Feist Forest


Feist Forest is a new UK-based furniture brand that centres around wooden work tables, handcrafted for independent minds and makers. Prior to launching, founder Vicki Turner, who has a degree in Product and Furniture design, spent years exploring the world working in various creative fields. During her travels it was the humble table that gathered many curious people together. Stories and ideas revealed across it, things made and sculpted upon it. On her return home to Devon 14 years later, she wished to collaborate with like-minded folk to build simple, considered and life-long products to support the very people that make life so interesting. After a year working as an illustrator by day and furniture designer by night, with the help of Ben Algar, a highly talented furniture maker and a wood carver, Feist Forest was born. 

Their first table design, The Ashling, is absolutely stunning. Made from home-grown British Ash, a beautiful grained hardwood, the attention to detail and finishes are exquisite. The two colours, which work in perfect unison, were actually selected to reflect the wooden Ash stem and black buds seen in winter. Each of the tables are supplied with an information label, which names the woodland and the exact location of where your wood comes from.

Your Feist Forest table will be a trusty steed. Ignoring passing trends, our tables are designed and built to last, focusing on the simplicity of design and the quality of craftsmanship and construction.

Highly recommended for his talent, skills and passion for wood, Ben has been honing his craft for the last 10 years, in industrial projects, in the workshop or studying the art of wood carving in Finland. Ben handcrafts Feist Forest tables in small batches at his workshop near Cublington, Bedfordshire. Each table is made with a high level of care and precision.

Together, albeit in different locations, Vicki and Ben make wooden work tables to bring independent minds, skills and positive ideas together. A wooden table with creativity and nature at its core. Not factory-made but handcrafted, one at a time, in the UK. A table for the vagabonds, dreamers and makers who courageously make great ideas happen. 

How gorgeous is the styling location and Vicki's illustrations on the wall? Lovingly referred to as the Tin Tabernacle, the home of Feist Forest is currently undergoing renovations to bring it back to its former glory. The studio doors will open later in the year for those who wish to book a visit.

Find out more about the Ashling Tables including information regarding the company's sustainable practices here. Currently shipping within the UK, email hello@feistforest.com if you live outside of this area and are interested in ordering one of the tables. For detailed delivery information, take a look here. To keep up to date with studio happenings and new projects, sign up to the Newsletter.

Images courtesy of Feist Forest

Simon James Concept Store Welcomes Skultuna


Available for the first time in New Zealand, iconic Swedish brand Skultuna has arrived at Simon James Concept Store. An exciting and fitting addition to their beautiful range of homewares, Skultuna are absolute masters in fine metal work, specialising in brass objects of the highest quality for both everyday use and for special occasions. Founded in 1607, spanning a remarkable 400 year history, the company was actually opened by King Karl IX, hence the crown logo that is still in place today. 

Very much Scandinavian in style, the beautifully crafted pieces have carried through the years with the same sense of quality, function and design, making them truly timeless. 

I love incorporating metal elements into my styling, and brass is high on my radar right now, even more so after seeing how amazing it looks here against the grey and marble background. I particularly love the Flower Potsthe Candlesticks designed by Richard Hutten, and the beautiful deco-inspired Land's End Trivet. The brass and leather Karui Trays designed by GamFratesi are also stunning. 

See all of the Skultuna collection at Simon James Concept Store, where you can shop online or at their Herne Bay Store.

Images courtesy of Simon James Concept Store 

Instagram | Ideas + Inspiration


I love going through my Instagram feed each month and selecting photos to share with you. Even though many of you will have seen them already, I love curating a little summary for the blog. That way I can also give you the links to the brands I've been working with and the products I'm currently loving. You'll find everything you need to know at the end of the post. 

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford via @thedesignchaser 

There are always several office shots as I spend a fair bit of time at my desk, but I also created a little desk area with the downstairs console unit. Here you can see some gorgeous new products that I received as a gift from Neutral Instinct, following their recent first birthday/blog giveaway collaboration. I was particularly excited about the white by Lassen Kubus Bowl, which has been on my wishlist for ages. I've also been eyeing up a watch by The Horse from Paper Plane since last year, so I was very happy to be given the opportunity to choose one. I'm going to be doing some more work with Paper Plane so keep an eye out for some gorgeous new product styling on my feed. Kitchen Kulture which you can see above is one of their beautiful new books featuring incredible kitchens from around the world, many of which have a Scandinavian style. For those with a passion for interiors, in particular the 'hub of the home', this book is a must. 

The perfect pick-me-up thanks to Nespresso, I have enjoyed taste testing the new Limited Edition Grand Cru Peru Secreto, which was accompanied by sparkly gold macarons and the new Touch Collection cups. Created in collaboration with Berlin design Studio Geckeler Michels, I love the black ceramic and soft silicone combo. The ergonomic shape not only looks beautiful, it enhances coffee aroma. 

I am thrilled to have added Copenhagen Elevations to my stunning collection of Studio Esinam Architectural prints, and I am loving the way my luxurious new Bloomingville Grey Goatskin looks with my new bedlinen. A gift from Tessuti, they also sent me some beautiful linen tea towels by Studiopatró, which I have been getting a few questions about. Designed and handcrafted in San Francisco, they feature simple geometric designs in the perfect neutral palette. I styled the Everyday Linen Bistro Towel (that cleverly doubles as an apron) with my new bowls from the Father Rabbit Ceramics collection, which I recently featured here. The two bowls in Rain Grey and Leaf Green make the perfect pairing with my favourite breakfast (or anytime of the day) combo, GLOBircher and COCOmilk from Greenleaf Organics. Yum!

Pinterest | Picks + Peeks


I've added two new places to my must-see list for when I visit the Netherlands thanks to Sonja Velda Photography. Discovered recently via Pinterest, the interior and lifestyle photographer has captured both of these unique spaces beautifully. The first is Portrait, a concept store in Haarlem. Founded by three creatives, Karen, Daisy and Rogier it is a place where you can work, brainstorm, shop and drink good coffee. The shop offers a combination of fashion, home accessories and beauty products, with a focus on Scandinavian brands. Described as a breeding ground where local entrepreneurship and fashion come together, it caters specifically to self-employed, providing a place to work and network. Sounds perfect to me! 

The building, which was once a stable and can be hired outside of opening hours for other creative initiatives, has largely been left in its original state. I love the concrete, exposed bricks and stained glass windows. A mix of new and vintage furniture further adds to its character and rustic charm. 

Photography © Sonja Velda via her Pinterest 

COTTONCAKE is both a fashion store and cafe, located in Amsterdam. It also acts as a platform for local artists, holding regular exhibitionsWhite, bright and inviting, I would love to visit for a spot of shopping, followed by lunch and organic coffee. Once again there's a beautiful mix of old and new, with white-painted bricks and vintage pieces.

Photography by Sonja Velda via April and May

In addition to her Pinterest page, see more of Sonja's beautiful work here

Monday Mix Up


Sitting down at my desk last night to do some planning I knew a Monday Mix Up post was in order for today. After all, what better way to ease into the working week than by looking at some beautiful interior inspo?

Understated with a mix of old and new, this is the head office of Productz, designed by Brisbane-based interior designers and furniture store AP Design House. Photographed by Toby Scott, it is one of several AP Design House projects he has captured beautifully behind the lens. Launching a new website soon, I'm looking forward to seeing more of their work. 

Photography by Toby Scott

Featuring the latest flooring collection from Swedish design company Bolon, I saw first saw these images via the portfolio of Heidi Lerkenfedlt, whose work greatly admire. I have since discovered that the collection, aptly called Flow, highlights design fluidity, visual motion and soft pastel shades by the use of a transparent warp that allows the weave's subtle colours to shine through. The overall impression, reminiscent of a tranquil, watercolour vista is stunning.

Photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt via Bolon

I couldn't resist including a peek of Heidi's latest editorial work in today's mix. These spaces are amazing. 

Photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt via Stillstars

You can tell a lot about someone by their beside, which is why I love the 'My Bedside Table' feature in Kinfolk. The first one below is from Issue Fifteen, with beautiful styling inspired by Hans Ulrich Obrist, a renowned critic, art historian and curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London. One of his rituals which I love the idea of, is to visit a bookstore and buy a book every day. One of my resolutions for 2015 was to buy more books, however I think one a month would be a slightly more realistic goal for me!

Photograph by Anders Schønnemann and Styling by Nathalie Schwer via Kinfolk

This bedside is from the current Issue Sixteen which I have yet to get my hands on. Kinfolk's take on the bedside of Starr Hout, cofounder of New York-based Fashion Brand Apiece Apart reflects her preference for creating a sanctuary. I'm particularly impressed by the fact that she keeps her phone away from her room at night. I wish I could say the same!

Photograph by Anders Schønnemann Styling by Nathalie Schwer via Kinfolk

Scandinavian brand Oliver Furniture produces the most beautiful pieces for both kids and adults. Designed by Søren Rørbæk, these Glass Cabinets have a timeless quality to them. I highly recommend checking out the full collection, including the kids furniture. You won't be disappointed!

Images via Oliver Furniture


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