Poodle Lamps – the end of an era!

black poodles with chiffon shades

You may have heard the worrying rumours about the disappearance of the poodle lamps. I am sorry to say they are true. Though this design has been discontinued we are lucky enough to have a few of the nearly extinct critters left in stock at Caravan, now wearing vintage silk chiffon shades (as seen in the images above and below).
We think Mr Poodle and son look rather handsome in their new (old) shades!
Please send us an email if you require any further information.

black poodle lamp

My selection for Joss & Main

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Home stylists and decor-lovers out there will know the thrill of the hunt and have I found a great hunting ground!

Joss & Main offer curated selections of furniture and accessories at generous prices for limited-time sales. They also love to collaborate and they’ve asked me to pick out a few pieces that fit with my signature style.

Whether I’m creating mood-boards for my dream home or planning a new project, I’m always on the look out for comfy chairs to sink into, graphic rugs for underfoot, super lighting, splashes of colour and a bit of quirkiness thrown in on the accessories side. They’ve got it all covered here.

Here’s a taster of my selection – and just look at that chair! To view the whole collection head on over to Joss & Main now. Note their curated site is for members only so you’ll need to sign in for the bargains (it’s free and your preferences can be easily updated at any time, so there’s always the chance to just dip a toe in).

See you there!

ps if you’re into pinning you’ll have a field day on this site – perfect material for those boards….

Order in time for pre-Christmas delivery!

UK orders: Though we advise to order by 12 noon Sunday 21st December, we will accept and process orders up to 12 noon Tuesday 23rd December. Orders taken between these dates will be sent via Royal Mail special delivery and may incur extra postage costs.

International orders: Please place your international orders by midnight Tuesday 16th December. Though we will continue to accept and process orders after this date (and European orders may still be delivered in good time), we cannot guarantee pre-Christmas delivery with international orders placed after this time.

Collection in Person: It is possible to arrange collection in person up to 12 noon Wednesday 24th December. If you wish to choose this option, please send an email clearly listing your chosen products, along with your address, a contact telephone number and a preferred collection date and time. You will be invoiced via PayPal in advance of collection and your goods will be ready for you at the agreed, pre-arranged time.

We would like to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and a wonderful start to the new year, 2015!

Our “Secret Space” as seen in The Chromologist

Here’s our secret space!
Courtesy of Jill Macnair – thank you for visiting, Jill!

Q&A’s with Decor8

Q&A's with Decor8

Holly Becker, founder of Decor8 blog, interviews Emily about life, work and being a new mother here.
Thank you Holly! x

The Mini Post

Orlagh – thank you for the lovely post about our new website!
Your favourites are our favourites too…..

Orlagh is the ultimate in-the-know stylish yummy-mummy.
Check out our busy friend’s other fantastic finds at The Mini Post.

New Website!

We hope you’re enjoying our new website with larger online shop – just in time for Christmas!
On this new site we will link to what others are saying about us in “Caravan Bloggers” and upload pics of our bits in your pad in “Caravan Stylers“, so do get in touch if you want to show something off!

Order online in time for pre-Christmas delivery

UK mainland orders placed before midnight this Thursday 20th December will be delivered in time for Christmas!

Bank Holiday Book Signing

I’ve just returned from a quick trip to Amsterdam where I met up with my friend Anna at her shop Het Grote Avontuur and signed a few copies of my books. Regardless of the rain outside, Anna’s shop is always a sunny space.

Even though it was a flying visit we managed to fit in a wander at Nordermarket and enjoy the compulsory apple pie – but of course!

New beginnings…

… and exciting times ahead!

Soon we’ll let you know where this sign will be next appearing.

We’re On The Move!

We’re moving to an exciting new location nearby!

Please note we are closed this weekend and open again on Monday. Our last day trading at Redchurch Street will be Thursday 30th June – there are lots of bargains to be had in store before then….

Win a bunny lamp this Easter!

Visit online jewellery boutique My Flash Trash on Easter Sunday and find the hidden egg for the chance to win one of our wonderful bunny lamps.

Christmas at Caravan

December opening hours
We are open every day from 11am – 6.30pm with special Thursday shopping evenings to 8pm.

Shoreditch Christmas Triangle

click here to see a map and list of neighbouring shops to plan your Shoreditch shopping trip!

Other local shopping opportunities include Cheshire Street late night shopping on Thursdays 2nd & 9th, East London Design Show at Shoreditch Town Hall 3rd – 5th and Columbia Road events every Wednesday through December.

Last online order date for pre-Christmas delivery is Sunday 19th December (UK) – there are lots of tempting items in our online shop!

Caravan Christmas holidays
Even us Caravanners need a little break, so we are closed from 2pm Christmas eve (Friday 24th December). The shop floor opens again on Thursday 6th January 2011.

Pack your bags, we’re going camping

We have new stock in our shop. A neat miniature Caravan, with an opening door so you can peer into the decorated interior. Also a set of six Handbags, perfect for holding your photos or place-name cards.

Caravan founder Emily Chalmers recently showed French online magazine Interieurs around her ‘chez’. For an exclusive peek into her home, you’ll have to sign-up…
Click here

Happy New Year! / Online Ordering

The shop will open again on Friday 9th January 2009.
+++ PLEASE NOTE +++ Any orders placed online over the Christmas or New Year period will not be despatched until the shop re-opens.

We’ve added new products to our online store!

You can now get hold of more Breezy Singers, to sing sounds that are melodious to the human ear! Silver or gold roses are now on sale. Also WATCH OUT there is a new dog in town, who goes by the name Daisy.

Redchurch Street shop now open!

The new shop is fully up and running now. Come in and say hello!
Opening times are:
11am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 1- 6pm Saturday and Sunday


London Design Festival 2008

Caravan presents Flower Power for this year’s design festival – in conjunction with the launch of our new shop in Shoreditch.
Flower Power sees an amazing array of floral inspired designs that include painterly hand-tufted wool rugs by Parisian artist Nathalie Lete, bespoke hand-printed work by wallpaper artist Deborah Bowness, bugged out recycled floral ceramics by Lou Rota, and botanical decorated vintage seating by Holly Wood and Folk.

Caravan’s signature vintage floral fabrics adorn dressmaker’s mannequins, and quirky offerings such as unusual metal rose bouquets sit in glass display domes.

As ever, Caravan will be lit by a selection of brightly painted metal lamps by French manufacturers Jielde.


Moveable Feast / ‘EAST’ Festival March 2008

Caravan presented the ‘Moveable Feast’ for Spitalfield’s ‘Taste’ event for EAST festival 2008. Sinister black crows ate ceramic cupcakes from insect plates in the vintage Citroen van where shop owner Emily Chalmers dished up signed copies of her book, ‘Table Settings’.

More information at www.findeast.co.uk

H-Van at Caravan / London Design Festival Sept 2007

The Caravan Citroen H-van – a vintage automobile design classic – was parked outside the shop, exhibiting specially commissioned work for the festival. Bespoke wall papers by artist Deborah Bowness were featured alongside vintage chairs and plates decorated by designer Lou Rota. Sinister black crows and unusual metal flowers adorned the van and the event also featured our exclusive vintage fabric mannequins.

7 Exhibition Road / Brompton Show Window Project

In support of the ‘Surreal Things’ exhibition at The V&A, Brompton Estates invited Caravan to create an installation in a Kensington shop unit. The installation ran through April and May 2007 and all products shown were for sale.

Deborah Bowness / London Design Festival 2006

Deborah Bowness created a 14m long installation of 2d ‘room sets’ directly alongside Caravan and, in her signature printed wallpaper style, designed bespoke temporary signage for the shop.

The launch of the ‘Deborah Bowness at Caravan’ project coincided with London Design Festival, September 2006, and put Old Spitalfields Market on the Icon Design Trail. The signage remained in place for the duration of the main building works at Old Spitalfields Market.

All images displayed within the ‘2d roomsets’ are available as 3.5m wallpaper drops from Caravan. With special thanks to Ballymore Properties Ltd. and Trad scaffolding for facilitating the project.