July 2013 archive

Bespokee: A New Return to Tradition

Growing up in India I remember visiting the beautiful homes of all my relatives from Bombay to Calcutta, each respectively filled with good solid, quality pieces of furniture, some amazing in style and some purely functional but equally charming in aesthetic. They were unique, homely and full of character. I never remember anyone talking about […] Read more…

Shop Love: Moroccan Bazaar

On the hunt for screens and it was a nice surprise to come across quality pieces with attention to artisan practices. Carrying a mix of ornate Moroccan lighting and traditional furniture mixed in with contemporary pieces – their contemporary Pewter Tagines and and Safi patterned tableware are contemporary nods to Morocco’s heritage – and my favourite – super pretty tea-glasses in […] Read more…

New Online Independents!

Apologies for the break in content last week, the site was down intermittently but normal programming is resumed from today! I often receive emails from new independent online retailers asking me to share their collection with my readers. These retailers always have charming and unusual curations and a different take on the well-known stores that […] Read more…

Pride and Prejudice Cookies

As many of you may know – this year is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s most acclaimed novel Pride and Prejudice. I am a huge fan of period dramas and the film [featuring Kiera Knightly] is my go-to Sunday afternoon comfort watch. This year is also a big year for me – it is […] Read more…

The Balcony Gardener

I would like to begin this post by saying I HAVE NEVER PLANTED A THING.  I once owned some succulents during the peak of the succulent trend, but they were re-homed after a year when we moved for the umpteenth time in our renting lives. Also I have never lived anywhere with a garden. This […] Read more…

Cute Watering Can Roundup!

As many of you who follow my Instagram feed may know, I have developed a bit of a penchant for gardening recently and am really enjoying pottering around my very first garden. When I first began two months ago, not wanting to spend a lot I bought a £10 metal watering can from Ikea and […] Read more…

Feeling Partial to Partitions

Above Reclaimed Mahogony Framed Windows from £80, Salvo.co.uk Sometimes I can carry on for blissful weeks without thinking up a design project for my home and then suddenly there’s a murmuring of items related and unrelated which I have been taking stock of over the last few weeks/months/years, they shift around inside my head, the […] Read more…

Increation Interiors

We are in the middle of planning our first kitchen and initially as much as I enjoyed picking all the pieces and working out where everything goes,  I would really just like to talk at someone and tell them what I want and have them take care of it. It is exhausting working and re-working […] Read more…

Helen Levi

I love the unusual and irreverent work of New York potter Helen Levi, especially these eerie and beautiful ‘Gilded Eye’ Planters, dotted with protruding eyes. I would Pokies also quite love a set of these strange ‘Billy Billy’ bowls – I mean why not? You can buy here work from her store here.   Read more…

The Verandah at Dishoom

I think that regular readers of the blog will know I have a penchant for East London restaurant Dishoom – its exotic charm in the middle of bustling Shoreditch scoops me up and away to my beloved Bombay. Since its opening in the summer of 2012, the restaurant has always had an outdoor courtyard with […] Read more…