Highlights from Grow London 2016

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Although a fairly new show to the design scene Grow London has come to underpin the beginning of summer for me. A contemporary garden show located on beautiful Hampstead Heath the show features over 100 exhibitors related to outdoor lifestyle. There are always great new brands to see, decor ideas to steal and trends to spot. Here are a few of my highlights from the show – curated with the help of my trusty very small assistant!

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Maude and Mabel are a gorgeous Hampstead based lifestyle store specialising in poetic ceramics and lifestyle accessories. Think glorious matte finishes, lovely loopy handles and unusual charcoal black and indigo vessels.

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Jeff Josephine Designs is the work of Sophie Elm and specialises in prints, textiles and ceramics featuring lovely linocut illustrations centred around botanicals with a vintage feel. I loved the chunky splatter mugs in primary colours with gobstopper ball handles.

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Straight off a Pinterest board, new accessories brand This Way To The Circus was a ‘colour pop’ stand if you ever saw one with dozens of hand painted plant pots in pastels, stripes, spots and gold. There were also tiny replica clay plants and pots to match! They also do plant inspired brooches, stationery and jewellery in their signature graphic style.

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Nurseries also show their beautiful wares like Blueleaf Plants a nursery in Kent that sells succulents  i loved their eccentric displays of an array of succulents potted in eccentric vessels.

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The Flower Union had a selfie wall!

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Architectural ceramist Kay Aplin makes beautifully tactile hand built botanical sculptures. Usually working on large-scale permanent installations in stoneware ceramics including sculptures, wall reliefs, water features, decorative seating and architectural features. Her newest collection of smaller ceramic wall art in lovely glazes are mounted on perspex so as to be hung in smaller spaces.

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I was blown away by the silk hair accessories of Smith and Strand – wild and abundant, peonies and thistles and clusters of ranunculus all so very lifelike. I bought two pieces for Aarya and think I will now forever be obsessed.

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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 mail@rohiniwahi.com

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