For the love of wood

You’ve probably seen the contemporary concave shelving by Jointed & Jointed, but may not have known who it was by. You might not have seen some of their other designs though. They were at Grand Designs earlier this year and their stand was one that just encouraged you (or me at least) to walk around it ‘stroking’ the furniture, while trying not to of course.

I think it’s the grain on this bureau that makes it work and gives it its contemporary feel, and I think I’d definitely feel more organised. Perhaps momentarily, but I’m sure I would!

A wooden bureau or writing desk at Grand Designs Live 2018

The shelving unit with its boxed ‘zones’ also appeals to me. For me it’s the irregularity that appeals, for MOH it’s the irregularity that he’s not so keen on. If I thought it was something that would work in our house, then I think this would be worth the work that would be required to pave the way for this one.

There's something comforting about everything having its space

What I wasn’t expecting to see was a wooden desk lamp - well you wouldn’t would you? But after seeing it, I kind of wondered why not?

A light in wood, wouldn't be your first thought would it?

But the item that really captured my attention was this tower of wooden shoe boxes - I think the shoes could do with more work, but that’s by the bye. I spent a fair amount of time admiring this walnut tower of loveliness which was commissioned by Wallpaper* magazine for their Handmade series.

shoe boxes with a difference

MOH could spot the signs and moved quickly, pointing out that I’d need several of these or have to have severe clear out. He needn’t have bothered though as I’d already spotted the £4k+ price tag, and yet it was still lovely.

Nifty shoe storage at Grand Designs Live

There’s nothing else for it, I’ll need a dressing - or more appropriately - a shoe room, that makes perfect sense doesn’t it?


Reflecting on my week #44

This week, or mostly yesterday, I’ve been perplexed. It’s the strangest of things but I’ve lost my belt. A leather studded belt that I wear with trousers for entirely practical reasons. As it’s been so hot I’ve been in skirts and dresses, and so hadn’t noticed but as the temperatures dropped (and hasn’t that been nice) it’s nowhere to be found. And it really is quite odd. 

I’ve looked where it should be (coiled up in my wardrobe) and quite often where it can be found (strewn in the bedroom floor) and its in neither of those places. Nor is it yet in the many more random places that suddenly become real possibilities, and its driving me a little potty.

I don’t like to lose things, it's really playing on my mind. I’m sure it will either turn up or it won't and it’s not that I don’t have another belt, it’s the mystery of it all. 

While I haven’t been wondering about my belt I’ve had a fairly productive week; my new-ish sandals have made it downstairs to be olive-oiled, apparently it softens the leather. 

Swedish Hasbeens awaiting oiling

Fab aren’t they? 

While we were on our way sofa hunting we cut through Seven Dials and I spotted the Swedish Hasbeens shop and paused to check it out.  Unbelievably it was just what I was looking for as since the previous year I’d had “wooden sandals” on my shopping list (yes, I know, sad but true), but having found where I could buy them, it was back to the sofa shopping. It wasn’t until much later on that I went back and found the style I wanted, I wavered on the colour, but the classic tan won me over.

I've ordered my new garden pots to grow veg in, and once they get here i'll share more.  I ordered them over a week ago now and it seems that my expectation of next day delivery differs somewhat to the company I'm buying them from.  If I hadn't got such a particular requirement, and already done the research about where I could buy them from, I'm pretty sure the order would have been cancelled by now.  And I'll be telling them that, as soon as I've got my pots.

At the same time I ordered some seeds.  From a different company that didn't promise next day delivery, these arrived within two days.  And they're super cute and play right into my seed, veg growing, organisation and tin obsession.

A sneak peek at my mini seed tins

In fact I haven't done a Love This post in a while and wouldn't you know it, two appear in the space of a week.  Just like buses.  Look out for more on the seed tins later this week.

MOH has been with his family making arrangements and so on Sunday it was nice to spend some time together.  Feeling lazy, and hungry, we headed to the new Ivy Cafe for brunch.  It was our first time there and I was quite impressed with the brunch menu - we both had eggs benedict, with chips, followed by pudding and then an espresso martini.

A wall of colour in the Ivy Cafe in Blackheath

The artwork was colourful and in keeping with the art deco theme.  I somehow I don't think it'll be our last visit either, although we both still miss the restaurant it replaced.  That's partly why it's taken us so long to get through the door, but things are always changing aren't they?

Another of the pictures at the Ivy Cafe

Looking ahead to this week I'm starting to look for a location for our October holiday.  I quite fancy Copenhagen or somewhere Scandinavian, MOH has mooted Portugal again but we're not quite sure where or what right now.  I'm not sure if Copenhagen is more of a long weekend kind of place, haven you been?  What do you think - let me know.

My week this week: Thankful

This was a week that could have gone either way. You know the sort, the sort that hasn't always gone smoothly, and this week my word could so easily have been pain, but it's not. And that's because I've decided to look at things more positively, and if I hadn't I think I could have become decidedly grumpy. 

It was just a little mindshift, but it's helped, because there has been pain. After a day walking around A Taste of London (more on that soon) and then Canary Wharf my feet were, unusually, killing me. One of them anyway.

Somehow I'd hurt the ball of my foot on my right foot, I wasn't sure how but I remembered it hurting on my way to work the previous week. I'd even swapped my trainers for boots a couple of days, but to no avail.

Painful feet aren't good, are they? So I was keen to work this out. And I think I have. I had an arch support in my trainer, and I think it's that. Without it the trainers are once again comfortable, so I was glad I worked it out.  I've worn them for walking for most of the days this week, and all seems good...

But of course, the one day I didn't wear the trainers and opted for some flat and what I thought were comfortable shoes for a day in town, that was the day my feet got revenge and I found myself with blisters quite quickly. And with a night out ahead of me, and not being able to contemplate wearing the blister-inducing shoes all evening I made a hasty stop to buy some new boots.

So, the result of this foot pain has been a lovely pair of new brown suede boots and another item to add to my 2016 in 2016 clearout. Two things to be thankful for. 

But that's not been the only pain this week I'm afraid as my crown fell out. Sadly it can't be repositioned so I'll need a new one - eek! It's expensive, as dental work is, but it's also essential. Since it's been missing and I've had a gap - thankfully at the back of my mouth and one that doesn't show - my tongue has gone into "goldfish mode."  You'll know what I mean, it's when your tongue keeps searching out the hole, and does it so much that it becomes sore. Now I'm not thankful for that, but I have managed to curb its goldfish tendencies, what I'm grateful for is being able to see a dentist the same evening the crown came out. And that she's rushing through treatment as much as she can so my new gnasher is in place ahead of Christmas.

I've had a couple of blog evenings out this week and they've both been great, and so lovely to be invited and meet people passionate about their work and who they work for. And both with great products too.  I'll be sharing more about my evenings at the London Graphic Centre in Covent Garden and at Habitat on Tottenham Court Road soon, you may have seen some of the photos from the evenings already on Instagram.

I'm @habitatuk this evening for #habitatchristmas expect lots of glitz and good design spam this evening #sorrynotsorry

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The final thing I've been thankful for this week is family. There was some family news this week, which I'm not sharing here, but I was grateful to one of my aunts and one of my uncles for getting in touch, and then subsequently to MOH and my brother for the support and family discussions we had, which meant I could share the Responsible Adult role and the responsibilities that brings. A bit of a vague one to end with, but sadly that's how it is right now, and having that support really helped me look at things a little more positively, in a funny kind of way.

So what have you been thankful for this week?

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