I had some time to kill yesterday in-between meetings in Central London and found myself walking a well-worn path up Regent Street to scope out new offerings one the ‘home’-front – Anthropologie, Zara Home and the 4th Floor of Liberty are always the main ports of call. It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it!
First stop, Liberty. I love Liberty’s light-filled ‘Dining Room’ on the 4th floor – based around a vintage general store, it is brimming with practical and beautiful kitchenware and always has the most innovative collections from new and established designers.
I discovered a collection of tableware by designer Louise Wilkinson whom I had not heard of before. Inspired by her native Yorkshire countryside – Maple is Louise’s first collection. I love the unusual patterning – a beautiful mix between traditional Toile de Jouy, Scandinavian cuteness and unusual colour combinations – I love the flouro yellow detail on the side plates and surprising cranberry red colours within classic blue designs.
This super kooky and cute pattern is a collection by Jersey Pottery called Sardine Run! Inspired by antique Vietnamese pottery, Sardine Run is named after the annual mass spawning of sardines in Southern Africa. Love!
Liberty really have their finger on the pulse with their concession of iconic New York brand American Modernist Charley Harper.
Also from wonderful brand are these charming Bar Recipe Glasses. Part of a gift set of 4 they feature colourful painted designs illustrating cocktails on one side and the recipe on the other. Fun!
Next stop Anthropologie where their textiles are are the forefront of their display and feeling fresher and more modern this season – with a slight move away from their signature ethnic inspired collections. I was really smitten with the below collection of Dotted Cluster silk cushions, very beautiful and very unusual, but with the smallest size coming in at £78 it still feels like a very painful luxury purchase.
I also took a shine to this painterly pink Brooks of Bohemia handmade linen table-runner…
… and this Daschund letter holder!
Final stop Zara Home which these days feels a little like a jumble sale and not as beautifully curated as when it first launched on Regent Street – but I do like having a root through to find a gem or too.
My star finds were these rather elegant wood-handled forks in their Sushi Cutlery collection.
Zara Home do always have a great selection of unusual glassware – like this delicate rippled wine glass and modern take on a cut glass tumbler.
It’s also nice to see some unusual pieces of furniture on the high street – like this Jonathan Adler style white bobbled lamp and this fun painted wrought iron table.
That is all! Have a great weekend and hopefully you feel inspired ; )
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org