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Month: June, 2010

GANT homeware: celebrate Independece Day in style

As Independence Day looms, all-out Americana is cropping up with abandon. Now, fans of laid back East Coast style will be over the moon to know that wholesome US label GANT have just launched their new interiors range. Evocative of late-nineties Ralph Lauren homeware but with more stars and less stripes, it perfectly encapsulates everything […]

Folksy love-in: Pin cushions with a difference

At a certain point in a woman’s life, the importance of a pin cushion becomes clear. For some it is aged forty plus, lovingly darning their husband’s socks; for others it is earlier, when they realise that sewing their socks themselves is not such a bad idea after all. This can  either be seen as […]

Funky trunks

Since bounding out of school aged 18 with my tattered old navy trunk in tow, I have not given it a second’s thought. Until last week. Wandering down London’s Pimlico Road last week – a treat in and of itself for any design fan – I spied the most elegant pile of vintage Louis Vuitton […]

Picnicking goes eco

Calling all lazy picnickers: you probably won’t want to throw away this cute rustic picnic set for from Bob by Post (a steal at £8.95), but should you wish to drunkenly dump it you can do so with a clear conscience. It is 100% biodegradable.

People we’re loving: bluebellgray

If you haven’t yet heard of Fi Douglas’s company bluebellgray, you soon will. Bringing a whole new burst of colour and charm to the Scottish design scene, they specialise in hand-painted cushions and throws along with occasional one off bespoke items and original paintings – all of them flower-powered up to the max. Think rambling […]

Food trees at Smarin Design

Unleash your inner Eve with Stéphanie Marin’s Mangier trees. They’re causing quite a stir. Images via bb blog

Peep show: Trasierra, Andalusia

Last week I was lucky enough to join lovely Charlotte Scott, British interior designer turned indomitable hotel owner , and her fun-loving progeny in their dreamy family home -cum-hotel, Trasierra, perched in the Sierra Norte just over an hour’s drive from Seville. The house is breathtaking, and the result of years and years of love […]

Animal egg cosies

While I am against egg cosies in principal, these speak for themselves: Animal egg cosies, £1.95 each, dotcomgiftshop

Peep show: The Colour Purple

Papal, regal, seductive, exotic, noble, electric, psychedelic, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk… Whatever it means to you, you have to dig purple.

People we’re loving: Lee Broom

Birmingham-born designer Lee Broom proved a talented creative from a young age – starting off as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of just 16. By 17, he had won a design contest run by the Clothes Show, off the back of which he spent 6 months interning with Vivienne Westwood […]