THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF GRAHAM & GREEN

The other day I had a very lovely email inviting me down to the grand opening of the new Graham & Green flagship store in Bayswater, west London.

I realise I have been on a bit of a G&G kick lately (their products seem to be a regular occurrence on my Lust Have list) but I can't deny that they are one of my 'Happy Stores'; that is to say their entire stock seems to give me a warm, fuzzy feeling and generally makes everything better.

Anyway, as I was saying, I know I've featured them a lot lately but I couldn't resist the invitation (20% off and a glass of bubbly? Oh, go on then!) so yesterday off I went to a part of London I've never been to bring you the best of what the new store has to offer.  You're welcome.

The exterior on Porchester Road, W2.

The exterior on Porchester Road, W2.

 
The store is laid out in a variety of room sets...

The store is laid out in a variety of room sets...

 
My new living room!

My new living room!

As I'm (hopefully) moving in to a new flat soon and (this time) I have complete control over the decor and furnishings I have decided to treat myself to a few luxury items and I can't think of a better place to get them.  I had thought that a chaise-longue would be ideal for the bay window until I tried the Snooze sofa.  Unbelievably comfy, I can see it fitting in perfectly - and it comes in a raspberry velvet option! Sold!

Next I would like some side tables please.  

Oh, like these Agate ones, with natural stone set in to marble and stood on brass legs. Ok then.

And a footstool/ottoman?  Well, what do you know? The  Klein Ottoman really caught my eye. It's the perfect combination of my favourite Scandi-Boho style finished with a trim of pink tassles! I'm so excited I could burst!

Back in January I shared my tips for the hottest trends for 2016. It's been a slow burner but peacocks are gradually emerging to steal the limelight from those pesky flamingos - *smug face*

Peacock fluted vase, £48 each

Peacock fluted vase, £48 each

My favourite new discovery, though, has to be these tiles:

Ha, fooled you! These are actually PVC mats, printed with a very realistic tile pattern.  What a fantastic way to create a 'tiled' floor without the hassle or expense! They're great for adding a mediterranean vibe, zoning an area or just eating your dinner off (they come in placemat size too!).

From £75 for size 60x100cm.

On second thought, instead of moving all this stuff in to my new flat maybe I could just go and live in the store? I'd feel right at home.

Kx  

SCANDI BOHO? IF I MAY...

Back in November last year I wrote a piece on this here blog that summed up my interiors style and introduced a new portmanteau word to your vocabulary: Indinavian.

To my excitement I have discovered that I am not the only one who appreciates the calming qualities of Scandinavian interiors combined with the decorative flourishes of Indian and Moroccan design.  INDIA MAY HOME is a new online store founded by a kindred spirit, Karen Birchenough.  

Described as Scandi Boho and borne out of a love of travel Karen has curated a stunning collection of hand-crafted pieces, each one unique and with its own story to tell.  India May Home's aesthetic - a muted, monochrome palette full of character and personality in the design - is exactly what I'm going to be attempting to achieve in my new home (more on that soon) and I've already got my eye on a few pieces...

 

Originally designed for drinking lassi, these brass cups make great vases or pen holders. Available in medium or large, from £22.

Photo courtesy of India May Home

Photo courtesy of India May Home

 

I literally gasped at the beauty of these black brass Ishwari trays! Hand-etched by skilled artisans in India they are quite stunning in their simplicity. Want. Now.

Ishwari Trays, available in small, medium or large from £50.

 

Photo courtesy of India May Home

Photo courtesy of India May Home

 

I do love a chevron! This Akriti rug is block printed by hand in Jaipur on to natural cotton and comes in three sizes.  Prices from £95.

Photo courtesy of India May Home

Photo courtesy of India May Home

 

Finally - and I did say I love a chevron! - is this beautiful Rajasthani inlay tray made from ethically sourced camel bone, wood and grey resin.  At £190 it's a definite investment piece but I think it will look gorgeous in the bedroom as a place to hold my perfume bottles.

Photo courtesy of India May Home

Photo courtesy of India May Home

 I am eager to follow them on their journey, who's coming with me?

Kx