Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy New Year - highlights from 2011

2011 got off to a pretty good start for West Egg when this blog won an Honest Scrap Award. The Honest Scrap is a pay-it-forward internet meme that allows bloggers to be recognised and in return recognise other bloggers they feel demonstrate qualities of heart, soul and sincerity. 

The West Egg blog was and still is very much the new kid on the blogging block so I was thrilled to receive this kind of recognition.

 One of my favourite restoration jobs this year, this farmhouse table looked stunning when it was finished.

March 2011 was so hectic - the website for West Egg's online store was finally ready. This is what it looked like when it first launched. It's been through a few changes since then! So straight in at the deep end - I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

The sun rising over Kempton Park - approximately 6:30am and freezing, freezing cold. Still the best place to source stock especially from my lovely contacts who come over from France. 

West Egg listed on the House Directory - an online resource run set up by Nicolette Le Pelley and Cheryl Knorr. Nicolette is a former deputy editor of The World of Interiors and Cheryl is an interior designer. They have both been so supportive of West Egg - forever grateful. 

Vintage trunks definitely the most popular and best-selling products from West Egg. Once they are re-lined with ticking fabric and have their wooden frame restored, these trunks are so unique and provide a really original feel to a room. This was one of my favourites. 

My little limelight hogger, Alfie the pug sneaking into another photo shoot. Loved restoring and painting this French armoire - so beautiful. Annie Sloan paints rock.

Discovered Pinterest. Lost hours of my life.

Featured in "Maison Chic" page in the September Issue of VOGUE magazine. Amazing. 

Won the #WOW competition run by Jacqueline Gold.  Jacqueline's comments were: "Well done to who revamps antique furniture so people can use them in their home. Fabulous website!"

Before I started West Egg and I was commuting back and forth from London (with a head full of West Egg ideas), I was rather taken with a column in the Evening Standard one night so I ripped it out, took it home and stuck it on the pinboard. The article was called "These five pearls of wisdom are pure Gold" and outlined the 5 secrets of Jacqueline's success - definitely a keeper! It's been on my pinboard in the office ever since....funny how things turn out. You can see the article by clicking here. When I told Jacqueline this story this was her response: "@westeggUK I'm just thrilled I inspired you. I love your biz & hope to check you out in the future as I'm moving house at the end of the year. Jx."

So much fun running the furniture painting workshops - visit for more information.

Launched West Egg's SOURCEBOOK in September 2011 - totally free, quick and easy to use. Still early days but it's running well and had lots of press coverage which was really great.

West Egg launched it's first line of vintage inspired cushions in late 2011. Designed and hand-finished by the exceptionally talented artistan Lucinda Nicol, these cushions are just the beginning for this collaboration and 2012 will see the arrival of several new products in store. Exciting!

Decorex 2011 was AMAZING. So inspiring and met some really wonderful people.

My first feature on the Q&A Expert Panel for Period Homes & Interiors magazine. Totally blows my mind I get to do this.

In November I had to set up a new blog for recipes and other home type blog posts as the poor West Egg blog was getting out of control. Visit Nest Egg here.

I have some great snaps from December but I'm currently in a remote barn somewhere in Norfolk and I can't upload the photos onto my blog so these will have to wait. I'll put them on Nest Egg next week.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I hope you're as excited for 2012 as I am!

Louisa x

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Seasonal Simplicity

I'm trying really hard to keep things simple and uncluttered this year so I'm embracing seasonal simplicity...not just because I don't have much time to spare but it feels right. I've been collecting lots of holly while out walking the dog which I've then cut down to size and then decorated most of the prints and pictures we have in our home. Definitely didn't get carried away. 

This original drawing was given to me by my very brilliant friend Hester Finch, it's in our hallway, I look at it most days and I love it. She drew it from a photograph taken of the pair of us after a quick and dirty foray into patio gardening in the first house we lived in when we moved to London.

Actually I've ended up picking lots of woodland greenery and foliage which I'm going to use to decorate the dining room and candlesticks. When I made the wreath for the Nest Egg blog (click here to take a look) I picked up some good tips so hopefully I'll be able to put those into practice...

I was in London at the weekend and I made my way to Fortnum & Mason to buy a single Christmas decoration. When I first moved there after university I could only afford to buy one decoration from F&M I think they were about £10 each. We didn't even have a tree so I hung it on the chest of drawers in my room. It's my own little tradition now and I went to pick up one this year too (the silver star). 

BUT the decoration that most caught my eye was this lovely hand-stitched tree decoration of the Fortnum & Mason store. So adorable. However, at £28 a pop, even I can't justify that (and I can justify pretty much any expense).

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I realise a lot of you may live in town so there is limited access to  foliage and greenery. I used to stop into our local florist and ask for any offcuts - they are usually very obliging especially towards the end of the day. Okay, time to finish the Christmas cards....and fast.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

We're so excited about Christmas here at West Egg...

The most magical time of year when friends and families gather together to celebrate the holiday season. And to help you get organised on your Christmas shopping we have some original and quirky gift ideas for everyone - no matter how tricky the person you're buying for! 

So take a look at our perfect present ideas from the comfort of your sofa, armchair or desk by visiting our online store at

Free Gift Wrapping

We're offering gift wrapping on all decorative accessories until Christmas. We use vintage style brown paper and luxury fabric ribbons to give a fun, original wrapping to your gift. And it's completely free!

10% off all Purchases in December

Remember we're offering 10% off all December on any purchases - simply use the code EGG10 at the checkout to apply this festive discount!

Christmas Delivery - Last Order Dates

Just in case you plan on leaving things til the last minute we've got it covered, check out our last order dates:

Accessory Products
First Class last orders will be 20th December 2011 at midday.
Special Delivery last orders will be 21th December 2011 at midday.

Furniture Products
Please call us on 0207 060 2975 or email for pre-Christmas delivery availability.

Gift Vouchers
Last orders will be 20th December 2011 at midday.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

And the winner is....

CONGRATULATIONS to our lucky competition winner Clare Rogers! Clare has won a £50 gift voucher for West Egg that can used on any purchase from our online store

Well done Clare and thank you to everyone who entered, we are planning on doing more competitions in 2012 so watch this space!