Thursday, September 10, 2015
Four New Favorite Homeware Buys
Hi. Hi, hi, hi, hi, HI. This has been such a crazy two weeks for me. I'm so happy to be so busy, BUT ... it's kind of driving me insane. I've been editing posts from our trip to Singapore and working on lots of new content for this blog, but I'm also super excited to be contributing to Time Out London's Reader Takeover Issue, which launches soon. Yay, but (deep breath): AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
We have some new, pretty additions to our house that I wanted to share with you.
1. Watering can vase from Columbia Road Flower Market
I took Justine to Columbia Road Flower Market when she was visiting us a few weekends ago and had so much fun buying all the flowers and wistfully eyeing up antiques and homeware items in the adjacent stores. I'd just bought some "everlasting" flowers (they were so not everlasting, btw) and saw this galvanized steel watering can which I thought would work perfectly well together (I've also started a little vase collection at home, because: flowers).
2. Antique French chest of drawers from Maison & Mirrors
John and I love the French antiques store near us, Maison & Mirrors, and have made several purchases there already. Unfortunately, they've now moved! But before they did, they had a moving sale and discounted several of their items. Again, I wasn't sure about this chest when I saw it in store, but - once again - John insisted, and it works beautifully well in the alcove in one of our guest bedrooms. It came with a bright red velvet and glass top, as well as the original marble - it's been fun to play around with the two for different looks!
3. Rug from Joss & Main
Heal's is the ultimate destination for furniture and homeware. I mean, I know this. I also don't have a spare £5,956 to drop on a corner sofa, so you know. While browsing Heal's for interiors inspo, I fell in love with a rug that looked very similar to the one above - priced at £660. We picked ours up at Joss & Main for £103, so yeah. I had to wait a while for it to be delivered due to a mix-up at the shop it was shipping from in Italy, but, £103.
4. "The Happy Marriage" print from V&A Gift Shop
So, after my little flu/cold incident, where I basically laid in bed for about four days with a fever while feeling miserable (and John looming over me saying, "You're not that sick, you've got a cold! Same as I had."), I was rewarded with a wonderful sinus/tooth infection which made me nearly cry with pain every time I accidentally chewed something on the right side of my mouth. Even soft things, like bread.
On my way back from the dentist (who was like, "Yeah ... I think you're going to have a re-root canal ... and I think you should go see a private endodontist") and armed with a prescription for antibiotics, I quickly dropped into the V&A Gift Shop and picked up this print, which has endearing inscriptions on marriage like, "What Sweat, what Care, what Trouble and what Toil, Are not repay'd by an Engaging Smile."
I'll work on that engaging smile next time my husband tells me I'm not "really that sick".