One of my favourite things about living in London is that on a Wednesday evening you can find yourself listening to someone as inspiring as Lizzie from SMUG whilst enjoying endless amounts of cheese in the lovely surroundings of The Village Haberdashery. Lizzie has a seemingly endless number of skills that are part of her ‘creative portfolio’, from founding Islington Design District to running the lifestyle store SMUG based in Angel as well as the designing her own gorgeous line of homeware products.
SMUG is located right on Camden Passage and sells everything from homewares to accessories, sourced from either design led brands or up and coming designers. They also have a cafe located right in the store which always gets me in, I mean cake and shopping is such a great combination!
Lizzie studied Interior Architecture at University but before long realised that a life in a office wasn’t for her, after finding a site on Camden Passage Lizzie started travelling around Asia and Australia working on the brand SMUG and is the rest is history. If like me you are stationary and card obsessed then I would definitely recommend checking out Lizzie’s store. Stocking product from the ultimate Scandi brand HAY to the beautiful florals of Rifle Paper Co. They also stock the most adorable selection of plant pots and cacti below.
Over the last couple of years Lizzie has also gone on to create her own beautiful range of stationary and home products all featuring her signature ‘speckled paint’ pattern. I have put together a couple of my favourite pieces below, I particularly love the pink splatter wrapping paper and the tropical inspired cushion- it just makes me want to go on holiday right now!
– Cascade rectangle cushion at £55
– Cascade pencil case at £22
– Happy Birthday card at £2.75
– Curate your life tote at £6
– Greenhouse rectangle cushion at £55
– Pink splatter wrapping paper at £2,
As well as running her own lifestyle brand, Lizzie has recently launched a podcast called ‘How to Curate your life- Work life balance for the creative Entrepreneur’. A series of chats with some really inspiring individuals who are currently bossing their way through running a creative business. The first episode is with one of my favourites Anna Newton from The Anna Edit, a Brighton based blogger whose Instagram is full of the most gorgeous outfits and fab beauty advice. I am pretty late to the podcast party but I now cannot cook or tidy without one on in the background! ‘How to Curate your Life’ is definitely up there as one of my favourites, the perfect thing to listen too on a chilled Monday evening curled up with a large mug of tea.