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

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PLEASING paper

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

Finally. Those people lucky enough to reside outside the M25 can now shop at the quirkiest, coolest homeware shop America’s ever produced, AKA Anthropologie, online.

‘This is all very lovely, but where’s the stationery?’ she wailed…

…erm, there isn’t any. Yet. Hopefully the stock will grow, but for now the European site has a lot less choice than the US one, which is a bit disappointing. Probably just as well though – not sure I can afford much more Anthropologie temptation! – Ellie

…make a gin and tonic!

I love this print from Dear Colleen on Etsy – and I’m becoming more and more obsessed with bulldog clips on nails! I might include a little clips area on my bedroom wall for an ever-changing display of prints, postcards and photos. Anyway, weirdly, life did give me lemons recently – literally. For some unknown reason (well, they were on ‘two-for-one’ apparently) the other half presented me with 12 lemons the other day, so I decided to consult Delia and make some lemon curd.

It was the easiest thing I’ve ever made…give it a go! You need the juice and zest of four lemons, four eggs, 350g golden caster sugar, 225g unsalted butter, and one dessert spoonful of cornflour. See the method on Deliaonline.com. Not particularly healthy (not at ALL healthy, actually) but very, very tasty! – Ellie
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Easter treats

April 4, 2010

Put down that chocolate egg, and feast your eyes on this instead…

If you spray some branches white to create an ‘Easter tree’, you can re-use them at Christmas for a contemporary bauble display.

If you want a cheap and stylish Easter centrepiece, fill a ceramic bowl with different kinds of eggs – you can buy duck eggs, hen eggs, goose eggs, quail eggs etc from Waitrose (or markets!) and they look gorgeous with a few feathers. If you live in the country, you can probably find these feathers yourself. If you’re a city gal like me, head to HobbyCraft for pretty feathers by the bag! Unless you want a pigeon-theme…that’s much easier…

Just before I go and eat my body-weight in mini eggs, have you seen the little plastic sweetie bags that Lakeland is now stocking? Perfect for little homemade treats, or decanting shop-bought goodies in to before passing them off as your own! – Ellie