home: featured [ Chocolate Creative Studio ]
Lauched in 2009 by Spanish maker Margarita Lorenzo this lovely online store showcases her individual designs for home interiors. Heavily focusing on wooden items including hooks, door handles and picture shelves, adding simple touches of colour and print to bring these basic objects to life.
Everything is sourced and handmade in the UK & Spain and 100% sustainable. Other items to choose from include cushions, lamp shades and art prints.
‘To chocolate creative sustainabilty is an essential element in our design and manufacturing and we make every effort to communicate the processes we follow with regards to materials, sourcing, production and recycling in our aim to remain sustainable’
home: event [ Leighton House Museum ]
With various exhibitions running throughout the year, the architectural and interiors gem, Leighton House Museum, is definitely worth a visit.
12 Holland Park Road London W14 8LZ
Monday to Friday: +44 (0) 20 7602 3316
Saturday and Sunday: +44 (0) 20 7471 9160
Time Out say;
Leighton House reopened in April 2010 after a £1.6 million refurbishment which has uncovered and restored many of the decorative schemes and features of the house, as well as a previously unseen staircase. In the 1860s the artist Frederic Leighton commissioned his friend, the architect George Aitcheson, to build him a showpiece house in Holland Park, which he filled with classical treasures from all over the world, as well as his own works and those of his contemporaries. The house was a work of art in itself, with every inch decorated in high style inspired by the studios Leighton had seen on his extensive European travels. There were magnificent reception rooms downstairs designed for lavish entertaining, and a dramatic staircase leading to a huge light-filled studio taking up most of the first floor. Four extensions were added over the years, the most striking addition the ‘Arab Hall’, designed to showcase Leighton’s huge collection of sixteenth-century Middle Eastern glazed tiles. The house was created as a stage on which Leighton could play out his role as a great artist, contrasting with the tiny single bedroom, the only private space in the whole house. Today, the house is still an architectural treasure trove which belies its somewhat dour exterior and the museum holds, or has on loan, some fine paintings as well as drawings and sketches.
home: featured [ Pitfield ]
Head to Pitfield Street, London W1 and seek out this treasure trove of both new and vintage unique pieces.
Together with its cafe, Pitfield is a pleasure to explore and a place to discover the weird and the wonderful to update interiors in your home. They even have a bug hotel for sale and offer a design service!
Find them at :
31-35 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6HB
‘Attracting the creative and curious, our eclectic emporium stocks only beautiful, unique and attention grabbing homewares. Our interiors and lifestyle shop, café and exhibition gallery presents colour, glamour, glitz and excitement. Discover vintage finds, designer wallpapers and carpets, reworked furniture, inspiring gifts and more. Browse our categories to enter a fantastical world where everything is retro and riveting, dramatic and daring.’
home: event [ Plywood: Material of the Modern World ]
This new exhibition at the V&A museum, London is a must see for design fans, particular wood lovers. This new exhibiton explores the rise of plywood in manufacturing and design, from planes to chairs.
This fascinating show is divided into three sections by significant moments in production history of the material. The invention of the rotary vaneer cutter, the indroduction of moulding techniques to form modern furniture and the advent of digital technology and cutting.
Showing now until 12 November 2017 [ free entry ]
home: event [ ceramics exhibition ]
Our favourite, London, interiors museum, the Geffrye Museum, has another great exhibition running from Thursday 22 September to Sunday 24 September show casing works of some of the top UK ceramicists.
‘Meet the makers, browse and buy at the Geffrye Museum’s vibrant annual celebration of ceramics which showcases the work of over 50 leading ceramic artists from across the UK.
An eclectic selection of ceramic work to suit all budgets will be on sale direct from the makers, from practical table-ware to ornamental objects and striking one-off collector pieces. Earthy stoneware will be displayed alongside delicate porcelain and vivid painterly pots will contrast with elegant muted tones in an extravaganza of texture, colour and style. Part of the London Design Festival.’
A definite date for the diary to have a shop of unique ceramics for you, your home or gifts for others.
home: featured [ Corey Homeware ]
Found on the historic Roman Road, East London we find Corey Homeware. Opened in 2015,this boutique homeware and furniture store has a lovely, constantly changing curated selection of pieces sourced from the UK and further a field.
We love their eye for unique pieces with both a modern and industrial edge.
They say, ‘The idea behind the shop is to offer a treasure trove of modern design at realistic prices. I am a local resident with a passion for interiors. Originally working as a teacher, I spent years being frustrated at the lack of affordable homeware. Each weekend would see a trip to seek out interior shops across the capital only to be disappointed by the choice and shocked by the price. I felt so strongly about it that I decided to put my passion into practice and open my own homeware shop right on my doorstep.’
459 Roman Road, London E3 5LX
home: event [ Hackney Walk ]
July is upon us, so get the diary out and start penciling in some great events. We have found some to keep your weekends busy and they can all be found at outlet district Hackney Walk. During July they are hosting Hackney Garden; a selection of plant inspired workshops, including bouquet arranging [ That Flower Shop ], candle making [ Earl Of East ] and terrarium building [ Grace & Thorn ]. Whilst you are there hang out after on the Darkroom designed deckchairs and enjoy food and drink.
Limited free tickets are available so be quick.
Also popping up this month is the fab Rockett St George with their first London warehouse sale [ 15th July ]. Full of seconds, samples and ex display, with up to 70% off! Be sure to get there early so as not to be dissapointed.