Monday, December 22, 2008

Festive table top treasures...

hopefully by now you are feeling on top on your Christmas shopping, and your thoughts may be turning to the big day and how you are going to decorate your table.... we are a bit late now for any more online shopping from the sofa, so here are a few picks from the high street, which you can pop out and grab to finish off your table!

Gingerbread House candles - £5.87 - Oliver Bonas
Crackle Glass Napkin Rings - £3.60 for 4 - The Pier 
10 mini sparklers - £2.45 - The White Company
Table Trivia - £2.93 - The White Company

Starburst Hurricanes - Small - £6.36, Large - £17.62 - Graham & Green 
Silver Tree Card Holders - £5 for 4 - Next
16 Table Gems - £9.79 - The White Company

Crackers - £4.80 - The Pier
Odalisca Tray - £34.25 - Zara Home 
Biere glass - £6.95 each - Cape Henley

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I heart vintage tins....

I have developed a bit of an obsession with vintage tins, jars and seems every time I see one I feel compelled to buy it... There are lots out there, search your local flea markets for the most unique ones and Ebay is a great source for this kind of thing.... here's a couple I spotted today, so if you are also experiencing this infatuation get on there quick or I may beat you to it!

If you are less of a bidder and more of a straight down the line buyer, here are a few others, vintage or vintage style, that have caught my eye....

£25 from Cape Henley

£19 from Cape Henley

and if you are not so keen on the rusty look, these ones priced at £10 from An Angel at my Table are also gorgeous.....


Sunday, December 14, 2008

any requests?!

I hope you have been enjoying my blog so far, I have got lots of future plans for Patchwork Harmony which you may or may not know about, but of which I will fill you in on soon...
In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that I am 'taking requests'! :)

If there is anything you are looking for for your home and you don't have time to search for it, or you can't find what you are looking for, please send me what it is your after, and I will try my best to track some ideas down... I can't guarantee I will always succeed but will give it a good shot!

So for example, you desperately need a sequined cushion to add some sparkle to your bedroom....?

or you'd love a vintage style kitchen roll holder.....?

£34.99 from Vintage Living

*** Email me at ***

Thursday, December 11, 2008

books... New London Style

This book takes a look inside the homes of some of London's most talented designers, artists, magazine editors and stylists.  It is organised into the various districts of the city, so giving us an insight into where these inspiring people chose to set up home.

For me, it showcases some great interiors photography by Ingrid Rasmussen, which demonstrates many varied styles; from the clean, simple lines of Carole Conrad's Kensington flat to the quirky ex-minicab office belonging to interiors stylist Emily Chalmers.
It is a beautiful book to indulge your inevitable love of  'having a nosy' around others home, and will no doubt inspire your own home no matter what you personal style preferences.

published by Thames & Hudson,  buy from Amazon for £11.97

Sunday, December 7, 2008

beautiful baubles, gorgeous garlands and wonderful wreaths...

Did anyone else put up their Christmas tree this weekend?! I am fully embracing the festive season this year, and yesterday indulged in some homemade mince pies and mulled wine while making my Christmas cards and wrapping some gifts! There's a good chance I could end up one of those people who cover their house in lights and puts a huge santa on the roof!! but lets 'reign' it in a bit (sorry!), and keep those dec's classy!

Crystal Chandelier Tree Decoration - £8.95 - Liberty
Cracked Glass Bauble - £2.45 - Oliver Bonas

Vintage Glass Baubles - £9.74 each - Plumo

Silver Beaded Baubles - £12 for Set of 10 - Cox and Cox

Pre Lit Eucalyptus Wreath (£18) and Garland (£24) - Next Home

Tartan Star and Heart Garland - £14.68 - Plumo

Happy Decorating!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Eco Christmas idea...

well... the Christmas countdown really has begun! These days we are all much more aware of our environmental responsibilities, and especially at Christmas we should try our best to cut down on waste, and always remember to recycle all those greeting cards and wrapping paper.
Christmas crackers also leave behind lots of waste, and that is why I love these crackers (£25 for Box of 6) from Biome Lifestyle...

not only are they beautifully stylish and simplistically festive, they are made from handmade seed paper, which means that if you plant the paper after you have used the crackers you will end up with some wild flowers to brighten up your home long after those turkey leftovers have been eaten!
You will get all your usual cracker paraphernalia - joke, hat, small gift (fair trade of course) and also an eco-tip.
The gifts are handmade by women working in Kathmandu, who are paid fair wages and work in good conditions.
So with all these benefits for you, your guests, the women workers, and the environment - how could you possibly resist?!? 

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

shopping... in Brighton

On Sunday I was down in Brighton with the other half and managed to squeeze in some shopping in the North Laines.  If you happen to be down in Brighton make sure not to miss these lovely shops, or if you can't get down there just check out their websites and shop online...

These are a few of my fave products, and some I picked up myself...

Lavender Room, Bond St -

Turquoise Lotus Flower Dish - from £4.50

Vintage birdy ornaments - £13.50 - set of 3
Ribbed tealight holders - £10.50 - set of 3

Velvet, Bond St -

Antique style mini chest of drawers - £15

Ribbon display case - £15

And finally, if you do make the trip to the coast make sure you pop into Snoopers Paradise - a huge indoor flea market with over 90 stalls with lots of goodies for vintage lovers... I picked up some vintage fabric, some great glassware and a pretty patterned tin....
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