Category: Products

Earth. Food. Love.

Earth. Food. Love is the living proof that stereotypes get it wrong.

Set up by former footballer, Richard Eckersley and his wife, Nicola  Earth.Food.Love is a revolutionary zero waste supermarket in Totnes, Devon, where all packaging is banned.

Customers are expected to bring their own pots, jars, bags to carry their produce home.

Amongst the razor blades and bamboo toothbrushes with replaceable bristles, there’s even a grind your own nut butter machine.

‘We want to live in a world where consuming doesn’t have to cost the earth.  We believe returning to these simple ways will benefit not only our health, but the planet too.’

 

Fingers crossed this is the start of a new trend, coming soon to a High Street near you..

Laters, Kate x

For Katerina x

We’re back on English soil, but more of that later – because I was chatting to a friend yesterday trying badly to describe these shelves – part of the new collaboration between Ikea and Hay.

There’s an air of lust permeating from them that suggests a potential design classic: Perfect for a kids bedroom, ideal for an office, there’s an intriguing play between focal point and curated clutter.

 

And at a mere £12?? Why not have 3….The only fly in the ointment is waiting till October when they actually hit the shops.

 

Damn.

 

Laters, Kate x

 

Bowlful..

Such a pleasure when a sink can be full of colour and visual ideas as well as water.

These sinks from The London Sink Company, a mother and daughter team, are glowingly resplendent in their form and practicality.

Not a cheap option, but a deep one that sings buy less, buy better, buy better but maybe wait longer – but then relish with joy every turn of the tap.

 

Laters, Kate x

Brainstop..

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So the husband asked me what sort of doorstop I’d like for the new crittall doors – I said a round one of course!

He looked at me like I’d suddenly grown donkey ears but it’s not such a stupid idea…the inspiration came from cannon ball doorstop at my parent’s house in Greece: heavy enough for purpose but round enough for cheeky aesthetic pleasure. So he searched the internet and found this, a cannonball doorstop handmade in Dorset by Sam at Millin Metalcraft and I couldn’t be more delighted!

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Sam makes them in three sizes – from heavy (£25), to even heavier (£35)…to very heavy (£45) (which is strong enough to hold back a barn door..)

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And they are all that you could want: resonance, authenticity and practicality.

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But Sam’s talents don’t stop there – he does a beautiful line in metal sculptures like these alliums…

 

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And is up to be challenged for anything metal related. Minion stove anyone?

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Ours in situ. Made by hand by a proper, loving, skilled craftsman  – it’s simple, effective joy.

Laters, Kate x

Smoking x

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Remember Granby? They haven’t stopped evolving since winning the Turner Prize last year.  Even better, much of what they do totally feeds into the Future Candy trend – that perfect sweet spot of imperfection.

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These are their unique ceramic tiles created by smoking in a BBQ for 12 hours with sawdust, newspaper and banana skins.

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The effect is tantalising, like you’ve taken something light and let it go daaaaaark.

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Thank goodness for moral depravity.

Laters, Kate x

Baby loves!

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They are the pajamas you’ve always wanted to wear.  Cotton, cut to a manly shape with prints so good they can’t be legal.  In fact Desmond and Dempsey pjs have it all –  and other than Mr Right naturalment, would make the perfect bed partner for Christmas morning.

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Interestingly the men don’t have the same wild, intoxicating options: These are as funky as it gets.  So you may want to do as Charlie and buy from the girls section – would make a change…

 

Laters, Kate x

Pegged out..

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I was talking about this to a friend today, so now I’m blogging about it:  It’s a simple retro peg board discovered at Berylune complete with wooden pegs which would be perfect in Charlie’s room to carry the clutter from his desk.

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(Though I’d quite like one for my study too)

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It’s good, simple, honest, clever design with multiple uses.  To be honest, you can probably pick up a bargain by searching ‘work shop storage’. I was being a bit anal, loving the wooden pegs. But I’m hoping I’ll be able to customise it anyways – there are plenty of websites on how to make your own.

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Maybe not this far…but who knows?!

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It’s a winner. Chicken dinner.

Laters, Kate x

It’s Started..

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Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat.  Except it isn’t..but the insidious creep is appearing on my peripheral vision like the ink from a frightened octopus.  I bought my first stocking fillers today…and faced head on the yearly mental anguish of the inner childs excitement for presents versus materialistic waste and the accumulation of useless stuff.  I still haven’t got a solution to square the circle – how to appear less Ebenezer, more Mathew Cuthbert?  Except possibly to buy less, buy better, buy clever.  With this in mind I found myself on this site – Life of Jay – which, though I didn’t realise it at the time, caters primarily for men which they don’t presume to be all sports mad. It genuinely has some interesting stuff..(though does it work if it’s still classed as ‘stuff?’ Sigh)a9e614fc97f4369d248d9a9fe0a7cb30 151684dfc88066f07bdd76147885af75

But who can say no to good stylish storage?2971590bd4592dbc6bf68d5ae9ba6efa 661c81ba4c29902d30360e452463ea63

Or a retro notebook for the jottings of the block buster you know they want to write.58ba4e53ebebe5e2c9e598bb31778ba4 But then I see a silly tin toy rabbit and want to pop it in my basket. Why??af42345a77900a88c2b15e28cd66a16b
They have these which are clever – a retro tin..8d41d761792aab5ca906accdbb0ede27 Containing the bits you think you need.  Except I’d pay more if the interior wasn’t made of plastic..

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This appeals: A reusable teabag robot. Who doesn’t need that on a cold morning?

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And I love their lab style storage jars.

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(All pictures Life of Jay)

Then side tracked by a cunningly designed pizza cutter…

And I’m failing and falling already..

Laters, Kate x

Soak and Sleep x

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I’ve never met a cotton pillow case I didn’t like and ever since The White Company ate up the homewares market there’s been a focaccia bunfight for aspirational linen shops. Soak and Sleep is one such company, offering fabulous bed and bath products for a lot less than on the high street.

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Like these linen bedspreads from £20.90. Which means they’re both easy on the eye and there are bargains to be had…except check details…the sandstone is available at £20.90 but want the navy? and the price rises to a steep £129.

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Even so, with the range on offer they’ve got something: Classic designs with an artisan edge combined with lux textures and products you genuinely feel will age with you (..I think that’s a compliment..)

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If you need to buy for a special present/wedding/birthday they’re worth checking out.  If you need to buy for yourself…I’m jealous.

 

Laters, Kate x

RE x

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If I was a shop I’d be RE: A magical place where global unloved items hit emotional science and are transformed into objects of desire…like these laundry baskets and washing up bowls made from recycled plastic in Senegal.

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How delicious? These baskets are made by the Mixtec people of Mexican mashing traditional palm weaving with unwanted plastic.

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And there are recycled tin cans from Peru, all given new life. A plant pot – or a pen pot? The choice is yours.

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You head to the site for storage ideas..and end up being amazed by cunning delights like these lights…designed to hold a tea-light and convert any bottle into a table lamp…genius.

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Or these candlesticks holders..spiked to stand in flower pots..or hammered into a log.

Thank God they’re not based in London.  Now where’s the credit card…

Laters, Kate x