Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
It's not new, but this book is top of my Christmas list. It's Marwood Yeatman's culinary history of England (with photographs by his wife, Anya); an elegy to the craftsmanship and charm of the food we grow and rear: the Wessex sadleback, the Dorking, Lancashire oatcakes, West Country cider, clotted cream... Personally, I want to discover where I can pick myself some whortleberries.
Monday, 23 August 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
I read this post by Jane about the new Rowan knitting patterns, and realise I will be needing my Granny to give me a knitting refresher course. The beautifully wintry catalogue, shot in Monmouthshire, features ambitious projects like chunky cardigans, cosy capes and huge cable-knit jumpers in mossy shades - which make me quite excited at the prospect of it getting cold again.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
I think local Chiswick lady Marthe Armitage might be my style icon. Her wallpaper designs, printed on the same 19th century press she's worked on since the sixties, are really beautiful (especially the brilliantly named Old Man's Beard), but I'm equally keen on her outfit of smock, apron, and thick tights and sandals. I was reminded of the amazing article on her in her studio, in a recent Gardens Illustrated, by Savilintu.
Photographs by Andrew Montgomery.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
I love these interpretations of traditional delftware tiles, hand-decorated in England by Fired Earth, featuring rowing boats, thatched cottages and horse-drawn ploughs, and sprigy flowers like petunias, poppies and marigolds. I think they would look perfect behind the basin in our bathroom.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Indian designer Aneeth Arora's rustic and romantic smocks and pinafores for her range, Pero, are inspired by traditional Rajasthani dress, and made in hand-woven, hand-dyed, hand-embroidered khadi cotton. Her simple looking, but labour intensive (and eye-wateringly expensive) dresses are available from Selvedge drygoods.