Month: March, 2010

Cash vs. credit: aubergine table lamps

aubergine table lamps

Aubergine table lamp, £165, Heal’s; Sophie table lamp £90, Pied a Terre at House of Fraser

Liberty of London + Target

liberty target

liberty of london for target

Just when I thought Liberty couldn’t squeeze in another amazing collaboration, they prove me wrong. The Liberty of London for Target range is finally here and looks even better than I’d hoped; above are my top picks.

Apart from cups, plant pots, candles, tops and dresses and other homey things, the range also features some really funky DIY products,  including colourful gardening gloves and a wonderful retro watering can.

But my favourite piece has to be the piggy bank with his cute floral rump.

Quirky door mats at Burford

doormats from burford

burford doormats

Door mats are not something to which I habitually devote much attention. Scuffed and muddy, I tend to look beyond the door mat to the room itself, and have had my fill of those ones with boring slogans like “home sweet home”.  But then I saw these, from Cotswolds-based company Burford, that made me think twice.

Peep show: Anthropologie Kings Road

anthropologie kings rd

I came over all wistful and nostalgic when I saw that age-old Antiquarius on the Kings Road was closing down.

But I got over it as soon as I heard that Anthropologie – who can’t put a foot wrong right now – were revamping the space.

I think it looks amazing, and will be a great source of inspiration for young London homemakers. The highlight for me, which unfortunately lost its lustre in the photos, is a miniature greenhouse filled with white and purple hyacinths. One sniff and you’re in retail heaven.

If you haven’t made it to the new store, here are the best bits.

anthropologie kings rd

anthropologie kings rd

anthropologie kings rd

anthropologie kings rd

Never before have I lusted after a frilly apron.

Craft: personalised candles

cnaldes peace love

This little DIY project is a really easy way to personalise candles for a little present of just for your own home.

What you need: votive, tissue paper, rub-on stencils or a pen (and a steady hand), glue.

What to do: Cover the votive in glue and wrap tissue paper around it. If it creases, don’t worry – I think this adds to the effect. Then stencil or draw your words of choice, light the candle and… nest in peace.

Print & Pattern: the book, by Bowie Style

Ninguins by Bam Pop!

Ninguins by Bam Pop!

I love the Print & Pattern blog and always snoop around there for inspiration. I was so excited to see their new book, brimming with kitsch and colourful prints.

Editor Marie Perkins (aka Bowie Style) describes it as “a selection of works by fabulous designers from all over the world, united by a love of printed pattern.”

Audubon's Aviary by Sanna Annuka

Audubon’s Aviary by Sanna Annuka

Prett Pretty Elephants by Lotta Bruhn

Pretty Pretty Elephants by Lotta Bruhn

Little Fawns by Happy Kimono

Little Fawns by Happy Kimono

Peep show: eclectic bedrooms

As I am moving flat soon (fingers crossed), I woke up today in urgent need of inspirational shots, before all my ideas become too muddled and I lose all direction. I thought I would share my top three with you – a winning mixture of modern luxury and ragged charm.

orange pastel bedroom by elle decor

elle decor bedroom

elle decor bedroomImages via pointclickhome

For inspirational bedroom furniture that stands the test of time, look for something interesting yet versatile – the options are endless.

Cash vs Credit: patchwork tea cosies

Caravan tea cosy, £45, cocoboat

Chicken tea cosy, £10, John Lewis

MAC + Liberty

…equals really pretty make up. The new MAC Give Me Liberty of London Collection is causing a flutter across the capital. It is very cute…

mac liberty make up bag

mac liberty of london scarf

mac liberty of london lipstick

Thorsten van Elten’s honesty stamps

thorsten van elten honesty stamps

Check out Thorsten van Elten’s honesty stamps. Say what you mean, again and again and again.