A Rum Fellow

  • Talking Points - Gregg & Ruth

    Posted on 12/10/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Here at A Rum Fellow we love a story and we're always excited to hear how people came across the things in their home. So we're starting a new little feature to share these stories with you. We will chat to brilliant people about favourite pieces in their homes and the items that always start conversations when friends come over. This week we got a tour around the North London home of video journalist Gregg Morgan and TV documentary film maker Ruth Nicklin.

    ARF: Is there something you particularly love in your home?

    Ruth: We love our mobile! We got it in Berlin.

    Gregg: From a store near the museum of modern Art I think, maybe a year ago.

    Ruth: My granddad had one in his house as I was growing up. Its a modernist design classic.

    Gregg: Its set a trend in the kitchen too, now we’re basing all the colours around the mobile. We have pans to match, a sieve, a garlic crusher…It wasn’t really planned at the beginning, but because its so white in here with the cupboards and then the nice wood, the bold colours really give it a lift. Its all about primary colours!

    ARF: What thing do people always comment on?

    Ruth: My retro dresser in my bedroom.

    ARF: What do you use it for?

    Ruth: I cover it with all my s**t! I put my makeup on it, do my hair. It’s a girly dream! I've never had a dresser before and I’ve always wanted one. Its totally self indulgent.

    ARF: I like the way you’ve dominated the room with your dressing table!

    Ruth: It’s so telling of how vein I am!

    ARF: Where did you get it from?

    Ruth: I got it from Ebay after becoming obsessive about wanting one, its cost a about £600 and its made by Uniflex. All the lines are completely flush across the front, clean and beautifully made. The legs join each other across the ground, and the draws have got these amazing compartments.

    ARF: How long have you had it?

    Ruth: 4 years. It came with a mirror but I changed it because the mirror was a bit ugly. But I like the round mirror. I fantasize about one day having an amazing house where this will sit under a huge window, with the rest of the room filled with minimal vintage furniture by the likes of G-Plan.

    ARF: So you’re building everything around your favourite dresser?

    Ruth: Yeah, its my aspirational piece that I’m planning my future home around.

    Gregg: The butter dish has got an amazing story behind it. When I lived in Hackney (London), over the road they were clearing a house because an old lady had died. It was a four story massive Georgian house that the old lady had lived in for years and years, it was in a pretty shoddy state. A guy was letting people in to take away what they wanted, if you could carry it it was yours. So a friend and I went in. I saw this butter dish outside and I really like butter, so I thought 'I’ll have that'. But a girl’s voice from inside the house said ‘all that stuff is mine‘, then she came and threw a towel over ‘her’ pile.

    ARF: She was another free-stuff hunter?

    Gregg: Yeah, she was there with another girl, and they were probably more excited about it all than we were. I found this egg cup [holding a blue and white stripy egg cup] and we started making our own little pile.

    The old lady must have been in the house for 40 or 50 years, every room was a treasure trove of different era’s. We went exploring around the floors and when we came back to our stash I found the egg cup had gone. It was only us and the other two girls there. So we asked if they had picked up any stuff from our stash, replicating what had happened when we’d first gone in. They dug out one of our things but no egg cup, so I asked again. They gave a quick look down into the boxes in their arms and gave a flat ‘no’. There was no one else there, it had to be them. (In my head) I was like ‘you f*****g liars!’ We decided this was war.

    The girls were getting giddy with excitement as they explored more of the house, collecting more stuff and planning on ordering taxis. Basically they took their eyes off the prize. They left their pile unattended, so my mate went upstairs to keep guard while I pillaged their stash. I found my stolen egg cup they had flatly denied having, and took the butter dish I’d wanted to begin with, I also half inched a load of other stuff too. Every time I look at this butter dish I get a sense of smug satisfaction, it reminds me of my sweet sweet victory!

    Ruth's latest documentary 'Wedding Shop' is due to be screened on ITV1 in December. You can follow Gregg on twitter at: @GreggCMorgan.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Butterdish, design, furniture, Home, Home decor, homewares, Interview, LeCreuset, Mobile, Modernist, Pans, Retro furniture, Uniflex

  • Peruvian jungle and mountain cushions

    Posted on 03/10/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We are very excited that our first cushion collection has just arrived! The vibrant colours and designs have come from our travels to the far corners of Peru, a combination of mountain hand weaving and jungle tribe hand embroidery. The handwork in the cloths used for these cushions is insanely intricate and all the techniques and designs have been passed down through generations. We chose 100% wool backs to compliment the hand woven llama wool and the piping highlights the Peruvians love of colour. Another bit of matchmaking as they were all made in the UK. This intense hit of colour has definitely brightened our day. Enough talking, they speak for themselves...

    You can see them in store here.

    All of the cushions are available here.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Ayahuasca textiles, cushions, folk cushions, folklore, hand embroidered cushions, Hand embroidery, Hand looms, hand woven cushions, hand woven peruvian textiles, Peruvian textiles

  • Hunting for vintage en France

    Posted on 21/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We've been hunting far and wide to bring you some special vintage pieces. Here's a few photos from one of our trips to France.

    The French antique dealers would never settle for a bacon butty and a brew.

    Freaky dolls.

    I was thinking about buying this for the front garden. Much better than a neighbourhood watch sticker.

    The Jetsons were in town selling their cars.

    Moules frites...mmmmmnnnn!


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with dolls, dover, food, france, moules, Vintage

  • Old Style Sign Writing

    Posted on 17/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We absolutely love a bit of traditional sign writing, and found some brilliant store fronts in Bolivia. The typography and colours are spectacular and set off the authentic wild west style.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with bicycle store, Bolivia, sign writing, travel, typography

  • Thread and jungles "Ayahuasca Quilting"

    Posted on 10/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Completely cut off by roads in the northern jungle of Peru we discovered some jaw dropping hand embroidered textiles and some very lovely people. Completely different in style to other parts of Peru these intense embroidered and hand painted designs combine jungle flora with geometric patterns. The story behind each design is as exotic as the jungle.

    Inspiration comes from the visions experienced during Ayahuasca healing ceremonies held deep in the forest. The hallucinogenic inspiration is all clear in the vibrant colours and maze of patterns. The designs and techniques have been passed down through the generations and are still recreated and worn by the tribes today. Among the selection we collected we struck gold in finding these larger textiles which could only be destined for glory.

    Here at A Rum Fellow we love nothing more than mixing age old traditional styles and techniques to create something new. In this case fusing the traditions of two very different cultures; British quilting and Amazonian tribal textiles. We decided the colourful intensity of these Amazonian textiles would perfectly transform into quilts and carry a taste of the rich tropical jungle into any room.

    Even though the emphasis was on the Peruvian panels, we wanted to make sure that the underside of the quilts had something to say too. In keeping with the fearless use of colour our Amazonian friends are born with, it felt right to use bright colours on the back and add geometric highlights.

    A couple of finished pieces from the collection bringing a taste of the jungle home.

    Available on our website here.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Amazonian textiles, Ayahuasca textiles, Ayahuasca visions, Geometric quilts, Hand embroidery, Peruvian textiles, Quilts

  • Tile lusting

    Posted on 03/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    [caption id="attachment_392" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jorge Selaron stair tiles rio de janeiro

    Jorge Selaron stair tiles rio de janeiro[/caption]

    I was just scanning through the photos from our South America trip and a couple of Geometric tiles caught my eye. Then I realised that quite a few geometric/intricate tiles had caught our eye whilst we were away. Bold in colour and design, they would be amazing in both kitchens and bathrooms, so I thought I'd share them. Some of them are a little worse for wear but now I can not get them out of my head.

    [caption id="attachment_393" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jorge Selaron stair tiles rio de janeiro

    Jorge Selaron stair tiles rio de janeiro[/caption]

    For more about Jorge Selaron and some other photos see our earlier post here.

    [caption id="attachment_399" align="alignnone" width="600"] Sao Paulo- Brazil

    Sao Paulo- Brazil[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_394" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_395" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]

    Really love the contrasting borders on the ones above and below.

    [caption id="attachment_396" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_397" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_398" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with geometric tiles, Jorge Selaron, Moroccan tiles, Sao Paulo, Tiles, too de janeiro

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