• Fifties-style from New House Textiles

    by  • Friday, June 26, 2009 • 4 Comments

    Today I’m loving these Fifties-print tea towels from New House Textiles. Designed by Louise Fougstedt and Brit Bredström in the 1950s, these are cute enough to frame or sew into cushion covers. In Sweden, guests often bring a tea towel to a dinner party as a long-lasting gift for the host. What a good idea – I’d like my guests to bring me a lovely tea towel…and preferably use it after dinner too!

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    I’ve just had a quick scout about the New House Textiles website, on the hunt for a pretty serving tray for the November issue of Ideal Home…and look what delights I found there! So many gorgeous prints and patterns.

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    I think this red fox tablecloth is stunning – looks so cute with Ercol chairs too. SIGH! – Ellie

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    Emma Bridgewater – sneak preview

    by  • Thursday, June 25, 2009 • 4 Comments

    I love the quirky British character of Emma Bridgewater‘s pottery, and my expectations are always high whenever she brings out a new collection. Having just had a sneaky peep at the lovely autumn/winter catalogue out later this year, I wasn’t disappointed.

    Speckled Hen Egg Cup_ _7_95 - Emma BridgewaterHighlights include cute speckled hen egg cups, some lovely larder shots showing the new National Gardens Scheme charity mugs, and the now-notorious-headstand-teapot move – think break-dancing, but in an English kitchen with expensive china…

    Union Jack 4 Cup Teapot_ _49_95 - Emma Bridgewater

    Union Jack Rectangular Tin_ _8 and Tray_ _5 - Emma BridgewaterThere’s something strangely sinister about this cockerel door-stop – he has too much character for a bird without eyes, or legs…

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    National Garden Scheme Se of 3 Mini Mug Candles_ _30 - Emma Bridgewater

    Even the factory is pretty! The little holly candle mug above would make a gorgeous Christmas gift. (I know it’s bonkers to say that in June, but in the mad land of Ideal Home magazine, we’re already feeling festive!) Now then, pass me that teapot, it can’t be that hard. – Ellie

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