January 2013 archive

Call Me Maybe?

Beautiful business cards, expensive procrastination [time spent browsing and dreaming vs working] or essential to your business? I’m going for the latter! After returning to freelancing this month after three years of full-time trend forecasting, I seem to have lost all my business cards from all those prior years of freelancing [seven to be precise] […] Read more…

Clever Decor for Dreary Spaces

Escaping the grasp of rental living after six long years, I never thought anything could make me remotely envious of being back in that position – but lately I’ve spotted some really creative products for decorating temporary spaces which would have made those decor-challenged days much more bearable. Plain walls are a dreary drawback of […] Read more…

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.

There can only be one topic of absolute obsession for me this week [and possibly the year] and that is the 200 year anniversary of Jane Austen’s world beloved novel – Pride and Prejudice. Two centuries ago, on a very wintry 28th of January in the year 1813, this luminous novel came into being. There […] Read more…

Collecting by Maria Munn

Love the look of bell jars but find them essentially pointless unless maybe you’re a collector of some sort [or you enjoy dusting every day]? Well UK based Bulgarian artist Marina Munn’s fantastical series ‘Collecting’ might be just the thing for a beautiful and uncomplicated relationship. Munn’s series illustrates sometimes surreal and sometimes mundane objects […] Read more…

Pioneer Spirit

Lately I’ve been noticing a surge of interest in TV and literature about creative entrepreneurs of the past… last year’s visually stunning BBC1 show, The Paradise and ITV’s just launched drama about the flamboyante Mr. Selfridge both follow the endeavors of 19th century entrepreneurs – and of course the newly published historical novel The Potters […] Read more…

Pop Up Paris: Diamond Candles

Sometimes ‘hidden surprise’ concepts can feel a bit gimmicky and more of a marketing idea than a basis for a good product – but French design brand Popup Paris have fallen just the right side of cool with their scented Diamond Candles that may reveal a diamond when the wax burns! One in every 50 candles […] Read more…

Sugar, Oh Honey Honey

Whipped Frosting This past December [unbelievably for my 30 years of age] I bought my first roll of baking paper, first set of cake tins and followed my first sugar soaked recipes. Many ruined floury messes and burnt pans later – I mastered Poached Pear Sauternes, Flourless Chocolate Cakes, Victoria Sponges, Martha’s 7 Minute Frosting and […] Read more…

West Elm Marketplace: A Fresh Start

Copper Measuring Spoons West Elm Market After a seriously indulgent and frivolous holiday it seems everyone has hunkered down into nesting mode. My brain for one has spiralled sharply away from thinking about must-have cut glass punchbowls and the perfect candle-sconce to deck our halls with – and towards practical and beautiful utilitarian ‘fresh start’ […] Read more…

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