Rob Ryan

Our next guest needs no introduction, and to have him grace our site is an honour and a delight. Rob Ryan, purveyor of  the original poetic paper cut art  inspiring love, melancholy and humour, shares his inside life with us…

I collect… Old Soul Records.

I cant live without… Books.

My guilty pleasure is… Buying Old Soul Records.

Our house is filled with… old newspapers, magazines, clothes, books, the mess made by a family in a small flat.

I treasure my… studio.

Right now I can’t stop thinking about… A collaborative project I am working on with designer Michael Marriott, it’s a rocking chair. 

Currently I am reading… Grayson Perry’s Monograph (Thames & Hudson) 

My favourite item of clothing is… My cords made by “Old Town” of Holt, they’re so soft and warm, I’m wearing them now. 

At the top of my furniture wish list is… We need a new dining table. 

The last thing that really inspired me was… Grayson Perry’s huge tapestry at The Victoria Miro Gallery. 

My comfort food is… Mash.

On my desk are… Pens, pencils, rubbers, desk lamps,  a lightbox, papercuts and cutting boards, undrunk cups of tea, phone, stapler…. Work stuff! 

This weekend I will… do as little as possible but on Saturday night I’m off to a “Dallas” themed birthday party. 

Tonight I must… sit at home and watch t.v.

I love what I do because… I do what I love!!



Hi everyone.  All I have to say aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! This weekend, we put our last posession in our new home… then locked ourselves out [last weekend we locked ourselves out of our old home]! We also won’t have internet until the 22nd of December. We are not having a good week, I guess these are the hazards of trying to juggle moving and working, and living. I wasn’t even able to write a weekly roundup! I really envy our friendly neighbourhood fox, who doesn’t have any posessions or a job to worry about, he just frolicks careefree from garden to garden!

However, saying that, after an arduous two weeks we have our Christmas tree up, cupboards stocked and are looking forward to spending the winter in our new home.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to post as much as I’d like this final week, but I am sure you will all be in and out of the office at Christmas parties and on last minute gift hunts so you won’t miss us too much! I have a few contributors helping me out for this period, so I hope you will enjoy the change of voices. I had a lot of things planned for us this week, cook book reviews from Louise, gift guides from our contributors, book reviews from Lauren and a special recipe from my mum! All that is still to come, but sporadically, so I hope you will bear with our ‘technical difficulties’.

Onwards and upwards, with an interview from the lovely Rob Ryan!

3 Things

[1]Text Christmas Cards set of 8 £8, JME. [2] Julros Candles  20 for £3.99 Ikea. [3] Polar bear decoration £2.50 M&S.


Some beautifully products from an old favorite Design House Stockholm, I love the muted palette of all of these, perfect for a cosy winter.

Their new addition above, the work lamp is a stunning industrial style piece, inspired by the garage and workshop and has been bought into the home by refining it with more defined angles. It is available in gold and chrome plated versions.

Below, Family Chairs is a take on the traditional Swedish stickback chair, each chair in the collection is different and is given a modern black finish.


Lastly, I just love their graphic and stylish range of plump and cosy cushions decorated with the  five most popular Swedish fabric designs of the 1950’s.


Itsy Bitsy

This week I have a little festive number for you from the wonderful Hortensia of Itsy Bitsy Cupcakes. Cupcakes have certainly had a wonderful year in the bakery popularity stakes, so why not rustle up a batch of these oh-so-cute mini eggnog cupcakes for any festive gatherings you are planning.

Itsy Bitsy cupcakes specialise in gorgeous mini cupcakes, hand-crafted daily using only the freshest ingredients, including Valrhona cocoa, pure Madagascan Bourbon vanilla, organic unwaxed lemons and free range organic eggs. These chic mini cupcakes offer an alternative to the usually old-fashioned and sprinkle-topped style of cupcakes out there. I just love the innovative flavours that Itsy Bitsy offer, so sophisticated and right for the party season ahead. Happy baking – Louise x
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