• Introducing Starling Store

    by  • Wednesday, June 5, 2013 • Favourite shops, Look what I found • 0 Comments

    It’s always nice to discover an online shop that offers something a little bit different. Hot off the press, Starling Store only launched last week. Owner, Nicola, has been busy perusing the continent for unusual pieces. With a background in fashion and textiles, she has a great eye for contemporary and creative finds. Many of her wares are made in the UK including the adorable sail boat salt and pepper shaker, handmade in Cornwall (hailing from Devon, anything from the West Country gets my seal of approval)…

    The ranges are divided into stories, with whimsical names including ‘Sugar Hiccip’ and ‘Silver Soul’. What I love is her clever combo of colour and pattern, from Welsh tapestry to Scandi geometrics in pretty pastel shades and she’s mixed in just the right amount of monochrome as seen in her confetti cushions and moth prints. You’ll also find vintage one-offs that she’s picked up on her travels. Take a peek here to view the full range. Happy browsing, people.


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    NEW from Fenella Smith

    by  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013 • Look what I found • 3 Comments

    I have to admit, these days, I’m not massively into dogs. I used to be. Growing up we had a sheep dog – Jessie The Great. She’s the only dog I’ve ever loved. She had a very calm and intelligent demeanour but a ferocious bark that scared the living daylights out of the postman, he used to chuck our post over the fence and literally peg it! I always found it amusing as Jessie wouldn’t hurt a sausage. Anyway, nostalgia over! How about instead we peruse this lovely new textile range from Fenella Smith. Now she has a thing for dogs…

    Designed, printed and woven in the UK, Fenella Smith’s new SS13 range includes kitchen textiles (loving the daschund apron), cushions, tableware and cute dog bowls. Check out the full range here. Do you likey?

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    Free downloadable labels II

    by  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 • Look what I found, Seasonal buys • 0 Comments

    Our July issue is out next week and I thought I’d entice you with this little teaser! For our Simple Solutions feature I did a shoot on ideas for hostess gifts. When visiting friends or family, why just take a bottle of wine and Cadburys when you can create something a little more personal? This is just one idea for packaging sweets (you can use shop-bought or homemade e.g fudge). Fill a brown Kraft bag, use scallop scissors (99p from Dunelm Mill) to create a pretty edge, tie with ribbon and attach our very own labels that you can download above. What do you think? For more ideas, make sure you bag yourself an issue…

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