Tired of your flippin’ Klippan, Ektorp or Karlstad? Or looking for ways to make your Ikea shopping experience more fun!? Following on from their shabby chic ‘Country-Style’ loose fit linen covers, the people at Bemz are expanding the range and introducing ‘Urban Style’. Slightly edgier, dirtier, scrunchier linens in sludgy whites and greys that look great with industrial furniture, factory lighting and other salvage pieces…yes please!

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Fling it over your Nils chair from only £89. The slip covers are also available for a range of Ikea models within the Karlanda, Karlstad, Klippan,Henriksdal, Klappsta and Kivik series…

as well as Bemz bed skirts. Ooooh such linen loveliness:

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The fabric is a Belgium Rosendal linen. It is pre-washed to get that soft, vintage-like feel. I don’t actually own an Ikea sofa or armchair (although my living room is crying out for an armchair!) but with Bemz’s custom designed covers in my life, it feels like an affordable, no-brainer. – Alice

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Eee by gum, our first ‘Book of the Week’ for 2011 is a real stunner. Packed full of beautiful photographs and printed on expensive-looking thick paper, it’s written by two Norwegian stylists: Ellen Dyrop and Hanna Kristinsdottir, and out on February 7th. Rediscovered Treasures: A New Life for Old Objects is an absolute treat from beginning to end. And it goes a little something like this…

This beautiful book shows you how to transform old curios into shabby-chic homewares for every room of the house…so start collecting cutlery, biscuit tins and the like, and stock up on super-glue:

I like the idea of using stencils to update old tableware – ‘CARPE DIEM’ in an Emma-Bridgewater-esque font scrawled across a vintage metal teapot filled with fresh flowers– what could be more pleasing?

It’s got a step-by-step ‘how to’ section at the back, with stencils to trace and a useful list of shops you might need, too. It’s out on February 7th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon now for under a tenner. – Ellie

Advent calendar: DEC 4

December 4, 2010

Brrrrrr – it sure is chilly round here. Time for a warming mug of hot chocolate and a little peek behind door number four…

Hurrah! It’s the pretty vintage Christmas brooches from Acorn and Will. While we’re there, let’s have a little look at the 1950s-style Christmas wrapping paper and vintage ribbons, too. It’d be rude not to. – Ellie


NEW Ella Doran design

June 16, 2010

Snap-happy designer Ella Doran (featured in our gorgeous July issue, out now!) has teamed up with Barcelona-based artist Kavell Rafferty, to create ‘POR TABLE’ – a range of vinyl-inspired placemats and coasters featuring vintage portable record-players and ‘lost and found formica’ (whatever THAT is)!

A great gift for the wannabe-DJ in your life, or perfect for an all-things-retro-addict!

Embrace vinyl style! Just get a few bowls made of old vinyl records to complete the look from Eco Emporia, then hang some framed records on the wall from The Contemporary Home – or make your own from charity shop finds – and your new look is complete! – Ellie

HOT SHOP: Bhs

February 26, 2010

Bhs has been producing fabulous home accessories for a while now, but I think the new summer range is the best yet. Check out the Bohemia collection – all very pretty and feminine:

I’ve always wanted a bedroom with a door onto the garden like this…so airy in the summer. Love the shell pendant light fitting, too…

Turquoise, hot pink and bright yellow – what a fabulous combination of zingy colours! It’s a mix we were chatting about earlier today actually, in a live interiors surgery for the Times Online.

Cute towels here with a birdy theme (see more about Garden Birds in the May issue of Ideal Home!)…and what a crisp, beautiful bathroom. Shots like this make me want to paint everything in my house white and just have colourful accessories. Sigh.

Sweet appliqué cushions here – and a fabulous butterfly rug!! I’m sure we’ve admired the wallpaper collage in this location house before, but isn’t it lovely? I knew there was a reason for my obsessive stash of wallpaper samples! Have a lovely weekend. I’m off to an antiques fair in Detling, so I’ll be sniffing out beautiful things for my home and sorting through the weird and wonderful, too. I’ll take some pics for Monday. I can feel a photo-montage coming on already… –Ellie

Vintage seed labels fun

November 12, 2009

Burgundy Brocante is a new website – well worth a peep if you’re a crafty type, or a fan of all things vintage. As well as a nice selection of vintage home buys such as glass bottles, chairs and embroidered linens (all sourced in France) this little online shop also has a massive collection of original 1920s French seed envelope labels – just £6 for 24.

vintage seeds1You could glue them on to small brown envelopes for storing seed, or use them to make gorgeous greeting cards, gift tags, or even frame them for some vintage wall art. I love the bright colours and pretty illustrations on these – and you can buy French seed packets too, with a label glued on the front and sowing instructions printed on the reverse. My ‘Chou’ one is so ‘chouette’!

vintage seeds2Burgundy Brocante is run by David and Jane Gratton who live in the Burgundy region of France and spend their time hunting for lovely vintage bits and bobs. What a wonderful life! They’ve sold at antiques fairs for a few years, but have just launched their website, meaning we can all access these lovely labels now. Hurrah! – Ellie