• Launch of new Jo Malone fragrance…six days to go…

    by  • Thursday, March 26, 2009 • 0 Comments

    …and counting. We’re all a bit fragrant happy here in the Ideal Home office as we’ve just sampled the new scents from the limited edition Kohdo Wood collection for Jo Malone, which launches on 1st April. There’s a scent for day - Lotus Blossom & Water Lily – designed to be uplifting and invigorating, which includes cologne in two sizes, shower gel and a home candle:

    Lotus Blossom & Water Lily

    Lotus Blossom & Water Lily

    …and a scent for the evening  - Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – which is designed to be soothing and sensual. It comes in cologne in two sizes, as a bathing soak and (hooray) another home candle:

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    Dark Amber & Ginger Lily

    We’re not sure if we prefer the madarin and amber notes of the day scent or the cardamom and orchid notes of the evening scent – so we just might have to buy both! – Emily

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    Add a space-age touch to your kitchen

    by  • Thursday, March 26, 2009 • 0 Comments

    The latest cooker hood design from Britannia looks like it’s just floated down from space – the sleek, curvacious style of the new Omaggio cooker hood has a modern stainless steel and black glass finish, teamed with inset LED spots. It might be a bit too modern for some kitchen designs, but if you’re planning your kitchen from scratch, it’s definitely a worthwhile consideration. britannia-glossy-room-set-p61

    Added features include a quick release dishwasher-proof grease filter and alerts that tell you when to clean the grease filters and replace the charcoal filters. Alerts? Is it me or does it sound more and more like a Star Wars character?! omaggio-cooker-hood-1As open-plan kitchens become the norm in many homes, a cooker hood that looks good, but that’s also silent and efficiently extracts cooking fumes is a necessity. Although it doesn’t come cheap, at £1,399 for the 90cm width, the Omaggio promises to do all this. For more kitchen inspiration, click hereEmily

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    Time for tea?

    by  • Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • 0 Comments

    Today I saw these gorgeous tea cups from ceramicist Clare Gage. I love the way the way Clare uses textures and techniques from weave, embroidery and jewellery making in the production of her beautiful ceramics – she creates china pieces that look as if they have been sewn together using fabrics and lace.

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    To see more of Clare’s work, or to treat yourself to a posh cup, visit her website.

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