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    The best plate rack ever

    by  • Tuesday, October 16, 2012 • Look what I found • 4 Comments

    I don’t know about you, but us folk at Ideal Home HQ are LOVING this stainless steel plate rack from theplaterack.co.uk and considering putting in a bulk order…

    Mr and Mrs Plate Rack are husband and wife, Nick and Jen. They found this utilitarian kitchen staple whilst travelling in Northern India. They decided to bring a load back to the UK and have set up an online shop devoted entirely to this one product. I love its industrial style. You can fit two side by side on the wall or even stack one on top of the other. Genius.

    With hooks for mugs, cutlery slots and space for at least 10 plates this piece is a practical, robust beauty. I just need to find space on my kitchen wall. What do you think?

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    Artisan homewares from Blodwen

    by  • Saturday, July 7, 2012 • Favourite shops • 1 Comment

    Planning a camping trip in Wales this summer? You’d fit right in with this enamelware from Blodwen. I got a bit excited when I saw this! The classic navy and white has been given a wonderful Welsh twist, featuring the iconic ‘Caernarfon’ pattern that you normally see used in traditional tapestry blankets…

    Blodwen has lots of lovely stuff. The founder, Denise Lewis, is passionate about supporting handmade Welsh craft. She designed this ‘Gwalia’ (Welsh for ‘homeland’) enamelware herself  and, although the enamel is sourced in Europe, the design and firing of the decals is all done in Wales.

    1. Enamel jug, £35; 2. Mug set, £28 for 2; 3. bowl, £15.

    Based in Cardigan Bay, you’ll also find woven baskets, wooden bowls, pottery, tapestry floor mats and homemade jam! Have a browse online at their delightful wares and the Gwalia is also available through Liberty. - Alice

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    Gudrun Sjödén comes to London

    by  • Friday, March 30, 2012 • Favourite shops • 11 Comments

    If you’re not yet familiar with Gudrun Sjödén she is a Swedish designer who has a bit of a thing for colour and pattern. She loves to layer it up in contrasting, clashing and clever creative ways. She’s also a bit of an eco do-gooder with a lot of organic cottons and a strong green ethos. Her fashion and homeware range has actually been going for 35 years with stores all over Scandinavia and Germany where she has a cult following. She’s now come to London and last night I went to the store opening on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden.

    Gudrun Sjoden store opening, Monmouth Street, Swedish design textiles, colour, pattern, hot shop, homeware, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

    It was a colourful affair that felt more like a garden party than a store opening. It was full of typically beautiful Scandi’s dressed head to toe in her collections, handsome men in floral aprons handing out canapés and summery drinks, fresh flowers in buckets and an enslaught of dedicated fans (where did they all come from!?) whom Gudrun greeted, one by one, on the door.

    Think Anthropologie crossed with Designers Guild

    I’m not sure I could pull off the bold, statement attire but the homeware I could happily live with. I loved the folky style rugs, zig zag towels and gorgeous textiles and bedlinen inspired by meadows, wild flowers and sunshine…

    Gudrun Sjoden store opening, Monmouth Street, Swedish design textiles, colour, pattern, hot shop, homeware, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys
    I love the zingy citrus shades that feel so fresh and countrified. My bathroom needs a bit of colour and these bath mats would do the job nicely…
    Gudrun Sjoden store opening, Monmouth Street, Swedish design textiles, colour, pattern, hot shop, homeware, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys
    Gudrun Sjoden store opening, Monmouth Street, Swedish design textiles, colour, pattern, hot shop, homeware, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys
    Gudrun Sjoden store opening, Monmouth Street, Swedish design textiles, colour, pattern, hot shop, homeware, ideal home, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys
    You’ll also find shower curtains with trailing floral prints, table linen, cushions, curtains and rolls of fabrics that can be bought by the metre. If, unlike me, you’re not trapped in the capital, then fret thee not as you can also buy on-line. Hoorah and happy weekend! - Alice
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