Shake The Dust

Shake The Dust

About this time last year, getting cold and dark! I was getting ready to do the ELDS – a design show in Shoreditch. When the time finally came I arrived with my table and my lamp to be welcomed by a flurry of activity going  on in the stand next to me. Kathy Shenoy of … Continue reading

Carl and Karin Larsson

Carl and Karin Larsson

A book on this swedish couple sat in my mums house for a long time. I occasionally had a quick look but it was not until recently that I sat down and read it properly. Carl Larsson is described (in the book) as ‘Sweden’s best-loved artist’ and has had a hugh influence on the mega … Continue reading

A Buyers Guide to Leather Antiques

A Buyers Guide to Leather Antiques

Leather is a wonderful material for furniture. It is long lasting and durable. I am not an expert in this so antiques expert William Robinson has put together this guide to buying leather antiques. Buying leather can be a tricky business especially when you’re attempting to purchase antique leather furniture. Before seriously considering acquiring any antique … Continue reading

Beautiful Glassware by Susan Sinclair

Beautiful Glassware by Susan Sinclair

I recently went to an exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery in Somerton of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen. I saw some beautiful coloured glass vessels and plates there which I just wanted to take home with me on the spot!. The glassware was the work of Somerset based artist Susan Sinclair. Susan creates both vessels … Continue reading

Maria Fatjo Pares

Maria Fatjo Pares

I have recently discovered the paintings of Spanish artist Maria Fatjo Pares who lives and works in Barcelona. She works with oils and though not formally trained has developed a very distinctive style and has exhibited both in Spain and internationally. Maria states that one of her main influences is the Barcelonian artist Pere Torne-Esquius (1879-1936). She … Continue reading

Buying Wooden Vintage and Antique Furniture

Buying Wooden Vintage and Antique Furniture

Buying vintage and antique furniture is a great way to add character to your home while ensuring, in many cases uniqueness. It can also represent value for money since even though the initial cost might be higher than a mass produced alternative (though not always) there is the two fold advantage of its potential re-sale … Continue reading

Designs for Children

Designs for Children

I am always spotting great toys and other things for children in shops and on the internet and now it is time to post some of my finds here. Because presents for children are mostly, fun, bright and sometimes amusing they are also fun to buy.. or just to look at: Here are some of … Continue reading

Blue and White Ceramics

Blue and White Ceramics

I remembered how much I love blue and white ceramics when I walked past a blue and white cornish stripey jug in the window of my local charity shop the other day. To celebrate this classic colour combination for ceramics here is an eclectic mix of examples both new and old. According to wikipedia cobalt … Continue reading