October 2, 2008

Source Book: Interiors

I have a little booklet that I've kept since I moved back to the States. It's a Source Book, published by the BBC's Homes & Antiques Magazine, which is sometimes hard to find here. This pocket-size book lists more than 250 sources for interiors, antiques and gardens, both in London and in the rest of the UK.

Some of the places on my list to see are:
  • VV Rouleaux - a ribbons and trimmings shop on Sloane Square, where you can find more than a rainbow of ribbons, passementerie of every variety you can think of and many you can't imagine. I've written about them before, and can't wait to get back there!
  • Bennison Fabrics - I know that Joni of Cote de Texas loves this fabric house and I am looking forward to going to their shop on Holbein Street in Chelsea.
  • Nina Campbell - I was lucky enough to play hostess to her for an antiques show and lecture a few years ago at a charity where I worked. I met with her staff in London to make the arrangements and spent a lot of time in her shop on Walton Street. This is one of her wallpapers.
  • Liberty of London - I've been going there for years, and have been lucky enough to be there for their summer sale. I love everything about this iconic store from the basement level coffee shop to the different buildings that all interconnect like some sort of puzzle. They have the most amazing Christmas decorations, too!
  • General Trading Company - This was where Princess Diana registered for her wedding and it's right off Sloane Square where I would stay when on business. Unfortunately, they went into receivership in August, so I don't know their status, but will stop by and see.

Next time, I will talk about some of the places I like to hunt for antiques.

19 comments:

  1. I just bought the most beautiful vintage Liberty of London scarf. It is perfection!

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  2. this is my favorite header yet! you're good, meg!

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  3. i want to visit london so bad - my sis went last year - said it was FAB - says people are "coolish" but so much to see.

    i'm loving your header too.

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  4. Oh my...another fabulous header!

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  5. My favorite header yet. Enjoy Bennison!

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  6. Oh Meg! What a wonderful post! It made me want to visit London again! I'm so glad I found your blog! I've bookmarked it.

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  7. Love your new header - and your shopping tour of London! I have a feeling Joni would enjoy being locked up inside that Bennison shop for a few days.

    -Lana

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  8. Love, love, LOVE this header!

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  9. Great shots and LOVING the new header :)

    Anne

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  10. ADORE this header. Adore. And all of your resources as well.

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  11. Oh, I love VV Rouleaux...and Liberty of course! I am going to send you some recommmendation over the weekend.

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  12. Great photograph of the interior of Liberty!

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  13. This is the one I was starting when I found the Cheerio graphic. It's still not exactly how I want it, but it's fun.

    Thanks for all of the nice comments!

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  14. Brilliant first hat and wonderful new header!

    I have a few Liberty summer cotton ties that I love to wear! Bright and cheerful.

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  15. E&E... I just love these hats. i wish i could wear hats more often.

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  16. love the double-decker - my mother sent me to the silver vaults and all over London to look for an epergnefor her when I lived there in 1985 - the exchange rate was veryyyy good then.

    loved the fabric stores too - Isabel and I would trade off - a fabric store for me and a park for her ... when we visited london many years back.

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  17. I'm going to hiding in your suitcase !!! just take your luggage to Bennison and leave it there - come back in a few days to pick me up!!1 hahah!!!!

    great post yesterday and today. You really are going to have a great time - but espeically meeting a certain someone I hear!!!

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  18. I'm so jealous!!

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  19. How did I miss this post? Well, obviously I did because I would have nagged you until we went to Liberty!I now see why you said we could have spent the entire day there.

    Of course I will have to go back to King's Road and revisit all of the stores now that I've had my orientation tour ;-)

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