After spending two weeks in Austria researching with my Columbo G hat on, today is my first day back home. I love being among my familiar things again. It’s a nice feeling isn’t it?
Just this morning in my kitchen, the simple act of boiling an egg felt so lovely. Please don’t think I’ve gone into hausfrau overdrive. Believe me, I haven’t. But there’s nothing like having the right utensil for the simplest thing. It gives you that warm glow of satisfaction, it makes the smallest cooking task (I know I’m stretching the term here with a soft boiled egg) easier and more enjoyable. And if you’re anything like me, more often than not the most you get out of preparing a lovely meal is the joy of using lovely utensils and a sense of tremendous relief that you’ve managed to cook anything at all.
Not so long ago, I didn’t consider my kitchen utensils much, but bit by bit I realised that a few little things made me feel more connected to my kitchen. My pink Labour and Wait enamel pot was just the beginning…. so let me come clean here about my love of Labour and Wait where I bought it…
x 1 – I have a crazy love for anything that comes close to being kitchen related. If I so much as see a chopping board, I start to swoon. So imagine when someone in Labour and Wait says… ‘this is a ceramic blackbird pie funnel which allows steam to escape while you bake a pie!!!’ It’s all I can do to stop myself from keeling over.
xx 2 – I also have a crazy love for wool blankets and quality notebooks and pencils, I think it’s more the feeling I get when I curl up against soft wool or run the outside bit of my hand (I don’t know what it’s called) against lovely new notepaper.
xxx 3 – If I were asked to Goddess-ify a kitchen I’d definitely include a huge wooden table, lots of cookbooks full of beautiful images and many, many things from Labour and Wait. Oh my, but it has to be one of my favourite London stores.
xxxx 4 – I’m crazy about Labour and Wait’s buyers. Owners Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins spend such a long time sourcing each piece that it’s more like a well curated gallery of well designed objects than a traditional hardware store. Oh and the prices are also really, really good which is nice for a change.
xxxxx 5 – I have a crazy love for their useful basics, from brushes and brooms to enamel pots and pans, classic stationery, industrial lighting and vintage Welsh blankets (I know I mentioned them already didn’t I?)
xxxxxx 6 – I love the packaging on their products (especially the old glass bottles of cologne and candles and toothpaste etc.) And the way they wrap everything so beautifully (they even sell long Japanese paper cutting scissors which lets you cut wrapping paper in a snip.
xxxxxxx 7 – And have I told you about my longing for the rope knot doorstop??? It so needs to come home with me. It’s very nautical, speaking of which….
xxxxxxxx 8 – Have I mentioned their Breton tops??? I haven’t. The secret here is the teenage sizes are a better fit than the adult ones (on me at least) and cost a fraction of the adult price.
Does it seem like I’m getting carried away with all the x’s in this post? It does right? You’re right. But they’re kisses for all the lovely things that are thankfully affordable.
Okay, off I go. Have a super day and let me know if ever you visit this beautiful store, it’s oh so full of goodness. Big hugs!
Labour and Wait, 85 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ Tel: +44 (0)20 7729 6253
It sounds great I have to go there! Sorry to bug you but can you answer my question posted as a comment for ‘Joining the Fold’?
I loved the xs by the way.
June 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Which question was that Hattie? x
June 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm
Actually don’t worry about it you have already answered it without me knowing! However I have another, how do you get round all the Roman Catholic things about not indulging yourself? It may seem mean of me (because I sound like I am saying you indulge yourself all the time) but if you brought such lovely things all the time would you really go to heaven? Please don’t be taken aback! And in case I am psychic please write some more!
June 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm
I think if you’re a good person and kind to people you’re also allowed to be kind to yourself too no? That’s my excuse anyway, there’s nothing wrong with little treats. xx
June 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Thank you. That sorts out my problem so much! I am glad you are not offended!
June 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm
Tilly Edward Jones says:
I’ve never heard of this shop. As usual you unearth the most wonderful finds. I’m thinking of ordering the pink enamel pot like yours online. Think I should? There are so many things I’d like to have in my home from here. Thanks for sharing G. xx
June 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Freda Lalic says:
Wow! A collection of the most beautiful things. I’m going to visit it this weekend. May I ask, is the rope doorstep heavy? It looks so light? It’s such a clever idea. Also I like you try to source teenage sizes especially when it comes to shapes like these Breton tops which are basically loose and shapeless. It’s good to know that they have the teenage sizes and that they are cheaper. Thanks again for finding all the best tips. Your number one fa.n Freda x
June 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Bláthnaid Richardson says:
There’s no place like home! Just as much as I love leaving there’s nothing like coming home. Especially to a home filled with utensils as lovely as these! Have you ever been to Ennis in Co.Clare? They have loads of lovely little shops like this scattered around where you can find really nice one off things. It reminds me of a mini Galway. Next time you grace the emerald isle with your presence you should give Ennis a visit. I think you would really like it. Hope you are also having a super day also and welcome home! xx
June 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Love this place. I bought a beautiful ostrich feather duster there a few weeks ago which somehow manages to make cleaning away the cobwebs away feel glamorous! Everything I’ve bought at Labour & Wait is on my list of things to take when I move abroad in a few weeks time as I’m sure they’ll make it feel homely straight away. Gorgeous photographs as always.
June 19, 2011 at 9:29 am
Um did you say feather, duster? See you in a little while, I’ve just got to pop out for something. xx G
June 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Claudia Blake says:
The staff in this store are the nicest you will ever meet and G you’re right, their prices are very good value for the type of thing that they sell. I bought two of the coloured pots a few months back. Think I’m due another visit pretty soon. x Claudia
June 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm