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    Louise Body: Paper tiles

    by  • Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 3 Comments

    Designer Louise Body has just released a new collection of ‘Paper Tiles‘ – gorgeous tile-effect wallpapers, featuring digitally-printed Victorian tile patterns combined with her own illustrations and designs…

    Louise designed some similar wallpaper for the toilets at Decorex last year, and was inspired to explore the idea of paper tiles further. The new patterns are really stunning – and no need for the dreaded grout whitening pen!

    These papers would look lovely in bedrooms, living rooms or hallways – proof that tiles aren’t just for kitchens and bathrooms.

    Each 1m x 70cm panel costs £25 and you paste-the-wall, not the paper (always a bonus for those of us who are a bit DIY-challenged). – Ellie


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    NEW: Make your own rabbit lamp

    by  • Friday, April 1, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 9 Comments

    Are you a fan of the kitsch bunny rabbit lamps sold at the likes of Liberty and Caravan?

    Well, now you can create your own at home, quickly and easily. We love the new GLOW™ pills (available from all good supermarkets), which taste like lettuce and use OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology – inspired by the fluorescent proteins in glowing jellyfish – to slowly make a real pet rabbit glow. Simply feed your rabbit four pills a day for a week and in no time at all you’ll have your own mobile glowing bunny lamp. Great on the patio for al fresco dining – or shove it in a vase and use it as a striking table centrepiece…

    There are currently four colours available in the collection – orange, green, red or blue. At the launch party, where we nibbled carrot canapés and dandelion leaves, I saw a gorgeous Royal Wedding themed display with a troupe of red and blue glowing bunnies, trained to form the letters: ‘WC’ – like a gigantic toilet symbol. The makers of the pills assured me that there are no negative side effects for the rabbits involved – apart from a little fur loss, insomnia, and occasional fits. Rumour has it that the next step could be pills for larger mammals such as dogs, cats, and even deer. Gorgeous! – Ellie


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    HOT SHOP: Yaginoyama

    by  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 2 Comments

    Yaginoyama is Japanese for ‘mountain of goats’. It’s also the name of a very lovely new mail order company, based in Tokyo…

    Founders Liam and Kay (he’s British, she’s Japanese – they met at Edinburgh University and are both sickeningly young) say on their quirky website that we can choose whether Yaginoyama means ‘a mountain on which goats reside’ or ‘a mountain made out of goats’. I prefer the latter. This entrepreneurial duo have hand-picked beautiful Japanese home wares – often handmade by artisan crafts people – to create an online showcase of Japanese design and make it accessible to the wider world.

    There are so many treasures, here, but I really love the elegant tableware by Ryuma Matsubara. He and his wife gather clay from construction sites in the town of Tokoname and blend it with sand to create rustic, beautiful pottery:

    I also like the sets of  Six giant wooden ‘hum’ magnets, too, for organising creative ideas on various bits of paper! (They’re by design studio Graf). Pleasingly, ‘Hum-Hum’ means ‘Oh yes, I see‘ in Japanese and, according to Yaginoyama, implies ‘a bit of thoughtful chin-rubbing’.

    Elsewhere, there are Japanese postcards, teas, rucksacks and satchels, stationery and soy sauce jugs…

    Following the recent events in Japan, 10% of the price of every product purchased will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society. – Ellie

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