Lovely Finds - Housekeeping Store

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Friday, 19 September 2014


William Morris said 'have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful' and I've been reflecting on these words recently. I'm trying to scale back what I own and what I need. Simplifying the need for stuff. Only buying what I think will last and use regularly. So it's out with all the clutter and in with a calmer and more restful home.

Whilst searching online for enamelware, I discovered the wonderful Housekeeping Store. It's fast become my go-to shop for classics for the home, selling Hampson Woods chopping boards, Kinfolk magazine, welsh blankets, Falcon enamelware and Baileys Home and Garden pieces. Oh and throw in some delicious Bolga baskets and you have the perfect store! The actual shop is based in Leicester and looks stunning (although they currently moving to larger premises so check the website and Facebook page for further details), and sadly that's a bit too far from Leeds. But if ever I find myself heading down that way I'll definitely be popping in!  I recently interviewed Lisa, the owner and a fellow Glaswegian, all about Housekeeping.


Tell us a little about yourself?

Hi! I'm Lisa. I’m originally from Glasgow. I studied fashion and worked in London for a couple of years. But the lure of love brought me back home to set up a Streetwear label called Katzen-haus (it was the 90’s) with my partner Simon.  Simon went on to work for Fly57 in Worcester and I became a stay at home mum for our two kids, Matilda & Felix. We eventually moved to Leicester and bored with my daily chores I set-up Housekeeping, which by now I had vast experience in!



What is the idea behind the store 'Housekeeping'?

My little idea began at my kitchen table with me creating a little book with everything I’d love to have in my home. It contained beautifully made products from smaller family run businesses, products that you remember your grandparents having. These companies are still in existence, proving that their quality and design had lasted the test of time and are still desirable today.  My biggest bugbear was plastic everywhere in our homes and why did we need to have cheap imports when we could buy more natural and aesthetically pleasing goods at similar prices.


Who and what inspires you?

I have been hugely influenced by the Scandinavian ethos, where beautiful, simple design and functionality go hand in hand.  Creative people, including my partner Simon who are passionate about what they do are inspirational. Reading Kinfolk, Uppercase and blogs such as Little
Birdie inspire me to enjoy life and be more creative.  I’m also star struck by Mark and Sally Bailey of Baileys Homestore on the outskirts of Ross on Wye, it simply is the best store in the world and they inspire me to keep pushing forward.


What is your own home style like?

My own home style is very similar to the shop, except I’ve got the chipped enamel that didn’t quite make it in transit! I’m a great believer that a house should be a working home full of things that you love, with childrens artwork proudly displayed, cake in the oven and a few dishes in the sink.



Which item in Housekeeping could you not live without?

After some thought, the item that I probably use most are my Duralex glasses, we use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I have them in all sizes, the Gigogne glasses are a must when you’ve got kids, they’re the original school tumbler, just the right size and made from toughened glass.  The Picardie glasses are just a design classic and I love them, you can also put hot drinks in them so come Christmas they’ll be full of mulled wine.



Which are your favourite new products and why?

At the moment I’ve bought a few things in that have been on my wish list, including the Eve collection of ceramics by Lars Soendergaard.  Simple, functional and beautifully designed, each piece is hand crafted in his pottery in Suffolk, I just adore it.  Also just arrived are products by Geoff Fisher a talented craftsman who has produced beautiful brushes, dustpans and hooks using tree branches, sounds weird but they are exquisite.  My favourite is the slingshot catapult, I’m planning on putting one in my son's Christmas stocking this year, although I'm not sure if it’s a good idea!!!!

Thank you so much Lisa for taking the time to answer my questions. I'm sure you will agree that she has a lovely store and a great eye. And they are all items that will never date and always be aesthetically pleasing. These are the pieces that I'm most coveting over there and going on my wishlist:

Hickory Stripe Apron
Hampson Woods Chopping Board
Dipped Terracotta Mug

If you are interested in finding out more then please do go like their Facebook  page or follow them on Twitter. Oh and an extra bonus - Lisa is very kindly offering Little Birdie readers 10% off. Just enter the code LBirdie at the checkout!

All images from Housekeeping Store and used with kind permission. 

Introducing - Folklings

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Monday, 15 September 2014


Hello! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Sadly I've caught the cold from hell and am feeling very sorry for myself. And it's my birthday tomorrow but it doesn't look like I'll be up for much celebrating! Hopefully I'll be better for the weekend.

I am delighted to introduce a wonderful new project that I'm involved in called Folklings. It's a beautiful site that embraces the simpler side of life. The brainchild of the blogging genius that is Annie Spratt, I was thrilled to be asked to be a curator. As Annie describes it 'Folklings is a collection of beautiful and inspiring content curated by folk with a passion for simple and creative living'. Annie launched the site this morning and I already think it looks stunning. 

My own contribution will come later on this month once I'm feeling a bit brighter. But for now please do go visit the new site here. Enjoy. x


Top image is by Annie Spratt.
Second image is by Emma Cavill.

Lovely Spaces

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Friday, 12 September 2014







Images via Remodelista

When I was holidaying in North Norfolk in the summer I noticed a lot of barn conversions and wooden outdoor buildings painted black. Nestled in amongst the country cottages and gardens, they looked effortlessly chic and their vivid darkness worked so well against those bright, wide open blue skies. I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of them as it's one of my strongest memories of the Norfolk towns and villages. Next time I will be taking a lot of pictures of them.

Returning to Yorkshire I found myself drawn to the idea of introducing some black into the exteior of my home, but as it's made of bricks and mortar and no lovely wood cladding, I have been thinking about using it in my garden - my shed and my handmade wooden troughs. I think this could work well and as Leeds sadly doesn't have those big blue skies like Norfolk, the shed probably is enough to not be too overpowering anyway. Team it with some brilliant pinks and purples from perennials in the summer and I think this could look amazing.

Whilst doing some research on Pinterest for black exteriors I stumbled across this beautiful family home. Not only am I completely in love with the outside but I think the rustic simplicity of the interior decor is stunning. The vintage touches in the dining room to me are just perfect - particularly the industrial pendant lighting and old school chairs. And that black painted cabinet - swoon!  There are many nice interior details throughout - I like the vintage scissors displayed on the wall and the use of so much natural wood in the flooring, the walls and the furniture. It's all so beautiful.


I've created a Pinterest board for black exteriors. It's my new favourite board over there. Go check it out for some further inspiration.

Follow Jen @littlebirdieblog's board Black Exterior on Pinterest.

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