Last retail class of the year today and we are packed to the gills, more retail dates for next year will go on the site next week so do not fear (in answer to all those emails worried there were no retail classes next year).

Right then I want to talk about yesterday, yesterday was a research day testing out the coolest coffee in London, the coolest stores in London everything that makes London London. The odd thing about the day is that it was planned pretty meticulously but bizarrely enough it was only when we happen to go off plan and stumbled across the odd few vintage stores that my heart skipped a beat. The thing about vintage in my very humble opinion is that it adds, it gives a completely unique vibe to a space. Now I know many people would disagree (extended family most probably), not getting all the chipped, the rusted, and the peeling point of having somebodies second hand things in ones abode! Phewy to that, a bit of decrepitude goes along way, adding patina, texture a narrative to a space. Now for me I don’t want my whole house layered with vintage (makes me feel in a time warp) nor do I want my whole house modern I want the mix. Its the hardest thing to do this mixing lark, much easier to follow a formula and stick to one style but who wants to live in a house like that, can’t think of anyone (actually I can but that is not my point)!

Yesterday I stumbled across a lamp a gold type phoenix odd thing that I can’t stop thinking about, the shade was a tad grandma, fringed and cream but oddly enough it didn’t bother me even against the super glamness of the bird. The guy wouldn’t take card and I didn’t have cash and who knows where I might put it but its not everyday one comes across a gold phoenix right with the fattest tummy like Maud’s (not that Maud is fat she just has the most kissable plump little tummy). Too much information OK, probably?

Its the tension you create when you partner something old with something modern – its actually when magic starts to happen.  Forgive me I can’t get the image to upload I wanted to show you and I have a house to get ready before everyone arrives so you will have to trust me on this vintage thing.