Category Archives: Shops

Autumn details

It’s that time of year again here in rural England, when dark evenings and often gloomy days call for indoor spaces to be illuminated by layers of lighting. The hallway needed some TLC, though I’d written about it before (here), the redecoration stalled as life and a lack of ££ got in my way. But now, what was an unloved corner bang opposite the front door, filled with discarded boots and battered bags (first impressions – not good!), has had an injection of colour, texture and light:

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It’s warmer and more welcoming in the evening…

…whilst in the daytime, even the cats tolerate the new arrangement….

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For a hall-sized console table, this metal table from Cox & Cox is pretty perfect: slim enough to be out of the way, yet elegant and understated; it also kindly masks the boring (but increasingly necessary) radiator from view. And as ever, clever BHS comes up trumps with low level lighting solutions.

My go-to finishing details right now are geometric, textured ceramic vases in interesting shapes, fashionable colours and a cluster of different sizes: head to the wonderful Graham & Green, Rockett St George and Rigby & Mac for a tempting seletion on each site.

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Vases, top left: Rigby & Mac; main and bottom left: Rockett St George

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Next up, I’m coveting these autumnal Broste Copenhagen vessels from Rigby & Mac, with their informal, two-tone drip dry paint finish.

Enjoy the beautiful autumn colours outdoors; and happy vase shopping, if like me, you’re that way inclined! Jx

 

Christmas shopping sorted in clicks: the best websites, Pt1: Cox & Cox

If, like me, you have to shop for Christmas gifts with your nose near a screen rather than your feet moving on concrete, then we’re lucky – we can make the most of the best online retailers who’ve done the hard work for us. These are the sites that have buyers/owners with eagle eyes that disregard piles of mass-produced tat at trade fairs, instead winkling out the unusual, covetable and interesting, sourcing products made with care and design flair, perfect for giving and receiving. Some have physical shops and others, such as Cox & Cox, are purely online.

One of my favourite places to shop, Cox & Cox offer beautiful homewares, furniture and decorative details that, thankfully, can be used on a daily basis. Searching for gifts that are perfect for home-lovers, you’ll find decorative details that lend a touch of understated luxury to rooms, and at Christmas, many gifts can be put to work, adding festive glamour to the Christmas table and surrounding room: 

Candle angel wings, £12.50, Cox & Cox 

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Aged Linnea candelabra, £125, Cox & Cox 

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Stone-effect angel wings, £125; set of three aged zinc planters, £60, all Cox & Cox 

Gifts for gardeners and cooks are covered; such as the the zinc planters, above, and the cream tableware, below, which looks almost too good for everyday use:

Casa earthenware, from £45 for a set of four side plates, Cox & Cox 

And whilst this metal console table is probably too large for a gift, I’d be delighted if someone were to give it to me… alongside the rug, lanterns, mirror…..

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Antiqued metal console table, £180; frames mirror, £125; filigree tree hurrincane lanterns, £40 for two, all other products, all Cox & Cox 

If you love making your gifts look as good on the outside as they are on the inside, then don’t miss their wrapping paper, ribbons and crafty details to customise your wrapping:

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Wrapping paper, ribbons and snowflake punch, all from a selection at Cox & Cox

All these products and many more can be found online at Cox & Cox; let me know your favourites, and happy shopping! Jx

Sneak Peak: M&S Autumn/Winter 2013 home collection

With the skies grey and the airy blustery, the new autumn/winter ranges which are currently launching are looking as though they’d be right at home now during our ”summer”-time months. So wrap yourself up and relax with this preview of what will be in store this winter at M&S:

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Shades of the club house: colours are deep, dark and warming; materials natural (leather, glass): just accessorise with open fire, magazine and dog (optional)…. There are unexpected, quirky details, such as this vintage-style lamp with bird motif:

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Delicate tableware includes these Lace bowls:

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Whilst for more practical, everyday use, go for the new compact range of bamboo furniture:

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The collaboration with Conran contines with new furniture and accessories; cosy up in this deep Wollaston Loveseat:

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Two of this year’s passions – grey and ombre (or is it dip dyeing?) – come together to create  these sultry, elegant glasses:

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The best elements are decorative, detailed and patterned, as seen below, from the ornate metal ceiling light to the bed, with its deep buttoned headboard upholstered in tactile, neutral fabric. Finish the look with textiles and details in a mix of patterns and prints drawn with nostalgic or natural motifs:

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[all images M&S Home]

[products in store from early autumn onwards, contact M&S for details] 

Light Source: Holloways of Ludlow launch their new collection

Holloways of Ludlow launched their latest lighting collection at the recent Clerkenwell Design Week and the mix on display encapsulated the wonderful, colourful, stylish choice of lighting we have at our beck and call just now to illuminate our homes.

They’ll be stocking more from France’s Jielde brand, which makes cast-metal floor, wall and desk lamps as well as these new pendants in their rainbow shades: it seems a shame to just choose one….:

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[Jielde Augustin pendant from Holloways of Ludlow]

Holloway’s of Ludlow’s own collection includes pendants with British spun-steel shades: I love this zingy yellow: ideal for adding that splash of hot colour into our all-white (or is it grey?) kitchens of 2013….

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[Spun shade, from the Old School Electric collection by Holloways of Ludlow]

Another favourite  (again from Holloways own line), are these simple glass pendants; they come in several shapes and the elegant design ensures the light would work perfectly in kitchens and hallways; the metalwork can be ordered in several different finishes from antique brass to polished nickel, which is helpful if your decor leans more towards either contemporary or traditional:

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[Glass pendant, from Old School Electric collection, Holloways of Ludlow

And created with sound environmental ideals by New Zealand-based designer David Trubridge is the delicate spherical Coral Light, below. Inspired by his time spent diving, the lights are made from either bamboo plywood or aluminium, and come in several sizes and colours.

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[Coral pendant by David Trubridge from Holloways of Ludlow

As well as lighting, Holloways of Ludlow’s extensive collection includes ironmongery, from small pieces such as hooks and locks, door furniture and door handles, knobs and pulls, through to attractive light switches, as well as complete kitchens and bathrooms. See more here.

Aria: contemporary, design-led homewares for 2013

A recent desire to revisit of one of my favourite parts of London, Islington: now an interiors shopper’s paradise, but for me, years ago was simply home: somewhere I lived and played as a small child. A little fun with filters on these images, and the shot of the Mini (shame it’s not an original model) plus the communal London square (empty here but filled with children when school is over) brings the memories back…. If I were to display these shots at home, they’d have to slot into a perspex photo cube: (Remember them? No? Click the link! Hilariously retro) they were perfect for helping your photos fade happily together….

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Nostalgia over, let’s go back with a bang to stylish 2013 with a focus on Aria. Set in an atmospheric hall in Islington, Aria has recently overhauled their website so you can shop their interesting mix of classic, contemporary, design-led homewares wherever you live.

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The high ceilings of Barnsbury Hall provide a stimulating backdrop for their mix of furniture, lighting, ceramics and tableware…..

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Expect to find design classics alongside work from young, super-talented up-and-coming designers: I I love these geometric patterned cushions by the highly regarded designer Tamasyn Gambell:

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Whilst their own Aria Selection range includes contemporary pieces, such as this Embrace coffee table / storage:

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As well as smaller pieces: this French-made Aria Selection china, with its simple dip-dye pattern and block colours, is right on trend:

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All images courtesy of Aria 

Do pay Aria a visit if you’re in the area, or visit their website, if like me, you don’t live round the corner….

Beautiful fish; blue & white, part III

I read somewhere wherever you are in the UK, you are never more than 50 miles from the sea* and it may be this proximity to the seaside which provides our affinity with it, and likewise the inspiration for so many of our talented artists and designers.

Just as the with Sardine Run china from Jersey Pottery I wrote about here, these beautiful blue and white fish prints below share a love for the sea together with Japanese creative processes.

For her original artwork featuring locally caught Cornish fish, artist Susie Ray adapted an 18th-19th century technique called Gyotaku (fish rubbing) created by Japanese fishermen to visually record the fish they caught. Whilst the fishermen used ink and rice paper, Susie worked with oil paints and cotton cloth, so giving the paintings a wonderful textural depth that conveys a sense of movement and life.

Now she’s released beautiful prints of these originals, using pigment dyed light-fast inks and archival papers:

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All prints come in several sizes, and are produced, named and hand-signed by artist Susie Ray,  from The Padstow Mussel Company

If you haven’t discovered it yet, Cornwall-based The Padstow Mussel Company‘s shop and website itself is worth a look for its beautiful ceramics, photographs, artwork and tableware.

*(although according to this BBC article, it could differ between 45 and 70 miles depending on what your definition of ‘sea’ is….)

More lovely details from Denmark: Tine K Home

I watched the final episode of Borgen 2 on catch up last night….so to cheer myself up now the series is over for me for another year here in the UK (Borgen 3 is only just airing on Danish TV) and to continue my little Danish style fix, I’m sharing with you the chic Danish interiors brand Tine K Home.

Eponymous owner Tine K favours interiors accessories in cool colours: Here’s my pick of the best of her new spring/summer products for 2013….

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Textured tumblers…. (in that favourite ’80s colour combo of white, pale grey and peachy-pink)….

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Stylish bamboo furniture is one of their strengths: also bamboo gets a big thumbs up from a sustainability point of view…. Great baskets, too….  

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I use monochrome  at home with caution but it definitely has its place: especially when spiced up with splashes of coral, as on these cushions here: though I hesitate, as it’s really not my usual colour combination…. but there’s something about this mix that is right for now…. 

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Love the greys, dusky pinks, and linear black/white patterns on their china…. And the bronze pitchers? They stand out, with their unusual shapes, amongst the simple, pared-down china…. 

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Deep greys and blacks bring the white elements to life….

MMMMM love this bamboo bench….

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Cushions in monochromes, browns, creams with on-trend geometric, tribal patterns…. 

And wonderful deep baskets for everything from bread at the dining table, to folded piles of towels in the bathroom….

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Tine K Home is sold through various independent shops in the UK; however unlike their compatriot House Doctor (of which you’ll know I’m a fan) you can buy online through the Tine K website.