So it’s been a while since I posted (long story) so why not kick off a new one with some colour? I adore rainbow anything so I’ve been looking around for a myriad of rainbow accessories an’ ting, and lookee what I found…
There you have it. A small but colourful selection of things to brighten your day!
I know we’re not meant to like bugs, and I’ll be the first to swipe at a wasp after my sandwiches at a picnic, but these insect-inspired designs by UK based Warbeck & Cox are the bee’s knees! I stumbled across them while browsing the excellent Poppytalk monthly online street market. The Grasshopper cushion above costs £40.
How about offering your dinner guests these beetle napkins. £20 for a set of four. They don’t just go mad for bugs, either. I rather fancy this Key mug (£10) and the fab irons teatowel (£8.50)!
Who said domesticity had to be boring??
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!
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 🙂
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!
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
I admit it, they may be darn easy to knock up in a matter of hours (or minutes if you are a real dab hand with the sewing machine) but I am truly a sucker for a nice cushion. They actually excite me – sad isn’t it! Ienter a store and find myself making a bee-line for the wall of cushions, waiting for my magpie eye to pick out the one that makes me gasp and say, “Oooo! I love it!” simply to look at the price tag, gulp, break out into a sweat and pronounce, “Bah! I could make that myself!”
Still, I never seem to get round to it. So yesterday, during a customary trip to Habitat to pick up the latest catalogue and buy a few knick-knacks, I was bowled over by a beautiful cushion that actually, I couldn’t make myself…and I bought it! It was £35 – hand painted silk. So pretty! It’s no longer on the Habitat website so will try and get a photo of it up here soon. In the meantime, I have trawled the net in search of comfy, quirky cushions for your viewing pleasure. One day I will own them all and I will live in a house surrounded by my cushions safe in the knowledge that I will never again stub my toe…enjoy…
First cushion (top image) I didn’t find on the highstreet, no sir. Not on the High Street stocks some beautiful and unique cushions (and lots of naff ones too). This little lovely is by Clare Nicolson and costs £40 but it is made from vintage silk and is totally original.
Horses are quite fashionable at the moment, I’ll have you know, and I’ve taken rather a fancy to this little fellow. The Lakota cushion by Candy Mill is fab, simple and striking – £22.50.
Now if you are a fan of the new Tim Burton film: Alice in Wonderland then bag yourself one of these Alice-inspired cushions from London Kills Me. I found them on Rocket St George – 100% silk and an affordable £19. The London Kills Me logo is on the back.
Another RSG find is this quirky ‘Letsby Avenue’ cushion. See what they did there??? Hand-screen printed with a distressed look, these cotton cushions are desgined by Rebecca Oldfield and cost £49.95.
Ok, one more…this beautiful ‘love tattoo’ cushion is a real find and very popular – currently out of stock on Rocket SG but you can email them to order it in. £49.99 and worth every penny in my view!
Now, go forth and get comfortable!
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!
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!