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If I could only buy homeware from one place – and there was no budget – it would be Howe London. I love the way they stitch antique fabrics together so everything has a unique and loved character; it’s as if these pieces have been handed down through the generations.
The coolest independent interiors brand is TAT London. Charlie is a good friend and we started our businesses at a similar time. I absolutely love everything TAT does and she is also a wonderful resource for discovering other brands. I can't wait for her Interiors Boot Sale Market in December.
The most interesting interiors shop is Cart House. I first heard about it via Charlie and the Tat London newsletters. I love the eclectic mix of English and European furniture and once I start renovating my house, it will no doubt become my go-to. I already have quite a few pieces but have tried to restrain myself. They’re also very reasonably priced considering the quality.
The best destination for independent designers and makers is Instagram. I’ve discovered so many of our artists at Partnership Editions on there, as well as wonderful makers and antiques dealers. One of the brands I love on Instagram is Katy Takla – she makes beautiful cushions and soft furnishings.
The best under-the-radar brand I’ve discovered is Mantel. It sources a refined selection of objects that are guaranteed to add quirkiness to a room and spark a conversation about where they came from.
My perfect shopping day would include exploring my local area, Stoke Newington, with my daughter Sadie, and popping into Hub to browse its range of independent clothing brands. Then it would be on to Hackney Flea market to see if they have any hidden gems.
The best favourite vintage piece I’ve ever found is a set of rush seat dining chairs on eBay. It has to be said eBay or Cart House are generally where I buy my furniture. If I’m looking for more of an investment piece, it tends to be the latter, but there is something really special about buying something second-hand that’s also affordable and giving it a new lease of life. For something really special I go to BODE. It’s primarily a fashion brand based in New York, but it also makes these amazing handmade pieces using antique fabrics. Recently, I’ve been eyeing up the throws and quilts.
In my opinion, the best sustainable brand is Soosumsee by Bec Kirby. Bec is a Partnership Editions artist who works with deadstock yarn discarded by the textile industry and destined for land-fill. She repurposes the yarn and weaves it into unique homeware pieces. Talking of Partnership Editions, the best interiors gift I’ve ever given someone was a piece of artwork by Hester Finch. The best interiors gift I’ve ever received? A hand-me-down leather chair from Linley.
The most recent item I bought for my home was a candlestick by Joseph Dupre. I love Joseph's ceramics; they always sell out so fast I’m the first one online making sure I get my hands on his work. The most expensive investment in my home is probably still to come – I'm waiting because we’re about to renovate, but I admit I have my eye on some beautiful Soane Britain fabrics. I love the fern patterns.
People often ask where I buy tableware and the answer is Kana London. For glassware specifically, I go to Petra Palumbo. I love Petra’s work because everything is designed with sustainability in mind.
For bedlinen, I like The White Company – it does the softest sheets and I like simple white. In terms of artwork I, of course, always check out Partnership Editions first. In fact, we’ve just launched 23 new artists on the site, so there are lots of new pieces to browse and buy from if you’re looking for fresh inspiration. It’s such an easy way to refresh your space and make it feel new again.
Toast Home does the best home furnishings – which is something I’m not sure many people are aware of. Every time I go online, I always end up wanting to buy something. Recently, I went on a trip with them to Charleston House and it was wonderful to hear about how art history had inspired so many of the collections. The brand works with so many independent designers and makers, too, which is great.
I love Palefire's quirky lamps – those are definitely on the renovation moodboard for later on down the line! Some Partnership Edition artists also make incredible lighting: Xanthe Somers does the most wonderful oversized floor lamps; Laxmi Hussain creates beautiful pieces and we're about to launch a line of lamps by Sophie Edwards on 2nd November.
The one item I regret not buying is a Pollyanna Johnson plate. It was back when we first launched her work on the site and her prices have only increased in line with demand over the years. It's so hard to resist snapping one up when they drop!
If my house was burning down, I’d save a Graham Sutherland print I was given by my parents. They gave it to me for my 21st birthday – the image is of a heron about to take off into flight set against a gloriously rich ochre background. The design for my entire living room was inspired by it.
Next on my shopping list is a piece from Joshua Perkin. He’s another name to watch – keep your eyes peeled for his upcoming exhibition with Partnership Editions from 10th-13th November.
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