Lee Broom Opens New York Showroom

Award-winning British furniture and lighting designer Lee Broom has opened the doors to his first permanent New York showroom located at 34 Greene Street in SoHo, New York having teamed up with CITE Furniture Showroom. Following on from the unprecedented success of his four-week pop-up New York store ‘Broome Off Broome’ earlier this year in May 2016, which received industry wide acclaim, the opportunity to open a permanent destination for professionals and consumers was brought forward ahead of further US expansion plans in 2016.

Broom’s first permanent own branded showroom outside of London, the new 800sq ft Manhattan space is positioned just a block down from the location of the Spring 2016 pop-up store. Inter-connected to CITE, SoHo stalwarts for almost 30 years, in the ornate cast iron front building known to locals as the “Queen of Greene”, the new showroom is also in close proximity to design brands Artemide, Kartell and Boffi. 

The new interior has been designed by Broom to reflect the gallery style of his Shoreditch London flagship Electra House and features floor to ceiling pleated drapes in signature Lee Broom grey as a backdrop to accentuate the colours and materials of the collective pieces. Edited in to vignettes which showcase Broom’s original use of brass, marble, crystal and colour, products are displayed on sculptural plinths clad in grey carpet.

The new showroom space carries the full collection of UL-listed lighting, furniture and accessories, including classics such as the Crystal Bulb, Hanging Hoop Chair and Tube Light, along with more recent additions including the award-winning Crescent Light, Mini Crescent and Optical collections.

Of the launch Lee Broom says: “Our business in the US has grown incredibly quickly over recent years. New York has welcomed us with open arms and our “Broom Off Broome” pop-up earlier this year was so successful we knew instantly that this was the right moment for us to open a permanent showroom here in New York.”

New York Showroom, 34 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013. Store opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am until 7pm, Sunday 12pm until 6pm

The Slow Life Exhibition at Merci Concept Store

Ex-editorial adviser to Marie Claire maison and currently artistic director at Merci, Daniel Rozensztroch is one of the leading names in Paris design Industry.

This autumn, he invites us to discover “the meaning of things” through the “Slow life” exhibition. Inspiration, implementation and difficulties… Daniel reveals the exhibition secrets of THE Parisian destination store.

The exhibition is entitled « Slow life – Keep cool like is beautiful “; how did you come up with this idea?

Slow Life came throughout an observation that I made to myself. Like some people, I am very sensitive to dramatic events that punctuate our daily lives. They can strongly change our behaviour and influence our happiness. On one hand, I refuse to slide into a completely negative vision of our society. We need small daily pleasures to survive. Slow Life is made up of these small, simple and everyday pleasures that embody a selection of aesthetically pleasing objects that are simple and charming in nature, far from the world of ostentatious luxury and distracting gadgets. I strongly believe in moderation. I think that we are in a time where it becomes reasonable. Excess is no longer trendy; it adds nothing.  You realize that you can be happy by being “normal.” Perhaps in a few years we will need to express ourselves more strongly but today we need to get back to the basics. 

On what criteria did you base the selection of your products (colors, materials, brands…)?

First, we selected products based on their use. Then, we refined our search to the type of material with particular interest in natural materials such as wood, ceramic or concrete.

What was the most difficult part in implementation the project?

During the setup, we realized that people touched all the objects that were used to design the installation. We had to put up a barrier to protect them. It was a constraint that was eventually well integrated into the installation! 

Tell us a little bit about your home's design. 

My interior is a real mix of styles, with a clash of cultures and a predilection for mineral based materials. It is a kind of urban and contemporary industrial workshop. There are objects similar to those found in a Cabinet of Curiosities that sit alongside 18th century baroque pieces as well as very industrial objects. 

According to you, what makes Merci different from others concept stores?  

Merci stands out from other concept stores because it is a store where you feel at home. People come to walk around and discover simple things. The store imparts a desire to stay and is artistically managed in a very spontaneous, relaxed and sensible manner! 

Created in March 2009 by Marie-France and Bernard Cohen in a majestic loft, Merci is a Parisian concept store dedicated to Fashion and Design. Located in one of the trendy districts of Paris (“Le Marais”), it quickly turned into the reference of the Parisian destination shopping. With 1500 m2 split over three different floors (Hardware underground, Fashion at the ground floor and Household at the first floor) the store is undoubtedly one of the favorite places of design lovers who are visiting the French capital. So let’s shop some genius and unique pieces that you’ll certainly not find elsewhere and don’t forget to have a break in the Merci “Used book café”.

Merci concept store: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France (from Monday to Saturday).

Opening hours: 10 am – 7pm

Eat, Drink, Enjoy - Top Restaurant Destinations In London

Conduit Street

It would be unfair to call Sketch a restaurant. It is an eating destination. A central London townhouse transformed into a dining experience, where each and every room has an entirely different style, atmosphere and menu. We ate in The Gallery, Sketch’s homage to modern art – a grand dining room designed by illustrator David Shrigley.

The candy pink walls, which match the velvet seats and copper detailing, are covered with 239 new, original Shrigley drawings. And the focus on design doesn't stop with the walls. The plates, the menus, even the salt and pepper shakers are in on the act. As is the food itself, which turns up stylishly settled on your plate. Not that The Gallery can be accused of favouring style over substance - the dishes are seriously tasty too.

Don’t leave without a little nosey around the rest of Sketch’s bars and restaurants. And a trip to the futuristic toilets. Seriously, you’ll understand why once you get there.

Go: If you want to impress a date, or anyone for that matter.

Eat: Chantilly Lace – a black rice and lobster bisque starter.

Pay: Around £30 for a main course. 

Caledonian Road

Who knew environmentally friendly dining could be so much fun?

Through the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross, past fast food chains and busy bars spilling out onto the pavements, sits T.E.D. or Think, Eat, Drink, a restaurant where the focus is firmly on serving sustainable and ethically produced food.

Its menu favours British, seasonal flavours, but you could easily eat here without noticing its green credentials. The menu is varied, fresh and exciting – from English lamb and Cornish crab to panna cotta topped with native raspberries and each dish arrives on your plate cleverly styled with passion and flair.

Plus, the food is served up in seriously stylish surroundings – bold, printed tiles, multi coloured glass lampshades and pretty vases full of fresh, wild flowers.

It’s safe to say we are completely converted to their ethical ethos.

Go: For a stylish and delicious dinner - with a conscience.

Eat: Isle of Man queen scallops served with saffron and lemon.

Pay: Around £15 for a main course – though menus change on a daily basis to reflect market prices.

Upper Street

Any café or restaurant on Upper Street in Angel has plenty of competition. The area is teeming with trendy start-ups, as well as established venues and familiar chains. But Vivo, with passionate staff and oodles of laid back Italian charm, still managed to pull in the crowds when we visited on a rainy Monday evening.

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That’s probably got something to do with the platters of mouth-watering food laid out over 14 meters of stone counter, all of which is easily visible from the pavement. There is plenty for you to drool over before selecting your dishes - think rich lasagne, spaghetti and meatballs and stuffed pizzas as well as contemporary salads and heavenly hand-crafted desserts.

Once inside, you select food from the counter and perch wherever takes your fancy - the British weather doesn’t always lend itself to eating al fresco, but Vivo has a roomy roof terrace with patio heaters and canopy to shield you from showers. One thing's for sure though, once you're settled, there’s absolutely no chance you’ll ever feel like you’re being rushed out.  

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Go: For a casual catch up with friends over dinner, lunch or brunch.

Eat: Salmon and venere rice salad.

Pay: Around £8 for a main course.

Written by Ellie Walker-Arnott taken from the November 2014 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Time For Tea: Our Favourite Cafes In London

London is fit to burst with cafes, coffee shops and bakeries. Yet it can still be a challenge to find a spot where you’re guaranteed great service, a perfect cuppa and a satisfying slice of cake.

Thankfully, I seem to have unintentionally tried and tested hundreds of the capital’s teatime establishments…

The Haberdashery

The Haberdashery

If you’re after laid back vintage charm The Haberdashery in Crouch End is a must visit.

In the villagey area of North London, which has avoided the spread of coffee chains and sprouted uncountable numbers of independent cafes, The Haberdashery has plenty of competition. But, with its bunting draped exterior and towering plates of cake in the window, it still manages to draw in the crowds. In fact, some days you’re lucky to find a table. Not that its popularity should put you off.

A selection of cakes at The Haberdashery

A selection of cakes at The Haberdashery

This nostalgic café exudes eclectic style, with pretty painted chairs, mismatched vintage crockery, kitted tea cosies and cute knick knacks. Once you’ve found a seat, you’re in for a treat, whether that’s a pot of W. Martyn of Muswell Hill tea, a jam jar of raspberry and rose soda or a steaming bowl of unbelievably rich hot chocolate “festooned with marshmallows”.

Muffins come baked in little terracotta pots, while a heaving cake display offers an array of surprising flavours, like Orange Blossom and Cardamom, Rose and Elderflower and Nectarine and Rosemary. Though they do also do an impressive and simple Victoria Sponge for cake purists.

Brunch at The Haberdashery

Brunch at The Haberdashery

If you’re after more than a slice of sponge, The Haberdashery does a mean brunch – think Eggs Benedict or Banana and Cinnamon French Toast – plus generous salads, chunky sandwiches and hearty soups.

While it’s a favourite of the Crouch End mums by day, The Haberdashery also plays host to local musicians, vintage markets and a supper club once the sun goes down.

Down in South London, and on the other end of the scale from The Haberdashery’s homely and cluttered interior, sits Peggy Porschen’s Parlour, a palace of pristine presentation and precise cake making.

Cakes at Peggy Porschen’s Parlour

Cakes at Peggy Porschen’s Parlour

The Belgravia tea shop is a love letter to the art of cake, and a mecca for those with a seriously sweet tooth.

Once upon a time, Peggy’s bakes were bespoke and order-only – reserved for celebrations, wedding days and the rich and famous (Kate Moss and Elton John are among past customers) – but since the opening of the Parlour in 2010 the cake creations are now available for anyone to taste.

Inside the Parlour, pretty pastel shades are the order of the day, with a select number of tables, dainty designs and refined prints. But style aside, the glass cabinet - full of cookies, confections and perfect rows of identical cupcakes topped with thick swirls of sweet icing - is really the café’s focal point.

Pretty interiors at Peggy Porschen’s Parlour

Pretty interiors at Peggy Porschen’s Parlour

Choose from classic yet indulgent flavours like Salted Caramel, Banoffee, Black Forest and Dark Chocolate Truffle. I can personally vouch for the Strawberry and Champagne Cake being beyond heavenly.

It’s not just about cake, Peggy Porschen also serve up their own blends of tea, such as Caramel, Floral Rose and Orange Flower, designed to balance the sweetness in their range of bakes. Perfection. 

Written by Ellie Walker-Arnott taken from the October 2014 issue of Heart Home Magazine.

The New Craftsmen Pop-Up at The Garage


Incongruously tucked away in a disused mews garage in the heart of Mayfair is The New Craftsmen pop-up shop.  Founded in 2012, The New Craftsmen is a network of makers from the British Isles working in a variety of crafts including ceramics, basketry, glass blowing and textiles.  What pulls them all together into a coherent collection is a shared contemporary take on traditional craft methods, the highest handmade quality, and a sustainable, deep connection with culture and place. Here's my pick of the best pieces available to buy from The Garage this festive season, and through The New Craftsmen online shop.

Tim Hurn's chicken brick

Potter Tim Hurn served an apprenticeship with John Leach, grandson of the "father of British pottery" Bernard Leach.  Tim produces wood fired salt glaze pottery in his traditional Japanese 'Anagama', or 'cave' kiln, in Dorset.  The firing process is time consuming, but this ancient method ensures that no two pots will be the same.  The quality of the resulting pots illustrates the almost destructive effects of fire and salt on clay.

Basket by Hilary Burns

Originally trained in woven textiles, Hilary Burns weaves sculptural baskets with traditional techniques using her own grown willow, and hazel, oak and ash which is harvested locally to her studio in Devon.

Nicola Tassie Jug and Bowl

I first came across glass blower Michael Ruh recently through his collaboration with one of my favourite textile designers, Sarah Campbell (see Sarah Campbell: Fabrics and Other Things).  Working from his south London studio, Ruh creates exquisite handmade glass vessels, including these Roundy Tumblers - perfect for that Christmas tipple!

Roundy Tumblers by Michael Ruh

Clarity, purity and translucency are qualities that both glass and ceramic possess, and this fascinates maker Andrea Walsh.  Her pieces, such as these faceted boxes, are formed of slip casting and kiln casting techniques, and every piece is then polished by hand.  Some items are enriched with burnished gold.

Andrea Walsh's Faceted Boxes

Royal College of Art graduate Stuart Carey's highly individual, semi-porcelain stoneware is much sought after.  His celebrated hand thrown tableware is available in a new colour range developed exclusively for The New Craftsmen.

Hot Pouring Jug from Stuart Carey

The New Craftsmen Garage is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am - 6pm, with late night shopping until 8pm every Wednesday and Thursday.  14 Adams Row, London, Mayfair, London, W1K 2LA.





Up-and-coming new designers at Renegade Craft Fair

A great place to start your Christmas shopping is the Renegade Craft Fair, taking place on 9 & 10 November at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London. Renegade Craft Fair London

A whole host of up-and-coming designers and crafty people will be there with brilliantly original gifts, loads of which are handmade.

Anna Dent mug

I'm very excited to let you know that I'll be there too, with my range of colourful retro-influenced kitchenware, and a brand new range of handmade lampshades which will be launched exclusively at Renegade. I'll also be giving away a 10% discount for my online shop, so you can save on your shopping until the end of November.

Anna Dent coasters

Entry is free, and there will also be music and workshops with Mollie Makes and The Amazings. Hope to see you there!

Anna Dent Tea towel




For the 2013 London Design Festival, Mini Moderns are curating a 2-week event, hosted by East London Design Store in their newly launched shop in London Fields, E8. The Remix project sees cult UK interiors brand Mini Moderns team up with a select number of designers and artists, using its past collections as a basis for new work. The store will be filled with a diverse range of curated objects, furniture, lighting and ephemera that gives an insight into the Mini Moderns aesthetic and design process.

The 2013 Remix project is based largely upon Mini Moderns' Darjeeling wallpaper design, which was launched this year as part of their Buddha of Suburbia collection. Fittingly, since the collection celebrates a uniquely London cultural mash-up, Mini Moderns have given Remix collaborators free reign to reimagine the design on a piece of their choice. The project includes work by Zoe Murphy, Leonhard Pfeifer, Rimmington Vian, Urban Upholstery and Brume, as well as the launch of Mini Moderns' first lighting collection, produced and designed in collaboration with Group Design. Further work comes from artist Matt Sewell and furniture maker Benjamin Boyce, who have both used the range of Mini Moderns Environmentally Responsible Paint as the basis for their response.



minimodernslido-2 Mini Moderns Remix at East London Design Store - 14th to 22nd September 2013, open Daily 10am till 6pm. 6a Ada Street, London Fields, London E8 4QU.

Ohh Deer Pop-Up Shop

Illustration collective Ohh Deer have partnered up with independent boutiques Wolf & Badger to bring you an action-packed pop-up shop.

Ohh Deer W&B Pop-Up Invite

For anyone not familiar with Ohh Deer, they are a quirky online shop that sell illustrated gifts.  Their products are stocked internationally in independent boutiques and even retail giants such as Topshop and Urban Outfitters.  They regularly feature in the pages of trend-setting magazines and design focussed publications.

Ohh Deer W&B Pop-Up - cushion kris tate

Needless to say, there will be all sorts of illustrated goodies on sale including a selection of homeware, stationery and the usual unusuals. There will be work on display by all the familiar Ohh Deer faces that you know and love and they’ll also be running various workshops during the course of the pop-up.  The results of which will be displayed on a website designed especially for this collaboration. This means that if you take part, you’ll get your work some epic exposure.  

Ohh Deer W&B Pop-Up - toucan print drew turner

Wolf & Badger, 32 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NE

21st June - 4th July

All Hail House Of Hackney!

Downstairs loo

I am a relative newcomer to Hackney, East London, a diverse borough regularly surveyed with delight and despair in equal measure. My parents (of rural Yorkshire village origin) find it unfathomable that I might want to reside in such a ‘noisy, dirty, busy hovel’. Whilst friends love the never-ending variety and constant evolution of people, places, not to mention the array of beards to behold! Cycle 10 minutes in any direction (and I mean cycle, we Hackney-ites have evolved wheels in place of legs, walking is sooooo early 2000’s) and you will encounter a middle class hub of café culture sitting alongside derelict factories, gastro pubs complete with celebrity chef proprietors next door to gone to seed housing estates,  and markets to cater for your every whim, both genuine East End and achingly hip. It’s a veritable melting pot and we love it that way.

We speak with immense pride of our alumni and success stories (I’ve been here 3 years and I bang on about them like they’re my brothers in arms!… Marc Bolan was born in Homerton don’t you know, and guess who lived up the road… Colin Firth… Mr Bloody Darcy!). So it is with utter delight and, ever so slightly, obsessive interest (just slightly) that I have observed the success trajectory of House Of Hackney (http://www.houseofhackney.com)

The brilliantly OTT and utterly original design house who launched in 2011 with a stunning range of fabrics and papers have gone on to develop a range of furniture and fashion. Different, decadent, always with a hint of the debauched, I have loved them from the moment I happened upon them and have eagerly devoured every opportunity to encounter their wares. From website to pop up shop, their own home come showroom and now their first flagship store on - not even remotely shabby anymore, actually quite posh now – Shoreditch High Street.

HOH outside

So it was with utter delight I visited the store on its inaugural day of trading (last Friday) and it really did not disappoint. The rich dark blue walls, thick velvety carpet, mirror ceiling and dark wood paneling offer the perfect backdrop to the array of products ranging from pants to poufs, cushions to camisoles.

 HOH cushionsHOH inside

It’s the kind of space that makes you want to drink dirty martini’s, smoke gauloise and speak only in a gravelly voice. Clearly, if you try most of those things they will undoubtedly chuck you out, so try to refrain. But I do encourage you to go there, soak in the ‘matchy matchy’ mecca in all its majesty and as a real treat take a little piece of it home with you.

HOH Leopard Print walls HOH sofa

House Of Hackney was one of the very first investments I made in my own House in Hackney when I proudly used their stunning Dalston Rose to deck out my downstairs loo. That a space so small and utterly functional, so devoid of glamour could be transformed into a thing of such beauty, a literal joy to behold, is beyond unlikely, it’s utterly incongruous… utterly Hackney and definitely House Of Hackney. Here’s to their reign and to my throne!

 Downstairs loo


Quirky finds at The Perching Post

The Perching Post Light Bulb Vase

If you wander down the High Street in Barnes you'll come across a lovely shop, full of one-off home accessories. The Perching Post was established in 2012 by theatre design graduate Anna Sparshatt. Her passion for interiors, in particular sourcing furniture, made the shop a natural step. Candle Votive Tea Light from The Perching Post. Photo Yeshen Venema

The furniture Anna sources is often restored, and in some cases updated, such as the School Desk Coffee Table with a duel storage compartment. The range of home accessories includes the wonderful Brick Vase from Stolen Form, a beautiful Light Bulb Vase from Bloomingvile and a delicate set of Hummingbird prints from Natural History - The Origin of Style.

Hummingbird Prints from Natural History. Photo Yeshen Venema

The Light Bulb Vase really caught my eye, they're very delicate in the hand, but totally watertight, perfect for a single, short-stemmed flower. They also pour well, so I might use it for topping up my essential oil burner.

The Perching Post Lightbulb Vase by Bloomingville

If you're a young designer, get in touch with Anna as she is always looking for interesting furniture, ceramics, soft furnishings and decorative items.

Film Directors no.1 Print: Beards and Glasses

You can find The Perching Post shop at: 55 High Street, Barnes, London, SW13 9LF. Tel: 02088763383. Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10am-5:30pm  Sunday 11am-4pm.

If you're not in London, or prefer to shop from your sofa, the online shop opened last month: www.theperchingpost.co.uk

Photography by Yeshen Venema.

Pop Up Shop - Fate London

Fate London first emerged from an appreciation of timeless style and the satisfaction gained through attention to detail in design.  Founders Louise Bliss and Saffron Hunt were so inspired by the work and projects of the creative minds surrounding them, they started to pull their influences together through Pinterest but soon, they discovered that just wasn't enough, and that they wanted to provide to those who shared their enthusiasm...and so, the idea for the Fate London store was born. fate london

They generally believe in the beauty of simplicity and the aesthetic of great design, whether that be in a pattern or a special feature, so products have been chosen for their quality, design and interest.

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There is a strong reference to nature, the use of raw materials and traditional craftsmanship. On the website the tactical goods are arranged by material; glass/minerals, fibres and metals, and beautifully photographed by Emma Job and David Abrahams.

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Fate London will be popping up at Dalston Department Store next weekend where all of the goods will be available to see and buy as well as exclusive offers and new collections not yet in the store.

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Dalston Department Store,  Star House, 2 Richmond Road. London. E8 3HY.

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th May 10:00 - 18:00 Sunday 19th May 11:00 - 17:00

Why not pop along?

News from Reed Harris Tiles

As an interior designer I'm well acquainted with Reed Harris Tiles.  For nearly 100 years, they have been sourcing tiles from manufacturers across the globe to fulfil their customers’ needs and desires: rustic or contemporary tiles, patterned or plain, white or coloured; from Italy and Spain, Morocco and the Far East.  They are still independently owned, and have become the leading tile specialist not just for interior designers, but for retail and architectural customers too.

Well, they have been very busy lately, and they have decided to widen their offering and therefore now sell Little Greene PaintsMiss Print and Brian Yates wall coverings.  The general idea is to make things easier for customers and show tiles in a slightly different context.

So, if you are in London this coming Thursday 27th September, you are invited to visit the Fulham Showroom, 27, Carnwath Road, Fulham, London SW6 3HR, from 6.30pm til 9pm to see exactly what they have been up to.  You may be in for a bit of a surprise.

Please RSVP Karen@reed-harris.co.uk or DM @ReedHarrisTiles

Four days of design (& cake)

Pitfield London Cafe

I think it would be fair to say that I lead a fairly busy life. By day I juggle 'my proper job' with being a full-time mum to two young children. Then in the evenings you can often find me wearing my creative hat blogging here at Heart Home and over on my personal blog at Buttercup days. Weekends are spent cooking (naturally), working down the allotment and trying to 'do up' our house. It's a fine balance at times. However, this week the balance and routine goes out the window as the proper job takes centre stage. It's that time of the year. The proper job is the PR company that I run with my husband and our tiny team of amazing staff. My parents have temporarely moved into our house to look after the kids, whilst we swap Brighton for Brick Lane as we return to the familiar surroundings of Tent London and Super Brands London, one of the largest design trade shows taking place during the London Design Festival. It's our sixth year doing this gig but we don't seem to tire of being surrounded by all the inspirational design. This year will see over 200 international exhibitors (in Tent London alone), showing the very latest in contemporary interior products - furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories.

Pitfield London Cafe

Anyone who has ever visited Tent London will know it's a must-visit design event. Our on-site press office is a happy place to work. It's a chance for us to meet with our industry colleagues, catch up with old friends and hopefully forge new relationships. It is however busy. Really busy. And what is the most important thing to remember when you are busy? To eat and drink well.

In the past, this has been easier said than done. It can be hard waiting for a lull in order to nip out of the press office and grab some lunch down Brick Lane somewhere. Well, this year there will be no such problem. The Pitfield pop-up Cafe is coming to Tent and I for one am quite excited about it.

Pitfield London Cafe

Pitfield London Cafe

Pitfield London is a shop, cafe and exhibition gallery in Hoxton, East London (just five minutes from Old Street station). The concept store reflects the owners, interior designer Shaun Clarkson’s and textile designer Paul Brewster’s, bold, whimsical tastes, creating a space, which is pure fantasy and escapism.

It is this very spirit that has been transported to Tent London for these next four days. The pop-up bar and cafe, with shop area, brings innovative design to life in an environment that people can experience and buy into. A community umbrella throughout London Design Festival, the Pitfield pop-up offers a meeting place and inspired gathering place in which to socialise or work.

Cafe manager, Eddy Grappy, has designed a mouthwateringly sumptuous menu for the occasion. Freshly ground, specialist coffee will be complemented by a selection of indulgent cakes made on-site. On the savoury side, super healthy salads and delicious sandwiches, all using local produce, will also be on the menu.

Pitfield London Cafe

Giving you a taste of Pitfield’s bold statements and unforgettable colours, the pop-up space incorporates warm canary yellow counters made from reclaimed packing crates, retro stools and dining chairs in attractive pastel shades, and quirky, intricately composed scrapwood wallpaper by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, behind the bar. Funky shelving, formed from the end of turned-leg tables allow visitors to admire and purchase homewares and other curiosities from the Pitfield London emporium. Much like the store itself, the pop-up Pitfield London will attract the creative and curious, presenting a unique and attention grabbing space fuelled by colour, glamour and daring design.

With a busy four days ahead of me, I find it incredibly comforting to know that I'm never going to be far away from a slice of homemade cake and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The very best in the latest contemporary design is all very well, but in my world you really can't beat a good lemon drizzle cake.

Images above via Pitfield London www.pitfieldlondon.com

For more information about Tent London visit www.tentlondon.co.uk

For more information about Super Brands London visit www.superbrandslondon.co.uk

Behind the Scenes at Folklore

While Arianna and I were out and about with the lovely Clarissa Hulse for her feature in issue 4, we quite literally stumbled upon a brand new shop in Islington called Folklore.

The shop had only been open a few days and the window display just drew us in to explore and have a chat with the owner Danielle Reid, who has opened the shop with her husband Rob.  Not surprisingly considering the window display Danielle turned out to be an interior designer, but one with a very special ethos.  She believes that better living is possible through design and all of the products in her shop are made in an environmentally mindful way.

Some are handmade, some are antique and many are made from recycled or found materials.  They all however share a high level of craftmanship, quality, simplicity and durability.

We just loved the carefully curated selection of homewares, furniture, lighting and accessories.  All of which were just begging to be picked up and touched and examined.  And of course the design of the shop and the displays reflected the owners taste and ethos beautifully.

Not only that, Folklore have pledged to donate 15% of their profit each year to a different not for profit organisation.  This year they are supporting Shanti Microfinance which was set up by a friend Sheetal Mehta to promote entrepreneurship and sustainability in some of India's poorest slums and villages.

If you are in the area we urge you to visit the shop at 193 Upper Street in Islington, but if not, the website is now live and looks equally lovely.

All photographs were taken by James Balston for Heart Home magazine

Don't Forget Dear Old Dad

You can't have failed to notice that this coming Sunday is Fathers' Day. So here are a few light-hearted gift suggestions from the Heart Home team to make his day special.

Where to Shop:1 Hankie Box, Thornback & Peel. 2 Picnic Blanket, Anorak. 3 Bulb Table Lamp, Dwell. 4 Multi Stripe Socks, Rigby and mac. 5 Wall Art Bicycle Safety, Dotcomgiftshop. 6 Bull Dog Candle, Berry Red. 7 Handlebar Corkscrew, Rockett St George. 8 Travelcard Cushion, The Museum Shop. 9 Super Dad Gingerbread Biscuit, John Lewis.

Ruby Rhino Furniture Painting Workshops

Hannah Ricci is a very talented and busy lady.  Not only is she a valued contributor to Heart Home magazine (she writes our 'Young Designers' feature every issue), she has her own upcycled furniture boutique called Ruby Rhino, and now she is launching furniture painting workshops too!

The workshops take place in the Heart of the Country Shopping Village in Lichfield, Staffordshire, with two friendly tutors from the Ruby Rhino team.  They provide a fun hands-on experience for complete beginners as well as those wanting to fine tune existing skills.  Basics are covered before moving on to tips for professional application and a wide range of different techniques including colour washing, distressing, cracking and creating texture.  So if you've ever wanted to learn how to layer paints and create authentic aged effects on those old tired bits of furniture you have hanging around, now's your chance.

Hannah is offering Heart Home readers a special rate of £95 per person (normal price £110) for bookings made before 30th June.

"I have to admit to still a bit of a glow after the workshop on Saturday.  I LOVED it!  Thank you again for making it such an inspirational day in a lovely relaxed, friendly atmosphere."  Sally, London.

Ruby Rhino Workshops

Location: Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9QR

Price: £95 per person. This includes all materials, refreshments, a light lunch and a small project to take home.  Participants do not need to take furniture.

Upcoming dates: Saturday 16th June (1 space left), Saturday 30th June (6 spaces left), Saturday 7th July (6 spaces left)

Behind the Scenes at Metro Retro

While we were shooting the Johnny Egg story for issue 3 (see page 86) we visited one place that is definitely on the list for a re-visit.  

Metro Retro is a warehouse based online business supplying commercial and private customers with an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and decorative props.  It has grown from a Camden Market stall in the early 1990s, via two London shops to a warehouse situated on a farm in rural Essex.  The warehouse and workshop are also open by appointment.

In the last ten years they have also been developing a range of their own furniture incorporating reclaimed materials, all handmade in East Anglia.

It was a stylists dream and Johnny confessed he found it an inspiring place to browse and rummage.

Packed to the rafters with an eclectic mix of industrial chic, Post War furniture, school room and laboratory items, clocks, books, light fittings and even a working gramophone.  It's no wonder that they supply pieces from stock for film, TV, theatre installation and exhibition work.

To visit Metro Retro please call Saxon on 01245 363764 or e-mail sales@metroretro.co.uk with any enquiry.

All photographs by Paul Craig.

The Crockery Cupboard


I had the pleasure of working with a lovely lady called Jane on some of our photoshoots. Aside from working as a photographer's assistant she told me about her other exciting project she works on. She co runs The Crockery Cupboard, a vintage crockery hire company founded in 2008. Their exquisite collection of beautiful china and glassware is ideal for any occasion, from weddings and parties to corporate and press events.  Clients have included Harvey Nichols, Donna Karen, Lucy in Disguise and The Wapping Project, as well as many others.

The unique mix and match style, including fine examples of crockery from the 1920’s to the 1960’s, will add a refreshing touch of vintage charm to any occasion.

Fortnum and Mason Qest Exhibition


From now until July 29th, Fortnum and Mason are showcasing the work of 32 selected scholars. As part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the QEST Crafting Excellence Selling exhibition will be displaying skills on the 1st floor (including millinery, glass blowing, sculpture, leather design) . There are also a host of events; including the fabulous sounding afternoon tea featuring James Hamill’s gourmet honey (being held during Honey Week!) Check out the below pictures of some of the things you can expect to see at Quest: I particularly love the Alice stained glass window and the delightful bee honey pot!

Eye-Poppingly Bright But Fabulous!

Missoni Home’s Rose cushion, £195, Selfridges

Missoni Home's Rose cushionMissoni Home's Rose cushion, £195, Selfridges

I almost don't need to write anything about these cushions. They need no props, no supporting words, no introduction. Bright, cheery and super colourful, what would there be not to like? We're seeing a lot of pixelation coming into the world of interiors at the moment and there's no better way to not commit to any one colour than buying a cushion with a number of colours. Missoni Home are renowned for their zig-zag design, and these cushions see a departure from that. They hold onto their trademark bold statement colours whilst introducing houndstooth, pixelation, plaid and floral patterns. The Rose and the Rose 50 are a grown-up and mature way to introduce a little 'retro' feeling to your surroundings without getting into the quagmire of antique shops or car boot sales. Selfridges have a large range of Missoni Home throws and cushions on sale so go and have a look and see what tickles your fancy. But be warned, they're not for the faint-hearted!

All four cushions are 40x40cm, come with a polyester filing and are available to buy from Selfridges, on-line and in-store.

Missoni Home's Lobos Pixel cushion Missoni Home's Lobos Pixel cushion, £129, Selfridges

Missoni Home's Rose 50 cushion Missoni Home's Rose 50 cushion, £109, Selfridges

Missoni Home's Meketewa cushion Missoni Home's Meketewa cushion, £135, Selfridges