Monday, 23 January 2012

Furnishing your dreams

If there’s one thing we’ve always pined after, it’s an original mid-century haberdasher’s cabinet. It’s charmingly aged panels, peek-through dovetail drawers and quaint label holders have our heart skipping many a beat.

What piece (should money be no object) makes you utter the words “be still, my beating heart”?

Md-century Haberdasher's Cabinet, from a selection at The Old Cinema, Chiswick.

1930s haberdasher's cabinets from a selection at Elemental, Spitalfields.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Our top sale picks

If you're anything like us, you can't quite resist a sale! Join us as we run through our favourite pieces, room by room.

Rory Dobner's illustrated mugs - perfect for morning tea with a slice of toast.
30% off - now £10.50 each.

Ruth Cross' hand-knit cable cushions - 30% off, now from £46.90.

Sparrow and Co. candles - 30% off, now £10.50.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Therese Sennerholt’s inspiring prints

January is a month we could all do with a boost - so what better than to hang one of graphic designer Therese Sennerholt's inspiring prints?

Therese works just outside Stockholm, normally within advertising as an Art Director, often creating corporate identities. Her creativity has gained her over three prestigious design awards, and her now popular prints blossomed from a small hobby of hers. Each one features a new or old quote, some of which she pens herself. Themes focus on ‘happiness’, ‘dreams’, ‘love’ and other uplifting, positive aspects of life. Other sayings turn negatives on their heads in one simple sentence. With so much ground covered, there really is a piece of her work for every mood.

We love the sentiments "Be brave", "Life is for..." and "Sometimes the best moments..." below - which is your favourite?

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Mr. Smith’s Letterpress Workshop

Just before Christmas, we took a wander down to Portobello Dock where Tom Dixon (furniture and lighting designer and ex Habitat Head of Design) was hosting ‘The Dock Christmas’ - a mini food and design market. It was here that we were introduced to Mr. Smith and his Letterpress workshop.

Letterpress printing, where a reversed, raised surface is inked before pressing it on to paper, was widely used for printing books and other media during the 15th - 19th centuries. Today, you’re more likely to see the individual letter stamps at antique markets or fairs, sold for all manner of uses - we think they make for wonderful home décor when not in use.

Mr. Smith dedicates his time to this craft of yesteryear by running print workshops that use the original letterpress methods. If you’d like to try your hand at the craft, email: or call +44 (0)78 6625 8171 to book a spot at the next workshop.