Archive for November, 2009

Fired Earth iridescent glass mosaic tiles

Monday, November 9th, 2009


I love mosaic tiles used in the home and garden and, if you’re looking for some very special ones, then these are absolutely gorgeous.

Available exclusively from Fired Earth and made by Oceanside Glass Tile, the tiles are made of iridescent glass, so sparkle, shine and glow with different shades of colour.

They’re sadly not cheap (£35.54 per sheet or £394.44 per square metre), and it would be a bit on the pricey side to use them for a whole room, but for a small area of a bathroom, kitchen or special project, they’d be very effective.

The mosaic tiles are available in a range of different colours, including sandstone, fleet blue, spruce or clear (which is very subtlely shaded and rather more exciting than plain and simple clear tiles).

The small square shape is traditionally associated with glass mosaic tiles, but Fired Earth also do some very nice oblong, brick-shaped iridescent tiles, like these lovely copper mountain fusion ones -


To browse more of these stunning glass mosaic tiles, check out the range available from Fired Earth.

Rice Spoon Full of Hope

Friday, November 6th, 2009
Help refugee families by buying a spoon

Help refugee families by buying a spoon

Not only does this look like a jolly useful spoon to own, but by buying it you’ll be giving refugee families in Mogadishu, Somalia, 24 servings of soup.  The soup is vital for helping prevent starvation as they flee from war.

Danish homewares company, Rice, have teamed up with the Danish Refugee Council for the project and Nettle Green are selling the spoon at cost price, with free UK delivery.

The spoon is dishwasher safe and comes in a presentation box, with full details about the Spoon Full of Hope project.

Buy yours today for £7, from Nettle Green.

Habitat launches online store

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Aperture large pendant shade

Aperture large pendant shade

It’s been a long wait, but Habitat have finally launched a full online store.

You could previously buy furniture online, but missed out on the wide selection of home accessories that they also sell. So this new development means that you can at last browse through more of their product offerings online and get to buy them, which is great if you don’t live near a store.

Here’s a selection of some of the goodies on offer.

The aperture origami large pendant shade is designed by Claire Norcross for Habitat. Rather cleverly, each aperture on the shade can be opened or closed, which creates unique reflections on walls.

The large shade measures 58cm diameter and is available for £65. A smaller version, which is 32cm in diameter, costs £45.


Part of the Concetta range, the lively bone china dinner plate on the right has an eclectic mix of photo images and drawings and is ideal for those who want a more unusual style of dinnerware. The dinner plate is £10.


This buildings design rectangular tray is specially designed by Telegramme for Habitat. It’s colourful, practical and a bargain at only £5.

There are lots more gorgeous items to drool over on the Habitat website, so do go and check them out!

Quirky Karlsson book clocks

Thursday, November 5th, 2009


There’s no end to the variety of quirky clocks available these days, including these unusual clocks made from books.

Available in a choice of classic black and white (which we’re rather partial too) or colourful primary colours, the clocks would be ideal for perching on a shelf, table or even on a bookcase.

Both of these clocks are available from Harley’s Interiors for £19.99 each.

Gorgeous Orla Kiely design mugs

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009


If you’ve been lusting over Orla Kiely design homeware, but can’t quite afford some of her products, then how about a mug?

These gorgeous mugs are available in a selection of popular Orla Kiely designs and won’t break the bank, at only £6.99 each.

They’re made of bone china, are dishwasher safe and you can get your mitts on them over at Ilustrated Living.

Designs include the Orla Kiely scribble multi stem mug, the red flower stem mug, the green apples and pears mug and the Orla Kiely green car mug.

Now Panic and Freak Out tea towel

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
Now panic and freak out tea towel

Now panic and freak out tea towel

As much as we like the odd phrase used around the home, the use of quotes and wording in home accessories is being rather done to death at the moment.

So we were pleased to find this alternative tea towel, which is a nice antidote to some of the sweet and sickly quotes that are in abundance.

The Now Panic and Freak Out tea towel uses the phrase coined by Olly Moss in response to the phrase Keep Calm and Carry On.

The tea towel is available to pre-order (delivery will be in time for Christmas) from Illustrated Living for £7.95.

Selina Rose Bloom bed throw

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Bloom bed throw by Selina Rose             bloom-bed-throw-close

For a great way of achieving the classic monochrome look, then this intricate cutwork black throw, by Selina Rose, works very effectively on a white duvet.
Produced in England, and handmade to order, the cosy cutwork black wool felt throw measures 50cm by 200cm, and is the perfect size to drape over a bed.
The Bloom throw is made by the same designer, Selina Rose, as the Botanica rug we’ve featured previously.
It’s available to order from Bodie and Fou.

Portmeirion Crazy Daisy cake slice

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Crazy Daisy cake slice

Crazy Daisy cake slice

We love the Crazy Daisy range of ceramics and crockery by Portmeirion – they’re fresh, modern and funky.

There are a lot of lovely pieces in their range and a relatively new edition is this great cake slice.

The handle is decorated in the Crazy Daisy design and it comes in a presentation box, which also features the floral design.

It’s ideal for lovers of cake, but at £8.75, it would also make a great gift too. You can find it for sale at Beth Stevens.

Rodrigo Torres paperclip and pen holder

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Chip the paperclip holder

Chip the paperclip holder

It’s not long since we featured the nesting bird paperclip holder, but already we’ve found something similiar that equally deserves a mention.

Designed by Rodrigo Torres, this polished stainless silver bird – called Chip – is also magnetic and is the ideal storage facility for paperclips, but it’s got the added bonus of offering somewhere for you to rest your pen too.

The little open eye socket area is the perfect place for your favourite pen. Use those moments of procrastination at your desk to decorate the polished silver bird with an array of paperclips!

The Rodrigo Torres Chip magnetic paperclip holder is £28 from Utility.

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