WELCOME TO MINFORD
Who doesn’t have an obsession with stationery?? Exactly. After sorting out the home office (see post below) I’ve hunted down the best stationery to fill it with. I’ve cast my eye over ALOT of options and here is my edit. On my mission to find the best stationery for you I’ve also picked up a new obsession which is: Vintage Stationery! Below are my top five picks and then I just had to stop ‘cos it was getting silly!
Image above of a letter from Jean Cocteau to Coco Chanel dated 1957
- Paperchase Thank you letterpress cards
- Nkuku Borani Scissors
- Blackwing Pack of 12 White Graphite Pencils
- Hay Ring Binder
- Magnus Peterson Small Concrete Tape Dispenser
- Bicycle Letterpress Moleskine Pocket Cahier
- Hay outline paper clips
- Kartotek Grid Notebook
- Polite Company Visual Arts Pencil Set
- Paperchase Kraft A4 Storage Box
- Midori Brass Ruler
- Hema Magazine File
- Hay Line Dot L Two Booklets
- Another Country Maple Pen Pot
VINTAGE STATIONERY: Some of these will obviously be one off’s so it’s whoever’s quickest!
The Home Office
As with all things in interiors taking a room from ‘I bought everything in Ikea’ to a more personal cool space requires a little extra thought. Nowhere is that more evident than when you’re designing your home office. Office furniture needs to be practical and that often means ‘pretty’ gets left behind.
(Nothing wrong with buying from Ikea in fact they do a jolly nice trestle table, chest of drawers and office light – just don’t buy everything from there!)
Making the space feel inviting and giving it some personality is key. Have a mood board above your desk with your favourite paintings and inspiring pictures. Mix old and new. I think keep your colours neutral in your office space so that your work/mood board can do the talking.
Desk: Unless you have the luxury of a space where you can make a built in desk then a trestle table is your friend. They look great but have the added advantage of being able to be quickly broken down if you need your office space for something else. I have the black steel trestle legs from Habitat which are fantastic and come in both small and large sizes. As for the top that’s entirely up to you. You could get some reclaimed wood made up into a desk top (my current plan), paint something pine from Homebase white or black or get one of the ready made tops that are often sold along with the trestle legs.
Chair: This obviously needs to be comfortable. Stools look great in a photo but you don’t want to be sitting on one all day. Nor do you want a massive office chair if your office isn’t hidden away. If it happens to look good and be on wheels so much the better but nice ones are often seriously expensive. My top pick is below.
Trolley: I must say I am very taken with this trolley from Cox & Cox. I think it’s a really useful thing to have in an office space for all your files or boxes and you’ve guessed it, it’s on wheels.
Lamp: There are many routes to go down here and I’ll probably do a post later in the year devoted solely to desk lights but for now this company is my current favourite – LongMadeCo in America. I have a friend who orders all their lights from them. They look really expensive but are still a great price. Don’t let the fact that they are in America put you off. International shipping is a thing of joy!
Below are my favourite office spaces to inspire you with your own home office.
We’re following on from here with a stationery special on friday so be sure to check back then!
- Cox & Cox Vintage Metal Trolley
- Long Made Co Scissor Lamp
- Design Vintage Le Sac Recycling Bag
- Hay About A Chair AAC27 Available in loads of different colours!
- Habitat Black Steel Trestle Legs also available in small
- Bisley Filing Cabinet
Emmanuelle Alt is my spirit animal.
The Vogue Paris editor-in-chief rolls out of bed looking fabulous in jeans and a t-shirt like she hasn’t really bothered. On a morning when I don’t want to faff about in my wardrobe, it’s Alt-y I turn to for inspiration.
Last week, having bought some excellent suck-it-all-in heavy denim jeans from & Other Stories I was contemplating what shoes to wear them with. They’re ankle grazing, straight legged and with the wrong shoe it could all slide downhill into bad ’90s throwback very quickly. Then I found this pic above of EA wearing her jeans with red shoes. And so ensued my joining the Red Accessories Appreciation Society.
Despite my best efforts however, the red shoes escaped me. I couldn’t stretch to the Maryam Nassir Zadeh mules (below), YSL is for another lifetime and there wasn’t anything on the high street. I got some red socks to get me half way there and put my Dorothy ideas on hold. Then my beloved Mango nailed it (along with &OtherStories they are my current high street shop of choice. And nope I am not getting paid to write this!) I didn’t get shoes, but a nice little handbag – £50, great size, and slung across the body it ticks the red box nicely thank you so much.
While you’re there remember the navy velvet platform shoes that I posted before Christmas? Well they’re in the sale with a whopping 60% off! I have worn them so much, they have been seriously admired and also have the added bonus of being surprising comfy.
Gubi, Let Me Count The Ways
Even if the name isn’t instantly recognisable to you, you’re bound to have seen a Gubi design somewhere. Flick through many an interiors magazine or get stuck for hours scrolling through Pinterest looking at beautiful homes and you’ll spot their lamps and furniture.
To me, a Gubi design is pretty much perfect and when we built our kitchen their pendant lamp was the only choice to hang above the dining table (spot the picture of said kitchen at the bottom). Whether you’re a long-time Gubi fan or are just discovering them, it never hurts to stop and have a good long gander at the most inspiring images of their work. Having only previously seen small selections of their pieces at The Conran Shop, last year on a trip to Copenhagen I made a bee line to their store, needless to say I had to be dragged from the building by friends (I had already spent an hour combing through it all!).
The Gubi story goes that in 1967 Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen opened a store in Denmark to show Gubi’s furniture and lighting designs. Over time their sons joined and in 2001 Jacob Gubi began steering the Gubi name towards international interior greatness. The brand works with artists to design pieces like the Gubi chair that’s now part of the permanent exhibition in the MoMa. It also finds lost design treasures – mostly mid-century – and reissues them. Take the Bestlite lamp, first produced in 1930 by British designer Robert Dudley Best. Gubi spotted in the ‘80s and resurrected it.
But what I love most about Gubi is that you can style it with anything. It looks great in a modern setting but it’s also wonderful for adding a sharpness to a more antique interior. The picture of the lilac sofa in the Parisian apartment will forever be one of my favourites.
My kitchen in London
Three of my favourite Gubi pieces
P.S If you really love the look but your budget doesn’t stretch to designer interiors it is January after all have a little look at this Knox Grey Floor Lamp you can order now for delivery early February.
The Kids Storage Solution
Anyone else constantly muttering/ grumbling/ screaming about all the tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny little bits and pieces your children seem to endlessly accumulate? I know. Oh and don’t get me started about treading on such items, “Did you just swear Mummy”? Nope must have been your father. Anyway. Help is at hand in the form of these sensational mini baskets by edit58. You can personalise them in various gorgeous coloured wools; have you ever met a child that didn’t like their name written on something? Exactly. Feeling very chuffed with the Sylvanian one I must say. The entire contents of their Cosy Cottage Starter Home and Garden Barbecue Set will be safe from the vacum cleaner.
Order yours here: Personalised Embroidered Mini Basket
For other kids storage options check out the miniFORD shop where I’ve picked out other baskets and trunks that should keep everything in stylish order.