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!!!!!!!!

ANYWAY.

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".

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  1. Love, love, love your new chest and yay for getting it in the sale!

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    1. Thanks so much, Taylor! Yes, we were really happy with it (and the price!) :)

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  2. I love Joss & Main. I plan on filling my flat with J&M goods this Fall. Once again, you've gotten beautiful pieces (especially that rug)!

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    1. It's a good site, Gianni - some of their prices aren't that much of a discount, but others are incredible! I'm always hunting for a good bargain ... ;)

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  3. What an exciting time for you!! Seems like it's all go, but that's a good thing! Loving the new homewares - I can't resist a good sale bargain!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

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    1. Me neither, Lauren! Thank you so much, lovely xx

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  4. Oh, I hope you're feeling better!
    And I'm loving your new chest. :)

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! Yes, much better now ... was a pretty annoying two weeks!

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  5. I really hope your tooth gets better without invasive treatment...! Especially with the effect anesthesia has on that little buying finger... ;)

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    1. Belated thanks, Emma! Haha ... you know it ... I end up buying things to "make me feel better" or "as a treat"!

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  6. I'm really loving that rug! And generally a little jealous of all your homeware purchases... as we're in a bit of a limbo as to whether or not we'll be staying in London, I'm under strict instructions not to buy anymore home stuff... it's killing me!

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    1. Thank you, Connie!! And oh no - I hope you don't move!! It's HARD to resist homeware buys. I had to do it for years when we were living in rented accommodation since we had so little space. I think I'm going a bit overboard now ... ;)

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  7. I love Heal's but never their price tag. I also try and find it other websites- I found a dream lamp in store but they wanted £160 or so for it, found it online for £55!!!!

    K.

    www.wonderingthrough.co.uk

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    1. Tell me about it, Kelsey! Were you the one who suggested Urbanara to me? I love them now! x

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