Millions of people will be embracing all things Jubilee this weekend. B&Q have reported sales of 100,000 metres of union jack bunting and 3,100 gnomes (who buys those!?). 10,000 streets will be closed for celebrations and I’m gonna bake a Victoria sponge, eat it and wash it down with a jug of Pimms. Hurrah! For months leading up to this weekend we homes journos have been bombarded with patriotic memorabilia and homeware that’s not gonna be available for much longer, so buy it now! (Or wait til Tuesday when it’ll all be reduced). There’s a lot of tat out there but also some rather nice things that I felt worthy of a blog post. Here’s my pick of some of the best jooby booty. Have a jolly weekend! – Alice

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1. Assorted vintage London postcards, £10.95, Rigby & Mac. 2. Queen’s Guard corkscrew, £45, Alessi. 3. Corgi apron, £22.50, Thornback & Peel. 4. God Save The Queen print, £210 (!), Pedlars. 5. British Jubilee ribbon, £4.99, Jane Means. 6. God Save The Queen shopper, £3, Cancer Research. 7. Union Jack wellies, £36.95, Joules. 8. Honeycomb tissue balls, £3.50, Papermash. 9. Queen egg cosy, £14.50, Poppy Treffry. 10. Press out London taxi, £4.50, Muji. 11. Jubilee teatowel, £12.50, Victoria Eggs. 12. Teapot, £12, Sainsburys. 13. London bus plant pot, £9.99, British Heart Foundation. 14. Trooping the colour tray, £20, Unique & Unity. 15.  Jubilee red & blue paper bags, £4 a pack, Not On The High street. 16. You Rule wrapping paper, £7.95, Nancy & Betty Studio. 17. Solar powered Queen and Corgi, £14.95, Pedlars. 18. Lizzie Allen directors chair, £89, Habitat. 19. Red striped straws, £3, Pearl & Earl. 20. Colour your own Jubilee bunting, £5.50, Art & Mable

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Now, generally I’m not a fan of souvenirs, especially royal souvenirs (although I have a wonderful Charles and Diana plate which is so hideously tacky that it might possibly now be classified as kitsch and ironic? Perhaps…) but, with the big day mere months away, the first royal wedding themed souvenirs and photo shoots are beginning to pop up. I love these fun pics from Sainsbury’s:

No doubt Wills is crafting away even now – in between flying his helicopter and rehearsing his wedding vows – Kate probably has him chained to a desk, stamping away with his little Cox and Cox alphabet stamp set and his favourite selection of crown stamps from Ginger Pickles (no connection to his brother).

If you decide to throw your own wedding tea party on 29th April (and why not?! You don’t know them personally, I presume, but any excuse for a knees up, eh…), you’ll find hand-held paper flags galore at Sainsbury’s (£2 for a four-pack). You could even frame a photo of the happy couple and create a wedding-themed display…although this might be a step too far, even for a neurotic stylist such as myself…

Check out the recyclable paper cake stands, £4.99, also from Sainsbury’s – great for a party. If the likes of the now-notorious ASDA engagement mug don’t float your boat and you prefer to mark the occasion with some good old fashioned chores, make sure you take a peep at this new ‘I DO’ (shouldn’t that be ONE DOES?) tea towel from Swedish designer Maria Dahlgren at Cloudberry Living:

You could munch on some celebratory biscuits from Biscuiteers, paper a feature wall with the special PRINCESS paper from Graham and Brown, or buy an amusing plate from KK Outlet

And, despite the fact that it’s a spring wedding, it wouldn’t hurt to wear a pair of these cute Donna Wilson gloves. Just in case you forget what’s going on. Remember: your right hand is marrying your left hand. Erm…

If you’re on a budget, might I suggest you recreate this using a biro, straight on to your skin. It’s the royal wedding, after all. Let’s get involved. – Ellie

Planning a garden party? A bit of bunting instantly transforms even the dullest space into a festive party zone. Check out this cute retro bunting from one of my old favourites, Colloco:

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Colloco also sells a fantastic range of retro children’s book accessories, from notebooks to flasks:

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I love the funky ‘Made in England’ mugs at Colloco, and the cute vintage sweet wrapper badges they sell are fantastic for pinning to brightly-coloured cushions for a pop art feel!

– Ellie

Refresher

Let’s go camping…

May 29, 2009

Today is the last official day of National Camping Week and it’s gloriously sunny outside, so let’s mark the occasion with this dreamy image from Laura Ashley.

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Yes, the Teepee-without-a-roof looks a bit impractical, the white armchair isn’t ideal for a muddy field, and there’s no electricity supply for the lamp – but that’s the joy of styling! I love the pretty bunting – it’s £14.69 and perfect for a garden party. – Ellie

Pedlars magic

May 6, 2009

Quirky mail order company Pedlars has a knack of stocking everything that I dream of owning, and the new spring collection is as lovely as expected.

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Branches wall sticker, £29.50, Pedlars

The ultimate designer desk for 2009. Anglepoise lamp? Check. Vintage globe? Check. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ mug? Check. Funky wall sticker? Check. Vintage marmalade jar used as a pen pot in an oh-so-cool way? Check. If my desk looked like this, I’d get more work done, I’m sure…

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FUN print, £75, Pedlars

Following on from yesterday’s post about circus fonts, this new FUN print couldn’t be more on-trend. Love it! Even though it’s May, I’ve got a thing for this fabulous reindeer oil cloth too, which proves that reindeers are for life, not just for Christmas:

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Oil cloth, from £32, Pedlars

More Cool Britannia buys here for flag fans. Like them or loathe them, you can’t escape Union Jack designs this summer! Luckily, I’m loving this look and have even draped Union Jack bunting around my bedstead, much to my other half’s chagrin. (He muttered something rude before sulkily accepting the shabby chic vibe and the fact that his home now resembles some kind of crazy village fete, circa 1950. He’s well trained.)

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Union Jack tea towel, £11.50, Pedlars

    

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Enamel tea set, from £4.95, Pedlars

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Bunting, £14.95, Pedlars

So many lovely things. Have a look at the full collection on the Pedlars website, and you can ogle the lovely cluttered home of founders Charlie and Caroline Gladstone in this Guardian article. – Ellie