This post is sponsored by Top Drawer
On Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited along to Top Drawer and spent the day browsing all of the beautiful things!
I have wanting to go for years but have never been able to make it work with my diary so I was delighted to realise I had a free day when the show was on this season, and to be asked to attend… Uh-mazing!
For those of you who haven’t heard of Top Drawer before, it is a curated trade show of lifestyle brands – everything from interiors, wellness, stationery and food and drink. They also have talks and panel discussions, which is exactly how I started my day.
The first RetailFest talk of the day was a SS19 trend discussion with Sommer from House Curious (you probably already know I am a BIG fan of her from this blog post here) and Kirsty White, the Creative and Product Director of Soho House. Anything these ladies don’t know about interior design and upcoming trends isn’t really worth knowing about. The discussion was hosted by Louise Healy-Adonis who is a trend forecaster.
The three top trends for 2019
The huge recent move towards being more eco-aware and friendly is trickling down to interiors via a little imperfection. Think recycled and natural materials, imperfect edges, individual pieces. More texture and less mass produced pieces.
2. New Tribe
Handmade items, creating community and a return to traditional techniques. Sommer perfectly exampled this by the Wool & the Gang knitting workshops in her home. That lady is so ahead of the curve!
3. New Spirituality
Think wellness becoming the norm. No one blinks if you are going vegan for a month, order a turmeric latte or eat bee pollen. For interiors, wellness items and rituals become part of the home – creating a sanctuary in the bathroom indulge and relax, aromatherapy scents and small pleasures in everyday items.
…And pink is out and yellow is in?!
And amongst all that discussion, the bombshell was dropped that millennial pink is on the out and yellow is in. Perhaps not too surprising as pink has been around a while now, although as far as I can tell it is still as popular as ever.
A quick poll on my Instagram Stories showed a pretty equal split…but how about this, the combo of the two is pretty much a match made in heaven right?!
I spent the rest of the day wandering from stand to stand, eyes popping at all of the pretty, discovering some great new brands and getting the chance to meet a few brands and people I have befriended online, IRL.
My favourites at Top Drawer SS19
One of the first stands I came across was Also Home. I recently discovered this brand through Instagram and loved getting to see all their products in the flesh. Their cushions and bed linens really caught my eye – simple, Scandi inspired designs that are pared back whist retaining plenty of personality and interest. I would love some of their items for my own home.
Grand Illusions was next and I fell in LOVE with their stand. Firstly, it was all the Petersham Nursery Vibes that you could wish for. Their faux flowers were some of the best I have ever seen, the garden pots were dreamy and I am already wondering where I can put at least four of their indoor baskets.
Another show stopping stand was Nkuku. I was surprised to learn that this is a British brand based in Devon and they have a heart-warming ethos. They work with artisans all over the world to create individual homewares that use sustainable materials and embrace traditional skills. They prefer organic beauty and character – you can’t get much more in line with those three 2019 trends than that!
I was stopped in my tracks by some gorgeous dinnerware on the Dassie Artisan stand. Another brand with ethically produced products at it’s heart…and oh my, are some of the products beautiful! There was more than a hint of Anthropolgie to the coasters and serving board that I spotted and they would make beautiful items to have around the home.
As you know last summer I took a keen interest in my garden so when I spotted Growbar I was intrigued. Each Grow bar is a chocolate bar-style box with seeds that you simply need to put on a sunny windowsill and water. There are dozens of different ones to chose from and I particularly liked The Cocktail Growbar (with herbs to make delicious cocktails with), the Cat Growbar (Catmint and Catnip for the poppet in your life) and the bouquet Growbar which is full of beautiful stems to cut.
Moving towards the ‘smellies’ section, I was so delighted to get to the Plum and Ashby stand. They sell home scent and bath and body products which are just gorgeous. The products are high quality and beautifully designed not to mention look great as well. You need to check out their cottage in Norfolk too – mini break anyone?
As you know already, I am a big fan of Sevin and was so delighted to meet the lady face to face for the first time. It was as if we had been friends for years and chatted for ages. She is an inspiring being and her products are just beautiful. The towels are out of this world soft and the time, effort and thought that goes in to every product is so impressive. Read more about Sevin in this interview with her here.
My resolution for 2019 is to be kinder to the environment and my easy daily win is to ditch single use coffee cups and water bottles. It is strangely more difficult than it seems as I have become used to the convenience of ‘grabbing on the go’ but I have learned being prepared and having good reusable vessels on me at all times is the only way. I saw three great companies at Top Drawer and I wanted to mention them all:
- Sttoke – a high design reusable ceramic mug that is seriously sexy. I have the Blush Rose and it is beautiful.
- S’ip by S’well – fun and funky reusable water bottles in loads of colours and patterns.
- Swig – A variety of shapes, sizes and designs for every drink you might need to take on the go. These are very pretty mugs/cups/bottles indeed.
And talking of New Year resolutions, Hello Day have a collection of beautiful planners. Founder Kirsten set out to make the perfect planner that helps you to start each day with positivity and purpose, and end each day with a sense of accomplishment and progress.
And finally, Lucy Kemp has a range of beautiful but dainty silver jewellery. I love the earrings and can’t believe how good value they are. All the items are handmade in Cornwall and you can tell love and care goes i to every piece.
So there we have it. My highlights from Top Drawer SS19. I hope you enjoyed reading about my day and maybe even found a new brand to fall in love with!
Thank you to Top Drawer for sponsoring this post.