Unexpected Inspiration

We recently visiting the new Westgate shopping centre in Oxford and I have to say, they’ve done an amazing job. From a 1970’s style carpark, that quite frankly had the ever present whiff of pee, to a modern and vibrant shopping and eating type place in just a couple of years is really impressive.

Oxford has been lacking in decent shopping, so when I heard they were getting a John Lewis, I admit to some feelings of excitement. I’m not sure what it is about a John Lewis store, but I just love them.

We didn’t go expecting to get ideas for our house project, but I found it quite inspiring! Maybe it’s just that I’m noticing the details more, as the house design is always spinning around my head somewhere.

The new centre and all the shops and restaurants are just so trendy – I couldn’t help take a few photos (I probably looked like a right weirdo taking photos inside the shops!)… I’ll probably take some more next time we visit, as there were plenty of places still to open (particularity excited to have a new modern cinema 🙂 ).

A nice little seating area tucked away in John Lewis.
Interesting tiling and lighting in Next. The tiling could go well with our cube themed house!
Definitely a Scandi theme going on in John Lewis - this the roof top restaurant
Funky lighting in Kupp (sorry for taking Hannah by surprise!)
Can't remember the store, but I like the combination of concrete and plywood on these shelving units
Copper ceiling panels in The Alchemist bar
I doubt we could afford them, but the bar stools in The Alchemist were pretty cool
The Alchemist also does a nice coffee and...
...cooked breakfast
A very neat table and bench in John Lewis - I like the idea of dining benches which can be neatly tucked away when not in use
I think the days of leather sofas are behind us, but I do like this funky looking one in JL
This style of lighting seems to be very trendy at the moment - not quite sure whether it will work for us yet, but I do like the bulbs - make me think of a old science lab
This sort of thing could fit in better with the softer look that we're after, hanging in the double height space over the dining table

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