August 2013 archive

A few of my favourite things…

I seem to spend most of my time trawling the halls of Ikea these days while we renovate the last room in our home – the kitchen. There are a few things that keep catching my eye over and over again… I’ve got my eye on these painterly mugs [one of those finds that are […] Read more…

iPatch: A Revolution in Decorating?

As I write this post I feel a little silly as the product I am about to ‘reveal’ sounds so ludicrously simple – but it seems no one has ever put the simple idea into practice – until now. As the video here explains, launched by new online company Colour and Paint – the iPatch is a […] Read more…

I Love: Leah Goren’s Girlfriends

I have become slightly obsessed with Brooklyn illustrator show The Killing. I think they would make such a sweet gift for a close girlfriend don’t you? They also make me want to go to  a pottery class and make one for all members of my family, creating an army of family members… Read more…

A Lovely Package: Soap Bars

I’ve been noticing some really lovely identities and packaging for soap recently. It struck me that collecting soap bars are the perfect way to ‘possess’ packaging – affordable and beautiful – can you imagine how striking a grouping of them would look displayed in your bathroom? I want them all… The Soap No2, Dry Things, Great […] Read more…

What Matters Most?

I guess you could say that this is a blog that puts a lot of emphasis on ‘things’. Recently in an interview I balked at the question ‘what is your most precious possession?’ thinking there was nothing material that could possibly matter enough to me should I lose it. But then I was asked the […] Read more…

Summer to Autumn: A Transitional Reading List!

I’ve been late on my Summer Reading list this year so I thought I would compile a transitional list of delicious reads that will take us from summer into autumn. Here are a selection of magical, ghostly, nostalgic and historical novels that have tumbled through my door over the last few months. The Curiosity, Stephen […] Read more…

Shop Love: Cisthene

I’m probably the last person to discover and fall in love with ‘online apothecary’ Cisthene, curated by the extremely talented Jen Altman. Jen is a professional photographer and author whose clients include Chronicle Books, Martha Stewart Living and Kinfolk Magazine. Self-described as ‘Purveyor of Talismans, Potions and Pouches’ Cisthene carries an irresistible and unique product collection of […] Read more…

I Love ‘Atelier Tete’ from Kinto

Japanese kitchenware brand Kinto is one of my absolute favourite. For the past 35 years they have created simple, beautifully designed kitchenware with a focus on innovative functions and really set the pace for the future of intuitive kitchen and tableware. Until now their focus has been on dual purpose cookware and innovative tea-ware which […] Read more…

Rifle Paper Co. City Prints

Rifle Paper Co. is one of my favourite stationery brands. I really love San Francisco illustrator Anna Bond’s vintage style and use of colours, but after buying and giving away every possible variation of greeting card of hers for the last few years, it feels like it’s about time I should have something a little […] Read more…

Virginia Johnson Textiles

I recently discovered the effortlessly charming work of Canadian textile designer emulate. I love her  take on ‘market bags’ adorned with big yellow bananas and sophisticated merino wool scarves etched with a pattern of restless green frogs – and simple shift dresses featuring oversized portraits of women wearing frogs… She also produces illustrative prints and […] Read more…

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