I love the quirky British character of Emma Bridgewater‘s pottery, and my expectations are always high whenever she brings out a new collection. Having just had a sneaky peep at the lovely autumn/winter catalogue out later this year, I wasn’t disappointed.

Speckled Hen Egg Cup_ _7_95 - Emma BridgewaterHighlights include cute speckled hen egg cups, some lovely larder shots showing the new National Gardens Scheme charity mugs, and the now-notorious-headstand-teapot move – think break-dancing, but in an English kitchen with expensive china…

Union Jack 4 Cup Teapot_ _49_95 - Emma Bridgewater

Union Jack Rectangular Tin_ _8 and Tray_ _5 - Emma BridgewaterThere’s something strangely sinister about this cockerel door-stop – he has too much character for a bird without eyes, or legs…

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National Garden Scheme Selection_ from _15_95 - Emma Bridgewater

National Garden Scheme Se of 3 Mini Mug Candles_ _30 - Emma Bridgewater

Even the factory is pretty! The little holly candle mug above would make a gorgeous Christmas gift. (I know it’s bonkers to say that in June, but in the mad land of Ideal Home magazine, we’re already feeling festive!) Now then, pass me that teapot, it can’t be that hard. – Ellie

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LOVING THIS. It’s made of cross-stitched fabric with a polka dot backing and it’ll be in Cath Kidston shops in the autumn for £5. – Ellie

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Jan Constantine‘s latest designs have just been revealed at the Pulse show. It’s a fabulous collection of cushions, wall hangings, throws, lavender hearts and bags all embellished with the icons and architecture of London.

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The new products will be available from Jan Constantine‘s website and stockist shops in August. I love the red London bus cushion – it would look fantastic on my sofa! – Ellie

Pedlars magic

May 6, 2009

Quirky mail order company Pedlars has a knack of stocking everything that I dream of owning, and the new spring collection is as lovely as expected.

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Branches wall sticker, £29.50, Pedlars

The ultimate designer desk for 2009. Anglepoise lamp? Check. Vintage globe? Check. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ mug? Check. Funky wall sticker? Check. Vintage marmalade jar used as a pen pot in an oh-so-cool way? Check. If my desk looked like this, I’d get more work done, I’m sure…

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FUN print, £75, Pedlars

Following on from yesterday’s post about circus fonts, this new FUN print couldn’t be more on-trend. Love it! Even though it’s May, I’ve got a thing for this fabulous reindeer oil cloth too, which proves that reindeers are for life, not just for Christmas:

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Oil cloth, from £32, Pedlars

More Cool Britannia buys here for flag fans. Like them or loathe them, you can’t escape Union Jack designs this summer! Luckily, I’m loving this look and have even draped Union Jack bunting around my bedstead, much to my other half’s chagrin. (He muttered something rude before sulkily accepting the shabby chic vibe and the fact that his home now resembles some kind of crazy village fete, circa 1950. He’s well trained.)

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Union Jack tea towel, £11.50, Pedlars

    

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Enamel tea set, from £4.95, Pedlars

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Bunting, £14.95, Pedlars

So many lovely things. Have a look at the full collection on the Pedlars website, and you can ogle the lovely cluttered home of founders Charlie and Caroline Gladstone in this Guardian article. – Ellie