Compagnie de Provence are our latest addition to HK Collection. It’s a brand I have admired for a few years but for one reason or another, never got round to ordering…until now. After seeing them at Maison Objet in Paris, I was once again drawn in by the wonderful aromas, story behind the brand and packaging. I came away with some lovely little samples, which I’m still using now and I have to admit – that convinced me to finally take the plunge and make my first order.
Born out of the imagination of Pascal Bourelly and Philippe Boigeol, 2 friends from Marseille, the story of Compagnie de Provence begins in 1990 when they establish their trading company in the Panier, Marseille’s oldest district. The turning point for the company was in 1999 when Compagnie de Provence became the first brand to reinterpret the traditional cube of Marseille soap and launch its liquid version. Made from vegetable oils as its solid ancestor and crafted in a cauldron following authentic tradition. Since then, thanks to their expertise and creativity, Compagnie de Provence has constantly been developing products dedicated to your well-being.
Image credit : Gregory Copitet
The image above is of their store in Nice, South of France. I can almost smell all those wonderful fragrances.
You can see more over on our ONLINE SHOP
Bye for now
This time of year is when I start to look ahead to the summer and look forward to travelling somewhere beautiful – somewhere I’ve never been and somewhere my children will love as much as much as me. I’ve been pinning like crazy over on Pinterest – It’s amazing how excited I get about travelling by looking at those pictures. Here are a few favourites but if you want to see some more follow me on Pinterest HERE
I love the thought of this…but don’t think I’d be brave enough. How about you?
These last two got me thinking about my own dog. I’d love to bring my little Jack Russell along with us. Maybe rent a large caravan – an airstream, like in the top picture would be a dream… And just drive. Go visit all those beautiful lakes and mountains in Austria, Germany, Switzerland…
These pictures remind me how beautiful the world is and I want us to see as as much as we can.
Image credit : House Chic
image credit : de zeen magazine
Diamond Lights have become sought after in the world of design and can be found in as many homes across Europe as restaurants, bars and shops. They can give your room an industrial chic look but in a subtle way and look great hung singulary, grouped together or as an alternative table lamp.
Designed by Swedish designer, Eric Therner in 2009 – it’s a modern and contemporary take on the classic round shape bulb. It gives off a warm glow and the distinctive diamond shape creates beautiful patterns and shadows on ceilings and walls
Image credit : Pinterest
I first discovered Diamond Lights
when I visited a trade fair in Denmark a few years ago. They were probably the first lights of its kind that I had come across and a trend of bulb lights soon followed but these are probably still my favourites.
That trip to Denmark also introduced me to Ferm Living
and Lucky Boy Sunday
. Ferm Living I have stocked in the past and will do so again in the near future and have especially got my eye on the tent above! However Lucky Boy Sunday, even though has gained such a massive following in recent years, somehow I have never stocked them. This year, whilst visiting Maison Objet in Paris, I happened to meet up with the ladies behind the brand. After recently taking the reigns back from the distributors, I guess you can say they won me over with their charm and off course the quality of their products and I’m looking forward to placing an order with them soon.
So watch this space all you Lucky Boy Sunday fans out there!
Interior designers, architects, stylists…these are all professions that I admire, more so because I like good design but also because I love how the people behind these professions have such creative minds and can see the whole picture before anyone else. I thought I’d explore in a little more detail, designers I have followed over the years and how they seem to incorporate their busy family lives with their design profession.
First up are the Novogratz family. You may or may not have heard of them. They’re very well known in America, following the success of their high profile design projects, books and later on TV series based around design duo, Robert and Cortney’s projects as well as the dynamics involved with juggling their 7 children. They have been called ‘The coolest family in the world’ and I think I might be inclined to agree.
I first found out about them when I purchased their design book Down Town Chic a few years ago. What immediately attracted me was their eye for seeing potential in the most unlikely pieces and incorporating them into the homes of their clients. These could be items salvaged from factories, industrial sites or offices. Items that some of us may not even bat an eyelid to – Robert and Cortney, however can see out of the box and are not confined to conventionality. This I love!
I’m so pleased I discovered them when I did and have watched as their success has grown from strength to strength. You can find out more about them, their projects and subsequent books HERE They are surely an inspiration for going for your dreams and aspirations – and if you have children…all the better!
Although the family live in New York, they also have a holiday house in Brazil which is just stunning. Check out the pictures below…
Image credits: Marco Antonio, via Casa.abril
I don’t know about you but these photos make me want to go on holiday there!
Bye for now
Just in time for Christmas and for a cool shopping experience, Home & Kids will be taking part in all three ‘A Most Curious Kids Fair’. So if you’re in Brighton, Norwich or London, come and see us and loads of other design led exhibitors of all things stylish, beautiful and cool for kids. Exhibitors include Polarn O. Pyret, Beau Loves, Little Titans, Rosie Wonders and Cissy Wears, amongst many, many others!
Although Becky Hoh and Gemma Goodwin are the brains behind the ‘A Most Curious Wedding Fairs’ which specialises in everything cool, quirky and vintage for weddings, they first launched ‘A Most Curious Baby Fair’ in Norwich this past Summer and we were lucky enough to exhibit there and we got such a great response. The people of Norwich seemed to really get what Home & Kids were about and we can’t wait to go back…not least because it’s beautiful there anyway.
From the baby fair, a slightly more grown up ‘A Most Curious Kids Fair’ has been born and this time it promises to be bigger, better and well….just come along and see for yourself! We promise you’ll find something special…
See you soon