Saturday, 30 November 2013


On Thursday night I met a friend in Farringdon and by chance stumbled across 'Made in Clerkenwell' at The Goldsmith Centre. I had actually been given a heads up about the event by ceramic artist Janet Stahelin Edmondson (a friend of my mums) but having been in a channel vision post work coma I totally forgot about it until there it was staring right at me.
Janet Stahelin Edmondson
Janet Stahelin Edmondson's lace printed ceramics
Made in Clerkenwell is a bi annual open studios event, showcasing independent crafts and design talent. It includes everything from jewellery and accessories to my weakness - ceramics and exquisite pieces for the home. What I love most about this event is the chance to chat to the makers and designers that make these items, which are often crafted by hand and buy something totally unique for your abode. If you get the chance to swing by Made in Clerkenwell it is still on today and tomorrow (Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December)

I sadly only had time to explore The Goldsmith Centre (gutting as I wanted to see Janet Stahelin Edmondson's work as well) but there are 150 selected designer-makers spread across 3 buildings, including 21 Clerkenwell Green and 33-35 St Johns square.

It is great for picking up gifts for Christmas, whilst supporting independent talent, rather than just buying pressies from the retail giants on the highstreet. Here are some of my favourite pieces - My Peg 'ones to watch'...
Pottery by Ryan Connolly
Hand woven basket bowl by Maggie Smith Basketry
Penny Seume
Penny Seume
It took some serious willpower not to buy one of these beautiful cushions by textile designer Penny Seume, who I got chatting to at the end. Her prints wouldn't look out of place in Liberty and she already stocks in interiors mecca- ABC in New York. Her cushions cost between £60 - £70. The unique prints are taken from Penny's very own paintings, inspired by urban landscapes. The cushions shown above are part of her London series- note the adorable attention to detail on the back of old fashioned London lamp posts. Penny is also a lovely lady to talk to and so modest about her inspiring work. If ABC have already scouted her textiles, expect big things to come.
To take a look at Penny's website click here

Sunday, 24 November 2013


This week I have been soaking up a mini staycation here in London. A whole nine days of hanging out in the flat, doing those random chores you never get round to doing and making the most of the city (you sometimes forget how sublime your own patch is).

Whilst on my travels I swung by the new Bloomingville concession in Debenhams Oxford Street (after clocking their grand opening on instagram) Exciting because? Until now Bloomingville (from Denmark) has just supplied into various interior shops / online retailers and never before have we had an entire go-to Bloomingville one stop shop here in mother England. True to their light Scandinavian aesthetic, expect their signature geo shaped pieces (the hexagonal / house shaped wall boxes were winking at me) in pastel hues with a kick of flouro. The lighting, textured wood furniture and hand painted ceramics were also a delight - having admired so many of their lifestyle images on Pinterest, it was great to finally inspect them for real. For those outside London, I have also clocked online they have a new UK webstore - only selling a small selection of their full range but I'm poised for more...
Bloomingville UK
You can view some of the Bloomingville at Debenhams products online here

Wednesday, 20 November 2013


My friends Dan and Claire have recently moved into a light airy first floor Victorian flat in Tufnell Park (North London) and were just telling me of their struggles to hunt out a smallish dining table for their living area. I also grappled to find something suitably compact when we were looking for our flat but ended up going for this extendable Monty Table from It’s rare to have a proper dining space in first floor London flats so something neat is desirable. However, it is worth pointing out that slightly larger tables in a small space actually create the illusion that the space is bigger (I’ve done my interior design research) so diddy tables aren’t necessarily the only answer, unless you simply don’t have the space to house them.
With this in mind, here are my ‘top’ space saving dining tables around, a few of them being extendable so you can cater for up to six people for a spot of supper…
Space Saving Dining Tables 
1. Bayonne Flip Top Table from £625
2. Street Table from Bodie & Fou £615
3. White and Nature Dining Table from Bodie & Fou £300
4. Hester Charcoal Dining Table from Habitat £450
5. Monty Extending Dining Table from £299

Anyone else been experiencing small dining table drama?

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


These past few weeks I've been on the hunt for some hooks to hang up in our miniscule hallway (measuring approx 1.5m x 1m). These seemingly insignificant hooks / pegs are key to the moment people step into our little abode so I'm trying to take my time ('considered purchase'). I'm admittedly a smidgen messy and prone to dumping my coat / bag on the floor when I walk through the door (*past roomies / boyfriend nods knowingly*) so these might be my answer...

1. White old fashioned coat hooks £6.00 from Loop the Loop
2. Hooks landscape and beach design £15.00 from Chocolate Creative
3. Driftwood coat hook rack £29.95 from Not On The High Street
4. Rope and metal hook £10.28 from West Elm

My hook tips...
1. Consider what you are hanging and whether the hook is suitable i.e. wide knobs are not practical for hanging coats / jackets as the loop on the nape may not fit over it (causing your coat to fall off - that's annoying) but might work great for bags, especially those with long straps.
2. Consider ease of putting them up. If like me you are a DIY novice those involving 
a simple nail to wall (note option 4) might be your winner.

Any websites of great peg / hook / knobs gratefully received folks!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

WEEKEND WONDERS: Keeping it local

Kept it local this weekend with coffee catch ups in Islington, spot of interiors shopping on Upper street and then some faffing about at home. Here are my weekend wonders...
1. Folklore - yes I'm obssessed with this shop (Islington's answer to eco-friendly interiors). The super nice shop assistant informs me a christmas delivery is en route for November. Lethal news for bank balance. Still thinking about their new ivory ceramics. Selling like hot cakes apparently so need to act fast. Thinking the soup plate for my earrings.
2. Arranged my new Egon Schiele self portrait print with my ceramics. He tragically died at just 28 years old, three days after his wife. Bit of morbid trivia for you! Some of his incredible work is on show at the National Gallery at the moment (Facing The Modern exhibition). His work blew me away so I had to have this.
3. Purchased this Task Lamp from John Lewis (£45) for the ever evolving office come 'inspiration studio' - the brass is smart and injects some welcome masculinity into the space. Also small in size so great for our pint sized desk.
4. Green chai latté in new tapas restaurant La Farola on Upper Street in Islington with my old time friend Romilly. Already planning a trip back to gorge on manchego and serrano ham.
5. Admiring filament light bulbs in La Farola.
6. Inspired: filament light bulb from Rockett St George (£7.95) to recreate the look at home. Thinking ambient lighting for living room? Any advice on filament bulbs welcome!