Hackney is in my blood. Literally. As a small child, Saturday afternoons would be spent at my paternal grandmothers council flat. She was old. Too old for me to know her. But I remember the bus ride (the number 106) and the walk along the canal. (In those days it was still lined with rather stinky factories – no inkling that it would one day be lined with expensive apartments). Then there would be tea made with sterilised milk (urgh) and custard creams. Her one concession to home accessories was a line of potted geraniums on the windowsill; each one balanced on an old saucer.
Pampas Wallpaper in White/Azalea
Fast forward quite a few years and Hackney is now a thriving, bustling, hub of creative types rubbing shoulders with city bankers. Smart design shops, popular hotels and mouth-watering eateries. It’s still a little rough around the edges, and some areas still look the way they did then, but it’s going in the right direction.
Pampas and Kennington Stripe in White/Cerulean
And that’s where you’ll find House of Hackney. I’ve mentioned them before (see below) but I haven’t mentioned why the very name makes me feel a tug of nostalgia and a connection to a forgotten era. And that’s exactly what their designs are all about. Not the same era as my childhood of course (how old do you think I am?!) but an era of hot houses, potted palms, pattern, button backed chairs and deep fringes. Victoriana with an edge.
Castanea Wallpaper in Ice/Pink Stripe
Its a look that you can take to an extreme as some of these images demonstrate. Or you can dabble. Add a little here and there. A heavily patterned wallpaper in the downstairs loo. A palm print on a chesterfield against a minimally painted backdrop. A few lampshades in an otherwise modern room.
Palmeral Wallpaper in Off White/Green
Or some palm printed wallpaper behind the kitchen cabinets.