WELL BEING & OTHER STORIES

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

TABLEWARE

AN EVENING ON UPPER STREET

Essentials, Travel, Review, Lifestyledanielle coppermanComment

From top | Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm, Aesop | Catherine Oil Burner Blend, Aesop | Samples, Aesop | Glass Pot, Folklore | Blue Dipped Gold Hammered Earrings, Oliver Bonas | Glass and Acacia Storage Jar, Folklore


Yesterday was supposed to be my ‘day’. My ‘day’ - my time - to do Christmas Shopping, and get the great people in my life the great gifts they deserve. Since I was putting together Holiday Breakfast Hampers we curated at Qnola all morning, the ‘day’ I’d set aside was in fact an ‘evening’. But I think I had a better time anyway. It was a mild evening, I was hardly layered up at all - no scarf, no gloves. What month is this? Hang on, where am I? Whatever’s going on, the air was fresh, the shops weren't too busy and the music on my iPod seemed better than ever. It was one of those (perhaps rare) moments where you’re insurmountably happy and content in your own company. And my mood was only lifted when I managed to get pretty much everything on my list, got offered a glass of wine by a salesman in Aesop (good tactics - bought a lot), and discovered a few shops I’d never heard of, selling very ‘me’ things and lots of them (again - bought a lot).

For last minute gifts, head to Upper Street in Islington for a calmer shopping experience than more central London locations. Spend some time in NookLondon and Folklore - remember that you are buying for others and not yourself - swing by Ottolenghi or The Artisan Gluten Free Bakery for homemade healthy fuel anytime of day, and then browse what I think was a Christmas Market but didn’t have the chance to enjoy as markets are a day thing, and on this particular day I was a nighthawk shopper.

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.