I think you are all aware now that I like to find those special one of kind companies to shout about, ones that hold dear to what I believe in, how I like to shop and that I love to recommend to the similarly minded folk who are my readers.
I have recently been introduced to Emma & Louise. This on line store is exactly what I have just been talking about. Bringing an inspirational collection of carefully selected hand crafted objects for the home and selected fashion accessories, all made in the UK by talented female designers and craftswomen. From jewellery to storage, throws to handbags, tableware to stationery, every item loving created to bring an extra dimension for you and your home to cherish.
This wonderfully unique store is based on creativity, the creativity of women who’s beautiful hand crafted original pieces fill the site offering distinctive gifts that should enrich your homes. Each craftswoman has her own unique identity but each one supportive of the other, together in one authentic marketplace.
Emma & Louise is passionate about creating a true community of talented artisans. Each product you will find in the store has a story, the details behind the maker and the inspiration behind the items crafted, making each piece unique and personal, not something mass marketed and soul-less. I love the thought, when I reach for my mug to make coffee first thing in the morning, of the hands that have sculpted this wonderful piece of clay into the vessel I cherish drinking from each day, or the candle that I light on an evening giving off its distinctive scent and who loving poured the wax into each glass jar.
The beautiful pieces featured in my post today conjured up winter for me. The simple pleasures of these colder months to make a pot of tea, serve it in a hand made ceramic mug, place it all on a serving board, light the heavenly scented candle and curl up with a book whiling away a happy hour in sheer contentment. Taking the time to appreciate each piece, the tactile nature of the cup in your hand, the smoothness of the wood and the intoxicating aroma of the candle. All simple pleasures that need to be enjoyed.
I’ve been a fan of Join for some time, made in small batches in a garden studio in East London. Pebble is an intoxicating candle a blend of bergamot and black pepper, inspired by childhood memories of skimming stones on a Cornish beach. I simply love the masculine aroma it exudes, my favourite kind.
I am so pleased I found Pottery West on Emma & Louise, ceramics being a weakness of mine. These guys make the most exquisite pieces, small batch and wheel thrown with an emphasis on simple, ergonomic form and tactile functional glazes. Their sheer earthiness is stunning, the Brut pourer and large Brut mug are now used every day and bring a smile of joy.
One can never have too many wooden boards, they are eternally useful for many things, this walnut serving board is no exception. Made from a single piece of walnut hand carved by Rosie Brewer in Devon. Each board is different, carved and sized by hand making it even more special when placed as a centre piece on your table.
I do hope that you can find the time to explore this truly unique store, helping you find that perfect gift or treat for yourself and to find out a little bit behind the women who make these simply authentic hand made pieces for you and your home.
- With thanks to Emma & Louise who provided the items for this post