A free London mag has a particularly fabulous cover today, designed by paper-cutting romantic chappy, ‘Mister’ Rob Ryan. If you’re in the south east, grab a copy, cut off the cover and frame it for some instant wall art! – Ellie


A plea to RE

June 24, 2010

Oh RE. Naughty RE. You just keep on tempting me with your RE-found objects, and your RE-ally lovely vintage bits and RE-cycled bobs. It’s always the same. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, and I’m RE-ady to RE-tire, you ping me a tasty little email and TEASE me with your latest REeeee-diculously nice collection: little milk bottles, butterfly plates (liddle beeet Lou Rota), chandelier crystals (who knew? but I need one) and, your final trick – crochet hangers. Which. You. Know. I. Can’t. RE-sist. Sigh.

But I forgive you your sins, RE. Because it’s not you – it’s me. And these new products are SO RE-freshing! What wouldn’t I give to be at this garden party right now, elderflower champagne in hand…

These little milk bottles look SO lovely with tea lights and single blooms – this is a fab styling idea for a wedding!

Mmmm, loving these vintage-style candle holders…

…and, of course, these hangers. Particularly pleasing in a tREe. – Ellie

NEW knitted vases

June 24, 2010

It’s sunny outside, Wimbledon is underway here in London and the sky is blue – but here at Ideal Home towers, we’re already in the depths of our November issue and starting to plan Christmas! These cute, cosy knitted vases from Ferm Living (they’ll be stocked at 95% Danish too this autumn) are getting me in a wintery mood…

These pics have just given me an idea. An idea which involves a pair of scissors and a knackered old jumper I own… – Ellie

Got an IKEA sofa? Are the new loose-linen shabby-chic Bemz covers we recently featured not really floating your boat? If colour is more your bag, check out these brand new and extremely FUNKY Bemz covers for IKEA models in Designers Guild (Barcelona collection) fabrics:

Good old Bemz. Much cheaper than buying a real designer sofa! – Ellie

We’re huge fans of Laurie Robertson’s Anorak. And I don’t mean her plastic mac. Although if Anorak DID do anoraks, I’m pretty sure they’d be awesome. If you want to see a fabulous double-page-spread on the lovely Anorak, you’ll have to pick up our August issue when it’s out. If you still think I’m waffling on about cagoules, you need to check out their website. NOW. For everybody else, feast your eyes on these fantastic storage trunks, available from September:

The smaller one is called the ‘Tuck’ box, and is 51cm x 33cm x 28cm. It’s the perfect size for a term’s worth of tuck, chums, and it’ll be £125. The larger one is called the ‘Steamer’ and is a whopping 91cm x 51cm x 36cm – big enough to store a load of blankets, a hundred anoraks, or a very small pair of kissing stags. I’d use the big trunk as a coffee table to store books, magazines, remote controls and my boyfriend, in fact, until the World Cup is over, so I can watch important, serious programmes such as Eastenders on the Sony Bravia instead of having to listen to a million droning vuvuzelas night after night after night, mwah ha haaa. – Ellie

NEW Ella Doran design

June 16, 2010

Snap-happy designer Ella Doran (featured in our gorgeous July issue, out now!) has teamed up with Barcelona-based artist Kavell Rafferty, to create ‘POR TABLE’ – a range of vinyl-inspired placemats and coasters featuring vintage portable record-players and ‘lost and found formica’ (whatever THAT is)!

A great gift for the wannabe-DJ in your life, or perfect for an all-things-retro-addict!

Embrace vinyl style! Just get a few bowls made of old vinyl records to complete the look from Eco Emporia, then hang some framed records on the wall from The Contemporary Home – or make your own from charity shop finds – and your new look is complete! – Ellie

NEW Orla Kiely book

June 15, 2010

Orla Kiely is publishing a book with Conran Octopus, called Pattern

You can watch a video of pattern-addict Orla talking about her new book here. From the sneaky peek I’ve had, it looks as though it’s packed full of lovely images of her own beautiful home as well as several spreads of tasty handbags. Hurrah! It’s going to be £25, and due out this September. – Ellie


NEW Louise Body fabrics

June 11, 2010

Good old Louise Body. Not content with making some of the prettiest wallpapers around (I featured the Garden Birds design in my BIRDY trend feature in the May issue of Ideal Home, and you can see the Harry’s Garden paper in action, looking lovely, in the hallway of Patchwork Harmony blogger Caroline), she’s now making fabrics, too. You’ll find a few fabrics on her website already, but a little birdy tells me that this September she’s going to release a whole new collection at Decorex, inspired by her ‘Plant Life‘ digital wall panels….

Louise’s inspiration is often drawn from her childhood memories – the lengths of lace given to her by her maternal grandmother were incorporated into Marney’s Lace, while the ferns and wildflowers pressed by her paternal grandmother inspired Autumn Woods and Flower Press. Louise says her new collection stems from a beautiful Victorian greenhouse in the grounds of a shabby-chic house where she spent many holidays as a child, while the palette is reminiscent of the colours found in retro 1960s interiors magazines she inherited.

I can’t wait to see the full collection in the autumn – cushion-makers, go forth and celebrate this great day! – Ellie

This year kicked off with a massive film-related Alice in Wonderland trend, which, as we all know,  involved a lot of teacups, playing cards, bunny rabbits and a general obsession with scale. This summer, GIGANTIC accessories are still HUGE (ha ha) as this brand new collection from Lego (available from Store this August) proves…

Check out the hilarious storage head (reminds me of that freaky Little Joseph candle holder…!) – perfect for storing – well, Lego bricks I suppose. Or pasta?! Or marbles, if you’ve lost them…

A large box will be £23, and a smaller one will be £14 – the head will set you back £17. The best thing is, all the boxes including the head have real Lego clip-together knobbly bits (this sounds slightly dodge but you know what I mean and the correct terminology is eluding me!!) so you can build away merrily, pretending you’re Arrietty. HOW cool. Is. That. – Ellie


HOT SHOP: Camp Cirrus

June 8, 2010

New Swedish shop, Camp Cirrus, has launched a collection of fab graphic print accessories – think Anorak meets Marimekko

I particularly like the house design – cute on a tray. And, of course, I’ve fallen in love with the little vintage coral rabbit cup in the styled shot above – ‘stylist’s own’ – that old chestnut. – Ellie