Home Inspiration: Clerkenwell grind
I know most people set themselves real goals like ‘Run a marathon’ or ‘Learn a new language’ but this year my New Years Resolution was to ‘Leave the house more’. No really, it’s so easy for me to get bogged down at home, working away, only to look up from my computer and realise 3 days have gone by since I left the house. So, with that in mind, I hopped on the train, met up with Adorn Girl and headed off for brunch at one of my favourite London spots, Clerkenwell Grind. Something I have noticed; it’s hard to maintain eye contact (and conversation) when the decor is this good. Every time I come here, I find my eyes darting all around, soaking up all the amazing interior design features and trying to figure out which elements I borrow for my own home-styling. Wanna see?
Weirdly, I already have a neon sign in my house, it’s not pink, but it’s white and mounted on a pink wall. Clerkenwell Grind have three amazing custom neon signs and it’s making me want to invest in at least one more. Maybe for our stairwell, maybe in the snug? Something to think about! I love the slogans they have used here, they feel really inspired by Tracy Emin and next to the navy wood panelled walls they look amazing. FYI, you can see my neon sign here, it came from Love Inc. via Not On The High Street. There are budget versions out there, but personally I think neon signs are best when they are big, fabulous and wall mounted. If you are looking to spend under £50 then try these ones from ASOS, but I personally can’t recommend Love Inc. enough.
Marble Parquet Tiling
We already have metro tiles in our bathrooms, but I really wish I had thought about this parquet style of tiling a year ago as I think I would have been tempted to ask the tiler to lay them in this formation instead. It looks so good, a little more luxe than horizontal metro tiles and I think it styling wise it will have more longevity. There’s nothing I can do about it now, but damnnnnn it looks good!!!
Plush Velvet Sofas
Confession, we have 4 sofas in our house right now and I accidentally bought another one this weekend, I just love buying sofas and chairs! I love the plush velvet seating in Clerkenwell Grind, it’s so opulent and modern with a retro uber-glam twist. The colour choices are perfect and the brass detailing finishes everything off splendidly. I wish I could recreate the pink bar couch in my house, but they must be custom built by the creme de la creme of furniture designers and I just don’t think I can go there budget wise! However, it just goes to show how chic velvet upholstery is in a dining room. And if you ask me, a little wear and spillage is a going to happen and velvet shouldn’t be avoided for these reasons. Something to consider when you buy velvet furniture, it’s always worth asking the company what their ‘Rub Count’ is, seriously, this is a thing, the higher the count the better as this will denote how hardwearing (and good quality the velvet is) you should be aiming for about 100,000 rub count. Personally, we have bought a lot of Multiyork sofas, I also adore Loaf, Sofa & Chair Company, Jonathan Adler and Oliver Bonas.
House Plants are ridiculously on-trend still, they bring the outside inside, fill awkward gaps, give a pop of colour, add shape and texture and generally bring a feel of freshness and life into the room. I adore the palm style plants Clerkenwell Grind have and I love the way they contrast of the sharp shaped ferns with the soft opulent pink and the navy blue wood panelling. Personally, I’m a bit over cacti because I have stabbed myself wayyyy too many times on them (the little guys are fierce!) but I still love succulents because they are super easy to keep and I love the shape of them. Cheese plants are also brilliant because the shape of the leaves are really cool and they grow fast, plus they are easy to maintain!
Food & Drinks
Finally, I would be doing a massive disservice to Clerkenwell Grind if I didn’t mention their amazing selection of food and drinks. As I mentioned above, it’s one of my favourite places to eat (and drink) in London and not just for the decor! I’ve been here alone, as well as with friends and I keep coming back because I honestly love spending time here and spending my afternoon working / gossiping with friends and eating my way through the menu! The staff are so warm and friendly and if I’m alone, I feel just as at ease and welcome as I do with a buddy. I’ve had lovely conversations with the baristas and serves and even friendly diners on the tables next to me. I mean it when I say the atmosphere is just as lovely as the plush velvet couches! Their ice coffees in the summer are perfection and their matcha lattes are one of the best you will find in London and don’t even get me started on their delightful brunch menu and pastries. There are some pretty venues I go to once, almost as a tourist attraction (oh hey Peggy!) but on reflection, I’m not a huge fan of their cakes but CG is always a culinary and visual delight!
So, there we have it, interior goals and inspiration from Clerkenwell Grind, isn’t it dreamy? Thanks to the lovely ladies working on the day we visited who were happy for us to take these photos, also thanks to Adorn Girl for picking up the cheque, I owe you a brunch!!