The Curious Shop: Loafing around.

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Remember that time I was super excited Loaf Shack was opening near me in Battersea? I went to visit the other day and it was so much fun! Set under the railway arches under double-height ceilings with some exposed original brick work walls, Loaf Shack Battersea is the sort of place you could spend your day in, either working, browsing, or just sleeping on one of their many sofas and beds! In fact, they actively encourage people to do so (it’s not a showroom, rather, it’s an experience venue), with free wifi, an ice creamery (say what?!) and a secret underground bunker-style recreational room – there’s a table football set, a pin-ball type machine, a television, plenty of loungey sofas and cushions. Apparently it’s where all the cool kids from the local school hang out nowadays!

If I worked from home, I would definitely be popping in lots. You could go and get your larger items of furniture (sofas, beds, wardrobes), spend hours picking fabric swatches, or just run in and out for a candle, some bed-linen, or cute glassware. I got myself a couple of pairs of hand-knitted bed socks (yes!) and a candle before I left.

Go visit and let me know what you think!

Visit Loaf Shack Battersea at 255-259 Queenstown Road, Battersea, London, SW8 3NP, of see http://www.loaf.com/.

P.S.: Loaf is having a birthday sale until January 31! Don’t miss it 🙂

 

Images: Courage & Dash

 

Sarah Moore & Friends Vintage Barn Sale

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I love Sarah Moore’s vintage style, which often features colourful floral prints. Sarah Moore is an interior and homewares designer, and the winner of BBC2’s 1st Great Interior Design Challenge. She organised a barn sale at Hill Lands Farm,PO18 9JY, at the end of June, and I was gutted not to be able to attend. Look at what we missed out on! The sale was created/curated by Sarah Moore Vintage, Goose Home & Garden, Found Country Antiques, Primrose Lane, Sea Thrift Interiors, and Simply Country – it looked like such a fun day out in the countryside with scrummy tea+cake, and stacks gorgeous vintage fabrics and homewares!

Lucky for us, the wonderful Sacco & Sacco Photography were one location to document the day – and what beautiful photographs. If you are tempted, there is another barn sale on September 12 and 13 this year, which I have already blocked out in my diary. Cannot wait!

Images: Sacco & Sacco Phorography

(Please let me know if you were involved in the sale and you were not mentioned or  your website has not been linked.)

Decorating with Rifle Paper Co.

If there was one thing we wished we spent more time on in school, it would have been art class. I blame a poorly designed curriculum obsessed with teaching art in a solely classical form with little emphasis on beauty, creativity, possibility, delivered in the most mind-numbing form. Because, really, what else could you want* more than to be able to draw and paint and design like Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. does? (Check out her impromptu Sharpie pen makeshift wallpaper for a tradeshow here.) Given our lack of innate artistic abilities, we have just had to settle for appreciating Anna’s works. Most recently, her wallpaper collection has caught our attention – the wallpapers feature Rifle Paper’s signature whimsical, modern takes on traditional floral patterns. rifle-paper-co-wallpaper We love the gold patterns laid on on gem-hued backgrounds, the bright and intricate motifs on pale, neutral shades. Probably not everyone’s cup of tea to have such busy and detailed wallpaper (and most certainly not recommended for every wall in a room, unless the energising feel/look is what you are going for!), but how classy and stylish on a feature wall, or panel, or back of a cabinet or bookcase? peonies-copper-wallpaper-03_1safari-hunter-wallpaper-03_1rosa-indigo-wallpaper-03queenanne-ebony-wallpaper-03pineapple-indigo-wallpaper-03citiestoile-ebony-wallpaper-03 On a slightly separate point, the attractive styling of the catalogue shots got us curious about the Rifle Paper store across the Atlantic, so we thought we would share a peek into the store… Definitely not disappointed! foyerfrontwindowmeetingroomstorefront So inspiring! Look at those giant scissor-shears, the use of fresh flowers, and display mix of accessories with the stationery. LOVE. Also helps that we are partial to gold and coppery tones… Please come to London! Are you a Rifle Paper Co. fan? Do you have any stationery crushes? How do you display your paper collections? Visit Rifle Paper Co. at http://www.riflepaperco.com.   * Of course there are plenty of other things/skills to want (and perhaps to want more) but you have to indulge our love of Rifle Paper Co. and Anna Bond’s playful creations! Images: Anna Bond, @annariflebond, Rifle Paper Co.