WELL BEING & OTHER STORIES

Recipes, rituals and other stories to realign the body and mind

SERVEWARE

GIFTS FOR THE TABLE AND FOR THE EYES

Essentials, Review, Lifestyledanielle coppermanComment

The good thing (one of many) about home ware is that trends aren’t so much of a thing. Your personal tastes, however, well that’s another story and perhaps you’re someone who’s mind is ever changing or who is affected by indecision. Personally, I see indecision as a good thing, showing openness and good judgment in a person (even if it does mean everything takes longer than it should do). I rarely buy home ware in matching sets and although there are a few themes around my house (as you’ll notice from the image links above), it doesn’t look like a scene from an Ikea catalogue. I like to buy from different stores / artists, and I buy what I like, not what I think will ‘go’. With clothing and outfit construction, you have to commit because piecing conflicting items together will look odd; you will look crazy. But with home ware, there is less demand for committal in that you can find a place for everything, and if something doesn’t fit in one room, you can make it fit in another. Maybe I just tell myself these things as a way to make myself feel better about buying so many plates, or maybe it’s true, and even a very good reason to spend more money filling my kitchen cupboards than my wardrobe.

ABOVE | some of my current favourite kitchen pieces, good for christmas home styling and to give or receive as gifts (click to shop).

BELOW | A shortened list of my constant go-to home ware destinations (click to browse). 

NomThe House DoctorAnthropologieZara HomeDot & BoH & M HomeUrban Outfitters Home, HAYDominoFish's EddyEtsyEbayWest ElmGranit, Car Boot Sales and Flea Markets, Bailey Doesn't BarkWasaraHelena EmmansFood 52Such & SuchCairoMomosan Shop.

 

 

NATIVE + CO, LONDON

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Since May, I've been waiting to move into my new apartment. That doesn't mean I've been living rough, but that does mean my belongings have been packed into boxes and bags, and split between my home in Bath, and my temporary residency in Notting Hill. It's really hard to find anything.

An up-side to the situation is that I've had a great-fun time living in Notting Hill, a part of London I never would have seen myself living in otherwise. I house sat for a friend whilst she was having a jolly in a camper van halfway across the world, and enjoyed adopting some new local shops, exploring the area, and walking through Holland or Hyde park whenever the weather encouraged me to. It was good strange but strange all the same living without my local amenities, my neighbourhood friends, familiar transport routes and my local fresh vegetable store, the owners of which I'd become pretty friendly with (by friendly, I mean a bit of fruit banter and a 10p discount here and there).

An up-side to the situation is that I've had a great-fun time living in Notting Hill, a part of London I never would have seen myself living in otherwise. I house sat for a friend whilst she was having a jolly in a camper van halfway across the world, and enjoyed adopting some new local shops, exploring the area, and walking through Holland or Hyde park whenever the weather encouraged me to. It was good strange but strange all the same living without my local amenities, my neighbourhood friends, familiar transport routes and my local fresh vegetable store, the owners of which I'd become pretty friendly with (by friendly, I mean a bit of fruit banter and a 10p discount here and there).

ANTHROPOLOGIE

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It was on the first of many days spent traipsing leisurely around Anthropologie with my sister that it first dawned on me that buying things for my kitchen made me happier than buying things for my wardrobe. At 19/20, I felt like this was not something I should openly admit, confiding only in my family and close friends. Even before this moment in the history of my retail habits, I had been teased for my excitement over car boot sales and charity shop bric-a-brac, picking up egg cups and old cutlery, for, what people mocked, my 'bottom drawer'. Living at home with my parents still, I had very little use or need for these things, unless i was to transform  my bedroom into an intimate cafe. I'm the sort of person who would probably buy a baby's outfit for fear of not finding it again when I actually came to need it. Hopefully it won't come to that though.

Anthropologie is an American brand, which came over to England at just the right time in my life. I can spend an hour, quite easily, walking around the vast wonderland of enchanting floors, picking up bowls, flicking through books, smelling hand soaps and stroking the bedding. Everything is really unique and made with care. Some collections are collaborated with designers, others are seasonal and some stock is rotated all year round. They have more minimal products like pale or plain crockery which is inoffensive and easy to incorporate into any kitchen/home. Then they have a more bohemian selection of things, with brightly coloured patterns, prints and block colouring, which I imagine fitting in nicely with a hippy dippy home or at a picnic in the Spring. Their designers travel the world for inspiration and to broaden the range, uncovering special products and collaborating with unique artists from all over the world to influence new collections. All of their products are sourced both locally and from all over the world. Some of my favourite pieces include handmade stoneware, hand glazed pottery and hand painted items where no two are the same. I have a hand painted fruit bowl that I took about 25 minutes to choose, as each one was unique in its own way and even more brilliant because of it.

Their stock is always changing, but there are also continued items too - carried through each collection - like cereal bowls, glasses, mugs and food storage. It's reassuring to know if you break something, you'll quite easily be able to replace it, or if your housemates start stealing your favourite mug (that's aimed at you, Wiggins), then you can tell them where to go. Quite literally.

Best For: Mugs, plates, bowls, table linen, candles and gifts. If in doubt, Anthropologie will always have something to suit even the most difficult person to buy for. Personalised Alphabet plates or mugs, if nothing else. Simple. 
Average Price: Mugs (£4.95) Plates (£4.95-12) Platters (£20-£68) Breakfast Bowls (£4.95-£6.95)

MY FAVOURITE OUTLETS
Bath, Regent Street, Kings Road, Santa Monica, West Broadway & Chelsea Market, New York.