I’m a bit late to the party on this one, as I wrote this post back in September but life got in the way and I didn’t get around to publishing it. That said, this trend is not going anywhere! Whether it’s panda pillows, budgie bedding, polar bear pottery or elephant…well everything, animals are HUGE in interiors. Here is my pick of some lush lovelies I’ve seen around and about….
With Spring in the air (yes and snow and sleet etc too) I thought these woodland kitchen accessories would bring a touch of whimsy to the kitchen….
Owl biscuit barrel £32, Owl storage jar, £35, Owl spaghetti jar £37…
How about your eggies in a birdy egg cup? (£12.95 a pair) – all Graham & Green.
There are loads of fox designs about at the mo, but Felix the Fox by designer Sarah Young is by far my favourite! This brilliant foxy cut-out-and-make cloth kit doubles as a tea towel – neato!
Available from Notonthehighstreet.com for £11.
The art of letter writing is somewhat on the wane in this modern computerised world, but oh, how I love to send a card, a letter or simply scribble down my thoughts. So to breathe new life into letter writing, why not buy some new stationery – you never know, you might get a letter back! The Spring bird card above is £5 from Papermash.
I love quirky things and this sausage dog notepad from Anthropologie made me titter! £10
What about a card that’s a box, that’s a cake box card type thing? Cool huh? £11.50 from Present and Correct.
Bring back the old school paperweight I say! This here pretty little one is from Papermash is £22.50.
If you want some cute vintage-inspired jewellery, look no further than Elsie Belle. I came across this little lovely at a craft fair last Christmas and meant to blog about it then, but never got around to it. From lockets to rings, I love the cute attention to detail, the delicate woodland-creature-adorned necklaces, a nod to the current obsession in interiors for animalia.
I have picked out a couple that caught my eye – and they are really well priced to boot! At the top is the Florence pendant – a 1950s Japanese pearlised porcelain cabochon mounted onto a raw brass floral locket. Fill with keepsakes or photos of your loved ones. £16.95
There’s nothing quite like a dollop of good ol’ fashioned Victoriana to get my eyes twinkling – and this wonderful little Etsy shop certainly does the trick for me. Let me introduce you to Mamas Little Babies – Santa Cruz based jewellery designer whose work is inspired by Victorian era images, particularly animals, gardening and textiles. If you are after something a little bit unusual to adorn your lapel/neck/ears/bag, then look no further.
The Polly brooch (above) really caught my eye – it’s a great price too at £12.99 as did the Soiree necklace (top image) – a very respectable £18.83 – but my favourite has to be the Victorian scissors brooch – just the right side of quirky and a snip (!) at £12.99. Free worldwide shipping too, donchaknow!
Just a quick post to flag up some really cute and unique gifts I have stumbled across whilst on my travels. If you are ever in Amsterdam and get the chance to visit Egg Merchantile on Lelie Straat, then you simply must drop in for a browse.
They sell some simply exquisite pieces of design, from trays and ceramic ornaments to wall hangings accessories. For example, how about some good old fashioned animalia? Check out these large serving trays from ibride (above) I particularly like the Crow Conquistador – very ornithological-theatrical – and guaranteed to be a talking point at your cocktail party.
And this set of 4 cast porcelain flying birdies below are handmade in Denmark by Trine Weng and Susan Liebe, otherwise known as the Casalinga team. They cost €55 and provide an interesting and modern take on the three flying ducks.
Or what about Élise Lefebvre’s “Wonderland” collection of woodland creature immortalised in porcelain? I love the little fox pendant but the birdies and piggies are super cute too (€65)
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of surprises, and the clever and creative Lola Goldstein’s sweet range of porcelin ‘creatures’ just makes me smile. I love, love, love the little nut fellow (below.)
Finally, I fallen for the charms of Lyndie Dourthe whose beautiful ‘Oiseaux’ brooches are inspired by the images taken from the 17th & 18th Century encyclopedia illustrations. The images are transferred onto coarse cotton canvas and then stuffed and stitched to within an inch of their little lives. They also have a little silver plated pin attached so you can wear them as a brooch and they come in their own painted boxes – exquisite – and only €26 each!
That’s your lot for now…happy shopping.
When it comes to wallpaper, ever find that you are bamboozled with choice yet nothing quite hits the mark? Hmmm?
Balk at the thought of another season of woodchip? Well, I am in the throes of redecorating my living room after a horrendous leak way back in January and it has got to the point now where I am sick to the back teeth of looking at the same old bland wallpapers for my feature walls. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, so to that end, I have decided to put together a list of the best places to find that perfect paper to give your walls back their zzzzzzzzing!
To begin at the beginning. There is a problem with the availability of good wallpapers of a reasonable price so to help; I have split this guide into three categories:
‘Low-price bargain-fanciers’’, the ‘Fair to middlers’ and ‘Wowser, I need to take out a loan’. Just skip down to the one that most describes your needs. Part two will cover the more expensive options…
The low-price bargain fanciers’ guide
B & Q. Very disappointing (I hate their website, it’s so un-user friendly) but they have lots of useful info for dummies who can’t paste a bit of paper onto a wall and confusingly, they give you a chart of symbols to help you decipher the symbols they created to help you understand the wallpaper – confused?
However, I managed to pick out one or two cheaper reproductions of the more expensive ones I have had my eye on and they do sell some British Design Talent prints as well as some Wayne Hemingway numbers. However, there are couple that are ticking the box, albeit in a rather weak soft pencily way that is barely visible (see below).
This statement Kristen Flock paper is lovely and comes in at £39.98 per role.
Basso and Brooke Soma wallpaper at £24.98 per roll is crazy and busy and might just do my head in, but I loves it (I am thinking I might go and get a sample and frame it for a funky piece of wall art!)
Contour Geo wallcovering (below) – I like this Mondrian-inspired number but it would need to be restricted to one feature wall.
This City Scape paper (below right) by is an absolute steal at just £16.98 a roll – totally cosmic and very on trend with the illustrative style – love it!
For retro meltdown, try this seventies inspired uber-cool paper in chocolate and orange (below) – if only it was scratch n’ sniff paper! Again a snip at £16.98 a roll.
Ok, so that was about it from B & Q but I’m pleased to report that thankfully the lovely people at Graham and Brown are trying to do something this shocking lack of tasteful papers about. If you are after a mid-level price paper, try these beauties for size…
The Fair to Middlers’ guide
If you want a bit of something different, the Frames wallpaper by Taylor and Wood is pretty funky. You can add your own pix and make it totally individual.
I have also discovered the fabulous designs of Erika Wakerly – such as this delish Waltzer print – I’m totally in love with monochrome geometrics at the mo – have a look at more of her designs at The Farnsworth Design Studio.
They stock all sorts of lovely papers but I have my peepers on Graham and Brown’s Eclectic Birdcages paper (£30 a roll)
Another lesser known darling of the wallpaper world is Susy Hoodless whose delicious spring collection has my mouth watering. Here is a selection of my own personal faves.
Ok, so to avoid an information overload, I will end here but get your wallets at the ready for part two – serious wall candy extravaganza awaits you!