quirky finds {my source book}…

i feel like i’m witnessing a bit of a phenomena of late: the rise of the quirky homewares store…

& i’m not complaining…

for far too long department stores have dominated the market, quashing everything in their wake…

& i don’t think i’m alone in thinking most high street chains have had their day too: that endless stream of same ol’ same ol’ instantaneously sucks any creativity from my veins…

hence, for me, the lure of the flea market, car boot sales & op shops & hence why i’m always chuffed to find a new source {be it online or bricks & mortar} to add to my source book…

here are a few of my current favourite haunts in my search for quirky finds…

holly's house

holly’s house: i’m a little spoilt with this one: walking distance from my house, i dare say i find myself popping in here with stalker-like frequency… there’s always the heady scent of a nearby candle filling the air & enough eye candy on the walls, floors & hanging from the ceilings to keep me coming back {i think the photo above was taken a while ago as it’s full to the brim with stock these days}… i’ve had my eagle eye on their ornate circus mirrors for a while & i felt a quick intake of breath when i discovered they also stock this range of japanese brass ware which, until now, i’ve had to covet from the confines of my computer… their brickett davda crockery selection is also a firm favourite!

abigail ahern

abigail ahern: ok, admittedly i’ve been banging on about this lady for eons now, but she’s positively still worth the mention as this is pretty much where it all started for me… i still find myself doing laps of the room every time i venture to this upper street venue & the stock is updated often enough to keep me going back despite the long schlep across town… abigail has an unrivalled eye for outlandish pieces, but it’s her upscaled elements which really win my heart: her super-sized lighting  {like this chandelier & this floor lamp} & mirrors {a long time fave & a new contender} are complete game changers in my eyes…

 

bitten london

bitten london: newly launched, this is the love child of sassy fellow-blogger fay vowell… i’d only just discovered fay’s blog late last year when she suddenly leapt off the radar & i thought we’d lost her forever to the lure of travels abroad… turns out she’s been busy pulling together an eclectic array of homewares for her latest online venture… with fay’s hunger for creating “gobsmackingly WOW” pieces, i’ll be watching this new venture very closely indeed!

rockett st george

rockett st george: ok, another shop that has been on my radar for some years now, but this online emporium still has pulling power & keeps things fresh with an ever-changing stock… i’m particularly taken with their extensive selection of lightswallpapers & quirky home accessories like this bear table {which reminds me of a piece my brother once made in art class} & they’re also cultivating a covetable furniture section which incorporates some vintage pieces too… these guys really do have their finger on the pulse…

& finally…
this one is so new it hasn’t even launched yet!
phoenix & fox
phoenix & fox: fellow klc alumni sam lennie & kelly sparkes have pooled their talents to bring us this new online collaboration… & from the glimpses i’ve been privy to from their blog i’d say their soon-to-be launched boutique holds much promise indeed! shaggy sheepskins, industrial tables & rustic wooden stools: this is my vibe down to a tee! congratulations ladies!
happy days!
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6 thoughts on “quirky finds {my source book}…

  1. Thanks everso for the mention Sue, it’s very nice to be highlighted among all these wonderful successful retailers, and we’ve not even starting trading yet. Let’s hope P&F is just as popular. Not long now 🙂 xx

  2. i have great confidence in the two of you! from what i’ve seen so far p&f belongs on this list! here’s to successful ventures!!!

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