Being part of the community in Charlotte Road is a real privilege. The street has real heart and everyone here genuinely looks out for one another. It runs much deeper than just saying 'hello'. I think it's a respect and acknowledgment of just how hard everyone is working and mutual appreciation for the vibrant community we share and help create.
Shoreditch has long been associated with artists but as rents climbed most had to relocate their studios. The streets now act as a platform for artists but as developers move in for regeneration this space is becoming harder to find.
As a result of a traffic calming and air quality improvement scheme implemented by Hackney Council we now have six large tree planters outside our junction with Rivington Street. I approached the council and requested we use them as a space for street art and they agreed.
We've been running this project for just over a year now and the community reaction has been fantastic. We launched with a rainbow wave of colour from Lois O'Hara as part of London Design Festival Monochrome @theskeletoncardboard was huge hit with the regular street art tours and more recently we wallpapered everything using @silkenfavours wonderful designs.
COCO LOM saw the project and approached me in store about being considered. Her dramatic use of colour and love of pattern had me hooked from the start and her magnified view of the seemingly mundane was fascinating. Having worked with clients like Adidas, Track Mafia, The BRIT Awards, Jo Malone and Patternity the whole team was buzzing with excitement about what she would do when let loose.
Coco Lom's planter designs were inspired by our slogan 'Dopamine for the home'. She found that if you examined dopamine under a microscope it reveals the most amazing psychedelic colours and patterns.
"Microscopic views of the neurotransmitters in our brain showed hundreds of huddled cells of varying shapes and sizes - you might be able to spot parts of my designs that were inspired by this".
"I was also really interested in black and white x-ray scans of human brain activity".
The results are stunning and we're looking forward to hearing the feedback from the community. Art is so powerful as it really gets people talking.
We'll be keeping a close eye on COCO LOM as she heads off to New York as part of her next research project.
We reckon you should keep an eye on her too!
For further colourful interior inspiration, follow us on Instagram @w.a.greenlondon and Pinterest or pop into our Shoreditch-based store for a good old fashioned chin-wag about what could work for you.
We’ve got chills and they’re multiplying; but you can bet we ain’t losing control. Winter is coming (okay, it’s probably already here but we like the Game of Thrones reference) and there’s only one thing for it - home updates. It's not until it gets really cold until you realise that things could do with a change up. There are several ways of creating a warmer home that are purely functional; getting double glazing, draught excluders, turning the heating on for 24 hours of the day, but we’re thinking of all the little things that can help to create a warmer ambience. Take a look at our tips below for eight ways to get cosy without renovating in your home this winter.
Champion a great throw.
Yes, yes, we know. A blanket is an obvious choice for a way to get warm this winter, but we’re not talking something typical. A bright and bold throw from Slowdown Studio will help to get rid of those Winter Blues and bring on a night of Netflix and chill instead. The ‘Kimbie’ throw features a full on frolicking summer scene that are ideal for bringing in the sunshine. If bright ain’t your thang, how about this woollen throw from Helen B instead? Made from 100% New Zealand Wool with wool tassel fringing, this blanket is sure to keep you nice and toasty.
Warm your nostrils.
A great scent is key to a good night in and a Cire Trudon candle will never disappoint. Abd El Kader is the signature smell of W.A.Green and features warming headnotes of apple, blackcurrant bud, clove, ginger, lemon and spearmint. In our opinion, it’s good for the soul and sometimes the heat can be just enough to avoid having turn on the heating. That’s how your warrant your candle obsession to your other half anyhow.
Lay it on thick with your textiles.
Curtains, cushions and rugs; the key details that you need to be focusing on when it comes to a winter upgrade. Think luxe materials that will give you a hug when you enter your home. Velvets, faux furs, knitted textures. Our top pick has to be these limited edition merino wool face cushions from Giannina Capitani and artist Alice Dansey-Wright. These luxuriously soft and striking cushions will make for a bold addition to the sofa or your favourite armchair.
Light up, light up.
Lighting is probably the most important improvement you can make in winter. It creates a mood, enhances texture and highlights special features. Knowing how to layer it can take your space to the next level and it’s certainly worth investing in. When it comes to winter, the primary space for entertaining is inside the home and you need to be looking at floor lamps, table lamps and wall lighting to ensure you’re creating the right atmosphere during times of little light.
Pulpo are one of our go-to brands for good statement lighting. The Germany-based design brand produce exceptionally high quality pieces. Our favourite thing about them is how they’re not afraid to go bold. Why not try the small Oda Amber Table Light, designed by Sebastian Herkner, to light up your life? This amber statement table lamp is made of hand blown glass made in Italy, balanced on a simple black metal frame. It’s sure to banish the chills with its on-trend burnt orange aesthetic.
Corners are cosier.
Forget the #shelfie (we’re joking, obvs), it’s all about the styled corner instead, although we’re not sure #storner has the same ring to it. Everyone needs a corner of a room to get cosy in whether that be in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, or all three. Find that spot where the light hits and set it up as the perfect spot for catching up on weekly magazines or a good book.
Don’t be a mug.
We all have our favourite mugs but did you know that most of us don’t have a matching set? We’re fans of the eclectic look here, but there’s also something to be said for a set of the same, with a little bit of edge of course. These bright red and pink mouth mugs by Studio Blow, new in from Seletti, are perfect for bringing a smile to your face on a cold winter morning. We love how this new range of kitchenware mugs instantly adds some modern glamour and colour to your life.
Fake it until you make it.
There’s little natural light in these colder months so don’t bother with buying plants you can’t keep alive. Go faux instead. Haven’t you heard it’s all the rage? In particular faux hydrangeas make wonderful fake floral arrangements and work on their own in a vase or with other flowers to make a stunning year round display. Don’t doubt it, with our wide range of fake plants and flowers you can bring the warmer months straight to you and it won’t have to be a weekly expense.
Put a smile on it. Spring is just around the corner.
We adore our new range from Inspired Generations. These acid yellow smiles are perfect for adding a pop of positivity to your abode. We've always been a fan of the iconic smiley face for it's funky positive vibes but never more so in winter. Try this little happy yellow dish for serving or use the large catchall for looking after all for keys in the entryway. Trust us, it never fails to turn that frown upside down.
For further interior inspiration or colourful insight, follow us on Instagram @w.a.greenlondon and Pinterest or pop into our Shoreditch-based store for a good old fashioned chin-wag about what could work for you.