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I LOVE THESE! These cushions by Nikki McWilliams make me happy. Plus they would go perfectly with my Robert Archard ceramics.

Hello, sorry it has been so long since I last posted properly but there have been big changes afoot. I’ve left the bright lights of London and moved back to Essex so I’ve been busy digging out the white stilettos. I’m also now only 3 weeks off my due date (eek…) so on maternity leave and trying to get the new place straight as well as think about the wedding. Phew. I’m back now though, computer set up and raring to go.

Since I posted about Namolio I’ve noticed a bit of a crochet obsession forming. My mum is currently making me the cutest crochet pram blanket and I’ve just come across this amazing bunting by Wood & Wool Stool:

I think something like this would make a fantastic wedding garland..(hint hint mum!). Wood & Wool Stool also have some fabulous other products to satisfy my crochet cravings:

Happy New Year!
Sorry this first post of 2010 has been a long time coming. I was away in the Lake District for the New Year then it was straight back to work on my return which was quite a shock to the system. Coupled with my pregnancy this year has so far mainly been taken up with sleeping! I’m back now though and ready to look at what trends are going to be big for this year. The first thing I have spotted is a follow on from last years hugely popular Alphabet trend. Having exhausted the letters, designers are now resorting to the punctuation and grammar that make up our language, with some really nice results. Enjoy!

Eric Janssen Design (As seen on Swiss Miss)

                   House Industries                                  Victoria Mason
          AuntyCookie              Urban Outfitters                 Silverlining11

Chao & Eero

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Just a few more products I’ve seen recently that illustrate previously mentioned trends. Enjoy!

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       BeauVamp                     Imm Living                          Envelop

Union Jack LampshadeTest Card PlateCake Cushion

     Hartfelt Design                                       Lego
Scrabble CushionSalt & Pepper ShakerIce Brick Tray

                                    Joolia                                           Extratapete

London Bracelet Lace Bangle Tokyo Metro Wallpaper
                   Hartfelt Designs                                   ItsNoName

Scrabble Cushions Periodic Pendants

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It all started after I saw this fabulous shower curtain at Rockett St. George:

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London Underground Shower Curtain

Suddenly I noticed all around me, designs using subway maps. Not just London either, New York, Tokyo – and all such great items. I think it works so well because they are so graphic  and instantly recognisable. While looking into it I also came across a fantastic online shop Art Meets Matter, here are some of their London Underground inspired designs (check out the rug!):

Art Meets MatterNow before I show you any more tube inspired loveliness I just want to give a shout out to some more products by Art Meets Matter on the London theme:

A to Z DeckchairSoho MugLondon Bus Pencil Set

Also check out their brilliant vinyl lampshades and mug shot mugs – based on the mug shots of celebrities! Anyway, onto more subway stuff:

            BaoStudio                 LT Museum                           Ecoist

Subway Bag TUbe MugSubway Bag

                 Folksy                              SJL Arts             Vinyl Wall Designs

Underground Cushion Underground Necklace Wall Decal

        W2 Products                 Rockett St. George          Design Hype Inc.

TFL TeapotUnderground Cushion Metro Cuff

                    Retrovius                                                 Purves

Tube Table Underground Mirror

trendOk…I have to admit I have no idea if this is a trend or if for some strange reason my life has inexplicably become filled with these lip ticklers (thankfully not my own…) but for the last few months I seem to have been plagued by them. But if it’s not a trend, why not? Look how many cool products there are promoting the good old fashioned ‘tasche! It started with me commenting to friends about how many young guys I had seen on the tube sporting really long, twirly moustaches (strangely I only ever see them on the tube…where do they go??). Then I went on a hen do where the theme was also the hairy beasts, which was hilarious. I highly recommend it should you need a simple party theme…one friend now has the nickname Blakey due to her uncanny resemblence to the character from On the Buses. And then I saw this on Etsy by Suddenly, It’s Real! :

Half Pint Mustache

And now we’re coming to the real reason for this post…I think I just wanted an excuse to mention it. I recently bought one for a friend as a birthday present and I am so jealous. I may have to get myself one, I love them! Then I kept coming across this brilliant bandana on the internet:

Moustache Bandana

So I decided to do a bit of digging and I’m glad I did because look at all of this hairy loveliness:

                 Miss Bibi                                            Tatty Devine

Moustache BraceletTatty Devine Moustache Necklace

      Bread & Badger                     Jack Spade              Sirena con Jersey

Moustache Rocks Glasses Moustache GlovesMr Moustache Tote Bag

      Heliotrope Home                      Undies                        Tatty Devine
 Moustache Mug  Moustache Underwear Moustache Ring

            Sally England                                     Urban Outfitters

Mr Moustache Pillow Moustache Comb Necklace T-Shirt

trendHaving just looked through some of my favourite online stores I’ve realised how many skull items out there at the moment. Every one had some form of skull/pirate themed item, it seems a little early for Halloween so I’m declaring it a trend! I remember a while ago when the Alexander McQueen scarf was worn by everyone who was anyone and it looks like he’s continuing his success with these other items:

McQueen Skull Items

   Muddle Jewellery                Marc Ecko @ ASOS              Roostlife

Skull NecklaceSkull WatchSkull Bag

           Edamay                           Bombarock              Beware the Moon

Pirate Cushion Skull ChairSkull Wallpaper

                               Z Gallerie                                          Bombarock

Skull Candle Skull  Glasses Skull Cushion

I came across these pillows on a great site called Mr & Mrs House:

Card Cushions

They made me think of the post I did some time ago on playing cards – and the fact that I still haven’t gone my hands on that Motel T-shirt! Mr & Mrs House had more fantastic homewares featuring dice and dominoes. I also saw a great domino necklace at one of Brick Lanes markets at the weekend but unfotunately didn’t catch who it was by. I love the simplicity of the designs and their graphic quality:

Mr & Mrs House

Dice Cushions Lucky Dice Storage Cube Domino bolster

           Cuffs 'n' Collars                                       Dress Code   

Domino CufflinksClub and Spades RingsVEgas Charm Necklace

         Minimum Mouse                                  Muddle Jewellery

Trivial Pursuit NecklaceRubik's Cube Necklace


trendI first posted on this subject back in February but I’m continuing to see some really great designs based on traditionally British icons so I thought I’d do an update. I love the crown hook and postage stamp mirror and Twisted Twee’s father and son T-shirt set based on the pint symbol is brilliant. The popularity of the Union Jack as a design doesn’t seem to be abating and after the success of the British war poster ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ it seems this trend is going from strength to strength.

       Graham & Green                Twisted Twee                  Sonerozenc

Crown HookPint T-shirtPostage Stamp Mirror

W2 Products

Blue Plaque tea Towel London Oven GlovesLondon Transport Mug

         Karen Hilton                     Jan Constantine               Accessorize

1st Class CushionCrown MugUnion Jack Shopper

trendI’ve noticed a lot of homewares featuring computer style imagery recently, some of the ideas and designs are great. I really like the Adobe Creative Suite cushions available from SuiteStuff and the computer keys doormats by Pieter Woudt are a work of genius. I love they way he has taken something most of us look at every day in our working lives and completely changed its meaning. Brilliant.

                                                      SuiteStuff

Creative Suite Pillows

Pieter Woudt

      Home Doormat Enter Doormat     

                                            Diffractionfiber @ Etsy

    Ctrl Alt Del Cushions Esc Cushion   

          Candy Queen Designs                               Cufflinks @ Etsy

  Computer Switch Computer Key Cufflinks

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