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Friday, November 1, 2013

A Life Less Ordinary, Interiors and Inspirations


I've been reading a wonderful new book called A Life Less Ordinary, Interiors and Inspirations by Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre.  This is the most delightful and inspiring book I've read in some time.  It is the journey of two women, Alex and Zoe, who, although from very different backgrounds, found a connection through the beauty of everyday objects, design an antiques.  Their story and friendship is inspiring enough but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book is also filled with gorgeous photos of items in their shop, (you can check it out here) i gigi General Store and Cafe.

In 1997 Zoe and her mother first opened igigi, a women's boutique in Brighton England on the South coast of England.  It has evolved since then to include home decor items, speciality items and it also has a cafe.  It was after she opened the shop that she met Alex, who came to work for her.

I am about 1/4 way through the book and find it to be so enchanting, charming and sweet I can barely put it down.  I have posted some photos off their website and I hope that you will check it out as well as purchase the book.  If you have a love of old and re-purposed items as well as antiques then you will love this book.  I hope you enjoy the photos.  I would be interested in hearing what you think of the shop.  :-)

Filled with lovely pottery

Sigh...I love this chair!

A photo taken inside of the shop





Charming pottery.  I love the creamer and sugar bowl...I might just have to add the creamer to my collection.


  1. Kris,
    I just browsed through the General Store. I really like the statue holding the flowers; it's very unique. Jess would love these old suitcases. She just bought a couple recently and stacked them by her bed, and she's been looking for one more.

    This sounds like an inspirational book. Thanks for sharing. Oh, those candles look nice too.


  2. What a treasure!
    So inspiring!

    ♥ Franka

  3. The cover of the book has always piqued my interest. Thank you for the images. I'm adding this to my Christmas wish list.

  4. Looks like a gorgeous book! Thank you for sharing:) I'll put it in my Amazon wish list:)

  5. Oh, I think I´d love that! :-)


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