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Check these beauties out! BRAND NEW ceramic mugs by the talented Helen Lang (AKA Wetpaint). Aren’t they lovely? My boyfriend purchased two for me (yay!), and I am showing them off this very moment on my coffee table (minus the coffee)… Here is a closer look at the designs… soooooooo sweet! :



If you would like to own your very own – or buy as a fab pressie – then go to  McLaggan Smith Mugs Limited website, where each one of these is available for a very reasonable £7.50. Time to put the kettle on, me thinks…. ahhhhh……..


There is an amazing little gallery / shop in Edinburgh that I cannot recommend enough if you happen to be visiting this breath-taking city…The Red Door Gallery can be found in the creative hub of Victoria Street, and is a perfect place to go if you are gift-shopping and want something more exciting, more interesting or just downright more unique than your average high street shop. This year, the guys at Red Door are celebrating 7 years as one of Edinburgh’s most distinctive boutique art spaces, supporting the work of independent and emerging designers with their dedication to presenting original, inspirational and affordable artwork. So definitely worth a visit.

However, if you are unlikely to be wandering the streets of Edinburgh anytime soon,then do not fear! Check our Red Door’s online shop here…. as well as their blog, for more scrummy goodness…

Artists ‘housed’ by the Red Door Gallery include Andy Smith, Hannah Waldron, Seymour, Hanna Melin, Chris MacFarlane, Elsie Dodds, Karin Akesson, Alice Melvin, Me and Zena, Helpless Romantic, Donna Wilson, Third Drawer Down and Miso Funky (to mention but a few)…phew! Here are a few bits and pieces from just a few of these talented people…available to purchase online:


Jewellery & gifts


‘Half Way Home’ tenements:

How lovely are these tenement models above? Red Door recently constructed ‘Half Way Home’, a show created from Finch and Fouracre’s Tenement Model Kits which have been customised by a selected group of artists. The guys at Red Door like to think of the gallery as a temporary home for all the artwork and objects they are provided with – almost a stopgap on the way to their final homes (which in Scotland might just be a tenement flat). Such a nice idea! And so a selection of artists were all invited to customise a model in their own distinct style. Each Tenement is available to purchase, ranging from £35 and £75 depending on how intricate each design is. The two designs above are by Andy Smith (£45) and Emily Hogarth (£55)… F  A  B  !!

I’ve another hottie to share with you! Here are some gorgeous images from East London illustrator Dale Edwin Murray (thanks for getting in touch Dale!). I REALLY like his illustrative style… reeeeaaaaalllyyyyyy nice. Am loving the images below… His client list includes Radio 1, Urban Outfitters, V Festival, and Threadless (to mention but a few..) and so is definitely a name to watch out for!..  If you would like to purchase one of Dale’s giclée prints, take a look at his fabulous shop, where prints are available for a mere $31.20 on gallery quality archival paper.

I am seriously loving The Enforcer image below (the pencil design)… Well.. actually, I love them all..How is a girl to choose?!!

It is almost impossible that you won’t have come across the gorgeous work of Clarissa Hulse for she is probably one of the hottest designers in the British textile world at the moment…She produces beautiful and luxurious home accessories, wallpapers and fabrics, selling in top notch department stores such as Heals, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Liberty, and Selfridges and across the world in exclusive boutiques… So you will probably have seen her stuff!

However..what you might not have seen is her vintage furniture collection?! I certainly hadn’t… not until I took a sneaky peek at her website and saw her lovely pieces.. Clarissa sources rare and eclectic vintage furniture which she then covers using fabric from her upholstery collection. What beautiful results!!!! These babies below are part of a set of 8 for £2,500…but she does sell the odd single chair also… so take a look and see what catches your eye! I want a chair I want a chair I want a chair I want a chair I want a chair I want a chair…