Monday, December 22, 2008

Festive table top treasures...

hopefully by now you are feeling on top on your Christmas shopping, and your thoughts may be turning to the big day and how you are going to decorate your table.... we are a bit late now for any more online shopping from the sofa, so here are a few picks from the high street, which you can pop out and grab to finish off your table!

Gingerbread House candles - £5.87 - Oliver Bonas
Crackle Glass Napkin Rings - £3.60 for 4 - The Pier 
10 mini sparklers - £2.45 - The White Company
Table Trivia - £2.93 - The White Company

Starburst Hurricanes - Small - £6.36, Large - £17.62 - Graham & Green 
Silver Tree Card Holders - £5 for 4 - Next
16 Table Gems - £9.79 - The White Company

Crackers - £4.80 - The Pier
Odalisca Tray - £34.25 - Zara Home 
Biere glass - £6.95 each - Cape Henley

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I heart vintage tins....

I have developed a bit of an obsession with vintage tins, jars and seems every time I see one I feel compelled to buy it... There are lots out there, search your local flea markets for the most unique ones and Ebay is a great source for this kind of thing.... here's a couple I spotted today, so if you are also experiencing this infatuation get on there quick or I may beat you to it!

If you are less of a bidder and more of a straight down the line buyer, here are a few others, vintage or vintage style, that have caught my eye....

£25 from Cape Henley

£19 from Cape Henley

and if you are not so keen on the rusty look, these ones priced at £10 from An Angel at my Table are also gorgeous.....


Sunday, December 14, 2008

any requests?!

I hope you have been enjoying my blog so far, I have got lots of future plans for Patchwork Harmony which you may or may not know about, but of which I will fill you in on soon...
In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that I am 'taking requests'! :)

If there is anything you are looking for for your home and you don't have time to search for it, or you can't find what you are looking for, please send me what it is your after, and I will try my best to track some ideas down... I can't guarantee I will always succeed but will give it a good shot!

So for example, you desperately need a sequined cushion to add some sparkle to your bedroom....?

or you'd love a vintage style kitchen roll holder.....?

£34.99 from Vintage Living

*** Email me at ***

Thursday, December 11, 2008

books... New London Style

This book takes a look inside the homes of some of London's most talented designers, artists, magazine editors and stylists.  It is organised into the various districts of the city, so giving us an insight into where these inspiring people chose to set up home.

For me, it showcases some great interiors photography by Ingrid Rasmussen, which demonstrates many varied styles; from the clean, simple lines of Carole Conrad's Kensington flat to the quirky ex-minicab office belonging to interiors stylist Emily Chalmers.
It is a beautiful book to indulge your inevitable love of  'having a nosy' around others home, and will no doubt inspire your own home no matter what you personal style preferences.

published by Thames & Hudson,  buy from Amazon for £11.97

Sunday, December 7, 2008

beautiful baubles, gorgeous garlands and wonderful wreaths...

Did anyone else put up their Christmas tree this weekend?! I am fully embracing the festive season this year, and yesterday indulged in some homemade mince pies and mulled wine while making my Christmas cards and wrapping some gifts! There's a good chance I could end up one of those people who cover their house in lights and puts a huge santa on the roof!! but lets 'reign' it in a bit (sorry!), and keep those dec's classy!

Crystal Chandelier Tree Decoration - £8.95 - Liberty
Cracked Glass Bauble - £2.45 - Oliver Bonas

Vintage Glass Baubles - £9.74 each - Plumo

Silver Beaded Baubles - £12 for Set of 10 - Cox and Cox

Pre Lit Eucalyptus Wreath (£18) and Garland (£24) - Next Home

Tartan Star and Heart Garland - £14.68 - Plumo

Happy Decorating!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Eco Christmas idea...

well... the Christmas countdown really has begun! These days we are all much more aware of our environmental responsibilities, and especially at Christmas we should try our best to cut down on waste, and always remember to recycle all those greeting cards and wrapping paper.
Christmas crackers also leave behind lots of waste, and that is why I love these crackers (£25 for Box of 6) from Biome Lifestyle...

not only are they beautifully stylish and simplistically festive, they are made from handmade seed paper, which means that if you plant the paper after you have used the crackers you will end up with some wild flowers to brighten up your home long after those turkey leftovers have been eaten!
You will get all your usual cracker paraphernalia - joke, hat, small gift (fair trade of course) and also an eco-tip.
The gifts are handmade by women working in Kathmandu, who are paid fair wages and work in good conditions.
So with all these benefits for you, your guests, the women workers, and the environment - how could you possibly resist?!? 

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

shopping... in Brighton

On Sunday I was down in Brighton with the other half and managed to squeeze in some shopping in the North Laines.  If you happen to be down in Brighton make sure not to miss these lovely shops, or if you can't get down there just check out their websites and shop online...

These are a few of my fave products, and some I picked up myself...

Lavender Room, Bond St -

Turquoise Lotus Flower Dish - from £4.50

Vintage birdy ornaments - £13.50 - set of 3
Ribbed tealight holders - £10.50 - set of 3

Velvet, Bond St -

Antique style mini chest of drawers - £15

Ribbon display case - £15

And finally, if you do make the trip to the coast make sure you pop into Snoopers Paradise - a huge indoor flea market with over 90 stalls with lots of goodies for vintage lovers... I picked up some vintage fabric, some great glassware and a pretty patterned tin....

Saturday, November 29, 2008

add warmth with velvet.....

I am having a bit of a velvet moment right now.... maybe it is the cold winter days, but there is something so rich, warm and comforting about this fabric.
And there seems to be a lot of it around.... if you are in the market for a new sofa you couldn't go far wrong with this traditional style Chesterfield upholstered in black velvet, incidentally from Velvet in Brighton. (£995)

If a new sofa is a bit extravagant, then there are plenty of velvet accessories to add texture to your home....

Graham & Green have a great selection of velvet cushions from £25

Zara Home has a nice selection of accessories for the bedroom such as  
Hot Water Bottle Cover - £17
Wardrobe sachet - £8
The Cosmetic bag is from Something... - £20

And finally also from Graham & Green are these velvet and linen doorstops which have an organic filling. £30

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

laundry luxuries.....

Is it just me... but I feel like I am in a constant cycle of cleaning, washing up & laundry! So in an attempt to make these tasks slightly more bearable I have been looking out for products that will add some gorgeousness to those chores!

Eco-friendly household polish - £3.50
Eco-friendly glass cleaner - £3.50
Dinky bannister brush - £7.50
Dustpan - £7.50

Roses rubber gloves - £5
Cotton fresh delicate fabric wash - £6
Both by Cath Kidston

Bath cleaning brush - £15
Toilet brush & holder - £16
Both from Labour & Wait

Washing powder box and laundry room sign - £35 

Wire sponge holder - £4.95

Sunday, November 23, 2008

books.... Home Girl by Judith Matloff

I have just recently finished reading 'Home Girl - Building a Dream House on a Lawless Block', and have to say it is one of the best reads I've had in a long time....

Author Judith Matloff, a foreign correspondent, who has spent most of her life reporting on and witnessing some of the worlds most harrowing events, decides to return to her home of New York City and settle down and start a family.  Being a natural risk taker, she buys an extremely run down brownstone in West Harlem, an area riddled with drug dealers and crack houses.
The story is beautifully written and takes you through the process of Judith and her husband turning the house into their home, and how they manage to live alongside the dealers and drug users in unconventional harmony.  With powerful characters and the ability to make you laugh and cry, this book will leave you with a sense of inspiration that change can happen if only you can see the potential....

Buy on Amazon - £11.26 and view a video of Judith giving a tour of her house at her website -

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

fireside style

The weather reports for this weekend is that the UK is to expect an arctic blast.... so what better time to stay indoors, light the fire and curl up with a good book.
I, unfortunately do not have my own open fire, and will be outside painting my front door this weekend! ...but for those of you lucky enough to have one, you can give you fireplace an extra special touch with these Cinnamon Scented Kindle cones from Hunter Gatherer.
These natural pine cones set in cinnamon infused wax, once lit can be set into the kindling and will make your room smell (and look) fab.  A bag of 12 costs £12.75

...and to store you fireside essentials Hunter Gatherer can also supply you with a beautiful Heart Shaped Log Basket - pretty AND practical!  

...and finally, sit down, grab your book, and snuggle up with a cute blanket from Andrea Williamson, from £45.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas fair favourite

I've been doing the rounds of the christmas fairs recently, and this week it was the Country Living fair in London.  There were lots of fab stalls with ideas for gifts and inspiration for the home, but one stall stood out particularly for me, which was Welbeck Tiles.
All tiles are designed and made by hand in their factory in Cornwall, and I think what I liked about them is that you could add these in as a feature to a plain kitchen or bathroom wall, or you could even add them to a fireplace, or just prop them up on a shelf or mantelpiece. 
Below are their food related tiles....

They also do a great range of seaside tiles which would work well in the bathroom, some of which are vintage postcards recreated on tiles....

Visit their website to download their brochure and see the full range and pricelist.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

this week's shop to see...

One of my favourite shops in London's east end is Caravan.  It is based on Redchurch St, right next to Brick Lane, and not far from Liverpool St station.
Owner Emily Chalmers, an interiors stylist and author, started Caravan as a weekend hobby, and after recently acquiring the new premises on Redchurch St, now runs the shop full-time.

The shop itself has a very distinct style, which carries across beautifully to the website -
The shop stocks an eclectic mix of old and new products from around the world, from as far a field as Japan.

From candles with angel wings to knitted dogs to anglepoise style lamps, you will definitely find something unique for your home at Caravan... check it out. x

Monday, November 10, 2008

love nest loveliness...

Congratulations to my two good friends Jo & Zac who are celebrating their first year of marriage today, and in honour of them and their recently purchased victorian terrace, I promised I would pass on a couple of ideas for creating the perfect bedroom!
Generally I think you should start with a blank canvas, that you can then accessorize and add to as you pick things up, so this is just a basis from which you can build from.

Next do an array of coloured plain duvet covers and pillow cases at reasonable prices, this one in black would cost around £55 for a double set.

From this you should try and pick up a great piece of furniture that will look striking next to your plain backdrop....
I love these drawers from Graham & Green These aren't cheap though at £875, but.....

Check out these similar ones for £125... just as pretty for a fraction of the price.  Visit Decorexi for their full range.

 If you want to add some interest to your walls there are lots of fab wallpapers around, although you may have to splash out a little for something different...
This Crazy Botanic design from Shop Floor Project would look fab on the wall behind your bed for example... This is £165 per roll. (but think what you just saved on those drawers!)

And finally, throw some cushions on the bed ... and you are off to a good start!

Vintage fabric Union Jack Cushion - £85 - Cox & Cox
Long black LOVE cushion - £42 - Velvet
French Sack cushion - £49.95 - Pedlars

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Christmas fair visit...

Yesterday I visited the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia in London, to find some new ideas and products to share with you... there were lots of great stands but SO many people, so now I can give you a few of my fave picks from the day, so you can peruse them from the comfort of your sofa, rather than the battling through the scrum of shoppers!

Heart Memo Chalk Board with pegs



              Lisa Stickley Enamel Teapot              



Wire Shelves


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