Category Archives: Homely Hankers

My Favourite Things

What do you do with your favourite things? Do you display them in cabinets, shelves or on mantlepieces? I have a couple of favourite things under a bell jar in my hall.

But now I’m hankering after this pendant-lamp-come-illuminated-display-case that is especially made to show off your favourite things.

It’s a pretty good-looking lamp.

Favourite Things Pendant Lamp White - Cow & Co.

But when you put a favourite thing inside it is transformed.

Favourite Things Pendant Lamp Black - Cow & Co.

It’s available in white, black and mustard.

I think it would look great hung  low over a dining table as a talking point.

At £235 each from Cow & Co one would be a favourite thing in its own right.

What would you display in it?

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Lydia Meiying’s Circus

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls please take your seats, Lydia Meiying‘s Circus is about to begin…

Da da dadadada da da da da, da da dadadada da da da da…

Our first performer for your entertainment is the Strongman, prepare to be amazed by his superhuman strength!Lydia Meiying, Strongman - Envelop

Watch the Lion Tamer turn this ferocious lion into a purring pussy cat.

Lydia Meiying, Lion Tamer - EnvelopHow many Hula Hoops can this pretty girl keep up? Watch and see!

Lydia Meiying, Hula Hoop - EnvelopPlease give a round of applause for the Performing Seal and he will clap back!

Lydia Meiying, Performing Seal - EvnvelopHere is the full cast of entertainers around the back.

Lydia Meiying, Circus Cushion Backs - EnvelopAll the circus cushion covers are available in three sizes at €19.99, €22.99 and €24.99 with free shipping worldwide. There are also placemats and oven gloves in the same design.

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Desirable Drapery

The new range of fabrics by Andrew Martin at Rockett St George has me hankering. They’re really unusual and I think would like really striking on a bed head, ottoman or cushions.

I love playing cards but as it’s one of the few games I can win at, it’s difficult to stop me once I’ve started. This croupier fabric would cheer me up when no-one will play cards with me.

Andrew Martin Croupier Fabric - Rockett St George

This vintage style comic book fabric is all about what young ladies want to be when they grow up, I think I wanted to be at least four of them in my younger days…

Andrew Martin I Want To Be 'Vintage Comic' Fabric - Rockett St George

The Naughty Nurse vintage style comic book fabric is probably not one for your kid’s room, from the photos I can’t make out the text but the design is great, if a little raunchy.

Andrew Martin Naughty Nurse 'Vintage Comic' Fabric - Rockett St George

All three fabrics are 133cm wide and sold in 1 metre lengths at £59.50 per metre.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

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Sunny Swedish Plates

These melamine plates are so happy and sunny I thought they might brighten your rainy Friday afternoon.

Plan to take them on your first summer picnic or get them for your kids.

You’d better eat your dinner quick before Mr Lion gobbles it up. He looks like he’s eyeing up your neighbours food too.

Lion Plate by Ingela P Arrhenius

Reenact The Tiger Who Came To Tea with this Tiger plate. I love his bewildered expression.

Tiger Plate by Ingela P Arrhenius

Their cousin the Cat has requested you have something fish-based please.

Cat Plate by Ingela P Arrhenius

The designs aren’t all animals, there is a happy clown, a sun and this apple plate which unfortunately won’t count toward your 5 a day.

Apple Plate by Ingela P Arrhenius

The plates are designed by Swedish illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius and are available from Lagom Design for £8 each.

Which is your favourite?

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Clever Shelves

It seems I’m always on the hunt for a bookshelf of some description. I don’t like boring shelves, I want something clever and unusual.

This clever leather book shelf fits the bill beautifully and would be great for awkward spaces where you don’t really have enough wall space for a full set of shelves. The two tiers of leather straps can hold books or bottles. I’m thinking of hanging a couple as bedside tables for the books I’ve got piling up by my bed or to hold my recipe books or wine in the kitchen. It’s £89 from Rockett St George.

 

Clever Leather Book Shelf - Rockett St George

Also big on cleverness is this industrial style shelving unit that turns into a table. The wooden shelves can be used straight or angled and they fold out flat to form a table top. Available as a cream side table at £375 or a black dining table at £700 from Rockett St George.

Industrial Small Cream Shelving Unit Side Table - Rockett St GeorgeI don’t know whether you’d end up using it more in its table form than its shelf form, but it would be great to clear a room by folding the table up against the wall as shelves. Do you like multi-use furniture or do you think it’s better to get two different items?

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Studio Nommo

Whilst I was searching for wallpaper last week I stumbled upon Studio Nommo. They are a Turkish wallpaper company with some really beautiful designs across three wallpaper options.

Choose from their Pattern Collection which are hand-drawn by illustrators from around the world, my favourites are Sedat Girgin’s Typewriters (wouldn’t this be great in a home office?) and Ashley Alexander’s Foxy.

Typewriters by Sedat Girgin - Studio Nommo

Foxy - Ashley Alexander - Studio Nommo

Alternatively, choose a design from their Bespoke Collection and have it made to fit your wall at €65 per m2. My love of typography made me choose this Letters design.

Letters - Studio Nommo

I like the simplicity of This For Bees and the slightly clashy colours.

This For Bees - Studio Nommo

If you just can’t find the wallpaper that you have in your head then Make Your Own with Studio Nommo’s third option.

What would you put on your self-designed wallpaper?

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A Lightbulb Moment

In my opinion designers don’t tamper with light bulbs enough. If you’ve got a really amazing light fitting putting in a standard bulb can ruin the effect a bit. On the flip side, if you haven’t got a light fitting it wouldn’t matter a jot if the light bulb hanging from the flex was a work of art itself.

Diamond Lights by Eric Therner is designed to look like a cut diamond, I imagine the light would bounce around beautifully in this bulb. To be honest I’d buy this for the Art Deco style box alone. This is £25 from Designers Makers although if you’re buying in bulk you can get four for about £80 from Eric Therner’s website with free shipping. Unfortunately this diamond won’t last forever, but will last for around 2000 hours.

Diamond Light Bulb -Eric Therner

You may have seen Plumen’s award-winning light bulbs already, forming part of The Conran Shop’s Christmas window displays a few months back. These low energy light bulbs are so much more pleasing to the eye than the standard energy-saving types. They are £19.95 each in either bayonet or screw fittings. I love all the coloured flexes that are around too. These bulbs have a life expectancy of about 8 years.

Plumen - Designer low energy bulb

Is it madness to consider spending this sort of money on light bulbs when you can get them for so much less or does the design warrant it? I think I might be swayed to invest in one.

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Sequinned Walls

The magpie in me loves sequins but on clothes they can be hard to carry off. What about sequins on the walls?

Sequin wallpaper - SurfacePhilia

This wallpaper by SurfacePhilia (what a great name!) is beautiful. The sequins are illustrations of oversized gold, black and silver sequins layered over each other to create a busy but beautiful design. Here’s the close up.

Sequin wallpaper close up - SurfacePhilia

I think this is a really glamorous design that would look stunning in a hall or bedroom. I might be tempted to stick the occasional real sequin on but at £175 a roll I’d probably leave well alone.

Do you like it?

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Beedazzled

Yesterday I saw my first bee of 2012. He was humming lazily round a flower, I hope he survives the cold snap. In tribute to the little fella here are some bee things I hanker after.

It started with the La Rochere glassware that I bought my mum one Christmas. I love the raised bee motifs on the sides. Actually I’m not sure she uses them, I may ask to ‘borrow’ them… The range is are available from John Lewis at £5-£35.

La Rochere Glassware - John Lewis

Then there’s the bee wallpaper I wrote about a few weeks ago.

For a wedding present we got this beautiful Laguiole cutlery in the multi-coloured jewel range. There is a little bee at the base of each handle.

Laguiole Jewel Forks - John LewisThe stainless steel version is pretty too and you can get a whole cutlery drawer full including cheese knives, salad servers, fish sets and carving sets. The sets are £27 – £50, while individual butter knives are £5.50 from John Lewis.

Laguiole Cutlery - John Lewis

Craig Fellows’ silk scarves are beautiful, I particularly like his long Honey to the Bee scarf at £39.99.

Craig Fellows - Silk Scarf Honey to the Bee

If you prefer a square silk scarf, Runny Honey is also gorgeous at £79.99. This scarf is huge at 90cm square.

Craig Fellows - Silk Scarf Runny Honey

I’ve often wondered what bees do in the winter and Rory Dobner’s Bee in Bed mug has educated me. There are five more animals in the same Intricate range, all at £15.

Bee in Bed Mug - Rory Dobner

I hope the one I saw is doing just this until it warms up again. Wasps on the other hand, can p!ss right off.

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A Kraken Brew

I love a pun, I really do. It’s the cause of a lot of eye rolling from my husband.

When I saw this mug I not only loved the monochrome sea monster design, but I LOVED the name, ‘A Kraken Brew’. Amazing.

A Kraken Brew - GX2

The kraken’s tentacles are taking over the whole cup, look!

A Kraken Brew - GX2

This cup by GX2 homegrown can only make your morning brew a better experience. If you want to spend your tea break day-dreaming of Captain Jack Sparrow that is completely up to you.

The cups are £7.99 and if you want a set or plates, teapots, bowls and tea cups covered in kraken, GX2 can do that for you too.

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