Month: September, 2011

nestify for How To Spend It

I am happy to announce that my second column for How To Spend It has just gone up. It is about cool design things that you can also plant.

You can read it here.



Luardos: Mexicana kitsch reigns supreme

My friend Simon Luard, from Luardos Mexican street food, just had his Citroen H resprayed and it looks very cool: pink, sexy, and kitsch to the hilt.

You can hunt it down for yourself at markets around London. Specialising in his signature Baja Fish Tacos, it’s where you want to be. They’re delicious.

His other van, no less exciting but with a slightly more down-played Mexicana vibe, serves London’s yummiest burritos every weekday on Whitecross Street.

Go forth and gorge.

A little owl for autumn

Owl knob, £12, Anthropologie

Hello Kitty at Liberty

It was only a matter of time before the world’s coolest fabric house snapped up the world’s cutest feline. Joining forces with Liberty, Kitty is back, and looking uber stylish for A/W 2011.

Find her nestling among autumnal apples, swinging in crazy Kitty Town, rocking out at her favourite music festival or communing with nature as she emerges from a giant psychedelic flower.

There are five designs to choose from, at £21 per metre, available in stores from September 26th, or for pre-order online now at



Harvest at Alex’s: Toast’s top table

This weekend we have taken the chocolate van to a new festival at Alex James’ farm, aptly called Harvest at Alex’s. There are foody treats aplenty including live demos by Ottolenghi and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, as well as tons of street food vans and stalls – standing strong despite crazy autumn winds. But by far the most stylish thing amid the portaloos and pop up awnings is the Chef’s Table tent, styled by Toast. Rustic and cosy, it is the perfect place to snoop around their new season collection.

West Dean festival: design roundup

Shabby Chick

Last weekend we took the chocolate van to a new creative festival in West dean, West Sussex, which was set up in partnership with the team behind the lovely Port Eliot lit fest.

The house and grounds are beautiful and there were some lovely crafts stalls, so I thought I’d do  alittle roundup of my favourite traders, both local and further afield.

Shabby Chick

Based in Totnes, Shabby Chick Amanda has been selling vintage and vintage-inspired fabrics, homewares and trinkets for seven years. She passionately supports local crafts and all her items are sourced within Devon and Cornwall, ranging from hand-knitted bed socks to sumptuous old eiderdowns and reupholstered deck chairs. She trades weekly at the market in Totnes and travels to festivals in the summer months.



Based near Petersfield, fifth-generation Potter Jon Barrett-Danes hand makes animal based ceramics. He was trained by his parents, and later in Bristol. His lovingly crafted animal sculptures don’t come cheap but they are brimming with character and texture.

Kate Talbot: Hung Drawn Quoted

Textile artist Kate Talbot creates retro-style cards and prints using needlework to recreate pop-art style designs and iconic household items such as trusty HP Sauce and Marmite. Her designs are playful and detailed, described by Kate as “ironic iconic”. She says, “This is alternative craft. It is no soft option, but is thought provoking, witty and enjoyable.”