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String me up and colour me pink! I just have to get me these quirky party banners! Forget the old bunting, text banners are where it’s at. Inject a little Joie de Vivre into your get together – or, like, simply hang them in the kitchen to remind yourself to smile over the dishes. Available from PaperMash for £10!


This rash of hot weather has put me in the mood for the great outdoors. So to help you all feel the spring time vibes, here are a few nice little finds from around and about…

First up, check out this great little site. Idyll Home . There is a lot of amazing stuff here, be warned, but I have picked out a few things that made me smile…

This super swish indoor outdoor plastic mat would look rather good in my little courtyard garden – it comes in a few colours, but I like the purple: £27.

Next another purple pretty: this kitchen storage box makes me want to spring clean my cupboards! £12.

Bring the springtime bloom into your bedroom with this stunning ‘Fluttering light’ curtain  – but have a look at the other curtains in this range from Anthropologie…breathtaking!

Happy shopping and enjoy the sun (while it lasts!)


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!


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 🙂


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


nude magazine

Occasionally you come across one of those magazine that makes you drool, visually speaking, and for me the wonderful Nude Magzine does just that! The London-based mag covers counter-culture in all it’s craziness, from art and shopping to fashion and news. I think it’s great!


elsie riley shoot

Rhea orange dress

Here are a few sneaky pix from last weekend’s photoshoot at Elsie Riley. We sweltered in the heat down in the basement and I feared the make-up I’d so carefully applied was going to melt off, but the models, Katrina and Rhea were just brilliant, helped of course by the excellent photographer of Elena Goodrum. I hope you enjoy them!

rhea close up

Above: Rhea models some vintage-inspired work wear…

Katrina work wear

Above: Katrina channels the spirit of  Audrey Hepburn…

rhea and katrina

Above: One of my favourite images from the shoot.


 

Z bag

 

Perhaps it’s because I am a writer by trade, but I have always loved letters and I’m a complete typography nerd so this post is dedicated to the humble letter. First up is the cool “Alphabet bag” – made of 100% cotton and, at a tenner a pop, they are are simple and cool – perfect for nipping to the veg shop or carrying your swimming things in!

 

emily peacock kiss

If you haven’t yet come across her, Emily Peacock is doing wonderful things for the revival of tapestry. No longer the domain of medieval castles or grandma’s carpet bag, these circus-inspired tapestry cushions rock – mothballs not included. Also you have to DIY so it kind of becomes an heirloom – genius!

bookend bracelett

I spotted these bookspine bracletts on Etsy – they are the handiwork of the very talented Leah Makin whose passion for ‘papers, persnickety punctuation and discarded library books’ make for some really creative items in her Etsy shop.

 

book braceletts 

 

While I was pouncing about on Etsy, as is customary for a Friday afternoon, I found these lovely laser-cut lovelies by Isette – she does a whole range of letters and words in lots of different colours. I love the delicate curls of the ampersand, which I rarely get to use as house-style at work doesn’t like the pretty little symbol 😦 so instead, I can wear one – they are a bargain at $24 plus P & P.

ampersand necklace

Ok so it’s not typography, but I think Isette’s cute glasses ring (below) would style up any hand ($9 USD)

spectacles ring

 Finally one more Etsy find for you – this time from the wonderful imagination of Vintage Inspiration – it’s a really cute antique typewritter key set in a novely button – how sweet! Again it’s  a snip at $10 USD.

letter K


 

lace wallpaper

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.

 

rose-moerk-stor

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!!!!

marcel wanders lace table

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:

family room

Who said tablecloths were for tables?

dotty angel sitting room

 

dotty angel 2

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!

dotty angel apron


origami

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.

origami post it flower

 

I adore this origami flower made of post-its created by Abbey Lanes – simple but so pretty. If you fancy having a go, here is the tutorial.

 

origami on flickr

What about this image (above) found on Flickr for a different approach to wall art…courtesy of Capo Luiz’s photostream.

 

origami dollar tee

While Vaguely Artist’s photostream includes this dear little dollar origami tee-shirt! There is even a link to the website that shows you how to make them!

 

hydranger

 

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!

Happy weekend!