New York City — if you can make it there, you'll make it
anywhere. But what if you made it there, and now you have to move?? Will you ever find a neighborhood in your new
city that suits you as well as your NYC one did?
The Goodhood Store has been selling clothing and accessories for men and women since '07 but this year saw the launch of their Life Store, stocked with fresh and funky goods to outfit the home. The folks behind The Goodhood Store set out to be the destination for design in London's East End. Luckily for those of us who don't get the UK often (or ... ever) they also have a great web shop.
Claire Kier, the owner of UK webshop Idyll Home, has a knack for curating a collection of awesome organic modern goods for the home. Based in Staffordshire, Idyll Home's offerings allow you to transfer a little bit of that English countryside charm to your own home, no matter where that may be.
Isabelle Palmer founded The Balcony Gardener because she wanted to make the
most of her small balcony in North London; she wanted to create a space where she could "look, sit,
relax and grow my own little bit of green in the city." From ready made container gardens to gardening tools and outdoor furniture, The Balcony Gardener has an array of products you can use to create a garden escape of your own.
London-based Lassco bills itself as "England's prime resource for architectural antiques, salvage and curiosities". Here architects, interior designers and homeowners alike hunt out original Regency fireplaces, two-metre-wide chandeliers or 1960s door handles; whatever is required to complete their vision, Lassco is likely to have it.
For years Etsy has dominated the web as the go-to source for small business, handmade, unique and one-of-a-kind goods. But to say the site's number of options can be overwhelming would be an understatement. To help streamline the search for eco-friendly and natural goods, a new website has popped up, Eco Market, which has branded itself as the "Etsy for Eco." The online retailer has focused not just on handmade, but the story behind the product — the who, what and why behind every item and business featured on the site.
With a focus on squishy, slouchy and comfortable furniture, Loaf is the absolute perfect name for this UK retailer. The store originally launched as a bed specialist in 2008 and since then has expanded to include casual furniture for the entire home.
I am very excited to bring you first hand coverage of the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show this year in London. The show, which opened today, is as good as ever and one of my favorite new things for 2012 is the Artisan Retreats. The Royal Horticultural Society asked five of the UK's most creative and stylish people to decorate a garden retreat, and each of the results are full of inspiration.
Anna & Ed Chipperfield Location: Oxford, England Size: 2000 square feet Years lived in: 3.5 years; owned
This beautiful townhouse in Oxford, England is home and workplace to Anna and Ed Chipperfield. Over the last few years, they have lovingly restored the house, maintaining its period details while adding contemporary elements like the spiral staircase and a modern kitchen. This melding of old and new is also reflected in a lively mix of antique and modern furniture. The Verner Panton chair sitting at a vintage writing desks sums the look up perfectly.
British sugar company has created a candy hotel. Seriously. The windowsills in the
Soho, London, hotel were made entirely of fudge, flower arrangements were made of sculpted sugar, the cushions on the beds were actually cakes, and there was a carpet made
of 1,081 meringues that would actually not look out of place in my own
apartment, except for the whole “made of meringues” thing.