Kings Road isn't that close to the office so as I was down there I decided to make and afternoon of it to show you my favourite interior design in the area.
I'd be justified in saying that Chelsea is the heart of interior design in London with it's high concentration of home interiors shops per square mile, not even including Chelsea Design Centre which I'll cover soon. Some shops are a little too bling (crystal studded sofas) or traditional (swags and tails) for my taste but of course there's plenty that I do like. Here are a few:
If I ever want to cheat an overview of popular interior design, I just pop into a branch of John Lewis. Their fabric and wallpaper departments are full of inspirational prints and the price per m is not horrific. They also have key trends pinned down in their furniture and lighting ranges and stock reliable brands such as Cole & Son, Ercol and Original BTC . I think that the buying team are very good at their jobs.
Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EL
A bit of a cheat as West Elm is based on Tottenham Court Road, but I discovered that they have a concession at Peter Jones. This American home interiors store has an impressive range of on-trend furniture, soft furnishings and accessories. I go there a lot for rugs, curtains and brilliant interior design gifts. Oh and they have fantastic reductions in the sale.
Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EL
Just off Kings Road this little showroom has a range of colours to rival Farrow and Ball (and last time I checked, have their paint made by the same factory too). The also have a selection of smart papers which are also designed by founder and MD David Oliver. If you love neutrals the architectural range of paint colours is worth noting as they have graduated shades of the many subtle colours and they'll even tell you to which part of the room to apply them - I know this because I was trained as a colour consultant here.
Paint & Paper Library, 3 Elystan Street, London SW3 3NT
Another on Elystan Street, is this adorable designer kids shop that sells the type of furniture that whilst looking at the price tag, you might wonder if you're kid will scribble on it and then buy it anyway because it's so cute. I want lots of their pieces in my bedroom let alone my little one's.
29 Elystan St, London SW3
A well-known tile shop to the local designers, they see a lot of famous (if you like interior designers) faces in here. It curates some of the latest trends from Europe and display a lot of statement tiles. However, they can also recommend cheaper alternatives, coloured field and basic tiles if you ask.
26 Cale St, London SW3 3QU
Yes a chain store and the bigger sister to Urban Outfitters, but they have fantastic pieces from armchairs to crockery witch are as decorative as they are practical. Brilliant for finishing touches and luxe-lite additions to your home interiors. Favouring the pretty and ethnic you'll pick up interior stylist worthy accessories here.
131-141 King's Rd, London SW3 4PW
Designers Guild Furniture, Fabrics & Wallpapers
Always the most colourful interiors shop, if you like your interior design to pop with colour you should shop here. Beautiful abstract prints and their sweet ombre fabrics are their signature and everything in-store is great quality. From fine voiles to sturdy upholstery I can always find something I need in here. It's adjoining shop sells a range of new and vintage furniture, special gifts and good quality scented candles. It's hard to leave here without spending money.
267-277 King's Rd, London SW3 5EN
Osborne & Little
A beautiful fabric and Wallpaper shop which shuns Chelsea Harbour Design Centre (fabric central) sits just across from DG (above). Their rich velvets and deep colours are their signatures. Take a look at my current favourite ranges Cubana, Fantasque and Amerindia.
304-308 King's Rd, London SW3 5UH
Specialising in 20th century design, this gorgeous little shop sells timeless, famous furniture from which a single piece could make a room and as much as your budget will allow would be fantastic. The Michael Anastassiades lighting is just perfect.
263 King's Rd, London SW3 5EL
Adore My Home
Part shop, part interior design showroom, they have some very fun ideas in here. What I can only describe as East London meets bling. They can create bespoke upholstered furniture or just sell you a roll of wallpaper so don't be intimidated by the showroom element as the staff are very friendly.
I really want a pair of their candy-striped lampshades.
366 King's Rd, London SW3 5UZ
For the real thing, this shop imports Indian furniture, soft furnishings, mirrors, clothing and jewellery. The block printed fabric and Dhurries especially the metallic weaves are both colonial and contemporary and the pretty carved shelves would look fab in your bathroom.
414 King's Rd, London SW10 0LJ
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