As much as I love digging around high street stores for the newest and the best home accessories, I love nothing more than finding a new independant store or designer. We've met loads over the years and interviewed our favourites over a cuppa here.
Your home is a true reflection of you, where you've been, your own style and your own story. I never recommend buying a 'look' from one place, we all know how sterile your home can be if you only shop at Ikea. I'm not knocking Ikea, in fact I love it and have personally mixed in pieces from Ikea with vintage and modern classics (like my recently bought Jasper Morrison 'Air' chairs with an old farmhouse kitchen table and Ikea industrial 'Foto' light pendants above it). The point is that your home should never be really 'finished' (I hear all those perfectionists scream WHAT!!), it's just an expression of your life and where you are. It's an evolution.
The thing I love about independant stores, whether that's an independant food store, gift store, book shop or home shop, is how you are given the chance to look at new things through the eye of the owner, new eyes, new things, new places. I share their passion and as easy as it is to just shop from the usual, I think we can all shop from the unusual too.
The word Imbyou is derived from 'imbue' which means to inspire, to saturate with feelings, colours etc
I recently chatted with Vallari, the founder of Imbyou and also a ceramic designer-maker and am really excited to visit the Imbyou pop-up event at West Elm in London later in the month, catch all the details here
Imbyou focuses on simplicity, British and Indian craftsmanship, merging integrity with timeless design. You'll find items on this site that you just don't find everywhere and that is just so refreshing.
The first thing that caught my eye at Imbyou, was the small collection of furniture. These B Chairs from the Truss Me Collection are made from bamboo and I love the red one! I am a total chair addict. I know red seems like a scary colour for your interior, but I have used it frequently and it's such a great accent colour. Be bold and pick it as an accent colour in your kitchen, I would.
The Elephant seat/play object from the Truss Me Collection is just super cute, works in lots of rooms for kids or adults, personally think it would be great in a teen boys room! My nephew would love this to sit in and read or sit in and watch tv. He and my youngest daughter are big fan of sitting!
Ceramics! Another love of mine, did you miss my total crush on ceramics from provence? Here it is
These are just gorgeous bowls and no two will ever be the same but if like me you have the dishwasher on 24/24, fear not these are heavy duty and look good! Grant Pratt of Tilehurst Pottery will be giving a live pottery demo on the 26th and 27th at the Imbyou pop-up event at West Elm, London. Check out the details here
This is just a small detail of a 200cmx200cm quilt for a bed or wall. It's a hand made map of London (my home town) and what I love love love about this piece, is that the designer will highlight any special area of London for you.
Mine would be Blackheath where I was born or Crouch End where I lived.
Both, I'll take both!
The French eat a lot of chesse, I'm only half French but still eat my full French quota of cheese! Any white tableware set needs some highlights on the table. Summer al fresco dining needs table accessories like these platters, makes a gorgeous gift or wedding present.
It's just too cute! I love this London cushion. It's neutral colours will fit in with most colour schemes but it's also a little cheeky! Love cheeky
Sculptural paper shades work well in most schemes, even the most traditonal, in fact adding a statement modern piece of design in a traditional home such as a chair, light fitting or artwork is such a great bold move. We are huge fans of the 'no rules' interior design rules.
Mix it up & only ever have things in your home that you truely love.
Check out the pop-up events at West Elm London, Imbyou have a pop-up event on 25th-27th November 2016 in store, it's a great chance to get up and personal, touch & feel the products, see them in situ. I'll be popping along so come and say hi, I'll buy us a coffee and a selfie or two!