It’s been aaaages! But I’m back. The kids are older, the nights marginally less sleepless and with so many beautiful things to coo over, I thought it was high time to blog. So dust me down, here are my top picks for March:
Add some spring style to the table with this rather sweet painted glass vase – perfect for tulips and daffs – it really cheers up the kitchen table! Only £7 from Berry Red.
Easter is a mere month away so my head is already being filled with eggy chocolatey goodness and ideas for the kiddlies’ egg hunt – aren’t these egg holders divine? These Beatrix Potter Easter Egg Paper Containers come in 2 sizes and 3 different designs. What’s not to love?
These flowery paper straws will add a vintage touch to your drinks and beat the boring old plastic versions hands-down! £4 for 25.
How’s about some handmade paper flowers? I spotted these over on Etsy. They just make me feel good. You get 8 in a pack. She does all kind of colours – just so pretty! Blossom Pink Handmade Spiral Paper Flowers by Crazy2becrazy, £2.27 .
Lastly, I really want to make one of these: felt bunny pouches created by MerMag – check out her oh-so-brilliant blog Mer Mag where you can download the template too. What a simple but sweet idea for Eater gifts!
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.
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!
Ahhh a breath of fresh air and a ray of sunshine, both desperately needed at the moment amid this dreary February weather – even my birthday was awash with snow and drizzle 😦 So in order to perk oneself up on such a day, I opt to shop and why not inject a splash of sunny colour into our homes.
I came across this Panton lamp which I find both bold and beautiful – ok so it’s a tad on the pricy side at £760 but it comes in some delicious colours and would certainly brighten up my living room!
How pretty are these retro flasks? Don’t they just make you hanker for spring time picnics? Wet grass and daffodils, lemonade and ploughman’s lunches? Good old Rose and Grey – £17.50 a piece.
Make your table sing like a songbird by dressing it with this sun-drenched felt yellow table protector from Notonthehighstreet.com. It costs £72 and is designed by Michelle Mason. I loves it!
Another lovely from the very same talented lady is this juicy Seville cushion. I can see it perched on a Lloyd Loom chair with the sunlight spilling in over it (God, I really need spring to hurry up!)
I hope these inspire you to feel better about the miserable weather!
I have been busy seeking out some sumptuous treats for your delectation this Spring and have found some truly exquisite pieces for the taking (and some that will be appearing soon on a wall / cupboard / sideboard in my home!)
First off, let’s say we need some new threads. The winter cardies and trousers, tights and scarves were great for the nippy weather, but not now the sun is shining, the birds are singing – that means a whole new wardrobe!
Over on Plumo there are some really stunning dresses, below are a few that have tickled my fancy.
I love this yellow vintage tea dress, it’s all cornfields and sunshine and costs £159 from Plumo (it is made of lovely silk georgette, mind.) Or this pretty folk dress below for £139.
I’m really liking this folksy vibe that is hot at the moment, it’s the ultimate femine look and makes me feel like sipping home-made lemonade in the garden. For a cute accessory, I rather fancy this Bali bag – what a fab shade of green! It too is not the cheapest in the world but I would fork out the £59 for it in a heartbeat!
Finally, from Plumo, I adore this little leather purse (£25) I think I had something similar which I purchased from the caravan site shop on holiday in Wales many moons ago. Ah the nostalgia!
Over at Toast, I am really loving the uber blue shoes they have such as this soft nappa sandal and this strappy azure blue beaded thong sandal – both £89. Like wearing the sky on your feet!
So to the home front. Old reliable Graham and Green have got a great 20% off voucher code running at the moment and I’m tempted to splurge on a few things I have had my eye on for some time such as this lovely branch vase below which cost between £37 and £42.
Or these beautiful angel wing mirrors as seen in Living Etc – they are really unique and totally worth the £189 G & G are asking.
So to redress the balance, here are some lovely new fabrics, fresh in for spring courtesy of Sew Mamma Sew. I have selected a few of my favourites:
At the beginning of the post is one from a new collection by Urban chicks as is the sample below.
I also adore this Perfect Pattern Tea print by my old fave, Alexander Henry or what about getting graphic with some monotone prints like these below which come as a fat quart – great for craft projects.
If you fancy getting your hands on some of these little beauties, get over to Sew Mamma Sew and type in the code: INLIKEALION at the check-out for a 10% discount – every little helps!
Maps are p-r-e-t-t-y handy things to have about one’s person, particularly when in an unknown region but what’s even better is that they are fashionable now. Yup, maps are big in interiors, fashion and general fabulous design-type offerings. Perhaps it is something to do with our globalisation obsession, or that travelling is cool, or maybe it’s because people like others to think they are well travelled, and nothing say that more than a big old map on your wall. It’s the stuff of dreams: plotting your sejourns across the globe, imagining what life is like in these strange, foreign lands…
Anyway, I digress. To illustrate this little micro-trend, as I am calling it, I have found some places to source some of the best travel-inspired objects, from fashion to jewellery.
First up is the map bowl above, which can be sourced from Not On The highstreet . Made by Bombus, each one is orginal – and start from around £65. In fact Bombus does lots of map-inspired goodies like the love heart art which sells for £25 – totally unique!
Or how about this rather lovely pair of earrings I spotted on Etsy. They are made with recycled silver and snippets of old dictionary text and vintage maps. Created by ‘Foundling’ there are lots of other unusual jewellery offerings available too.
I love this map badge too and the best thing is you can choose your own home town and get it made up! Nothing like a bit of patrotism eh?
So you get the idea…
However, this rather charmless jacket might be taking the trend j-u-s-t a little tooooooo far…but don’t let that put you off!
Well, who would have thought it? Crocheting is back in again.
I have long been a secret crochet fancier and when I was a poor student, my home was swathed in macramé and crochet style plant pot holders purchased for a few pence from the myriad of charity shops I frequented.
However as time moved on so did my tastes. I will even go as far as to say that I felt the whole crochet lark was, ahem, a little passé. How wrong I was! This wonderful arty craft is back with a vengeance. I have noticed it cropping up in the wonderfully styled photographs in a plethora of interiors mags and I am truly delighted.
Much of the mainstream popularity of crocheting has been thanks to Erika Knight who kicked off the revival with her books – which are beautifully produced and full of inspiration.
However, there is also a huge – and I mean HUGE – crochet community on the web. Here are just some of my favourite crochet -inspired bits and bobs, including a few tutorials to get you started if you are new to all this.
This funky monkey is from Niche Stores – they do a good rang of cute and quirky products that not everyone will have found – a real treat!
These cushions are a work in practice from a very creative young lady who goes under the name of Moline – check out her amazing designs at Etsy
And if you are after inspiration to create your own crochet clothing, it isn’t all shapeless cardies and beenie hats, Knitboy’s creations stick two fingers up to crochet’s fusty reputation – likewise, Alessandra Hayden’s beautiful bag below is testament to how tasteful a little touch of crochet here and there can be – visit her profile for the full measure of her talent…
In fact the more I started researching, the more I found. Goodness me!
So here are the pick of the bunch for tutorials and inspiration – all that’s left is to get those fingers crocheting!
Spring is sprung (well practically) and I have been looking about for some inspiration that is on trend for the season but also fantastically feminine and floral. Fortunately, as the title of this post suggests, bows, blooms and butterflies are all HUGE in the world of fashion and interiors this season. If you fancy jazzing up your spring wardrobe with something that is a key piece for Spring, then you can’t go far wrong pinning on a huge corsage – while there are lots dotted about in the high street shops, I have found some good sources – check out VVRouleaux for luxe ribbons and flowers – ok so you may pay a bit more but it will totally be worth it. They also have these pretty boxes of butterflies – another hot fave this season.
Another prettiness you can’t fail to notice are our feathered friends who are appearing on everything from dresses to wallpaper. Dutch by Design have captured the essence with these beautiful bird Salt and Pepper holders designed by Chris Koens and if that wasn’t enough beautiful bird cup set by Bud Design are just too cute.
While Ohs and Bows (see top image) are a great source of ribbons and corsages but as a US company, you will have to pay shipping.
My advice is to take advantage of this feminine frivoity before sludgy greys and neon brights take over again. Why not nip out with your camera and snap your own inspiring images, after all nature is the originator of most things in fashion and interiors.