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Category: design scrapbook

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Festival madness

Over the last few weeks we have taken the chocolate van all over England to feed eager festival goers and their hungry kids. It has been a whirlwind of tents, brownies, milkshakes and hot choc sauce but after Camp Bestival this weekend a well-earned break in Umbria is just around the corner and I can’t […]

Artsmart 2011

Last weekend we were running the Choc Star van at a new art event for London’s art students and alumni: Artsmart. Situated in the  courtyard of the Chelsea College of Art and design, opposite Tate Britain, the two day pop-up market hosted a wonderful, inspiring and exciting array of crafts from across the board, from […]

My miniature cactus from Kew

On a trip to Kew Gardens yesterday I bought this little cactus. He is green and white and nestled in an old Sophie Conran egg cup next to my duck measuring cups. I am now planning for a little cactus family, housed in a hotchpotch of unloved chinaware.

Missoni Bubble lamp

This new season pendant lamp by Missoni is a fun mix between ethnic luxe and DIY style and I like it a lot. Allowing customers to choose from a selection of seventeen colourful prints – all in keeping with the laid-back-loud that Missoni do so well – and small and large pendant frames, complete with […]