The paint charts are being printed as I blog but in the meantime I wanted to give you lucky folk a sneaky preview of Fired Earth’s beautiful photography showcasing their new paint range. It’s been a year since Kevin McCloud’s Mid-Century capsule collection and so we’re all a little bit excited about The Paint Collection that is available at the end of the month. This time the inspiration is taken from colours, products and styles that the Fired Earth buying team have absorbed from their expeditions around the world. Made up of 36 colours the collection includes 24 accent shades and 12 new neutrals. The idea is you can create your own unique style by layering up the neutrals with bold statement colours. Express yourself…!

Fired Earth, The Paint Collection, New paint range, Fired Earth buyers, accent colours, statement wall, neutrals, Kevin McCloud, ideal home, decorating, interiors, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

Fired Earth, The Paint Collection, New paint range, Fired Earth buyers, accent colours, statement wall, neutrals, Kevin McCloud, ideal home, decorating, interiors, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

Fired Earth, The Paint Collection, New paint range, Fired Earth buyers, accent colours, statement wall, neutrals, Kevin McCloud, ideal home, decorating, interiors, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

Fired Earth, The Paint Collection, New paint range, Fired Earth buyers, accent colours, statement wall, neutrals, Kevin McCloud, ideal home, decorating, interiors, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

– Alice.

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Cox and Cox: SUMMER 2011

February 7, 2011

So I’ve numbed my throbbing wisdom tooth pain with prescription painkillers and it’s time to take a five minute break from the never-ceasing-hamster-wheel AKA The Ship of Dreams. I’ll have a little gander at the lovely new Cox and Cox look book. Ok, so it’s A3, which means it doesn’t really fit into an A4 folder unless you fold it in half and crease all the pages, which is one of my Top Three OCD Pet Hates (along with books that aren’t sorted by colour – ongoing issue – and press releases with the subject line ‘SNEAKY PEAK’ instead of ‘PEEK’, thus implying some kind of secretive mountain…) – but, all is forgiven because the huge A3 Cox and Cox pictures are SO BEAUTIFUL. The bigger the better, as the actress said…

…enough of this drug-induced twaddle. Let’s look at what’s on offer. There are glass bell jars and elegant tin barn stars – remember Amish-chic? Le Trend De Puritan? You heard it here first. I know – the irony. They’d be LIVID. But they probably aren’t shallow enough to read a shopping blog…no offence, like…

I love these numbered cards – perfect for tables at a wedding reception , or just to sprinkle around your home in a decorative-yet-boyfriend-baffling way.

Keep your eyes peeled for graph-paper-patterned cotton ‘Doodle’ tablecloths you can draw on – presumably aimed at kids, granted, but I won’t tell if you won’t. Imagine the fun you could have…you could draw a chess board…you could play noughts and crosses surreptitiously under your napkin at boring dinner parties when friends-of-friends become intolerably dull droning on about politics or religion or whatnot and all you want to do is play Pictionary and get drunk…you could write nagging reminders to hopeless family members…you could even draw a plate and then put an actual plate on top of your plate picture. Like an invisible place mat. Crazy, I know. The possibilities are endless…

I particularly like these Japanese-print paper-wrapped votives – so pretty, even when your tealight’s not lit. I also like the delicate lace candle – made of wax with a sheet of antique lace embedded inside it, so when it’s lit, the pattern shows through – and the gorgeous Maroq garland…

Before I dash, there’s just time to sneak a PEEK at the best of the rest – including teeny-weeny Borrower-style cutlery napkin charms (get the look: raid the nearest dolls’ house) and the fabulous ‘Cheesy Feet’ pastry cutter. I kid you not. Over and out. – Ellie