TESCO DIRECT: SS12 PREVIEW

January 8, 2012

Now then, I thought you might like to know, Tesco Direct are introducing some rather covetable homewares next season. Available from February onwards, here’s a little preview of their best pieces (in my humble opinion) and I have to admit, at first glance I thought this mid-century-esque sideboard was a ‘stylist’s own’ situation, but oh no…

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Retro Oak veneered sideboard, £229; Cream barrel vase, £5.

..it’s theirs! I love the handles and at only £229 it gives Ercol a run for their money. Perhaps less about quality craftsmanship but a great ‘get the look for less’ option! Elsewhere, you’ll find cute ceramic tea light holders in the form of rather podgy, but friendly owls. I do appreciate the rustic shelving and apple green bakers twine too…

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F&F Home ceramic owl tealight holder, £6 each.

Other home accessories include these gorgeously glossy picture frames in teal and plummy shades, statement ikat cushions, bottle vases and chunky woven throws…

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From top: 5x7cm gloss frames, £7 each; teal ikat cushion, £10; bottle vase, £4; teal check throw, £15.

And if you’re looking for something a little fresh and more Spring-like this armchair in a citrus retro print is quite the number. It’s looks very at home on the white wooden floorboards with natural linen blinds…

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Exeter Accent chair, £250.

But, I’ve got my eye on this stunning silver anglepoise style lamp for only £18!

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And if you’re a fan of  Dutch clock brand, Karlsson, and looking to add a pop of colour you’ll also find the multi spider clock in their range. BOOM!

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This is supermarket-chic at it’s best. Looking for more decorating ideas and stylish buys but feeling the post-Christmas pinch? The new February issue of Ideal Home is packed full of budget ideas for the home so make sure you bag yourself a copy. Out now! – Alice

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We have a winner!

July 29, 2010

Congratulations to Kristin Saegaert from Life Stories Books, whose name was just plucked from a hat – she’s the lucky winner of our stunning silver Anglepoise lamp from John Lewis. Thanks so much to everyone who entered.

Oooh, don’t you just love this pic from Country Homes and Interiors? Obviously the Anglepoise is lovely – but I love this group of old jars! Got a bit of a thing for James Keiller & Sons Dundee Marmalade pots at the moment. Boyfriend says we don’t need any more ‘tat’. I beg to differ. – Ellie

NEW tasty tomato from HEALS

January 14, 2010

Not much time for blogging today, folks – so I’m just going to give you a little taster of the new Heals spring/summer collection. Tomato and tangerine should never be seen…or should they?

OK, gotta dash but, very quickly…things to note: lots and lots of rich tomato red – LOVE it. Elegant shapes. Polished concrete = amazing. Orange + red – weirdly this nightmare combo works well here! Sanderson dandelion clocks wallpaper in orange and charcoal = mmm tasty. Dark grey wall and skirting boards = ditto. Red Anglepoise lamp, I need you in my life. Over and out, chaps! – Ellie

RIDICULOUSLY beautiful rooms

January 12, 2010

Mmmm, I’m veritably salivating over these stunning new pics, from our friends at Fun on the Floor. Not only do they prove that even though dark-stained or white-painted floorboards are LE NORM these days, crazy coloured carpets can still be cool…they also confirm for me that painting your skirting boards the same dark blue-grey shade as your walls looks AMAZING if you’re brave enough to do it. But tragically, I’m still plucking up the courage to get rid of my white eggshell woodwork!

Now, don’t you just love it when your trend fore-casting is backed up by some good, hard, solid evidence the following season? Lisa and I were high-fiving when we saw these pics and clocked: an owl; a glass bell jar; an Anglepoise lamp; horses; antlers; Union Jack flags; and even Alice in Wonderland accessories (you’ll have to buy our April issue in March for this one!)

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and check these out…so many lovely ideas:

This is still my favourite colour combo – dark grey walls with hot Bollywood fuchsia pink and rich mustard yellow – grrrrr, baby, yeah! And the pink bike is DIVINE.

I thought I was over the whole Deborah Bowness books wallpaper thing. But this room looks fab with a whole wall covered in it, not just a measly strip or alcove. So perhaps I’m not quite over it yet! LOVE the rustic wood sideboard too – anybody know where it’s from?!

Mmmm, more dark walls and bright coloured accessories. We LIKE. The lamp in this pic reminds me of some cool paper-covered ones at The Hospital club, or the funky patchwork ones from Lisa Watmough at Squint. (I have an old lamp, some PVA and some pretty Origami papers all ready for my own attempt…!) In fact, while I’m on the subject of Lisa, let’s take a quick peep into her home. I bet her skirting boards are all painted dark…

They are! But her floorboards are white, so this lightens the look I guess. Erm, I don’t like to moan when I’ve pinched pics BUT check out the lamp wire in the armchair pic – eeek, stylist, hide that cable!! Anyway, back to the Fun on the Floor pics…and lookie what we have here…

More painted skirting boards!! It must be a sign! I love the red and grey combo here – so brave but OH-SO cool. Let’s finish with a pretty pic of a girly bedroom. I particularly like the heart on the wall in this shot just made of paper. Simple and sweet – and a nice Valentines idea! – Ellie

Emerging from the Antiques Barn the other day, like a mole, blinking and blinded by the cold, harsh light of day, I felt a wave of happiness wash over me, for in my pocket was a key – the final item on my Top Five Vintage Magpie Buys list. The quest was complete. The search was over, the misson at an end. And I could rejoice.

vintage key1. A key. Preferably old, ideally big, slightly rusty, with an interesting shape and a Secret Garden look. Illustrated here by Yvette Inufio‘s lovely photograph – which you can buy on Etsy incidentally. Tie an antique velvet ribbon to the key, then place it on a pretty, vintage book for the ultimate effect. Alternatively, tie a luggage label to the key with words ‘La cle de mon coeur’ on it in old-fashioned letter stamps. Pretentious? Yah. Lovely? Oh yeah.

Picture 92. A pair of wooden shoe lasts. Yes, they’re creepy. They look as though they might start tap dancing around your house at midnight, but they’re SO handy as door-stops, and look pretty darn cool on a shelf, too. You can buy them in Pedlars, and they’re always knocking about at car boots, but check for woodworm.

vintage scales3. Vintage kitchen scales. Retro, metal, old. The larger the better. Of course they will take up valuable work-top space and are completely impractical and often inaccurate or broken and unusable but they look so completely and utterly charming, you won’t care. You might be unable to cook but at least you’ll have a cool kitchen to admire. And you can put things in the bowl, such as apples, onions, or a small cat.

emily chalmers e collection4. Letters. Collect them. Preferably your initial. Think rusty signs, inky wooden printing blocks, old Scrabble tiles…I wish I could pretend that this beautiful collection of Es is mine. But it’s not. It belongs to stylist Emily Chalmers of Caravan fame. SIGH.

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5. The Anglepoise lamp. Effortlessly cool. Always a winner. The Little Black Dress of interior style. If you find a vintage one you fall for, but it doesn’t work, don’t despair. If you visit the Anglepoise website, you can buy a re-wire kit, and download a handy PDF of instructions too. Hurrah. – Ellie