Monday, 30 September 2013

A-Z of Pattern: E is for Electric!

Some letters are difficult, so I'm stretching the remit for E - we're going for Electricity and anything related: lights, circuit boards, robots, lightning. Fun patterns that would work well for kids of many ages, some of these are pretty liveable in general. Don't you just love the print above? It's the new Robots design by British illustrator Will Haywood, exclusively for Kukka it comes as a tray or a tea towel. My lovely Mum bought me the tea towel when we visited Design Junction last weekend (more on that another day). Check out the way the lady robot oils the crane that winds the man that sparks the lady! Fresh and clever + robots, I love.

clockwise from top left: Reggie Robot wallpaper by Harlequin, Robots tray by Will Haywood for Kukka, Robot Factory fabric by Caleb Gray for Robert Kaufman, Retro Robot wallpaper by Albany, Circuit Board cushion by Printing PrettyTransmit wall mural by Mr Perswall

And here are some bespoke fabric patterns from Spoonflower:

clockwise from top left: Electrical symbols by JabirooCircuits in blue by lowa84, Breakfast appliances by babysisterrae, Rainbow Raindrops by cherii 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Go Shopping: Papa Stour

My friends know that I love sharing my interior and homeware discoveries - hell, that's why I write a blog -  and often come to me to ask for suggestions of where to buy things. For example my sister, texting me one Sunday morning a while ago, "Quick on BBC2, where are the coloured jars from on the shelf behind the presenters?" it may be sad, and it might mean I spend too much time window shopping, but I have to say I love knowing the answer to these questions - or at least having suggestions of alternatives if I can't identify something. Anyway, while these foolish things make me feel smugly satisfied, I hope that actually people are pleased when I can tell them about a new thing or a new place. Bad luck if you're not pleased, because I'm still telling you.

So today, I'm sharing one of my favourite online shops, Papa Stour. I've returned to this site since it's early days and am so glad that it seems to have gone from strength to strength.

Founded by designer and stylist Rosie Brown, Papa Stour celebrates contemporary design and crafts coming out of Scotland, and my, are there some beautiful things to celebrate. Here's a selection of my favourites, but make sure you hop over there and check it out.

Ceramic Jar with Wooden Lid by Karen - Ceramicist

Felted Stripe Small Blanket - Baby Blue by Nicola - Knitwear
British Wildlife Cards by Emily - Illustrator
Tote Bag by Laura - Textile Printer
Fig Leaf Russian Dolls by Allistair - Designer
Harris Tweed Cushion Large Oblong by Rosie - Designer
Wee Sleekit Cowrin Tim'rous Beastie Poster by Allistair - Designer

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Flat Weave Rugs - Loving colour and avoiding crud

I am working on a new project which involves a home with open spaces where areas need delineating, but it must also suit a growing family. I have been drawn to flatweave rugs of all sorts, because they are graphic and vibrant, and frankly, they cling on to less dirt.

Tufted and textured rugs are all very well, but, speaking as someone who lives with a VERY textured rug in our living room, I can honestly say that the thousands of felted discs which I still love, hide some serious crud which takes more than mechanical removal, and my goodness, between breadsticks, rice-cakes, 7 variations of breakfast cereal (EVERY morning) and who knows what, can small people create crud.

So Dhurries (of Indian origin), Kilims (Persian) and plain English flat weave rugs are on my new wishlist, and here are a few that I've been lusting over. One of the best things about these rugs is also that generally they come in at a lower pricepoint than their hand-tufted brothers.

Plastic (yes PLASTIC!) rugs from Brita Sweden. Love.