The paintmaker's workshop…

I hope you like paint. And fun, eclectic interiors. If you do, then you'll hopefully like this post as it has both. A little while back I had to pop to a part of my somewhat wider neighbourhood for research purposes. As I very rarely venture into that part of South London (only when I need some shoes repaired as there's a fab cobbler there who really knows what he's doing), I had never really paid much attention to the shops there. The usual newsagent, a bakery, a children's wear shop…you get the idea. It was when I popped into the kitchen shop and had a chat with the owner that I found out about this place. And I'm so glad I did...

Siecle, East Dulwich

This little workshop and shop is called Siecle. It belongs to Simon March, the fabulously opinionated and charming founder of the company. With a dislike for terms like 'heritage' and 'traditional' when it comes to paint colours, he wanted to offer his clients a range of paint based on what they like and not on some cynical marketing tactic.

Siecle, East Dulwich

The colours are displayed on painted Dutch clogs (the traditional wood shoes) and carry some interesting and sometimes hilarious names like my favourite "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the British public". Yes, that's the name of his best selling paint. There were Dutch books, more clogs and other small items from the country that gave us some wonderful old masters, but when I asked him whether he was in fact Dutch, he said no. Ah well, maybe it's the same as somebody somewhere in the middle of the English countryside deciding to furnish their house with French antiques. The admiration for something another nation does particularly well.

Siecle, East Dulwich

I'm not sure which part of the workshop I found the most interesting. Actually, interesting is the wrong word as it was of course all interesting, but more in a way that a child would walk around Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Fascinating and fun might be a better description. The paint splatters everywhere, bottles with pigments, old tins with paint and a huge paint wheel. 

Siecle, East Dulwich

But the interesting bits didn't stop at the paint. The kitchen was a part that I couldn't ignore (no surprise there) and that I just had to capture. All the small details, the wooden table and old sink had a distinct charm that just seemed to work so well within the whole workshop. I wouldn't have minded sitting down for a cup of coffee and a honey waffle...

Siecle, East Dulwich

So, should you ever find yourself in East Dulwich (close to the train station), you should definitely pop into this shop and if you're looking to repaint any of your rooms, then go and check out the paints. In the meantime, I hope you like my photos. Yes, there are a lot, but there was a lot to see...

Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich
Siecle, East Dulwich

Wishing you all a colourful summer day and until my next post you can find me on Instagram, Twitter and occasionally Facebook