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


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