Monday, 29 November 2010
I've been searching for a coffee table for our sitting room for as long as we've owned our flat. The tricky thing is that I like old things, but people didn't do coffee tables in the olden days. You can get farmhouse tables that have had their legs lopped off, but I think they always look a bit odd and stunted. Or you buy something angular and Danish, or heavy and Balinese, or an American-Psycho-style, glass-and-steel number. But last night I came across Shai Abbassi and my coffee-table search is over. Shai's ottomans and footstools are made in England using antique legs (I love the Edwardian turned mahogany ones) and covered in the most extraordinarily beautiful antique Turkish kelims. So they are old, but new, and you can have them made to your exact specifications. They're completely flat, so you can rest a tray with coffee and cups on them, sturdy and coarse so they'll last forever; but soft, too, so ideal for foot resting.
Friday, 26 November 2010
How have I not known about about Beak Boots before now? These cute booties have just rocketed to the top of my Christmas list. They’re made with traditional, labour-intensive cobbling skills in northern Sweden, from ultra-strong, vegetable-dyed leather (hence the many-week-long delivery times and upwards-of-£260 price tag), have special, insulated soles and are lined with wool: designed for trudging down icy roads on chilly days much like today. My kind of footwear. I'm truly smitten. Father Christmas needs to know I'd like the Low Boots in blue, size 38.
Picture via arctic trend.
Picture via arctic trend.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
I know you see this kind of thing everywhere these days, but I think Maud Lomberg’s selection of vintage linens is the most beautiful and inspiring there is. Maud is based in Gloucestershire but she has a second home in Hungary, where she sources most of her amazing collection of hand-embroidered, home-spun vintage linens and grain sacks – ranging in size from tiny swatches for patch-working, and napkins, to sheets and whole rolls for upholstery. She runs a traditional indigo-dying workshop in her Hungarian village, where she re-colours some of her pieces. I could literally spend hours on her site, and would happily cover every surface in my home in her fabrics.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
I know it's genteel of me, but I do love a proper hankie. My granny is never without one usefully stowed under the cuff of her cardi. These beautiful Swiss, hand-embroidered handkerchiefs, from The Irish Linen Company, are the finest I've seen.
P.S. Their baby pillowcases, featuring frogs and soldiers, are the best Christening presents.
Such a sucker am I for all things Scandinavian, the fact that Erfurt scarves come from Denmark instantly makes me like them more that I would if they were from, say, Australia. I'm very impressionable like that. These chevron-weave, merino wool ones are £89 each, from the brilliant Anna Lizzio in Tetbury.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Rachel Hazell is a bookbinder of extraordinary skill. I love this collection of books she made, all about plants. As well as doing big projects for places like Few and Far and the Crafts Council she takes on really little commissions, too; binding beautifully delicate single volumes of your poetry or favourite recipes custommade to your specification.
P.S. Lucy May Schofield's books are also pretty special.