Apologies for my lack of blog posts recently, I am up to my eyes doing the PR for The Bristol Design Festival at present but have stolen a moment from work after spotting this fabulous wallpaper created by Lene Toni Kjeld.
I am really into lace at the moment, I actually bought some lovely old lace doillies from a charity shop recently, for £1 – bargain! The craftsmanship is fabulous and there is something really grand about putting home-baked goods on a lovely lace doilly – I feel a baking session coming on just thinking about it!!!!
Image found here. This is a trend that is sneaking into interiors in more than one way – so if vintage is not your thing, you can make what is thought of as an old trend bang up to date – for example, Marcel Wanders’ lace table (above) is a thing of beauty and could hardly be accused of being ‘old fashioned’.
After a poke about on Flickr, I came across the quirky and truly unique style of Dottie Angel whose creative use of lace and other vintage ecoutrements make for some beautiful images. Here are a few of the lacey lovelies she has in her photostream:
Who said tablecloths were for tables?
I also really love the use of lace and crochet on her aprons and detailing on this cute wall hanging (above). If you get a chance, check out her excellent blog here. Very inspiring!
A definite addition to my lust list – just found this beautiful ‘Claret’ brooch and I simply must have it! £45 from Radichi – a great little online shop selling all kinds of whimiscal bits and bobs .
Ok, so I know i’m not a kid, but the rather swish ‘mobile home’ for children they sell on their site is so ace – I’m sure it will inspire a generation of ‘grand designers’ for a decrepid Kevin McCloud to pester! Still, I rather fancy one myself, with eight well-proportioned rooms and even an attic to store up all your brick-a-brack, at least in this market you can get a property at a snip – only £15 – how cool!
I have always loved the beautiful Japanese art of origami and can just about make a waterlilly out of a napkin, but recently I have come across some creative and stunning examples of unusual paper-folding and thought I would share…
The image above (found here) is simple yet eye-catching and saves buying fresh cut flowers! I plan to have a bash at these myself this weekend as I curl up in front of Eurovision, one of my many guilty pleasures.
What about this image (above) found on Flickr for a different approach to wall art…courtesy of Capo Luiz’s photostream.
Finally this exquisite hydranger by Eric Madrigal – I am going to have a go at one of these too – having spotted that Habitat is doing a range of lovely origami flowers, for a tenner, I too want to have some in my house!
Image found here
Ok, so to the untrained eye these bags look really cute and kitsch and pretty, and yes, anything that is stopping people using plastic bags is a good thing, but I was really disheartened to hear that Cath Kidston had been ensnared by Tesco to design these bags. Hot off the tails of Anya Hindmarch’s “I am not a plastic bag” for Sainsbury’s, CK has fallen into the old mass marketing trap. Alright, so perhaps as a money-raking business decision it’s a savvy one, but when it comes to integrity, Cath Kidston, purveyor of all things chitzy and responsible for single-handedly making kitsch, dare I say, a bit chavvy (I know, it makes me cry too) has sold out.
I know that people get up in arms about this – and yes I do like her fabrics, but what I protest to is the obscene diversification that her brand has undergone. You may have read a previous rant on this topic before but a recent weekend trip to Bath cruelly ripped open the barely- healed wound.
My sister is a fan of the incredibly over-priced hand cream (I roll my eyes and wonder why oh why can’t she buy some delicious L’Occitane or some good old Body Shop hand butter or even ‘old faithful’ aka Nivea?) and insisted we went into the shop: cue instant migraine. I balked at the price of her products – even the cheapy wooden doorstops you can buy in a hardware shop for 30p cost £2.50 plus VAT all because they have been slapped with a bit of paint that I daresay will chip off and the mere slamming of a door. But to add insult to injury, she is now selling old bits of tat that look to the world as though they were pulled from a junk shop as Cath Kidston goodies – I suppose I have to get her points for bare cheek!
My point, dear readers, is this. Clearly ethics and integrity play second fiddle to the pursuit of money and while Cath Kidston and her marketing people are rolling about in filthy lucre, I remain disappointed by the obvious sell-out – Kidston doesn’t need to increase awareness of her brand, it’s already saturated the highstreet, middle england, and is now taking up residence in chavs-ville.
I just spotted this super-cute egg cup over on The Secret Shopping blog and want one. It’s called Sir Randolf and is part of a collection by Camila Prada. I will be heading over to the Clifton Arcade in Bristol to grab one of these (only £9 from Soma.) It will make a welcome edition to my breakfast table and imagine how cute Sir Randolf will look nestled amongst some toast soldiers!
Image found here
Righto, been out of the loop for a wee while thanks to being rather ill so apologies to my regulars, however, I have been busy creating some lovely bits and bobs for the VintageVerity line of products that will be up for grabs at some point this year – so keep your eyes peeled! To ease myself back into the daily blog, I had a wonder around some of my old haunts and was pleasantly surprised by my finds – in particular with Cloudberry Living which, in my opinion, has had a bit of a much-needed revamp and now has some stunning new editions outlined below…
First up is this gorgeous bike basket which comes in black and green and at a very reasonable £69.90 by Design House Stockholm. I think it is top and would rather fancy cycling about Bristol with this fancy pants basket on my wheels.
Next up is the lovely matryoshka teatowel at the top of this post that I spotted on Not On The HightStreet.com – only £8 and if like me you think of such things as art, then you too can frame it (I did this with the ace Ferm Living bird in a cage tea towel in a recent post!
As a fan of the old scandi design, my magpie eye quickly spotted this lovely and unique bread board by ISAK (£22) which would look splendid in my kitchen – there are lots of other pretty designs by the same company – well worth a look.
Now these aren’t just pretty flowers, these are quirky pot rests by Verso Design and they are made of felt so you can save your worktops and keep up the style factor at the same time – £7.50 each.
I totally have a penchant for monochrome and love bold prints, so I have been drooling over the latest edition on the Pedlars website – this gorgeous and striking oilcloth – it comes in stag or rabbit – fabulous! Sizes include 150cm, 200cm, 250cm, 300cm, 350cm (l) x 150cm and prices range from £32 – £72.
So there you have it – lots more on these sites, totally worth a browse! Happy shopping…