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    NEW Jme treats

    by  • Thursday, April 22, 2010 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 4 Comments

    A big ginger cat, a family of sugar mice and row upon row of gorgeous Jme storage jars. Is this not the loveliest larder shot you’ve ever seen? This is what I aspire to, food-storage wise. A distant dream…

    Now, if I tried to recreate this kind of shot in my own home, it would be an epic fail. Previous attempts to ‘style’ my EBD cats (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) have not exactly gone according to plan. I love the way that on our Blog of the Week, My Friend’s House, the writer’s cat is simply referred to as ‘The Anti-Stylist’ – I think that sums it up purrfectly! But perhaps I could bribe them with sugar mice…

    Love this tea towel shot with the bunny hanging out to dry. The DON’T FORGET TO EAT YOUR GREENS one looks fabulous framed as kitchen wall art. It makes me think of this lovely picture I ripped out of an issue of LivingEtc yonks ago, featuring a Keep Calm Gallery poster. Now, these are the kind of ‘greens’ I wouldn’t forget to eat…

    I’ve made a few attempts to create a similar shelf display in my own home, but it’s always turned into a ‘temporary installation’ if you know what I mean. Basically, people tend to eat the props. Sigh. Anyway, back to the lovely Jme

    This is a new gardener’s gift set which comes with a beautiful galvanised metal window box. I’ve been fantasising about having metal planters like this filled with white geraniums and white trailing lobelia – perhaps a project for this weekend if the sun keeps shining…

    Today’s the day the teddy bears have their pic-nic…nice tablecloths!

    Pretty scented Jme candles here…and beautiful vintage gardening books. Now, OBSERVE, if you will, the bottom left of this picture…the OBSERVER’S guide books. These are my current obsession and a post about these lovely little collectables will inevitably follow shortly! Right, time to finish Ideal Home‘s August shopping pages… – Ellie

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    Detling Antiques Fair

    by  • Tuesday, March 2, 2010 • Craft, Decorating and interiors, News, Stylish shopping • 14 Comments

    You sacrifice your lie-in and get up at crack of dawn in the dark. You lug around bags of heavy coins. You have to endure cold wellies, freezing fingerless gloves and muddy burger-van coffee. And let’s face it, it’ll probably rain. But bargain hunting at an antiques fair is well worth the effort if you want to pick up some quirky one-off items to make your home look extra special…

    At Detling IACF over the weekend I spotted so many lovely things. Check out these gorgeous vintage sewing storage drawers (sadly a bit out of my price range!) and pretty ceramic lids for tooth paste and anchovy paste. How amazing would the sewing drawers look in a craft room? And the lids would make cute coasters…

    Haberdashery fans beware: there was a great range of vintage fabrics, old buttons, lace and needlework tools. I bought a delicate tape measure for styling purposes (it only has inches on it!) and some pretty buttons to add to my collection.

    There were plenty of wooden printer’s blocks, and lots of elegant bottles and jars, and I spotted a beautiful vintage paint-box. I was really impressed by the range of stalls (although in addition to the vintage stalls there were a lot of traders selling collectable china dolls, lobsters, Disney characters etc which weren’t really my thang) and it only took an hour to get to Detling from London by car. I came home with: a pair of wonky antlers, some Observers books, a bag of pretty stamps (for craft purposes!), some buttons, and an old milk bottle with ELBOW FARM written on it to use as a vase. The boyfriend was delighted as always (NOT) with the latest batch of vintage tat, but I managed to smuggle most of it in except for the antlers. He just doesn’t GET it. I showed him the antlers trend page in the March issue of Ideal Home, and pointed out that antlers are everywhere now, even in high-street shops he’s heard of like M&S:

    But he still doesn’t seem to appreciate One-Horn-Big, and says he’s not living in ‘a trophy-filled hunting lodge’. We’ll see. Remember, he said he wasn’t going to live in ‘a 1950s flipping village fete’ but that Union Jack bunting’s been up for almost a year now… – Ellie

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