home: featured [Mini Moderns ]
A firm favourite of ours, Mini Moderns is the go to store for Mid-Century design and pattern.
With their huge range of in-house designed wallpapers, soft furnishings and accessories Keith & Mark from Mini Moderns have created a stunning range. A collection that takes you back in time, but with a modern twist.
What we love about Mini Moderns is the story behind every pattern. Keith & Mark show passion through their designs and want to share their memories with us.
‘MADE IN THE UK BY NICE PEOPLE. At Mini Moderns we like to produce in the UK whenever possible. All our wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, tea towels and bags are made in the UK by people with whom we’ve developed long-standing relationships. Producing in the UK also helps to keep our carbon footprint down, by minimising the number of journeys a product makes before it gets to you’
With the success of the brand being sold through other outlets and homeware stores the boys have now got their first book published. Mid-Century Modern Living takes us in a journey through pattern and design and shows us how to bring the timeless Mid-Century style into our own homes.
A great brand with a great ethos, be sure to follow on Instagram and check them out at minimoderns.com
home: favourite thing [ mugs ]
Well under way with Christmas shopping, we find this gorgeous collection of Miffy mugs. Both in ceramic and enamel these mugs would make great stocking fillers or small gift.
Prices from £8.99
home: featured [ Dyke & Dean ]
Based in Hastings, East Sussex Dyke & Dean is an emporium of utilitarian homeware and furniture.
Find dustpan & brushes, enamelware, ceramic light fittings and filliment bulbs. Everyday objects that suddenly become extremely desirable.
If you are fan of industrial interiors and vintage then you must check this store out.
home: favourite thing [ dustpan and brush ]
Why not ensure that everything in the home is a thing of beauty – even down to the dustpan and brush. This classic design from Labour & Wait, is so perfect to have out on display like any other piece of homeware.
English made; black enamel pan and natural bristle brush – built for quality and purpose.
home: nice price [ industrial light ]
AnotherHomeBlog favourite, Labour & Wait have this beauty of a light shade. Both industrial style and sparkly, we love this enamel lampshade with the white speckled pattern at just £58.
This enamel lampshade is especially made for us by Riess in Austria, and is a replica of the vintage shades which were fitted in our first shop. This classic design was originally used in workshops, garages and industrial buildings.
home: trend [ Rustic Utilitarian ]
Taking a slightly softer approach to the Industrial trend of last year, Rustic Utilitarian focuses on worn and textural finishes – combining hard working materials with a soft colour pallete.
In the 1900s utilitarian design was created for use rather than beauty, but now things have changed.
For example the practical use of enamel-coated tableware and light shades has now become desirable for the home as objects of beauty, but still maintaining the usefulness if needed.
Another example of this adaptability could be galvanized buckets which aren’t necessarily used for carrying water anymore, instead used for storage or as a planter.
The great thing about this trend is that traditional materials are there to be used, whether you choose to use them for function, for looks or both, it doesn’t matter.
1. Falcon enamel dishes – amazon.co.uk [ from £12 ]
2. Rug – rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £80 ]
3. Bucket – labourandwait.co.uk [ £28 ]
4. Leather chair – johnlewis.com [ £350 ]
5. Pendant light – artifact-lighting.com [ £60 ]
6. Copper shelf – grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £39.95 ]
7. Bar stool – vincentandbarn.co.uk [ £95 ]
Mix wood, metal and leather on furniture and seat covers, softening the look with linen and wool soft furnishings such as throws and floor rugs.
Wall colours to consider are cool grey, moss green and cream, which work really well next to metal and wood tones. You can also add small punches of colour like yellow and red – achieve this with chairs, lighting and accessories.
A couple of shops who do Rustic Utilitarian very well are Labour and Wait [ step back in time to find traditional products, from hardware to clothing ], and Rockett St George [ great selection of industrial furniture and lighting ]
home: featured [ Nook ]
Nook is just charming, minimal and full of irresistible homewares. There are simple well made items, lots of classic kitchenalia and many beautiful, useful pieces for the home.
The store based in Stoke Newington, London, and also online, opened in 2012 by three friends. It’s a beautifully curated selection of pieces for each room in the house plus lovely extras like the ‘chocolate makers‘ department and they even offer a wedding list service.
Products are from the UK and beyond, with focus on strong design and being ‘built to last’. The ranges include pieces from designers and makers including James Brown, Baggu, Ferm Living and Hay.