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!
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!
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.
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.
Ok so it’s not typography, but I think Isette’s cute glasses ring (below) would style up any hand ($9 USD)
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.
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 night of festive fun and frolics were had on December 20th at the Bristol Design Festival fundraiser held at Renato’s Bar on King Street, Bristol. We made an incredible £600 in the evening and had lots of fun to boot. A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported the evening. Here are a selection of photos from the night.
Our beautiful burlesque dancers, Dolly and Lena Mae got pulses racing with a daring display.
Just some of the fab prizes that were up for grabs – from unique street art, to beautiful jewellery and clothing.
Someone wins a Trunky!
Festival organiser, Duncan and compere, Jamie running the loudest and most frantic auction ever!
Music was courtesy of fabulous east European jazz fusion band, Fuzia who got everyone’s feet tapping…
The lovely Lena Mae got pulses racing with her sailor-themed burlesque dancing…
While Dolly dazzled in fifties kitsch…
We have lots more fun things planned for both the event and other fundraisers so keep watching!
Photos taken by Heidi Gough and Hess
One for my Lust List…
This rather fab piece of ceramic wall art can be purchased from In My Room – a cool little shop that can be found in trusty, old North Laine, Brighton. It costs £75 but be warned, there is a waiting list! I am already dropping big fat hints to my other half as my birthday is only in February (10th, if you are interested!)
I think it’s going to be as popular as the “For, like ever” poster from Village…you heard it here first!
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.
My oh my, what a terrible blogger I have been! Work duties have seen me taken away from my cosy Bristol bubble and spat me out into the corporate world, fortunately for me, that was New York and it was divine! It was a particularly pertinent time to be voyaging to the States as I arrived the day after Obama was elected president and the atmosphere was electric. However, I confess, my mind was on less trivial things, such as shopping! From make-up at Macy’s to trawling the boutiques in the East Village, I loved every moment of my downtime and shall definitely be returning soon.
I picked up a copy of Nylon there, a really cool magazine that I haven’t come across here and it is fab! Really edgy and eccentric, quite British actually – it reminds me of The Face which incidentally, has a great Flickr group showcasing the old covers. Nylon has a great blog which is definitely worth checking out…
In the meantime, it’s that time of year when I make my annual shopping pilgrimage to Amsterdam (hurrah!) and can’t wait to check out what the city has to offer.
I have already planned with military precision the places to visit, mainly in the Jordaan area of the city in fact, the image below was taken from one of the thrift shops in that district which has so many quirky boutiques selling everything from clothing to homeware – great for presents too.
And, if anyone is visiting that way, check out our sister blog Secret Shopping which lists some of the cool shops to head to – and if you know of any others, be sure to let us know!
I shall be back with more regular posts after getting this mammoth week of work out of the way (I always use alliteration when I am stressed) with some great new finds to help out with those Christmas lists!
Image found here
Ah, just look at the sun blazing in the blue sky, and the leaves crunching underfoot. I truly love autumn. As such I have found a few little treats to prolong the fuzzy feelings of warmth and contentedness – and how better than with a cup of tea and piece of cake…
One of my favourite textile designers is Maija Louekari who creates patterns for Marimeko – I have an ongoing love affair with graphic monochrome prints so I just had to put this new black and white Hetkia latte mug into the mix. It can be purchased here.
And if you like your crockery simple but stylish, you can’t go far wrong with Polly George’s new set of designs. I love her Bow range but she also does butterflies and flowers too…
Now I have to mention cake – well food – and if you are seeking some inspiration, you should definitely check out The Barefoot Kitchen Witch blog (the recipes are divine!) I have also come across the “Baked” cookbook which is on Amazon for around £8.50 – I have already ordered mine and can’t wait – the choclolate brownies are to die for, so I hear.
And what about the humble toffee apple? Another great autumn treat that makes me want to wrap up warm and go strolling through the park! Easy to make, hard to forget and totally worth indulging in!
And being as it is nearly Halloween, I rather like this horror plate from ceramic designer Superpanda.
That concludes my tea and cake treats – now get baking!
…and silver and gold and jewels. Yup my new love is jewellery in all its forms – old, new, borrowed and any…um…colour I fancy.Image found here
There is no end to the plethora of fabulous jewellery makers out there – of course, what you choose is very much down to personal choice, however, here are some of my faves…
Emma Ferguson has totally nailed her own individual style – like the ‘I Heart Tea’ pendants and her lovely metallic leather feather necklace (another of my new acquisitions).
You may recall a few weeks ago I was rattling on about Untamed Menagerie – a mother and daughter team based in the US who create exquisite designs using acrylic. I recently purchased the divine “Whatever Lola Wants” necklace and have gone back for more… excellent price, excellent customer service and unique jewellery – what more could a fashionable, yet budget conscious gal want?
Another fab find is Bonbi Forest – full of heavenly creations . They stock all sorts from tee-shirts to graf-illustration, but I have taken a particular liking to this ‘Little Shard’ necklace which is a very reasonable £28 and the extra lovely ‘Secret Garden’ piece by Lee May Foster which is a snip at £18. It hits this season’s nature and bird trend in one fowl (haha) swoop!
Ok, are you ready for Buddug? If you haven’t ever come across this site, then take a deep breath because I guarantee not only will you favourite, Digg or Stumble It, but you will find it impossible to resist wanting practically everything on it! You can’t actually buy direct from the site, but there is a comprehensive list of stockists and they are spread across the globe…
I know a hair band isn’t strictly jewellery, (hey, it an accessory) but I adore this birdie version – now even nest hair can look cute! I also love the bird pin (I have a bit of a bird fetish, you might notice) and look at this beautiful flower brooch too. Nature-inspired accoutrements never looked so good!
Go forth and shop!
Mod Cloth has a good range of vintage inspired and genuine pieces. I have selected this lovely frilly dress and shoes as the two that jump out at me…
Pinks Daily Planner is another cool vintage find. Again, not all authentic pieces but a good range of original one-offs and rather beautifully designed garments. Here are a couple i rather fancy (though a little on the pricey side!)
This looks like it’s straight off Tretchikoff’s Green Lady! Fab!
Navy and polka dots? Brilliant – and a snip – $23
Try 1918 Vintage for 70s and 80s gear like this cute Dolly ruffle shirt and seahorse pendant that doubles up as a comb – nifty!
If you haven’t come across I heart Cheeky Chops and you are a die-hard (ahem) 80s lover, then you really should check it out. It’s got hand picked vintage attire and is super cheap. Perhaps not really to my taste as I was a child of the 80s and would rather forget that era, personally, but if you are in to it, get over there and knock yourself out!
(I do, however, love this silver belt and it’s only a tenner!)
For beautiful vintage jewellery – check out This Charming Girl. Really good price and totally original designs – get there quick because it is becoming well known (boo to the masses!)
Super cute jewels can be found at Poison Apple NY including this “I love horses” pendant.
And over on Etsy, Vintage Bureau has these lovely red pearl set for sale – they will set off any outfit a treat.
While Immaculate Heart Vintage has some shoes to die for! And a good price at $20 and $22 respectively.
That concludes my vintage online shopping extravaganza (for now)
Have a good weekend, y’all x
I have been looking for a striking piece of art for my newly plastered wall, and have been getting a bit frustrated by the lack of available resources. I don’t want no arty schmarty mass produced tat, I already have some great photos and paintings about the house. Oh, no. I want something UNIQUE!
But the first problem is as soon as some new artist is mentioned in a magazine or blog even, then the cost of their work shoots way out of my budget.
So it got me thinking…
I want some funky wall art, right? So why not go down the illustrator and graphic designer route? They usually sell screen prints direct from their own websites and stuggling artists always want some business. So I started my trawl and lo and behold have found some AMAZING, thought provoking and imaginative work. In fact, I have opened the proverbial can of worms as there is so much out there.
My best tip? Use the links on each artists blogs – they usually have loads and you would never otherwise find them. Genius.
Image by Alex Cherry
First up is my new favourite arty designy type is Beata Szczecinska, a Polish design graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. She goes under the name of City Abyss and her beautiful creations are heavily influenced by fashion, graphic arts, photography and design and take inspiration from city scapes and the modern city environment. I particularly love the Beauty, Rig and Melody prints and at €30 a pop (£23) plus postage and packaging which is around €7. Not bad for limited edition original works by an up and coming artist!
For quirky prints, lots of colour and a fashion edge, check out My Dead Pony, a Belgian graphic illustrator. I really want to get one of his posters – they cost around €30. Here is a taster of MDP’s work!
Similarly Claire McMahon is another one to watch – I love this piece of hers (below) though there is nowhere to buy prints on the site and she uses an agent but you can contact her through Debut Art. She has worked on the POS for Bourjois make-up so this lady is clearly going places!
Images from Debut Art.
VHM Alex – better known as Alex Cherry, has a great grungy, street stencil style that I really like. Without a frame its $23.99 (£13.50)
Elzo – a Belgian graphic designer based in Brussels has also got a staggeringly original style – I really love this Expo Pazimobile poster – a bargain at € 13.
Erin Petson is another one to watch – have a look at her lovely site here
J3 Concepts style totally captures everyhing I like in an image – his monochrome prints can be bought for under a tenner! Wow, unique art was never so cheap! If you want a wrapped canvas that starts at around £36 for a small one.
Of course these are just the style of art I personally like. Check out Deviant Art and Red Bubble where lots of new artists, designers and illustrators are uploading their work to sell. Happy hunting!