Thursday 23 November 2017


I've got to admit I think I might have a design crush on this one: Laura Slater is a British pattern and print textile designer. Her distinctive painterly dots, dashes and curves in tonal colours make beautiful homeware products. Each of her pieces has a unique feel drawn from the warm hand-drawn quality of her designs. 

I think it's the naive, easy lines and bold colours that draw me to her work and keep me wondering what's coming next. 

Her designs first appeared on textile products but she has transferred her designs onto a whole range of products other than cushions, lampshades and throws. Her abstract, bold prints can be spotted across wallpapers, prints and even a clothes collection

I first came across Laura Slater when I was working with SMUG and PR'd an exclusive cushion collection. She's also been picked up by lots of other retailers for collaborations using her graphic designs like Heal's, the Tate and her clothes range for John Lewis - from which I have my only personal piece of hers - the lovely shirt I'm wearing in the picture below (it was my birthday outfit - hence the cards!). But believe me I'll be adding to my collection someday soon.

I've been coveting this quilt of hers since I saw it at a trade show many moons ago - I think I missed the boat with this particular product but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more lovely pieces.

In fact I've just discovered this range of hand-screenprinted birch ply wood kitchenware - which might just have to be the piece make its way onto my dining table one day...

Monday 20 November 2017


This is a classic Monday morning mug, one to get you through all those typical Monday feels. Keep topped up with the hot black good stuff til you get the jitters. Or til you can replace with something stronger. 

Sunday 19 November 2017


I'd clearly taken my eye off the ball with George at Asda as I had a lot of pleasant surprises previewing their SS18 collection. 

The best surprise being that the price points were what I'd expect from a supermarket homeware collection, but the variety and quality far exceeded what you'd imagine picking up with the weekend shop. They even do proper furniture pieces (how did I miss that?!). 

The collection includes nifty little sofas, beds and (my favourite) really swish outdoor furniture. Along with great accessories, textiles and lighting across themes including a calm Scandi inspired look with Exhale and bright pops of hot summer colours with Iberia. 

Here are some of my highlights from the SS18 collection:
Rope Sofa Set, £399:

Triangle Chenille Throw, £15:
Duvet Sets from £12: 
Diner Pendent, £22: 
Now the slightly more kitsch bits...cos why not. How could you not love this his Cat Plate, £4 (my kinda kitsch!)
Parrot Vase, £10? Such an obliging face (yeah - sure put flowers in my head, it's fine...): 
And last but definitely not least - I'll be queuing outside Asda waiting on the day they launch this glorious Pineapple Bathmat, £9:

Friday 17 November 2017


Winter is coming. Bring out the rugs. Shaggy, fluffy, killims, drurries or sisal. I love 'em all. On carpet or floorboards you can't beat the cosy, homely feel of a rug beneath your feet. I could find an excuse for a rug in any room, given the space (except maybe the bathroom - soggy permanent bathmat doesn't sound like the best idea...).

Getting ready for the prospect of a draughty old house for winter, after being in a brand new permanently-toasty flat for three years, can only be an excuse to indulge my rug obsession (and probably jumper on too to be honest). I've already got me one of these badboys (badly haggled from a Moroccan market) that I'm earmarking for the bedroom. But with rug layering quick becoming a trend I'm willing to add a few more to the mix. Y'know in the name of the science of interior decoration. I'm generous like that. 

Here's some of my favourites on the market at the moment:
From Arro Home, Haze Rug in pink, £199-£399 (or any of their rugs to be honest!)

Wednesday 15 November 2017


I'm still working on my bed of dreams (although this one in a recent Toast campaign came pretty damn close). But when my favourite creator of curious knitted products Donna Wilson launched her very own bed linen collection...I knew what my perfect bed would be wearing. 

Riffing on her well-loved naive designs and lovable characters, it's a super sweet range of crisp linens decorated in sausage dogs, bird feet and rain clouds. And it's dreamy. 
The Rainy Day design is just calling for a duvet day:

Just add *real* cats and the Flying Birds design is ready to go:

The sweet Bird Feet design has stamped its mark on this set of linen.

Never thought you could get a subtle Sausage Dog print? Me neither. But this'll prove us wrong: 

Donna Wilson, bed linen collection, price from £75-£105

Monday 13 November 2017


*Dusts off keyboard* 

So the last year has been a bit weird...I made one of these and subsequently launched this...which has kept me rather busy (more the first one to be honest...). 

Which meant that my precious mugs, rugs and exquisite antique sofas were temporarily overlooked (I know!). But with a baby who has (finally...) got interested in napping and a potential move to a nice big decoration project on the cards, I'm getting the band back together - so stay tuned for even more mugs, product round-ups and before/after projects from someone who has never actually had a chance to pick up a paintbrush before. Wish me luck.

As Mondays are still, as we know, very much For Mugs what better way to get back into the swing of things than with the finest of all types of mug: The Cat Mug. Oliver Bonas got this spot on for feline fans like me with Saskia. A simply sweet mug that's ready to be filled with strawberry milkshake (ideally drunk while wearing cat ears obvs).