For months I have been refilling the same old Evian water bottle. But today I decided, for three reasons, that it is time to invest in a proper aluminium one. Firstly, I have finally fallen prey to fears of BPA and its harmful effects; secondly, I want to reuse where I can; and thirdly – and most excitingly – I want to sip from something beautiful while I do so. With so many fun designs around I thought I would share my top five: I was tempted by Celia Birtwell but in the end I have gone for Gaiam – I always love their products and know they have been responsibly produced. Happy hydration is just a delivery away…
Anemone water bottle, £8.95, by V&A
Silver damask water bottle, £8, by Gaiam
Thoughtful Gardener water bottle, £9.95, by Wild & Wolf
Folk print water bottle, £13.95 (with carry case), by Wild & Wolf
Floral water bottle, £9.95, by Celia Birtwell
UK designer Stuart Gardiner‘s enchanting prints have already been snapped up by the likes of Liberty and Selfridges. Colourful, quirky and thoughtful, they are all you need for a cheery, chirpy kitchen. He is most famed for his Seasonal Guide tea towels, which range from wild food and garden flowers to seafood and sustainable provender, but his cheeky love / hate oven mitts and eloquent ‘drop scones not bombs’ tote are fast blazing their own design trail.
He uses organic materials wherever possible and everything is produced on-site in East London. Doing the drying up has never been so fun – nor so informative.
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.
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.
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:
Kristjana S Williams
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
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
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.
Owl knob, £12, Anthropologie
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.
Keep your letters safely tucked away under this pretty metal wing.
£7 at Beyond the Valley