favourite shops. #2 Oliver Bonas

Every time I pass one of Oliver Bonas’ boutique shops, I just have to pop in. Enticed by the array of bright and quirky homewares and fashion at affordable prices. Founded 21 years ago, the stores still adhere to founder Olly Tress’ vision and passion for seeking out the unusual and his love of good, individual design.

I don’t leave without picking up one of their gorgeous smelling scented candles or a couple of their fun greetings cards. Their bestsellers are the Malibu drinks trolley and tub chairs designed exclusively in-house and in the UK, and available in an assortment of vibrant colours in Designers Guild cotton.

Most recently, I purchased a few of their ceramic alphabet hooks which I’d been coveting for a while.  They remind me of the keys on an old typewriter my parents used to have and I had an idea for using them for a home crafting project (more on that to follow).

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favourite shops. #1 The Old Cinema

Whenever I’m in Chiswick, I always make a beeline for The Old Cinema on the High Road. It’s a treasure trove of antiques, modern collectibles, upcycled homewares and utilitarian objects based in a refurbished 1890s cinema. The prices can be a little eye watering, but I don’t let that put me off having a lengthy browse and finding ideas. With ever changing stock and concession spaces given to designers and suppliers such as Ines Cole, Lucy Turner and BIRD, The Old Cinema is a constant source of inspiration, and I always enjoy the chance to be up close to good quality, original design from my favourite periods such as arts and crafts, art deco and mid-century modern.

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