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The Ibride Yuan Vase

April 16th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Shopping - (5 Comments)

I have fallen head over heels for this Ibride Yuan vase.

ibride - yuan vase

Not just a vase you understand.  It’s actually tableware that stacks into a vase shape.

ibride - yuan

Consisting of 4 plates, 4 bowls and 1 lid it is made of high quality, dishwashable melamine and the inside has the most exquisite decoration.

ibride - yuan dinner plates 2

In addition there are another four plates to add to the collection.

ibride - yuan dinner plates 1

It simply is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a long time.

*sigh*

Available from An Angel At My Table.

New from The Padstow Mussel Company are these stunningly beautiful Gyotaku prints from Susie Ray.

Crab Gyotaku Print

Gyotaku is a 18th/19th century technique used by Japanese Fishermen to visually record new species of fish they would catch.  The original method was to use edible ink and rice paper, but Susie, looking to create a more precise finish has used paints and cotton cloth.

Cornish Shells And Coral Gyotaku Print

The fish depicted are all locally caught Cornish fish from Padstow to Newlyn.

Cornish Squid Gyotaku Print

How lovely would they look in a beach house with soft white panelled walls, lots of neutral linens and oodles of wood and basketware?

Cornish Prawn Gyotaku Print

 

Did everyone have a nice Christmas?

I had a lovely time with the family.  Ate too much and just generally relaxed a lot.  I’m already looking around though, for the next decorative fix.  You know the feeling?  When the Christmas decorations come down and the house looks a little forlorn and bare?

Wouldn’t these lacquered tin flower wall decorations from Plumo do just the trick?

Plumo laquered tin flowers 1 Plumo laquered tin flowers 2 Plumo laquered tin flowers 3 Plumo laquered tin flowers 4

And they are currently on sale so they won’t be hanging around for long!

Loving the purple one.

Cross Stitch in Time

December 20th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in I Spy - (0 Comments)

I’ll let you into a little secret.  Once upon a time I used to have a bit of an addiction.

It was nothing harmful you understand.  Or life threatening or even marriage breaking.  Hypnotic, all-consuming and habit-forming, yes.  But ultimately it was very therapeutic and satisfying, and the results of this addiction are still hanging on my walls.

Yes, I was a cross-stitch addict.

So I was very interested to see these kits by What Delilah Did at Roost Living.

Roost Living Cross Stitch Kits.

I’d urge anyone to try this because it really is the most satisfying way to spend a winter evening in front of the fire and the results look so fantastic.  I love the  way they are hung inside their hoops.  So simple.  You could realistically finish one of these in an evening.  Honestly.

Roost Living Bee Cushion square

The cushions might take a bit longer but they look stunning and any of these kits would make really thoughtful gifts.

Roost Living Cross Stitch Kits Key Close Up

One of these days I might show you my own masterpieces!

I Spy – Pens and Needles

December 17th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in Events - (2 Comments)

Pens and Needles is an exhibition running from now until January 14th in the Print House Gallery, 18 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL.

It has been curated by Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott, the duo behind CUSTHOM and is a collection of tactile posters that explore the use of digital embroidery as a unique and expressive form of drawing.

 Giedre Domzaite at Pens and Needles

Giedre Domzaite

The designs on show hold coherence in colour, as they are limited to bright red, azure blue, sapphire and bright white.  Colour and paper size were the sole restraints, so the possibilities of digital embroidery process come under the spotlight.

David Longshaw at Pens and Needles

David Longshaw

The posters are also for sale on the Pens and Needles website and Christmas delivery is still possible if you order before the 18th December.

Fred Butler at Pens and Needles

Fred Butler

Works will be framed and unframed and sold through the Gallery, with 10% of the proceeds donated to ART AGAINST KNIVES.

Andre Beato at Pens and Needles

Andre Beato

Personally, I think this is one for the diary between Christmas and New Year!

Stars by Barbara Chandler for Habitat

November 30th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in Events - (0 Comments)

I felt very privileged to be invited to an installation of festive photography by Barbara Chandler last week at the Kings Road branch of Habitat.

Barbara (for anyone who isn’t familiar with her work) is the author of Love London, which was published last year and contains 180 photographs of the capital, and her photographic work has featured in a series of London exhibitions.  She has also worked extensively as a journalist, writing mainly about interiors and design for many national newspapers and magazines including the London Evening Standard (for over 20 years), and more recently Homes and Gardens.

Last weeks exhibition also marked the launch of her ‘stars’ collection for Habitat which features her photographs digitally printed on cushions, aprons, tea towels and tote bags.  The tea towels are shown here.

I haven’t known Barbara for very long but in that short time she has shown tremendous support for us humble bloggers and I’m proud to be able to call her a friend.  She also (and I don’t think she’ll mind me saying this) looked stunning in one of her own ‘stars’ aprons and black high heels.  Such amazing legs!

So now I’m starting to get into a festive mood, it’s time to start thinking of gifts.  I must admit these days to doing a lot of my shopping online.  Why fight the crowds, navigate the traffic and pay a small fortune for parking when there are so many websites that do all of the hard work for you?

One of my favourites is Not on the High Street.  They have already carefully selected every product for quality, style and originality.

 And here are just a few of my favourite things…

See anything you like yet?

 

Easy Easyart

November 15th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in Inspiration | Interior Design - (1 Comments)

As well as the Decorate Workshop book launch last week, us lucky London bloggers were treated to a night of cocktails and inspiration courtesy of Easyart.

For anyone not familiar with this online gallery you are missing a treat.  They were established in 1999 and have range of over 100,000 images covering well known artists like Picasso and Warhol; with themes like photography, landscape, figurative and vintage art. Once you have found the perfect pictures for your home or workplace you can customise using sizing, framing and canvas options.

Here are some of my favourites.

Pink Shoes by Bridget Davies

Kate Moss by Mario Testino

Twin Crowns by Marian McConaghie

Pop over to the EasyArt blog to see photo’s of our evening and get some more inspiration.

The Latest Lorna Syson

October 31st, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in I Spy | Interior Design - (2 Comments)

It never takes much for me to post about award winning designer Lorna Syson, so when she slipped her latest images into my bag at 100% design it was only a matter of time.

She’s best known for her three dimensional wall flowers which I’ve been lusting after for like ever!  But she also creates a carefully curated collection of interior accessories, including wallpaper, fabric rolls, lampshades and cushions all of which are inspired by her love of the great British outdoors.

The great tits nesting outside her bedroom window inspired the lampshade below and her fondest childhood memories are of picking berries with her father and the summer days playing in the woods and countryside.

Is it too much to ask for one of these in my bag next time?

I Spy – Frederick Wimsett

October 18th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in I Spy | Interior Design - (2 Comments)

Frederick Wimsett is a painter specialising in bespoke Chinoiserie-inspired murals and screens, which he painstakingly paints by hand either in-situ or onto panels in his London studio.

His work is already in the homes of many private clients and he has recently completed commissions for milliner Victoria Grant, fashion designer Alice
Temperley and Christie’s auction house.

Originally from Los Angeles, amazingly, his style has shifted from tropical poolside murals to refined and detail-oriented interiors, where he works closely with each client to create a space or screen that is bespoke to them and their world.

Don’t you just love?

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