Credit Crunch lingo

March 31, 2009

The new Heals spring/summer brochure landed on my desk last week with the word ‘Chiconomics’ proudly splashed across it, while ‘Recessionista’ (a frugal fashion follower who scouts around for bargains to save money but still manages to dress fabulously) was word of the week recently on the Macmillan Dictionary website. If you want to be cool, you need to get down with the Credit Crunch kids, tap into the zeitgeist and learn the lingo.

picture-13Over the past few months, as economies have collapsed and banks have gone bust, new Credit-Crunch-related words have been popping up all over the media in TV programmes, press releases and newspapers. This new recession slang heralds the beginning of a global thrift trend; it’s no longer cool to spend big bucks – which is just as well, as most of us are feeling the pinch and counting our pennies.

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Last month, American paper The Financial Post declared: ‘Ostentatious consumption – even for the well-off – is beginning to appear gauche’. So, it’s official – it’s cool to be frugal. I’m finally fashionable! This year, instead of complaining that I can’t afford to go abroad, and moaning about camping in Wales (again), I’ll be showing off at dinner parties (remember: staying in is the new going out) and telling everybody I’m taking an über-cool ‘Staycation’ in the UK instead – it’s all the rage for a Recessionista Frugalista like myself who’s embracing Chiconomics, darling. – Ellie

For more on ‘Chiconomics’, buy the June issue of Ideal Home magazine 🙂

 

 

Time for a bath

March 30, 2009

Okay so I’m still obsessing about clocks, but isn’t this Vanity Watch Waste from Murano House just so superfluous, ultra cool and such fun?

At the end of last year the company brought out their Murano Scolpisce il Tappo range of Venetian Jewelled Wastes including this Vanity Watch Waste (shown), from £250, and Basin Waste, from £85. But now Murano House has just teamed up with Swarovski, who are providing the crystals in the watch designs. I’m not quite sure why you’d want a clock in your basin – apart from the fact that it looks great and you can tell all your friends about it when they come for dinner. ;>

And yes, of course it’s waterproof. It’s also had Swiss pressure testing so it’ll withstand high impact!

For gorgeous bathroom inspiration click hereEmily

New rugs from John Lewis

March 30, 2009

Check out these gorgeous rugs from the new John Lewis rugs collection.

Harlequin Eloni Rug, Pink, W170 x L240cm, £525

Harlequin Eloni Rug, Pink, W170 x L240cm, £525

Harlequin Inspire Rug, Black, H240 x W170cm, £595

Harlequin Inspire Rug, Black, H240 x W170cm, £595

Sanderson Etchings and Roses Rugs, Citron, W120 x L180cm, £318

Sanderson Etchings and Roses Rugs, Citron, W120 x L180cm, £318

 There are so many beautiful designs, it’s hard to choose a favourite, but the yellow Sanderson Etchings and Roses one would look fabulous in my living room! – Ellie

 

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This cool Bookshelf Clock, £19.99, from The Contemporary Home (www.tch.net) has just caught my eye. I’m struggling to stay awake this Monday morning after that precious hour was so sneakily swiped from under my (snoring) nose on Saturday night, so I also might buy this sign to adorn my desk:

Hand pulled screen print, £29.99, The Contemporary Home

Hand pulled screen print, £29.99, The Contemporary Home

Fun and stylish signs are everywhere at the moment and are a great way of creating a focal point on an empty wall – check out the latest issue of Ideal Home for more accessory trends to complement your home Emily  

I’m loving my new bargain alphabet stamps set, which was just £4.40 from Oliver Bonas. Emily and I now have our blogging motto displayed next to our desks in a gorgeous retro font! – Ellie

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Today I’m drooling over the new digital wallpapers from Queen of Vintage, Cath Kidston. Originally developed to decorate the walls of the pretty Cath Kidston shops, so many customers (including myself!) asked if they could buy these lovely wallpapers that Cath has now made 10 designs available online.

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Woodstock Rose wallpaper, Cath Kidston

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Suffolk Rose wallpaper, Cath Kidston

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Little Bird wallpaper, Cath Kidston

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Big Smoke wallpaper, Cath Kidston

They cost £150 per roll, so I’ll just do a feature wall – perhaps the ‘Big Smoke’ London pattern in a kitchen alcove? – Ellie

Are you a pinkaholic?

March 27, 2009

Do you love anything pink? If so, then the new website www.pink4fun.com is for you. It’s a shopping directory for all things rosy in fashion and homes, which you can buy online if you click through the site to the manufacturer’s website. Here are a few of our favourites:

 Jamie Dream Ottoman, Graham and Green

Jamie Dream Ottoman, Graham and Green

 

 Pink Mother Of Pearl Inlay Chest Of Drawers, Graham and Green

Pink Mother Of Pearl Inlay Chest Of Drawers, Graham and Green

 

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Pink 15" LCD Digital TV with Freeview, Toys R Us

 

Dark pink Egyptian cotton towels, Debenhams

Dark pink Egyptian cotton towels, Debenhams

 

Travel tags, Aspinals of London

Travel tags, Aspinals of London

 

Smeg fridge freezer, Next

Smeg fridge freezer, Next

If this is all a bit too much pink (!) then click on the Ideal Home website for style and gift inspiration in every colour – Emily 

This Sunday marks the beginning of British summer time, so don’t forget to put your clocks forward! If you can’t afford an expensive designer clock, have a look at this gorgeous idea from Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom of The Curiosity Shoppe, published on the American Design*Sponge website.

clock3It’s a cheap IKEA Rusch clock, which costs just £1.26! They spray-painted the frame and used a sheet of pretty vintage paper to line the inside. So simple yet so sweet, I love it – but Emily’s not so keen! Tell us what you think? I’ll be making my own version this weekend. – Ellie

…and counting. We’re all a bit fragrant happy here in the Ideal Home office as we’ve just sampled the new scents from the limited edition Kohdo Wood collection for Jo Malone, which launches on 1st April. There’s a scent for day – Lotus Blossom & Water Lily – designed to be uplifting and invigorating, which includes cologne in two sizes, shower gel and a home candle:

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Lotus Blossom & Water Lily

…and a scent for the evening  – Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – which is designed to be soothing and sensual. It comes in cologne in two sizes, as a bathing soak and (hooray) another home candle:

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Dark Amber & Ginger Lily

We’re not sure if we prefer the madarin and amber notes of the day scent or the cardamom and orchid notes of the evening scent – so we just might have to buy both! – Emily

The latest cooker hood design from Britannia looks like it’s just floated down from space – the sleek, curvacious style of the new Omaggio cooker hood has a modern stainless steel and black glass finish, teamed with inset LED spots. It might be a bit too modern for some kitchen designs, but if you’re planning your kitchen from scratch, it’s definitely a worthwhile consideration. britannia-glossy-room-set-p61

Added features include a quick release dishwasher-proof grease filter and alerts that tell you when to clean the grease filters and replace the charcoal filters. Alerts? Is it me or does it sound more and more like a Star Wars character?! omaggio-cooker-hood-1As open-plan kitchens become the norm in many homes, a cooker hood that looks good, but that’s also silent and efficiently extracts cooking fumes is a necessity. Although it doesn’t come cheap, at £1,399 for the 90cm width, the Omaggio promises to do all this. For more kitchen inspiration, click hereEmily