Best of British with Atlantic Shopping

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled
across Atlantic Shopping, and their ‘Best of British’ campaign, which basically
involved designing  a room around what I
considered to be great British style. A firm homewares lover, and never one to
refuse a challenge, I jumped at the chance, and this is what I came up with….

Atlantic Shopping is a family run business based in Birmingham, and they offer a huge variety of different styles of tables, chairs and beds – from bright, classic white to funky retro patchwork and prints, there’s something to suit everyone. I was most excited by their Eames style range; metal armchairs, wheeled office chairs and barstools mean you can easily add a little retro touch to almost any room in the house. I’d decided pretty early on that my ‘Best of British’ room was going to be an office or studio room – at the moment I’m trying to clear out and re-organise my craft room, so I’m pretty obsessed with work-spaces. I chose the Eames metal armchair in white, the cushioned Eames style chair also in white, and the Camden dining table to act as a desk – I love the large surface and spacious underneath section which would allow for plenty of storage. Admittedly, it’s a dining table, but I like to think outside the box!

From top left: Print: RHS Prints // Filing tray: Rose and Grey // Clock: Pedlars // Mug: Pedlars // Wire peg board: Willow and Stone //
Telephone: English Heritage Shop //House plants: IKEA // Wire basket: H&M Home // Drawer unit: IKEA // Notebook: Moleskine //
Desk lamp: IKEA // British Isles print: Baileys Home //

The first thing I decided when styling the room was that the last thing I wanted was it to be a garish Union-Jack fest – there’s nowt wrong with the British flag, but it’s just not my cup of tea to have it splashed all over my furnishings. I thought about my idea of British style, and I decided I wanted to go for a vintage rustic feel; lots of wire, wood and plants, with a few classic retro items thrown in for good measure. The mug, telephone and British Isles print are all a nod to the chosen theme; it doesn’t get more British than a Morris Minor and a map of the UK!

Inspired by Atlantic Shopping’s ‘Best of British’ Campaign, I joined in with the challenge to design a British inspired room.


  1. Globalmouse
    April 11, 2014 / 1:25 pm

    I love all of these – I'm really into British homewares and love the phone and that British Isles print.

  2. Polly Davies
    April 11, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    love these – especially that table at the top!

  3. Lori Taylor Arnold
    April 11, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    These all look great! Love the Eames chairs and botanical print. x

  4. laura redburn
    April 11, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    love the eames chairs (obviously haha) and the filing tray!

  5. KatGotTheCream
    April 12, 2014 / 7:35 am

    Perfect mix of retro and modern – just my cup of tea 🙂

  6. Laura Side Street
    April 12, 2014 / 9:23 am

    My partner and I love those Eame style chairs – so retro but also classic – great picks and the RHS prints are lovely Laura x

  7. fritha strickland
    April 13, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    lovely! They look like the kind of place I could easily loose a lot of money in! x

  8. mark west
    April 14, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Would never buy from this company. They treat the staff very bad, best of british? HA only 10% of there work force are english, avoid at all cost.

    • Vicky
      April 14, 2014 / 4:51 pm

      I'm not entirely sure how employee nationality is relevant to a campaign celebrating a particular style of design, and you should probably think more carefully before posting libellous comments.

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