shopping travel

london shopping: liberty london

May 28, 2014

If you ask Dave, I’m a bad tourist.  I’m hard to get out in the mornings for any sight seeing and I’d most happily spend my vacations sitting in cafes, people watching, and generally avoiding the tourist trail.  For this reason, I have never been to Harrod’s in London.  Nonetheless, I was tempted into the old fashioned London department store experience by way of Liberty London.  Housed in an enormous Tudor style building, it’s pretty hard to resist.  I caved.

Liberty is known for their floral fabrics.  You’ve probably seen their shirts in collaborations with places like J Crew.  Florals: definitely not my area.  So after getting an eyeful of scarves and shirts (OK, they are quite pretty), I headed for the furniture and lighting section, which featured a rich mix of modern and antique pieces, perfect for filling up that hypothetical London flat.

Despite my affinity for the sleek midcentury look, I adore the idea of a cozy library, filled with bohemian textiles, old books, quirky lighting, antiques, and art.  One of the houses near where we rented a flat had a library which we could spy in the evenings as we returned home.  It had tall shelves filled with books, walls hung with paintings, and it cast a cozy glow as we passed it in the street below.  These little moments from Liberty remind me of that house and fill me with London-envy:

Their rug section was probably the best part:  stacks upon stacks of Turkish kilim rugs.  I find I’m liking the more subdued palettes more for these, and they had a nice selection of them.  Even if I didn’t have an extra suitcase to stuff one in, it was great to browse and get inspired.
I’ll be posting more of my London finds next week!  Stay tuned.
All photos by Karolina Buchner

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  • Reply Abi May 24, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Any idea who the painting with the orange, pink and white stripes across the portrait of the lady is by?

    • Reply Karolina May 25, 2017 at 3:11 am

      Hi Abi! Good question– I did some digging and (thanks to Google’s search by image) it appears to be the work of Chad Wys. You can find his work at That piece is called ‘Brutalized Gainsborough 2’. Cheers!

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