Wednesday, 17 November 2010

All That is Gold: Graham & Greene Christmas

Graham & Greene's Christmas table at their Elgin Crescent shop.

Honestly, I just want to crawl on top of that table and live there until the 26th of December.

Happily, Graham and Greene are being especially festive as they are offering 20% off everything if you enter code X10B20 online before midnight on 22nd November.

Mmmm glitter....

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Shop in the Spotlight: Plumo

I  know, 3 posts in 3 days, I'm spoiling you people aren't I?  Yeah, try not to get used to it...

Thing is, I have been getting all these little catalogues in the post and pouring over them, deciding what to add to  my MUST GET RIGHT NOW list as opposed to my CAN I PLEASE HAVE FOR XMAS list and hope for the best.

The latest one to come through my door is from Plumo.  They have a lot of really bohemian trinkets that look great on their own or really make a unique statement en mass.

I thought I'd share a few of the things I think are just a little better than luvverly...

These wonderful Apothecary vases range from £15-£18.  
Gorgeous with the winter sun shining through them.

Handcrafted storage jars and bowls in subtle colours start at £22.

The darker it gets, the more I enjoy candlelight.  
These wonderful little faceted tealights would give an amazing glow 
in groups of 3 or 4 on a dining table or mantle.  They are £12 each.

These fabulous metal candlesticks are a bit pricey at £39 each 
but that gold one is seriously killing me.  Love.

How come the smellies I always get at Christmas never look this gorgeous?  
A set of 5 olive soaps is £12.95.

Have you spotted anything that's going on your CAN'T WAIT list?  Or will you just be extra good for Santa?

Monday, 15 November 2010

Delicious Designers: Clarissa Hulse

I have been a big fan of textile designer Clarissa Hulse for quite some time.  I can't even really remember when I first saw her designs but the gorgeous colour combinations with the beautiful nature-inspired silouettes make my heart beat just that little bit faster.

I'm in love...

In a whiter than white room, this throw would make an 
incredible statement and be the star of the show.

Her fabrics are stunning and delicate, the patterns soft and natural contrasted with bright pops of colour.

These dining room chairs are just fabulous! And how bout those insane painted floorboards?)

So many choices, beautiful as a group or individually.

At this time, I'm really unsure what to go for in the bedroom but I'm starting to consider using a few of her gorgeous colours as a basis for the direction I take.

I love the soft gold against the grey.

Sadly, the only thing I own that has Clarissa's stamp on it is my shower curtain.

Yes I do realise this is less than inspiring as the whole bathroom 
needs a massive refresh (aka ripping out and starting again!).  
But look at the curtain! Purrrrrty!

Her website is a joy to look through with loads available in the online shop to purchase.

How fab would these little corsages be attached to a simple cardigan or handbag?  At £20 each, they'd make a big impact without the major designer investment.

Or how bout a makeup bag? I may have to put one of these on my Christmas wish list (W, are you reading?!).  They are £15 each.

These little lavendar bags are just too pretty to keep in a drawer.  A set of 3 in coordinating fabrics is £18.

You can see the full range on Clarissa's website and a number of items are also available at House of Fraser.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Excuses, Excuses...

My darlings, I know I have been so neglectful of this dear little blog o'mine and as a result, neglectful of you, you wonderful peeps who return here looking for some new content... And for that, I'm terribly sorry and sort of grateful that I haven't seen the look of disappointment in your eyes, that little grimace your mouth makes when you see its the same bloody post you saw yesterday... because that would just make me feel really guilty.

So here are all my really crap excuses like it's going to help anything.

First of all, work has gotten very busy for both me and W, so when we get home after a very long hard day, the last thing I feel like doing is picking up a paintbrush or pulling up flooring or hell, even cleaning if I'm honest.  (Shhh, don't tell my mum.)

Secondly, there is less and less sunlight for me to take photographs.  To be fair, I only see my home these days in daylight at the weekends!  I go to work when the sun is barely making an appearance, if it appears at all to be fair, so cloudy and miserable as it's been here, and I come home with headlights on, the darkness having overtaken Manchester long before I'm able to say goodnight to the night watchman in reception.

Thirdly, I have resisted the urge to post SOMETHING, ANYTHING each day.  I really want this blog to be more quality than quantity.  So only if something really moves me do I intend to post it.  Which means not posting daily or even every week sometimes.

Just to appease you, my darling, I think you should know that the little projects I have started are still only partially completed.  I promise I'm not holding out on you...

At the moment, we still have the old sofa in our dining room and my search continues for the perfect sideboard.  I had found this one on eBay and got so excited when there were no bids on it after 6 or 7 days and I was still the highest bidder... I was feeling so confident, celebrating far too early with cries of 'Only 2 minutes to go! It's MINE, IT'S MINE!!!' and then..... with only 25 seconds to go.... someone outbid me.  By less than £1.  It's just uncalled for.  Honestly, I hope the person who got this one slams their hand in one of the drawers.  No, I'm not bitter, why do you ask?

The one that got away... *sob*

Thing is, not only am I picky but I refuse to pay stupid amounts of money when there are items like the above available for less than £100.  However, because I do not yet have a sideboard, the dining room not only contains the old sofa but also a number of boxes and bits and pieces without a home right now, piled up into a corner.  Not really the look I'm going for but needs must.  The search continues.

In better news, my amazingly wonderful W has revealed that he's buying me a proper grown-up camera for Christmas!!!  SQUEEEE!!!  So with the failing light, the new fancy-schmancy camera should hopefully alleviate the need for the brightest sunshine for my images to come out.   Because honestly, I will be waiting for some time if I think I'm going to see brightest sunshine in the middle of winter in Manchester.  I've also been reading a lot about working with images "post-production" so that the quality of my images is better even if my photograph-taking abilities still need some work.

Anyway, I've rambled on long enough - I just felt I needed to explain a wee bit of my absence lately.  Hope you are all well and finding inspiration even if it's grey and cold where you are too!  Need some help?  Check out this entryway...

Check out the entire gloriously amazing tour on Apartment Therapy.

Stay warm my lovelies!!
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