HOT SHOP: PiP Studio

January 13, 2010

Fresh from the Netherlands, the Dutch answer to Cath KidstonPiP Studio is about to hit the UK. Think Greengate-meets-Rice…pretty florals, bright colours and a huge dose of vintage charm.

(Note the bell jar – ding dong! Really need to get over this.)  Launching in the UK this spring, PiP Studio products will be hitting shops such as Berry Red, Liberty and possibly bigger chains like John Lewis any time now.

Feast your eyes on this floral fest, lovely people…

Ooooh, I like that blue towel with the orange flowers – bit like a Hawaiian shirt, but in a good way!! Some cute cushions here, too.

There’s nothing like a spot of pretty china for a Wednesday afternoon…

I’ve just had a quick look at a new book, due out this March – Decorating with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Now, I’m not really into the whole swirly damask LLB style (and there are some fairly hideous interiors in this book to be sure! Pebble-look carpet tiles, anyone? Or perhaps you’d prefer a floor-to-ceiling parkland vista wall mural?? Even circa 1990, surely these were a bit dodge…) but I was impressed by the simple step-by-step decorating ‘how-to’ section in the second half, so it’s our book of the week. If you’re a hardcore LLB fan, see our April issue to find out how to steal his ‘style’! – Ellie

Cool off during the British heat wave with these beautiful seaside shots from our friends at Greengate. Mmmm, so pretty. So, Greengate.

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I wish I could dive into that deep blue ocean right now! The whole Ideal Home team has been traipsing around London today visiting Christmas press shows to preview all the baubles, trees, cards and decorations that will hit the shops in November. It’s very surreal to be chatting about Christmas tree trends in soaring temperatures, but we got some great ideas for photo shoots and features, and saw some stunning new collections. Highlights include the beautiful festive products from Cox & Cox:

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Cute paper angels…paint-your-own cardboard NOEL letters…a family of owls sewing kit…a circus font stamp set…duck tape (tape with ducks on it, LOVE IT) and metallic birdies – the people at Cox & Cox have found so many lovely treats! Right, snap back to July…and it’s ice lolly time me-thinks. Again… – Ellie