How to mark the dawn of a new year and a new decade? We’re taking inspiration from Nina Plummer of Ingredients LDN in Edinburgh, and easing into 2020 with the simplest of breakfasts at a table set with beautiful basics. Her selections are a reminder that the objects we surround ourselves with can be not only timeless and long-lasting but quietly uplifting—and can change the course of our days.
Photography by Nina Plummer, courtesy of
Ingredients LDN. Above: What’s also uplifting is Nina and her husband Craig’s apartment—they live on the second floor of a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh’s New Town. Their flat is where Nina runs Ingredients LDN, her online emporium of soulful household designs. Most of their furnishings are vintage and were collected one by one: Nina swears by UK auction consortium The Saleroom and classified ads site Gumtree, Above: The table is set for “a calm morning when we have time to sit and share some fuss-free food,” she says. Everything is made of natural materials, starting with the Belgian Linen Tablecloth in ecru. Above: The Bowls and Side Plates with hand-carved fluting are by Judy Jackson whose studio is in Long Island City, NY. They’re paired with Duralex Picardie Glass Tumblers, an affordable Remodelista favorite for everything from water to wine. The lotus pod and other stems came from Nina’s local flower shop. (Bunches of dried lotus pods are inexpensive and easy to find online.) Above: On the menu: a fresh loaf of bread, jam, boiled eggs, and coffee. Above: “Handmade ceramics really dress a table, and simple, seasonal flowers bring the room to life,” says Nina. The Hand-Dyed Velvet Cushions are by Kirsten Hecktermann. The light is the Z11 in Blonde by Ay Illuminate. Above: “Like most people these days, we prefer to keep our table relaxed and simple,” Nina tells us, “but we use our linens daily—and toss them in the laundry. They’re real workhorses.” Nina studied psychology and is an advocate for the “slow approach to crafting a home.” Read her musings on the subject in the Ingredients LDN Journal and tour her apartment here.
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