NEW: H&M UK home range

July 12, 2010

Get ready for some serious shopping, people – H&M is launching a homeware collection in the UK – finally! Available online from September, this brand new range oozes designer-style, at teeny weeny high street prices. This. Makes. Me. Very. VERY. Excited. Observe:

We’ve lapped up H&M‘s on-trend-but-affordable fashion for years; on a personal note, I’ve been a big fan of the lint rollers (by the tills) for a decade at least. I probably need to get out more. When H&M homeware launched last year – in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands – basically, everywhere but here – it was an instant hit. The UK is more than ready for trend-led homewares, and I predict this new collection is going to be HUGE. Check out the place mats, napkins, cushions, and tea towels – this French-style look is oh-so-chic! I am LOVING the butterfly paper napkins, the Chanel ‘No.36’ cushion, the ‘Please put the milk bottles out’ tea towel – basically, everything here. And, to give you a rough idea of prices – we’re talking £4.99 for a hand towel, £24.99 for a duvet set and £69.99 for a bed spread. Pretty darn reasonable.

Bed linen with typewriters, Anglepoise lamps AND birds on it? So many trends in one place! Love it!

Oooh la la! There are some fabulous boudoir shower curtains here, and some stunning floral prints on towels and table runners. I really like the rich, midnight blue and teal rose pattern above – it reminds me of a vintage dress I have. What’s that? You’ve been searching for space-age, silver bed linen with a foil-like look for years? Coming right up…(I imagine Lady GaGa has this at home…to match her leotard):

Visit the H&M website in September to see the rest of this quirky collection. Three cheers for the hipsters at H&M. Hip Hip… – Ellie

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HOT SHOP: PiP Studio

January 13, 2010

Fresh from the Netherlands, the Dutch answer to Cath KidstonPiP Studio is about to hit the UK. Think Greengate-meets-Rice…pretty florals, bright colours and a huge dose of vintage charm.

(Note the bell jar – ding dong! Really need to get over this.)  Launching in the UK this spring, PiP Studio products will be hitting shops such as Berry Red, Liberty and possibly bigger chains like John Lewis any time now.

Feast your eyes on this floral fest, lovely people…

Ooooh, I like that blue towel with the orange flowers – bit like a Hawaiian shirt, but in a good way!! Some cute cushions here, too.

There’s nothing like a spot of pretty china for a Wednesday afternoon…

I’ve just had a quick look at a new book, due out this March – Decorating with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Now, I’m not really into the whole swirly damask LLB style (and there are some fairly hideous interiors in this book to be sure! Pebble-look carpet tiles, anyone? Or perhaps you’d prefer a floor-to-ceiling parkland vista wall mural?? Even circa 1990, surely these were a bit dodge…) but I was impressed by the simple step-by-step decorating ‘how-to’ section in the second half, so it’s our book of the week. If you’re a hardcore LLB fan, see our April issue to find out how to steal his ‘style’! – Ellie

Sewing queen Amy Butler has been selling her gorgeous patterns and fabrics in the USA and online for a while, but exciting news for Brits today – Rowan is going to stock Amy‘s new collection. Check it out:

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These lovely fabrics and patterns are due to hit UK Rowan stockists soon, but if you can’t wait, click here to download a free patchwork quilt pattern designed by Amy Butler. – Ellie

 

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