Friday, 30 July 2010

Star Mela

A perfect dress for summer holidays, and only £21, from Star Mela.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Milly and Dottie's Emporium

A sweet teacosy from Milly and Dottie's Emporium.

Mrs Woo Woo

These cardigans are hand-knitted by Mrs Woo Woo in Bristol. I particularly love the green one with sparkly pockets.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010


Beautiful organic cotton towels, made in France, from Balineum.

Sunday Factory

Home-made linen frocks and shirts, and very pretty crochet bags, from Hong Kong-based husband-and-wife enterprise Sunday Factory.

Monday, 26 July 2010


I'm pleased to have stumbled upon Nkuku today, an online store specialising in fairly traded crafts, based in Devon. I particularly love the setting for their pictures of their wares - I'm guessing it's their own cottage - with weather-beaten floorboards and white-painted stone walls.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Bottle Green

I quite love single blooms in vases (especially ranunculus), and these vintage shades-of-green bottles from, aptly, Bottle Green, are very pretty.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Claire Hartigan

I am really taken by Claire Hartigan's ink drawings of barn owls, hedgehogs and otters.


I think this would make the most beautifully simple and pretty wedding dress for a country bride (with bare feet and a flower garland).

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow...

Little acorn earrings, from the V&A Shop.

Heart cardigan

A charming cardi with lovehearts sweetly embroidered on the pockets. Only £39 from the otherwise uninspiring Additions.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The Vintage Gardener

I am completely seduced by everything at The Vintage Gardener - an online antiques store that specialises in love-worn gardening kit: from vintage rakes and mottled zinc buckets and watering cans, to chic Fifties wicker picnic hampers, and perfect hats for shading under while pruning roses.

Reese's piece

I'm not really one for fawning over celebrities' style, but I have to say I love this frayed pink linen dress that Reese Witherspoon was papped wearing. And I quite fancy the basket she's carrying too...

Freudian Slips Vintage

One of my favourite vintage stores, Freudian Slips is closing down this month, and selling off at knock-down prices these very pretty summer frocks.

Friday, 16 July 2010

The OK Corral

China that is exactly my cup of tea, from new online vintage shop The OK Corral.

Harry's Hardware

Swedish company Harry's Hardware make perfect pyjamas in summery colours (lilac is my favourite), lovely quality menswear-style shirts, and woolen cardigans hand-knitted to order.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Ironing board covers

I need a new ironing-board cover, and these ticking stripe ones from John Lewis fit the bill perfectly.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010


The ultimate stripey Breton t-shirts by Saint James (unchanged in design since 1889 and worn by everyone from Picasso to Audrey Tatou) are buy-one-get-one-free at Moi Moi Moi until the end of July.

Bel Air

Nice, Edwardian-ish embroidered cotton things from Bel Air Paris.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Recipes for an Italian Summer

We're taking off to Tuscany on Monday, to stay with Beatrice, so it's with particular excitement about what culinary delights might be in store next week that I was reminded of this book, a volume of Italy's most inspiring recipes for warm-weather food - from gnocchi with plums, to rose-petal gelato. The equally mouthwatering photography - of food and landscapes - is by Andy Sewell and Joel Meyerowitz.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Veronique Henry

I like this (very affordable) hammered brass and glass bangle by Veronique Henry.


There is something so pleasing about Manufactum, with its range of properly sturdy - but really stylish - things for your home. Their reassuring tag line is The Good Things In Life Still Exist; and this bone egg spoon and bitter orange marmalade are among my favourites from their excellent website.