Home improvement: After living in our gorgeous loft apartment for 2 years, JB and I still have pieces of furniture we want to buy and interior details that we want to do. It's an expensive project, one that will take time, but it's nice to be investing in things you will one day be able to hand on to your children. I don't think I am a natural when it comes to decorating my home space - luckily, JB and I have quite similar tastes, which I'm confidently assuming falls under good taste, but years of boarding school have dampened my enthusiasm for interior design and left me needing very little to feel at home. A comfy sofa, quick access to some ice-cream and a good book will do me just fine.
Discovering Such & Such, through the lovely Charlotte's Web, has however made me eager to fill the apartment with beautiful and handmade items. It is a small company run by brother and sister duo, Ali and Nikki, who place great importance on finding talented designers and makers who produce unique hand crafted items. They are careful to select products which are not going to have a harmful impact on the environment. And something I personally love, is their philosophy to know their designers as much as they can, with the result being that each item feels more personal and special to the owner.
I gave in to temptation and bought a leather Pixie Pouch for myself recently, designed by O My Bag, a company created by Paulien Wesselink in 2010. Realising she always had trouble finding a bag she really loved she decided the solution was to design and make her own! Produced by a fair trade organisation in India using eco-leather means my pixie pouch not only looks and feels good but it's also eco-friendly. I think one of the reasons I am such a fan of Such & Such is because they decided to go back to basics and make a living from something they are truly passionate about. I hope to be seeing these Torbuschka Large Storage bags and Crash Bang Wallop Hanging Shelves in our apartment sooner rather than later... Lou xx