HOT TREND: BEES

April 20, 2011

Bee-hold: the latest trend to hit the high street. I’ve bee-n flying about, keeping buzz-y, finding this season’s must-hive buys (groan, groan). But, to bee or not to bee? That is the question…

Let’s kick things off with this cute Honeycomb print from The Spotted Sparrow. (It’s well worth having a peep at The Spotted Sparrow’s card collection while you’re at it – 80s song lyrics combined with Victorian newspapers. Nice.)

Designers are buzzing about hexagonal honeycomb patterns, bee motifs and golden honey colours. (I can’t bee-lieve I get paid to write this.)

1 = Honeycomb pendant light, Dwell. 2&3 = Honeycomb patterned table lamp and votive, M&S. 4 = Bee cushion, Dwell. 5 = Vintage print, Roost Living. 6 = Tea cosy, The Gifted Penguin.

7 = Honeycomb chair, Next. 8 = Hexagonal wall stickers, Ferm Living.

My dad’s a bee keeper, so I asked him for some honey (as usual) and an insider quote about this important trend. “Buzz off…” he said, “…with your trend-related nonsense, and stop stealing ‘vintage’ things from our house.” – Ellie

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Are you a fan of the kitsch bunny rabbit lamps sold at the likes of Liberty and Caravan?

Well, now you can create your own at home, quickly and easily. We love the new GLOW™ pills (available from all good supermarkets), which taste like lettuce and use OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology – inspired by the fluorescent proteins in glowing jellyfish – to slowly make a real pet rabbit glow. Simply feed your rabbit four pills a day for a week and in no time at all you’ll have your own mobile glowing bunny lamp. Great on the patio for al fresco dining – or shove it in a vase and use it as a striking table centrepiece…

There are currently four colours available in the collection – orange, green, red or blue. At the launch party, where we nibbled carrot canapés and dandelion leaves, I saw a gorgeous Royal Wedding themed display with a troupe of red and blue glowing bunnies, trained to form the letters: ‘WC’ – like a gigantic toilet symbol. The makers of the pills assured me that there are no negative side effects for the rabbits involved – apart from a little fur loss, insomnia, and occasional fits. Rumour has it that the next step could be pills for larger mammals such as dogs, cats, and even deer. Gorgeous! – Ellie


Who needs expensive trend forecasting companies when you’ve got the new February issue of Ideal Home? It’s in the shops now and contains a massive trend-prediction pack full of beautiful photography and great buys. Here are the six key high street homeware looks for this season…

Think: streamlined 1950s-style furniture, subtle prints, Scandi influences, Ercol, Robin Day, Eames. Shop for the look: John Lewis, Dwell, Aram, Illustrated Living.

Think: Bold floral prints, bright colours, eclectic quirky accessories, craft, folk. Shop for the look: M&S, Anthropologie, Berry Red, Plumo.

Think: workshops, warehouse, school rooms, labs, factories, functional, industrial, retro. Shop for the look: Baileys, Elemental, Junk Deluxe, In My Room.

Think: Midnight blue, starry touches of silver and gold, night skies, saturated colour, inky indigo, copper and bronze. Shop for the look: Heal’s, Crown, Kazzbar, Bo Concept.

Think: Nostalgic, pared-back, coastal, country, hurricane lanterns, nautical stripes, grain-sacks. Shop for the look: Ian Mankin, The Linen Works, Roger Oates, Nordic House.

Think: grown-up, caramel, oyster, silk, blush, velvet, pearls, satin, ruffles and full-on glamour. Shop for the look: Laura Ashley, Lavender Room, The White Company.

PHEW! I think that’s quite enough trends for one post. Just in case you’re taking notes: 1: Mid Century Modern, 2: Floral Folk, 3: Factory Lines, 4: After Dark, 5: Back to Basics, 6: Age of Elgance. Over and out! – Ellie

NEW Livingetc blog

September 1, 2010

Check out the new blog Life.Style.etc, from the team at Livingetc magazine. It’s a gallimaufry of design inspiration – an online record of all the weird and wonderful things that inspire and delight the design addicts on the Livingetc team. Categories include art, exhibitions, TV and film, street style – anything goes…

Intrigued? Looking for an original way to store your All Star pumps? Fancy a visual feast to accompany your lunch? Pay Life.Style.etc a visit. – Ellie

Sulpher, so good

August 26, 2010

Sulpher is a chemical element with the atomic number 16. It’s an abundant multivalent non-metal, and it smells like rotten eggs. It also happens to be the key colour in the HOTTEST combo for autumn/winter 2010: sulpher yellow, charcoal grey and dirty teal…as illustrated PERFECTLY by the new Ferm Living collection:

I love all the geometric prints around this season – and did you spot those ceramic chemistry flask bottles? SIGH. Science-chic. It was my least favourite subject (on a par with Maths, natch) at school, yet now I am obsessed with the equipment. Oh, the irony. If only the acne-troubled me of the past had had the sense to put some beakers aside for future styling purposes, instead of spending the entire time trying to sneak in to Marylin’s night club.

Sulpher, charcoal and teal is all very lovely, but you don’t have to stick to the three big cheeses – mix things up with a bit of brown here and there, a splash of pale baby pink and some pale aqua blue…this is SUCH a flexible and, quite frankly, lickable palette!

These colours look so good with retro furniture. Loving the chunky knitted log baskets / bowls below, too. – Ellie

We’ve had a manic day of Christmas press shows, so I’m feeling tired but – very inspired! We had so much fun and saw loads of lovely new designs and ideas for our Christmas issue, which we’re starting to write now. I particularly liked these pretty new heart-shaped plates from The White Company – so gorgeous! I’ll have some more Christmas gossip tomorrow, so pop in. – Ellie


NEW tasty tomato from HEALS

January 14, 2010

Not much time for blogging today, folks – so I’m just going to give you a little taster of the new Heals spring/summer collection. Tomato and tangerine should never be seen…or should they?

OK, gotta dash but, very quickly…things to note: lots and lots of rich tomato red – LOVE it. Elegant shapes. Polished concrete = amazing. Orange + red – weirdly this nightmare combo works well here! Sanderson dandelion clocks wallpaper in orange and charcoal = mmm tasty. Dark grey wall and skirting boards = ditto. Red Anglepoise lamp, I need you in my life. Over and out, chaps! – Ellie