Bonjour, blog-browsing buddies. Ever since I became obsessed with the Cow Parsley print (but black or yellow?! THAT is the question!) I’ve been a huge fan of Cole & Son – a great example of a British company that continues to push the boundaries every season to remain ahead of the game. This autumn/winter, you won’t be disappointed…check out this little preview of the new FRONTIER collection, due to be released this September:

Based around a theme of adventure and discovery, the designers drew inspiration from Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. The collection consists of 12 new designs, based on archive patterns from the 18th, 19th and 20th century. I particularly like the elegant black and white bird design – what’s your favourite? – Ellie

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NEW winter PLUMO pics

August 21, 2009

Something exciting has just landed on my cluttered desk – the new Plumo winter images…

COPPER SCISSORS

There are some really cute new products. Highlights include vintage copper scissors, pretty folding gift boxes, a retro pear doorstop, a haberdashery box, and fun fabric horse magnets…

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If only I had seen these gorgeous Persian bird letter openers when I wrote my snail mail post last week!

PERSIAN LETTER OPENERS

Check out these fabulous Danish spoons,  the vintage Batik printing blocks (good for making your own wrapping paper) the vintage-style bird paperweight, and the fun Eiffel Tower candle stick…

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If I had to pick one product from this stunning new collection, it’d be tricky, but my favourites are the colourful lampshades, shown here. I love the way they’re shot, suspended from coloured string with the stacks of bright fabrics above:

BATIK LAMP SHADES

Plumo’s photography seems to get better each season. Let’s finish the week with these cheery little Matryoshka doll cushions – the perfect start to the weekend! – Ellie

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I love the quirky British character of Emma Bridgewater‘s pottery, and my expectations are always high whenever she brings out a new collection. Having just had a sneaky peep at the lovely autumn/winter catalogue out later this year, I wasn’t disappointed.

Speckled Hen Egg Cup_ _7_95 - Emma BridgewaterHighlights include cute speckled hen egg cups, some lovely larder shots showing the new National Gardens Scheme charity mugs, and the now-notorious-headstand-teapot move – think break-dancing, but in an English kitchen with expensive china…

Union Jack 4 Cup Teapot_ _49_95 - Emma Bridgewater

Union Jack Rectangular Tin_ _8 and Tray_ _5 - Emma BridgewaterThere’s something strangely sinister about this cockerel door-stop – he has too much character for a bird without eyes, or legs…

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National Garden Scheme Selection_ from _15_95 - Emma Bridgewater

National Garden Scheme Se of 3 Mini Mug Candles_ _30 - Emma Bridgewater

Even the factory is pretty! The little holly candle mug above would make a gorgeous Christmas gift. (I know it’s bonkers to say that in June, but in the mad land of Ideal Home magazine, we’re already feeling festive!) Now then, pass me that teapot, it can’t be that hard. – Ellie

Feast your eyes, people! These beautiful new autumn/winter images from The White Company are so elegant, crisp and clean.

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Check out the white glass vases – so pretty, and they look stunning with single rose stems, too. – Ellie

Yesterday I went to check out the new Tesco Autumn Winter collection, and spotted these gorgeous Fifties-style ceramics and accessories. So retro and cute – these pear and apple patterns remind me of Orla Kiely‘s ‘Green Apples and Pears’ design, and there’s nothing I like more than designer style at bargain prices…

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Apples and Pears collection, from £2 for a mug, Tesco

There were several other Fifties-style designs in the new range, with patterns reminiscent of classic Midwinter pottery designs, but given a modern twist. The colour palette is retro too – think dirty teals, greys and mustard greens:

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Textured leaf range, from £2 for a mug, Tesco

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Shadow Floral range, from £1.50 for a mug, Tesco

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Deco Circle range, from £1.50 for a mug, Tesco

I’m a bit of a polka dot addict, so I got very excited when I saw these pretty spotty cake tins at the Tesco show. They’re just £4.50 for two – what a fantastic deal! I’ve seen similar tins recently for twice the price in posh shops such as Portmeirion.

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Red spot cake tins, £4.50 for two, Tesco

All these lovely things are due to hit Tesco stores in September, so sadly I will have to wait for my polka dot fix. – Ellie