HOT SHOP: HANNAH ZAKARI

August 17, 2010

I’ve been at the Edinburgh Festival for the past week, in sunny (no, really) Scotland. As well as seeing about a million amazing plays and comedy acts, I managed to find time to pop into a few shops, too. Thanks to my local guide, Zoe (from Conversation Pieces), I found Hannah Zakari – a lovely shop owned by jewellery-maker and all-round crafty-type, Rachael Lamb.

As well as selling her own lovely designs, Rachael stocks a mind-boggling array of home accessories and treats from other designers, including the likes of Lou Rota, Clare Nicolson and Eclectic Eccentricity. I had a lovely time browsing the shelves, but if you’re not in bonny Scotland, don’t despair – the Hannah Zakari website has even more to choose from. – Ellie


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HOT SHOP: Supernice

December 21, 2009

Pottering around Shoreditch in London the other day, (as you do, dahling), I thought two things. ONE: I really need to get down with the trendy East London yoof of today, which clearly involves wearing a checked shirt, a pair of skin-tight skinny jeans with braces, pointy little Victorian-booty-style vintage shoes, a cool, lop-sided hair-cut (art-student-stylee), draping yourself in handmade Tatty Devine-type trinkets (such as anchors, moustaches, etc), saying ‘LOL’ when amused, nibbling organic seeds and reading a vintage poetry book while cycling on a retro Pashley bicycle. TWO: I really should visit Supernice more often! It’s one of Columbia Road‘s NICEst shops.

There are funky melamine trays and plates from Thomas Paul, hundreds of Blik wall stickers on display, as well as some very cool stickers from Inke, needlepoint kits from Jonathan Adler, and fabulous monochrome ceramic tiles from Big Tomato. These tiles (just £3.95 each) were impossible to resist…they’re great for bathrooms and kitchens of course, but they’re gorgeous enough to prop up on a mantelpiece spelling out a word. I bought four of the anglepoise ones (top left!) and super-glued squares of felt to their bases for quick and easy coasters. I keep them stacked beside my anglepoise lamp…how pleasing! (To me, anyway. Boyfriend – not so much. In fact, didn’t notice styling touch, or congratulate. As per. Wasted, I say, wasted.)

ANYWAY, here they are for your delectation, all laid out in a super-nice way. A lot of the wall stickers are perfect for decorating children’s bedrooms, but the chandelier one would look fabulous in a glamorous grown-up dining room…

Right, I’m off to practise the whole poetry-reading-on-a-Pashley thing. I may be some time. – Ellie