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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.

 

Wish List: chic preserving jars

I’m a big fan of the French Le Parfait preserving jars for storing dry food, but I think my collection of clear jars will soon be joined by a colourful interloper from America:

This blue Ball ‘Perfect Mason’ jar is a faithful reproduction of the Balls brothers’ original blue preserving jar. Relaunched this year to celebrate the jar’s centenary (they were first produced in 1913) the jar hasn’t been available in this chic blue shade since 1937. Readers in the US can shop the jars directly from Ball, the manufacturer; sadly they don’t ship outside of the US so in Europe, try Labour & Wait.

Get hooked: The best hooks to make your walls work for you

With their simple purpose: to store our clutter, getting it off the floor (heaven!) yet keep it easy to find, I find hooks very appealing. Most interiors stores offer a selection; here are my current favourites:

These circular wooden hooks, collectively called The Dots, below, are versatile and contemporary; the design has a welcome sense of fun. Sold as a set of 5 (although there’s no reason why you couldn’t hang more together) they almost look better with nothing hanging from them, which possibly defeats their purpose; I love how they turn this empty stairwell wall into useful storage:

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… although I’m less sure about the slightly unrealistic styling (beads on turn of stairs in my house = slip; knock over, probably breaking glass lamp; then tread on, so smashing digital camera positioned on step below…)

Here are The Dots again in natural oak finish, and yellow stained oak, below:

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[The Dots, available from TwentyTwentyOne

House Doctor‘s current collection includes designs with a nod to 1950s and 1960s style; the Liva coat rack, below, with its spherical, coloured hooks, references Charles & Ray Eames iconic Hang it All:  

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House Doctor is the go-to company for that key vintage/industrial look we can get enough of right how; with a great choice of hooks and coat racks, two more House Doctor favourites include this wire/wooden rack below, and the numbers (sold as a set of 5) beneath:

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[hooks and images, all  House Doctor

For children’s rooms, there are so many clever and cute designs; if you’re looking for colour, then Danish stylist Rie Elise Larsen includes hooks in rainbow shades as part of her interiors collection; source them through Little Baby Company.

They look wonderful grouped in a line:

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[hooks and image, Little Baby Company

Whilst this simple, wooden coat rack by All Lovely Stuff is another winner for children:

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[Animals of Whittling Wood coat rack, All Lovely Stuff]

Whilst for elegant, grown up hooks, head to Rowen & Wren: their delightful homewares collection includes a great choice of covetable products, including both these French-style metal/ceramic hooks, below, and in the second image, the Hector plated coat hooks, which come as a set of five as shown, or as a single hook,

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[above images and hooks, all from Rowen & Wren]

Which are your favourites? Let me know. Happy Friday! Jx

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