Friday, 11 April 2014

Best of British with Atlantic Shopping

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across Atlantic Shopping, and their 'Best of British' campaign, which basically involved designing  a room around what I considered to be great British style. A firm homewares lover, and never one to refuse a challenge, I jumped at the chance, and this is what I came up with....

Atlantic Shopping is a family run business based in Birmingham, and they offer a huge variety of different styles of tables, chairs and beds - from bright, classic white to funky retro patchwork and prints, there's something to suit everyone. I was most excited by their Eames style range; metal armchairs, wheeled office chairs and barstools mean you can easily add a little retro touch to almost any room in the house. I'd decided pretty early on that my 'Best of British' room was going to be an office or studio room - at the moment I'm trying to clear out and re-organise my craft room, so I'm pretty obsessed with work-spaces. I chose the Eames metal armchair in white, the cushioned Eames style chair also in white, and the Camden dining table to act as a desk - I love the large surface and spacious underneath section which would allow for plenty of storage. Admittedly, it's a dining table, but I like to think outside the box!

From top left: Print: RHS Prints // Filing tray: Rose and Grey // Clock: Pedlars // Mug: Pedlars // Wire peg board: Willow and Stone //
Telephone: English Heritage Shop //House plants: IKEA // Wire basket: H&M Home // Drawer unit: IKEA // Notebook: Moleskine //
Desk lamp: IKEA // British Isles print: Baileys Home //
The first thing I decided when styling the room was that the last thing I wanted was it to be a garish Union-Jack fest - there's nowt wrong with the British flag, but it's just not my cup of tea to have it splashed all over my furnishings. I thought about my idea of British style, and I decided I wanted to go for a vintage rustic feel; lots of wire, wood and plants, with a few classic retro items thrown in for good measure. The mug, telephone and British Isles print are all a nod to the chosen theme; it doesn't get more British than a Morris Minor and a map of the UK!

Inspired by Atlantic Shopping's 'Best of British' Campaign, I joined in with the challenge to design a British inspired room.


  1. I love all of these - I'm really into British homewares and love the phone and that British Isles print.

  2. love these - especially that table at the top!

  3. These all look great! Love the Eames chairs and botanical print. x

  4. love the eames chairs (obviously haha) and the filing tray!

  5. Perfect mix of retro and modern - just my cup of tea :)

  6. My partner and I love those Eame style chairs - so retro but also classic - great picks and the RHS prints are lovely

    Laura x

  7. lovely! They look like the kind of place I could easily loose a lot of money in! x

  8. Would never buy from this company. They treat the staff very bad, best of british? HA only 10% of there work force are english, avoid at all cost.

    1. I'm not entirely sure how employee nationality is relevant to a campaign celebrating a particular style of design, and you should probably think more carefully before posting libellous comments.


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