Friday, 1 June 2012


Beautiful baby blankets and summer scarves from Middleblue, made by women seamstresses in West Bengal. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Villa Angelo

I love everything about this lovely old stone house, perched on a hillside in Motovun in Croatia. It belongs to Ben, a friend of my husband Archie; he and his family have spent years restoring it - building cupboards from reclaimed timber, sourcing original copper baths - and it's finally available to rent (it sleeps six). Every detail - from the glass table lamps to the shade of green on the bedroom walls - is in the best possible taste and has me itching to redecorate. For prices and availability, visit the very smart new website. Pictures: Villa Angelo.

Monday, 27 February 2012


Ramies, a small family business based in Shanghai, make these lovely linen dresses to order - you send them your measurements, and what colour you'd like, and they are made for you, bespoke. The top dress can be worn with the buttons at the front or the back (I've ordered it in heather grey), and is just £44. The romantic dropped-waist dress is £51. Pictures: Ramies.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Denim smocks

Two denim smock dresses I have my eye on - both have the strong selling point that they would comfortably make way for lunch. The top dress is £129, by Ganni at Plumo; the second is £155, by APC Madras at Urban Outfitters.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Rokin boots

Ruggedly good-looking boots to wear into the ground, from new-to-me Swedish shoe company Rokin.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Woad Inc

These wool blankets are dyed in Norfolk using natural woad indigo pigment, which they grow organically on the farm there. They're part of a small organisation called Produced in Norfolk which works to protect rural skills from dying out, such as thatching and cider making and wild bee keeping. Picture: Woad Inc.

Monday, 21 November 2011


Australian company Helveticus make sturdy-looking bags from vintage Swiss army blankets. Picture: Helveticus.