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revelloyd interiors

November 8, 2012

Last week i drove by a new shop. I previously only knew it as an italian delicatessen, so when i saw pretty products in the window display i had to stop and inspect! There’s definitely an upsurge in new, boutique style shops happening and i love it!

The friendly man who greeted me turned out to be simon, whom i remembered from a shop called revelloyd in upper street, islington. Some of you might know of revelloyd, a shop that sold interiors products and design services for 8 years and closed its doors in october 2011.

Formally employed at revelloyd, 4 months ago, simon opened his own shop, revelloyd interiors, with his business partner.

Is it a shop? Is it a design studio? Well, according to simon, it’s foremost an interior design studio with accessory based products. The shop is intended to showcase their look and give clients an idea of what can be achieved. Simon, who has been working in interior design for 15 years is clearly enthusiastic about his craft. When we talked fabrics and texture, his eyes come alive!

Interesting rugs, something i’m hunting for, are plentiful. Apart from the usual, you’ll find some stunning antique rugs. They are left out in the sun for the colour to bleach out. You can then either buy it as a whole, original rug or get it patch worked as seen in the example below.

A kilim rug.

I wanted to know what Simon’s clients were like and whether they take risks with colours and patterns. Apparently, there is a slight more risk taking approach. Sometimes it’s in the form of colours. Often it’s in the form of layering textures, combining leather and panels rather than patterns. Clients seem to like leather, furs, padded wallpapers, lots and lots of texture.

Here you see some of them. Some of simon’s favourites: elitis and gaston y daniela.

Simon is a great believer of starting small and growing your home’s interiors over time. Many of his clients start with one object, like the sofa or one room and when time, budget and enthusiasm allows for, they come back to tackle further rooms. You can furnish a home item by item and room by room and simon and his team are happy to help out with any sized project.

He’s also very much in favour of working with clients to establish their look and style, rather than imposing the designer’s style on them. I believe many of you feel the same way.

The shop/studio is a little bijoux on the way to highbury and i particularly like the little nook they created downstairs. I wanted to to be served moroccan mint tea (not builders tea) and lock myself away.

Downstairs also houses the multitude of fabric books and samples with further accessories.

What’s refreshing about revelloyd interiors is that it feels like going in and speaking to a mate. There is none of the usual ‘apprehension’ of having to buy something, or, not being able to ask simple interior design questions without feeling embarrassed. Go in, have a chat, and i wouldn’t be surprised if simon makes you a cuppa! Oh, and they give free consultations at your home.

The website is being build. Revelloys interiors, 240 st. pauls road, london, n1 2lj, tel: 0207 704 8192 e: revelloyd(at) opening times: 1pm-7pm 6 days a week. Closed on mondays.

I hope you all have a great weekend and rejoice in another term of the obama presidency!

I’ll be back with my vive la différence series on monday (yep, exactly a month later as promised). This time, wait for it, we have a BOY! Yes ladies, a brave man has come forward. Now 3 guesses who it could be…. for those of you who can’t guess, come back monday and be enthralled x

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  • Reply Nicola November 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    It looks like a place you could wander in to & have a chat without feeling threatened. And definitely a nice sit-down and a cup of mint tea:)

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:01 am

      Ha. That nook is gorgeous!

  • Reply Jennifer | The Make Lounge November 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I passed by that shop recently and it is so lovely!

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

      Thanks for stopping by Jennifer:) Yes, gorgeous shop…

  • Reply Chi@106 November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Oh my! It’s quite the modern day Aladdin’s cave, isn’t it? I could easily (and quite happily) spend an entire day there! I especially love the rather dignified portrait of the dog.

    I’ll definitely seek out Revelloyd when next I’m in the area. 🙂

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:05 am

      Love that dog portrait too. You can just imagine it hanging in a regal place:)

      Could be a trip for your ‘date’:))

  • Reply Anya Jensen November 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    YUM I want to live in this shop he he – what a fab find Tina, on my to visit list next time I’m around:)
    Have a sunny day sweets,

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Cosy, charming and filled with inspiration:) xx

  • Reply geraldine November 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Another one of your amazing drive pass finds. I think I should come on a trip with you one day – you seem to stumble upon the most interesting places. will for sure pop in when I’m in the area. Another entertaining read – thanks. I am now so curious about Monday – I have a sneaky suspicion who it may be but may be totally wrong x

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:07 am

      Any time.. I’ll give you a helmet and we’ll cruise around finding little gems. Deal???? x

  • Reply Theresa November 9, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I can definitely see why you fell for this shop; It’s really lovely and full of so many beautiful pieces. I really want that large tufted ottoman! I like the idea of this space serving dual purposes – retail shop and interior design business. Very smart.
    Can’t wait to see who you have stopping by on Monday! Happy weekend, Tina!

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:08 am

      A little gem… well when you come to London….. oh well, I can dream, right??

  • Reply Holly November 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Cool! Your images make it look like a magical place! Great concept for a studio/shop, Revelloyd Interiors definitely makes it onto my London To-Do List 😉 Tina, if I wait much longer, I’ll have to visit you for like 3 months! Practically every post you write lengthens that list, heehee. Can’t wait for their website to come up so I can bookmark them.


    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:09 am

      Haha, 3 months? Don’t kid yourself. You need at least one year……. so when are you coming to London?? x

  • Reply sue November 10, 2012 at 2:23 am

    i think i do recall the upper street shop, but this one looks a lot cosier somehow… mental note to self… i need an app where i can plot places i need to see & it brings up a reminder when i’m in the vicinity… otherwise i have a memory like a sieve… is there such an app?

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:13 am

      That’s actually a brilliant idea! An app where you key in different places in different areas and as you approach those areas, the app prompts you… hmmm… wonder if it exists!

  • Reply Igor November 10, 2012 at 2:26 am

    These kind of shops are a real money trap for me:-) I always end up buying something, you know, retail therapy:-)) Oh and I am curious to check out your guest on Monday!!

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:14 am

      Ha. Discovered who is my guest this month??? A rather lovely chap I know:)

  • Reply Ingrid November 10, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Totally agree with the idea of an interior growing over time, like a garden really. Have a lovely weekend Tina, x i

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:15 am

      Yes, I have grown my interior over years and tweaking here and there… so much fun!!! x

  • Reply leah of sang the bird November 11, 2012 at 1:26 am

    this is brilliant! it is so wonderful to feel like you are visiting a friend, and to be able to ask even the most basic of questions without feeling embarrassed. how awesome to find an interior design studio without all the pomp. much love to you sweetie xx

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:26 am

      Yes I agree, especially for students who just graduated. They don’t have the confidence yet so it’s nice to find a place you can ask questions without feeling out of your depth. Thank you lovely xx

  • Reply Catherine Bedson November 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Lovely store, looks so cosy. I could spend a couple of hours in that nook, it’d be an escape from the world! The dog picture is great, like something you’d see in some old millionaires mansion. Another wonderful find, look forward to popping back Monday to see the mystery boys post! xx

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:28 am

      Especially in the winter. That nook is amazing and I didn’t really want to leave it:)

      Ha. Yes, you’re right. But I wonder whether Millionaires would have that sense of humour to hang the dog portrait in their mansion? xx

  • Reply Robyn Alston November 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, it looks lovely Tina. Will put it on my list of places to visit!

    Great photos too :)) x

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 2:29 am

      Hey Robyn. How are you? Thanks for stopping by.
      BTW, bought some fake flowers from Abigail’s shop. Love them! Did you end up doing the retail class? x

  • Reply James Balston November 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    It caught my eye recently too! It was the lovely old tiles. Great shop & great pics Tina

    • Reply tina November 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

      This used to be an Italian Delicatessen. I think they did a fab job with the place. I particularly like the wooden floors which they painted and the downstairs.

      Thanks James!

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