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I LOVE letters and typography and all that jazz  – I think my penchant for the humble letter comes from never ever ever getting any gift with my name on when I was a child (Veritys can n’er be found on keyrings, pencil cases, badges, you name it (badum bum) they just don’t do Veritys!) Thankfully, now there are so many unique web shops out there selling all manner of letter-inspired stuff, I can find something to satisfy the addiction, so here is my pick:

Alphabet Bags (see main image) does what it says on the tin, good price and eye-catching…they cost around £9 and I reckon they look rather swish.

Kikki K – Aussie shop that sells exquisite stationary – like this set of alphabet stamps which costs AUD$ 24.95 and this super cute apple stamp (ok it’s not a letter but i can’t resist!) which is a tasty AUD $8.95.

 

Over on Etsy there is a whole feast of typographical treats to tantalise the design tastebuds – I love the witty designs of Alexandra Ferguson – check out her shop

Cushions are pricy at around US$90 but man, oh man, they are on my wish list!

 

One more…another Etsy find, these cute applique letter purses by Chirp and Bloom would look pretty in my handbag carrying my old bus tickets and loose change no doubt! They cost around £15 each.

 

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I am a real fan of typography, and have blogged about this in the past, but I just wanted to share with you a couple of great finds – thanks to my all-time fave design magazine, Livingetc. for the heads up on these…

I actually bought the teatowel at the top of this post the other day – it’s from Tate Online and costs £8.50. It’s going into a frame and will take a space up on my orange wall of interest.

What about this! Another superb example of typog in action – this little beaut costs £75 unframed from Keep Calm Gallery. Pricey but worth it! I really like this one too – sums it all up in one sentence – and a great sentiment to hang on the kitchen wall too! A bit cheaper at £16 unframed – again from Keep Calm Gallery.


 

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


Posh graffiti          Posh Grafitti              Posh Graffiti

Ok, so I am a writer by trade, but heavens above, I am LOVING the new typographical textiles and interiors inspired by the written word and the quirky anime-style illustrations to be found imprinted across furniture and wallpaper.

 

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 This is not a new concept and many textile designers use words and doodles to inject a dose of cartoonish creativity into their designs. But there is a new focus on fresh and quirky art such as this fab wallpaper from Graham and Brown, called Scape.While Cole and Son’s range by Italian designer Alberto Fornasetti  is so beautiful and unique.

Scape - Graham and Brown     fornesetti-mediterranea.jpg

 

Emily Readett Bayley has become well known for her ‘posh graffiti’ and with the likes of Banksy commanding millions for his quirky and somewhat political statements, this rough and ready, spray painted look is set to be hot in the world of interiors this year (though if you are like me, your home is already stuffed to bursting with little adages, quirky illustrations and celebrations of writing).

In the latest issue of livingetc, they have showcased a number of wonderful illustrative items inspired by arty doodlings.

 

Another designer to catch my eye is the oh so fabulous Deborah Bowness. She creates these wonderul photo real prints on fabric and wallpaper – which will make a stylish addition to any home. I am currently coveting the book images for my office – I can but dream…

Debroah Bowness