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!

…it may seem an odd combination but there is a link.

I received a mail asking if I would like to feature something for under a £100 from the Conran Shop’s new Spring accessories collection which was spooky because I was going to feature the above cushions anyway. As soon as I saw them I loved them but then I have always had a soft spot for Picasso.

There are three different cushions available, Femme a La Fleur and La Ceinture Jaune are shown above with the former being my favourite. They are woven on a traditional loom by French craftsmen and are available for £69 each. It’s probably the closest I will ever get to owning a Picasso.

I was reminded of one of the best weekends I have ever had with David. It was way back in the Summer of 2002 (can’t believe it was that long ago!) and we had booked tickets to go to the Matisse Picasso exhibition at the Tate Modern on the Friday afternoon. It was mayhem! Jostling to get a good position to view those incredible masterpieces was tiresome and annoying but it was worth it. Breathtaking. Afterwards we walked over the Millennium Bridge back towards St Paul’s Cathedral, it was a beautiful sunny day and we stopped half way across looking west along the Thames and one of our favourite cities looked glorious and hazy lit up by the afternoon Summer sun.

That night we went to see Madonna at the Wyndhams Theatre in Up For Grabs, I loved it and thought her acting was actually very good. When we left the theatre it was torrential rain outside, David bought a cheap umbrella and we ran across SoHo to a restaurant which we had booked. We sat soaked to the skin and laughed our heads off much to the dismay of some of the other rather snooty diners.

The next day we jumped on the Eurostar and sped off to Paris for a couple of days, David had been before but it was the first time for me. We stayed in a small loft apartment in the Marais district which had the most amazing huge winding staircase leading to it with peeling paint on the walls and worn down stone steps. Paris was so humid and sticky but thankfully the evenings were cooler and on the Saturday night we walked down towards the Seine where we stood on a bridge with a full moon reflecting on the water.

Happy memories and gorgeous cushions!

…It was my birthday last week and lets just say that I am not amused with my age.

Anyway, I had some fantastic presents (my main one from David is still to arrive but I will let you know what that is in a week or so) including this gorgeous spiral cushion from my sister. I have been trying to decide on what colour combination to have for a while but she made my mind up for me with this two tone grey number. She makes all the felt by hand including the spiral. I think I may want another one, I just have to decide what colour to have…

…Inject some colour into a room with bold graphic one off pieces…

1. Spiral cushion designed and made with handmade felt by my sister. Available soon in different colour combinations at Feltlove

2. Tradig Wire fruit bowl available from IKEA

3. Pumpkin chair designed by Pierre Paulin and available from Lignet Roset

4. Origami cushion available in lots of different colours by Cushlab

5. Jielde floor lamp

6. Pop stool available from M&S