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.”

Trend alert: Equestrian chic

September 16, 2009

Grab a saddle, cowboy, and get ready to ride the latest trend – a quick gallop through the autumn/winter collections reveals pony patterns and horse designs galore.

horse trend2From top left clockwise, pony clock from Decoylab; Collette horse wallpaper, Sandberg; Horsey lampshade, Rice; Pony magnets, Plumo. ‘Equestrian-chic’ is sweeping the fashion ranges this season, too. Pony necklaces, T-shirts and accessories are everywhere:

horse trend 1I like these stylish horse fabrics from Bristol-based interior designer Emily Bond. Check out Emily’s cute home accessories and Dachshund dog patterns too – chouette! 

horse trend3They obviously like horses in Bristol, because I just randomly stumbled across another Bristol-based company with pony patterns, Zedhead. It sells some really funky horse accessories including cushions, lampshades and mirrors – all with a retro horse design that reminds me of the kind of traditional colourful plaster horses you’d find on an old fairground carousel.

horse trend4So, this season we’ve got a stare of owls and now a stable of horses too. What creature will be next? Watch this space, we’re on the case! – Ellie

What do you get when you mix fashion with interiors? Spooky wooden mannekins dressed in beautiful clothes made of wallpaper, of course. Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with Cole & Son to design her own collection of papers, all based on her signature fashion designs.

INSECT_ROSES_4Keep your eyes peeled for her iconic ‘Squiggle’ print – as seen in autumn-winter 1981/82, (her Pirate collection, dahling,) as well as a pretty ‘Cut-Out Lace’ design inspired by her spring/summer 2007 collection, and ‘Insects’, which is based on Elizabeth I’s wardrobe.

vivienne westwood cole sonThis new collection’s due to be launched on 27 September at Focus, so it should be available later this autumn. I quite like the new designs, but I’m more intrigued by the way they’ve shot them – who knew that paper clothes could look so good? Now we can finally make use of the thousands of rolls stacked high in the Ideal Home office… – Ellie

BIRD STRIKE: Owl-tastic

September 2, 2009

Slowly, but surely, they’ve been creeping into our homes. One by one. At first, there were just a few. There were rumours of glimpses…sightings…murmurs…myths…the occasional talon print seen fading in the carpet pile – but nobody really noticed. Then, we heard the soft rustle of feathers on the breeze…and sometimes a distant: ‘twit twooo’ – so quiet you could have imagined it. But they were there. And breeding. Their numbers grew day by day. And now it’s too late…the owls are OUT.

Picture 3Owls have been a fave with crafters for years and as such have a thriving population over at Etsy (see above), but they’ve had a makeover and gone mainstream this season. Like most random trends, this one was born in the world of fashion (if you’re interested in the likes of Jessica Alba wearing an owl necklace, yawn, you can read about fashionista owls here, or bag yourself an owl handbag at Topshop, or even some yummy owl socks…) but now the little feathered critters are ruling the roost and they’re nesting in our living rooms, too. Owls are sprinkled all over the pages of the new October issue of Living Etc magazine. Now, I’d like to emphasise that I’m not a complete geek, but I counted at least five owls including glass ones from Ittala, a blue ceramic one from Aldo Landi for Bitossi at SCP and a paper one from Muji (just £3.95!)


owls2Owls were trendy back in the 1970s…think small, creepy, wooden ornaments on your granny’s mantelpiece or manic, bug-eyed Girl-Guide-style brown owls for kids. Not very cool. In fact, in the 1970s, owls looked like this little fella. Thankfully, the owls of the Noughties are a bit more classy. Well, sometimes. Check out the lovely wall stickers from Rockett St George below:

Picture 4All very nice. But if you look at the selection below, all from ultra-cool American shop, Anthropologie, alarm bells start to ring. An owl light switch surround…an owl door stop…an owl lamp…oh dear. A trio of small cartoon owl sake pots anyone…?

anthropologieEven Urban Outfitters has a few dodgy owl-wares on offer. Try as I might, I just can’t get excited about an owl jug. Even in green. SIGH.

urban outfittersI can’t help but dislike owls generally. They look cute in pictures but in reality, they’re a bit spooky. It might be their bushy eyebrows. Possibly their beady little evil eyes. Or maybe their tufty ears. Something about them bothers me, but there’s no sign of this trend slowing down – there are owl designs littering the high street shops now (even my beloved Paperchase sells an owl gift bag) and I can’t help but suspect they’re taking over…you heard it hear first. Twit Twoooooo.  – Ellie


Are you a pinkaholic?

March 27, 2009

Do you love anything pink? If so, then the new website is for you. It’s a shopping directory for all things rosy in fashion and homes, which you can buy online if you click through the site to the manufacturer’s website. Here are a few of our favourites:

 Jamie Dream Ottoman, Graham and Green

Jamie Dream Ottoman, Graham and Green


 Pink Mother Of Pearl Inlay Chest Of Drawers, Graham and Green

Pink Mother Of Pearl Inlay Chest Of Drawers, Graham and Green



Pink 15" LCD Digital TV with Freeview, Toys R Us


Dark pink Egyptian cotton towels, Debenhams

Dark pink Egyptian cotton towels, Debenhams


Travel tags, Aspinals of London

Travel tags, Aspinals of London


Smeg fridge freezer, Next

Smeg fridge freezer, Next

If this is all a bit too much pink (!) then click on the Ideal Home website for style and gift inspiration in every colour – Emily