Things That Made Me Smile This Week…

My blog has moved and changed name to DESIGN SODA, I’d love it if you followed along with my new content there.


  1. Design crush of the week goes to the website of Hoxton store Caravan style. I absolutely love their homewares. My current favourite is this Pineapple wall sconce alongside these magnetic insects – swoon…pineapple wall sconce by Caravan at Abigail ahern Magnetic Bug Decorations Caravan store East LondonMagnetic Bee Decorations Caravan store East London
  2. Lapin & Lapinova, a short story by Virginia Woolf written for Harpers Bazaar magazine in 1939, reprinted in last months issue. It is such a short vignette, more of a thought than a short story, and on first read it is very twee, almost uncomfortably so, but with a brutal ending . I found it very disturbing and it stayed with me on the days after my initial read. You can read it online here. Read it, its very short and you’re life won’t be the poorer for it!Lapin Lapinova Woolf Harpers Bazaar
  3. I am choosing not to bemoan the fact that I missed these (and only discovered either of them via Instagram after they had both closed) but am celebrating the fact that they existed. Located at Kings Cross Station and on The Southbank, last weekend saw London transformed with a vintage fairground at Kings Cross Station including Ferris wheels, helter-skelter and Victorian style acrobatics alongside the closing weekend of what looks like a particularly fabulous venture –  Wonderground on London’s Southbank, rolling up for tickets for next year already!                           Kings Cross Helter Skelter     Kings Cross Funfair      Kings Cross Ferris WheelSouthbank Wonderground 4281-Mastercard Wonderground Southbank Wonderground 1
  4. To coincide with the opening of the new Birmingham Central  library (which I think looks like a giant Christmas present, but concede is absolutely stunning inside) the library has digitized much of its archive online. It contains a wealth of curiosities, from Victorian Scrapbooks, magic lantern slides and old collections to vintage illustration, these are my personal favourite finds:Frogs Umbrellas Vintage Childrens Illustration Birmingham Library archiveCollectors - Digital archive Birmingham Libarary Victorian Scrapbook - Birmingham Library Archive

    My blog has moved and changed name to DESIGN SODA, I’d love it if you followed along with my new content there.


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