WhEn I told my mothEr I was addictEd to Es, shE assumEd I had a drug problEm. ShE soon realisEd, howEvEr, that I was, in fact, still just a mild alcoholic, but obsEssEd with sprinkling lEttEr Es all around my housE.

It bEgan with a fEw old printing blocks, pickEd up in LillE for pEncE (or cEnts). Things got sErious whEn I trEatEd mysElf to a massivE rusty E from RE. Caravan stylist Emily ChalmErs sharEs my initial and hEr collEction of Es madE mE grEEn with Envy. I bought morE. And morE. I got grEEdy for Es. An Emily REadEtt BaylEy E or thrEE appEarEd, thEn an E from PaperchasE – morE Es for mE. ThE boyfriEnd dEspairEd. I bought him a big ‘R’ from Bo ConcEpt, but hE still didn’t ‘gEt it’. ThE vintagE ScrabblE tilEs wErE thE final straw. ‘Enough with all thEsE Es’, hE scrEEchEd.

‘At lEast I’m not writing ‘EAT’ in the kitchEn and ‘SLEEP’ abovE thE bEd and ‘WORK’ in the officE’, I said. (LovE If ThE LampshadE Fits post on that malarky, by thE way). OnE day, HE wrotE ‘mEntal stylist’ in big lEttErs on the fridgE. I stopped.

So, I was dElightEd, dEar rEadErs, to opEn an EnvElopE today from DEsign LEttErs, containing my initials: ET. I know. Extra TErrEstrial. PhonE homE. Etc Etc. Enough.

ThEy’rE just £3.95 Each from 95% Danish – and arE madE by Danish company DEsign LEttErs, foundEd by journalist MEttE ThomsEn. LovEly. – ElliE

More Scrabble. Sorry.

January 6, 2010

Am I obsessed with Scrabble tiles? Possibly. But I couldn’t resist sharing these lovely letter pics from our new February issue, out now!

This is such a cute idea for place settings – and after a meal and a few glasses of wine you can rearrange the letters to see who can make the rudest word. Hours of fun for all the family! Here are some more pretty letter pics from our stylish style team…

These MDF letters are £5.50 each from Really Linda Barker, and you can paint them yourself to match your decor – pretty pastels here for a nursery. You’ll find the apple stickers in Paperchase.

Head to RE to find these self-adhesive letters for £1 each, and if you like the heart dec shown here, it’s from Emily Readett Bayley. Now, how can I cheer you up on this snowy, cold day when you’d much rather be at home snuggled up in bed with a good book, a hot cocoa and a cat or two than slaving away at a desk? Ah, I know. New spring/summer TOAST pictures anyone…? – Ellie

Lovely lettering

March 18, 2009

I’ve just seen these new colourful letter decorations, £8 each from the V&A Shop. Each letter is hand sprayed in bold, cheery colours. They’re perfect for children’s bedrooms.


Morello Living is another great place to find beautiful letters in a variety of styles and sizes. Check out this gorgeous map card Morello has for £5.49 – it’s cute enough to frame as bargain wall art. Drop some hints for Mother’s Day!


These white contemporary letters below are £6.50 each at Morello. Just in case you ever forget what to do with food…

contemporarylargeCheck out this cute bedroom scheme from the House to Home site – so sweet! These pretty floral letters are £7.50 each, from Emily Readett-Bayley.

hg0511-79bProp letters on a shelf or surface, or fix them to a door or wall using wood glue, Velcro or double sided tape. For more inspiration, browse the gorgeous galleries at Ideal Home and House to Home – lots of the rooms shown use decorative lettering in some way. – Ellie