When I moved in with my partner, I ultimately inherited a lot of his favourite things, including his love for solid, big, wooden furniture. The dresser is one of his loves. Always up for a challenge, and realising it was not going anywhere in a hurry, I covered the inside with some funky paper, got myself some new handles from Graham and Green and filled it with my favourite things. I just love the salt and pepper pot (purchased last Christmas from none other than BHS), perched on my cake stand and keeping company with my strawberry pot. You can just about see my afternoon tea-cup and saucer (a gift from my sister).
Moving to the kitchen, what is more lovely than these ceramic containers from Urban Outfitters? The red top is for plain flour and blue for self-raising. The espresso set was procured from Graham and Green.
I love the retro feel of this orange board, it makes me smile whenever I am slaving over a hot hob. I think I picked it up in TK Maxx.
A recent trip to London obviously involved a visit to the Conran Shop where I feel in love with this patchwork bowl. I had in mind, where in the kitchen it was going to live, however it took me three months to find something suitable to attach it to wall. John Lewis was my savour and it has now been in situ for a month.
This is my gallery of moody blues. All the things which live on my mantle piece are gifts, the most recent being my Plumo Owl (thanks mam / sis!).
This oddity has been with me for years. It belonged to the Grandmother of a good friend. Although, pretty to look at, it hides a functional purpose… It is a cigarette box. Apparently, en vogue back in the ’70’s (I think), lift it’s lid to find space for 14 cigarettes; what’s more it also plays a haunting tune (like the jewellery boxes of my youth). Very sentimental, but divine nonetheless.
Not often do two women occupy the same bedroom, but Suzy is an exception to this rule. Suzy is the wire mannequin adorned with lots more of my favourite things. I also have a bedroom fetish for Muji jewellery boxes; practical yet beautiful I think. I found the cylindrical perspex box recently on a trip to Morpeth, Northumberland. Rutherford’s; an old family run department store, is an Aladdin’s cave of loveliness.
This frame was a birthday gift from my friend Kate, the print was my birthday card from her. I don’t think she bought them to go together, but they just work. I have tried displaying other prints in the frame, but feel like I’m displacing LadyBird from her home, so that’s where she’ll stay.
There is no escaping my love of butterflies, and I think this print was probably where it all started. Way back when I was an art student and could waste hours perusing markets, I came across a booklet of about 12 prints in an old book store in the Grainger Market in Newcastle. I think they were all from old french advertising campaigns in the 20’s or maybe 30’s. This one is my favourite. I occasionally pop into the store in the hope of finding something similar, but I think I need to just be happy with the ones I have.