• Archive for February, 2010

    HOT SHOP: Bhs

    by  • Friday, February 26, 2010 • Decorating and interiors, News • 13 Comments

    Bhs has been producing fabulous home accessories for a while now, but I think the new summer range is the best yet. Check out the Bohemia collection – all very pretty and feminine:

    I’ve always wanted a bedroom with a door onto the garden like this…so airy in the summer. Love the shell pendant light fitting, too…

    Turquoise, hot pink and bright yellow – what a fabulous combination of zingy colours! It’s a mix we were chatting about earlier today actually, in a live interiors surgery for the Times Online.

    Cute towels here with a birdy theme (see more about Garden Birds in the May issue of Ideal Home!)…and what a crisp, beautiful bathroom. Shots like this make me want to paint everything in my house white and just have colourful accessories. Sigh.

    Sweet appliqué cushions here – and a fabulous butterfly rug!! I’m sure we’ve admired the wallpaper collage in this location house before, but isn’t it lovely? I knew there was a reason for my obsessive stash of wallpaper samples! Have a lovely weekend. I’m off to an antiques fair in Detling, so I’ll be sniffing out beautiful things for my home and sorting through the weird and wonderful, too. I’ll take some pics for Monday. I can feel a photo-montage coming on already… –Ellie

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    Harrington and Squires

    by  • Wednesday, February 24, 2010 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News • 18 Comments

    The new Notonthehighstreet catalogue has just arrived in the office and it’s packed full of lovely home accessories crafted by clever people. One of my favourite new buys is this fabulous set of shopping list magnets from letterpress lovelies, Harrington and Squires.

    If you put them on the fridge, you can grab a reminder magnet as soon as you run out of something and start making a list. Love it. But yes, from these pics it looks as though these magnets are just for food, so if you run out of toilet paper, foil or anything else inedible, you’re going to have to make a note. Then again, unless you have a magnetic handbag/dog or a removable fridge door, you’re going to have to jot the whole lot down on paper anyway before you hit Tesco. I’d still like a set though. Surely this idea could be adapted for all sorts of lists. How about Nag Magnets? These don’t exist. Yet. I just made them up at lunchtime.

    These would save me a small fortune in post-it notes! – Ellie

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    Do I need another tea towel?

    by  • Tuesday, February 23, 2010 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 0 Comments

    No, friends, of course I do not. I made a resolution in the dim and distant past (January) never to buy another. EVER. But there are so many gorgeous new ones on To Dry For…’tis hard to resist. The nation’s textile designers are screen-printing away up and down the country, trying to tempt me to stray…naughty people like Warbeck and Cox

    …with their lovely beetles, keys and vintage irons. And then there’s Gillian Kyle, with her spam, teacakes and Scottish breakfasts…

    …and Snowden Flood isn’t helping much either, with cute caravans and dreamy beach huts…

    …and those cheeky little monkeys at Thornback and Peel are just making things worse with their sardines, their strawberries and their general bloomin’ deliciousness.

    Sigh. What’s a girl to do? (Answer: stop fantasising about kitchen textiles and get a life, probablement…) – Ellie

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