Inspiration is everywhere…

19th August 2016

By Collette Black

Inspiration is everywhere, personally I prefer mine with a side of freshly baked sourdough or a ladle of gravy. London has some of the coolest restaurants in the world, from the weird and wacky to the ultra sleek to the ultimate hipster serve your dinner on a trowel kind of place…yes there are actually restaurants that serve your chips in a trowel, check out @wewantplates for a good laugh. Anyway, trowels aside, there are also so many places with beautiful interiors inspiration that you can actually use for your own home.


Dishoom is one of my favourite restaurants in London, first and foremost for its black dahl which is simply heaven in your mouth and secondly for its incredible decor. Each branch is a little different but they are all seriously cool. I fell in love with the Kings Cross edition when we went for a team meal last month. A little more decadent than its Shoreditch sister but with the same distinctive Dishoom style – a homage to the disappearing Iranian cafes of Bombay. Design studio Macaulay Sinclair even picked up a prestigious Design Week Award for this branch, and you can see why. The attention to detail is remarkable, from the authentic chai glasses to the family portraits of the owner’s ancestors that hang on the wall, everything transports you to another world, yet the industrial style of space makes it feel incredibly modern and stylish rather than gimmicky.


The impressive building contributes heavily to the ‘wow’ factor but there are so many elements of this design that you can steal for your own home decor projects. I love the beautifully patterned floor tiles, the tongue and groove panelling and even those lovely little brass coat hooks…perfect for hanging up some beautiful linen tea towels. The gorgeous green vintage pendants remind me of the ones in our Hither Green Shaker Kitchen, an old project that is still one of our most popular on social media. The way they hang from extra long metal chains makes me think of our new Arts and Crafts Kitchen, although I know most of us aren’t lucky enough to have colossally high ceilings, and the cool art deco clock is pretty similar to the one in the Queens Park project.



It’s kind of cool to see these individual elements used in real homes, taking something as fabulously dramatic as this award winning interior and making it subtle and liveable. I also feel this means that the next home decor project I take on now requires me to go out for dinner to source some inspiration, I think it’ll need some extensive research…

– If you want to head to Dishoom for a little inspiration or to experience their incredible food, click here to find your nearest branch.

– Or, for more interiors inspiration head to our Pinterest board.



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