• 30 years of Emma Bridgewater. Toast and Marmalade anyone!?

    by  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 • 0 Comments

    It was thirty years ago this month that Emma Bridgewater made her first mugs. After trying to find a birthday present for her mum and discovering that no one was making what she wanted. 50 million mugs later you will spot her name in cheery English kitchens across the land. Her style? Beautiful, practical pottery for a relaxed, colourful, mismatched life.

    Toast & Marmalade is one of her most iconic patterns, launched in 1992 on just five shapes, now there are more than 50 and they are still adding more…

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    My favourite are these cute little monochrome ceramic bottles. Perfect for a single stem. Cluster a few together for a gorgeous display on a windowsill, dining table or mantlepiece. Love!

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    They are still making their pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, where 250 craftsmen and women cast, fire, glaze and decorate every piece by hand. Do you have any Emma Bridgewater in your home? What’s your favourite pattern?

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    Stationery geeks, this one is for you!

    by  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 • 1 Comment

     

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    From purveyors of all things stationery Present & Correct

    What better excuse is there than National Stationery Week, to just take a moment of appreciation for this sublime genre of practical heaven. That feeling of collecting (and never wanting to use!) a pristine rubber or a set of colouring pencils, has never quite left me.

    It’s interesting that in this digital age where we are all fused by the fingers to our computers, tablets and phones, that the trend for highend and beautifully designed stationery is on the up. Maybe it’s nostalgia that’s creating the demand or perhaps it’s the fact that nothing can replace a hand written note and I don’t think we’re quite ready to let go of all things paper that lets the stationery live on!

    My dream desk scenario below would of course be for display only, there would be a drawer full of boring items stashed away that could be used without fear of ruining! (You may note the computer keyboard, but I think that counts these days!).

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    From the top Haul no.1: The Long List notepad, £9, Kate Spade range, John Lewis; Wooden Stapler, £15, and Boutique Green Alphabet pencil case, Marks & Spencer; Raindrops magazine file, £7, Paperchase; Cube Tape Dispenser, £60, Tom Dixon; Blue Stripy Wooden Triangle Ruler, £27, Hay range, Liberty; Blackbird notebook, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop; Brass Foldback Clips, £6.50, Quill London; Ballpoint Pen, £3 each, Smug; Board 2, from £111, Orée; Phi Scissors £27, Hay range, The Goodhood Store.

     

    From the top Haul no.2: Pegboard Medium, £40, Block; Washi Tape Set of 8, £16.50, Papermash; Maple Pen Pot, £23, Another Country range, Selfridges; XOXO Notecard Set, £12, Quill London; Classic Brass Paperclips, £7.50, Present & Correct; Metal Storage Basket, £6.99, H&M.

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    New brand on the block: discover stunning sofas at Arlo & Jacob

    by  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Last night we scooted down to the unveiling of new sofa brand Arlo & Jacob. Set in a stunning split-level studio tucked away in a quiet Fulham mews, the showroom is teeming with artfully created room sets to display the brand’s ranges. With sofas, armchairs, footstools and living room accessories on show, this was the perfect way to learn a little more about what this lovely new company has to offer.

    Bardolph-chair-Arlo-&-JacobNamed after the Managing Director’s two adorable sons, Arlo & Jacob wants to create “sofas for life”, with pieces that are made for everyday living but are designed to last a lifetime. For an easy, contemporary choice, check out the Bardolph sofa (above). You can choose from over 100 beautiful fabrics, from brushed linen cotton to plush velvet, so it’s easy to make it your own. The legs are interchangeable too, but we love the mid-century twist on this neutral two-seater.

    Juno-chair-Arlo-&-JacobFor a smart seat for one, try the Juno (above). It’s a modern alternative to a traditional armchair, and its mid-century features and unfussy finish make it a go-to choice for simple but sophisticated style. As an added bonus, all Arlo & Jacob sofas and chairs are made-to-order in their Long Eaton factory, so it’s a brilliant way to support British furniture makers whilst knowing that you’re investing in a quality sofa, too.

    Philo-chaise-Arlo-&-JacobIf you’re looking for something to house the whole family, then this Philo chaise (above) could be just the ticket. It’s worth noting that you can only order online, but if you pop along to the showroom, there are walls of swatches in neat little cubbyholes, so you can play around with sizes and fabrics until you’ve got an arrangement that’s perfect for your scheme. Our verdict? With beautiful craftsmanship and an amazing range of fabrics, it’s hard not to fall for this charming British brand!

    Want to learn more about how these sofas come to life? Take a look at Arlo & Jacob’s behind-the-scenes videos, for a glimpse into the manufacturing story behind their range:

    Behind the Scenes: Fabric from Arlo & Jacob on Vimeo.

    Bardolph sofa, from £910; Juno chair, from £480; Philo chaise, from £1,955; all Arlo & Jacob

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