Month: May, 2010

Cash vs. Credit: Moroccan tea glasses

Since we’re on coloured glass…

coloured moroccan tea glasses

Set of three tea glasses, £15, Kuati; set of three glasses, £5.95, dotcomgiftshop

People we’re loving: Lisa Stickley

London-based ceramics and textiles designer Lisa Stickley knows how to have some fun. Her quirky designs are playful without being too girly, decorated with old-school (yet surprisingly relevant) doodles and mantras such as “keep nail varnish in the fridge and it will stay runny. pack tight shoes with wet newspaper and leave overnight. to clean dirty wallpaper – rub with stale bread. make diamonds sparkle, clean them with gin”; or “when choosing plants for the flower garden, consider those that may give a good display of bloom and, in many cases, provide glorious cut flowers for house decoration”.

She also designs quirky floral hand and washbags, as well as playful mugs and other homely treats such as an “uncommonly good cup mug” and a “splendidly small bowl”. They do exactly what they say on the tin.

lisa stickley bags

Summer inspiration: coloured glass

When the sun is shining, there is no prettier way to brighten up a room than with coloured glass. I used to have an irrational dislike of it, thinking it looked tacky and a bit like cheap plastic picnic-ware, but placed carefully, an old blue bottle or cluster of bright vases can shine just as brightly as a stained glass window.

I woke up today determined to find the perfect coloured bottles for my new and empty bookshelves – ideally with a vintage apothecary feel and cork stopper.

coloured glass bottles

bubbly glass bottkes with cork

Images via Catherine Jamieson, karlah1, jrorci, DAJanzen and Dianer1119 on Flickr.

I got the blues

In my frenzy to find the perfect finds with which to decorate my new flat, I keep on coming back to blue. Blue glass, blue accessories, blue silk, blue and white… It is  all over the place right now. A warm, cornflower blue against a clean white background is one of may favourite combinations… warm sunny Mediterranean days with a little Mexican vibe thrown in. Since I am chained to the desk in London, and not heading anywhere sunny soon, I thought I would post my top blue finds:

Satin jewellery roll, £15, Monsoon; Hare cushion, £55, Helen Minns at mydeco design boutique; Imperial vase, £195, OKA; Blue paisley mug, £5.95, dotcomgiftshop; Glass vase, £50, Laura Ashley; Bamboo serving bowl, £4, John Lewis; Alessi wall clock, £37, Nest; Recycled glass tumbler, £5, Biome Lifestyle; Bicycle cushion, £25, Hunkydory Home at mydeco design boutique.