When Bold & Noble released the British Isles Type Map print last year (in delicate duck egg blue and sexy slate grey), there were whoops of joy in the Ideal Home office. Three of us placed an order the very same day – and my slate grey map (propped up on the mantelpiece in a Habitat Bacall frame) makes me so happy! If you liked the UK map, you’ll love this: Bold & Noble has introduced a few new designs; typographical maps of Australia and New Zealand went online today and maps of London and America are due to appear shortly…

Beware, friends. A few ‘strangely-similar’ prints (of France and Italy) have appeared on another website recently, but I’ve checked and they’re not produced by Bold & Noble – (and the fonts on them aren’t nearly so nice either, in my opinion!) Here’s a sneaky peek at the America and London maps which are about to be released. I bet the London one is massively popular here! Can’t wait to get my hands on one. Find out more on the Bold & Noble blog– Ellie

Oh. My. Word. Check out these fabulous bespoke wall murals, blinds and prints from Surface View (thanks Ros!)

HOW EXCITING. You go on to the Surface View website, choose your favourite image from a library that includes V&A pics, photos, art, vintage postcards, antique lace patterns, Edward Lear’s alphabet – there really is something for everybody.

You can then crop or edit the design as you wish, and preview it on a blind, as a mural or as a print in various rooms of the house.

This is a FABULOUS tool – highly addictive! Even I, mural-hater, want a wall mural now I’ve had a play…who’d have thunk it. Give it a go! – Ellie



Going underground!

August 10, 2009

True, we complain. It smells, it’s too hot, it increases your chance of contracting Swine Flu by 87% * but for all our moaning, if we Londoners really hated the tube that much, we wouldn’t want to fill our homes will little reminders of it, would we?

* not scientifically verified

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So what is it about the tube map that makes it so iconic it was deemed a British Design Classic alongside the Anglepoise lamp and the Penguin book, no less? Perhaps if it still looked like the 1908 map above, we wouldn’t be so keen. It wasn’t until 1931 when Underground employee Harry Beck realised that, given that the trains ran below ground, it didn’t matter whether the lines on the map corresponded with the layout of the streets above, as long as they ran in the right direction and the stations appeared in the right order. And so, the diagrammatic map we know and love today was born!

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Notonthehighstreet £44.95

I love this cushion from Notonthehighstreet, which features a section of the map printed on rustic linen – it really accentuates the graphic properties of the design and reminds me of the printer friendly version of the map you can download from TFL where the lines are given patterns rather than colours. Much prettier, though not as practical when getting from A-B!

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And from the subtle to the not so subtle! How cool is this tube map shower curtain, brand new from Rockett St George?

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I love this quirky glass splashback recently featured on House to Home – great with the zesty orange worktop. Try Digetex if you fancy something similar.

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And after all that journeying, pushing, shoving and getting stuck in the door, there’s only one thing for it – relaxing on this tube map deckchair from the Balcony Gardener. Zzzzz…. – Bethan

These funky maps of London and Paris from Bodie and Fou are prints of paper-cuts by Famille Summerbelle. They’re £45 each.

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Following on from yesterday’s post about maps, I thought these were perfect for today! I’ve got my eye on the London one! – Ellie

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Maps are EVERYWHERE

June 9, 2009

Geography is finally cool…check out this awesome world map wallpaper, £99.95 for eight panels, Stanfords.

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It looks fantastic in a home office here, but you could put it in a hallway or even a bedroom. Maps are big news at the moment – I wrote about the current obsession with globes a few weeks back (and I finally found a gorgeous vintage globe at the weekend in a junk shop for £8 by the way – hurrah!) and it seems geographical buys are everywhere I look!

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World Future Map, £75, Notonthehighstreet

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Bespoke map heart, £30, Notonthehighstreet

Bespoke map platter, £125, Bombus

Bespoke map platter, £125, Bombus

London underground map cushion, £39.95, Rockett St George

London underground map cushion, £39.95, Rockett St George

Although it’s not strictly interiors-related, have a look at the gorgeous bags and accessories over at Cloth Ears. The map bag below is just one of a great collection of purses and goodies – all made to look like vintage parcels and pieces of post. So cute! – Ellie

Paper planes bag, £54.99, Cloth Ears

Paper planes bag, £54.99, Cloth Ears