Category Archives: Shops

Cake Tins

Cake tins, like trays, seem to me very grown up and organised…. Now the lovely London-based design studio Magpie are about to launch their first range of cake and storage tins I might have to admit defeat, grow up and buy my first ever cake tin (usually there’s no need to store cake here).

The tins in the first and last images below feature their Wildlife Design, a collaboration with Bristol artist Tom Frost: you’ll find the stylish owls, hares, foxes and otters on other Magpie products from notebooks to phone cases, ceramics as well as tins in several sizes and shapes.

Magpie cake and storage tins launch on 4 December. http://www.magipeline.com 

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Spring Summer 2013 trends at BHS

Brighton has a special place in British hearts: just the mention of sunshine or a bank holiday, and hundreds gather on the town’s shingle beach and Pier. Now BHS have named one of their key themes for this summer after this seaside city: the products are modern, fresh, with bright colours and patchwork patterns. My favourites are the Hove* table set and the fab Brighton kitchen chair.

 

Top image: Maisey sofa, Hove nest of tables, and all products, all from BHS 

Cut outs: Brighton chair, Maisey armchair and cushions, Brighton bedspread, all from BHS 

All in store or online from Janaury 2013 onwards. BHS 0844 411 6000 http://www.bhs.co.uk 

(*As any resident of Hove knows, this should really be called the ‘Hove, Actually’ table set)

Spring 2013 trends at John Lewis

On one of those grey autumn days where the sun never emerges from behind a dull damp sky, John Lewis‘s brand new Spring / Summer 2013 press pack arrived, filled with summery shots that banished thoughts of winter from my head, for now…

Here’s a sneak peak of their new collections for next spring: The two new trends are Pioneer, which has up to-the-minute geometric patterns and earthy tones; and Botanist: it’s fresh and pretty, with natural motifs (think dragonflies and florals) and delicate shades – blues, greys and palest lime green.

All images courtesy of John Lewis. Products in store and online from January 2013 onwards.

OKA clearance store

I admire the founders of OKA – they’ve created a niche for elegant, often Oriental-inspired furniture and homewares that whilst being new (shock horror!) will slot quite easily into ladies’ (of certain demographic) homes. My nearest store is a Clearance Outlet which is handy for my wallet: it’s filled with ends of lines and seconds all helpfully and clearly marked with what’s wrong with them.

Several of their cute wooden ornamental ducks were there looking a little sorry for themselves: apparently the poor things had had a bout of woodworm and looked in need of some TLC. Possibly wood worm is taking the much-loved / Vintage look a little too far….

Several shimmering, delicate blue throws (ex-display) were marked down from over £100 to £45 – a bargain for anyone needing a throw right now. Likewise some eggshell-blue and plain white china plates were all marked down to around / from £6+ each: some were fashioned with slightly wobbly circles; but nevertheless a great way to get a good looking, inexpensive set. There are plenty of rugs in store but these are still very expensive: definitely not an impulse-buy: however one wall-hung dhurrie would be a great detail for a masculine bedroom, or for injecting some colour into a monochrome scheme.

OKA dhurrie

A large, colourful dhurrie currently at OKA’s clearance store

Wooden Duck, from £26, Oka Clearance Store

Wooden ducks, plus table lamps, at the OKA clearance Store

Oka China Plates

Reduced price china plates at OKA’s Clearance Store this November, from around £6 each