Good quality ceramics can really elevate a table. For classic dinner services in fabulous colours, I rely on Richard Ginori. For more whimsical and decorative pieces, I like to use Polly Fern or Rachel Cocker from The New Craftsmen. For something more fun I love Laetitia Rouget of Shoopy Studio. I also enjoy incorporating ceramic art work; Fenella Elms makes beautiful pieces, both wall mounted and free standing.
Textiles are such a huge element in every scheme. For timeless and traditional fabrics with an English country house feel, head to Soane, Guy Goodfellow and Lewis & Wood. I always like to include something unexpected and Pierre Frey are great for quirky and bright fabrics. Tissus d’Helene also have a fabulous collection of talented textile designers.
Antique and vintage furniture add warmth and character to a room; Ebury Trading and AU Bespoke always have a wonderful range and The Invisible Collection is brilliant for collector pieces by famous architects and designers. When adding new life to old furniture or bringing my own designs to life, I use both Peter Dudgeon and George Smith for high quality, UK-made upholstery.
For something different, Aldgate Home refurbish architectural windows into industrial style mirrors, all of which have fantastic impact. Also, Reid & Wright’s range of bespoke finishes make it easy to find the perfect piece. I love using antiques and would rarely finish a room without one – Vinterior’s edit of vintage mirrors saves you endless time trawling online when you need something with more character.
Lighting is one of the most important considerations in any room, it has such an effect on your mood. Pooky is an affordable option with endless fun designs, as is Penny Morrison – I love her bright silk shades – and Vaughan has a huge range of decorative lighting. For inspiration and something unique, go to Christopher Butterworth for an Aladdin’s cave of period lamps and vases.
I’m always inspired by the wonderful collection of artists and makers at The New Craftsmen and the good news is they are all UK-based. Similarly, L’objet have brilliantly designed and high quality, quirky pieces.
Balineum has the finest selection of handmade tiles in a variety of bespoke designs, while Artisans of Devizes offers a great selection of architectural and decorative tiles. Mosaic Factory is the best place for Moroccan made Zellige, cement and terrazzo tiles in a huge colour palette, and Fired Earth also has a wide variety of dependable options.
Where To Shop Abroad
I love visiting Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen – a huge flea Parisian market. It’s made up of several smaller markets, and it’s amazing what you can find. Also, when I was in Puglia, in Italy, I discovered their fabulous splatter-ware ceramics. I also find huge inspiration at 10 Corso Como in Milan, Colette in Paris and KRB in New York.