Archive | September, 2011

Betty Boyns

21 Sep

I must be a bit behind the times because I’ve only just discovered Paula Nicholls’ lovely vintage-inspired Betty Boyns designs.

My favourite is called ‘Kitchenalia’ and those of you who know me and my car boot habits will understand why I’m particularly fond of it.

I’ve just bought a Kitchenalia tea cosy!

There are loads of gorgeous designs, and they’re made into aprons, bags, cards, cushions, oilcloth, mugs, gift wrap, tablecloths, tea towels, etc.

I also really like ‘Tea Time’:

And ‘Chicken Little’:

The ‘Boating’ design is lovely too:

Oh, and ‘Wow It’s a Fish’:

You can buy Betty Boyns online or at the shop in St. Ives. If you can’t get to St. Ives, don’t worry – rumour has it the products will soon be available more widely!

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Liberty Print Nike Shoes

18 Sep

How great are these Liberty of London Nikes? £70.

The World of Chanel at Harrods

13 Sep

This past weekend, some friends and I popped into Harrods to have a look at the Chanel installation that’s been created on the third floor. It is a sight to behold, even if you’re not a Chanel nut like me.

Une Promenade – Coco in Wonderland is what it’s called and it is rather wonderlandy.

From the minute you walk through the giant bubbly pearl bead curtains and over the mirrored floor, you’re transported into Karl Lagerfeld’s slightly surreal world of giant bags, video screens, dolls and camellias camellias and more camellias.

There’s a recreation of Karl Lagerfeld’s library, with a larger-than-life glowing slightly terrifying image of the man himself; a room dedicated to the 2.55 bag; Chanel’s garden, complete with Chanel watering can and garden tools; the Coromandel screens and split mirrors in Chanel’s studio … and so much more.

I particularly liked this Chanel wallpaper:

But my favourite bit was the haute couture room, showcasing some astoundingly gorgeous pieces.

If you want to take a trip into Coco’s Wonderland, go soon. The installation is only around through the 25th of September.

(Unfortunately, photography was not allowed in the Chanel installation, so I’ve borrowed these images from the fantastic Alex Loves and British Beauty Blogger.)

 

Copeland/Spode China at Trelissick Mansion

8 Sep

Today I visited Trelissick Mansion near Truro for a viewing of the Spode-Copeland china collection.

Trelissick has been around since the mid 1700s, but the Copeland family didn’t own it until 1937. The house is now owned by the National Trust, although the family is still in residence.

The Copelands were Master Potters back in the 1700s when William Copeland and Josiah Spode were partners in the Stoke Potteries business. Copeland later bought out Spode and continued making china under the name of Spode right up until the family sold out to Portmeirion in recent years.

We were given a talk and tour by William Copeland, great-great-great-grandson of the original William Copeland.

The house is set in gorgeous grounds, overlooking the River Fal and planted with hydrangeas, rhododendrons and an amazing array of trees.

But the highlight, of course, was the china. There were cases and cases displaying spectacular pieces, all part of the collection accumulated by Ronald Copeland (the current William Copeland’s grandfather) at the Spode factory.

There were plenty of examples of the blue transferware that we’re all familiar with, but also stunning pieces of Parian ware:

… and lots of quirky little pieces, including items made for the royal family over the centuries, and a couple of these lovely little milk jugs:

I especially liked seeing things like these setters used for firing plates:

Even the gift shop was lovely, with big boxes of apples for sale from the estate’s orchard:

The gardens at Trelissick are open year-round, but if you want to see the china collection you’ll have to plan your trip carefully. It’s open by appointment, and only between 2 and 4pm on Thursdays from May through September. But it’s well worth a visit.