Month: August, 2011

Design column for How To Spend It

I am very excited to be able to link to my first column for The Haute Seat on How To Spend It online, the Financial Times’ luxury supplement, where I embark upon a small rant about the high street’s ruination of the trusty ikat print.

You can find it here.

Place mats you can plant

It is an unlikely combination but the brilliant Rani Deshpande, creator of eco-friendly gifts outfit Plant a Bloomer, has created a series of beautiful paper place mats that can be planted after use to produce a homegrown bunch of wildflowers.

The pretty mats are created from 100% recycled paper – anything from junk mail to shoe boxes – and mixed with flower, fern and wildflower seeds. When you have had your fun and made your mess, simply plant the paper in some soil, let it biodegrade and watch nature’s bounty bloom.

They also do matching seed paper coasters.

Available (from top to bottom) in heart, bloom and Christmas patterns; £14.95 for four from Plant a Bloomer at and Harvey Nichols.

Meet the anaPad

Over in Salt Lake City, Etsy craft duo twigcreative have come up with a magnetic iPad just for kids – the anaPad. It is made of wood and whiteboard and has magnetic app symbols that make it look just like Daddy’s real thing.

It is also about 14 times cheaper at just $35.


Top 5 super sexy beach towels

It’s August and the sun is shining. Say no to musty old beach towels and invest in one you can be proud of.

Jamelia beach towel, £112, Missoni Home at Amara

Birds of paradise beach towel, £40, by Pip Studio at Selfridges


Hammam striped towel, £19, Toast

Patterned beach towel, £39, Orla Kiely at Amara

Ocean beach towel, £29, Clarissa Hulse at John Lewis