Friday Feels no.2…

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by

Another little blog of randomness and some of the things¬†I‚Äôm liking and loving and feeling today…


Pink & Green

Whether they’re on their own, or together, these are my favourite colours¬†right now, especially for interiors. I suppose pink and green are two colours that you’d¬†probably think shouldn’t be put together, they’re opposites afterall… but for me this is a definite case of opposites attract and I just love them. We might even be taking a little bit of inspiration from this colour combo for our beautiful new showroom in St. John’s square… I can’t give too much away but¬†we are so excited to show you, it’s going to be the best. The builders have been busy working every day and it shouldn’t be too long before we’re open.

photo credits – lean+meadow, pinterest, petrabindel

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This is a super cosy, buzzing little restaurant¬†not too far from Brick Lane in Spitalfields, and a definite must try!! Gunpowder is described as a ‘home-style Indian restaurant’, but it’s definitely not your typical curry house. There’s no Baltis or Kormas or Naan breads in sight, but I promise you won’t miss them. This cool little spot serves up tapas style small plates of the most delicious Indian dishes that I have ever, ever tasted. It is a little on the pricey side, so I’d recommend going in a group, just so you can order a good few plates¬†and have a little try of everything. Gunpowder was voted in Time Out’s top 20 restaurants in London and I can totally see why, this place is so good.

p.s. you can’t book, but you can turn up and put your name down on their waiting list, pop off for a drink somewhere and they’ll text you when your table is ready.



The Amanda Knox Documentary 

I am kind of obsessed with watching documentaries, especially crime or murder documentaries, and¬†I am so soooo excited about this one. I’m sure most of you will know who Amanda Knox is, and the story behind why she ended up spending nearly four years in prison for the murder of an Italian student. I was young when this story came out, but I still remember it so vividly,¬†and even to this day,¬†nobody really knows the truth about what happened. This brand new Netflix Original Documentary stars Amanda Knox herself and tracks back through the journey of this crime, from the day Amanda was arrested, to her trial and her release. I cannot wait.

The documentary airs on Netflix tonight!!! And you can have a read all about it and watch the official trailer on the Elle website below.

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Happy Friday everybody, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little blog and are as excited about the new Netflix documentary as I am!! Have a lovely weekend.


5 things to see at London Design Festival this weekend…

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by

It’s the last weekend of London Design Festival 2016 but don’t worry there’s still so much¬†innovative design¬†to discover and lots of Instagram-worthy installations to snap over the next couple of days. Here’s 5 things not to miss this weekend…

1) Brixton Design Trail


Adding Brixton’s vibrant flare and youthful edge to LDF 2016,¬†the Brixton Design Trail presents¬†a¬†mixture of events and installations exploring the rich cultural diversity, young talent and new ‘urban age’ of this buzzing design district. Head to Rebel Space in the¬†gardens of St Matthew‚Äôs Church tonight to discover Brixtopia; an event celebrating Brixton’s diversity and the launch of an important social experiment in self identification. Find¬†loads of cool independent fashion, furniture and print businesses¬†in their new creative shipping container home, Pop Brixton. Make your own chocolate at the Bean-to-Bar Workshop, or take a tour of the amazing street gallery¬†with Animating Brixton.

Check out all the cool stuff happening as part of the Brixton Design Trail here.


2. London Design Festival at the V&A


Carrying on its tradition of providing some spectacular Insta-worthy installations, the V&A is once again home to some really interesting pieces that are sure to get you snap happy. ¬†‘The Green Room‘ by Glithero sees a dramatic curtain of coloured string descending 6 stories down the 17.5 meter stairwell in the museum. Emulating the circular motion of the arms of a clock, each string moves every minute creating a fascinating wave of colour.¬†There’s also a big focus on interesting materials this year, with the venue housing a mystical looking¬†‘Liquid Marble‘ by Mathieu Lehanneur as well as¬†‘Foil‘ by Layer, which sees the tapestry room transformed into a memorising¬†space filled with fragmented¬†light reflected from the disco ball-esk 20 metre undulating metal sculpture.

Learn more about LDF at the V&A as well as all of their other amazing exhibits here.

3. The Smile


Alison Brooks‚Äô Landmark Project, ‘The Smile‘, is an impressive 34m long curved wooden sculpture sat in the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground next to Tate Britain. Made of tulipwood, it’s been labelled¬†the ‘world‚Äôs first-ever hardwood megatube‚Äô. Although it looks like a huge wooden see-saw, we’re assured that the complex CLT (cross-laminated timber) structure is totally secure, even if sixty of us ran to one of the end viewing platforms, making this piece a¬†pretty impressive poster-boy for the ever-evolving¬†timber revolution. The urban pavilion is also speckled with strategically placed perforations¬†that flood the arch with¬†sunlight in the day and transform it into a beautiful lantern at night.

Find out more about this fascinating installation here.

4. Design Junction at Kings Cross


Design Junction has found a new long-term home at Kings Cross showcasing contemporary interior design against an industrial backdrop. This year’s show explores the connection between creativity and dyslexia, invites homeowners to free drop clinics in big red monopoly style houses,¬†and even has its own secret garden.

Discover more about what’s happening at Kings Cross this weekend here.

5. 100% Design


There’s still one more day to visit the 100% Design show, where we’re exhibiting our award winning Sebastian Cox furniture as part of The Wood Awards stand amongst the other amazing design talent who have been shortlisted for this year’s awards. Saturday is the only day the show is open to the general public, so make sure you pop down to Olympia London tomorrow to get your fix of cutting edge design from some of the leading names in the industry.

Find out more about the show as well as who else you can see this year here.


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Come and visit us at 100% Design…

Posted on September 21st, 2016 by

London Design Week is now in full swing and amongst an array of cool exhibits, talks and installations dotted around London, you can also find our beautiful Glazed Freestanding Cupboard from our Sebastian Cox Kitchen range at 100% Design, which kicked off today!


A little earlier this year we were so excited to discover¬†that our Sebastian Cox Kitchen has¬†been shortlisted for a 2016 Wood Award and it was even cooler when they asked us to loan them¬†a piece of furniture for their stand at this year’s show. Since opening our first London showroom almost 2 years ago, we’ve loved getting involved with the incredibly exciting¬†design scene in the city, it’s such an honour to be recognised as part of Britain’s amazing¬†design talent!


If you are planning on visiting 100% Design this year, we’d love for you to¬†head¬†over to The Wood Awards stand L620 to check out our sustainable urban rustic design as well as all of the other cool pieces that have made it on to this year’s shortlist. You can even pop along tomorrow night after work to their 100% Design Late Night, when the show opens¬†its doors until 9pm with an evening of music, drinks, networking and talks. The Late Night is free to attend for all registered visitors.

– 100% Design runs from 21-24 September at Olympia London. To register please click here.

– ¬†You can discover¬†more about this year’s Wood Awards here.

– And if you’d like to see more from our award winning Sebastian Cox Kitchen range, simply click here.


deVOL directory: The Arts & Crafts Kitchen

Posted on September 15th, 2016 by

I fell for this kitchen the moment I saw it, and I know you guys did too… but I kind of put off doing one of these blogs because a lot¬†of the lovely stuff that fills this room was actually vintage bits and bobs found by the very clever and very stylish customers at antique fairs, on eBay or at our showrooms.

… But¬†then it made me think that maybe a lot of our customers, or people who follow us on social media, don’t actually know about all of the great¬†and unusual and really¬†well-considered pieces of antique furniture, vintage home and kitchenware and unique little treasures that we source from all over the world and have for sale at our showrooms. So, if you’re lusting after this perfectly balanced mix of old and new and classic and quirky, don’t forget that we don’t just do beautiful kitchens here at deVOL,¬†we do lots of other cool stuff too.

The simple cupboards are from our¬†Real Shaker Kitchen range, and here’s a little info on the rest…



1. The flooring was original parquet which the customers sanded back and waxed themselves. For a similar floor we recommend the beautiful new Rustic Oak Parquet from our sister company Floors of Stone, this can be oiled and stained to achieve your perfect colour and finish



2. White metro tile splashback with grey grout, from Topps Tiles



3. Lovely big industrial pendant lights hanging down from long chains

Sourced by the customer from antique fairs and eBay



4. Smeg ‘Opera’ range cooker in stainless steel



5.¬†deVOL‚Äôs ‚ÄėBella Brass‚Äô hardware¬†(only available to purchase as part of a deVOL Kitchen)



6. Carrara Opal Quartz worktops on the base cupboards, and oiled Oak on the island

(worktops can only be supplied by us as part of a deVOL Kitchen)



7.¬†‘Pantry Blue’ paint by deVOL¬†(our paint colours are only available¬†as part of a deVOL Kitchen)



8. deVOL’s Aged Brass Ionian taps by Perrin & Rowe and¬†a¬†Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse sink

To order deVOL taps please call our Cotes Mill showrooms on 01509 261000 or email

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9. Shelves full of amazing vintage bits sourced by the customer at antique fairs & our showrooms

Cotes Mill, Nottingham Road, Leicestershire, LE12 5TL  Р 2 Tysoe Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4RQ



And one more pretty cool fact is that this is our most popular deVOL kitchen, ever! It has been pinned over 30,000 times, seen by hundreds of thousands of people, makes up the top 3 most liked photos we have ever posted on Instagram and is the most viewed kitchen project on our website. I wish it was mine!!


РTo view the full Arts & Crafts Kitchen project, just click here.

– To keep up with all our latest news, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest.


A showroom with character

Posted on September 13th, 2016 by

Renovations are underway at our new London showroom and everyone’s¬†getting pretty¬†excited about the new design. We’ve found ourselves surrounded by mood boards, CAD drawings and paint samples, we’re peering through shop windows and taking a moment to have ‘a quick look’ on Pinterest only to emerge 3 hours later feeling that surreal mix of being completely inspired and slightly envious of everyone’s incredible homes.


Oliver Gustav studio Copenhagen photographed by Line Klein

In the midst of one said Pinterest sessions, I happened to stumble across the incredibly beautiful studio of Oliver Gustav and fell instantly in love with its moody colours and subdued style. It felt so wonderfully atmospheric, a look that transcends that pristine showroom/showhome image that can be hard to shake off at times.


Oliver Gustav studio Copenhagen photographed by Line Klein


Oliver Gustav studio Copenhagen photographed by Line Klein

I really love the subtle difference between the Scandi style of the Copenhagen studio and the cool loft style of the one in New York. They’re still coherent but have little details that make them distinctive, like the tall slender table legs and the bare brick walls; they’re like cousins not twins.


Oliver Gustav studio New York 


Oliver Gustav studio New York

In the same way, our¬†Clerkenwell showroom feels quite different to Cotes Mill, a little more contemporary with tall wall cupboards to make the most of London’s high ceilings and now even a cool basement kitchen, which we so often see in our customers’ homes in the city. With the new¬†showroom only about 10 minutes walk from our current Tysoe Street home, it could quite easily just become an extension of this space, but that is definitely not going to be the case. I think it’s so exciting that we¬†get to show yet another side of deVOL. Our style has evolved so much since we moved to London almost 2 years ago, and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase everything deVOL has become. I can’t wait to show you what the team have been working on, but for now you can follow¬†the new showroom’s¬†progress on our Instagram and Twitter pages.

– You can also see more from Oliver Gustav here.

– Or get lots more interiors inspiration from our Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pages.

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