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Ye Gads! Are you ready for a style and colour overload? I am aghast with the loveliness I have stumbled upon today whilst researching for a feature for Craftseller magazine. I write the best buys pages and was looking for summer essentials for crafters when I spotted Marie Perkin’s City Centre fabric – Oh how pretty! *see image above.

Further prodding about revealed Print and Pattern blog’s latest post on Brighton-based Sukie’s bloomin lovely postcard designs (below). As I am currently doing up the nursery for baby number two (due in August!) I think this would make a splendid addition!

Oh go on, one more….this foxy treat is by another home-grown talent called Scion – they are fabric desginers and I really like this little fellow!

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Oooo I love, love, love these quirky cushions. Aptly named The Marionette Collection, they are by Scandi design whizzes, Ferm Living. Reminiscient of 1950s American children’s books these cute characters – particularly Mr Fox, should totally be adorning the comfy chair in our lounge. Cushions for kids? Pff! £30 a pop – spotted these ones at the wonderful Lollipop Shoppe.


I have been promising for ages to blog about some of the super-cute products for babies and children with a design slant for those mummies who prefer a bit of edge rather than the schmaltzy stuff that is on the highstreet. So first up is an excellent site I subscribe to called Project Nursery – it’s great for getting inspiration for your own little one’s rooms and I often find a new online boutique to check out.  The stunning nursery below was created by one of the PN members – now that’s how to do pink!

Another great site that has caught my magpie eye recently is ModGenes Designs – and Etsy store – this talented lady creates customisable prints for your little tinkers – there are some really funky designs.

The images above are totally my cup of tea, but if I was choosing one for my little Elsie Valentina, it would be these beauties…

ModGenes Designs are all fully customisable and cost around a tenner a print. Created by Lori, an art therapist who works primarily with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the company is based in the States but will ship over to the UK. I reckon it makes a change from all the pink fluff you usually get! Happy browsing!


Well apologies again for my lapse in postings – having a baby really does take up your time 😉

Elsie Valentina came into the world on August 23 at 12.58pm weighing 8lb 13 and is a real little beauty. I have since been obsessed with cute baby clothes and will post on this shortly, but for now, here are a few things I have spotted recently inbetween burping, feeding and nappy-changing…

H&M has now got a funky home range and while they don’t do a massive load of stuff, i really like what they do – I have already snappped up the cushion and table runner and am in the process of customising these gorgeous bags as Christmas presents for my sisters…

First up: Sel de Mer cushion – £7.99 (image above)

Or how about these linen bags – only £6.99

I have also bought the table runner – I’m really loving the old English rustic vibe. This is only £12.99 too.

While on the hunt for Christmas goodies (I know, I know, it’s early but when you have to be creative with your pennies, it’s worth shopping shrewdly!) I have fallen in love with this beautiful little paper store called Papermash. I have ordered the lace tape from there and also the bird stamp and typewriter tape. So cute – my present wrapping is going to be the bomb!

Lace tape – £5.95

Bird stamp – £12

Here’s one for the kids – how cute is this tooth fairy kit? When Elsie is old enough, she’s having one!

I’ll be back soon with more lusious finds for Christmas…


I just bought a set of these white Matryoshka measuring cups for £9.99 at Bristol’s coolest gift-shop-type -emporium ‘Iota’ – it doesn’t have a website, but does have a Facebook page. Now I can bake my cakes in style! But while I was browsing for an online supplier, I came across Fred & Friends – a rather quirky little shop that stocks unsual and humorous products to make your home look good and put a smile on your chops.

I particularly like the ‘Foot in the door’ door stop (frustratingly prices are not listed next to the product – i believe you have to purchase through their outlets including Amazon and Fredflare.com) but well worth a browse.

I also found some other Matryoshka measuring cups in technicolour, but for quite a bit more (£28) at Antropologie:

I am totally in love with their bedding section too…have a look (if you dare!) Also in their sale section, they have this exquisite tea set, plucked from the very depths of the ocean! Feel like a mermaid while having a brew…only £7!

One last Matryoshka inspired bit of loveliness: How about this bunting? Cute eh? It costs £22 and can be found in Hunky Dory Home.

And their beautiful cushion too…(£22) Now that’s enough 🙂


I love  the Zsa Zsa the Cat & Kitten cushions made by Charlene Mullen – found them on Roost Living. They are 100% wool and Zsa-Zsa even has a little magnet in her to stop her losing her kitten – sweet! They cost £55.00. Or for £45 you can get the Fifi or Sissy Cat Cushions. I love the simplicity – and Roost Living is a great find. Just ordered the catalogue so I can browse at my leisure…


Harvest Wallpaper

My apologies, dear readers, for the length of my absence in the past months, exacerbated by the fact that I am going to be a mummy! Yes, tiredness has overtaken me and my blog has suffered. But, fear not! I am back and with some lovely inspiration to get your summer interior taste buds tingling.

My eagle-eyed sister, Shiv, found this fab website and I am most likely going to be choosing the super cute birdie wallpaper for the nursey…anyway, check it out!

Penguin Green Wallpaper

The website says: “A neutral and comforting Wasabi Green and White Penguin wallpaper. The paper used is sourced from sustainable forestry and made in the UK. The surface can be wiped clean when hung. Hang as standard wallpaper, instructions included. Price is per roll. Size: each roll is 52cm wide and 10m long.” A bargain at £30.00.

There is plenty more to love on there to browse so head over to Isak.co.uk