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

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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

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

Day Birger goes global

April 29, 2010

Good news, trend-setters: As from August, you’ll be able to order home accessories straight from the Day Birger et Mikkelson website, so getting a slice of rather tasty Danish style will be easier than ever before.

Wanna see what Autumn/Winter has in store? Let’s get poetic. It IS Thursday, after all. Picture a bleak, wind-swept plain, if you will. Wintery, leafless branches twist and curl like arthritic fingers across the barren sky. Somewhere, in the distance, a wolf howls. The air is frosty – crisp and sharp as a knife. Think plush velvet accessories in moody blues, and a creaky old house full of magic and gothic glamour…

Oh dear. Clearly I’ve had a bit too much caffeine! I love the cameo artwork in these shots…

…I’ve got a real thing for old keys, so the silhouette of keys above caught my eye – but I’m not sure my paper-cutting skills are up to recreating it. This next idea, however, is much simpler! Take a nail. Take a key. Hang key on nail. Et voila:

I’m loving these pictures – so gothic, so wintery – with a bit of Alice-in-Wonderland-chic thrown in for good measure. Check out this beady-eyed little crow guarding his collection of gorgeous candlesticks:


This isn’t a brand new pic, but it’s too cool to leave out. I expect Sibella Court‘s a fan of this range:

Remember, if you plant a single cushion…

…blimey, this coffee’s strong. – Ellie

“The other chairs thought James was a bit of a loner.”