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Month: March, 2010

People we’re loving: nkuku

Last night I was detained quite some time in Wholefoods by the prettiest selection of fair trade journals and notebooks. You’re probably thinking, “not another pretty fair trade notebook”, but these are worth a second look. Devon-based brand Nkuku, which is the name of a village in Zambia, combines traditional Indian and African artisan techniques […]

Etsy love-in: Judy Kaufmann

Browsing on Etsy – the best way to spend ten free minutes, guaranteed – I spotted these prints by Judy Kaufmann and it was love at first sight. I like her retro style and attention to detail. Giving hope to doodlers across the globe, she says, “I never was interested in economics or law, not […]

A funky vase for Spring

Vase, £30, John Lewis

People we’re loving: Lulu & Nat

I am always seduced by Indian textiles and crafts. Unable to hop on a plane and stock up, I like to keep an eye on Indian-inspired homewares available a little closer to home. When I first saw these designs by English duo Lulu & Nat, my heart gave a little flutter. Their products are hand […]

Oriental lavender cushions

Browsing on, you can always find original and affordable things. I recently spied these cushions, with bright oriental designs, stuffed full of French lavender. At £8 you can invest in the whole bunch.

Peep show: Sophie Conran’s countryside Temple

Sophie Conran does it all – she bakes, she writes, she arranges flowers, she designs porcelain, cutlery, and she’s a mum on top of that. And she does it all so well. She has recently added another string to her bow with Temple Guiting – a countryside retreat in the Cotswolds where you can go […]

Peep show: Tobias and the Angel

Everyone’s talking about Tobias and the Angel, a furniture, gifts and one-stop shop for all things pretty, based in Barnes. Sophie Conran and Kirstie Allsopp are fans, and that’s just the start… it’s a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of treats. I was lucky enough to interview the lovely Angel for mydeco – check it out here […]

Say it with a postcarden

I have not seen anything as cool as this postcarden – that’s a postcard-cum-pop-up-garden – in a long time; I can’t think of anything cuter to send a loved one. I also grew one myself and can guarantee that it works. For £7.50, it’s a bargain.

People we’re loving: Jimmie Martin

Every day, I walk past the Jimmie Martin shop on Kensington Church Street shop on my way to work and I have slowly but surely become obsessed with their designs. Their provocative, colourful take on classical pieces is totally unique – modern and playful with a whole lot of nerve.

Cash vs Credit: Heart cushions