Category: retail therapy

People we’re loving: ConiLab

While away over New year, I was contacted by Barcelona-based graphic designer Coni Della Vedova (aka ConiLab) and think her covetable prints are the perfect way to kick off 2012.

Initially hailing from Buenos Aires, where she studied graphic design, Coni specialises in handmade silkscreen prints with positive catchy slogans that very much speak for themselves. Snap one up now and start the year off as you mean to go on.

 

 

 

 

You can find her prints on Etsy here.

 

3D floral wonders from the V&A

 

 

MDF has never looked so good.

From £25 – £100 from the V&A shop.

Dalani Home & Living

I am very excited to be working as features editor for a stylish new interiors site called Dalani.

A close-knit, interiors-obsessed team, we work with a carefully curated selection of designers and brands to offer stylish interiors finds at cut prices. From block printed cushions at Les Indiennes to snug cashmere throws by Rani Arabella, it is a great place to find presents or a little bargain for yourself, so check it out here and spread the love.

 

 

Outline Editions Christmas extravaganza

Kristjana S Williams

From November 26th to December 24th, graphic print hub extraordinaire Outline Editions will be selling some of their funnest and finest prints by an eclectic range of artists in a pop-up shop on Berwick Street. With works by Anthony Burrill, Noma Bar, Kate Moross, James Joyce, Klaus Haapaniemi and Patrick Thomas,  and prices ranging from as little as £15 to £300, there is truly something for everybody.

Here is a little taster:

Klaus Haapaniemi

Anthony Burrill

Patrick Thomas

Kristjana S Williams

Noma Bar

Noma Bar is also running a free Cut It Out workshop there this Saturday where you can make your own Noma-inspired creation. (Overt sexual references optional).

For more details visit OutlineEditions.co.uk

Edie bedlinen at Toast

It may be winter outside but it can just as well be spring inside your bedroom.

 

Edie bedlinen, from £22 to £119 at Toast

Oak rocking chair at the Futon Co.

I would never have considered investing in a rocking chair until I saw this lovely oak one from the Futon Co. It is bold and angular and quietly stylish and I also love the climbing sidetable.

Oak rocking chair, £199, the Futon Company

Cash vs. credit: oil burners

Grey evenings are upon us and there is no better time to indulge in aromatic oils – in the bath, by your bed, anywhere you like. Say no to the Ambi Pur revolution and enjoy a pretty burner instead.

Temple soapstone burner, £4.99, TheIncenseStore.com; terracota oil burner, £10, The Body Shop

 

Original finds from Original House

German industrial trolleys, £210

Last week I went for supper at my friends’ house where I spotted a beautiful, robust and wonderfully worn out coffee table which was in fact just an old crate on wheels. But it was so solid and old and weathered, I couldn’t stop looking at it. I wondered all the way through supper how such a stylish number had ended up nestled between sound systems and granny’s cushions in their cosy, hotchpotch and rather boyish living room.

The answer: Original House, a furniture store founded in 2008 by Archie and Caddie Mackie which specialises original reclaimed pieces. Describing their style as “relaxed yet exciting” – as all good things should be – they scour Britian and beyond for one off pre-loved items and sell them online and through their showroom at Northleach, in the Cotswolds. Environmentally aware and disdainful of mass production, they know what they are doing and their pieces show it. Here are my current favourites:

1950s Tulip table by Eero Saarinen, from the QE2, £540

Portugese factory toolboxes, £110

Vintage Eastern European gym horses, £1200

Dutch enamelled industrial tables, £135

See more at OriginalHouse.co.uk

People we’re loving: Helen Rawlinson

Cushion cover, £22

My friend Ariadna, who knows more than anyone when it comes to alternative therapies in London and beyond, recently  pointed me in the direction of a wonderful wellbeing website and directory called The Baoli. Here, not only will you find a host of alternative and holistic therapies and practitioners, as well as a thriving online community of like-minded people offering up their latest alternative finds – you can also browse a carefully curated section devoted to living and the home. It is there that I recently discovered Helen Rawlinson’s sumptuous hand printed textiles – and they are worth shouting about.

Tea towels, £9 each

Large pendant shade, £69

Based in London, Helen screen prints all her textiles by hand in an old converted chocolate factory. She uses only water-based inks and unbleached organic cotton and has become best-known for her signature Moroccan tile print – simple, bright and boldly exotic. She also writes a lovely blog charting her life as a working mother and “how it all works”, and it is a breath of inspiration to mothers and creative minds alike.

 

Slim cushions, £28

Halloween trick or treat mini bag, £6.50

You can buy her collection at NotOnTheHighStreet.com, Etsy.com or through her blog.

A little owl for autumn

Owl knob, £12, Anthropologie