Saturday, July 30, 2011

Catherine Hammerton's Flight cushions

I LOVE pastel colours so when I saw Catherine Hammerton's new Flight cushions at Pulse a few weeks ago, I feel in love with them! I particularly love the blue/green version....
Catherine has also expanded her Bottle Garden range.... I love the details and how her designs are very much contemporary but with a pretty and vintage edge...
If you around in London this weekend, pop into the Vintage Village at 'Vintage' on the Southbank, a 3 day event inspired by Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway. Catherine is exhibiting her new range all weekend, visit her in marquee 35. 
Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Jam Jar Love

So this week I had a little photo session getting some brand new products up onto the Patchwork Harmony boutique! Check out the NEW section here for more like this lovely butter dish below...
And when I went to get up some props for the shoot I picked up a jar of Bonne Maman Caramel, as seen in these shots... mainly because I liked the unusual coloured jar, different from the usual red and blue.  I am still mourning the loss of a purple jar that I'd bought in a French supermarket last summer only to have it confiscated by the airport officials!! :(

{Not long after these photos were taken I was tucking into those pancakes covered in the Caramel, and I can confirm, it is pretty amazing!}

Anyway, it reminded me of the love there is out there for Bonne Maman, and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of that is down to their classic jar design... there is even Flickr groups celebrating it! And while browsing Flickr I came across this lovely set of photographs by Sad Ferret all featuring Bonne Maman jars....

You can see the full set here

Do you hoard Bonne Maman jars too? Would love to hear if you have any unusual uses for them! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New home for the TV!

You may remember a recent post - 'Where's the Telly?' - where I stressed about my quest for a suitable piece of furniture for my TV? Well, I have finally found something to replace the Habitat Kilo table, and here it is!
I know one of my gripes was about hiding the wires, but to be honest, I seen this on ebay, I loved it, and it fitted the space, so I had to have it! and really when you are facing it straight on, the wheel kind of hides the wires... (a little!)

 It was described on Ebay as an Ex Eastern Block Army Cart.... I love the idea of something like this ending up in my living room in Surrey... much more interesting than a TV media unit that came from a John Lewis warehouse in Bracknell! :)  (although I do heart John Lewis!)

I'm very pleased with my purchase - even though it wasn't my biggest bargain to date, when I compare it to the high street shop options it really is a pretty good deal! x

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Japanese Stationery

Anyone who says they don't love stationery is lying.  Who doesn't love raiding the stationery cupboard at work or writing with a brand new pen on a fresh notebook?! And if they still protest they're not that into stationery then they are obviously not looking at the right stationery! I am already a big fan of online shops such as the UK based Papermash, Australian Upon a Fold and American Rifle Paper Co. and today I stumbled upon Japanese shop Uguisu

 Gorgeous Japanese masking tapes, possibly the most stylish tape dispenser ever and the most beautiful dishcloths I have laid eyes on are among their wares....

 Luckily Uguisu ship worldwide... otherwise our photo albums and future gifts would be seriously deprived of being adorned with the loveliness!

Check out the rest of their fantastic range here

Friday, July 15, 2011

Just a reminder....

...that the Patchwork Harmony summer sale is still on! We've had some items sell out already, and others I only have a few left and won't be restocking all items, so if there is anything you've got your eye on snap it up asap!
Here's a few of the top discounts....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fabric Dilemma!

I've mentioned before my concerns over choosing curtains but I seem to have made some progress in that I have whittled down 3 fabrics for our front room and its now just a case of choosing one... but being a Libra, I am completely indecisive... Do I go for a pattern and make a feature of the curtains as the rest of the room is white and plain, or keep the neutral theme running through and go for a plain fabric?! So I'm thinking maybe I should put it to a blog vote!! :)

These are the 3 samples I brought home but I think we have ruled out option 3 - so its really between 1 and 2.  This is them in my front room....

I know its subjective, but as we have never had curtains made before its so hard to visualise... what do you think? There's a few snaps of the room here, basically its completely white, with neutral sofas.
 Its quite a big bay window, so feature curtains, or curtains that blend in?! help!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Extraordinary lighting!

If you are a dab hand with DIY and all things electrical (or have a nice man who is!) then take some inspiration from these upcycled lightshades I spotted on Boots N Gus's Etsy shop today... Or of course you could just buy one from them! although if you're UK based the shipping is pretty hefty....


 They've used various vintage items from glass vases to jugs, to pyrex bowls and mason jars, but you could use anything similar that you've got lying in a cupboard or picked up from the car boot sale...
But of course don't attempt anything like this unless you know what you are doing with lighting! Its not worth eletrocuting yourself in the name of vintage! :)
There is a little project on Design Sponge for creating the mason jar lighting - see instructions here
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