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Pinterest synchronicity – new nautical

20 Apr

I was just scrolling through pinterest and these pictures in close proximity I thought made for a terribly wonderful “new nautical” look (although a quick search through pinterest shows that pink and stripes is nothing new).

Ever had such an unknown collaboration on your follow board from different people?

And a happy Friday!

sources: scarf; boat (can’t find original source but links back to here); words; outfit

A Blessing of Unicorns

1 Apr

I went to Mildred’s yesterday for lunch (really good and I suggest you go).  On the walls they had some prints from Woop Studios which I absolutely love.  They have created a series of collective noun prints.  So brilliantly English and wonderful.  Here are a few of my favourite.  The price is out of my just travelled, unemployed, student budget but I might be tempted to buy a set of their flash cards.

Wedgewood Blue

30 Jan

You know those possession of your Grandma’s that you coveted as a child?  I loved this little Wedgewood box the most.  It was kept in a glass cabinet with an array of other lovely and cherished items that I would look at almost every time I visited my Grandparent’s house.  When I moved to England and far away from my Granny she gave it to me as a memento and I keep special pieces of jewellery in there like my Mother’s engagement ring.

So Wedgewood has always had a special place in my heart.  That blue is better than a Tiffany’s blue any day in my book.  On Friday I was spending time with friends and wondering around Liberty’s as a break between lunch and tea (yes shopping is what happens between meals for me) and we spotted the lovely range called Nature’s Canvas.  There are both glazed and unglazed pieces but I love the rough earthy look of the sandstone coloured jugs sans glaze.  And just the whisper of Wedgewood blue around the top.  What a way to update a classic.

p.s. Wedgewood are having a sale on some of these items and boy if I hadn’t just spent all my money for my trip home I would certainly get that beautiful jug.

My unproductive day

20 Dec

A gift from my mum.  A coaster which is just so perfect for me.  She got it from the South Bank shop.

Great British Blogger: Decorater’s Notebook

8 Dec

It has been a long time but here is another in my Great British Blogger series (be sure to check out the rest if you haven’t already).

The Decorator’s Notebook is a fairly new blog but has fast become one of my favourite design and interiors focused blogs.  Bonus? The Decorator is British.  In a blogosphere inundated with interior bloggers she somehow finds rooms which haven’t yet been seen a hundred times and has a curator’s eye, bringing together unique arrangements of items.  I am currently enjoying her pinterest A-Z series.  She also offers useful tutorials and little visits around her home which is of course impeccable although in typical interior bloggers style constantly being worked on.  Of course we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Find out more about The Decorator below before heading on over to her blog.

What part of London would you most align with your own personality and why?

I’m a country bumpkin making my way in the big smoke so I’m always seeking out the green bits of the A-Z. I live on the edge of Crystal Palace Park and the area suits me perfectly. It’s great to be able to wander through the leafy park to the famous Victorian dinosaurs and I love the relaxed buzz around the Crystal Palace triangle. It’s not the smartest area of the capital but there seems to be a new gastro pub, antiques shop (the zany market on Haynes Lane is not to be missed) or independent café opening every couple of weeks at the moment so it’s definitely on the up!

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?

That’s a toughie, but I recently bought a screenprint by Angie Lewin at the Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition in Shoreditch so she’d be pretty high on my list. I love how she takes natural motifs like seedpods, feathers and leaves and gives them a graphic twist. Her colour palette of Midcentury-inspired colours is gorgeous too. And of course anyone who’s designed fabrics for Liberty is going to be a bit of an idol of mine!

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?

It would definitely involve a rural getaway with friends… the idyllic Isles of Scilly (off the coast of Cornwall) are my favourite place in all the world. We’d take an early morning boat to Tresco, wander along to the white, sandy Pentle Beach to collect shells, enjoy a picnic lunch and have a paddle before walking back over the heath to the pub for a cold gin and tonic in the sun. The perfect evening would involve a campfire, a barbeque (with some freshly caught mackerel if we can get hold of some) and a long night of chatter and laughter. Bliss!

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Thanks to the Decorator for stopping by.  I will have to visit Crystal Palace one of these days.

Photo courtesy of the Decorator’s Notebook, a peak into her dining area.

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