Category: Products

Soap.Co x

Just when you think capitalism and the need for profit at any cost has snaked it’s way into every aspect of our lives a company comes along that blows your handcrafted socks off: Soap Co. is one such beauty.

 

It goes without saying they only use natural botanicals, nourishing vitamins and pure-essential oils.

It’s also interesting that their eco credentials impressively stack up: Their bottles are made from old milk bottles, their plastic film is made from reusable wood pulp, their sticky labels can be composted, their paper is both recycled and recyclable and their glue is non-toxic and biodegradable.

But taking the social responsible crown by a storming majority: Their products are handcrafted in the UK by people who are blind (hence the braille), disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.

This is a social enterprise that proves there doesn’t need to be a trade-off between award winning design, product, eco awareness and social purpose – this really is the best of the best.

(All pics Soap Co.)

 

And I for one won’t be buying my rose oil from anywhere else.

Laters, Kate x

Tara x

Tara Button and her website Buymeonce are a blast of fresh, spring air.

Tara’s concept is simple – our lives have been stuffed full of things we’re told we need that lets us down so she has been on a mission to track down the best quality and investment pieces that every house actually needs.

 

 

 

 

This resonates so much it almost hurts: I too am tired of this modern life that believes it can tell me who I am through the purchase of a skin cream, what I need: permanent upgrades and who I should be: spending lots of money, constantly implying that the real me isn’t good enough.


Just open your eyes to the insistent message of the season: Spring clean your wardrobes/house/family/life  – it’s time to refresh!…The underlying, insidious message being that we will make you insecure to make you buy more.

(All pics Buymeonce)

Is it norm corm in the extreme? I don’t know. But what I do know is that we can’t spend our way to happiness and something needs to change. This seems a very good place to start.

 

Laters, Kate x

Rugged..

With the children growing up so fast it’s easy to feel nostalgic, but age still doesn’t stop me loving inspired animal rugs.

Cute when younger, rich in irony when their older, they make a quirky addition to any kids bedroom.

(info and sourcing from Pinterest)

(And maybe the odd adults as well…)

Laters, Kate x

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