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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.

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What to do with them??! I’ve got about 80 or so hanging around from the wedding, we used them as place settings:
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I’m definitely going to keep a healthy amount, if I’m honest I only decided to do this as it was a good excuse to buy lot’s of them -I’ve always wanted a display like the one below:
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But what to do with the rest? I was going to sell them as a job lot on Ebay but I keep coming across more and more interesting and creative things to do with them. Do I try and make something out of them to sell on? I spent a fair amount of money and quite a while finding them so it’s an attractive idea. Problem is – what to do?!
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In homage to my mums fabulous cupcake teacosy (and because it’s December and cold…), here are a few things to warm the cockles; a collection of knitted homewares:

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Knitted Chairs by Melanie Porter

Tika

Donna Wilson

  Curiosity Shoppe             Ruth Cross                      Handy Little Me


Knitted Decorations from Mr & Mrs House

They may not be knitted but these ceramics Annette Bugansky sure look like they are:

Ok ok, I know I’ve been a bit slack recently, I’ve been obsessing about weddings and I am also (drum roll…) 3 months pregnant!! Which is obviously amazing but my God the tiredness! I’m out of the first trimester now so (allegedly…) this should start to subside so you can expect a lot more posts and trend spotting from now on – starting with the body, which follows on quite nicely from my obsession with moustaches!

Wall Hooks – Rockett St George

French Connection

Lulu Guinness

Asos

          Finger Bowl!                  Lung Ashtray!                   Hand Chair

How cool are these vases by Ruth Lodder?! Sorry for the delay since my last post. I’ve had a bit of time off, some of it spent in Paris where I got engaged (squeal!) but enough about that. I’ll be posting shortly about a couple of exhibitions I’m taking part in during December. I’ll give you details once one of the images is back from being framed and the other is created (ulp!). In the meantime I just wanted to show you this fabulous vase I got in Paris. I can’t really attribute it to a trend apart from maybe the Mug Mayhem post I wrote a while ago. It also reminds me of the cake stands by Let Them Eat Cake I mentioned some time ago. I think it’s fantastic and really good value. It comes in 3 different sizes and makes me think of something so traditionally British – the good old cuppa! Incidentally one of my friends also got engaged last week – over a cup of tea. Maybe I should give her one of these as an engagement present!

My Cup of Tea Vase My Cup of Tea Vase

The vases are by the very talented Ruth Lodder and I got mine from the brilliant shop Fleux – 39 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie – 75004 Paris.

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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

trendAfter posting about Reiko Kaneko’s fabulous cups and mugs I remembered that I saw a candlestick and coat hooks designed to look like drips whilst at Maison et Objet. Having tracked them down it turns out that the candlestick is also by Reiko! Made entirely from English fine bone china and inspired by bottles holding candles often found in restaurants overflowing with wax – she is one clever lady! I’m going to be keeping an eye out for further designs as I think this is a trend in the making!

Reiko Kaneko

Drip Candlestick

Design For Use

Bookmark

Coat Hooks

John Nouanesing

Table

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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

How fantastic are these??!

Moustache Mugs

I was lucky enough to go to the Maison & Objet show in Paris just after I blogged about the ongoing trend for moustache imagery. I think I actually squealed when I saw these mugs by Peter Ibruegger!

Moustache Mugs

       Moustache Mugs Moustache Mugs

And while we're on the subject of cool mugs I wanted to show you these fantastic
ones by Reiko Kaneko:

Lip & Drip Teacups

Apart from her fantastic, humorous products, the great thing about Reiko is that she firmly believes in using UK manufacturers meaning most of her products are made in England. She works closely with British companies, in particular the ceramic industry in Stoke on Trent.

Lip & Drip Mugs

       Lip & Drip Heart Mug

And then sticking with the trompe l’oeil mug theme, I also saw these ones at La Corbeille:

Teacups

   Mugs

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

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