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Month: April, 2010

Etsy love-in: Tialys

I spotted these earlier today on Etsy and love them… France-based seller Tialys uses old scraps of fabric, or even rough coffee sacks, to make these little owls, each one unique and full to the brim with French rustic charm and charisma. All the scruffy little creations use upcycled or recycled materials, from vintage coconut […]

Peep show: Zach Motl’s tiny apartment

Zach Motl’s magnificent Brooklyn apartment has caught the eye of a fair few publications, including the New York Times and The Neotraditionalist. Zach has created one of the quirkiest, most stylish homes I have seen in a while out of a mere 178 square feet. This is one tiny room. He rents the Brooklyn studio […]

People we’re loving: Studio at 37

The moment I saw Studio at 37‘s ceramic designs, the words cup, gift bag and bunting became a whole lot more interesting. Their quirky ceramic pieces are playful yet simple, in lovely muted pastel glazes with a nostalgic,  retro feel. I love the idea of ceramic bunting and party bags – they would make great […]

Garden finds for summer

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and summer is literally just around the corner, so drag your garden out of winter with these colourful treats: Pigeon and Jelly deckhair, £125, Thornback and Peel; Sunflower parasol, £29.95, dotcomgiftshop; fibreoptic butterfly lights, £12, M&S; Indian floor cushions, from £21, dotcomgiftshop; Hurricane lamp, £15, lifestyle bazaar; […]

Thrifty find: eco bags at Spotty Button

Being eco-conscious doesn’t mean you have to look cheap. These fun bags are a bargain at under a fiver, and no jute in sight. Envirosax Origami Retro Eco Bag, £4.95, Spotty Button

Spring inspiration: flower power

It is that time of year again when I start to remember why I love living in England. Flowers and new life are blossoming, the sun is shining (mostly) and it just makes me so happy. This is the moment when I really start to notice the new flowers all around me, and instead of […]

Cash vs. Credit: Marrakesh Lanterns

Silver lantern, £44.95, Dotcomgiftshop; White lantern, £20, Very

People we’re loving: Effortless Eating

My sister Maria always fills me with inspiration. Not only has she just given birth to the sweetest little girl, but she simultaneously runs London-based seasonal food company, Effortless Eating. Not content with office life, Maria took the plunge three years ago and rented out a kitchen in South West London. After months of hard […]

Cash vs. credit: birdie cushions

Which Came First cushion, £68, Anthropologie; handmade cushion, £25, notonthehighstreet.

Peep show: Amanda’s Tudor manor house

Based just outside Oxford, Amanda has lived in this idyllic Tudor house since she was a child, inheriting it from her parents as a young adult. To me, the style is the perfect balance between  shabby chic and old-school English grandeur, and totally unique in its mishmash of influences, with candlelit altars sitting happily alongside […]