Back in 2014 Matt and I popped over to Paris for a couple of days to visit Maison et Objet which is the crème de la crème of the trade shows in the housewares industry. As much as I generally try to avoid going to trade shows, I thought a mid week escape to Paris sounded rather more glamorous than the usual day trip to The NEC in Birmingham.
We decided to make a mini-break out of it and did all the touristy things while we were there – clambering up to the top of the Tour Eiffel in wind and rain, over filling on crusty baguettes and cheap French wine before our garlic snails arrived, wandering round Montparnasse looking for the next street café to sit, sip beer and people watch from and be blown away by the masterpieces casually displayed at the Musée d’Orsay.
On the last morning, we left our cheap but very French and very decadent hotel in the red light district and took a quick de-tour on our way to the Metro, where we stumbled upon the most adorable shop called Paperdolls. Run by a British girl named Candy Miller, it's set up like an apartment with each area representing the different rooms in a house and is filled with beautiful items from new French designers.
Right before we had to dash to catch the Eurostar back home, Matt bought me a beautiful little bracelet made from a piece of vintage lace with silver thread; this perfect piece of unique jewellery became the inspiration for our Rustic Lace dinnerware!
The off-white glaze on a darker terracotta body is reminiscent of antique French china, while the embossed detail around the edge symbolizes the lace detail of the vintage bracelet from Paris. I love mixing this dinnerware with my other collections, like Festival Folk and Vintage Indigo, especially with the coloured glassware to complete an eclectic tablescape.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about the inspiration behind Rustic Lace! I'll be sharing more stories like this about the other collections over the coming months so do check back!