A week in Provence…. First stop: Marseille


Eurostar now operates a direct line from Kings Cross St Pancras straight through to Marseille.  A very easy and enjoyable way to travel and the train takes you right into the heart of Marseille.



Casa Ortega is conveniently located right next to the station and the car hire  offices.  The building was previously the home of a famous castanet player Juan Ortega who rose in popularity in the 1940s-60s.  The property maintains many of the original features and the rooms have been stylishly decorated in a modern 60’s style.  The owner, Caroline, is incredibly helpful and welcoming and full of advice and ideas on what to visit in Marseille.


Casa Honore is another fantastic hotel more centrally located. The rooms overlook the stunning courtyard and pool and there is an excellent homewares shop attached to the hotel.



Located on the lively square of Cours Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves, Bistrot L’Horloge and La Cantine serve remarkably good French and international food.  L’Horloge is a perfect spot of a lunch with the locals whilst La Cantine has a wonderful atmosphere in the evening.



Set in the market streets of Marseille, this charming hardware and homewares department store Maison Empereur is an essential visit for anyone with a passion for interiors.



Pillo Post 1

So here we are, blog post number 1 from Pillo!

First things first, let me introduce Pillo..

Pillo is an online shop offering a range of carefully selected and distinctive homewares and soft furnishings made from vintage textiles.

At Pillo, we believe that antique textiles add a unique and unrivalled richness and texture to a room.  We strive to offer striking and eye-catching antiques and soft furnishing that can bring a touch of distinction into your home.

To source Pillo products, we scour markets looking for textiles and antiques that have beauty, purity of design and authenticity, pieces imbued with artistry and craftsmanship from the past.

We convert the antique textiles into soft furnishings, cutting each piece of cloth by hand. All of the items are sewn in London and are unique limited editions.