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I finally got my hands on a copy of Octobers Country Homes and Interiors and was very chuffed to see Rose included in the main article, taking up a whole page to herself! With the very apt title “Enjoy an aperitif”

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My love of interior design means my home becoming my main canvas. Last month I decided the kitchen was in desperate need of an update, especially as they say it is the heart of any home… It is still a working progress but with the help of my families business Thyme for Kitchens and my fab brother Joseph it is beginning to take shape and I’ve picked up some quirky interesting things along the way, to hopefully add a twist. Below are some before pics; hopefully in the next post I will be able to show the finished product!

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At the start of the year my sister got her student visa enabling her to live in New York so I’ve just got back from visiting her.        New York never disappoints being described as the cultural capital of the world.                                                                                         

I got my fix visiting MoMa and The Guggenheim, which I found very inspiring, especially Aten Reign (2013) by James Turrell, a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light.

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Of course I couldn’t go to New York without a trip to the infamous Brooklyn Flea, my favourite market in the world…! My new kitchen will stand proud when it sees what I picked up from there!

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Well, I have kitchen cupboards to paint and plate racks to fix so until next time…“Have a nice day…”

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Legless…

It’s a far cry from last time I said down and wrote a blog post and we are now in the full throws of summer, Woo hoo! What a perfect time to introduce my exciting new project “Legless”, upcycling mid-century tables and chairs by covering just their legs with vintage fabric, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase legless! They will soon be featured on Etsy.

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This also leads me onto another exciting project that my good friend Bec Russell-Turner and I are in the process of presenting, a lifestyle exhibition/pop-up shop. This will include amongst other things Bec’s gorgeous silk devorated paintings, my suitcase cupboards and the debut of legless! and will probably take place nearer the end of the year. We are currently looking for a suitable space in West London so if anyone knows of anything, please do let me know.

Rose was taken off a couple of weeks ago for a photoshoot in Country Homes and Interiors, after Evelyn featuring in their May edition, they are almost becoming regulars in the magazine!

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ImageThe Etsy Wedding fair was a huge success, Darcy, Rose and Evelyn made their way to Soho and got some great feedback on the Etsy facebook page.

Until next time top up those tans and get ready for the preview party fr our exhibition, date to be confirmed…

 


Come Rain or Shine…

Us Brits love talking about the weather, it’s the perfect way to break the ice and the perfect way to start this new bog post!

What is going…Snow in April!

So a couple of weeks ago, I dragged myself out in the sub zero temperatures and made a trip with the lovely Rebecca Russell Turner to Kempton Race course for the Sunbury Antique market which takes place there every second Tuesday of the month. There is always a vast range of antique goods on offer including anything from furniture to vintage clothing cameras to ceramics and is the perfect place for collectors, traders, prop buyers and interior designers to have a good rummage! I picked up a beautiful 1940’s Three Tier waterfall chandelier, which is now hanging in pride of place in my flat. (That one’s definitely not for sale!)

Last week I took my boyfriend Thomas down to Hasting to visit some friends and show him the delights of a British seaside town (He is from Champagne in the North of France!) apart from it snowing and raining pretty much the whole time we were there, he still got to see the sea and sample some of the best fish, chips and mushy peas!

I also enlisted the help of my very kind Mum in finding some gems in the town famous for its connection with the Norman Conquest of England and the Great battle of Hasting in 1066! Pics below and all of which will feature on Etsy soon!

So finally the long wait for me was over and yesterday I picked up a copy of Country Homes and Interiors to see Evelyn (one of my suitcase cupboards) on page 81 looking very chic! It said, “An upended vintage suitcase is the perfect showcase for scent bottles and costume jewellery and can be locked when necessary” Very exciting!

I also got an exciting email from Etsy asking me to be part of their first UK wedding showroom in London. So I packed up Evelyn (again) Darcy and Rose and took them to Etsy’s head office in Shoreditch yesterday.  At the event will be journalists and bloggers selecting products for their magazines and blogs…fingers crossed my suitcase cupboards will make an impression!

Until next time keep warm and here’s hoping to a long summer…we definitely deserve it!

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My lovely new Three Tier Waterfall Chandelier…

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Evelyn featured in Country Homes and Interiors.

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Hastings Gems…

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Gorgeous botanical Rose print in a gold frame.

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The Vicar of Wakefield, Amazing book dating back to 1891

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Etched Vintage crystal glasses.

 


Year of the Snake…

Happy New Year! I don’t think it’s too late to say that!? Anyway the Chinese have only just celebrated their New Year!

2013…Despite doomsday being predicted for 21st December we are all still alive and kicking, So far so good!  

I went to Paris a couple of weeks ago, such a beautiful city and defiantly in my top 10! And to make it even better I was shown around by my French boyfriend! Apart from obviously drinking far too much amazing French wine and eating copious amount of Camembert, I went to Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. The French have cottoned onto our love of their furniture design though and unfortunately there weren’t any bargains to be had…

Rose, Edith and Darcy have found a new home in a little boutique in Dorking called No5 Interiors, a lovely little shop that specialises in upcycled, old and antique furniture, sourced directly from suppliers in France, Holland and Eastern Europe. They also hand make bespoke furniture from reclaimed timber so antique in its own right! So pop in and meet the lovely Monika if you are ever passing through Dorking.

I have finally put two of my suitcases up on the wall in my flat. It is great to see them working as a functional piece of Art in a proper lifestyle situation. They have finally come to life…

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On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again…! Why is it that as you get older time seems to speed up!

Well I’ve had a very busy few months and been very bad at keeping my blog updated, so thought I would write a final post before we enter 2013…

What Comes Around London has finally gone International!

Last month I packed up four of my suitcase cupboards to made their long journey over to Kuwait, to be “showcased” in a lovely boutique called The Yard. They wanted two of the suitcases in an Indonesian fabric called Ikat and it was very interesting for me to see them in a completely different style of fabric. I think Doris, Cyril, Darcie and Dorothy will be very happy over there!

At the beginning of this month I did a market in West London to test the market (pardon the pun!) I always love to do a good market, as it is such a great way to get feed back on your product. This one didn’t disappoint and I got some very positive comments and ideas of how to develop my idea. One of them being jewellery suitcase boxes, could work!

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And to tie the year up in style, I have been contacted by Country Homes and Interiors for one of my Suitcase’s to appear in a photo shoot for the May issue, which is very exciting and I’m really looking forward to seeing it properly in context…

Here are some Pic’s of new Suitcase Cupboards I’ve made.

Until 2013, A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you all!


Strike a pose…

Wow, I can’t believe summer is almost over and I haven’t written a new post since June! Well here we go and hopefully we can count on an Indian summer… come on September and October, pull through for us!

I can now attach the label “as seen in Vogue” to ‘What comes around London’ (always been a dream of mine!) My Suitcase cupboards are in Septembers issue in their Maison Chic feature. Well if you are going to be in any mag surely it should be vogue…!

I’ve done another photo shoot of my suitcases this week and this has given me the idea for my latest project ‘Legs Eleven’ which is to cover just the legs of tables and chairs with fabric.
Having used different vintage fabrics to line the inside and shelves of my suitcases I have decided to following on with the theme of using fabric as a material to decorate and upcycle my furniture. I think aesthetically it will work well and it’s different; usually we see the material on top of the table used as a tablecloth! Watch this space…

I’ve just returned from another amazing trip to New York, Love it! Brooklyn especially Williamsburg is my favourite area and full of such creative energy from the amazing street art to the fab boutique shops and of cause not forgetting the great Brooklyn flea set on the East river waterfront with the most unbelievable skyline view.

Given me plenty of food for thought and definitely left me wanting more, until next time…


What Comes Around at Soho Flea…

Wow, what a couple of weeks! City showcase was a huge success at the end of May and with the help of my lovely friends Vivi and Brid I made it for 9.30am to Dean Street with a stall full of suitcase shelves to sell!

The feedback I got was great and I met some lovely people, one of the things I love about London so much is the constant stream of fresh talent which you often see stumbling across a pop up shop, gallery or flea market.

Some of my favourites at City showcase were obviously the fab Lou Rota with her striking upcycled fine bone china decorated with birds, bugs and floral.

Jewellery made from recycled material by Plastic seconds.

Äelska with her stunning sequin encrusted collars and brightly coloured neck pieces to make any outfit go ‘pop’.

Naomi Ryder who draws-with-stitch and print to create delicate and beautiful contemporary images of ordinary life and lastly Cut out girls the innovative design duo creating individually hand-made textile products, using natural and unique materials combined with back to basic traditional skills.

A selection of Lou’s plates.

So with all this creative energy it’s time to get “Showcase” my suitcase shelves (thanks to my lovely brother Jose for the excellent play on words) out there!
You will be able to find them at my Etsy shop and they will also be featured in September’s issue of Vogue!

You can have your very own Showcase made to measure. They are all one-offs so no two are ever the same and are all created using handpicked vintage fabric and old leather suitcases.

So if it be a piece to finish off a room in your home, a wedding present or just because you want one! Put an order in and choose a size, small, medium or large and if you want any specific colours incorporated into the design and I’ll get to work on creating your unique suitcase!


Showcase!

I’ve had a very exciting week and have been accepted to take part in City Showcase; Soho flea market, which is the most glamorous flea market around! Highlighting new creative talent whilst launching a unique new event for London. Soho will be closed to traffic and transformed into a hub of creativity with musicians and comedians performing and emerging creatives displaying their work. 
I’m going to be showcasing my latest project. Vintage leather suitcases lined with beautiful vintage fabric which I have upcyled into cupboards to be mounted on the wall, making a centre piece in any room. 
They are visually eye catching as well as being perfectly practical! (Surprisingly they can actually hold quite a heavy load!) 
I have designed each suitcase so they are completely unique with their own personality and story to tell. Following the theme of World war II and the evacuation suitcases, each one will have it’s own name and evacuation number.
So put Sunday 27th May in your diary’s now and get yourselves down to Soho. In the meantime here is a sneek peak…

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A little too much information….!

Twitter, Facebook, Google+, My Space, Zoopla, Friends Reunited and the list goes on and on…
These days we almost know things before they even happen!
Never has the world been so connected (what did we do in the days before the internet!) With instant blogging sites such as Twitter information can be given to us as it happens before any newspaper goes to press.
We can build businesses and make contacts, share information and form relationships all at the click of a button.
Competition has never been so fierce and the world has never been so accessible. That now common phrase “google it” and the answer to any question can be answered instantly.
However, I think I somehow got stuck in the wrong era and the aesthetics of an old typewriter are much more appealing to me than any ipad! I feel like boundaries have become blurred and anonymity has been erased. Never have we been so inquisitive or craved so much attention.
Apps such as Tweetdeck allow you to read what someone had for dinner on Facebook along side how many people have died in the Middle East!
With the introduction of smart phones the internet has become an integral part of our lives of which we are eternally connected to.
Nevertheless, I fear it’s a case of sink or swim and embrace it I must!
With that in mind I would like to propose a social experiment to see how far we can push the snowball effect of Twitter.
So this experiment is me trying to get in touch purely by re-tweets to someone on the other side of the world. I have found James Kingsley (@jameskingsley) who fits the bill perfectly. He is in London Canada and I’m in London UK. I’ve been in touch with him and he is happy to take part, so find me on Twitter (@wcalondon) and let the retweeting begin….!


What comes around London Props

Prop; “an object used on stage by actors to further the plot or story line of a theatrical production.” This is what it’s all about… Props!
Looking around my flat every surface full of unusual collectables I’ve accumulated over the past couple of years (a far cry from my minimalistic ideals!) firstly I realised I was very much drawn to 50’s and secondly I recognised an opportunity to create “What comes around London Props”
I’ve always found the atmosphere of the stage to be such a magical experience and with both my parents working in the theatre in the early 70’s surely it figures I should follow in their footsteps!I would love nothing more than seeing my much loved handpicked artefacts involved in a stage production! 
With 12 days till Christmas there are lots of Christmas fete’s, bazaars and fairs popping up. Some of my favourites are; The Homeworks Christmas Craft Market, design makers taking part showing everything from clothes, scarves, jewellery and accessories to ceramics, prints, kids stuff, vintage clothes and homewares. North London vintage market, eclectic mix of vintage goodies – from clothing and jewellery to retro furniture and mid-century collectables. Lastly Hackney homemade, Local traders selling a variety of homemade and vintage goods… And if you can’t be bothered to leave the comfort of your own home there are lots of fab things on etsy!
As I always say “What comes around…”
Below are a few things that start my unusual collection of props…

Vintage shoemakers tool


Vintage hot water bottle


1950’s London Soda stream (all ready featured on stage!)