April 19, 2010

They spend their days strutting around town in broad daylight, with a smug I-have-no-predators look on their sly little faces. They play havoc with your bin bags, terrorise your cat, and steal things. At night, they gather together to scream like banshees beneath your window so your sleep-addled brain jumps to alarming conclusions such as: A) There’s an axe murderer doing some murdering on the patio. B) Ghosts DO exist. C) Both of the above. Should I call the police?

It’s impossible to escape the little blighters this season though. Cashing in on the whole woodland trend, and enjoying their moment in the spotlight thanks to the Fantastic Mr Fox film, foxes are popping up all over the place. Visit Three Dog Party for the gorgeous letterpress buys above, then pop to Anthropologie for a foxy door knocker. You want more? For fox sake…

Check out this fox design from New House Textiles, which is printed on to trays, aprons and oilcloth fabric. Then head to Lush Designs for gorgeous foxy lampshades, tea towels, mugs and greeting cards…

Shop at Donna Wilson and Tree Fox for fox cushions of the knitted variety. Mmmmmm:

I know I’ve waffled on about Studio Nommo before, but I can’t get this ‘Foxy’ wallpaper by Ashley Alexander out of my mind. It might end up in my hallway at this rate! The porcelain fox badges (perfect for a cardi or a plain cushion) are from Alison Milner.

Let’s end this fox fest with a little look at the lovely fox clock from Sesame Letterpress

I’m looking forward to the Cabbages and Roses 10th birthday party tomorrow night (check back later for stunning shots from the new book At Home With Country), and we’re gearing up for Autumn/Winter press shows, too. Scary how time flies! – Ellie


Foxy wallpaper

March 15, 2010

Good news, wallpaper addicts! Turkish company Studio Nommo has just launched an online shop and now delivers wallpaper internationally, so you don’t have to live in Istanbul to get hold of some of the coolest wallpapers around…

This new collection of papers features designs from young and inspirational designers and illustrators – it’s a real breath of fresh air. It’s hard to choose but my favourite is this magical foxy design by Ashley Alexander…it reminds me of Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper, but with a twist! It would look great in a children’s room.

I love the way these designers treat wallpaper as a canvas for pictures…no boring repeated leaves/flower patterns in sight here…instead, you’ll find illustrations that tell stories; houses, sunbathers, typewriters, windows…

Check out this blackboard-effect computer wallpaper – who knew technology could look so good? And I’d love a feature wall of the teapots and kettles paper in my kitchen…

Pop along to the new Studio Nommo website to see the full range and explore the designers in more detail. You can also shop for gorgeous wall stickers, and design your own wallpaper by uploading an image or photo – just remember to click the ‘English’ language button on the home page, or you’ll be a bit confused by all the Turkish. Like I was. For quite some time. Oh dear… – Ellie