Category Archives: Lifestyle
1. Plastic Ono Band 2. Hanging out with Ethel the rabbit 3. Getting soaked on water ride Valhalla on Blackpool Pleasure Beach 4. In love with the 60s psychedelic Alice in Wonderland ride 5. Wearing a braid for a family dinner 6. Barges in Garstang, North West England 7. Playing 80s board games
I’m a huge fan of designer Jane Foster and her amazing 50s, 60s and 70s inspired home deco. Jane designs, screen prints and sews from her studio in Devon using either vintage fabrics or her own designs.
Her apple and pear cushions are so amazing I drool over them in 5-minute intervals, not to mention the amazing toys and dolls she makes.
All images: Jane Foster
I’m not religious at all, but I love Christmas as great time of meeting old friends, admiring Christmas trees and eating lots of nice food. The Doc and I got our Christmas tree and deco up today, instant Christmassy-winter atmosphere.
Thanks to wonderful Scandinavian producers of witty notebooks, ArchieGrand, I’ll be giving away one their fab ‘Secret agents I met and liked’ notebooks. It’s a lovely pocket size in blushing pink, just perfect to take notes when you rendezvous with Mr X (he’ll be wearing a yellow carnation) or try to outwit that dame from M15.
To enter, simply follow me on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me your secret agent name. I will be picking the winner at random on Saturday 3 November 2012. Good luck!
I have to confess, I have a slight obsession with inanimate objects that have faces. I even follow a Facebook page called ‘things with faces‘ which is full of pictures of smiling phone sockets and sulking clothes hooks.
Unsurprisingly then, I really like this toast plate by Charlotte Mei. Wouldn’t it be lovely to eat off it and see its little smile every morning? At £100 its far too expensive for me, sadly. Maybe time to get a pen out to customise my old Ikea plates…
Last year I was asked if I wanted to contribute to a new London city guide by the wonderful people of analogue camera purveyor Lomography. Of course I said yes, and I am rather proud to be amongst such fantastic contributors as artist Rob Ryan and the design duo behind Tatty Devine.
The nifty Lomography City Guide London (£16.90) combines 231 tips, over 1000 analogue snapshots on 272 pages, collected by over 50 Lomographers. Although I know London really well, I found plenty of things that have made it on my to-do-and-try list, and if you’re new to the city, this will be a fantastic introduction which will take you way beyond the usual tourist hotspots.
I’m now giving away three copies of the City Guide – if you’d like to be in with a chance to win one, simply leave a comment below including your email address. I’ll pick the three winners by random at midday on Saturday 18 August 2012. Good luck!
I’m a huge fan of British furniture brand G Plan whose iconic Fifties and Sixties designs are some of the best examples of mid-century style. Much to my delight they have just launched a G Plan Vintage collection, a range of sofas and chairs inspired by their original Fifties and Sixties designs.
The collection is simply amazing (I’d love the lot!) and can be customised by chosing from a huge variety of fabrics and wood.
I couldn’t find any prices (the collection will go on sale exclusively at John Lewis), but given the craftsmanship that goes into these, I expect they won’t be cheap.
Update : G Plan actually just emailed me the price list, turns out the recommended retail price for all large sofas is no more than £1400 – expensive but far less than I expected. I’m positively surprised, better start saving now!
I live in a rented flat so my dream of a full-on Sixties (or even better, bright orange Seventies) kitchen remains, well, a dream. While other rooms like the living room or bedroom can be easily given a vintage feel with furniture, rugs, curtains and general deco, the kitchen is usually a tricky room. Ours is undeniably modern and there’s only so much you can do trying to add a vintage feel with Sixties jars and kitchen towels.
This is until I stumbled across a pack of original Sixties decal tiles at a local vintage fair. These transferable stickers – you just paste them over your tiles – add an instant retro feel to our otherwise rather bland kitchen tiles. Best of all, you can simply peel them off and save them when you move. Genius!