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    Sneak Peek: Cox & Cox Autumn 2012

    by  • Monday, July 16, 2012 • Favourite shops • 7 Comments

    It may be a grey and gloomy day but the new Autumn 2012 look book from Cox & Cox has arrived which is enough to lift anyone’s spirits (that, plus the fact that I’m off to sunny Croatia this week). Founders, Fiona Cox and Lizzie Thornton-Allan have a great eye for practical and useful homewares. As a member of ‘generation rent’, I am often looking for ways to make my home more personal to me but I have to think carefully about what pieces to invest in as obviously I can’t rip out the kitchen, knock down walls or build fitted storage. So, I’m always on the look out for useful freestanding furniture. Cox & Cox have some lovely offerings from their new collection that would do very nicely in a rented place. Here are 3 of my favourites…

    French folding mirror, £75

    The photography and styling is always so beautiful and gives me lots of ideas for displays around the house. I love this pretty mirror with folding shelf, it looks like a French flea market find. Perfect for the downstairs loo!

    Vintage metal trolley, £145

    This trolley on wheels would be great in my kitchen. Bread bin on top with wooden boards, filled Le Parfait jars on the middle shelf, vintage fruit crates on the bottom shelf for extra storage…

    Wooden ladder shelf, £225

    And finally, the ladder shelf. I’m looking for one for an alcove in my living room; a great substitute for fitted shelves and I love this natural unfinished wood that looks very coastal. If you’re also a Cox & Cox fan, keep an eye on their website later this month as there are tons of tempting buys. – Alice

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    More lovely buys from RE

    by  • Thursday, March 1, 2012 • Favourite shops • 7 Comments

    It’s not everyday you can walk into a shop and come out with a vintage jelly mould reinvented as a pendant lamp, a Mexican bingo set, moose shaped firelighters and a deckchair. But if you’re lucky enough to live near the market town, Corbridge in Northumberland, you can! (For those that don’t, you can of course buy online, phew!), Simon Young and Jenny Vaughan’s converted workshop (round the back of an old filling station) is a treasure trove of totally unique finds for the home. They named their shop RE after two giant metal red letters they bought in a Parisian flea market…

    People, step inside and feast your eyes on these wonderful buys..

    I would very much like these jolly, jelly mould pendant lamps. How lovely to hang a row of these above a kitchen table…

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    Planning fodder for your Jubilee street party yet? Make sure you get yourself a set of these British Isles cookie cutters..

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    Keep your teapot cosy with this cute pom-pom number, hand knitted in Northumberland..

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    This red, white and blue twine will come in handy for any Jubilee/Olympic crafty projects…

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    Elsewhere there are gorgeous linen cushions, inspired by American flour sacks…

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    original 50′s and 60′s mixing bowls in pretty on-trend pastel shades..

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    and this ‘waste not want not’ fabric is sold off the roll, for £16 a metre. It’s 44cm wide perfect for a table runner. GREAT idea..

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    Thank goodness it’s March! Spring had sprung and I’ve just bought 4 bunches of daffodils for £1 in my lunch break – hurrah! They’re currently bunged in a vase and just about surviving in our air conditioned office but what I’d really like to display them in is this…

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    A test tube for each single stem. Ah Joy! Thank you RE. Delightful finds and next time I’m even vaguely heading oop north I’m going to take a detour and pop by. - Alice


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    Happy flipping Pancake Day!

    by  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012 • Seasonal buys • 1 Comment

    Wall prints for Pancake Day? Why not? I love yellow. I love lemons. I love Pancake Day and I love these prints brought to you from Etsy

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    From the top: 1 & 3. Amanda Katherine Designs 2. Lajlaj – Small Cute Things 4. Freya Art 5. Eco Print. 

    Hope you’re all stocked up on eggs, milk and flour. What’s your favourite topping? If you’re stuck for ideas why not try this buttermilk with lemon syrup pancake recipe as seen on Housetohome.  - Alice

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