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Soho House Introduces New Homeware Collection

15th September 2016
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Well I have to say I am more than a little excited with the launch of Soho House’s new homeware collection, Soho Home, inspired by the House’s 17 locations.

When a new House is opened, the design team creates new products inspired by that location. The products on offer include the distinctive striped towels that surround the pools like Shoreditch House with its abundance of candy stripes as well as crockery, glassware, one-off vintage pieces sourced by the design team on their travels, chairs, framed limited edition prints and other furniture, textiles and accessories. Some items have been selected from Berlin, Miami and New York, while others have been specifically designed for the recent openings: Soho House Chicago and Soho Farmhouse.

Soho House report that they were often asked by visitors and guests where they sourced the products from so an interiors collection only seemed natural. And it’s true, after my visits to Shoreditch House and Dean St Townhouse, I have been in love with the the overall interior design, especially the black and white Burleigh crockery. You can get the Soho House look for your own home and it won’t break the bank. My other favourites from the collection include the Portobello cashmere throw, House hammam towel, Renfrew wool cushion and some of the vintage pieces like the 1950s Moroccan Diamond rug. What’s not to love? The Soho Home collection is now available through its own standalone website www.sohohome.com. Get it before it goes, these pieces are sure to be snapped up pronto.

All pictures courtesy of Soho Home.

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breakfast_avo_toast-2000Burleigh Crockery

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Renfrew cushion & throws

 

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House Hammam Towel

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Vintage Moroccan Rug

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Christmas: Part 2 – Gifts for Homelovers

30th November 2015
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Here it is. Part 2 of the Christmas gift guide, this time for the homelovers in your life. First off, I have to highlight a fab homewares company which is new to me called Urbanara where I could literally buy the whole store. If you are on the look-out for beautiful throws, ceramics, bed linen or accessories, this online store has it all. And it’s prices are really affordable. I will be snapping a lot up this Christmas!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this elegant Luxe Drinks Trolley from Oliver Bonas but with a hefty price tag, this might have to wait till next year!

Drinks Trolley by Oliver Bonas

Next on wishlist is this elegant copper lamp, a must-have for any chic home office. If you can stretch to the budget of the Palmeral tea set from House of Hackney, consider this is an investment buy. And finally don’t be put off by the name of the post-poo drops from Aesop. They fill the bathroom with a gorgeous smell after use.

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  1. Gotland wool blanket from Urbanara £55 | 2. Copper angled lamp from Handpicked Collection £65 | 3. Grey Teepee Basket from Olliella £75 |4. Palmeral Tea Set from House of Hackney £175 | 5. Post-poo drops from Aesop £20
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Back to School

1st September 2015
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Main Picture credit: Double desk and chairs from bobo kids 

It’s almost Back to School time folks and I couldn’t have a blog called homework without writing a post about it. So here’s my edit of stationery, backpacks, furniture, school shoes and winter coats. I also had a little help from my 9 year old assistant, Iyla, a mini-blogger in the making who has also compiled her pick of the best too.

Back to School Stationery & Rucksacks

When it comes to Back to School stationery, Dutch shop, HEMA (pronounced ‘hay-ma’) is the only place to go. They offer really good value pencil cases, notebooks and all types of stationery amongst a host of other homewares and accessories. HEMA launched in the UK for the first time last year which I was involved in. There are currently three HEMA stores in London but you can always buy online as they have a much wider selection.

 

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1. Bakker Mini-Canvas backpack at Smallable | 2. Pencil cases at HEMA | 3. 50s retro accountant desk and chair at bobo kids | 4. A5 Notebook at HEMA | 5. Tropical pencils at HEMA 

 

Back to School Clothing, Shoes & Rucksack

Working within the limited parameters of what she can wear to school, here’s Iyla’s Back to School Edit below.

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1. Eva & Oli Stars Rucksack at Smallable | 2. Fleecy Duffle coat at Zara | 3. Lee gloves at Smallable | 4. Patent black shoes at Lelli Kelly | 5. Bakker pom pom hat at Smallable 

Back to school Furniture & Lighting

When it comes to furniture, I love the retro, vintage inspired pieces from Laurette at bobo kids. They are available in 15 different colours and are a real nod to the 50s.

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1. Retro bookcase at bobo kids | 2. Elektra Silver Desk Lamp at bobo kids | 3. Retro 50s desk at bobo kids | 4. Retro desk chair at bobo kids

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Hit the Tropics

29th June 2015
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Main picture credit: Cole & Son, House of Hackney, Cole & Son

Well I think I can safely say that one of the hottest trends of 2015 across home, fashion and childrenswear has to be T.R.O.P.I.C.A.L. Palm prints, leafy motifs, pineapples and flamingos have all made an appearance (see previous post for Little Ones here) and especially across interiors products in one form or another adding a touch of the tropics to our homes. Team the vibrant green palm print hues with natural materials and textures such as driftwood and rattan for a sophisticated look. A peacock chair (view previous post on peacock chairs) completes the tropical trend and gives a retro aesthetic to the home.There are numerous mainstream retailers offering palm prints across a range of accessories and House of Hackney has one of the most comprehensive collections but who can resist the graphic print Cole and Son Palm Jungle wallpapers or the tropical leaf cushions at Not on the High St? I don’t think I am brave enough to go for these wallpapers on all four walls but the key to this look is to add small accessories and a hint of leafy print.

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1. Palmeral deckchair at House of Hackney | 2. Cole & Son Palm Jungle wallpaper at Amara  | 3. Palm tree lamp nickel lamp at Notonthehighst | 4. Zoe Rumeau x Bonton Palm Tree Light at Smallable |5. Tropical Leaf cushion at Notonthehighst | 6. Peacock Chair at The Family Love Tree 

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Hot Metal

7th June 2015
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With Dulux announcing Copper Blush as their colour of the year in 2015, there are numerous ways to adds metallic accents to the home which add warmth and a touch of luxury. Whether it’s impactful lighting from Tom Dixon or the beautiful craftsmanship of the Real Good chair from Heal’s, our love of copper sees no signs of abating. When it comes to paint, Copper Blush is a perfect take on the metallic trend, but adopting a chalkier, cooler finish than the metallic family. The colour really comes alive when combined with pink, clay toned neutrals, crisp white as well as beautiful Carrara marble (see separate post here) and shimmering metallics.

 

 

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1. Tom Dixon Copper Pendant at John Lewis | 2. Copper table at the lollipop shop | 3. Set of Two Copper Storage baskets at Holly’s House | 4. Tom Dixon Plum Cocktail Shaker at John Lewis | 5. Real Good Copper Chair at Heals | 6. Grid Nine Shelf Storage Unit at Oliver Bonas