NEW knitted vases

June 24, 2010

It’s sunny outside, Wimbledon is underway here in London and the sky is blue – but here at Ideal Home towers, we’re already in the depths of our November issue and starting to plan Christmas! These cute, cosy knitted vases from Ferm Living (they’ll be stocked at 95% Danish too this autumn) are getting me in a wintery mood…

These pics have just given me an idea. An idea which involves a pair of scissors and a knackered old jumper I own… – Ellie

Brissi beauty

April 16, 2010

LOVING these pretty pictures from our friends over at Brissi – show-casing their lovely new vases…

Ah, spring is in the air! – Ellie

HOT BUY: Typewriter stickers

February 17, 2010

Ever wished your laptop was as pretty as a vintage typewriter? I love oldskool typing, but when it comes to sending emails, surfing the net or saving work, clearly a rickety old Corona is not much help. Laptops are practical, but they just aren’t romantic. At a typewriter, I’m a 1940s novelist – glamorous, calm, creative – with red lipstick and pearls. At my laptop, I’m just another stressed-out caffeine-fuelled Londoner with deadlines and slow broadband. Enter, stage left, the tonic to all my woes…vintage typewriter stickers to vintage-ify your laptop! (APPLAUSE AND CHEERING)

Ok, so it’s a little weird. And not QUITE the same as a real typewriter. But fix the stickers either side of your mouse pad and cover the letter keys and it’s as good as it’s gonna get, folks. A set of stickers is £14.95 from Rockett St George, which has lots of other lovely new buys to check out, too…

This elegant cutlery looks ceramic, but it’s plastic – posh picnic cutlery. I LOVE it – it’s perfect for weddings/parties/packed lunches…

And have a peep at these stylish LONDON KILLS ME cushions and slate place mats. A bit Charlene Mullen-esque me thinks – VERY nice.

Rockett is also stocking some new glass chemistry flask ‘vases’ (on the right) which would look cool filled with flowers. I recently did a little photo shoot for Ideal Home with a glass chemistry beaker as a pen pot (see left!) so perhaps Science-Lab-Chic is on the horizon…?! Worth noting: you can buy inexpensive lab equipment from a school supplier if this funky look tickles your fancy!

Finally, check out this stunning Ostrich wallpaper, from Turner Pocock at Rockett. So fabulous. As is the gorgeously-worn-yet-beautiful-in-a-shabby-chic-way pink chair in this shot. ‘Enough!’ she cried, ‘TOO much temptation for one morning’! And anyway, when the first person to third person switch occurs, it’s often a sign it’s time to wrap things up, she thought to herself. – Ellie

Wonderful white

March 13, 2009

When The White Company look book arrives in the office, it’s always an exciting day. These new spring/summer photographs are so airy and beautiful, we had to share them with you.

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An all-white room with pretty accessories, fresh flowers and a flickering candle is a magical, restful space.

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You might think white’s a difficult choice to live with – particularly if you’ve got children – but stylist Atlanta Bartlett, author of At Home with White, says she finds white ‘extremely practical’. Atlanta thinks the idea that dark colours and patterns are better because they don’t show dirt, isn’t right. ‘At least with white you can see exactly what needs a good clean, plus if something is really stained you can always resort to bleach,’ she says. I’ve been thinking about sanding my bedroom floorboards and painting them white for a while now. I think I’m nearly ready to take the plunge! – Ellie