Hello autumn, be golden and kind to us. . .
Another month has passed, summer is all but over and there wasn’t much of one to report of in London. I just saw the title of this note written somewhere and it sums up my sentiments perfectly; autumn, please be golden and kind to us. We certainly deserve it.
Luckily for us, moving into autumn means spending more time indoors; my favourite pastime is sitting in a comfortable chair, staring at a wall. It’ll be a nice change from dutifully sitting outside in my small yard staring at the powdery mildew on the grape vine and worrying that the wisteria is going to bring my house down. I can happily look out the window, warm and surrounded by my favourite things, and think about that now.
Very much in keeping with harvest time, autumn always brings exciting new things to the shop. I was so pleased to launch my latest collection of shapes and colours of ‘Grand Tour Intaglio Cases’ earlier in the month, they were such a challenge to make and it’s always a relief when the finished product exceeds expectations - keep an eye out for new shapes and colours to come.
We’ve also just launched our latest collection of P&H coloured card lampshades. Since opening the shop back in November 2008, we’ve been acutely aware of the scarcity of a good lampshade. In 2009 we began to have our own marbled lampshades made and gradually, over time, have added to our collection with the extraordinary silk ikat shades lined with Irish linen from Melodi Horne, fabulous faux finish shades by me (if I do say so myself) and the classically bold book-cloth shades by Marianna Kennedy.
But sometimes, a quiet corner isn’t calling out for something so high-concept and wants for something calming instead which is why we are pleased to present our latest collection, taking our muted-hue inspiration from the historical Wedgwood pottery, Aubusson and Verdure tapestry colour archives.
We’ve also taken a stock of exquisite generously sized jewel-toned suzanni throws, making for the most elegant of bed coverings, sofa throws or wall hangings – made to last and to truly cherish.
On Rugby Street, our pop-up shop rota is well underway, with firm favourites Alice Pattullo and Marion Elliot coming up next.
For all those who haven’t yet managed to secure themselves one of Marion’s superb applique cushions, now might be your moment!
See our shop news for pop-up dates and times.
Enjoy your October and remember to be golden and kind.
It’s hard to resist the golden glow of our fine French candles and, with the darker nights drawing in, we are offering 15% off all our packs of 12 dinner candles.
Create an atmosphere when dining by candlelight and take your pick from 26 colours.
Our exclusive offer will run until Monday 4th October so make the most of the weekend! Enter AUTUMN15 at checkout to redeem your offer.
Earlier this month, our pop-up shop opened its doors to Robert Gladden. Robert is a largely self-taught artist, working mainly in pastel and collage. With a background in architecture, it is not at all surprising that buildings are a recurrent theme in his work.
We then welcomed Molesworth & Bird and their beautifully pressed seaweeds. Inspired by these beautiful natural artworks, Molesworth & Bird now offer limited-edition art prints of their pressings, as well as greeting cards, tea towels and more.
Robert Gladden joined us next door in the pop-up shop at the beginning of the month.
Melanie and Julia from Molesworth & Bird joined us on Rugby Street in September, sharing their beautiful natural artworks alongside limited-edition art prints of their pressings, greeting cards, tea towels and more.
Heading into the Autumn months, we look forward to welcoming back
Alice Pattullo; an illustrator based in East London. She regularly explores British traditions, folklore and superstitions in her personal work, producing limited edition screen prints for sale.
We look forward to welcoming Alice and do hope you can visit us. A reminder of our NEW shop opening times: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am until 6pm.