Sunday, 6 March 2011
We're trying to give the shop a spring makeover. Nothing too momentous, as we've only been open a few months, but every few days will see another change as new designers and brands are brought in and popular pieces restocked.
Our swan-necked lady on the centre table wears a rather magnificent necklace and earring by St Erasmus. He has designed for Givenchy, Matthew Williamson, Alexander McQueen, Erickson Beamon and his own label is jewellery perfection; Her arms, suspended from the ceiling wear a matching St Erasmus ring and three rings from French designers Les Nereides which are perfectly oversized solitary pearls with a Pierrot design.
New additions to the table include pumpkin shaped or huge gold glass decanters, beautiful glass plates with vintage imagery, miniature rabbit topped dishes to keep curls of butter for the most civilized soiree. A delightful Easter gift are our apothecary jars filled with triple milled French soaps in the shape of blue Robin's Eggs.
A brilliant jewellery range we have is "Know Your Onions" - all handmade in England by Jayne Simmonds who previously worked for Wedgwood and Royal Doulton and who has conceived a striking line of etched resin brooches and pendants which are reminiscent of scrimshaw whalebone.
Choose just one alphabet brooch for everyday wear, or choose several to spell something out..we have ampersands, exclamation marks and question marks too in case there's nothing profound you need to write across your lapel. These are an amazing buy as an extra little gift at only £6 each.
Newly arrived this morning, we have more of the vintage-style stationery range from San Francisco's Cavallini & Co. We'll have so many postcard tins, notebooks, sticky notes and labels with irresistibe designs we don't know where it's all going to go...
We have a few more designs of their finest giftwrap, perfect as wall art :
And the range we're most excited about is the luxurious Mor Cosmetics from Australia. This will be with us this week - we were sold just by the packaging, but thankfully, each scent is just as good as the box it comes in and we struggled to narrow this collection down so we decided to go for almost every fragrance they make. They have delicious names such as Cassis Noir, Italian Blood Orange or Indian Pomelo...and beautiful box sets and tins perfect as Mother's Day gifts. Lots of photos of this range coming very soon!
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
While the weather is definitely changeable, we're very happy it's March. Spring is on its way and with it comes some new additions to our stock.
We're hanging onto the bulk of the new things for a few more days so it can all be displayed just right as we want it to have the best impact.
However, one delivery is hanging on the wall already, and although it's only just March we believe these are an excellent alternative to an Easter egg for children.
These cut-out-and-make animal sets are really fabulous. Designed by Madeleine Rogers under the "Mibo" brand in Brighton they're a great way of spending some time with the children over the Easter holidays and will look brilliant on a shelf in their bedroom afterwards. They first caught my eye in Elle Deco which featured the set of Christmas creatures.
Choose from the Rabbits or Chicks for a lovely springtime treat for children ages 6 and over, although we know many adults who would be happy to while away a Sunday afternoon with this project...
Other sets include such charming creatures as "Fru Fox" and Wallace the sleepy eyed owl...
Each set of 3 is £6 and each set of 4 animals is £7.
Another wonderful idea from Mibo are the Fox and Lion tea towels...use them in the kitchen or cut out, sew and stuff to make your own little animal.
Great rainy-day projects, but let's not hope for too many of those ;)