Wax Works

By | December 11, 2013

Back in the day, I remember the early nineties version of tablescaping was to whip out the wicker placemats and two porcelain candlesticks. Green candles frequently made an appearance, adorned with a ring of silk flowers that were prone to catching fire if the wax dripped. Green Dinner Candles Image sources:: Ruffled | Bertu

However by the mid nineties, the arrival of the Wax Lyrical store to the UK meant the coloured candle was quickly ousted by their more neutral, cream cousin. For years we’ve been stocking up on church candles and regular ivory dinner candles but now it appears things have now gone full circle and the coloured candle is back with a bang! grey dinner candles Image sources:: Cox and Cox | Marx Living

They can make a real pop to any table and look divine paired and layered with metallics. Tiger do an incredible deal where you can get 3 dinner candles for £1 so you can try out the trend on a shoestring budget. pink dinner candles Images sources:: Selina Lake | Bertu

If going the whole-hog is too scary, how about introducing a subtle grey candle such as this bundle from Nordic House?

Let me know if you’ll be adding a bit of coloured wax to your table this Christmas?

Lauren x

The Cheap Seats

By | November 21, 2013

I am a self proclaimed bargain hunter. In the last few years I have to admit to splashing out on a few investment pieces but when it comes down to it, I absolutely love a good deal. VintageTolixStools Image source:: Johanna Flyckt

You may remember from my spare room moodboard that I wanted to track down a Tolix stool to use as an industrial style bedside table. I’ve trawled antique fairs and high street stores but when it came down to it I didn’t feel like I could justify the price tag, especially as the room is unlikely to be used by guests more than a few times a year.

Last week I happened to be in Home Bargains checking out the shelves for any low price gems. There at the end of an aisle, stacked rather nonchalantly was a whole heap of Tolix style stools in various colours with a rather attractive £14.99 price tag. Tolix_compare

Let’s be honest this is a cheapie reproduction of the Xavier Pauchard design, but the quality is absolutely fine. There’s even a taller £19.99 version which comes in at a tenth of the price of John Lewis’ finest.

Before you run off to get your hands on one, please feel free to drop me a comment with your best budget buy.

Lauren x

Found: Holly’s House

By | November 1, 2013

Recently I found myself amongst the Sloane Rangers of Chelsea, spending a Saturday morning perusing the gorgeous wares at Holly’s House.

Founded by Interior Designer, Holly Wick, this beautiful shop sells and eclectic mix of homewares and furniture. Alongide modern pieces, you can find vintage one-offs and so it’s a perfect spot to find a Christmas pressie. Here’s a few of the pieces that caught my eye from Holly’s collection of ‘new pieces.’ Holly's House_New

ABC Mugs – £30 | Le Mond Print – £32 | Crystal Bulbs – £189 | Copper Jar – £6.50 | Rusted Antlers – £129

I am seriously in love with the Le Mond print; the black and copper combination would make a strong statement, although I’m not sure I’d agree that the world is too small for me!

On to the vintage selection, the cinema style chairs would look fabulous in the right setting.

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If you’re in the New King’s Road area do pop in for unique and design led pieces.
Holly’s House
283 New Kings Road,
London SW6 4RD
020 7736 2222

Happy Weekend
Lauren x

Found: RE-Found Objects

By | August 14, 2013

Hidden down behind a Petrol Station(!) in the stunning Market Town of Corbridge, RE-Found Objects is a must for any treaure trover. Re-Found 2 Hanging Porcelain Decorations £5 | Vintage Antlers – From £26 | Clipboard – £2 | Pressed Glasses – £7

The electic mix of rare, remarkable, recycled and restored is laid out beautifully in an airy workshop featuring a large range of home accessories. Re-Found 1 Eiffel Tower – £6.50 | Stripy String – £2 | Rusty Metal Candle Wings – £5 | Waste Not Table Runner – £17

The pricing can be a little curious; some things seem a little overpriced and others a downright bargain, for example the Kraft Clipboard that I use to keep paint samples together was a third of the price I've seen elsewhere.

Luckily for the London folk, there's a pop-up shop in Liberty where you can choose from a specially curated selection of products. For those who are no-where near the capital or the north-east of England, there's an online shop too.

Have a little look and let me know what products you'll be adding to your basket.

Lauren x

Found: Pearl and Earl

By | July 3, 2013

Whilst on the hunt for gold straws (for a seriously special affair happening later this summer) I came across Pearl and Earl. Run by award winning designer Jacqui Pearce, Pearl and Earl is all about ‘colourful living and happy times’. pearlandearl_partydecorations Metallic Chevron Paper Straws – £4 | Tassle Garland £35 | XL Drape Curtain Fringing £12 | Mini Paper Ball x5 £12

The site has a fabulous range of straws, balloons, pom-poms, garlands and streamers. I am in love with the Drape Curtain Fringing that can be hung from super sized balloons or to create an amazing backdrop for a Dessert Bar.

As well as having everything you need to throw yourself a snazzy little party, there’s also a selection of artwork and really reasonable prices. pearl and earl prints ‘Married Life’ Poem Art Print £18 | Gold Graphic Lip Art Print £10

If you’re planning a celebration this summer, I suggest you hot foot over to Pearl and Earl and fill your basket full of all things glitzy! x