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East End Pub Crawl through your house

November 9, 2010

Ooh, always on the lookout for London souvenirs that don’t require you to throw out all your design scruples, I’m really liking these cushions by Mr. Wingate. Part of his East End Pub Crawl Series, the cushions (and tea towels) feature pubs from the East side of  London. Would be perfect if you were lucky enough to have your ‘local’* illustrated…and perfect kind of souvenier that folds up flat in the bottom of your suitcase (sans stuffing obviously).

East End Pub Crawl Cushions £35

East End Pub Crawl Teatowels £10

All have been cut, printed and sewn in London.

* (the) local : English colloquialism meaning one’s local drinking establishment, public house, bar


B is for Baby Artwork

November 8, 2010

Last year when one of my best friends announced she was pregnant I was obviously excited for her and her husband and then quite quickly moved onto…’right, so what am I going to make for her…” This brain movement happens a lot, but what doesn’t happen a lot is that actual making. I just never make the decisions or put the plan into action. BUT FINALLY it’s happened, granted it’s 9 months after the birth, but better late than never!

As I’ve mentioned before I have a bit of a thing for origami, so it seemed like a good place to start when creating something child appropriate artwork. I initially intended to make a bit of a chaotic animal scene, but it was proving too taxing so it morphed into a bit of a name/alphabet game. I worked in some personal things like pets names as well as other ‘boy’ related items. Next I created patterns and textures, developed the (sad to say) probably unrealistic origami version of the animals and voila 5 x7 cards sized to fit in standard ikea frames to be displayed in a group on a wall, or used as cards or learning tool…possibilities are endless! Whew, the joy of actually finishing something is almost too much to bear, so all I have left to say is Congratulations again Lauren!

Take note…

November 4, 2010

I have a bit of a notebook foible. I get way over excited about beautiful notebooks, covet and collect them…and then not use them because, well they are too beautiful. I know…clever. But perhaps as these are the price of a muji notebook ( my go-to generic notebook source) perhaps I could even manage to use them. They are made using 100% post consumer recycled paper,  printed by a socially responsible co-operative with Green Mark accreditation and are FSC certified. Plus they use vegetable oil based inks and printing processes, which reduce waste and improve environmental performance. Which all sounds nice, plus their pages are made from reject sheets sourced by the cooperative. Best of all £9.00 for 3!

Paperback notebooks by Tamasyn Gambell

spotted in monocle

High Standards…

November 3, 2010

The pictures don’t do this place justice, so you’ll just have to take a trip to NYC yourself… I recently stayed at the Standard hotel in Chelsea/Meatpacking district and was really impressed. If you like texture it’ll be your heaven. It’s a blend of a lot of different styles, namely 60’s and scandanavian in the main hotel but it goes all out in the eating establishments. Every corner seemed to have another thing to ogle. I mean seriously, pennies glued to the floor in the restaurant, typographic placemats, bright pops of yellow on the doors, outdoor lighting that resembles cymbals atop a lightbulb… It’s amazing I was able to get any sleep at all…

Do beware if you go with someone you don’t know very well, the showers are only separated from the rest of the room by a transparent glass wall…and you are only separated from the rest of NYC by a room wide glass wall. Such a friendly place! Oh and all the boys in the hotel lobby are darling and look like rivers cuomo from weezer circa 1994, how do you cultivate that surreal effect I wonder?

For more information on the Standard visit their website or book or check out Tablet Hotels

The poor quality images of the Living room and outside are mine, the nice Hotel Images from Tablehotels; Floor of Pennies image from Notcot; Standard Grill photo from hotelchatter; outside standard grill from nydailynews

Bed Me…

November 2, 2010

I don’t have anywhere to put it, it doesn’t go with my style and it’s still probably a bit pricey for a bed seeing as that we live in a closet BUT (of course there is a but, this is a place for aspiration and inspiration, not unadulterated whinging) I WANT this bed!! I spotted it in an Anthropologie display back in spring and was drooling then and mentally making notes. In this fantasy I lived in some warm climate with a giant wraparound porch complete with beautifully handcarved day bed, piled with pillows, and a pitcher of lemonade. I would just curl up with the dog, reading books and doing other non technological things all day. Alongside my daydream I was also making notes on how I could replicate it myself (which to be honest I couldn’t, but bear with me) because the price tag was £2,800. But now surprisingly it hasn’t sold, and they’ve knocked £2,101 off the price leaving it at a somewhat affordable £699. Which is actually kind of depressing because it means that its not within reach, but not out of reach…seriously I think I’m happier when there is no possible way I could even sell my soul to get something…

Benoa bed from Anthropologie  £699

Through the Weekend Window…week 3

November 1, 2010

Wow, it’s only been seven months since the last last installment of ‘through the weekend window‘. As this is only the third week, this is a pretty pathetic showing…nonetheless here is a few snaps from our weekend. First of all, Olive says ‘happy halloween!’ from inside her turtle suit. She went out for a walk yesterday and did not get one single smile from a passerby. The cruelty to animals society is probably doing survelliance on me as we speak, but Olive seemed happy as anything prancing about in it. Her ‘head’ struggled to stay on with her giant bat ears trying to escape, but overall it made our day.

Second up, is a beautiful Saturday morning stroll in Kensington Gardens. Nearly every weekend for the past year, I’ve thought I’d finally make it to see the Princess Diana Memorial Playground and yet I never get around to it. You see its only a quick walk from our flat, but it’s an enclosed space and the only way you can gain access is with child. Which we do not possess. However, there is a loophole and that is to show up between 9:30-10am before it opens to the kiddies. It was so worth it, it is such a fantastic space. We couldn’t go in together as Olive was with us, and I REALLY wanted to have a go and play on some of the equipment, but I wasn’t sure what the rules were regarding that, so I whizzed through taking some pictures so I could get back out, tag David and let him have a go. The general inspiration is from Peter Pan, which is such a perfect fit since the playground is in kensington gardens, which features in Peter Pan, and also lies right behind Princess Diana’s old home, the palace. The highlights are the giant wooden pirate ship  (complete with giant masts), a beachy mermaid cove  with an alligator made of stones… a settling of teepees, music pipes, boats (without water), tunnels, I could go on. Basically, I’m jealous that kids get all the fun. Boo.

And finally we got to catch the Anish Kapoor (the creator of the Chicago Cloud Gate/’bean’) exhibition in kensington gardens, Turning the world upside down. There are four sculptures within the exhibition (which is free), but although we saw the others in the distance we only stopped at the ‘C-Curve’, which is constructed from highly reflective stainless steel. It creates an amazing reflection that flips the horizon on the convex side of the sculpture. It’s particularly interesting in the autumnal setting with all the colour, but I’m keen to see how it changes over the next few months. It’s on until March next year, so if you’re in the area it’s worth a glance!

*NOTE* I’ve just realized that the photo of David, Olive and myself probably needs a bit of explanation- I’m taking that photo (see the tiny camera?)…what you probably thought was a pretty lame photo is actually a reflection, which I think is rather cool…take a second look! Did you notice it first time around?

So, weekend snaps, see you in May 2011 ?!

Put a cork on it…

October 28, 2010

Last week I finally got around to replacing my generic Apple iPhone case with a bit of personality. I previously had a cork case phone and loved it, so this time decided to try out the ‘lumberjack’ case which is made of cork, but has a scratched wood appearance. Well, amazon had a different plan for me and sent the cork case. Meh, not worth the fuss to exchange it, so I’m now the proud owner of the cork case once again. I love the juxtaposition of ‘natural’ texture and high tech gadget, I’m tempted to satisfy my texture urge with an ipad case as well!

Lumberjack Ipad Case by Javoedge $19.95 USD

Cork Iphone Case by Javoedge $19.95 USD

Lumberjack Iphone Case by Javoedge $19.95 USD

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