Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Last minute gift ideas for Mum!

mum who likes a nice cup of tea.... Anthropologie £14

mum who likes to bake... The OK Corral £6

  mum who likes to garden.... Patchwork Harmony £27.95
 mum who likes to craft... Catherine Hammerton £24
 with the above kit you can create your own wall murals like this one below with vintage treasures like buttons and old bus tickets!
 mum who likes a posh bath.... Designers Guild £29
 Happy Mothers Day!

Monday, March 28, 2011


Founder of Decor8 blog, Holly Becker has just had her first book published, Decorate, and it is literally packed full of great ideas, inspiration and photography. Holly and co-author Joanna Copestick haven't focused on one particular style of interiors, but rather looked at what, why and how we decorate our homes.  It really does seem to cover every aspect of interior design and decoration - from how you lay out your space, to wallpaper, to making your home brighter.

 The format of the book means you can dip into it at any time, and there are lots of small sections of text, and bullet pointed guidelines, plus lots of lovely quotes and tips from interior designers, stylish homeowners and bloggers (including me!)
 They advice on developing your own style, by using moodboards, and building up your collection of furniture and objects gradually over time, to create an eclectic home that reflects your personality.

 Its also lovely to see some of the gorgeous homes of designers, stylists and photographers such as Sania Pell, Jonathan Adler and Amy Butler.

 This is definitely one book I'll be referring to when I need inspiration! 
Published by Jacqui Small, and available to buy on Amazon.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Got it covered


Just before it goes off the stands.... did you spot some Patchwork Harmony products on the cover of April's Homes and Antiques?! 
Jelly Mould tealight holders, and vintage teacups where included in their Easter feature! The teacups and saucers have been sold already... but I do now have in stock some Vintage Mason jars like the one in the cover photo! 

Thanks Homes & Antiques! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Typography trend

I am loving Barnaby Gates new Typecast wallpaper - it has words hidden amongst the type, or you can even have bespoke paper made where you can choose your own words for them to hid in the design! And you can choose the colour too! 

The typography trend is not a new one, but it doesn't seem to be losing momentum... here's a few of my other 'wordy' picks!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Anthropolgie - Decorator concept

 One of my favourite shops and favourite stylists - Anthropologie and Emily Chalmers are coming together this Sunday 27th March, when Emily will be in store to launch their new Decorator Concept.
If you love their store design and their products, you are sure to love this new section of the Kings Road store, where you will get inspired by their textiles, hardware, lighting and wallpaper, and by the various design books and magazines to browse and get ideas from.
Don't you just wanna start digging through those little drawers and bowls on display?! 

Emily will be doing a question and answer session, and will also be offering one to one consultations which I imagine would be really interesting. (spaces for this are more than likely booked up already but you can email just in case!)
There will be lots of other things going on at the event on Sunday, with Design collective Custhom screenprinting postcards, and an exhibition by Leslie Oschmann.  Sounds like a great day (pop in between 1pm-4pm)
Its making me want to start over again decorating my house! Although I'm not sure the other half and my bank account would want to hear that! ;)


Monday, March 21, 2011

Website Relaunched!

I've been a busy little bee recently working on bringing together my newly designed website which has just went live today! After setting up my shop two years ago this April (!) I thought it was time for a refresh, and time to make things a little easier for shopping on! 


I'd love to hear what you think of the new site! 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Vintage Shopping in Hastings

I've been busy this week entertaining a friend visiting from Belfast. And on Wednesday we jumped in the car and headed down to Hastings on the south coast.  Even the sun managed to make an appearance, just as we stepped out of the car and looked out across the glistening sea! But we were in search of one thing - vintage shops!! 

And Hastings certainly has plenty of those! We strolled along High Street and nipped down Courthouse Street, poked our noses in boxes and scanned shelves!

I have to say though, I was a tad disappointed that some of the junk shops did not have the best quality junk, if there's such a thing! And I found it more expensive than I'd anticipated. Although saying that, I did buy a lovely wooden lamp base for £1, and was chuffed to find it was working fine when I got it home! 

A quick stop for a good old builders brew in a fish and chip shop...

And then, the hightlight of the day - Butlers Emporium on George Street.  This used to be a traditional hardware shop, but last year it was transformed into this gorgeous boutique.  Lots of the original features are still intact such as these little drawers, although the owner told us she did have to get rid of some of the other (modern) fixtures and strip it back to the lovely bare walls and wood.

It was full of lovely items and I purchased the yellow wire rack on the right in the below pic for my office...

They don't have a website sadly, but if you do happen to find yourself in Hastings this is a must! 

Also worth a peek on High Street, Hastings:
Little Treasures vintage - vintage Clothes and homewares
Made in Hastings - lovely handmade items by local craftspeople
And down Norman Road in St Leonards: 
Eras of Style - great vintage furniture and fittings

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Crafty heaven!

I wouldn't say I am massively into crafting, mainly because I don't have enough time to sit down and make things, and I don't know much about scrapbooking, but still, I am drawn to the random vintage knick knacks that can be stumbled upon on Etsy... Today I found 58 and Grace, and literally want everything in their shop, even though I'm not quite sure what I'd do with them! I'm just so in love with the old typefaces and graphics on these kinds of items.... perhaps my inner scrapbooker is trying to get out?!

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