Category Archives: ONLINE FINDS

Soaring above my garden office (and most of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire) are The Red Kites. These enormous, majestic birds-of-prey screech, dive, glide, fight and play, but they always look beautiful – particularly in evening sunlight, when their red feathers glow … …keep reading

With baskets of greenery pinched obtained from the nearby fields and hedgerows, today we made fresh wreaths. I used these 16-inch diameter wreath bases with floristry foam so the wreaths would stay fresh for the whole festive period. Happy Christmas!

Artisanal skills and exciting new ethical design brands stood out for me at Tent London and designjunction this week. Clockwise, from top left: Recycled, hand-made glass and hammered brass cups made in East Africa, via innovative new fair-trade studio, Otago; … …keep reading

Clockwise from top left: My ‘new’ vintage stool, from Lovely & Co; Vintage Welsh Caernafon blanket – made in the Derw Mill and found on eBay. (Check out these beautiful cushions by Sparrow & Co. too, which are made from the same vintage … …keep reading

Clockwise from top left: 1950s ‘Tinsel Flitters’ – vintage glitter; Woollen mittens, hand-knitted in Iceland; Welsh blanket print oil cloth, Adra; French market basket liners I made using Wiltshire and Mitsi Tana Lawn fabric, Liberty.

As US homeware giant West Elm prepares to open its first London branch next week and cult store Anthropologie spreads the upscale-boho vibe out-of-town to straight-laced Surrey, it seems we British are having a fling with all-American ‘décor’ brands. Post-recession, … …keep reading

Following my back to basics rant (!) this simple-but-chic ‘preview launch’ store just caught my eye: Fate London. It’s elemental, dear Watson – with products arranged by material: WOOD & PAPER, METAL, GLASS & STONE, FIBRES. I love the Fort … …keep reading

The older I get, the less stuff I want. Over the past few years, my taste has become simpler and more specific. As my work life continues to speed up and I spend more hours than ever before in front … …keep reading

The lovely Sarah Campbell, of Collier Campbell fame, has collaborated with West Elm to produce a gorgeous new collection of accessories… I was lucky enough to interview Sarah with her late sister (Susan Collier) in 2011, shortly before Susan sadly … …keep reading

Am currently obsessed with these Scandi votives (£15 for three) from BHS. That is all.