• Feeling fruity?

    by  • Wednesday, May 13, 2009 • 3 Comments

    Apples and pears (not in a Cockney rhyming slang way…) are  popping up all over the autumn/winter 09 high street collections, so here’s a sneaky peek of things to come! We blogged about the tasty Tesco tableware with fruit patterns last week, and now we’ve seen these cute apple and pear accessories at the Next press show – they’re due to hit shops in September. I love it when a trend comes together!

    applesI can’t help thinking that these apple-tastic high-street pieces might be inspired by Orla Kiely‘s iconic apple and pear designs, which are, of course, delicious:


    Fruity finds elsewhere…check out the Keep Calm Gallery‘s print: AN APPLE A DAY, Cath Kidston‘s new £4 apple mug, and cute reversible fruity cushions from Couverture.

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    fruityfun copyThose apple cushions are particularly tempting…

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    Stunning fabrics from St. Jude's

    by  • Wednesday, May 13, 2009 • 0 Comments

    Today I’ve been blown away by the beautiful retro fabrics from St. Jude’s. Designed by an eclectic range of artists and screen-printed in short runs, these quirky fabrics are all different, but compliment each other and look great together.


    St. Jude’s has a gallery/showroom in North Norfolk and, if you’re lucky enough to be based near there, it looks as though it’s well worth a visit. If you’re a stationery addict like me, you’ll want to check out the gorgeous notebooks on the website, too:

    Picture 25They’re almost too pretty to actually use! I love the retro furniture that St. Jude’s does, too. Check out this cute chair:

    Picture 27Picture 26The people behind this company also run a gorgeous clothing shop called Old Town, where you can find lovely clothes made from 1940s patterns and quirky accessories, too. I like these little TEA badges:

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    If you know of a small company that deserves to be shouted about, please email us: homeshoppingspy@ipcmedia.com. We always love to see interesting things that can’t be found on the high street! – Ellie

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    Emma Bridgewater – new collection

    by  • Tuesday, May 12, 2009 • 0 Comments

    If you’re a fan of ceramics and country style, check out these pretty new pics from pottery guru Emma Bridgewater. All these lovely products will be available on her website soon.

    Beakers, £3.50 - Emma Bridgewater (lifestyle shot)

    Cutlery, from £4.95 for 10 - Emma Bridgewater

    Happiness Half Pint Mug, £15.95 - Emma Bridgewater

    Beakers, £3.50, and Polka Dot 1.5 Pint Jug, £29.95 - Emma Bridgewater

    Having spent a few minutes day-dreaming about the Welsh dresser I will one day own, and which will, of course, be filled with gorgeous Emma B pottery, I’m off to sharpen all my coloured pencils and style them in a cute beaker. There just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes…– Ellie

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