Trend or travesty?

Recent reports of its hotness – “Colefax and Fowler on acid” anyone – led me to investigate new company House of Hackney. They sell wallpaper, bedlinen, beds and, er, one mirror. I thought I was going to love it, but when I took a look I felt maybe I needed a second opinion.

Dalston Rose

I don’t like this! It looks like Laura Ashley with a brothel trim. Is it the future of fashionable decorating? Or a version of what our Mum’s were doing with the spare room circa 1984?

House of Hackney bed

A bed for sulking on? Yeah, I could do with one of those. But let me tell you, an abundance of ruffled cushions + a cat = asthma attack.

House of Hackney

…and I just can’t believe that frilly bed skirts are coming back. Am I lacking vision?

But it’s not all bad, and the black-and-boho parts of their collection I can enjoy a bit more.

Hackney Empire collection

It’s fun, and a strange mix of decadent and suburban. One thing to think about though hipsters… Barbara Cartland did it first.

Barbara Cartland home

What do you think? Trend? Or Hackney Hipster Hype?

4 Responses to “Trend or travesty?”

  1. baby style file
    May 19, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    I’m so there with you on this….thought it was a bit of a case of the emperor’s new clothing (more styling than substance if you ask me). But hey, great minds and all that. (I’d quite like to live in Barbara’s world though)

  2. debra finn
    May 19, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    It wasn’t to my taste either but they did it well and I do like that whole thing of using your house to sell design and even art… lovely idea ; )

  3. lemony
    May 19, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I hate it, I don’t get it at all! But you never know we all may think its super cool by next summer…

  4. Bethan
    May 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Sorry, I vote travesty. One edgy girl doth not a trend make.

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