If you have been following me for a while or seen my Instagram account, you will have heard me mention TIMOTHY OULTON or my beloved REX MIRROR, ODEON MARBLE PENDANT LIGHT or SERPENTINE SOFA. I adore this brand (but more of that later) and love to visit their spaces in various department stores across London. So, when I heard that there would be a major boutique opening on London’s famous King’s Road in Chelsea, I was definitely excited. I knew the store would be amazing, but I was not prepared for how incredible it was when I saw it for the first time. Although all of my images will give you a feel for how sensational the place and pieces are, I promise they are even better in real life!
If you are able to visit the King’s Road store, then I definitely recommend you do. As this is the now the global flagship store, an incredible amount of effort has gone into transforming this space into so much more than just a place to shop. The huge space oozes creativity, glamour and beauty in a way I have never experienced before. When I went into the store with Paris, his sister, her husband and my mum (despite us all having totally different tastes in interior design) we all fell in love with more than one item, proving that Timothy Oulton really does offer something for everyone.
When I used to browse pieces in Harrods, I was so impressed with the designs- I used to wonder whose mind created such unique works of art, which were practical but also homely. So I’m sure you can imagine that when I finally got to meet Timothy in person at the launch party, I felt a mix of excitement and nervousness all in one! He was all I was hoping he would be and more, very down to earth and modest. His message to me was:
“I want people to visit and feel what we do. They don’t have to buy anything, they just need to feel something.”
You really do get this feeling when you visit the gallery. There is no pressure to buy, and the store acts more like a source of inspiration and a place of leisure, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the experience. Timothy Oulton pride themselves on being the ultimate hosts, and you really feel this from the moment you enter the gallery.
When choosing your furniture, the service you receive is impeccable. With all the staff knowledgeable on the fabrics, styles and practicality of all pieces, it’s hard not to feel relaxed and completely trusting.
A lot of the pieces initially feel masculine or industrial but when you look closer you see so much sensual glamour. A beautiful chandelier will be glamorous and glitzy but will then be intertwined with heavy duty rope or rusty, copper metal. The REX collection (my favourite! Read more about my favourite REX MIRROR here) is so glamorous and has a 1920s vibe, with the emerald cut crystals. It is bound together with industrial looking metal intertwined with bright lights. It all just works! I adore everything from this collection, from the tables to the mirrors, it allows the most basic of spaces to be brought to life.
“There is character and soul in what we do. The material we use, the link to heritage, the designs, that combination is unique.”
One of the show stopper pieces in the King’s Road store is the APOLLO pod. The piece is essentially a custom designed ‘spaceship’ and is simply extraordinary, something unlike anything I have ever seen before! It was recently bought by a famous British celebrity (once you visit the store, I’m sure they will tell you who if you ask them!) Once you’ve had a browse of this incredible piece, you can even have a seat inside. Everyone who attends the gallery is offered a drink (champagne, tea, coffee), which you can choose to drink inside the Apollo or at their incredible bar area. Yep, they have a beautiful bar, complete with Babycham Champagne glasses!
From simply browsing the galleries, Timothy Oulton has provided me with so much interior inspiration and tips. As you all may know, when it comes to fashion I am a girly tomboy. I love to mix girly looks with a more masculine touch. As Timothy Oulton does exactly this with interiors, this really speaks to my personal style and I always come away from the store with hundreds of ideas, a few of which I have listed below:
The first design tip I have picked up was placing fresh red roses in Champagne buckets. This is true Timothy Oulton style, mixing glamorous red roses with a metal bucket, not the obvious choice but it works. They have these in all of their galleries worldwide. Red roses and bowler hats are their signature and I just love that.
The next tip is using a champagne bottle as a vase. Instead of flowers, they use ostrich feathers. They usually opt for black feathers but white also look great. Can you imagine a dining room table with big ostrich feathers pouring out a champagne bottle? It looks so great, you must try it- you could experiment with different colour ostrich feathers that suit your own home.
Last but not least: lighting. Timothy Oulton loves to light up his pieces. The right lighting adds so much warmth and glamour, I love this about the brand and it has led to me making more of an effort when thinking about the lighting in my own home.
When I look at my REX MIRROR it reminds me that I went from looking at this piece on my lunch break when working at Harrods, to now owning it in my dream home. I used to get home from work and tell Paris about this mirror and even dragged him to see it. We both feel it is a reminder of how far we have come together. It is a reminder to myself to never give up and although things sometimes seem impossible, the reality is; everything is possible if you try hard enough.
I am now extremely excited for my new pieces from the store to arrive! (as soon as they do I will definitely share this with you on Instagram), I have ordered two of the two-seater TRIBECA SOFAS in a beautiful Revival Grey colour with a velvet finish. To go with these, I have also purchased the Lord Digsby Footstool because I couldn’t resist! I even had to get the Ritz coffee table book when I visited the Bluebird gallery. Stay tuned to see my new order and if you manage to visit the store in London or another store elsewhere, then I would love to hear about it! If you need any help or advice with a particular piece, then feel free to contact me by email and I will be happy to help!
Links to some of my favourite pieces:
This article was sponsored by Timothy Oulton