Friday, 29 July 2011

Donna Flower

Vintage dressmaking fabrics from Donna Flower, sold by the half-metre. They'd be ideal for flowergirls' dresses. Pictures: Donna Flower.

A Little Bird

Daisy Garnett's book, Cooking Lessons, is my one of my favourite food memoirs, about her discovery of a passion for cooking while on a journey by boat from New York to London. I'm also quite addicted to her chic listings site A Little Bird, full of stylish finds and reviews. So it's really no surprise I think her office is rather lovely, too. I think that colour green is perfect. Pictures: Simon Brown for the Daily Mail.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Julie Sandlau

These tiny amethyst earrings from Danish jewellery designer Julie Sandlau are near perfect. Picture via Rakuten.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Cloth Shop

These Indian wool shawls - herringbone wool with embroidery - are beautiful. From the amazing The Cloth Shop on Portobello Road. Picture: The Cloth Shop.

David Garland

Really exceptionally nice ceramics from Gloucestershire potter David Garland. My obsession with jugs is getting a little out of hand. Pictures: David Garland.

Lollys Laundry

This pretty, very summery white dress, with sleeves, is half price at Lollys Laundry. Picture: Lollys Laundry.

Have You Met Miss Jones

This heavy ceramic pear from Sydney's Jennifer Jones would look really beautiful on a mantlepiece, or as a paperweight on a desk. Picture: Have You Met Miss Jones.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Tea with Bea

A polka-dot mug from Tea with Bea, made in Stoke-on-Trent. Picture: Tea with Bea.

Seersucker tablecloths

Nice quality, good value cotton seersucker tablecloths in really great colours, from The Linen, Lace and Patchwork House. The Madras-like "multi" colourway (not pictured) is my pick. From £15. Pictures: LLPH.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Red Hen Originals

I am in love with this painting of two mice by Julia Burns - and it's only £28.50, complete with mount. Naturally, I like her paintings of pigs, too. Picture: Red Hen Originals.

Sweet Caroline

Sweet Caroline clogs from Sweden - very colourful and very comfortable, apparently. These Fireflys are £106. Picture: Sweet Caroline.

Leontine Hagoort

Summery bags from Rotterdam's Leontine Hagoort.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Chhatwal & Jonsson

Beautiful bedroom fabrics from Sweden's Chhatwal & Jonsson. I love the mix of tie-dye and paisley, and want to copy it. Pictures via: Stromgatan4.

Vanessa Bruno for La Redoute

Two favourites from the new Vanessa Bruno collection for La Redoute. Quite pricey for a catalogue (the top is £49, the jumper £85) - the quality better be top notch. Pictures: La Redoute.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Hinchcliffe and Barber

Dorset pottery Hinchcliffe and Barber make lovely hand-painted spongewear and have just opened a small online shop. This large water jug would be perfect on a summer lunch table in the garden, or as a vase for a huge bunch of sweatpeas. It's £45. Picture: Hinchcliffe and Barber.


Archie bought me the most beautiful opal earrings from the Japanese jewellery designer Akiko Kawayanagi for my birthday. They're not actually the ones pictured here - they're even nicer. All her jewellery is delicate but quite rough-hewn-looking, which I love. Really precious, but the kind of thing you want to wear every day - and indeed I have. Pictures: Mykonos.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Peacock Blue

There's nothing quite like brand-new sheets. I really like the subtly pretty styles - pale polka dot, gingham and floral - at Peacock Blue. Pictures: Peacock Blue.

Ursula Waechter

A beautiful painted salad bowl by Ursula Waechter. Picture: Ursula Waechter.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Les Racines du Ciel

French ethical label Les Racines du Ciel make very simple, very beautiful clothes - t-shirts, dresses and jeans - that are designed to be worn for years and years and not date. All the fabrics are either organic or recycled, and everything is made with a minimum impact. Pictures: Les Racines du Ciel.

Willow Rose Boutique

Willow Corbett-Winder makes lovely, simple notebooks, address books, visitors' books and diaries covered in fabrics - stripes, florals, Indian hand-blocked and paisley. She'll make them to order if there's a particular print and shape you like. Pictures: Willow Rose Boutique.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Ancient Greek Sandals

Christina Martini used to design for Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga, but now she runs this beautiful new sandal company in Athens. She does 31 different styles based on traditional designs (my favourites are the Myrtis and Electra), all of which you can buy online. Pictures: Ancient Greek Sandals.


Quite subtly pretty hand-embroidered napkins from Sibona. I really love the gooseberries. Pictures: Sibona.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Nixey and Godfrey

The Indian vintage throws at Nixey and Godfrey are really special. Pictures: Nixey and Godfrey.

Lustreware jug

Such a beautiful jug, very much out of my price range. Picture: Appleby Antiques.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


Keller, a label designed by Kelly Clark in Brooklyn, joins the list of labels to lust after. Kelly says her clothes are designed to "slip on, love, and wear unbothered." I like that very much. Her only European stockist is The Moon and Mars in Edinburgh, but I think they only sell her shoes. Found via Primoeza. Pictures: Keller.

Falcon Enamelware

The great British company Falcon Enamelware - makers of sturdy white-with-blue-trim pots and things for kitchens since 1920 - have revitalised their brand and range and, honestly, I would like one of everything. And their website's lovely, too. Thanks to Beatrice for the tip off. Pictures: Falcon Enamelware.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Beach Candy

If I were about to head off on holiday, I'd be tempted by the summery things - kaftans, sunhats and dresses for the beach - from Sophie Paget's company, Beach Candy. Everything is designed and made - hand-woven, hand-printed, hand-dyed etc - in India, where Sophie lives. Pictures: Beach Candy.

Monday, 11 July 2011


Belgian online store Libeco sells some of the nicest tea towels, napkins and tablecloths I've seen. Pictures: Libeco Home.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Tim Bowen

Tim Bowen's collection of antique Welsh spongeware is the kind of thing I really swoon over. I'll never have too many bowls. I'd love to visit Tim and his wife Betsan's gallery near Carmarthen - full of these lovely ceramics and what looks like a really amazing collection of oak country furniture, Welsh paintings and folk art. Pictures: Tim Bowen Antiques.