Friday, November 22, 2013

CHARMS OF LONDON, PART 1


I had the privilege to be in London last week with my husband and we enjoyed our time immensely!
It's been a while since I was last there and so I was eager to see if my former haunts looked the same.
One of the highlights of my short stay was hitting up The Conran Shop. The windows alone were destination worthy and the shop's contents certainly didn't disappoint either. The popular British use of the word "BRILLIANT" is what came to my mind.



This place is a hotspot for fans of British design and funky, offbeat wares that don't follow a generic path or lull you into visual doldrums. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, a British design maven and entrepreneur who has weathered decades of trends and founded his own design dynasty, this shop is housed in the historic Michelin House in Chelsea that first opened in 1911 and includes a fabulous restaurant, Bibendum.


Eye candy is another term that comes to mind.....color and cool little accessories and items to give your home and office personality.


Their Christmas and Holiday theme is all about bright neon colors this season and is a refreshing departure from humdrum same-ness.


I was drooling in the kitchen department.....


Loved these mini kids' Kartell Ghost Chairs


A dream bed for a kid....I would've been all over this.....your own cozy little fort to sleep in.


I would snap one of these up in about 2 seconds.....


Comfort and good design are NOT mutually exclusive by any means.


I was captivated by these funky color lighted cacti and wished they had mini versions for sale



I know these colors are not for everyone, but they were right up my alley. I love how the British manage to marry tradition with updated chic style without making it seem contrived. Makes the British part of me glad to come from these folks.


Ta-ta for now and have a great weekend!
More to follow soon when I can manage to get some time away from my huge project (with deadline looming!) and all the Holiday busyness I am working on.

8 comments:

Karena Albert said...

Hi Anne,
I am so happy to see you are enjoying London! LOve all of these fun colorful finds!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

miss b said...

It's such a fascinating store and I love the tulip table and chairs with those vibrant colours. I'm looking forward to my trip to London in a couple of weeks.
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therelishedroost said...

I think that first image could be a piece of your artwork..the colors the abstract feel just awesome!!
Have a great weekend!

Leslie at Lekalia Interiors said...

I am smitten will all those bright happy colors! Enjoy!

Sarah said...

It is a wonderful store and once upon a time, when I lived there, I had a sofa from Conran!! I loved it and had to part with it when I moved back here to the USA. Glad you had a great time - how can you not?? xo

DolceDreams said...

Anne ,
You look fabulous! I love all of these bright and fun colors, and can't wait to see your creations that will come from such an inspirational trip!
Happy Thanksgiving,
Nathalie

Teresa Hatfield said...

So happy that you were able to visit London! I bet you lit up when you saw that pink and orange! Beautiful.
Teresa
xoxo

Debra Phillips said...

this fellow anglophile loves the conran shop, nothing like it here in the states!
i too am just getting back from a long stay in the UK, what a "brilliant" time!

great photo of you ann
debra

 
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