Monday, 31 October 2011

Original + Oriental


The latest arrivals in the West Egg store are the perfect original gift this Christmas. Fun, versatile and with a history of being presented as gifts to emperors, these ginger jars add a wonderful oriental look to the interior design of any room. I am excited to share these latest additions to the ever changing array of antique and vintage furniture and decorative home accessories. 


After a recent request from a customer, each piece from West Egg now comes with it’s own quirky story and care information enclosed. It makes total sense since each piece is unique and has it's own tale to tell. Did you know the use of the colour red in oriental ceramics symbolises happiness and prosperity? Nice sentiment, nice gift!

If I had to sum up the typical West Egg style, I would say it's a mix of laidback British charm, lots of antique and vintage pieces with some French and Oriental influences thrown in. So I guess that's why I like to source these ginger jars because they are  such an elegant and affordable way of adding an interesting, eclectic look to any room.


To see the full range of oriental ceramics please visit www.westegg.co.uk.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Introducing...Lucinda Nicol

Do you remember my recent blog post about a new range French vintage inspired cushions earlier this Autumn?  Well, as I mentioned at the time, what is so special about these cushions is that each one is hand-finished by an incredible skilled artisan here in England. I'm excited to introduce you to that artisan, the amazingly talented Lucinda Nicol!

Lucinda designed and produced each and every one of the cushions for sale. Lucinda's work is inspired by her love of antiques, haberdashery and costume. Combining these elements she creates distinctive, beautiful and practical textile pieces that add character to the modern home.

I first met Lucinda in 2009 when our respective army officer husbands were both posted to Colchester Garrison. With a mutual love of all things antique and vintage, our shared passion for charming and timeless interiors has resulted in this exciting first collaboration for West Egg.

To take a look at the wonderful limited edition line of French vintage inspired cushions for West Egg click here. Drawing inspiration from traditional French fabrics including ticking and toile de jouy, Lucinda’s line of cushions perfectly encapsulate the key staples of the relaxed French home. Her thoughtful design and attention to detail have resulted in a collection of hand-finished cushions that are not only beautiful but practical too – all the cushions are suitable for hand-washing and made from 100% linen or cotton fabrics.

As well as designing and creating products for West Egg, Lucinda also accepts bespoke commissions for cushions, bed runners and other interior accessories. To read more about Lucinda please click here for our About page on the website or to contact Lucinda directly for more information, please email her at lucinda@westegg.co.uk.


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Friday, 21 October 2011

Behind the Scenes - Furniture Painting Workshop


I just wanted to share with you some of the photos from the Furniture Painting course I ran on Wednesday for The Dedham Workshops which are organised by the creative duo Justine Kirkham and Amanda Walker from the Soft Furnishing Studio in Dedham, Suffolk.


This one day workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of furniture painting in a relaxed, inspiring and fun environment. During the day we cover painting, distressing, waxing and other tips on different paint effects. Each client brings a small piece of furniture to transform and we provide all the materials and wooden boards to practise each step on before doing the real thing. 

Bedside Table - BEFORE

Bedside tables: AFTER
Each workshop starts at 9:30am with tea and coffee and we all sit down together and chat about ideas and the pieces you bring along. It is such an inspiring environment in which to learn and talk about different experiences, ideas and future home projects. We provide all the paints, brushes and materials required so all you need to bring along is an apron, notepad and pen and camera. A lovely buffet lunch is also included in the price of the workshop which is £115 for the day.

Our next Furniture Painting workshop is scheduled for 22 November so if you're interested in taking part please email the Dedham Workshops at enquiries@dedhamworkshops.co.uk or call 01206 322690.
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Is OLD the new NEW?

(image: Design Inspiration)

I saw this funny sign on Pinterest and it got me thinking about old and new, mixing it up, satisfying our twin desires for beauty and practicality but without compromising on comfort or integrity. For those readers who know West Egg, I'm all for re-using, recycling, even up-cycling old pieces (except where an old chest of drawers gets painted bubblegum pink - why??)

So I believe in recycling, antiques, vintage, etc etc, and I love the patina of old pieces of furniture. But I also love the functionality, practicality and just plain, simple working ability of modern furniture. Particularly in the kitchen. Who wants to wrestle with an unruly, stubborn drawer every time you want a piece of cutlery? And you never want to see an antique chair in a home office or any kind of office for that matter. Goodbye pots of cash, hello back pain.

The solution? Mix it up. For me, interior design these days is all about eclecticism. Co-mingling pieces of old and new furniture and decorative home accessories is a brilliant way to bring comfort, elegance and a unique timeless quality to modern homes. 

The key to the successful co-habitation of old and new is to keep it simple and have one common theme or thread running through your interior design of the room. The obvious thread is colour but it could be something to do with the provenance of a particular piece. Personally I love to buy decorative pieces on trips overseas, not only are they are a lovely reminder of a fantastic holiday and also something unique to your home. De-cluttering and keeping it simple are the two best ways to show off your favourite pieces. 

(image: Emily Gilbert Photography)

I love how these photographs by Emily Gilbert make blending antique and modern furniture seem so simple, natural and comfortable. Emily is an amazingly talented interiors photographer based in New York, her website and blog have some truly inspiring images.

(image: I BP Blogspot)

This sitting room just about sums up eclectic. I am such a fan of sisal rugs for instant texture (and they are so reasonably priced too). And I am loving the flower arrangement! Totally unique, fun and interesting. 

What do you think about mixing old and new? I would love to hear your views and ideas - email me at louisa@westegg.co.uk or leave a comment below. Bye for now!

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Period Homes & Interiors - Q&A Ask the Experts


I've known about this feature for some time now so I am thrilled to finally share it with you all. A few months ago I was asked to join the panel for the Q&A feature in Period Homes & Interiors. Of course I said YES! It is such a huge honour to be asked to be involved with this brilliant feature.

I picked up a copy late last night on my drive home from Leicestershire where I've been for the last few days and I felt slightly giddy as I walked out to the car. When I think back over the last year and all the amazing opportunities and experiences I've had, well, it's kind of crazy really. 

Click here to see the feature or visit www.westegg.co.uk and click on the Press tab.

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Put your feet up...


 The latest arrivals in the West Egg store are two beautiful upholstered ottomans (footstool). These lovely pieces have been expertly re-upholstered in 100% organic linen or cotton fabric in neutral tones so they fit in with a wide range of interior design schemes. 


The use of the ottoman dates back to the 18th century but over 300 years later it remains one of the most versatile pieces of furniture available today. They act as brilliant decorative pieces in any kind of room but are most commonly used with an armchair or sofa to rest tired feet. 

To take a look at more photos and for more information click here to visit the West Egg online store

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Dear Designer

Exactly one year ago I left my job in London and embarked on an incredible adventure of setting up a company restoring antique and vintage furniture and decorative home accessories. I have been so lucky over this past year to meet some really fantastic, smart and above all inspiring people from all walks of life. 

I feel so so lucky and blessed to have been able to follow my dreams and I am so excited about what is coming next. As West Egg goes from strength to strength I sometimes find it hard to stay focused and not feel overwhelmed with everything that's going on. And one thing that completely threw me at the weekend (in a good way) was finding out that the editor of Heart Home magazine, interior designer and writer Carole King had featured West Egg on her lovely blog


The feature is called I Spy...West Egg Interiors and she highlighted certain pieces that caught her eye including the Vintage Magazine Rack and the French Wire Basket. 


I was really so thrilled that Carole featured West Egg because the magazine she founded with fellow bloggers Daniel Nelson and Arianna Trapani is an absolute must-read. Heart Home magazine is a quarterly publication that solely features UK homes so it really captures all that is brilliant about British home design and style. Thanks Carole - you've made my week! 

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

French Linen Corner Cupboard

Just a quick post to share with you the French Linen Corner Cupboard I used as the demo piece in the Open Week at the Soft Furnishing Studio in Dedham. It was really fun showing the guests how to paint furniture, how to use chalk paints and waxes and create different decorative effects such as decoupage and the crackle effect. 

In the photo below you can really see the difference the chalk paint makes on such a dark piece of furniture. 

Although we are no longer based near Colchester, we are running furniture painting workshops at our newly converted barn in Blunham, Bedfordshire. I also teach the furniture painting workshop once a month at The Decor Cafe in Putney, SW London. 





Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Limited Edition: French Vintage Inspired Cushions


I'm really excited to share the beautiful new line of Limited Edition French vintage inspired cushions that West Egg has available this Autumn! Available in Raspberry Toile, Blue Ticking and Parisian Hen, these cushions perfectly capture the relaxed French country look and style. 


What is so special about these cushions is that each one is hand-finished by an incredible skilled artisan here in England. The fabrics are 100% natural materials - either 100% linen or 100% cotton and available in 3 sizes - large (50cm x 50cm), medium (40cm x 40cm) and oblong (30cm x 50cm). For more photos and information check out our website by clicking here


 And... do let us know what you think of the new cushions and tell us what else you would like to see available from the West Egg store. You can use the tabs below to join our facebook page and twitter feed to get in touch...we love to hear from you and promise to reply to every email.


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