Welcome to Lilla!

Finally we have open our second shop. We are delighted to welcome you to Lilla.

(Lilla is the Swedish word for Little)Lilla-logga-colour

Lilla is located two doors up the road at number 15 Colinton Road (just the other side of our lovely Spanish neighbours). Why did we open so near?  Well sometimes we get opportunities in life that we really should take and this was one of them, and frankly it is great, I nip in and out between these shops in seconds. Don’t even want to think how much time I would be spending driving between shops (and we all know how fantastic Edinburgh traffic is). We were offered this premises and we were thinking what on earth are we going to do with two shops next to each other. And that was the start of the idea behind Lilla. We always had a small selection of Children’s designs in Spektakulär but lately that section has grown and we saw more and more great products and brands that we knew we could sell if we had the space. Customers have been asking about a broader selection so not just babies, and to be quite frank I did feel it was a bit neglected! As parents ourselves we do know that our children do come first and since Stina started P1, well hello party hell. And personally I am so sick and tired of the mainstream rubbish that you can get from the big supermarkets. We thought we could offer something better.

Last Saturday we finally open the doors to our new shop and if you have been walking by you have seen us working away. The Wednesday night before opening all my wonderful staff came in to start the set up and it was a super night. These happy animal and party  sequin masks by Danish Rice, well apparently not just for children :).

Rice masks
Team Spektakulär/Lilla!

From now on you will see Zuzanna, Kirsty, Joanne and Ruth at Spektakulär and at Lilla you will find Anna, Emma, Rachael and Ruth. Me well I will just float about ;) No no I will now try to get a bit more organised (keep ignoring all that paperwork is not making anyone happy). You will find me in one of the shops every Saturday and half days during the week.

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Delighted with the colours on the outside and the lovely Moose logo
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Welcome to Lilla

We are now in the process of clearing Spektakulär of all the children’s designs including all the Moomins. We do know the Moomins are not just for children but we do believe that they will be best together with the books which are now located at Lilla. By clearing Spektakulär from all the children’s designs we are gaining lots more space and we are excited. Already this week we notice a huge change at Spektakulär. It is more grown-up, tidy and have a great feel. Which we are all very pleased with.

Sadly it did take us a bit longer to open than expected, I kind of forgot how much time and energy it takes to open a shop. I did kind of blamed the last one on being pregnant. Well if we ever open a third shop I might believe I will be more organised (hmm there is always hoping).

Last we like to thank you all for you kind words and your excitement and support regarding the opening of Lilla. Thank you! I do love our little chats in the shop! Sometimes it does feel very personal and I enjoy that from the bottom of my heart. We would not be able to do this if we did not have you to support and believe in us so thank you.

Charlotte and Richard x

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Ohhh the smell of fresh paint…

Who would have known that a little bit of paint could bring so much happiness! No there has not been that many big changes to the shop but it is sooo bright! And sooooo Scandinavian! And for someone like me who loves working with a blank canvas this is just perfect. I shall hopefully be a bit more creative in the future…oh lots of ideas and so many options.

But let’s just start by getting everything back out in the shop again, took me some time I must admit and I am glad Zuzanna gave me a hand and also Richard of course (I am still working on it today and will probably be for a few days). I do recommend a little visit to the shop now since it still is rather empty and not filled with seasonal Autumn stock (just you wait).

Here are some images from the shop, hope you like it!

Next week a MASSIVE delivery is due in from Swedish Spira. We saw them a few weeks ago in Borås and oh love love love them. Spria’s fabric and patterns are of fabulous quality, super stylish and happy cheerful. I think you all will love it…I really hope it will be me who gets this delivery!

Enjoy

Charlotte x

Welcome Muurla!

As you know we have stocked the fantastic Moomins enamel mugs, jugs, pots and tumblers as well as the romantic glassware range Nostalgie (one of my personal favourites) for a while. However Finnish Muurla do so much more and we are delighted to introduce the Muurla Retro ranges in enamel. Too much choice for me so lets introduced a little by each range for you to find the perfect match.

Now, why enamel? What is the big deal about enamel, for me it is all about my childhood summers, camping trips, scouts, our summerhouse, summer rain and lots more.It is something about the noise that brings back memories, happy memories! Enamel is a traditional and nostalgic material. These products by Muurla consist by a carbon steel core and a double coating of enamel. The carbon steel core is the base of its durability and the enamel layer provides a hygienic and easy to clean surface. Good news is also that all enamel items can be used on any kind of stove (from induction to an open fire).

Muurla is very proud of their enamel products which we can tell. Lovely designs and stunning details creates a perfect finish. The happy retro designs adds joy to cooking and serving. And we are delighted, to unpack this delivery was pure happiness for me.

I have not decided yet which one of these lovely designs I enjoy the most, do I have too? Blue Flower, Onions, Yellow and Black Leaves…go on see if you can choose a favourite (impossible)!

Enjoy!

Charlotte x

Christmas we welcome (and love) you!!!

YES the shop has transformed into Christmas and it is warm and welcoming and absolutely jammed packed and I am amazed how fantastic all the staff have worked. So hard, well done ladies (and Richard of course).

Huss star in black

So after a long weekend, well started mid week last week really with the big pallet deliveries and then a few late nights, Richard took time off his normal job and grandparents arrived to look after our girls, the shop is now a proper Scandinavian gift and Christmas shop.

I LOVE IT! What I love the most is all the beautiful stars and candle bridges . They sure brighten up the shop and already many peoples homes. Richard and I hung up all the stars in the window on Sunday morning and then in the evening Richard, myself, Zuzanna and Ruth was joined by Åsa and Emma (who has not worked in the shop since Spring time) and it was so nice to catch up and I think they enjoyed it too. Emma and also Joanne will come back and cover a few dates from mid November and December which will be great. Both Zuzanna and Ruth have their own businesses and are super busy at the moment so it will be nice to have Emma and Joanne around as well.

Getting there
Ladies at work…
Progress
Progress

After many hours of hard work, a short mulled wine pit stop (including cake and apple crumble) we had enough and went home and I think that was the first night in a VERY long time I woke up by the alarm. Thank you children! Then back again, Richard was sent on a mission and Ruth and I continued to unpack and organise the shop yesterday and today I unpacked the last boxes and have a lovely print delivery to unpack tomorrow.

Leave you with images from the shop…

LED lights…genius for us with children , animals or just a little bit forgetful.
Hello… Cute Santa tealight holder by Cult Design
Charming Tomtar by Naasgransgarden. Hugo lantern with friends
Stunning Foxes pattern by Swedish Almedahl
Jangneus tea towels and dishcloths
Julia Cocktail Tray and Ester and Eriks stunning cone candles
Charming beautiful tealight holders by Pluto and Snow Princess tray
Metasol in silver and red
Love these Viking Candle Bridges, stylish way to brighten up your home
Lovely gifts or treats
LOVI Xmas Trees 12cm in wood, red or green
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Beautiful LOVI decorations  made from wood
Love LOVI
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Pluto has done it again, beautifully detailed decorations.

 

Please do pop in and say hi. Hope you will love the shop as much as we do… I will post a album on our Facebook page with all our beautiful stars and candle bridges, but it will be another day because now I need to go to bed.

See you tomorrow

Charlotte x

21st Oct 2014 Shop images

 

Hello all!

Lets take a spin around the shop this windy day! Ruth took a few images yesterday so here is some inspiration!

Enjoy!

Tea mugs and tea infusers by Danish Zone, happy and functional
Tea mugs and tea infusers by Danish Zone, happy and functional
Just love the happy colours on the Tea mugs (or as Ruth said, perfect little soup cup).
Just love the happy colours on the Tea mugs (or as Ruth said, perfect little soup cup).
Small baskets by Danish Zone, good for everything, make up, bread, keys anything at all really!
Small baskets by Danish Zone, good for everything, make up, bread, keys anything at all really!
FIKA, my favourite time of the day.
FIKA, my favourite time of the day.
In grey, turquoise and red, large mugs perfect for that big cup of coffee!
In grey, turquoise and red, large mugs perfect for that big cup of coffee!
Yay house tealight holders are back in, two sizes in white or zink.
Yay house tealight holders are back in, two sizes in white or zink.
Love these, so atmospheric!  Black on the outside and gold on the inside, give a warm light!
Love these, so atmospheric!
Black on the outside and gold on the inside, give a warm light!
These beautiful tealight holders by Danish Zone is a perfect little gift or treat
These beautiful tealight holders by Danish Zone is a perfect little gift or treat
These stylish tealight holders by Danish KJ Collection is making beautiful shadows when lit up.
These stylish tealight holders by Danish KJ Collection is making beautiful shadows when lit up.
Beautiful LOVI here with a heart warming tealight holder by Danish KJ Collection
Beautiful LOVI here with a heart warming tealight holder by Danish KJ Collection
It is back in the shop, the Pasta server/grater by Swedish Sagaform. Super popular gift for the pasta lover!
It is back in the shop, the Pasta server/grater by Swedish Sagaform. Super popular gift for the pasta lover!

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These Picknick Hors d'oeuvres by Swedish Almedahl are stylish to serve nibbles on.
These Picknick Hors d’oeuvres by Swedish Almedahl are stylish to serve nibbles on.
Almdahls Herb Garden is a pretty gift for the kitchen! Love it!
Almdahls Herb Garden is a pretty gift for the kitchen! Love it!
The Red Fox is my favourite pattern, childhood memories and a Christmas song spring to my mind.
The Red Fox is my favourite pattern, childhood memories and a Christmas song spring to my mind.
Beautiful Retro Design from Swedish Almedahl
Beautiful Retro Design from Swedish Almedahl

I am trying to puzzle where every product and design will go this Christmas (including twelve new candle frames) and I kind of wish I had a bigger shop! One day, one day ;)

Have a great day

Charlotte

Guess what?…Pappelina has arrived!!!

Woo hoo! A new Pappelina delivery arrived this week with more doormats 50×70 cm (which are just flying out), new 70×90 cm designs, as well as 70×100 cm and 70×150 cm plastic rugs! Oh we love our Pappelina plastic rugs here at Spektakulär and we could not be happier to see how amazing the response is! They have been with us since we open the shop 3.5 years ago and the interest and general delight they have created is part of us. I don’t think we have ever had such a broad range as we do at the moment. Almost all the designs of the doormats are in stock. A few of the lovely new Spring/Summer 2014 designs as well! Pappelina Rugs

Plastic rugs, yes the idea have scared a few… taken them out of their comfort zone. My husband included! But he does not mind the one in our kitchen, he actually quite like it, and yes I think there will be a few more, he has been converted! I am eyeing up one of the large ones for under our dining table (perhaps after Lovisa stopped throwing EVERYTHING and I mean a lot of food…after every meal I wished we had dog) and a long runner for our very long hallway and perhaps one for the bathroom and if we had a garden the one for there too. Maybe one at the time!

I cannot stress how good they are: durable, easy to clean, non-slip (well unless you might have some really super wild children who will prove me wrong), good quality and just happy. Plus they seem to hide all the crumbs in the kitchen, I’m surprised every time I hoover.

Vera One 70x90 cm in Yellow, Orange, Lime, Purple and Blueberry
Vera One 70×90 cm in Yellow, Orange, Lime, Purple and Blueberry

So the best way to get an idea about them is to have a good feel so do pop in and explore, we also just had lots of catalogues delivered so if you are just like me and prefer to browse a catalogue in the sofa with a cup of coffee rather then looking at a screen then just let us know. But if you are just like Richard and just want to look at things online please do so. Check out their webshop for inspiration and more information. Please feel free to call us if you like to know the prices of a special rug or to see what we have in store please do on 0131 6290941. And yes we take orders regularly and since Pappelina have teamed up with a new UK distributor we will be able to get them in quicker from now on.

Charlotte x

Happy tealight and candle holders

So Alix was in the shop yesterday and she takes a few photos every week and send them to me, guess a habit when you are a professional photographer. Always a joy to receive!!!

Yesterday she got her eye on the lovely Rob tealight and candle holders by Broste Copenhagen, Fasett Silicone tealight holders by KG Design and happy Candy by Sea Glasbruk.

We can not get enough of candle and tealight holders, it is a lovely gift or treat. Candles does makes us happy!

Charlotte x