Monday, 27 September 2010


It never fails to delight us to see all the new treasures that we are constantly discovering in The Secret Arcade. We report this week on the launch of hand drawn wallpapers, limited edition art prints and truly unique lighting, handmade organic soap and fabulous French children's slippers! Not only can you find gorgeous products in the arcade's designer shops but also a wealth of ideas for your home and family are waiting to be discovered by visiting their individual blogs. But be warned you can disappear for sometime once you have entered this secret kingdom - indulge and enjoy!

New Zebra Wallpaper

The wonderful Turner Pocock Cazalet trio have once again delivered up a new wallpaper design. Following the success of the original Zebra Wallpaper they have added a new blue / grey colourway to their collection offering lighter grey tones and indigo blues. The overall effect is one of subtle sophistication with a playful but stylish edge making it a perfect choice for both children and adults decor. All designs are hand drawn and use environmentally sustainable materials.

To view this wallpaper and their full range visit the Turner Pocock shop in the 'Home Decoration Passage' of The Secret Arcade.

Ghost Furniture at The London Design Festival 2010

The London Design Festival is a nine-day celebration of design in the world’s creative capital. The Festival is a platform for the widest spectrum of design disciplines, brought together as a unique and accessible programme. Ghost Furniture was invited to exhibit a collection of their unique lamps at the prestigious event and some were also displayed at the newly opened Tom Dixon shop 'The Dock' in Notting Hill.

To view more of Ghost Furniture products go to the Homeware Passage of The Secret Arcade.

A Treasured French Connection

The lovely Ashlyn of the children's designer shop Olive Loves Alfie has launched a range of indoor shoes from the chicest of French companies, Collegien. Ashlyn has very fond memories associated with the company, saying "Nothing pleases me more than rediscovering something from the past that I once loved. I had a fabulous friend who grew up wearing Collegien shoes that her equally fabulous aunt used to send her from Paris. Every time she grew out of them a new pair would arrive but in a different colour or new design. She kept the smaller ones for me to dress up in when I went to visit"

If you would like to start a family tradition visit Olive Loves Alfie in the 'Children's Passage' of the Secret Arcade.

A Moroccan Beauty Secret

Simply Roses is the fantastically fragrant one stop shop for anything rose related. They have just launched a new soap that combines the classic rose with argan - widely acclaimed as a miracle oil. Argan oil is extracted from kernels of the argan fruit which contains high levels of vitamin E, natural anti-bacterial properties and essential fatty acids that all work wonders on the skin. Long considered a Moroccan beauty secret, the fruit is harvested from the Argan forests in the south west of the country where the local Berber women regard the extracted oil as the elixir of youth. Combined with rose oil, organically grown argania spinosa is the star ingredient of Simply Roses' new Rose Argan Soap which come in two bars in a pretty pink organza pouch.

If you would like to treat yourself to a small beauty miracle visit the Simply Roses shop in the 'Perfume & Beauty Passage' of The Secret Arcade.

A Little Bit of Art - New Artist is Launched

Artist Ros Shiers has joined the already impressive collection of contemporary artists currently showing at the online gallery A Little Bit of Art that sells affordable original prints. Ros Shiers produces unique illustrations under her name 'I Heart RS'. Her work combines a passion for all things decorative and beautiful with a love of strong ,bold graphic illustration with subject matter from burlesque femme fatales to botanical flora and fauna. Her love of vintage ephemera and Victoriana inspires her work alongside her memories of childhood circus visits and reading Alice in Wonderland books. The work is produced using the Giclee printing process which ensures a print with brilliant colour and razor sharp detail. A Giclee is a recognised and collectible category of fine art and are guaranteed not to fade or age and have a colour life of 75 - 100 years.

To view Ros Shiers prints and the full range of other artists visit A Little Bit Of Art's shop in the 'Books, Prints & Art Passage' of The Secret Arcade.

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