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Best buy – winter toned baskets

The first snowfall here in a couple of years and the countryside has ground to a halt, with winter making its presence felt once more both indoors and out. A day spent snowed in reinforces my awareness of everyday life’s clutter: these fabulous felt baskets in tones of cool ivy and charcoal grey suit today’s mood perfectly….
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With stiff sides, the baskets hide much from view, and I love the contrast stitch detail. Sold as a set of three, £52 from Nordic House.

 

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Discover beautiful fair trade gifts and more; plus an exclusive discount for Find the Details readers…

Shopping for gifts can be hit and miss, especially if you like to know the source of your finds: sometimes I feel the buyers have all ended up at the same stall at the same trade fair. So for gifts that come far from the high street, yet with traceability, don’t miss Mimosa Street. Owner Francesca sources a mix of beautifully made, fair trade furniture, home accessories and jewellery that you won’t find elsewhere. Perfect for gifts (and for yourself!) here are my favourites from the spring collection:

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Arambol bench, made from mango wood with a hand-woven jute seat, above: benches are perfect for hallways, of course, but I’d also love this as part of a simple, rustic bedroom scheme. Mimosa Street vase via findthedetails.com

This delicate vase can also be suspended – I’m hoping to hang several together in a group…..

Mimosa Street Vashti dish via findthedetails.com… whilst these intricate metal Vashti trays make perfect drinks mats or unobtrusive candle holders.

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Decorate walls with this colourful stork print….

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…and capture memories in the pretty Sari frames, above, or store them away in the Polly trinket box, below.

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[All images, Mimosa Street] 

There are many more beautiful, interesting products online so please do click through to Mimosa Street to see more and to take advantage of the exclusive 15% discount for Find the Details readers: add code DETAILS15 (no minimum spend, code valid until 8 May 2014). I can’t wait. Happy shopping! 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

Vintage football memorabilia? In Tunbridge Wells? And a whirlwind shopping trip…

A flying visit into The Pantiles, in Tunbridge Wells, specifically to get a present for a football-mad friend. With its nationwide reputation for all that’s genteel in life, Tunbridge Wells may seem an unlikely place to shop for football related gifts, but I was there for half an hour this morning and came away successful….

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Amongst the elegant Georgian colonnades are shops selling a very English mix of quality kitchens and cookware; beautiful dresses for children and brides; cameras and curtain poles and lots of covetable vintage. First up was Barnett Fry in the Corn Exchange (no website, call them on 01892 525929): this tiny shop is filled with collectable books, toys, children’s books and masses of football memorabilia:  

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Whilst the Pantiles Bookshop sells bargain priced secondhand paperbacks, plus toys and good quality secondhand hardbacks in store:

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But I’d come here for a different reason, so I had to turn away from the beautiful plants and decorative garden accessories at Gardener & Cook:

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And also from this delicate, patterned, colourful antique Chinese porcelain at Yiju

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At the The Spa Galleries (01892 542647) I loved this contemporary butterfly print, and these original black and white original etchings from the 1950s – 1960s:

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But this whirlwind shopping trip had another purpose: to shop for a PASSIONATE Everton supporter’s birthday: so this is what I came home with…. I hope he’s pleased!

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You can discover more about The Pantiles here – regular weekend markets take place along its length, with even more stalls selling vintage buys; there are also food festivals, where stalls sell local produce grown and/or created in Kent and Sussex (I’m heading back soon….)

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….

New – Findthedetails Facebook page

Do come and visit – and like – the new Find the Details Facebook page…

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Just as with this blog, I’ve only just started up this new FB page, but I’ll be continuing to post quirky images relating to interiors, shopping and various expeditions, plus bits and bobs I’ve found interesting, that I think you will too. Currently, I can’t add one of those clever Fs, so here’s the link to it here and below:

Facebook Find the Details page 

I’d love all you fantastic followers to add to my so-far meagre tally of likes….!

Hope to see you there soon, FtD x

All you need to buy this Christmas* – gift shopping sorted in 10

If, like me, you can’t move for pages of gift suggestions falling out of this weekend’s newspapers, then don’t despair… here’s a capsule collection of 10 modern classics to solve your Christmas shopping angst.

These (subjective, obviously) fabulous, mainly design-led products for should cover ideas for most of the family: some come with a little country-twist, but most are good for townies too….

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1 – Zeena Shah cushions: Zeena is one of the hottest textile designers around right now. Her cushion motifs are fresh, current and just a little bit folksy.

Buy for: yourself!; textile lovers, anyone who likes to sit comfortably… 

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2 – Paul Cocksedge Invisible Bookend: This is such a brilliant piece of design. It’s functional, witty, it doesn’t require any fitting, and yet holds around 1.5 metres worth of books. For me, just what modern design should be about.

Give to: cutting edge design enthusiasts, DIY avoiders, keen readers… 

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3 – Cambridge Satchel Company satchel. I grew up in Cambridge, and when I started school my mum gave me a (brown) leather satchel which I LOATHED. Complete with brown uniform, brown satchel, and topped off with pink-framed NHS glasses, I was a true child of my time.

Now I’ve grown up and so has the satchel: I love it in red, but the metallic ones are covetable too…

Give to: yourself, again! Your sister. Grown up nieces. Anyone who travels by bike. 

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4 Makers and Brothers Owls – I keep wondering when the owl as a motif will stop being popular, but till then you’ve got to love these owls by Cleo. Made in Ireland using Irish tweed and felt, they look just as cute individually as they do shown here in a group.

Give to: you could give them to others, but wouldn’t you miss them? 

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5: Opinel knife: Made in France, outdoorsy company Opinel have designed this round-tipped knife specifically for children  it’s the perfect whittling knife for boys and girls who love the outdoors and comes in several colours from red to pink, green and blue. My 10 year old loves the responsibility of having his own pen knife (yes it too took me a while to adjust from the knee-jerk reaction – a child, with a knife – I have only just moved from sarf-east London!). Picnic-loving or camping adults will also enjoy it. A safety catch keeps it either open or closed, and the round tip is also a safety aspect. (Opinel say from 7+ but for common sense reasons, only give to responsible children).

Give to: sensible older boys and girls, outdoorsy types, al fresco diners, glampers 

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6 – Beesnees by EsterComunello from TwentyTwentyOne: One of my favourite contemporary design stores stocks these quirky bee houses: sold as a set of three. Encourage solitary bumble bees to live in your garden and help our ecosystem. Made from wood and steel, they’re small enough for even the tiniest town garden.

Give to: gardeners, nature lovers, town and country dwellers 

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7 Capital Spice cookbook: We all love a currry, and this newly published cook book is a brilliant gift for anyone who – loves to cook, and/or loves curry, and/or loves London and/or loves to eat out at Indian restaurants.

Top notch London-based chefs share inside info and recipes, so we can recreate these tastes at home. (Ed.Chrissie Walker, published by Absolute Press).

Give to: A great gift for men who love to cook 

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8 Hampson Woods chopping board. Suddenly the humble chopping board has become a designer item, and there are plenty to choose from, but these are my favourites. Hand-carved in their Hackney workshops with wood from the London Plane tree, the boards are beautifully smooth to the touch.

Give to: lovers of contemporary design, keen cooks 

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9 – After Noah House of Marbles  62 piece marble run. After Noah was one of the first shops to stock unique pieces of retro and vintage accessories. They also  choose their toys well: classic in design, but most importantly, fun to play with!

Give to: boys and girls from 3+

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10 Baker Ross  Scissors Carousel: Not a great image but a perfect present for any child who loves to make and craft. Each pair of coloured scissors cuts a different pattern. Again, for common sense reasons, supervision will be needed for little ones.

Give to: boys and girls from 3+ 

 

 

Let me know what you think: Happy shopping!

(*FYI none of these are sponsored links, they’re just lovely products, in my opinion, which I’ve discovered this autumn whilst researching  for my ‘real’ job)