Check out this new Fish and Chips print from designer Megan Price AKA Mr PS:

What could be more British than a ‘chip butty’ and a ‘batter’d sausage’?! Classy. I also like these fab new tongue twister tea towels with typewriter text…

Font-alicious! (groan) – Ellie

Day Birger goes global

April 29, 2010

Good news, trend-setters: As from August, you’ll be able to order home accessories straight from the Day Birger et Mikkelson website, so getting a slice of rather tasty Danish style will be easier than ever before.

Wanna see what Autumn/Winter has in store? Let’s get poetic. It IS Thursday, after all. Picture a bleak, wind-swept plain, if you will. Wintery, leafless branches twist and curl like arthritic fingers across the barren sky. Somewhere, in the distance, a wolf howls. The air is frosty – crisp and sharp as a knife. Think plush velvet accessories in moody blues, and a creaky old house full of magic and gothic glamour…

Oh dear. Clearly I’ve had a bit too much caffeine! I love the cameo artwork in these shots…

…I’ve got a real thing for old keys, so the silhouette of keys above caught my eye – but I’m not sure my paper-cutting skills are up to recreating it. This next idea, however, is much simpler! Take a nail. Take a key. Hang key on nail. Et voila:

I’m loving these pictures – so gothic, so wintery – with a bit of Alice-in-Wonderland-chic thrown in for good measure. Check out this beady-eyed little crow guarding his collection of gorgeous candlesticks:

This isn’t a brand new pic, but it’s too cool to leave out. I expect Sibella Court‘s a fan of this range:

Remember, if you plant a single cushion…

…blimey, this coffee’s strong. – Ellie

“The other chairs thought James was a bit of a loner.”

Oooh la la! The new June issue of Ideal Home is in the shops now, and it’s a cracker! Bunting fans will be especially chuffed to discover we’re giving away some gorgeous printed bunting with this issue, covered with pretty vintage-style floral patterns fresh from the pages of the lovely Reprodepot Pattern book: Flora.

It’s so easy to make – all you need is a ribbon and some staples or glue – and it looks great draped around the garden for a summer party. Stick it to your shed, tie it to trees and bushes, wrap it around your garden furniture – instant summer chic! Also, if you’re keen to get hold of the Reprodepot Pattern book: Flora and the joyous accompanying CD of high-resolution printable patterns for craft, we’re running a special offer in our June issue, which means you can get your sticky little mitts on the book for just £9.99 as opposed to £16.99 – you can’t say fairer than that. – Ellie

HOT SHOP: Clothkits

April 23, 2010

Haberdashery heaven…

Today, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Clothkits website…and found myself in a crafter’s paradise. Check out these lovely Liberty print bias bindings on wooden spools and these lovely buttons – I’m not sure where to put them yet, but those moustache ones are irresistible!

If you need ribbons, cotton threads or sewing kits, there’s a huge range on offer…

Ooooh – I like the tape measure ribbon! The black one would look gorgeous sewn across the edge of a crisp white tablecloth, or tied around presents in fuchsia pink tissue paper. Have a lovely weekend – the sun is shining here in London, so I’ll be giving my shed a second coat of paint (very inspired by the lovely sewing shed over on Tales of a Junkaholic recently but not sure mine will look as lovely what with our lawn mower and all…SIGH) – I’ll be back on Monday with some VERY pretty styling ideas, but now it’s time to hit Soho and sit in the sunshine! – Ellie

NEW Jme treats

April 22, 2010

A big ginger cat, a family of sugar mice and row upon row of gorgeous Jme storage jars. Is this not the loveliest larder shot you’ve ever seen? This is what I aspire to, food-storage wise. A distant dream…

Now, if I tried to recreate this kind of shot in my own home, it would be an epic fail. Previous attempts to ‘style’ my EBD cats (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) have not exactly gone according to plan. I love the way that on our Blog of the Week, My Friend’s House, the writer’s cat is simply referred to as ‘The Anti-Stylist’ – I think that sums it up purrfectly! But perhaps I could bribe them with sugar mice…

Love this tea towel shot with the bunny hanging out to dry. The DON’T FORGET TO EAT YOUR GREENS one looks fabulous framed as kitchen wall art. It makes me think of this lovely picture I ripped out of an issue of LivingEtc yonks ago, featuring a Keep Calm Gallery poster. Now, these are the kind of ‘greens’ I wouldn’t forget to eat…

I’ve made a few attempts to create a similar shelf display in my own home, but it’s always turned into a ‘temporary installation’ if you know what I mean. Basically, people tend to eat the props. Sigh. Anyway, back to the lovely Jme

This is a new gardener’s gift set which comes with a beautiful galvanised metal window box. I’ve been fantasising about having metal planters like this filled with white geraniums and white trailing lobelia – perhaps a project for this weekend if the sun keeps shining…

Today’s the day the teddy bears have their pic-nic…nice tablecloths!

Pretty scented Jme candles here…and beautiful vintage gardening books. Now, OBSERVE, if you will, the bottom left of this picture…the OBSERVER’S guide books. These are my current obsession and a post about these lovely little collectables will inevitably follow shortly! Right, time to finish Ideal Home‘s August shopping pages… – Ellie

Fantasy farm interiors

April 20, 2010

A Featherdown Farm stay is basically a stylist’s dream holiday. You get to camp out and play house in a cute rustic cabin with a REAL bed, in the middle of a pretty meadow.

Surrounded by nature, you can pop to the farmer for fresh eggs, veg, and milk – far more romantic than nipping to Tesco Metro – and you cook your meals on a traditional wood-burning stove. It’s the ultimate escape to the country, and a great way to unwind from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Leafing through the new Cabbages and Roses At Home With Country book, I spotted these beautiful Featherdown images shot in the Hampshire cabin, and just had to share them with you!

If you’re not based in the UK, don’t despair… Featherdown Farms are in Holland, Germany, France and now the USA, too.

The floral fabrics from Cabbages and Roses look right at home in this vintage-style interior. Oh, to be skipping across a field in the sunshine, gathering wild flowers to fill a vintage pail with today rather than sitting at a messy desk in a London office, sipping cold coffee. SIGH. – Ellie



April 19, 2010

They spend their days strutting around town in broad daylight, with a smug I-have-no-predators look on their sly little faces. They play havoc with your bin bags, terrorise your cat, and steal things. At night, they gather together to scream like banshees beneath your window so your sleep-addled brain jumps to alarming conclusions such as: A) There’s an axe murderer doing some murdering on the patio. B) Ghosts DO exist. C) Both of the above. Should I call the police?

It’s impossible to escape the little blighters this season though. Cashing in on the whole woodland trend, and enjoying their moment in the spotlight thanks to the Fantastic Mr Fox film, foxes are popping up all over the place. Visit Three Dog Party for the gorgeous letterpress buys above, then pop to Anthropologie for a foxy door knocker. You want more? For fox sake…

Check out this fox design from New House Textiles, which is printed on to trays, aprons and oilcloth fabric. Then head to Lush Designs for gorgeous foxy lampshades, tea towels, mugs and greeting cards…

Shop at Donna Wilson and Tree Fox for fox cushions of the knitted variety. Mmmmmm:

I know I’ve waffled on about Studio Nommo before, but I can’t get this ‘Foxy’ wallpaper by Ashley Alexander out of my mind. It might end up in my hallway at this rate! The porcelain fox badges (perfect for a cardi or a plain cushion) are from Alison Milner.

Let’s end this fox fest with a little look at the lovely fox clock from Sesame Letterpress

I’m looking forward to the Cabbages and Roses 10th birthday party tomorrow night (check back later for stunning shots from the new book At Home With Country), and we’re gearing up for Autumn/Winter press shows, too. Scary how time flies! – Ellie

Brissi beauty

April 16, 2010

LOVING these pretty pictures from our friends over at Brissi – show-casing their lovely new vases…

Ah, spring is in the air! – Ellie


April 15, 2010

Just spotted this homeware-themed wrapping paper by Emma Davis for Soul UK, which is stocked in Oliver Bonas. Clearly, despite promising myself I wouldn’t buy any more wrapping paper sheets to cover books, line drawers, put into boxes under the bed, I couldn’t resist these two little monkeys…

Vintage plates paper. DING DONG! And vintage teacups and teapots…yummy…

Difficult to convey with a sub-standard scanner, but the teaspoons are metallic. Which makes this paper even more PLEASING. – Ellie

HOT SHOP: Random Retail

April 14, 2010

I think I’m in heaven. Imagine if a clever textile designer mixed typography, with vintage TAT, with gorgeous screen-printing techniques to produce a collection of ultra-chic, unique home accessories. Well, Joy Jolliffe (mother of photographer Holly Jolliffe) has done just that with her stunning new Random Retail range…

What’s not to love? Quirky vintage adverts printed in fabulous font-age, shot with cute enamel storage jars above tongue and groove panelling. These are a few of my favourite things – all in one shot!

The official name of the collection is ‘Birdsongs and Wordsongs’, and I like the birdy buys in the range, too…

As well as cushions, there are some very cool tote bags, draw-string laundry bags and posters in the range – I’m a fan already!

Talking of tote bags and typography, I’ve also got my eye on a lovely intial tote bag from Alphabet Bags, (another triumph from the dynamic Keep Calm Gallery duo)…

Right, I’m off to paint a bird box with leftover F&B Vert de Terre exterior eggshell – don’t ask. Oh, you didn’t. – Ellie