Camping… c’est chic!

July 23, 2009

Holidays at home are the recessionista’s summer break of choice… and boy, do we know how to do it in style! Nearly all my childhood holidays were spent under canvas, but I’m sure camping never used to be this cool…

CK tentA little birdie’s just told me that this fabulous Cath Kidston teepee went into the sale yesterday – you can snap yours up for a bargain £75 down from £100… unless I get there first that is!

JollydaysBut if pitching your own tent sounds too much like hard work, why not try a trip to North Yorkshire and book one of these gorgeous fully-equipped bell tents from Jollydays? Kitted out with floral bunting, vintage china and pretty painted furniture, this is the kind of camping dreams are made of. Bliss! But if retro’s more your thing…

Snail Trail Betty

Elsie and MatildaBetty, Elsie and Matilda are waiting in all their pastel-coloured glory to whisk you away to a destination of your choice! Snuggle down on a heap of stripy cushions, wrapped in a crochet blanket for a good old fashioned night under the stars. Betty and friends live near London with Snail Trail when they’re not chugging around the British coast and countryside – I bet you won’t be able to decide which of the girls to take!

Beach Hut cropHow cute are these VW camper tea towels and mugs, available from The Beach Hut? And of course, just in case, you’ll be needing a pair of these from Joules

Joules wellies… we’re still holidaying at home after all! – Bethan

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LOVING THIS. It’s made of cross-stitched fabric with a polka dot backing and it’ll be in Cath Kidston shops in the autumn for £5. – Ellie

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After last year’s successful ‘MAKE!‘ book, we can reveal that Cath Kidston is publishing another craft book later this year. ‘SEW!’ is due to hit shops in early October, but we can’t wait until then, so here’s a sneaky peek at what to expect…

CATH1The book will come with a length of Cath Kidston fabric, a label and buttons so you’ll have everything you need to sew the pretty bag shown on the front cover. When you consider that Cath Kidston‘s bags start at £16 in her shops for a basic cloth bag, and this book is retailing at £14.99 – plus, you get loads of other sewing patterns and projects too – I think this is an absolute bargain!

CATH2Pia Tryde‘s colourful photography is cheerful and bright in truth Cath spirit and the styling is as gorgeous as ever – how cute is the little red vintage sewing machine on the back cover?! Love it! There are some lovely projects in this book, guaranteed to keep us all stitching and sewing for quite some time – expect hot water bottle covers, kitchen aprons and clothes hangers.

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cath4Even if you’re not a sewing expert, you’ll be OK – there’s a handy step-by-step section at the beginning of the book where all the basic stitches and techniques are explained nice and clearly.

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Craft and sewing has taken the country by storm this year. TV show Kirstie’s Homemade Home has proved so popular that Channel 4 is filming another series, where Kirstie Allsopp will transform real people’s homes (apply online here!), and it has been announced today that a new sewing magazine will launch on 29 May in the UK, called ‘Sew‘ (not to be confused with CK’s book, ‘SEW!’)

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With the strapline: ‘Join the sewing revolution’ splashed across the cover, it’s aimed at a new generation of younger sewing fans. If you’re embracing the craft movement, check out the easy-sew cushion projects in the June issue of Ideal Home, out now. – Ellie

Today I’m drooling over the new digital wallpapers from Queen of Vintage, Cath Kidston. Originally developed to decorate the walls of the pretty Cath Kidston shops, so many customers (including myself!) asked if they could buy these lovely wallpapers that Cath has now made 10 designs available online.

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Woodstock Rose wallpaper, Cath Kidston

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Suffolk Rose wallpaper, Cath Kidston

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Little Bird wallpaper, Cath Kidston

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Big Smoke wallpaper, Cath Kidston

They cost £150 per roll, so I’ll just do a feature wall – perhaps the ‘Big Smoke’ London pattern in a kitchen alcove? – Ellie