Archive for August, 2012

NOTTING HILL HOMEWARE…THE BRIGHTER THE BETTER

Carnival in full swing, we’re thinking about our favourite Hill hues. And ‘Hue’ Grant. Him too.

Nottinghill Home Front Door

 

 

What do you mean he doesn’t actually live here?

Nottinghill coloured building

 

 

Why wouldn’t he?

Nottinghill coloured building - blue, red, yellow

 

Bright ideas from the carnival…

Pink wall with mirror & painting

Yellow art illustration

 

Don’t ruffle our carnival-inspired feathers!

Carnival inspired feathers

Carnival suited feathers on wood

Blue carnival inspired feathers

Peacock feather cloth print

 

 

We don’t know why they call it ‘jerk’ chicken – we think it’s really rather nice. Espesh with this pretty plate…

Carnival jerk chicken

 

 

Homeware for less – excellent when you are feeling a bit Lad-broke. Tee-hee!

Ladbroke grove - portobello road - London Carnival

 

 

More Portobello piccies…

Portobello inspired dining room

Portobello inspired reading area

Marvellous, marvellous. Yet another week of fabulous finds and home-spiration.

 

 

 

 

 

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TO BBQ OR NOT TO BBQ? THAT IS THE QUESTION…

We’re pretty certain that’s what Shakespeare meant to say… So let’s play ‘Barbecue vs. Picnic’. Which do we homeware-heart most this summer?

 

THE GRUB

Picnic: Anything you can fit in a basket.

outdoor table picnic basket

 

Bbq: Anything you can fit on a skewer.

bbq barbecue outdoor

Sea bbq barbecue outdoor

VERDICT: Well, we do love our food, and a basket is bigger than a skewer… PICNIC.

 

SAUCES FOR COURSES

Picnic: Dip into some hummus and tzatziki for starters and drizzle olive oil and on the mains.

outdoor picnic box

 

 

Bbq: Starters? Mains? Don’t be pretentious and pass the ketchup.

barbecue outdoor source

VERDICT:  Nothing beats the retro tomato-iness of ketchup. BBQ all the way.

 

WEATHER PERMITTING?

Picnic: ‘The rain run’ – a British pastime in its own right.

Running under the rain

Let’s just say there’s a fine line between a parasol and an umbrella in this country…

Three ladies umbrella old school

Picnic car boot boxes

 

Bbq: In case of rain simply devour burger indoors.

fresh outdoor burger

VERDICT: Mmm…burger.

 

HOW ABOUT THE HOMEWARE?

Picnic: My brand new oriental rug? On the GROUND?!

 

Grass stain on the gingham, everyone! Grass stain on the gingham!

victorian outdoor picnic

 

Bbq: Introducing the man apron…

Man bbq apron

VERDICT: Man apron mishaps? No thanks. We pick the PICNIC.

 

RESULT: DRAW! Pic-becue, anyone?

picture perfect picnic

Let’s hope it catches on…

 

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DRAMA! WE NEED SOME FRINGE FESTIVAL HOMEWARE

It’s festival season! To mark the Edinburgh Fringe, we’ve organised a recital of our new spoken word piece on homeware and the meaning of life. No, not really. We’ve come up with some arty interiors instead….

Festival homeware london

 

Did somebody say Fringe?

Fringe home furniture

 

 

Waiting for Godot? He probably just got carried away homeware shopping…

Creative homeware - clothing matching design

Green and pink bathroom blend

Colourful tears

Colourful cloth materials

 

 

Dream catcher in face – an occupational hazard of being a poet.

Forest home - nature

 

Sometimes the lanterns get in the way a bit too.

Outdoor dinning table setting - one with nature

 

 

Poetry has everything to do with homeware. Especially the fridge poetry genre.

Empty fridge magnet

 

Beautiful boho.

Rundown building

 

 

Books make us feel very deep and meaningful. Especially if they are pretty.

Study love

 

 

Right well, we’re quite tired from listening to music and making shapes with our bodies. Time for a sit down.

Resting relaxation seat

Until next week…

 

 

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MARILYN MONROE… SOME LIKE IT HOT, SOME LIKE IT HOMEWARE

Fifty years on, we still love marvellous Marilyn. Needless to say, it’s come to our attention that she’s often remembered as a film icon – but as we all know, Marilyn was rather multi-talented. So we wouldn’t want to overlook her significant contribution to homeware now, hmm?

 

Let’s start with what is evidently Marilyn’s favourite wicker chair.

marilyns favourite wicker chair

Marilyns favourite wicker chair

 

 

Charming upholstery? Big smile.

marilyn's seating smile

 

 

If only she had found an ottoman for less though…

Marilyn's couch seat magic

 

 

The perfect sofa poser…

Marilyn's sofa reading

 

 

Yes, this is exactly how we lounge too.

Marilyns couch sleeping

 

When all else failed, she even looked pretty on a cushion. We’re going to try the “What? Yes, this is exactly what I’m meant to be doing” expression next time we miss the sofa…

Marilyn's cushion dog

 

Interior inspiration from the 50s…

Red 50's front room

50's kitchen design

 

 

What a darling kitchen!

Marilyn in yellow dress

 

 

And thank goodness for those new modern whatchamacallits…

50s kitchen toast

 

 

Gals, what a gadget!

50s poster

Poster - Asian dining table
50s tv set poster ad

 

 

‘Eatingest!?’

Pan cake sausage breakfast

 

 

Okay, the 50s aspirational lifestyle is getting a bit scary now…

 

 

 

But we still love Marilyn’s Hollywood homewares…

Marilyn-Hollywood-homeware

 

 

And we’re sure she wouldn’t mind if you stole a bit of her 50s starlet style too…

Marilyn stage dress

Just don’t steal her favourite wicker chair.


It gets her very upset!

 

 

 

 

 

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HOMESENSE CHRISTMAS SHOOT! BEHIND-THE-SCENES SNAPS (feat. Stumpy the Cat)

We popped over to The Old Rectory to shoot our fave autumn/winter homewares and accessories. Sneak peak, you say? Yes please!

Homesense christmas AD behind scenes - Window

 

homesense christmas Ad behind scenes - House

 

Queen Elizabeth I herself once stayed at this rather historic home. Needless to say, we thought it best to bring some truly majestic homeware…

Homesense christmas AD behind Scenes

 

Everybody was feeling the excitement as stylist Abigail Edwards arranged our lovely accessories for the winter season. Very Nordic!

Homesense christmas AD behind scenes -gifting

…apart from Boo, the resident pup.

Homesense christmas behind scenes-Dog on scenes

 

“Well if nobody is taking me to the pet department, I’m going to have a little snooze.”

homesense christmas behind scenes - Cat

 

Stumpy the cat may have no tail, but at least he has fabulous homeware friends…

Homesense christmas behind scenes_reindeer

This deer old chum.

 

Homesense christmas behind scenes- HorseA rocking horse with all our new season toys

 

Homesense christmas behind scenes- bird statueA rather marvellous parrot statuette – for a lot lot less.

 

No, that’s a real cockerel.

 

Then we shot some gorgeous gifts for the holiday season…

Homesense christmas behind scenes

 

And set up some trees for our Christmas lights.

homesense christmas behind scenes_tree

 

 

BICCIE BREAK!

homesense christmas behind scenes snack

 

A quick ‘check’ of the images and we’re done!

 

 

That’s a wrap.

Homesense Christmas behind scenes - Hidden Gift

HomeSense Christmas here we come!

 

 

 

 

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