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.
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I’m so excited to share something with you all…Home & Kids has been featured in the Mums Mean Business section of Families Magazine. This is the first bit of press for H & K since our re-name and re-brand. There have been many changes and adjustments in the last three months, not just for the business and myself but for our customers too. This article is great opportunity to let everyone know more about my vision for Home & Kids. I absolutely love selling toys for babies and children and have so much fun choosing them and with our new direction in interiors, we have gained lots of new customers who would never have visited us before. It makes me so happy when customers find just what they’re looking for when they visit the shop. Our online web shop is doing fantastically well and I guess it’s good to know I’m doing something right! On the back of all the changes, many opportunities have become available which will kick off in the New Year. One of which is that I will be writing an interiors page for the Guide magazine! My first page will go to print in January, so look out for it! In the meantime, click on the Families magazine link below to read more about me and the business.
We’ve just had a delivery of some beautiful cups, candle boxes and tin money globes. All from Authentics, who specialise in stunning design led accessories.
Here’s a sneak preview…
And these cute globe money boxes – I just fell in love as soon as I saw them. I think it’s probably something to do with the fact that I have a bit of an obsession for globes…
See you soon
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Today I went to Top Drawer, which is a brilliant trade fair specifically aimed at home, gifts and accessories, with some kids items too. I only had 2.5 hours to get around Olympia as I had to get back for the school run, and let me tell you…that is not a very easy thing to do. Especially when there are so many fantastic products on display. I’ve been to Top Drawer many times before for Love Me Again but this was the first time I was going for Home & Kids with my ‘interior, homeware and gifts head’ on. I can quite easily focus on stands that have items geared towards children but I now have this whole world opened up to me and I was like a kid in a sweet shop. My eyes were darting to and fro and my bag was bursting with brochures, leaflets and business cards. I met some lovely people and was once again amazed by how talented the people of Britain are. There are so many makers and producers of beautiful things from right here in the UK. And yes, sometimes they are a bit pricier than some items made elsewhere in the world, but the love and care that goes into crafting these items, often to order, is amazing. The fact that we can tell our customers where or how a cushion, lamp, bag, illustration etc… was made, even the story behind some designs, gives them all a great depth that I feel our customers really appreciate.
On another note, we have a special project coming up in Birmingham. We have been asked by The Mailbox shopping center to set up a concession there for the three months leading up to Christmas. I can’t wait but I’m also slightly overwhelmed by the amount of work and time it’s taking to set up. I’ve been spending a bit of time in Birmingham, checking out the space and interviewing staff and I know that once it’s set up, I will have to go there at least a couple of times a week to check on everything.
We are one of five independent companies who have been asked to participate and will run in conjunction with the celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Harvey Nichols being at The Mailbox and the launch date will also run alongside Birmingham Style Week.
So if you are in Birmingham anytime between the 23 September and the 30th December, then pop in and say hello.