Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pop-up shop at designjunction, 18 – 22 September 2013

We are very excited to have a pop-up shop at designjunction, London’s leading design destination, during London Design Week in September.  Designjunction is located at the Sorting Office, 21 – 31 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BA.

We will be launching a new collection during London Design Week but in the meantime, here are a few of the items which we will have in store:





Opening times are Wednesday 18 September.  Preview 4 – 6pm
Thursday 19th September. 10am – 8pm
Friday 20th September. 10am – 7pm
Saturday 21st September. 10am – 6pm
Sunday 22nd September. 10am – 4pmAs well as lots of retail opportunities, there is a programme of design seminars and  food and refreshments including: Barbacoa by Jamie Oliver, a Chilean wine bar, a micro brewery and a selection of food from the Real Street Food Festival.  More information can be found at:

Columbia Road Flower Market

If you are in London and are stuck for somewhere to go this Sunday I recommend Columbia Road Flower Market.   On Sundays this terraced road in East London is transformed into a gardener’s paradise full of indoor and outdoor plants and cut flower stalls.  It’s one of my favourite places to spend a leisurely Sunday, pick up some plants and flowers and have a late breakfast in one of the many cafes.   Some photos below:





Last Sunday I bought this Moroccan mint plant and have been enjoying fresh mint tea all week


Independent Shops

It’s not just the flowers which draw the crowds, there are sixty independent shops, everything from gardening, to interiors, to vintage.  My favourites for vintage furniture are B Southgate and Two Columbia Road.

B-SouthgateSomething always catches my eye at B Southgate and last week it was these vintage French leather chairs.



Stoned and Plastered, such a good name for a shop, offers an eclectic mix of sculptures, everything from Tutankhamun heads to wall sconces and stone pugs.

If you are planning to visit my advice is to get there early, especially if you want to buy plants, as it does get very busy.  More information on the market and how to get there can be found at

Blood Orange Juice the perfect kick start to the weekend

If you too have had a long week and need something to kick start your weekend  this juice is the perfect pick me up.  I tried a Blood Orange juice during the week at Whole Foods and I have just recreated it at home.  It’s so simple to make and it really packs a punch.  It’s healthy too!   All you need are three large peeled oranges, one beetroot (I used a cooked one) and a large chunk of ginger, about  3cm long. Throw everything into a juicer and blitz it.  Et voila!




Happy weekend everyone!

Maid in Africa, Quirky, African Cushions

There’s a story behind all of the products featured in our launch collection and today I thought I would write about our fabulous, funky, hand printed and hand painted African cushions from Maid in Africa, which I discovered and fell in love with whilst on a wonderful road trip through Nambia seven years ago.

The design duo behind the range, Micha and Andrew Weir,  were inspired to create Maid in Africa in 2006 to generate extra work for Priscilla, a young mother who had been diagnosed HIV positive and had lost her housekeeping job.  As she became weaker she wanted to be productive and so combining their creative knowledge with their ability to screen print, Maid in Africa was born. Sadly Priscilla has since passed away but the company continues to employ out of work domestic workers.

Like all the products in the Maud interiors collection, the Maid in Africa cushions are handmade.  Each cushion, detailing exotic flora and fauna from southern African life and well known brands, like Get Rich and Lucky Strike, is hand printed in black onto white cotton and then individually hand painted so no two cushions are alike.   The cushions are backed with a mix of traditional African prints and come with a plump duck feather inner pad.

There are three different styles in the collection:





In Africa there is a saying “What you cannot carry on your head you can most probably live without.”







MIMALG 45x45 (Duplicate)




Recently featured in Lancashire Life magazine:

Thanks guys!








Mermaid – our competition prize this month

We are giving away one of these fabulous Mermaid designs in dark blue.

See our Facebook page, for details on how you can enter but hurry as the competition ends on 2nd September 2013.







Our one-of-a-kind, African cushions, from Maid in Africa, are ideal for injecting some colour into a room or  sprucing up a tired sofa or chair.  Use them individually to create a focal point  or  mix and match them to create an eye-popping riot of colours and imagery.