I’m not sure if you remember this but I’ve been to London a few times over the past couple of months and on one trip I visited Albion, a cafe around the corner from Emily’s shop Caravan (I can’t wait until her next book is out!) and nearby to the lovely Squint (more here). If you are in London you must go to Caravan and Squint and then have lunch at Albion and grab some snacks for the road in their pretty little grocery store.
Albion is such a nice spot to linger for lunch, rain or shine. I had the best sandwich there, but warning: portions are huge and one sandwich is equivalent to two so if you are with a friend considering sharing one no matter how big your appetite – you will never finish it!
Don’t you love chalkboard menus? I never tire of them…
These photos were all taken by Jillian Leiboff who was also in London recently (she lives and works as a photographer in Australia), and since her photos captured the farmer’s market ambiance of Albion so nicely I thought I’d share them with you today with Jillian’s blessing, of course. Thank you Jillian for sharing these photos with decor8 today!
Have you been to Albion? It’s in Shoreditch @ 4 Boundary Street. If you haven’t visited yet it’s about time you did! :) Maybe this post is a gentle nudge? Here’s another little nudge, an abbreviated London guide from me to you. xo
(images: jillian leiboff)
Elena Giavaldi has more than just a very pretty name, but she has lovely ideas that she transforms into some great designs. I love these two images below, one from her illustrations portfolio and another showing her hand drawings — all eventually become book covers, prints, wedding invitations, advertisements — she has quite a diverse list of projects and clients!
Elena splits her time between Milan and New York City and you can see more of her work and learn about her here on her website.
(images: elena giavaldi)
Interiors need not always be smart + serious to look good. In fact, it’s often the quirky bits that end up making a space. Let’s say you collect plates and up until now, you have grandmother’s china on the wall displayed using wire hangers. Why not quirk it up a bit and add some humor with your friends Yoda and Gizmo? Think I’m crazy, well I am but that’s not the point. This looks rather fun and you know what, it could be quite good in the right space.
Beat Up Creations alters vintage plates to bring some humor into the house. No need to be an unhappy hipster, right? :)
Psst: She accepts custom orders.
Decorate with Gizmo and Yoda you will.
(image: beat up creations)
Would you love to see some beautiful new products today from Sweden? Why, of course you would! The very kind Helena from Room and Serve wrote in to tell me about the new collection from Mimou. You can find bed linens, wallpaper, hand-crafted furniture and hand printed pillows.
Mimou worked with Swedish illustrator Amelie Hegardt who is known for her bleeding ink silhouettes and watercolors as well as her delicate, timeless and evocative style. Her work has been translated into beautiful things for the home while also reflecting the classic Mimou style that the brand is known for.
I love the bright colors against the white background and how fresh and illustrative these prints are — the sketchy watercolors are really in right now and look great! The black and white combos look striking and very inviting and warm. The grays and browns are sensual and relaxing. What a stylish and very forward collection!
How to organize your decorating ideas…
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