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Glass MattersDecember 18, 2014
The festive season is almost upon us and here at Lewis & Co our thoughts have turned to stylish entertaining. Aside from ‘researching’ our favourite mulled wine recipes, we’ve been hard at work sourcing some fantastic glassware to help you add a spark of contemporary style to your holiday dining area.
For us, the traditional champagne flute ( pictured below) always wins top marks for style and function. It is traditional for a reason – the tall, slim shape is the best for preserving carbonation.
However, if you are hosting large parties and want to make a bit of a statement, then a champagne pyramid could be a good way to go and then you’d be best advised to use our beautiful champagne coupes…
Mulling over the wine
When it comes to serving mulled wine we have some wonderful ‘olde worlde’ goblet styles this year. Decanters are a stylish and convenient way to refill your guests’ glasses and keep them merry.
If you or your guests prefer a more rounded figure for your wine, then we have found a few stunning varieties for you too….
What about water?
Don’t forget to keep your guests hydrated – you can never go wrong with a stylish decanter or why not try some of our beautiful glass bottles? They will add a contemporary touch to any dining table.
Add a touch of warmth and colour to a festive dinner with seasonal flowers displayed in these beautiful vases crafted from recycled glass.
As always, all the products discussed here ( and many more besides ) are available to buy now in our Marylebone boutique at 54 Paddington Street, London W1U 4HU. We love to chat interiors and parties so if you’re planning any festivities why not pop by and let us help? We look forward to seeing you.
Interior Design Trends for Autumn 2014October 23, 2014
As a wonderful British summer draws to a close, it’s time to welcome autumn, and her beautiful array of natural colours and shades, complementing the latest interior design trends.
Autumn is truly a great time to transform your living space, adding warmth and colour before the onset of the cold stark winter.
Key interior design trends for autumn / winter this year are heavily inspired by nature – warm colours and wood panelling are key, as are traditional craftsmanship and ‘one -of – a – kind’ furniture pieces.
The trend for mixed materials in furniture design continues to gather pace. At Lewis & Co, we particularly love the craftsmanship of this stunning wooden and iron table. (below)
When accompanied by glass vases filled with autumn’s leaves or natural fauna, it makes a wonderful visual statement to any hallway or living room.
These hand-crafted statuettes (displayed in the image below) are a terrific example of the traditional and ethnic crafts trend which is as strong as ever. Don’t be afraid to pair them with modern accessories and bright autumn flowers to give a bold, colourful look to any room.
If you’re not one for making a statement, there are a few small touches you can make that will have a large impact on your home. Warm, earthy-toned cushions are always useful, and colourful, scented candles placed in warm-toned holders easily add warmth and beauty to any room. To have an effect, the candles do not need to be lit, but when they are, well, it’s the most romantic way to enjoy the most beautiful season of the year.
All the products featured in this article are available to buy or order from us at Lewis & Co at 54 Paddington Street, Marylebone.
A Little Neighbourhood LoveAugust 13, 2014
Lewis & Co and Uber have partnered to share some neighbourhood love with our VIP clients. Download the Uber App, using promo code LEWISANDCO and receive £20 off your first ride and then…
Show your Uber receipt (either in-app, or an email print-out) and receive 20% discount off any single item purchased in shop.*
So why not book an Uber to Lewis & Co right now? What’s your excuse?
Please note that Lewis & Co will be closed from 30 August through 8 September.
*Both Uber voucher code and Lewis & Co promo discount are valid one time only. Lewis & Co discount is valid anytime in August with Uber receipt.
Tips on Interior Design For A Beach HouseJuly 27, 2014
At Lewis & Co, it’s fair to say that we’d like to be beach bums…but just as enticing for us is the opportunity to interior design for a beach house.
For us, nothing speaks of relaxation quite as much as the sound of smooth summer waves crashing gently on to a sandy shore. If you’re like us then we’re not alone.
Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a trend as an increasing number of people are looking to make a move to the coast or to have a second home by the sea.
While we have no plans to move…yet…we have been lucky enough to have worked on the interior design of a few beach houses over the years (See one of our projects in Hawaii below).
Many interior design considerations are standard – location, usability (e.g. full time? vacations? weekends?) and the importance of practicality versus style. But these basic concepts, coupled with the sand and the sea can give simple inspiration for some fabulous interiors.
We’ve compiled a few pointers here to help you design your dream seaside home:
– Give the views maximum consideration – this should be the basis of everything you do in the beach house.
– Keep design functional with natural materials and using durable fabrics.
– Embrace texture and vibrant colour. Patterns such as stripes and zig zags are great, especially with soft furnishings and flooring.
– Don’t forget outdoor furniture. We work with a number of vendors, providing a good variety for all price points.
– Finally, the addition of a log fire can also make your summer beach house a very cosy hideaway in winter as well.
Don’t forget to check our online store for current offers to help furnish your beach house or drop us a line at the shop if you have any further enquiries.
Marylebone Summer Fayre 2014July 20, 2014
The sun has got it’s hat on, celebrating with us at the Marylebone Summer Fayre. Hip hip hooray. Last Sunday welcomed the 10th anniversary of the Marylebone Summer Fayre complete with sunshine and strawberries, ferris wheels and face paint. Champagne and candy-floss, live music and unique craft stalls were also in abundance. Summer’s arrived in Marylebone.
Organised by the Howard De Walden Estate, the Marylebone Summer Fayre was packed full of everything you’d expect from a traditional English village fete – food, drink, music, children’s activities, tombola and a famer’s market – all taking place in the heart of central London. This year it was bigger, better and brighter than ever before with over 100 participating stores, restaurants and galleries including, of course, our very own Lewis & Co.
As you’d expect, there was complimentary champagne and canapés for all our lovely customers at our tent. We debuted our new summer collection of outdoor accessories. This year’s sizzling summer highlights include new outdoor chairs, picnic baskets, colourful cushions, cotton blankets and lanterns. We also be introduced our new featured product for the summer – the adorable new portable barbecues from ‘Mon Oncle’. Thanks to all who came along and made the day so special. We loved seeing you.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2014June 6, 2014
The fifth annual Clerkenwell Design Week got underway recently and boy, did it pack a punch for creativity.
Kicking off our visit was the amazing ‘Tile Mile’ by Russ and Henshaw who turned St. John’s Gate into a cornucopia of clashing colour and parallel mirrors. Mind-bending madness.
Next up was the section called ‘Detail’ held at The Order of St. John. We spent an age marvelling at the Poltrone Armchairs by Edra. Majestically displayed in the medieval crypt. We particularly liked the hand crafted interlacing that was involved in making the Vermella chair by the Campana Brothers ( in red, pictured here).
We gave the crypt top marks for atmospheric location and the furniture displayed there could not have been more appropriate.
On our way out of the crypt, we discovered the amazing British lighting company ‘Ochre’ who produce incredible lighting installations made from organic materials. Really hypnotic and beautiful. Definitely a company to watch out for.
Lighting is a particular passion for us here at Lewis and Co so we were keen to head past the Jaguar Car installation straight to the ‘Light Years’ floor at the Design Factory.
There we found that the trend for reclaimed material still gathers pace though we were more interested in the functional and liable beauty of Artemide…
However, our favourites this year came from Vibia whose skylights and wall arts were really inspiring.
At Lewis&Co we have experience of handling every aspect of interior design projects of all sizes. Please feel free to talk to us at any time about how we might help you with your next project.
Marylebone Interiors Day 2014May 10, 2014
Paddington Street and Marylebone High Street were awash with colour this weekend as this year’s Marylebone Interiors Day made itself known with bright pink flags by the doors of all participating stores.
We were very pleased to see so many of our regular customers as well as some very friendly new clients. Thank you so much to all those who came along. We hope you enjoyed the day and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.
You can view a gallery of our day on the Lewis and Co Facebook page.
Get in the holiday spirit!December 5, 2013
Christmas comes only once a year, lasts 24 hours, and then goes away. So why all this fuss about Christmas come the holiday season? One has to admit that all the fun actually comes from getting ready for THE day. Indeed, since our earliest memories, we were taught that being well behaved would result in us getting presents from Santa Clause (or Father Christmas), which, to an extent, must have been imprinted in our minds ever since, giving us a reason every year even as we grow up to get excited for the holidays, that Christmas spirit. Even if you don’t get that Christmas spirit, other people will make sure you do, from those around you to the high street businesses. And rest assured that the weather won’t forget to remind you of it either… Therefore, as winter’s arrival can be quite brutal, we thought we would make it less painful for everyone by giving you this list of things to do to embrace the holiday season.
Ice skating: the arrival of winter sees the return of ice rinks throughout London, enjoy ice skating before it’s too late, below are a few places to get your skates on.
– Eyeskate: right beside the London Eye, the best-located ice rink in town
– Somerset House: for a more grown-up atmosphere, with «Club Night» sessions
– Canary Wharf: if you’re looking for a quieter spot during the weekend
Winter Wonderland 2013: get in the Holiday spirit right in the center of London at Hyde Park for rides, attractions, food at the Christmas market and also the ice rink.
The Enchanted Woodland 2013: take a night stroll in Syon Park’s Gardens and Arboretum where the park’s trees will come alive thanks to exciting lighting effects.
Christmas windows: from Selfridges to Harrods, there are plenty of beautiful window displays to inspire you this season!
Christmas markets: find the most original gifts this holiday season in the city’s numerous markets dedicated to the holiday season.
– Southbank Centre Christmas Market
– Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair
– Dalston Christmas Market
– Crafty Fox Christmas Markets
And if you’re travelling in Europe, the continent offers the most popular Christmas markets in the world:
– Barcelona: Fira de Santa Llúcia
– Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace market
– Brussels: Plaisirs d’Hiver
– Copenhagen: Tivoli at Christmas
– Berlin: Kaiser Wilhelm’s Christmas market
Enjoy the festive season!
Antwerp: Europe’s new capital of designNovember 4, 2013
Anvers for the French-speakers, this historic city has been hailed by Elle Decor as Belgium’s ‘epicenter of edgy fashion and fantastic art’. Usually renowned for being the diamond capital of the world, Antwerp has indeed reinvented itself as a fashion city and attracts aspiring designers from all over the world, though the textile tradition is nothing new to the city that dominated the European wool trade centuries ago. Today, Antwerp gathers some of the world’s most famous fashion designers thanks to their edgy clothes (Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs among others) but when it comes to interior designers, the cosmopolite city doesn’t lack in that department either.
By opening up to new contemporary cultures, the city has become a place where talent meets innovation, with the emergence of trendy designer shops and studios, and Belgium in general has witnessed a successful export throughout Europe and beyond from Bellino’s lighting to Charrell’s large collection of furniture and home decor, and let’s not forget the Baobab Collection and its hand-made scented candles that can now be found on every continent.
Art has always been a huge part of Antwerp and the city couldn’t show more support to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts as ‘Happy Birthday Dear Academie’ messages could be seen all over town back in June. Founded in 1663, the Academy ranks among Rome, Paris and Florence as one of Europe’s oldest art schools and has produced artists who shook up the art world like Van Gogh. It’s Antwerp’s devotion to fashion and art that has supported the creative culture within the city, leading to some of the world’s most creative and successful interior design studios, and even architecture. If you happen to be there, we highly recommend you to stay at the Hotel Julien, a charming and centrally located boutique hotel with a rooftop view and stop by the Flamant concept store for lovely gifts to bring home to your loved ones.
Take Advantage of the Summer in ComfortAugust 23, 2013
Mother Nature has been on our side this summer…providing many sunny days and warm evenings. As a result of this superb weather, we undoubtedly want to spend as much time outdoors as possible so as to soak up the summer atmosphere! Why not do so in luxury?
Over the past few years, there has been an increase in demand for aesthetically pleasing and functional modern outdoor furniture. A trend has emerged to balance design with comfort in outdoor furniture.
Modern outdoor furniture can massively improve the appearance of any house, which will not only provide a fantastic outdoor experience, but it will give your garden an instant impact, to you and all your family and friends!