Through the aperture…

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Things That Made Me Smile This Week

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  1. Its that time of year when spare time turns my thoughts to Xmas mini-crafts. I am the laziest crafter and shortcut taker in the world so am always tickled by simple and easy but eye catching touches. These gold animal memo holders (I would use them as table place settings) are fabulous. Tutorial from a beautiful blog I’ve recently discovered called Sugar and Cloth here.d.i.y gold animal place settings
  2. There was a brilliant episode of The Culture Show earlier this month which I’ve just got round to watching called Wars of The Heart about literary affairs and experiences in wartime London based on the works of Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen, Dylan Thomas and Henry Green. Suspended moments of infidelity amongst the bombings, and the license given to such liasons by the extraordinary circumstances of wartime living was fascinating. I particularly liked a morbid phrase of the time ‘ Who are you going out with tonight darling, is it someone you’d like to die with?’. As reading group is out of the way for another month, I am finally going to read Elizabeth Bowen’s novel Heat of The Day based on her wartime affair with Charles Richie, I have always loved Bowen novels so hope this one doesn’t disappoint.                                                         bowen heat of the day
  3. I love, love, love these calligraphy canopy plates, new in at Anthropologie this week, £8 each. If I had to choose I’d pick the gorgeous octopus, unicorn and oyster with    pearl ones.                                                                                                                      Anthropologie Unicorn Canopy plate Anthropologie Octopus Canopy plate Anthropologie Oyster Pearls Canopy plateAnthropologie Lovebirds Canopy plate Anthropologie Jellyfish Canopy plate
  4. Winter on the Southbank looks pretty exciting, Christmas markets, afternoon teas and of course a host of cultural events and activities, take a look at the guide here:Southbank Winter Season
  5. Since remembering a lovely vintage Xmas wrap I purchased at the V&A a few years ago, I have been looking at cute retro Xmas scenes online. Here are some of my favourite current muses:                                                                                        Vintage Xmas CardRetro V&A wrapping paper winter scene pudding-boy-large-rectangle   Vintage Xmas Card FiftiesRW_1210_XmasStationery_605x340 Winter Ski Fabric Vintage Christmas fabric bunting Retro Xmas fabric

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Decaying Building near London Bridge
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Fortnum & Mason Teacup Topiary Fortnum & Mason - Teacup Topiary

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Things That Made Me Smile This Week…

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  1. Campbell’s soup have released these wonderful limited edition Andy Warhol pop art soup cans, haven’t found any in the supermarkets yet but I need them in my kitchen:Campbells limited ediotion andy warhol soup
  2. Hurrah, BFI are putting on a 6 month programe of Gothic films from the archives. Having already shown screenings at key London sites, including the British Museum & National Gallery, the programe gathers pace as winter begins to bite.  They will be running a comprehensive program of films including classics from Nosferatu to The Wicker Man, and my personal favourites:The Innocents, Dead of Night, Elephant Man, Three Cases of Murder & Night of The Demon. Hooray BFI, thank you for reminding me of all the spine chillers I love on dark evenings.BFI Gothic
  3. I am coveting new things in at design magpies Anthropologie again this week, I love this gilded crane stand and all of this Taiga stoneware range, swoon.        Gilded Crane Stand #anthropologie Hand-Painted Taiga Serveware #anthropologie
  4. There is almost nothing on television that is more of an old time favourite for me than the wonderful ITV installments of Hercule Poirot. Poirot novels are my guilty cheap read and there’s nothing I love more than seeing them brought to life on screen – and my the design gazing is incredible!                                                                          Alas, these are the very final installments and David Suchet can admirably hang up his coat in the knowledge that over the last 21 years he has acted each and every one of the stories. Showing Wednesdays from 8pm on ITV1.Poirot Suchet  ITV

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Window Licking The New Season

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It’s that time of year again where everything re-launches, there’s a green glint in my eye, and I am looking longingly at everything. Forget the September issue of Vogue, or the edit from London Fashion Week, it’s the new season in home design and I feel like a child in a sweetshop! Although I can’t actually justify buying any of these items I am vicariously browsing the online emporiums, I believe I have mentioned this before, but I am indulging in what the French term window licking – far closer to the truth than the banal English term window shopping I think!

This is my personal edit of the best of the new season, no trend alerts, just a long and fabulous list of over 20 covetable things! The  Anthropologie items are sourced them from their American site, but keeping fingers crossed that some make their way across the sea (or not as ones bank manager may dictate).

Top of my Lust List:

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Brocante Cabinet in Turquoise, £650, from Graham & Green.

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Hand carved Contractor Table, an eye watering $798.00 from Anthropologie.

Industrial Chrome Utensil Rack, $298.00, also Anthropologie.

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Fishs Eddy Admit One Tray £9.95 at Liberty.

Glass display globe, £19.95 from Rockett St George.

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These cushions are actually quite old stock, but oh so cute,

£44.50 & £29.50 respectively by Nikki McWilliams.

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Pinta Vase, quite pricey at £50, from the new collection at Habitat.

 ZitaGreys Throw, £60,  again new in at Habitat.

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Ceramic Pelican Stamp $14.95, again Anthropologie

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Small Square Framed Round Mirror,  £120, Graham & Green.

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Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker, £34, Rowen & Wren.

Cartouche White Rimmed Boards, £76, Rowen & Wren.

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These exquisitely expensive, but equally exquisitely beautiful cushions, from American firm Design Legacy $158-185, available from The Designer Pillow Shop.

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Light Industrial 789 Sideboard Cabinet, £250, from Rockett St George.

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Things That Made Me Smile This Week

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  1. This spectacular Terrarium, found by Wee Birdy whose wonderful blog I used to follow religiously when she was living and writing about London, this is the best terrarium I’ve seen yet:ec037c5907b02ddc835e5e5a9463ab9e
  2. All Missoni towels, but especially Noemi (picured) and this fabulous bathmat from Anthropologie. My bathroom is telling me that it desperately needs these in its life!    $(KGrHqZHJEEFGvim4EYRBRu0j7snE!~~60_57 27327121_046_b
  3. My very talented close friend Nina has has been commissioned to publish a photographic history of what people wore from 1950 to the present, a peoples history of style. She will be showcasing it at tomorrow night’s Dalston Takeover at the Victoria & Albert Museum Friday Late, if you have a good pic go along and you may end up in her book!FL_June_postcard_610px
  4. The 60th anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush last week has got me listening again to a brilliant Caribbean calypso compilation of London immigrants and their observations of life in London in the fifties. The album series is called London Belongs To Me, it is a truly brilliant collection, my favourite is My Landlady by Lord Kitchener CS1820995-02A-BIG

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