Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
I've said it before, but I always love everything Charlotte Le Stum-Meyer designs for her label Le Vestiaire de Cle, and this new summer range, all in grey and white, is no exception. Buy it all here. Pictures: Le Vestiaire de Cle.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Wiltshire girls Helen and Hollie make these lovely cushions featuring horses, chickens, pigs and dancing hares - which are screen-printed and then individually sewn over. Each one is unique. Buy them online at Folksy and Etsy. Pictures: Helkatdesign.
Friday, 25 March 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
French company Le Laboureur make clothes for people for whom Old Town is not authentic enough (so, not for the faint hearted). I love these clothes on men - cord suits and drill painters' jackets and high-waisted trousers: very chic peasantwear, basically. Their Swedish site is transactional, much better than their French one, and features pictures of girls wearing the clothes, too.
Friday, 18 March 2011
Beth Cameron runs her childrenswear company, Imogen's Wardrobe, from her kitchen table in Edinburgh. Her very sweet "Pirate" pinafores are made from hand-dyed Indian cotton, denim, vintage lace and silk applique, and are made to order to fit your baby.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Rebecca Engels scours the brocantes of Aix-en-Provence for vintage linens to make her beautiful tote bags, which are lined with Liberty print. Each bag comes with a paper luggage label attached that tells the story of how the bag was put together - where she bought the fabric, handles and so on. She makes very nice shoe-bags and cushions, too.
Pictures: Rebecca Engels.
Monday, 14 March 2011
I know Liberty spreads itself thinly these days, lending their prints to anyone who asks - but I was very taken by the little range they've done with Zara Home Kids, featuring adorable, well-made and not-too-expensive baby clothes, towels, lovely spongebags, changing mats, bibs and totes for new mums.
Friday, 11 March 2011
They're not fashionable, and you're more likely to see them on greetings cards than museum walls, but I find there's something so uplifting about Nicholas Hely Hutchinson's paintings. They're often of landscapes I know and love - such as Dorset, Cornwall and the west coast of Ireland - or wild flower meadows, remote cottages and bluebells woods. Find some of his greetings cards, produced by Canns Down Press, at Papergrain.
Pictures: Nicholas Hely Hutchinson.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
I am absolutely in love with this Australian knitwear company, Primoeza, from Elizabeth Rayman Yong. She seems to have very few stockists outside Australia, with none at all in Europe, but you can buy her beautiful jumpers here and see more of her lovely work on her blog.
Beautiful glazed earthenware pieces from Wiltshire's White Horse Pottery. Trevor, Rory and John run this traditional pottery from an 150-year-old converted school in Westbury - and I'm going to make a beeline for it next time I'm there.
Pictures: White Horse Pottery.
I love this straw hat, pinned with silk flowers, by Grevi, a wonderful old Italian company run by the same Florentine family for four generations. They have two stores - one in Paris (on Place Alphonse Devilla) and one in Florence (on Via dell Spada) - where hats (from straw boaters to wide-brimmed, ribbon-trimmed sunhats) are perched on sculpted wrought-iron fittings. This shot is by the amazing Kate Powers, whose work I love.
Monday, 7 March 2011
Both my sets grandparents' houses were full of William Morris prints (my granny still has fruit on the walls of her breakfast room) so I have a such a soft spot for these wallpapers and fabrics. This year is the 150th anniversary of Morris & Co, and they're launching a new collection at London Design Week of never-before-seen interpretations of original Morris designs.
Pictures: Morris & Co.
Pictures: Morris & Co.