Tag Archives: london

I was delighted to be invited to run two practical styling workshops at the London Blogtacular conference last weekend, held at the Royal Institution. All the bloggers at the event were so enthusiastic and friendly – their energy was really … …keep reading

As US homeware giant West Elm prepares to open its first London branch next week and cult store Anthropologie spreads the upscale-boho vibe out-of-town to straight-laced Surrey, it seems we British are having a fling with all-American ‘décor’ brands. Post-recession, … …keep reading

Following my back to basics rant (!) this simple-but-chic ‘preview launch’ store just caught my eye: Fate London. It’s elemental, dear Watson – with products arranged by material: WOOD & PAPER, METAL, GLASS & STONE, FIBRES. I love the Fort … …keep reading

As every bargain hunter knows, sometimes you have to go the extra mile to get the best deals. And, sometimes, you have to get on a train to the arse end of Ballards Lane in NW12-or-something in freezing fog. In … …keep reading

Number 7 Rugby Street, Bloomsbury, London, used to be a grocer’s shop. Today, there are still pears and strawberries in the windows. But also pink wobbly jellies, fish and pigeons… Yes, Delia Peel and Juliet Thornback (AKA Thornback & Peel) … …keep reading

It’s been a while, chums. Life is totally manic at the moment – hectic deadlines, wedding-planning, allotment strimming, DIY projects, general STRESS and a to-do list that never gets shorter. It’s all good fun but the end result is that … …keep reading

A few months ago, I was pottering around the Bedeck factory in Belfast, admiring new collections, when I spotted some rather exciting looking top secret bedlinen designs, featuring Joules patterns. (Yes, Joules. The British country-wear emporium founded thirty years ago … …keep reading