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Hannah Turner blue crested ceramic bird

Friday, February 26th, 2010
Hannah Turner bird

Hannah Turner bird

Yes, it’s another birdy piece. This one’s by Hannah Turner, a Bristol-based ceramicist, and almost looks like it could double up as a boomerang (although we don’t recommend that you throw it).

Oh no, it would be far better, and safer, to have it perched on a windowsill or bookcase, where it can look at you with its cheery beady eyes. 

Buy your blue crested bird from Liberty.

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Antique sari chair pad cushions from Myakka

Friday, February 26th, 2010
Gorgeous sari cushions

Gorgeous sari cushions

We’ve all for mixing design ideas and themes, and antique and vintage pieces can successfully work alongside modern and contemporary. Take these antique sari seat pads from Myakka, for example.

We’ve fallen in love with the fabric and colours – wonderful embroidery, rich colours, unusual designs, gold detailing and a rainbow of colours – and love the fact that each cushion is finished off with beaded tassels in the corners.

They’re designed to be seat pads – used for sitting on – but if you think they’re a bit too nice to be squashed, you could easily use them as cushions for decorative purposes. A pale or neutral coloured sofa would look great with a few of these dotted around on it.

Each seat pad is unique, with no two being exactly the same, so you can’t guarantee exactly what colour or design you’ll get. As far as we’re concerned, that just adds to the uniqueness.

The antique sari seat pads are sold individually for £14.95 each or as a set of four for £55, from Myakka.

Snooze velvet sofa from Graham and Green

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Gorgeous velvet sofa

Gorgeous velvet sofa

This sofa has the best name ever – the Snooze!

Designed by Jamie Graham, the modern style sofa also has the perfect dimensions for curling up on, so you can snooze away to your hearts content. The velvet fabric adds to the effect, making it luxurious, cosy and inviting.

The Snooze sofas are made to order in England, with each one made from a beech wood frame. They come as a 2.5 seat size or a three seater sofa.

As well as this gorgeous purple velvet, they’re also available in cornflower blue, midnight blue, mink, raspberry or the multicolour kenzo stripe.

You’ll find more details about ordering the Snooze sofa at Graham and Green.

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Fair Trade recycled rice bag pot

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

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Once a upon a time, this handy pot was a rice bag. Now, thanks to a fairtrade project in Cambodia, it’s been recycled and given a new life as a plant pot, pen pot or washing up liquid holder.

Each recycled rice bag pot is handmade and no two are the same. The pot comes in a choice of six colours – red, orange, yellow, turqouise, navy and pink – and each measures 13cm by 15cm.

Use them to house your pots of herbs in the kitchen, on your desk for pens and accessories, or as a general purpose tidy pot.

The fairtrade recycled pots are a great example of the effectiveness of recycling and are only £5.50 each from Recycle-Recycle on Not On The High Street.

Contemporary white leaf pendant lampshade

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Delicate leaf light

Delicate leaf light

What better way to bring elements of nature into your home, than through this leafy pendant lampshade.

The contemporary delicate white pendant is adorned with a cascade of leaves that will hang down from your ceiling and create an eye-catching display. It looks lovely when the light is off, but glows beautifully when it’s turned on.

The white leafy pendant lampshade is reasonably priced, at £23.99, and it’s available from The Contemporary Home.

Update April 2012: The white leafy pendant lampshade is no longer available from The Contemporary Home, but it is in stock at Sass and Belle for £18.95.

Avignon patchwork footstool from Couch

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Vibrant footstool

Vibrant footstool

If you love the patchwork trend, but can’t quite run to buying a patchwork sofa, then how about introducing the patchwork idea through a footstool instead?

It takes up far less space than a large piece of furniture, but still adds a good dose of colour to a room. This Avignon patchwork serpentine footstool is upholstered with a selection of stunning fabrics, including some from Designers Guild, and the footstool has nice carved wooden feet fitted with brass castors, so it’s easy to move around.

If the choice of colours and fabrics isn’t quite to your taste, then it is available in other fabric options. This fun piece is available from Couch.

Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease cup and saucer

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Lipstick marks included

Lipstick marks included

Never worry about leaving a lipstick mark behind on a cup anymore, as this clever designer has playfully incorporated them into her work!

British/Japanese designer, Reiko Kaneko, who trained at Central Saint Martins in London, has created these fun Lip Tease cups and saucers. Made from fine bone china, the cups have a 24 carat gold rim with a distinctive gold lipstick mark on them.

Liberty are selling the Lip Tease cup and saucer for £25.95.

Designer chick dish cloth from Hunkydory Home

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Chick dishcloth

Chick dishcloth

Forget boring old dishcloths, wouldn’t washing up be a whole lot more fun if you had a designer dishcloth like this?

Designed by Swedish company, Lena M Design, the dish cloth features nine quirky chicks in a variety of poses.

The dishcloth is made from cellulose derived from wood and cotton, and printed with vegetable dyes. When you’ve finished using it, it can be composted.

The orange chicks dishcloth is available for only £3.75 from Hunkydory Home.

If you like the idea of livening up the washing up, then as well as chicks, they also sell this fun designer dog dishcloth too:

Designer dog dishcloth

Designer dog dishcloth

Fairwind fairtrade rugs and runners

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

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Fairwind, an online store specialising in Fairtrade products, has a number of lovely contemporary design rugs and runners available.

Made from woollen threads thatare naturally dyed and handstitched onto the rugs, the pieces are available in several sizes as either rugs or runners, or they can be custom made to your own specification.

Some of the designs include Shifting Sands, Cream Miro rug and Flower Power. For more rug ideas, have a look at the rugs and runners section of Fairwind.

Fairtrade felt Fuzzy Fleurs from Love Eco

Monday, February 22nd, 2010
Felt flowers

Felt flowers

To mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight (22nd February 2010 – 7th March 2010), we’ve found the perfect, long-lasting flowers for your home.

The Fairtrade Fuzzy Fleurs are easy to look after, will add a splash of colour and never need watering.

Each flower is handmade from felt and measures 45cm – or the average length of a cut flower stem. They’re available in three colours – Parma Violet, Tempting Turquoise or Passionate Pink and can be bought individually or as a bouquet of three flowers.

The Fairtrade Fuzzy Fleurs are available from Love Eco, where they currently have an offer on for a bouquet of three flowers for the price of two.

 
 
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