Posted by Leanne Williams, Tuesday October 17, 2017
Here at The Gilded Cabinet we love a good cushion scheme, there’s nothing else like it to pull together a room and finish it off properly. We know that most men are missing the cushion gene and cannot understand the point of them as they get in the way and there’s constant moaning about not being enough space to sit on the sofa, or jokes about the cushions breeding and multiplying but it is a fab way to add personality to a room and have some fun.
Playing with print, colour and texture to achieve the perfect balance that draws your eye around the room, not too matched but not completely random, the odd little clash to lift the scheme and a mix of patterns to add real interest and depth. It’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle swapping fabrics in and out until you have the ideal balance and it just feels right and flows well. Be brave, be bold, mix it up.
Posted by Leanne Williams, Friday August 4, 2017
We are much better on Instagram than at blogging so if you want to keep up to date with all the lovely new things landing in the shop that is definitely the best place to follow us, Instagram name is gildedcabinet. This is a snapshot of the gorgeous new ranges that are currently filling the tables and tempting our customers. We couldn’t resist the owl jugs and cabbage platters and bowls, perfect for summer entertaining in style.
Our aim has always been to source products that are not everywhere else, products that we truly believe in that are either crafted by small artisan makers or something different and a bit quirky that stands out from the crowd. We are passionate about the items we stock and mix the contemporary homewares with carefully selected vintage pieces of furniture. It is hard to put your finger on what makes us buy a piece of furniture but when we see it we know, it’s a mix of proportions, detail, scale and colour. We see a lot, and I mean a lot of furniture, but it really has to have that special something about it. Every piece is unique and its history is borne out in the marks, dents and patina acquired over time. Those very imperfections are often what makes them so unusual and adds to their individual charm.
All our chairs are fully reupholstered using traditional upholstery techniques in fabrics that we love and we hope will inspire you to add a splash of colour to your interior.
Posted by Leanne Williams, Wednesday July 26, 2017
Spurred on by a client who helpfully informed us we hadn’t written anything on the blog since June 2015 we thought it would be a good idea to do a little update on what we’ve been up to!
Life has been busy, busy, busy, probably like most working mothers trying to juggle four children between us and a full time business and generally feeling that we aren’t devoting enough time to either one. We have a massively long to do list of things we want and hope to achieve for The Gilded Cabinet. When we opened in September 2013, having read a Not on The High Street book about starting a new business and completing the questionnaire about our strengths and weaknesses – Boo “Eating all the biscuits!”, Leanne “Inability to say sorry!” , those were the weaknesses obviously not the strengths, can’t remember those answers. Leanne, “What will we do if we run out of money?”, Boo’s helpful answer ‘Raid petty cash!’ but that probably sums up the mix between us, I do the worrying and Boo looks at the big picture and is an eternal optimist so somehow it works and it has worked really well.
I don’t think we had ever dreamed we would be as busy as we have been and we really haven’t had a chance to draw breath and step back and update the website, keep the blog up to date etc. The eternal small business dilemma, there are just the two of us juggling everything although we have been joined by lovely Sophie who is brilliantly efficient and we are trying very hard to release the reins and hand things over but it’s hard when you’ve built every little part of it. It’s really two businesses, the shop and the interior design and the two work very well together but there is always something to do on one side or the other, never a dull moment and come 3.30pm generally a small person needing to be picked up and taken swimming / running / hockey / training….the list is endless.
However, we are in the process of putting the shop online, a monumental effort and it has taken us ten times as long as we thought it would but we are so nearly there, feels like climbing a never ending mountain but that will be a MASSIVE tick off the to do list. Followed, swiftly we hope, by adding an interiors portfolio of some of the projects we have been working on, a big thank you to all those clients that have very kindly let us photograph the finished rooms.
Anyway, backtracking to the beginning of the year…..The highlight of our year is a little trip to Paris in January to Maison et Objet, an amazing trade show that fills us with inspiration and we return full of enthusiasm and a little extra weight in our suitcases from a shopping research day that we now squeeze in. Bonjour Paris!!!
The Jonathan Adler stand is a fantastically riotous mix of colour and pattern and quirky furniture, we love it, although a cloud sofa might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Lighting is always a showstopper at Maison and these lovely chandeliers, handmade in Belgium, have made it back to the shop and are looking fab in situ. They are a beautiful update on the classic chandelier using brass metalwork and glass in a more contemporary style.
We now build in a day to do some shopping research around Paris, seems a shame to be there and only see the inside of an exhibition centre for days! Boo is in charge of all travel arrangements, researching hotels and restaurants, and I have full responsibility for the shopping day. Five years in and we have it down to a fine art now. Merci is our starting point, a fabulous mix of inspirational displays and the slightly weird and wonderful. And we made it to the Astier de Villatte store for the end of the day – sheer heaven. A few pitstops in between and TOP TIP of the year – eat at Albion an amazing wine shop with a small restaurant at the back (closed on Saturdays) Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, best meal we have had anywhere in ages.
Posted by Leanne Williams, Wednesday November 11, 2015
We have hunted high and low and found a wonderful array of gifts and goodies to tempt you.
We look forward to welcoming you into our Cabinet of Curiosities and wish you a very merry Christmas indeed.
Posted by Leanne Williams, Monday June 15, 2015
We have had a really busy few months so this is a bit of a catch up on what we have been up to!
Having thought January would be a time to catch our breath and take stock, we ended up picking up where we left off before Christmas and adding a bit of European travel at the weekends. All sounds very glamorous but in reality not!! A very last minute, 24 hour trip to Stockholm was so fleeting we only managed to see the airport, the inside of the Ibis hotel, the exhibition centre and then the airport again where Boo managed to restrain herself from purchasing a couple of reindeer rugs. Sheer exhaustion had defeated her mission to always return with a small or huge addition to her home! These lovely treasures will be winging their way from Stockholm into the shop this year though…
We then repacked our bags, kissed the kids goodbye and hopped on the plane to Paris. Maison et Objet is always amazing and hugely exciting as you never know quite what you will discover. There are so many weird and wonderful displays to view, we love it all and come back feeling inspired.
The lighting is always really interesting and incredibly varied. Quirky kids lights included these fab fluorescent pineapples and beautiful paper animal head wall lights. We were very taken with the super smart new Heritage range from Anglepoise, with its perfect brass detailing and soft colours, just perfect in every way.
This is a selection of generally cool stuff that we really liked… sorry it is so image heavy but I guess that is what Maison is all about.
We have now honed our itinerary for this trip and built in an extra day to visit Marche aux Puces. Not sure how best to describe it….maybe incredibly beautiful and unbelievably expensive!!! The stands were like little gems showcasing the best of that era and displayed in that naturally French thrown together but looks amazing way. We only managed to spend our euros on a fab bistro lunch and glass of wine or two, no trinkets were purchased although we had to stop ourselves shipping back a zinc top bar/sink unit, just need a new kitchen to put it in.
Posted by Leanne Williams, Monday June 15, 2015
Time has flown by, orders have been placed and now it is all arriving on massive pallets that get left on the doorstep, generally as soon as I have left and Boo unpacks them on the street watched by the patrons of The Railway Arms opposite.
These are some of the gorgeous new pieces that have arrived so pop in and see us – there is always something new.
Posted by Leanne Williams, Friday September 5, 2014
At The Gilded Cabinet we have a bit of a weakness for chopping boards, we can always make space or find an excuse to squeeze a new one into our kitchens. Maybe it is the fact that they are so tactile, starting out all smooth and unmarked or the fact that they just get better with use and age as the knife lines and general wear and tear make their mark. Whether they are the everyday workhorse or the dinner party platter they always seem to be at the heart of cooking, entertaining and sharing food. The grain, texture and shape of each piece is so unique, nature’s own art form, and they look great hooked up on the wall when not in use.
Our current favourites include the chunky, hugely heavy Big Daddy board and its little brother, the finer profiled slim serving boards perfect for cheese and these beautifully carved, more ornate platters. That should cover all eventualities…. for the moment…..
Posted by Boo Craig Wood, Wednesday September 3, 2014
It’s a funny time of year… there seems to be a feeling of killing time, whilst we wait impatiently for September to arrive.
Perhaps it’s the end of the summer holidays and time indeed for our children to go back to school – name tapes sewn into uniforms and shiny new school shoes waiting by the front door; or maybe it’s the anticipation of Decorex at the end of the month, when we will be treated to the first glimpse of new designs from the fabric houses. This is something that both Leanne and I look forward to immensely, as it’s a time to get the design cogs in motion and work out where we can slot these exciting new fabrics into current schemes.
This year September is a particularly exciting month for us as we draw nearer to our first anniversary on Friday, 12th. It seems incredible that we have made it through our first year and I find it even more amazing that we still have people coming in through the door who haven’t visited us before, exclaiming their delight as they feast their eyes on our Cabinet of Curiosities. The time has flown by and we have LOVED every minute of it. A gigantic THANK YOU to all of you out there who have become good clients, friends and general supporters of The Gilded Cabinet. We are most grateful and couldn’t have done it without you.
As August slides away, there is a distinct feeling of turning over a new leaf, or perhaps starting a new chapter in our epic story – we have so much in store for The Gilded Cabinet, our second year is going to be even bigger and better than the first – watch this space… Yippppppeeeee!
Posted by Boo Craig Wood, Thursday July 17, 2014
We are so excited, we can hardly contain ourselves… THE LIBERTY ART FABRICS INTERIORS BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!!!!!
For those of you who don’t follow us on Facebook, you will not have heard that we were asked specifically to stock the new Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors books. Only a couple of establishments in the County have been selected, so you can imagine how we leapt at the opportunity.
Leanne and I both have a mutual adoration for Liberty’s of London – for me this is something I learnt from an early age, when on our annual trip to London from the frozen North, my mummy would hail a taxi as soon as our feet hit London tarmac and we would be whisked off to Liberty’s to stock up on handkerchiefs and scarves. I used to love the way the floorboards would creak beneath my little feet and the smell of the lavender bag key rings my mummy would treat me to. Even the beautiful shade of the purple bags did it for me all those years ago. What a heavenly place it was then and remains so to this day.
So if you are passing, please do swing by and feast your eyes on the most amazingly beautiful fabrics we have seen in a long time. Tissues will be supplied to wipe away the drool!
Posted by Leanne Williams, Friday May 9, 2014
We were thrilled to be featured as Shop of the Month in Country Homes & Interiors, very exciting and great to meet the people who came into the shop because they had seen it.
Posted by Leanne Williams, Friday May 9, 2014
Pierre Frey is a luxury design house that designs and manufactures fabrics and wallpapers. Working from a huge archive they completely capture and reinterpret that French feeling mixing the traditional with the contemporary. Our new account with them has just been opened and lots of gorgeous fabric books have arrived. They have launched a really great kids collection with some beautiful fabrics and papers -idyllic, well-mannered French child to play perfectly in newly decorated bedroom not included!
Boo (in her pink peasant dress) and I are now wafting around pretending to be French and living in a très chic loft apartment decorated with this ultracool Arty fabric from the Aloha collection….
and hoping that we can find a spot to decorate with one of these wallpapers.
Posted by Boo Craig Wood, Thursday March 20, 2014
Spurred on by a client (you know who you are H) who stopped in to collect her cushions, after a minor shopping splurge in Guildford, and commented on our lack of recent blogs, here is what we have been up to.
January saw us in Paris at Maison et Objet, the show of shows, a vast trade fair, checking out all the new collections from existing suppliers and traipsing miles up and down the halls looking for great new things for the shop. The show has over 3,000 exhibitors — from the major players, like Bentley (as in the car) with security guards on the entrance into their super-blingy stand which was in fact a lavish house, to smaller niche suppliers, more in our comfort zone. We are always hunting for items that have an integrity about them, be it in the shape, the colour, the construction, something interesting and beautiful, maybe a bit quirky, that hopefully you can’t find anywhere else.
One of the most inspiring areas is lighting and we were bowled over by some of the pieces, more like art installations in their scale and materials, we just need a huge hall to put one of them in.
On a slightly smaller scale, but completely fabulous, these beautiful jellyfish chandeliers caught our eye. We also loved these more industrial lights by Marine Breynaert that combine precious metals and riveting to create these extraordinary architectural pendants. Finally on the lighting front, if you are looking for the perfect light for a child’s bedroom these whimsical silk cloud lights fit the bill.
After a full nine hours of walking and hunting we headed into Paris to our little hotel, very old school and charming. Having not managed a proper lunch and just grazed on nuts and chocolates from various stands we were on our knees and desperate for a glass of wine and a lovely french meal. The hotel directed us to a truly French restaurant, all tobacco stained walls, red banquettes and brass rails and the first glass of wine barely touched the sides, well mine didn’t, Boo is a little more restrained, her glass is always half full, I’m a bit more half empty! Snails to start, steak for main… for me anyway, Boo went off piste and ended up with veal intestines which was hilarious.
Day two dawned with a slightly delayed start as we got on the wrong train. After five hours more hunting, walking and a heated discussion with a problematic French supplier we were racing through the last few halls and quickly whizzing back round to double-check on the bigger items we wanted to order. Our final show highlight has to be the Astier de Villatte stand, the china is heavenly, rows and rows of exquisite little jugs, Boo had to drag me out.
Laudree macaroons bought for the trusty partners holding the fort at home and we were back to the airport, home to Gatwick and Boo’s shiny new white car.
Lots of the gorgeous new things we bought are arriving at the shop, so pop in and see us.