Is it a coffee table? Is it a tray? Is it a magazine rack? No! It’s all three…

The good news is – this gorgeous designer wire-work beauty from our friends at stylish mail order company Rockett St George could be yours! Just leave a comment after this post with your email address to enter. At 6pm on Wednesday 30th March, one lucky winner will be plucked from a hat at random. Click here to read the fascinating TERMS AND CONDITIONS. (This competition is open to everybody in the world. The type of hat used for the plucking part is TBC and weather-permitting, but early reports suggest it could be some sort of straw, floppy number.) – Ellie

Advent calendar: DEC 2

December 2, 2010

Twinkle, twinkle, little star…summon all your strength. It’s time to pull on your snow boots, roll up your sleeves and tease open door number two on the virtual calendar. Voila:

OOH! It’s a beautiful rusty tin 30cm barn star with a very reasonable £12 price tag from mailorder company Live Laugh Love. American barn stars are all the rage at the moment. Perhaps it’s the Amish/Puritan trend that’s on the horizon for 2011? Or maybe it’s because Christmas is approaching and they’re timeless festive decorations that look beautiful all year round? I went to Sunbury Antiques Market on Tuesday (and took lots of photos of vintage tat as per, but sadly due to a lack of trains and a large quantity of SNOW, I have no access to PhotoShop at the moment so can’t share them yet…) and saw yummy mummies literally filling their car boots with barn stars galore – they were selling like hot cakes! One savvy French antiques dealer had obviously got hold of a job lot and was flogging green and white ‘vintage’ (although they were clearly made in China and more vintage-style than actual VINTAGE but hey) stars for £25 each. I nearly bought one. It was a close shave, but I resisted. – Ellie

NEW Livingetc blog

September 1, 2010

Check out the new blog Life.Style.etc, from the team at Livingetc magazine. It’s a gallimaufry of design inspiration – an online record of all the weird and wonderful things that inspire and delight the design addicts on the Livingetc team. Categories include art, exhibitions, TV and film, street style – anything goes…

Intrigued? Looking for an original way to store your All Star pumps? Fancy a visual feast to accompany your lunch? Pay Life.Style.etc a visit. – Ellie

I’m loving my new bargain alphabet stamps set, which was just £4.40 from Oliver Bonas. Emily and I now have our blogging motto displayed next to our desks in a gorgeous retro font! – Ellie