NEW: H&M UK home range

July 12, 2010

Get ready for some serious shopping, people – H&M is launching a homeware collection in the UK – finally! Available online from September, this brand new range oozes designer-style, at teeny weeny high street prices. This. Makes. Me. Very. VERY. Excited. Observe:

We’ve lapped up H&M‘s on-trend-but-affordable fashion for years; on a personal note, I’ve been a big fan of the lint rollers (by the tills) for a decade at least. I probably need to get out more. When H&M homeware launched last year – in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands – basically, everywhere but here – it was an instant hit. The UK is more than ready for trend-led homewares, and I predict this new collection is going to be HUGE. Check out the place mats, napkins, cushions, and tea towels – this French-style look is oh-so-chic! I am LOVING the butterfly paper napkins, the Chanel ‘No.36’ cushion, the ‘Please put the milk bottles out’ tea towel – basically, everything here. And, to give you a rough idea of prices – we’re talking £4.99 for a hand towel, £24.99 for a duvet set and £69.99 for a bed spread. Pretty darn reasonable.

Bed linen with typewriters, Anglepoise lamps AND birds on it? So many trends in one place! Love it!

Oooh la la! There are some fabulous boudoir shower curtains here, and some stunning floral prints on towels and table runners. I really like the rich, midnight blue and teal rose pattern above – it reminds me of a vintage dress I have. What’s that? You’ve been searching for space-age, silver bed linen with a foil-like look for years? Coming right up…(I imagine Lady GaGa has this at home…to match her leotard):

Visit the H&M website in September to see the rest of this quirky collection. Three cheers for the hipsters at H&M. Hip Hip… – Ellie

Advertisements

Guest post at Etsy

July 9, 2010

I’m over at Etsy today, picking out coral buys for home and craft. It was so difficult to choose my favourite buys from such a fabulous range of vintage and handmade products. You can read the article here, if you’re in a coral-kinda-mood! – Ellie


Thanks to Henrietta at Cox and Cox for sending me these lovely new autumn/winter pics – you’ll have to wait until September to order these treats, but let’s have a little look at some of the stunning new stock…

I love these mercury glass number votives – they’re going to be £14 for three. And check out these cute motif tealights which will have a £15 price tag for three…

If you’re having a wedding, you’ll love these gorgeous monogrammed cards and funky favour badges…

Ooooooh, I’ve got a real THING for mercury glass at the moment. The more I look at the top image, the more I like it! – Ellie

Yes. I know. It’s true. No, really. I wouldn’t lie about this. It would be CRUEL. Lisa Stickley has indeed designed a range of stationery and it’ll be in Selfridges and at Lisa Stickley London this autumn.

Having just ordered 100 Penguin postcards (possibly to frame, possibly to send, possibly to hoard in my pointless-yet-continually-expanding chest full of stationery), I don’t strictly speaking NEED this range, too. But we’ll see. (Translation: I will be buying it anyway because I am WEAK.) – Ellie


Rob Ryan’s Christmas

July 8, 2010

At the John Lewis Christmas press show yesterday, I bumped into (literally!) the bearded romantic paper-cutter hero, AKA Mister Rob Ryan. For some reason, I came over all star-struck and giggly – and waffled on for an eternity about how ‘wonderful’ his work is, how I admire him, how I’d love to see his scissors (I really said that) and how I would also like to plait his beard and lick his shoes (I didn’t really say that bit. I hope…)

ANYWAY He was there to launch a brand new high street collection of accessories, so I whipped out the trusty iPhone and took a few snaps. But sadly, they weren’t exactly top quality pics. As you can see.

Still, I’ve whacked them up nonetheless – feel free to ignore and focus instead on the gorgeous high-res pics the lovely PRs at Grylls and Reade gave me:

Check out the vase! The flask! The notebooks! The mugs! It’s all too much. How cool would it look if you shot the vase with a girl and boy filling it with flowers and recreated the image ON the vase? Or perhaps too much caffeine again. Hmmm. – Ellie

We’ve had a manic day of Christmas press shows, so I’m feeling tired but – very inspired! We had so much fun and saw loads of lovely new designs and ideas for our Christmas issue, which we’re starting to write now. I particularly liked these pretty new heart-shaped plates from The White Company – so gorgeous! I’ll have some more Christmas gossip tomorrow, so pop in. – Ellie


I’ve just got back from interviewing the lovely Clarissa Hulse over in East London– you’ll have to buy our gorgeous November issue (out in October) to hear all her gossip and see her stunning new collections. But for now, check out these snaps Clarissa kindly let me take of her studio. It’s a riot of colour – there were pretty patterns everywhere, and I left feeling very inspired!

 

I loved the vintage pieces that Clarissa re-upholsters in her fabulous fabrics and, weirdly, I really liked the splashes of paint and pattern remnants on her huge work table – beautiful!

Clarissa’s got a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline, so don’t miss our November issue later this autumn. Here’s a clue though – Clarissa with two John Lewis sales assistants wearing rather fetching ties…  – Ellie