A selection of design deliciousness. I wonder if I’ll find any of them under our tree on Christmas morning (hint hint!)…


1. Eames ‘Dot Pattern’ wool blanket by Vitra. Need it! Available at Nest.

2. Kranium. I just love this little wooden skull with a secret compartment “for keeping memories”. Available from Acne Jr.

3. Pia Wallen Cross Tray. Available at Pia Wallen.

4. Handmade felt dome cushion. Gorgeous quality (and I’m not just saying it!) and all handmade using pure Merino wool by my sister in a tiny Welsh village. Available at Knitnations.

5. Kubus Bowl. Available from Story North.

6. Leff Amsterdam Tile25 Clock. Available at Design55.

7. ‘YES’ print in sizes A3 and 50 x 70cm. Custom colours and other sizes available upon request. Available…ahem…in my Etsy shop Yumalum.

8. Unit Portables 13inch Shoulder Bag in charcoal. I’ve got the black version of this bag and they are superb. Available at Unit Portables.

9. Perpetual Calendar designed by Massimo Vignelli. Available from Nava Design.


Happy Christmas shopping!

At last I’ve taken a few pics of our new Eames black chairs from Pink Flamingos. Unfortunately as much as I loved my Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, they just didn’t look or fit right around the Saarinen Tulip dining table. I’m sure they would look fine around the larger version but under ours they looked awkward and protruded out far too much. They played on my mind like nails being pulled down a chalkboard.

These black beauties are perfection. Having the same colour has unified the look and black has really brought out the veining of the table. We will have six of them when the other two arrive but we have discussed (and this surprisingly came from David!) that we get another black Eames upholstered arm shell so that we can have one either end of the table.

Is my chair addiction sated? For the moment yes but one thing that I do want is for that flooring to go! I put it down nearly ten years ago and it’s well past it’s sell by date!

…six of them in fact. Since buying the Saarinen Tulip table recently I have been rather perturbed that our Arne Jacobsen chairs just don’t look right with it. It’s the legs, they are quite wide and they stick out far too much for my liking.

So the hunt was on for something new but it was more like day dreaming to be honest because of the expense of the table. I rather stupidly ( it got the better of me! ) wandered over to Pink Flamingos where I’ve bought most of my Eames chairs and rockers from. I knew they had to be Eames, black and I was edging towards dowel bases…..and there they were! My heart skipped a beat as per usual which is part of the course and I obsessed about them all week. They are apparently in immaculate condition and produced in 1969. Black ones are becoming more rare and they were actually produced for the commercial sector. The ever helpful (and very patient!) Justin has been superb as usual, they are currently being shipped from America and I should have them in about three weeks. I recently bought another black beauty from him and it would look great paired with another one at either end of the table. That’s me day dreaming again though because with the table and the six new chairs we are spent out!

If you have something particular in mind then do get in touch with Justin at Pink Flamingos because he will probably be able to source it for you.

For the last three years plus I have been doing a spoof magazine cover (sort of monthly) on the Livingetc forums called Bitchingetc and this is the newly launched Christmas cover. I try to feature forum members homes as much as possible but sometimes a little (with big devastation to my flat!) photo shoot has to be done.

I made the Eames inspired trees with cardboard and some deigns I put together incorporating the Eames bird and the Eames Office logo. I have also used the same pattern as wrapping paper. I think I may re-make the trees using MDF instead next time.