a rose to remember

November 13, 2011  in flowers, my london


This morning we hopped in the car and headed over to East London to one of my favourite places, Columbia Road, for the weekly flower market. I don’t think I’ve been since my daughter was born so it was a treat to visit. It was a beautifully crisp, sunny November morning perfect for wandering with the family, bantering with the market traders and looking in all the arty, handmade and vintage shops and stalls that line the road and the streets around it.


There are so many independent, creative, quirky shops over there it’s always a pleasure to visit. I bumped into lovely Emily Chalmers of Caravan, popped into Rob Ryan‘s shop, nipped round the corner to Ally Capellino, Luna & Curious and Leila’s Shop then on to SCP on Curtain Road.


Among my fresh, floral purchases I couldn’t resist a bunch of my favourite roses – Amnesia. I love its delicate, dusky pink with tones of green and brown coming through. Just gorgeous with a vintage but stylish feel.

Columbia Road flower market is every Sunday from 8am to 3pm, though get there early as it gets very busy.

I couldn’t resist taking a few photos when I got home. A perfect Sunday outing.


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  1. Rosie Grey says:

    Sounds like a perfect excursion! Thanks so much for sharing the links! And that rose is simply beautiful!

  2. sounds lovely! your photos look amazing! visited my favorite flower shop yesterday in chicago. absolutely inspiring and so fresh 🙂


  3. elisa says:

    that is an exquisite rose! do you grow it too? i’m so pleased you’ve gotten out to the market again, i hope to do that again sometime. x

  4. THAT is the most perfectly rosy rose I have ever seen!

  5. Inge says:

    A shame we didn’t stay until today! Or I would have visited this market also… Didn’t know there was such a market!!
    But you took some amazing pictures of your roses… Such a pretty colour! And roses (as peonies) are my favourite flowers. Enjoy the flower and their perfume! I miss London already!! x

  6. Jane says:

    Oh Sania, what a glorious morning you had, you lucky duck. Visiting Rob Ryan’s shop is one of my dreams in faraway Australia. And that rose is exquisite – is it an old-fashioned one which actually smells? I’d love to know. J x

  7. jenni says: the rose, a city i wish i could visit again..

  8. Oooo I love going to pick up fresh blooms at Columbia Road. A perfect Sunday morning activity! We like to get a coffee on the way over and then take time to take in all the independent shops once we have our blooms in hand! Have a lovely week, Sania. xx

  9. Nimenos says:

    I envy so much the love that english people have for roses, it is almost a religion…. Amnesia is a perfect name….

  10. Franka says:

    The colour of the rose is just amazing!!!

    ♥ Franka

  11. I love blush tones…lovely photos!

  12. Truly beautiful photos of the roses and throughout your blog. If you have a chance take a look at my website best wishes, Mel x

  13. Anna says:

    Great Photos! Had a similar moment at the Nice Flower Market over the weekend with the exact same rose! It inspired me so I too had to post about it…have a look if you have a sec
    Thanks for posting!

  14. Hello! I have just come across your blog and found myself saying over and over out-loud ‘Wow, wow!’.
    Beautiful!!! Love T

  15. Lella says:

    The rose in the old pottery bottle is simply beautiful. I love looking at your photos.
    Lella xx

  16. leah says:

    Oh, to visit Emily Chalmers’ store and Rob Ryan’s! I am so jealous… Australia is a long way away…

  17. Roseanna says:

    Dear Sania,
    This rose is unbelievably beautiful…like something you, would style!
    I am such a fan of your work and it inspires me to create.
    Thank you, for sharing your unique and beautiful perspective of life.
    A friend across the pond,

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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