Five creative ways to show off folklore textiles in your home

If you have ever visited markets abroad, especially with a strong folklore tradition, you know you're likely to find some gorgeous woven or embroidered textiles. Rugs, blankets, stacks of fabric. I have come back with suitcases full, from the souks in Marrakesh and the markets in Ecuador. You can often get carried away, blinded by … Continue reading Five creative ways to show off folklore textiles in your home

Travel post: Sleeping in a Grand Design home: Dime House, lake Windermere, Lake District

We're just back from a lovely two weeks' holiday in the UK. I guess you could call it a 'stay-cation' since we decided to stay in Britain this summer, but with a long drive of about 1500 miles in total you can hardly speak of 'staying local'!The good thing was that on our epic journey … Continue reading Travel post: Sleeping in a Grand Design home: Dime House, lake Windermere, Lake District

From countryside Loppis to city design: on tour in Sweden

I have just returned from a fabulous two weeks holidays in lovely Sweden and am totally rested and inspired (and even a little tanned!). What a totally cool and laidback country....aaahhh...I want to live there. We shopped, sauna'd, sailed, canoed, shopped some more, read books, drank very expensive wine (not by choice - and only … Continue reading From countryside Loppis to city design: on tour in Sweden

Inspiration from Japan…cups, bowls, fabric and a kimono flea market!

   Karaku PotteryAaaah! Look at this! Shopping heaven! A shop called Kanzando in Kyoto. Image: http://www.savoryjapan.comA country I have never been to but is high on my wish list is Japan. I heard so many good things about it and the aesthetics are amazing. I just love the absolute beauty of Japanese ceramics such as … Continue reading Inspiration from Japan…cups, bowls, fabric and a kimono flea market!