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July 19, 2013

Shopping in London: New summer brights at Goodhood’s Life Store

Have you poked your nose into Goodhood‘s relatively new shop, Life Store? As the name suggests, the East London store is home to Goodhood’s edit of lifestyle products – and if you’re familiar with the Goodhood brand, you’ll know that true to their moniker, they’re rather good at cherry-picking all the good stuff.

On the fashion side of things, they stock the likes of Antipodium, Karen Walker Eyewear and P.A.M for girls (yay for the Antipodeans!) and Garbstore, Junya Watanabe Man and Norse Projects for guys. Or in their words, they stock “everything you would require for a good life”.

Macrame plant hanger from Goodhood Life Store via WeeBirdy.com
Goodhood plant hanger via WeeBirdy.comGoodhood plant hanger via WeeBirdy.com

As part of their statement for their summer lifestyle collection, the good people at Goodhood claim that “colour is an important aspect in life, it can dramatically affect moods, feelings and emotions.” Now if anyone deserves a star, I suggest they get a big fat (neon pink) one for delivering on their mission, with a ripe-for-the-picking bunch of delicious bright new products for summer.

It almost feels like they’ve raided my favourite shops from around the globe (including Etsy sellers!), with cult Scandi brand Hay leading the way in the colour and style stakes. The Danish design super-store brings a whopping dose of hygge to Life Store – that unique Scandinavian concept that doesn’t directly translate into English, but suggests a certain warmth and cosiness at home.

Brights at The Goodhood Life Store via WeeBirdy.comGoodhood Hay blanket via WeeBirdy.comGoodhood Hay blanket via WeeBirdy.comGoodhood Life Store Hay throw via WeeBirdy.com

The buyers at Life Store have shown a rather deft hand in selecting key products from Hay’s considerable product lines, from the vividly patterned wool blankets and quilts to the stunning ombre plisse accordian file (£18.33), which is well on its way to becoming a modern design classic (see below).

Hay plisse at Goodhood Life Store via WeeBirdy.comGoodhood Life Store Hay plisse folder via WeeBirdy.com

The immaculate curation continues with a gorgeously inexpensive range of neon-dipped concrete candle holders from Melbourne brand Sarai (£21). Seriously, is one of the buyers Australian?

Sarai candleholders at Goodhood Life Store via WeeBirdy.com

And they’ve delved into the Etsy archives with a collection of more neon colour-dipping, courtesy of Wind & Willow‘s stunning range of wooden bowls and spoons (just £7 for a wee bowl).

Wind and Wilow bowls and homewares at Goodhood via WeeBirdy.com

The Neon Brights show continues with Nud lighting, a collection of beautiful oversized naked globes and bang-on-trend neon and patterned cords, which are sold separately (from £25). Transform your bedroom by hanging a couple of bulbs over your bedside tables and – pow! Instant mood change.

Goodhood Life Store via WeeBirdy.comGoodhood Life Store lightbulbs via WeeBirdy.com

More delicious summery hues are delivered via &Klevering‘s multi-coloured tealight holders (a colour punch steal at £7), Kleen Kanteen’s flask (a summer essential at £19) and Petites Production’s vivid green steel table legs (£126).

Goodhood Life Store via WeeBirdy.comKlean Kanteens at Goodhood Life Store via WeeBirdy.comPetit Productions table at Goodhood Life Store via WeeBirdy.com

For an excellent review of Goodhood’s Life Store from someone who’s actually set foot in the shop (anyone want to sponsor a wee birdy on a research trip to London?), head over to Jonestown London. Dan Jones is a sublime writer and as Time Out London‘s former Shopping & Style Editor (and my former boss), he’s totally in-the-know when it comes to best of London retail. Oh, and you can read Dan’s Secret London for Wee Birdy here.

Goodhood Life Store
20 Coronet Street
London N1 6HD
Tel.  (0)207 729 3600
Nearest tube: Old Street
Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday 11am-6.30pm
Sunday 12 noon-5pm


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November 19, 2012

A wee chat with Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin interview via WeeBirdy.com

I know I’m not the first bird to have a bit of a lady crush on Australian design wunderkind Beci Orpin. I’ve been a long-time fan of Beci from her fashion label Princess Tina days, and in the past I’ve blogged about her beautiful bird collage (see below), as well as her sterling silver cloud-and-raindrop necklace. And let it be known that Beci was making clouds waaay before every lady and her umbrella jumped on the rainy cloud motif bandwagon!

It’s this very pioneering spirit, endless creativity and originality that allows Beci to rise above the parochial and produce the kind of work that not only features her signature kaleidoscopic use of colour, but sets new trends on the design landscape.

Find and Keep Succulent Garden by Beci Orpin via WeeBirdy.com

And now Beci can add another feather to that brilliantly-hued bow: her first book, Find & Keep , has just been released. Featuring 26 fun and fresh new craft projects, (including the DIY giant confetti wall featured on Wee Birdy last week) it’s a goldmine for inspiration as well as providing a unique insight into her creative process. It would make an excellent Christmas present.

Beci, firstly congratulations on a truly beautiful and inspirational book! You’re one clever birdy. Actually, if you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be – and why?
Thank-you so much! Hmmm… what bird would I be? That is a tough choice as I actually love birds a lot (my alternative career choice is an ornithologist!). I really like swallows a lot, so maybe just a plain old welcome swallow? That or a finch – my grandma used to breed them. I think Gouldian finches are my favourite (and they are Australian too!).

I love colour, but I know that lots of people are sometimes scared to be big and brave with it in their home. What’s your number one tip for making colour work – for beginners?
I think you can start adding smaller pops of colour through things like artwork or vases or cushions. Or even if that is too scary, just go for the brightest flowers you can find and work your way up from there.

Find and Keep inspiration wall by Beci Orpin via WeeBirdy.com

You’re clearly an awesome collector. Can you tell us your top five shops in Melbourne for finding awesome stuff?

1. Coburg flea market.
I used to frequent Camberwell market when growing up but now i am north-side it’s a little to far to travel first thing on a Sunday morning, so Coburg flea is my new spot. I love it because it’s real trash and treasure… some weeks you find amazing things, some weeks nothing at all.

2. Scout House
When i do find myself south-side, Scout House is one of my first stops. Orlando’s selection is pretty wonderful, as is his colourful iron beds (as seen in my book!).

Scout House bed via WeeBirdy.com

3. Third Drawer Down
I love all the Third Drawer Down collaborations and the other objects they stock too (ceramics are amazing there at the moment!)

4. Any local op shop
I have a few within walking distance of my house and I can’t keep away. The tiny churchy old-school type ones are my favourite.

5. Loom
Rugs are my new obsession and the last one I brought was from Loom. They have an insanely beautiful selection – it was SO hard to choose. Plus owner Down is so helpful, too. (See image below, via Loom.)

Loom Rugs via WeeBirdy.com

4. Who or what would be your dream collaborator? What would you make?
I’d love to collaborate with someone with batik or weaving expertise to make contemporary versions of traditional fabrics. I’d also like to make rugs. Oh, and working for Tsumori Chisato or a company like Hay (see image below) would be amazing.

Hay via WeeBirdy.com

5. Christmas is just around the corner. What does your Christmas tree look like and how do you decorate it?
Despite my best efforts of keeping things tasteful and colour co-ordinated, our Christmas tree is generally our kids’ domain. They like to throw all kinds of things on there so it ends up being a bit of a twinkling mess. It’s pretty great actually.

Click here for a Wee Birdy Melbourne map, showing Beci’s favourite shops.

Find & Keep is AU$39.95 and can be found in all nice shops and book stores right now. It would make an amazing Christmas present and you can also buy it online from Booktopia and Amazon. You can find Beci Orpin online right here.


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