NEW Isak wallpaper

August 31, 2010

Are you embracing the current fad for all things geometric? Do you find yourself ogling the Louvre Pyramid? Got a bit of a ‘thing’ for triangles? Clutching a protractor? If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above, have we found some wallpaper for YOU. Designer Sandra Isaksson has just released two stunning new designs: Nova Mist and Nova Dawn.

I’ve been a fan of Isak‘s Penguin papers and fun trays for a while – have a peep at the Isak website if you haven’t already! According to the ‘ABOUT’ page, “all Isak products are part hand made by trolls”. Another good reason to shop there, surely. – Ellie

When the new John Lewis autumn/winter look book came out, I fell in love at first sight with the stunning ‘Alegra’ patchwork bedspread. Then I saw this liddle beauty in the flesh at the John Lewis press show and, in the words of Wayne Campbell of Wayne’s World fame (apologies if you’re too old/young/cool to pick up on these crass early 90s references), I whispered: “It will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine.”

It’s so beautiful – and it’s a very reasonable £60, which seems extremely good value for a double (200cm x 220cm) size bedspread. I’d mix it with souk-style accessories for a full-on colour fest. Keep your eyes peeled – it’s due in-store and online this autumn. – Ellie

Sulpher, so good

August 26, 2010

Sulpher is a chemical element with the atomic number 16. It’s an abundant multivalent non-metal, and it smells like rotten eggs. It also happens to be the key colour in the HOTTEST combo for autumn/winter 2010: sulpher yellow, charcoal grey and dirty teal…as illustrated PERFECTLY by the new Ferm Living collection:

I love all the geometric prints around this season – and did you spot those ceramic chemistry flask bottles? SIGH. Science-chic. It was my least favourite subject (on a par with Maths, natch) at school, yet now I am obsessed with the equipment. Oh, the irony. If only the acne-troubled me of the past had had the sense to put some beakers aside for future styling purposes, instead of spending the entire time trying to sneak in to Marylin’s night club.

Sulpher, charcoal and teal is all very lovely, but you don’t have to stick to the three big cheeses – mix things up with a bit of brown here and there, a splash of pale baby pink and some pale aqua blue…this is SUCH a flexible and, quite frankly, lickable palette!

These colours look so good with retro furniture. Loving the chunky knitted log baskets / bowls below, too. – Ellie

Plumo worship

August 25, 2010

It’s raining. It’s chilly. The leaves are falling. I’ve been in denial, but let’s face it: summer is well and truly over in the UK. It’s not all bad news, though. The new autumn/winter collections are popping up online left, right and centre. Today, the new Plumo range went live…and it’s an absolute stonker:

I love the cheeky little owl pot holders and I’m lusting after that Danish bedside table, too!

Whoever had the GENIUS idea of putting a giant reel of butcher’s twine inside a glass cloche bell jar deserves a Trend Merging Medal. They’ve basically combined two of my favourite things to create something so completely unnecessary but absolutely gorgeous at the same time – and for reasons I can’t quite fathom, I LOVE it! – Ellie

Ooh, we do like a nice tea towel here at HomeShoppingSpy, as no doubt you’ve noticed by now. When I saw these lovely new designs from Charlotte Farmer on the New House Textiles site, I practically fell off my chair. Just when I think I’ve got all the tea towels I’ll need for my important-ongoing-and-possibly-never-to-be-completed-turning-tea-towels-into-cushion-covers-project (so far, I have a Lisa Stickley one, a Warbeck and Cox one and a Thornback and Peel one…) along comes another little gem for me to obsess over, Gollum-style. These are all lovely, but the spoons design is my preciousssssss:

I also really like the biscuit bags Charlotte makes (also stocked at  New House Textiles) – have a peep:

If you like these tea towels, check out some of our previous tea towel posts. This one‘s a cracker. Oh, how we chuckled when we wrote this one. But, if you don’t look at this one, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll regret it forever. – Ellie

Pretty wall art

August 20, 2010

I just stumbled across some pretty hand-cut initial greeting cards from Hertfordshire-based ‘gemma with a g‘ –  they’d look so pretty framed and hung as wall art.

Once I checked out her full range, I couldn’t choose a favourite! – Ellie

When Bold & Noble released the British Isles Type Map print last year (in delicate duck egg blue and sexy slate grey), there were whoops of joy in the Ideal Home office. Three of us placed an order the very same day – and my slate grey map (propped up on the mantelpiece in a Habitat Bacall frame) makes me so happy! If you liked the UK map, you’ll love this: Bold & Noble has introduced a few new designs; typographical maps of Australia and New Zealand went online today and maps of London and America are due to appear shortly…

Beware, friends. A few ‘strangely-similar’ prints (of France and Italy) have appeared on another website recently, but I’ve checked and they’re not produced by Bold & Noble – (and the fonts on them aren’t nearly so nice either, in my opinion!) Here’s a sneaky peek at the America and London maps which are about to be released. I bet the London one is massively popular here! Can’t wait to get my hands on one. Find out more on the Bold & Noble blog– Ellie