Thursday, 31 March 2011

Idyll Home

If I could justify buying any more jugs and baskets for my house (I can't), I'd be very tempted by lots of things in Clare Krier's Shropshire shop Idyll Home. She sells really nice lights and linens, too. Pictures: Idyll Home.

Deborah Sparks

Cute, personalised laundry bags from Deborah Sparks. Chose from boat, car, tractor, dinosaur or space rocket, and Deborah will applique your boy's name on it. Pictures: Deborah Sparks.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Charlotte Le Stum-Meyer

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.

Pamela Tang

Australian designer Pamela Tang's simple, handmade linen dresses and smocks are just the ticket for summer. See more of her things on her blog and in her Etsy shop.

Pictures: Pamela Tang.

Friday, 25 March 2011


Luca's lovely west London label Deluna makes really fun, slightly bonkers, clothes for babies and children. I love these stripy trousers with red piping - as Luca says, "very Gaultier".
Pictures: Nick Wilson and Michelle Moradi for Deluna.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


Today, I'd like to be wearing this lovely, lovely floral shirt from Ganni, at ASOS. But I'd definitely be swapping those terrifying frilly knickers for a pair of jeans.
Pictures: ASOS.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

By Mott

I love these desert boots, for children and grown-ups, from Spain's By Mott.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Patchwork Harmony

Caroline Taylor's online shop Patchwork Harmony has relaunched today with some pretty new and vintage things for your home - like this blue enamel coffee pot and this tiking-stripe holder for plastic bags.
Pictures: Patchwork Harmony.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Chris Barnes

Argyll potter Chris Barnes's colourful stoneware platters are cheerful and perfect for spring.
Pictures: Chris Barnes.

Le Laboureur

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

Imogen's Wardrobe

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's Aix

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.

Helena Rohner

Beautiful, and satisfying to look at, knotted-gold jewellery from Spain's Helena Rohner. These pieces are available at Couverture.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Zara and Liberty

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.
Pictures: Zara.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Nicholas Hely Hutchinson

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.

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.
Discovered via Ermie's blog, which was in turn discovered via wikstenmade. Pictures: Primoeza.

White Horse Pottery

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.


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.

Picture: Kate Powers for Easy Living magazine, styled by Liz Thody.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Francoise Pendville

I really like this big-baggy-jumper-over-a-silk-frock look from Belgium's Francoise Pendville.

Picture: Eric Ceccarini for Francoise Pendville.

William Morris

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.

Merchant & Mills

Herefordshire's Merchant & Mills sells the most beautifully packaged sewing essentials (glass-headed needles, pinking sheers etc) alongside Carolyn Denham's elegant dress patterns (I love the Trapeze), and a kit to make this very smart oilskin bag.
Pictures: Merchant & Mills.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Holly Lasseter

Dorset girl Holly Lasseter sells prints of her beautiful botanical watercolours for £25 each on her website, alongside hand-painted ceramics, oven mits, makeup bags and other delights. These three - plumbago, hydrangea and anemone - are my favourites.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Cabbages & Roses

The new Cabbages & Roses site launched today, and it is gorgeous. Such nice clothes.
Pictures: Cabbages & Roses.

Seasalt Nippers

Cute-as-a-button stripy things for children from Cornwall's Seasalt Nippers.
Pictures: Seasalt.