We are currently in the process of updating our bathroom and so as a result I've been hunting through the internet in search of inspiration. Here are a few images I found via House Beautiful that I think you may enjoy:
I was walking through TK Maxx today and was wowed by some beautiful Polish Pottery – I didn't get a picture of it sadly, but if you pop into your local store, you might find some. It reminded me of holidays.
And so I started thinking about patterned pottery. When I was in New York in the autumn, I visited the Anthropologie store in Chelsea Market and spotted these Kebaya mugs (above) which, according to the website are 'inspired by the resist-dyeing technique of Dutch wax fabric'. I didn't buy any for fear of smashing them in my suitcase and so, I was really glad to see them stocked here too.
If you like Polish Pottery, you might want to pop over to Blue Dot Pottery who sell Polish stoneware (above and below) created by the Artistic Ceramics in Boleslawiec who have been creating striking pottery since 1950. Traditionally, these patterns have been created using mainly cobalt blue but you can now get greens, reds and yellows.
If the choice is between plain and patterned, I'd choose patterned every time. What about you?
In order to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for guests to come over for dinner - the perfect table is needed. It sets the stage for your food, dishes, meal and dining experience in general. When I think about buying or acquiring furniture, I tend to stay away from pieces that aren't flexible... What do I mean by that? Well flexible in the sense that they can go from breakfast table to craft table to fancy shmancy dinner party table. All purpose tables. Dress up, dress down. Here are some lovely examples of such tables (for moi!):
Hi guys, hope you've all had a lovely week. Today I want to share with you these fabulous retro plates from cheese specialists, Paxton & Whitfield. Inspired by milk bottle caps from the 1920s to the 1950s, these plates carry the advertisements for individual dairies of the time. My fave has to be the green 'bottled health' advert, what a great way to promote milk!
In the 1940s when groceries were in short supply, Paxton & Whitfield changed from an artisan cheese shop into a grocers and therefore would stock everyday foods, including milk, which had bottle caps similar to the iconic designs on these plates.
The plates are 16.5cm in diameter and come in the four colours seen above. They are also presented in a cool hatbox so would make a perfect gift too. They are £25 for the set and available in-store or online at Paxton & Whitfield.
Embarrassingly, I know nothing about art. E H Gombrich's The Story of Art is still winking at me from the shelf where I left it 4 years ago. And yet. As a lover of texture, colour and pattern, I know what I like when I see it.
Hi guys, I have recently discovered the work of Louise Body, a paper and fabric designer, and just had to share her 'Paper Tiles' wallpaper collection with you. Launched last year, this collection is a series of wallpapers made to resemble Victorian tiles; the paper has even been purposely aged to give it period character! The wallpaper is printed onto high grade, robust paper and therefore can even be used in high-activity areas such as the kitchen or hallway. Fab. A cost-effective way to introduce a bit of Victoriana into your home. Here are a few images of her 10-piece collection, starting with my favourite, 'Buttercup Blue'.
I think these would look great as a kitchen splash-back. Next up is 'Dahlia', a yellow and blue design which also looks great in a kitchen environment.
And what about 'Mixed Folk'? The colours in this design work really well together and would look lovely in a bathroom.
Although I think these designs would be perfectly suited to kitchens, hallways or bathrooms, they can also look fantastic in living areas, as you can see from the pics below. (Pictured are 'Orange Rose' and 'Patchwork' in jade).
Though perhaps only for the brave! What do you think? -Laura.
My sister got engaged last week. Hurrah. Cut to hours of over excited pondering on venue, dress, theme, table dressing, first dance etc. And that was just me. Here are a few pics from the inspiration scrapbook I put together for her.
Chances are: you've got a cold; you're getting a cold or you've just had a cold. Whichever it is, you'll be sick of the sight of tissues which is why I believe we should reinstate the humble handkerchief. It is a greener choice (I don't mean that literally) and it looks better than a Kleenex.
In the past, you would have struggled to find a stylish handkerchief but now there are all manner of hand printed versions that you wouldn't be embarrassed to carry. Here are my favourities.