s also one on Kings Rd and they currently have a pop up shop in Selfridges.

Anthropologie offers a one-of-a-kind and compelling shopping experience that makes women feel beautiful, hopeful and connected. We invite you into our world – whether it’s our store, website or catalogue – with the hope you take a deep breath and explore until your heart’s content

Here’s a tiny fraction of what I saw and loved…

I was drawn to the rabbit cushion, it looked familiar…and then I remembered.  I had enquired after them to stock in my own shop last year but never got round to making an order.  They’re made  by a company called Thornback and Peel and display their collection at the Cockpit Art studios.  You may have heard of it.  There’s one in Deptford and one in West Central London

Cockpit Arts has been supporting designer-makers for over 25 years. We are an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers

Check out their website for a chance to see other designers and makers.

Bye for now



Happy New Year – 2012!

I hope you all had a lovely time over Christmas and New Year.  I know that I have loved spending time with my family, without me or my husband rushing off here, there and everywhere. However I do need to get back into some kind of routine. I’m shocked at how lazy I have become and I have no idea how I will wake up before 9am when the kids go back to school.  I’ve eaten for England and if I never see a thorntons chocolate again, it will be too soon!  That was definitely the preferred choice of gift to give to our family this Christmas and I think I know every single flavour going!

You may remember me mentioning that I will be writing the interiors column for the Guide Magazine. If you haven’t already seen the hardcopy doing the rounds, click here for a chance to read the digital version.

Top Drawer is a gift and homeware trade fair which is held twice a year at Earls Court. The next one is coming up in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to source some new and exciting products to stock at the shop.  There are already some new suppliers in the pipeline and I know you will just love what they have to offer.

In the meantime, the shop has a crazy sale going on with the last few gorgeous items on a half price sale!

See you soon