• Archive for October, 2014

    Gold crush

    by  • October 31, 2014 • Living • 0 Comments

    Boo! There – that was my contribution to all the Halloween merriment.
    Because, while others may be consumed with black and orange today, I would much rather talk gold.

    Orange might do double duty as a colour and a fruit, but gold is the harder working moniker, with its duties spread between colour, precious metal, Olympic medal, commodity, shade of tan and hip-hop crown (for both the head and the teeth)…

    Gold Crush productsShop gold left to right: Zoffany Spark wallpaper, Mosaic del Sur tiles, M&S Tyler pendant, Jonathan Adler bird ornaments, West Elm cushion, H&M Home ceramic jar

    And the design world’s love affair with gold is epic – think Liz & Dick on a carousel.

    Right now, we are in a heady heyday and the folks at brand design agency Together Design have got gold fever and are applying a Midas touch to a new range of products they have designed or bought together in a new online shop called Perfectly Put Together.

    Perfectly Put TogetherThe range comprises of whimsical gifts that have been gilted into submission and the results are truly golden…

    Perfectly Put Together gold cardsFrom playing cards

    Perfectly Put Together gold sewing kitto a sewing kit

    Perfectly Put Together gold snakes & laddersto a very clever London Snakes & Ladders game with chic black die with golden dots. Priceless.

    Considering the originality and quirkiness-factor, prices are reasonable enough to make these great gifts worth stockpiling for future gift-giving.
    They are all already on my wishlist…

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    A reality competiton of one’s own

    by  • October 29, 2014 • Living • 0 Comments

    It’s back. The Great Interior Design Challenge is to interior design what The Great British Bake Off is to baking.

    The Great Interior Design Challenge logoReplacing fondant with fabric, pastry with paint and meringue with the occasional mirrored ceiling, the show aims to find the best amateur British interior designer. Tasked with the job (aka the Paul and Mary of the show) are interior designer Daniel Hopwood and interior designer & stylist  Sophie Robinson.

    GBIDC judgesNot only are contestants under the watchful eye of the judges, but also the homeowners who have turned over their rooms to these amateurs. Slightly more perilous than Mel & Sue, don’t you think?

    Great Interior Design Challenge CotswoldsEpisode One found them in these 17th-century cottages in the Cotswolds, facing not only the homeowners but all the perils that come with a property of that age.

    I don’t want to spoil episode 1 for anyone (as you can catch it on BBC iPlayer now), but while all three rooms were somewhat successful, colour prevailed and the homeowner and judges were all smiles.

    The Great Interior Design Challenge is on BBC2 over the next five weeks.

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    Budget shopping spree glee

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Crafting, Living, Organising • 0 Comments

    I simply adore a bargain. And not the secret kind that fools people. I love to talk about my bargains. And tell people exactly how smart I am for spending so little on something so fab.

    Which is why I made a pilgrimage to Hema this weekend, and it was well worth it…

    In case you hadn’t heard, Hema is a Dutch chain of mini department stores stocking everything from clothing and make-up to homeware, stationery and kids stuff at really very reasonable prices. I first came across the chain in Amsterdam two years ago and I have longed for the day it would grace our shores ever since.

    And unlike other foreign retailers, it brought its A-game to the UK from the launch.
    The UK shops are small, so while the website is packed with great stuff, the three local locations (London Victoria, Bromley & Kingston) are only an edit of the whole collection, focusing mainly on homeware and stationery – good for me as those are two of my passions. So as you can imagine, I bought loads, including…

    Hema shopping spree

    …disposable table linens, Christmas decs, stamps and ink pads, storage and crafty stickers, buttons and iron-on patches. And could have bought much much more.

    Check out Hemashop.com/gb for their full UK collection and if you’re worried that what you want might not be in store, they offer delivery or an in-store click and collect service.

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