When I moved to the UK ten years ago, I had to completely re-establish all my shopping habits. I couldn’t rely on the likes of Target as my ‘everything under the sun’ shop, nor could I pop into my trusted Chicago boutiques for a last-minute dress. My favourite brands were nowhere to be found and the $2:£1 exchange rate meant that I had to be even more shrewd with my purchases. After about four years I managed to establish my short-list of ‘go-to’ shops on the British high street, and even unearthed a few local London boutiques along the way. My shopping trail established, I dismissed everything else and focused what little time and money I had in the places I knew I would find something I loved.
Years later, now with a house to fill with amazing things, my short-list process has started all over again so that my destinations include home interiors and furniture. It’s been a fun journey, and I’m happy to say that a lot of the retailers I dismissed years ago are surprising me with how much they’ve changed since I last walked through their doors. One of those is House of Fraser.
Last week, their SS14 Look Book arrived in my inbox. I opened it, intrigued as to why they’d sent it to me. The style of home that Liam and I are creating is nothing like what I would expect to find in their collection. We are more urban, playful and slick with an industrial twist. My memory put them in the ‘over-stuffed pillows, floral prints, and the occasional crystal-cut lamp’ category (nice, but just not for us). Long story short, I’ve been proven very wrong.
Rather than convince you myself, I’m going to let the pictures do the talking. And for those of you who adore Christiane Lemieux and DwellStudio as much as I do – you should know that House of Fraser is launching a ‘Living by Christiane Lemieux’ collection, in collaboration with her. The entire thing is deliciously desirable, and robust enough to withstand even the most rambunctious of house holds – in other words, completely her style.
To see more, head over to www.houseoffraser.co.uk and in the meantime, enjoy the eye candy. I’m especially loving the tufted leather sofa and bright, springy bed linens!