Tom Dixon Sample Sale!

Yes, it’s coming again in a few days time and I can’t wait!

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Interior Design Discovery Day

Hi everyone! My interior designer friend Elena is planning a series of new dates for her Interior Design Discovery Day. This has proven to be a fun and inspirational workshop and would be a great idea for Mother’s day treat. Follow the link below to find a flyer with a discount and more information. For dates and more details please e-mail or call Elena.

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Favourite Rooms

After quite a long break with no posts – had a busy time and a lot on my mind, I decided to break the silence with another of my favourite interiors.

This one was chosen for it’s cosy warm relaxed feel – just the kind of place you want to be in and read magazines when it’s cold outside.

And the Eames chair is one of my favourite design classics.

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Dulwich Midcentury Modern Show

Today I decided to treat myself to a trip to Midcentury Modern Show in Dulwich – a regular show held in Dulwich college that brings together major vintage retailers as well contemporary up and coming talents. I have been a regular to this show for a few years now and it’s always a very nice experience.

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If you love Scandinavian or American modernism, Bauhaus or Industrial design this is a great place to shop or get inspiration.

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This is what modern shows website says: “Find everything for the eclectic home at this much-loved one day show from an original Cherner chair to a contemporary piece from a hot young British designer. Source the latest furniture, wallpaper, ceramics, cushions and gifts upstairs after you have scoured the most collectable vintage furniture and home ephemera on the planet downstairs. Collectors on the hunt for even more mid-century furniture, ceramics, fabrics, art and glass can take a walk to the South Cloister, Lower Hall and North Cloister where 40 more dealers are situated. Midcentury Modern and The Midcentury Show have a cult following of midcentury aficianados and design lovers from all over the British Isles who gather one Sunday a few times a year at Lords Cricket Ground and Dulwich College to feed off their mutual love for design at what has been described as an inspiring museum-style pop up shop.”

Also, was curious to read about who was spotted shopping at the shows: “Orla Kiely, Patrick Kielty, Stephen Merchant, Jenny Eclair, Jimmy Carr, Artists Dinos Chapman and Mike Nelson, Simon Andrews: head of 20C design at Christies, SCP’s Sheridan Coakley, Britain’s top furniture Designers Russell Pinch and Matthew Hilton, Khristina Schmidt: head of Skandium, Tilly Hemingway, Mary Portas – Mary Queen of Shops, Monocle’s Tyler Brule, South Bank buyers, Tate Shop buyers, V and A buyers, The Crafts Council, James Bond set designers, The Conran Design team, Camilla Nicholls – Frieze, collector Dominic Palfreyman, curator Bruce Haines, Tent and Origin’s Ian Rudge, partners from architectural firms including Rogers and Fosters, top property developers, interior designers, top lawyers and accountants, stylists and many celebrities beside that would rather keep their anonymity.”

One of the highlights for me was Beldi Rugs stand – unique vintage Moroccan rugs, some dating back to the 1940s and 50s.

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Another great stand I was happy to see was Retro Maps – an extensive collection of vintage school maps dating from 1930s to 1970s.

I have collected a stack of business cards from various stands as I walked around the fair, so expect me to update my retailers contacts page with quite a few new websites in the next few days.

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Studio Dimore

I’ve decided over the next few weeks to do some posts with the a few interiors that I find most inspiring.

This one immediately comes to mind as one of my absolute favorites.

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I love the light, candles, table, grand but shabby surroundings and colours. This exudes calm sophisticated simplicity, it looks timeless.

But I am actually not sure that this is a real room. It could be a promotional image for an Italian furniture maker and interior designers – Studio Dimore.

Over the past few months I have been pinning lots of images that U loved to realise later that so many of them are works of Studio Dimore.

Here is some brief information on what they are that I’ve taken from their website:

“Dimore Studio was founded by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran out of an explicit need to create a more sophisticated identity, primarily for those wishing to distinguish themselves by crossing over boundaries momentarily en vogue. By avoiding the use of superfluous or provocative forms we are able to create an identity with a strong impact, consisting of simple and sophisticated signs, evocative of far-off and distant times, counterpoised between softness and rigidity, light and dark.

The final result is both to create a solid identification for our clients and clearly classify them in an ever-increasingly ambiguous market. Our studio’s creative atmosphere is dedicated to finding a harmonious coexistence amongst design, art, architecture and fashion. We collaborate within both the fashion and furniture fields, as well as, with individual clients who wish to interpret and turn their own ideas into reality.”

Below are a few more illustrations of their incredible designs. I would be happy to live in any of these rooms.

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The Bell Jar in Norwich

Last week I spent a few days in Norwich and went to check out a shop I spotted a few years ago and now had a chance to visit again. This antique shop in Upper St. Giles street is called The Bell Jar and it’s really beautiful.

It specialises in restoring and selling French antiques and more. Everything from rustic furniture, ornate mirrors, tin tiles, vintage baskets to linens and traditional oil ladscapes is beautifully presented so you can’t walk past this shop without wanting to pop in and spend some time in there slowly looking for something special. I found a small rack of clothes in there – tops and dresses made of vintage French linen in beautiful smoky colours and I couldn’t resist buying one.

The shop belongs to Claire Halsey who moved out of London in 2002 swapping city life for the Suffolk countryside where she renovated a Tudor manor house that together with her shop featured in the Country Living magazine.

As I discovered on the shop’s Facebook page Claire also runs highly praised furniture painting masterclasses and they also organise exhibitions of local artists – one is coming up in November.

So if you live in Norwich or visit the city do go there for a browse and some inspiration.

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Amazing Pot Pourri

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Pot pourri? I know, never thought I could be persuaded. Untill last weekend when I went to Abigail Ahern’s masterclass – her house is incredible, by the way, and definitely worth a visit.

As soon as I walked in I noticed fragrance that was present all around the house. It wasn’t clear what it was. It was complex and pleasant. At the end of the session she opened a container with the most amazing pot pourri. It’s nothing like your usual cheap stuff – it was a mixture of natural herbs, leaves and even berries.

The pot pourri is made by an Italian company Santa Maria Novella, based in Florence. If only I knew when I visited Florence in September!

“The Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy is probably the oldest still-operating pharmacy in the world, and certainly the oldest in Italy. It was established in 1221, when the Dominican monks from the adjacent Basilica of Santa Maria Novella began growing herbs to make balms, salves and medicines for their infirmary. The superior quality of their products became widely known, and in the 17th century, the pharmacy opened its doors to the public.

The pharmacy itself is housed in the extraordinary original building, the rooms of which are complete with vaulted ceilings, ornate gilding, frescoes, walnut cabinetry, glass-stoppered decanters full of colorful potions, marble floors, glass-stained windows, bronze statues, and antique apothecary scales and mortars.” I found this short history on http://www.atlasobscura.com.

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The company uses all natural herbal ingredients and some products are still produced according to practically unchanged formulas.

There are several branches in London, one in Kensington, 117 Walton Street, and another branch opened at Piccadilly Arcade in 2009 . There you will find beautifully packaged lotions, perfumes, eaux de colognes and soaps, an this is where I headed to buy my own pot pourri.

I have put it in little pots and tea light holders around the house and the smell is definitely noticeable. I am pleased! Apparently it also lasts for quite a while – up to a year.

 

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