phoenix & oh so foxy {phoenix & fox}…

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worth the wait!

the phoenix & fox online store is now open & i can highly recommend some foraging over yonder!

the lovely kelly & sam have picked out a pretty stellar line-up for inclusion in their first season’s offerings…

so far my top five would have to be…

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the fabulously-oversized bronzed mirror, industrial-cool warehouse coffee table, vintage-style curve planter, attitudinal spike tealight holder & the quirky-as-hell-but-i-still-love-it octopus candleholder

which is your fave?

please do take a nosy & report back!

{huge congrats to kelly & sam!!!}

keeping it in the family {lovely bones}…

if i ever wanted to breathe new life into my career i’d definitely consider plying the rag & bones trade & i know exactly who i’d want to join forces with…

because when it comes to a love of antiques & curios i have a life long partner in crime: my eldest brother…

just as well there’s 12 years, a gender divide & an ocean between us because otherwise i fear our shopping escapades could prove hazardous: if we didn’t both suffocate under the mound of ol’ tat we carted home, then we may just claw each other’s eyes out for claim to the best bits…

his obsession: vintage guitars, old dressers, wood planes & lathes &, well, vintage tools in general really {boy stuff}…

mine: signage, vessels, oil paintings, carved wood, vintage photos, mismatched china, linens, etc {girl stuff}…

but we meet squarely in the middle with this…

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lovely bones…

these intricately-carved lace longhorns {or what i’d like to refer to as ol’ bones made good} appeal to our shared love of quirk, craftmanship & the magic that is mother nature…

they are raw & yet beautiful, striking but simultaneously delicate…

& best of all they represent both the perished & the reborn {deep, huh?}…

needless to say, we both want to make them ours: pronto!

old bones

sure old bones & antlers have been doing the rounds in interior design for a while now…

bare bones & guitars

& frankly, i never tire of them…

gold bones

ever…

lacy longhorns

but this takes the celebration of skullage that one step further, adding an element of artistry to the found & a certain purposefulness to the forage…

& i think it most definitely breathes new life into the old…

{interested in other ways to up the ante on your skulls, antlers & hornage? check out this, thisthis}

images via: love warriorsmade by girljapanese trashdesign shimmerhoneypie living etc

a taste of india {paola navone}…

if i haven’t already covered my love for designer paola navone in my style loving series {here, here, here & here}, then i seriously need to…

because i do…

here’s a quick look at some of my picks from paola’s new range at anthropologie {sadly it looks like this is currently only available in the usa stores at the moment}

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& for those of you who know absolutely nothing about ms navone & this line, here’s anthro’s blurb:

“italian artist paola navone emerged from the male-dominated design industry of the 1980s to become one of the first female pioneers of avant-garde style. in her latest collection, navone brings the beauty and richness of india to life through beyond-bright hues, playful shapes and her signature unbridled spirit”

images via: anthropologie

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!

raiding the vaults of ma & pa {& my favourite place in our home}…

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it’s virtually a given that whenever i venture back home my suitcase is going to be heavier on the return journey than it was going out…

after many years of travelling the globe i consider myself quite the accomplished packer…

i’ve learnt to be a little more realistic about what i’m actually going to wear on holidays & resolved to simply make do with less of everything else {toiletries, etc}…

but when it comes to paring back on my travel finds: well that can be another story entirely…

because shops & markets aside, i’ve tapped into a fantastic source of vintage homeware finds that never, never fails to impress: it’s called the vaults of ma & pa…

raiding the cupboards & back rooms of our parents’ houses have yielded some of my favourite ever homeware finds to date…

& not only do these pieces bring individuality & quirk to our home, but they’re positively laden with memories of moments that can never be replicated {& moments that were, until the unearthing of some of these pieces, forever consigned to history}…

my latest haul yielded this…

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that cheeky chap is none other than my boyfriend as a rambunctious two year old immortalised in bronze by his very talented cousin…

& i love it {all 11.5 kgs of it}!

i’ve coveted it for such a long time & since it had been relegated to a back room at his parents’ house i thought now was as good a time as any to ask if they’d mind my relieving them of it…

not only is it such a tactile, beautiful piece of art, but it represents a piece of my boyfriend’s history {a perspective sadly lacking in our home}…

other trips home have been equally fruitful: a painting by my mum, a second by my brother, some groovy old coffee jars repurposed as vases & some beautiful decorative ceramic plaques {seen below} mounted on wooden bases…

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these were salvaged from my dad’s childhood silver cross pram & gifted to me by my mum after he passed {though my dad never did display them in his home, i do so with immense pride}…

for the most part, a lot of these vintage pieces now hang out in what has quickly become my favourite place in our home: the dining nook

a nomadic abode

it’s a pretty modest set-up {& given we rent, we’re a little limited in what we can change}, but the impact of this room has been elevated by the recent acquisition of a glossy, slimline console table which provides a good-sized, prominent spot for me to display many of my favourite pieces {alongside some much-needed storage}…

filled with vintage finds that are, in turn, filled with memories, this nook makes me smile every time i happen upon it: without fail…

{this post is being submitted as an entry to the fashion for home: home love photo contest… if you’re a uk blogger & want your own chance to win £500 to spend on homewares from their website check out all the glorious details here: the contest closes today, 18 april 2013}

rockin’ wall coverings {rockett st george}…

am i alone in thinking rockett st george is becoming a bit of a go-to for wall coverings these days?

this online interior emporium already stocked a healthy range of wall papers & panels, but they’ve recently extended their range with the addition of some cole & son offerings, including the fornasetti II range…

designed by barnaba fornasetti, this collection was inspired by the drawings of his father piero fornasetti, a 20th century milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a product innovator…

cole&son fornasetti ii

being a nature lover, nuvolette {small clouds} is my personal favourite: i find it whimsical & dream-like…

cole&son albemarle

also a recent addition to rsg’s range is this piccadilly wallpaper which i think is styled to perfection here…

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& the mr perswall collection which allows you the option of choosing from one of their images in either a standard size panel or printed to your bespoke dimensions {these two would be perfect as a backdrop to london fashion week, right?}…

cole&son_flamingos

meanwhile i think these playful flamingos would be a fun addition to a bathroom or perhaps a little girl’s bedroom {imagine a flouncy pink tutu hanging nearby}…

love letter

whilst digging through rsg’s archives i also came across this love letter wallpaper, perfect for the season…

brooklyn tin tiles

& one of my personal favourites, which has been doing the rounds in blogland lately, the brooklyn tin tiles

i often find searching for wallpapers a bit daunting so for me this shop is a great resource, especially as they always seem to have their finger on the pulse of what’s hot…

columbia road, a bacon sarnie & some seriously cool art {nelly duff}…

after more than six years of living in london & much coercement on my part, i finally managed to drag my better half off to the columbia road markets last weekend…

as you can imagine, the notion of getting a man {who, by the way, is seriously averse to spending money on things that die in a handful of days} to go flower shopping on a bitterly cold sunday morning was a feat in itself…

but the fact that it took us the best part of an hour, three tube lines & a 10 minute walk to get there pretty much ensures this kind of outing will be a one-off in our relationship {it amazes me still that i could be halfway to paris in the time it takes to cross from one side of london to the other}…

when we finally arrived at the markets it was already way too late to enjoy any serious flower ogling {by lunchtime this tiny enclave is positively awash with bodies}, so we quickly resolved to dive down a side street in search of grub & contented ourselves with some piping hot samosas chased down with a breakfast bap slathered in hp sauce {the food of champions}

now ordinarily there’s not much that can beat a freshly-cooked bacon sarnie on a bitterly cold day, but by far the highlight of my day, & the purpose of this post, was my encounter with a tiny art gallery called nelly duff {cockney rhyming slang for ‘life’}…

nelly duffy

{pure evil, chris bourkeangelique houtkamp}

established in 2005, nelly duff was reputedly one of the first physical spaces to exhibit street art internationally…

today you will find the shop front, walls & the perimeter of the floor plastered with an assortment of works from artists at the forefront of the street, tattoo and graphic art world, including a certain cheeky chappy bearing the moniker ‘banksy’…

nelly duffy

{chris bourkehinpatrick thomasmark pawson}

iconic pieces aside, i was surprised to learn that several of the artworks available were actually very reasonably priced {less than £60, whereas banksy retailed for upwards of £2000}…

so it wasn’t long until i had mentally curated an entire artwall of affordable pieces for my home…

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{sam chiverskozyndankozyndandan hillier}

& some obvious themes began to emerge: victoriana references, feathers & nostalgic imagery featured heavily…

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{serge seidlitz, alex binniechris bourke}

as did birds, bears & tatts…

in fact anything with body art or animals incorporated was pretty much a sure bet…

so, whilst my boyfriend might be spared future outings in search of temporary beauty, he may not escape so lightly when it comes to acquiring some more permanent pieces for the home…

images via: nelly duff

making the cut {loaf}…

it takes approximately 15 seconds for me to traverse the path from my front door to my bin: that’s about how long any one of the plethora of mail-outs i get each week has to attract my attention…

this week the latest offerings from loaf {formerly sleep room} made the cut: here’s my top five…

1. a modern take on a classic british sofa, mrs smith is an over-stuffed behemoth of a perch… perfect for sunday mornings with a paper!

2. the clean lines & shiny chrome legs of the chroma love seat would serve as the perfect foil to the sofa’s voluptuous curves…

3. hand carved, hand painted and hand buffed, the monsoon chest’s detailing is pretty without being over-the-top girly…

4. i’m a sucker for linen & hand-stitched detail & throws in general for that matter… so for me the luberon is a no brainer…

& finally…

5. the weathered curves of the stitch lamp are said to be reminiscent of old french candlesticks, but it’s the hand-embroidered linen lampshade that really steals the show…

if, like me, you prefer your furnishings to feel home-spun with a side of modern, loaf could be worthy of a linger…

images via: loaf

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