Emma Bridgewater‘s famous black and white Toast design is now less black and white, and a bit more blue and green. Observe:

Isn’t it pretty? And a bit more relaxed than Emma’s smart monochrome Toast designs. Check out the fun new tea towels on the Emma Bridgewater website designed by Emma’s mother-in-law, Pat Albeck. (Make sure you read the ‘about me’ section on Pat’s website for a fascinating history of design in Britain from the 1950s onwards and some fantastic family photos!)

What else is cookin’ at Emma Bridgewater HQ? Well, the vintage Blue Hen design has been re-introduced for Easter 2010, and the children’s mugs are looking cuter than ever. My favourite’s still the Birds range, though! – Ellie

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Hot diggedy DAWGs

January 11, 2010

Woof, woof – check out this fabulous Osborne and Little ‘Best in Show’ wallpaper, with flock fuchsia doggies on a graphite metallic background. I’ve seen the black and white version of this, but I’ve been meaning to share this John Lewis pic with you for ages – what a cosy corner! Perfect for a chilly day like today!

I LOVE the giant Anglepoise floor lamp – it’s expensive, but we’ve seen gorgeous cheaper copies in the new TescoNext and Bhs collections for spring 2010, so don’t despair! Hot dogs are popping up all over the place at the moment…

These wall stickers are from Brume, a fab place to find unusual wall art, blackboard stickers and window film.

Dog cushions are IN at the moment. Not really my cup of tea to be honest, but according to Debenhams, the Ben de Lisi dog cushions have all sold out nationwide! Here are cushions from Debenhams and John Lewis, and a funky Linea mug from House of Fraser:

And if you’re a dog fan, check out these dog magnets, too…

Right, I’m off to test a cheese grater. Oh, the glamour. – Ellie

Emma Bridgewater LOVE

January 6, 2010

Warm the cockles of your heart today with these gorgeous shots from Emma Bridgewater‘s new spring summer collection…

Of course, the hearts pottery is lovely and perfect for Valentines Day gifts (nudge, nudge, wink, wink…) but it’s the vintage books I’ve fallen for. The King’s England series in shades of faded red – what could be more romantic? – Ellie


It’s TEA o’clock

September 9, 2009

Hurrah for Megan Price and her funky Mr PS designs. It’s always refreshing when a new designer hits the interiors scene. Megan’s work is now stocked in Pedlars and we think she’s definitely ‘one to watch’.

megan priceHer pieces are so colourful, cheerful, and quintessentially British…just the tonic for a dreary Wednesday afternoon. Check out her new raspberry ‘coffee and cake’ designs, and these lovely new greeting cards:

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megan price3I think I’m going to order a set of these and frame them in my kitchen. It’s all about the cheap artwork, folks! I’ll leave you with this pleasing photo pinched from Megan’s blog, showing the coloured inks she uses in her studio:

6a00d834520b2869e20120a55958bc970b-800wiCheck out that pink, top right – lovely! – Ellie

Marmite was first created in 1902, when brewers in Staffordshire began to use the yeasty by-product of beer making to create a tasty spread for bread. The sticky brown stuff has divided opinions for over a hundred years now – as the recent advertising campaign admits, ‘you either love it or you hate it’ – but Marmite is no ordinary spread. It’s much more than that – it’s become a symbol of Britishness, a reassuring brand that has stood the test of time, and a design icon in its own right. And, with the recession in full swing, Marmite designs have never been cooler.

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Check out these stunning Pop Art style canvases from Bloomsbury Store – I particularly like the one on the left with the green background. You can get silver Marmite jar lids from Notonthehighstreet, a Marmite recipe book from Amazon, and Dualit has released a limited edition Marmite toaster.

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These pastel-coloured Pop Art Marmite accessories are stocked at Rockett St GeorgeRustic Angels and Gift to Go.

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Fact of the day: Marmite originally came in a small earthenware pot, similar to the kind of French casserole dish called a ‘Marmite‘, (pronounced MAR-MEET). This is where Marmite gets its name from, and there’s still a little picture of the earthenware pot on the label today. Yorkshire mail-order company Pheasant sells stunning handmade Marmite teapots, as well as other vintage food container creations…

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Marmite isn’t just a homes trend – it’s even popped up on the catwalk. Check out the Marmite T-shirt below right, designed by Vivienne Westwood, and sold in the official Marmite Shop.

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I am firmly in the LOVE IT camp myself, and have been known to eat the stuff straight from the jar! It’s not everybody’s cup of tea thought – my mum had an unfortunate French exchange partner in the 1960s who assumed it was chocolate spread so smothered a piece of toast with it, and got a nasty shock! – Ellie

 

Planning a garden party? A bit of bunting instantly transforms even the dullest space into a festive party zone. Check out this cute retro bunting from one of my old favourites, Colloco:

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Colloco also sells a fantastic range of retro children’s book accessories, from notebooks to flasks:

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I love the funky ‘Made in England’ mugs at Colloco, and the cute vintage sweet wrapper badges they sell are fantastic for pinning to brightly-coloured cushions for a pop art feel!

– Ellie

Refresher

If you’re a fan of ceramics and country style, check out these pretty new pics from pottery guru Emma Bridgewater. All these lovely products will be available on her website soon.

Beakers, £3.50 - Emma Bridgewater (lifestyle shot)

Cutlery, from £4.95 for 10 - Emma Bridgewater

Happiness Half Pint Mug, £15.95 - Emma Bridgewater

Beakers, £3.50, and Polka Dot 1.5 Pint Jug, £29.95 - Emma Bridgewater

Having spent a few minutes day-dreaming about the Welsh dresser I will one day own, and which will, of course, be filled with gorgeous Emma B pottery, I’m off to sharpen all my coloured pencils and style them in a cute beaker. There just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes…– Ellie