A few years ago, on the most beautiful spring day, I had the pleasure of stepping out into town with a friend of mine. A morning spent enjoying the most delicious brunch followed by shopping. What could be more indulgent? I look back on that day with the fondest memories, my dear friend has since moved back to her home in Japan and, well, the idea of having a meal out with a girlfriend is a distant memory! On that beautiful day though my friend and I were on a mission; we were attending the Fiona Finds Spring shopping event. Both of us share a love for making our homes beautiful so this event really was a must for us.
And what a treat it was! Nestled within the picture perfect streets of Chelsea we were welcomed with warmth and grace into the Fiona Finds London showroom, a treasure trove of delight.
A wall of plates in the Fiona Finds London Showroom
Established by Fiona Dreesmann, Fiona Finds London is undeniably one of London’s best kept shopping secrets. Following the shopping event I have enjoyed a few more shopping trips at Fiona Finds London online. I have purchased items which I can use with my family every day – a collection of cabbageware ceramics and the most beautiful wooden set of bamboo culterly, as well as linens which I can clean quickly with a cloth after use. A marvellous discovery for me!
One of my favourite tables – set using pieces from Fiona Finds London
The brilliant thing about Fiona Finds London is that not only can you find objects for the everyday but also you can shop the most unique and exqusite pieces for fine dining as well as heirloom home treasures. Fiona’s range of handpainted plates, porcelain flowers and flower sculptures are truly something. For me it is Fiona’s ability to mix and match pieces in a variety of price ranges which is so inspiring.
Fiona is a wonderful person with bundles of energy and positivity. I cannot help but feel uplifted every time I speak to her. It really then is an honour for me to feature Fiona in my At Home With Style Series – I know you will enjoy and feel inspired by this feature.
Describe your personal style in three words?
Understated, Classic, Spontaneous
Favourite room in your home?
A very close tie between my bedroom and my office – polar opposites but where I divide my time. My office because it is my space where I am surrounded by things that I love, plates and glasses that I am a custodian of until they find their new owner. I become very attached to the beautiful things that I sell and am always happy to see them being appreciated and going to their new home. It is also painted in my signature olive green (I have a room in green in every house I have ever lived in) which I find very peaceful, I live in a busy house and my office is truly my oasis.
A wall of handmade flower sculptures sourced by Fiona in her London showroom
What inspires you?
I am an avid collector of things to dust, as it has been referred to, and I enjoy all the antique fairs. I may find some vintage piece and then build a collection around it working with talented artisans. For me my home is incredibly important and I cannot live in a mess and to be surrounded by beautiful things is something I treasure. They do not have to be valuable just stylishly displayed. I find the American southern homes very inspirational. They are also excellent at ‘tabletop’ with great attention to detail.
A beautifully set table in Fiona’s home
Your greatest home extravagance?
That has to be plates and glasses, I could probably feed at least 200 people and never have to hire a thing! If I could I would have a florist come every week and deliver fresh flowers pre arranged.
Entertaining for a crowd, a beautifully set table at Fiona’s county home in Sussex – so chic!
What is on your wish list?
As we are now stuck in England in the middle of winter with Covid, my biggest wish is to have a home in the sun but on a more realistic level I would like to redecorate my house in London. I am also lusting after a piece of Chelsea Porcelain which I would hang on my wall like a painting and enjoy every day.
Your favourite interior designer?
If I had a blank chequebook my first phone call would be to Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen of Nicholas Haslam to redo my house from top to bottom. Not only are they great friends who know me well but I love their understated style. They see all the small details that are so important. They are also excellent at proportions.
Image © Nicholas Haslam
Thank you, Fiona, for sharing your time with us! Please do not forget to follow Fiona to keep up to date with all her special finds!