HOT TREND: Safari

February 17, 2011

Don your khaki trousers, grab a pair of binoculars and imagine you’re in a LandRover, not an office – today, we’re hitting the dusty savannahs to check out this season’s safari designs…

Think lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes…I love this cute wall decal from Decosticker. Working clockwise: a zebra chair from BHS (very Peter Stringfellow/Kat Slater), bargain faux-fur animal-print accessories (throw, cushion and picture frame) from Tesco Direct, and a tasty safari map cushion from our dear Africa-obsessed friends at Anthropologie

Any excuse for a spot of Turner Pocock wallpaper (top left) – this Zebra design is one of my favourites. Everything else here is from Anthropologie – I can’t help thinking the design team must have had an epic field trip to Africa – it’s difficult to find something that’s NOT safari-related there this season!

Let’s end with Sue Timney‘s stunning ‘Menagerie’ cushion – part of her new home collection for House of Fraser, hitting stores early April. It’s covered with brightly-coloured exotic animals and insects – a bit like Victorian engravings with a modern twist. I love this style – and once read a novel just because the cover had Victorian animal engravings on it. That’s how shallow I am. Keep your eyes peeled for the rest of Sue Timney’s range – there are monochrome cake plates, glamorous striped lamps and quirky Fornasetti-style ceramics. Not very safari, granted, but let’s sneak it in here anyway:

Now, THAT’S a cake plate. If you can’t get enough of Sue’s quirky style, and fancy dressing up as a barcode, don’t miss her current exhibition: “Sue Timney and the Design of Timney-Fowler“, at the Fashion and Textile Museum until 25 April. – Ellie

The world of Martha

January 17, 2011

I was saddened to learn that domestic goddess Martha Stewart was recently punched in the face by her “adorable French bull dog”, Francesca.

Her timings are very specific. Here’s an extract from Martha’s extremely ‘up close & personal’ blog, in which she describes the traumatic incident in some detail:

“As I leaned down to whisper goodbye to a dozing Francesca, I must have startled her, because she bolted upright with such force that she hit me in the face like a boxing glove hitting an opponent’s face… I called the police to ask for a ride to the hospital, forgetting that Carlos, my driver was waiting to drive me into the city.”

Carlos then drove Martha to the hospital, along with her stable manager, Betsy. Martha doesn’t say what happened to the police. Presumably, they went home. But, fortunately for us, multi-talented stable manager Betsy took 34 photographs of Martha and her hospital room then kindly turned them into a thrilling blow-by-blow photo gallery of the drama that unfolded. Complete with close-up shots of blood-soaked sponges and stitches. And some very exciting captions to draw the reader in. Here’s a highlight:

Just in case you’re not already following The Daily Wag blog, featuring ‘the adventures’ of Martha’s ‘blogging pups’ – AKA bulldogs Franny and Sharkey – (and I’m sure you are)…here’s a taster, shown here with Martha’s own captions, so you can get some idea of Franny’s life before the incident:

Is it just me, or does Francesca look as if she’s plotting something here? If you like this, you’ll love the You Tube video in which Martha shows us all how to make a baby sandwich

…and you’ll also enjoy the other posts on Martha’s blog. Don’t miss the tick removal photo gallery. Betsy gets all the best jobs. – Ellie