Interiors Lifestyle · July 6, 2020

Little Home Joys: The Interiors Brands (and bits) I Love

*Asterix indicates press sample 

Like the rest of the world, I’ve pretty much spent the last three months at home. Flicking between Tenable and Countdown each afternoon, tucking into cheese and pickle sandwiches come 12pm and noticing how the strangers who walk past our house daily on commutes or shop-runs now seem familiar.

I’m incredibly fortunate that being at home to me is a space where I typically feel comfort and calm. Having spent the last six or so years working from home, it’s somewhere I’m used to being for prolonged periods of time, and have spent a good chunk of time navigating the balance between work and play, I’ve gotten quite good at trying to separate the two when they both fall between the same four walls.

Whether you’re working or lying low, I’m pretty sure that during a pandemic- no matter how spacious, glamorous, cosy, well decorated or gallery-walled your living space is- there will always be bouts of cabin fever and restlessness. We’re all only human, after all.

Anyway- I thought I’d take today to show you a few of the home ware brands and additions that have made our space feel all the more special over the last few months. We very rarely make interior changes, but sometimes a little something every now and again helps give a little life to those dusty old corners…

John Lewis x Orla Kiely* in our living room… 

Oh Orla! When I was informed about this gorgeous collaboration with John Lewis my heart skipped a beat. It’s been a while, but there’s a permanent space in my heart for Orla Kiely’s gorgeous sixties prints and designs- and this collection is no different. With the retro tiling on the mug, and rich mustard and rosy hues on the cushion, both make cosy additions for rainy days.

Polkra Candles* and Sugar & Cement Placemat…

One of my favourite lifestyle brand discoveries of late has been Polkra. Although known for their statement table wear, it was their candles with Katie Scott that blew me away. Housed in beautiful botanical ceramic pots, they’re truly special candles that fragrance a room before they’re even lit. They live on our little Sugar & Cement scalloped placemat which is one of my favourite things, and the perfect little centre piece for a table or cabinet- dreamy.

Mystery Village on our fireplace…

Absolutely only half biased with this inclusion- but my best friend Gemma also started selling her adorable clay figurines on her shop Mystery Village earlier in lockdown, and her E.T and Moomin’s have stolen my heart (she’s ridiculously creative). They’re the cutest little flower holders (or just bedside BFFL’s) and she also made me a little Maggie for my birthday which sits pride of place with E.T on our fireplace. They are the best of pals.



Prints from Hand & Palm and Tatiana Alida*…

I’m on a print ban. I’ve put it in writing so it is now true. But one of the things I am so, so weak when it comes to buying online- are prints. ‘We’ll put it in the bedroom!’ ‘I’ll frame it next week!’ Are two of my favourite phrases, and probable lies (which Joe has now sadly come to discover). Before the self-imposed ban (until I catch up with actually housing aforementioned prints) I picked up this flower one from Hand & Palm who have the most gorgeous hand-finished pieces, and this from Tatiana Alida, who I discovered at the South London Makers Market and have subsequently been in love with ever since.

Finishing touches from G L Ø D* & The Antik Store* in the bedroom…

Our bedroom is the place that I always end up adding to with trinkets and dishes- and these gorgeous little shells from The Antik Store are no different (she has some gorgeous pieces so keep checking back). I’m also in love with the ladies behind G L Ø D too. Their candles are some of the most deliciously scented (the Malala lemongrass and geranium one is heavenly), and with every purchase they donate £1 to Women for Women- which makes them even sweeter.



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