Category Archives: Homeware

Liberty Prints SS11

When it comes to designing fabrics they don’t come more beautiful that Liberty’s. Their Spring Summer 2011 collection features collaborations with award-winning illustrators such as Lauren Child and David McKee who wrote children’s classics such as Clarice Bean and Elmer. In addition to this there are pieces from up and coming illustrators, so imagine fun and fresh prints on luxe fabrics to brighten up your room this spring.

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Vintage Furniture Flea

So everybody loves a vintage fashion fair, so how about a Vintage Furniture Flea? Yup, the first ever flea is being held this Sunday 21st November in Bethnal Green’s York Hall, opening from 11:30am – 4:30pm. The mixture of products, sellers and prices will set this event apart from your average vintage fair, as there will be everyone there from first time sellers to established traders, selling furniture and homewares from the late 40’s to late 70’s. With everything from rummage bins to branded furniture, and of course tea, cake and live music, there really will be something for everybody.

Zara and H&M are Going Online!

If you’re thinking European High Street clothing giants two instantly spring to mind, H&M and Zara, but this isn’t their only similarity, the second being that neither of them have an online store… yet! Yes, whilst the likes of Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Next and French Connection, to name a few, have been long fulfilling our need to buy lunchtime pick-me-ups or that last minute outfit for an impromptu night out, H&M and Zara have held back.

However, Zara, who already have an online homewares store, will be launching their clothing range online on September 2nd. H&M, who currently have no UK online operation, will open their online store two weeks after, on the 16th September. As well as their womens, mens and childrens ranges, they will be selling their new range of homewares too. With both of the stores launching just as you have mentally finalised your A/W10 key pieces, its perfect timing, and if you order more than you can fit into your current wardrobe, well you can just buy another one!

Best of the Blogs: Domestic Sluttery

I pride myself on a beautiful home (by that I mean one-bed flat in South East London), but find with work, social commitments and other engagements I don’t have much time to dedicate to being domestic. If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you should check out my lastest Best of the Blogs edition Domestic Sluttery, the home and lifestyle blog for women who have better things to do.

Written by a group of woman from different professions, passions and in one case country, who cook, decorate and design (usually with a glass of wine in their hand), they can show you how to make your home gorgeous without having to give up your life. As well as food, drink and design, they also cover health and beauty, to make sure you’re looking as fabulous as your home!

Hannah Zakari

I love costume jewellery, and I’m always on the hunt for something a little different, so I was overjoyed when found quite a few new bits within Hannah Zakari, the one woman operation owned by Rachael Lamb. Her aim is to promote small independent brands, who handcraft their products with care and precision to bring you something new, as well as sell her own designs.

Whilst browsing the site I fell in love with the cluster necklaces, such as the Wizard of Oz and Keep Calm and Carry On pieces, as well as the super cute lovebirds on a branch and book necklaces. As well as jewellery she sells stationary, homewares, bags and accessories in a range of gorgeous prints and designs.

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Love Miss Daisy

By the time I was old enough to appreciate vintage it was already easily accessible, as I walked past a lot of Nottingham’s vintage stores on a daily basis. Moving to London obviously made it even easier with markets and jumbles sales added to tempt me, therefore I have never really used online vintage stores, except the odd piece from eBay.

However, I came across Love Miss Daisy via Twitter, when they advised me on a dress for a black tie event, and I found it was a whole new vintage shopping experience. With everything categorized by era and garment, then sub-sectioned, it is so much easier to find what you are after rather than rummaging though racks of clothes, getting catty with other vintage hunters, which is a regular occurrence on weekends in Brick Lane.

Of course, the shopping experience is only part of it, Love Miss Daisy’s merchandise is amazing too, with a mixture of clothing, shoes, accessories and homeware from over 5 decades, a special section for garments that have inspired the current season and pieces that have travelled thousands of miles to get there, you can be sure to find something you love. In addition to this, prices are fairer compared to certain places in London, where you seem to be paying for the rent in that postcode, and because the garments haven’t been tried on and tossed aside by many shoppers before you, the quality is incredible too!

Lavender/Room

Brighton based boutique Lavender/Room, was started in 2003 by friends Nicky Sanderson and Jenny Atherton, as quickly became a “must-see” shop in Brighton. Selling gorgeous jewellery, bags and shoes, as well as beauty and home accessories, their products vary from being incredibly pretty to amazingly cool. So, if you’d love a three tier delicate leaf necklace, or a Grazia featured red patent leather Mac book case, you’re sure to find something. Also, their gift section is the perfect place to find something for the person who has everything on your budget, or just to buy yourself a gift on a budget!

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How to Walk in High Heels

Ok, so this isn’t a new book, but I have found myself referring to it a lot recently. A year or so ago I bought How to Walk in High Heels: The Girl’s Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton, and have used it many times since, although I had mastered walking in high heels long before I bought it. The book covers tips on everything from packing correctly to understanding politics and working on two hours sleep to complaining with class, along with all the style and beauty tips you would expect.

Along with Camilla’s own guide, you will find snippets from many of her fabulous friends including How to pick the perfect shoe by Manolo Blahnik, How to appreciate art and where to start by Vivienne Westwood and How to compile your own soundtrack by Jade Jagger. If you are a girl, who wants to be socially adept, wants to tackle your technophobia or just wants to learn to walk in high heels, I highly recommend you get this book!

Cath Kidston: Festival Fashion

I am a huge fan of Cath Kidston, the global lifestyle brand that every woman should own at least one thing from. Currently I own many of their little pieces like the iPhone cover, glasses case, oyster holder and mug to name a few, but my two biggest acquisitions have to be my tent, which has been going to festivals since 2006, and my carry all bag.

I went into the store the other day to find see what new items they have in, and it’s fair to say amongst their many gorgeous homewares, bags and accessories, there were some perfect festival pieces. If you weren’t lucky enough get your hands on a tent first time around, they have now brought out a lush Tepee tent, perfect for spotting in a sea of khaki when drunk! In addition to this they have brought out printed waterproof clogs, yup on trend shoes that will protect you from the sludge, but you can wear in the sunshine!

They also have a new selection of holdalls in a range of pretty prints, so you can still look glam whilst trying to find a big enough camping space, and smaller bags to keep on you all day. Finally they have lots of pretty camping accessories, like a cooler bag for your wine, rugs, sunhats and umbrellas (just in case). So, if you are spending the weekend in a field, a little bit of Cath Kidston will make you feel fabulous!

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Meridian Import Company

If like About your Dress clothing takes up most of your storage space, (most of my jewellery just fits into 10 large stacked boxes), you always seem to need somewhere to put your less important bits. Unfortunately storage boxes aren’t the most attractive or stylish pieces of homeware, that’s why I was excited to come across the Meridian Import Company when looking for sewing bits, and their keepsake boxes.

There are three sets of three boxes made from wood each of a different theme, one of classic novels, one of capital cities and one of classic Hollywood stars. Each of the sets would look gorgeous on any bookshelf, with the different themes suiting different tastes and rooms.

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