Tales From The Chair - DECEMBER 2016


image credit assouline.com

One of my most favourite recent finds.

Following a nightmarish 30 second error of judgement that was walking into Fortnum & Masons at Christmas time, stepping into Maison Assouline was like passing through the wardrobe to Narnia.

Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of festive frenzy on Piccadily Circus and into the elegance of the cool, calm flagship store we were greeted with a tasteful selection of stylish coffee table books, candles and gifts and Swans bar where a man in a white jacket mixed drinks.

I  must have walked past this building a thousand times and had no idea what was hidden behind it's doors.

Recognised as the first fashion publisher in the world, Prosper and Martine Assouline founded the luxury brand Assouline publishing in 1994 and have since created over 1,500 titles on subjects including art, fashion, beauty, design, architecture, gastronomy, photography, travel and lifestyle.

Whilst there were already a handful of stores in cities around the world, this flagship store, which opened in 2014 to celebrate 20 successful years of the brand, aimed to showcase the complete Assouline world under one roof for the very first time.

So if you fancy grabbing a few moments of quiet contemplation, searching for a unique gift or perching at the bar for a cocktail, this place is perfection!

Maison Assouline, 196A Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J 9EY


image credit bloomon.co.uk

On arrival at one of my clients homes recently I spotted a gorgeous arrangement of flowers. 
They were from a company called BLOOMON, a floral delivery service offering beautiful, fresh flowers directly from growers in the Netherlands.

The concept is simple, you choose your preferred size and how often you would like to receive your bouquets with freedom to pause and reactivate your account at any time or gift to a friend. 
Deliveries can be made to all mainland postcodes in the UK.

The flowers are seasonal and the style is simple and delicate resembling a hand picked arrangement fresh from the garden.

You can click this link to receive one of their signature recycled glass vases complimentary with your first order and are rewarded with bouquets for every friend you introduce to sign up.


Sticking with a floral theme, how sweet are these little beauties that I found in RESORIA, a teeny little flower shop located just before Richmond Bridge.

They sell succulents in various shapes and sizes and sweet little pots in unfinished stone and shiny copper, I particularly love the miniature ones!

Resoria, 410 Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 2EB


Like many, I am partial to a bit of AESOP in my bathroom and recently discovered their Geranium leaf body scrub which is pure heaven!

The texture is pretty coarse and granular to begin with, becoming softer and foamy when water is added and the scent is just so beautiful.

Geranium is a mood elevating ingredient commonly used in the treatment of depression so this fast track to super soft skin will benefit both your body and mind.

£25 | spacenk.com

On the subject of Aesop, have you ever checked out their offerings aside from products in terms of their exploration into culture and the arts?

Did you know they curate A-Z city guides?

Currently covering Seattle, Zurich, Geneva, Toronto, Hong Kong, Seoul, LA, Miami, Portland, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Boston, Sydney, Tokyo, Canberra, New York, Melbourne and Paris, they are worth a perusal before setting off on your travels, offering tips on all the treasures each city has to offer.

You should also check out their monthly newsletter with recommendations to listen, read, watch, visit and stay as well as their digital literary offering
The Fabulist featuring fiction and non fiction from emerging and established writers across the globe.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope that you found something of interest!