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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  

A nice idea

I saw this on holiday in Italy and thought it was a lovely, simple idea – as the best things often are.  

Handmade in Britain 2011

On the weekend I went along to the 2011 Handmade in Britain expo at London’s Chelsea Town Hall. I am ashamed to have only written it up now but time seems to have slipped away. Organised by fashion and home accessories designer Piyush Suri, the fair started in 2007 with the aim of bringing together […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blue animals by Bitossi

As former director of iconic ceramcicists Bitossi, Aldo Londi designed these lovable Rimini Blu animals in the 1950s. They caught my eye the other day and my heart skipped a beat for each and every one – and there are over a dozen. With their dreamy blue hues and intricate textures they are hard not […]

Guest post: Zoe rounds up the best little vases from the Origin craft fair

Design-fan-about-town Zoe extols the wistful virtues of a teeny tiny vase for autumn. Shan Annabelle Valla Two weekends ago, enjoyng the last of the summer, I visited the contemporary craft fair Origin in London’s Spitilfields market. I was delighted, more than anything, by some little vases made especially for single flowers. Out of nowhere I was […]

Autumn at Burford

Last week I passed by Burford garden centre in Oxfordshire and couldn’t resist stopping for a quick coffee and retail runaround. I have only ever been there briefly, running in and out on busy Saturday mornings for compost with my sister who lives nearby, so I relished the chance to wander round in peace and […]

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 […]