A spot of Galapagos chair drooling

I came across a great company today who offer the most gorgeous collection of furniture.

Let me introduce Galapagos Designs. As they explain on their website, they are home to a unique and inspiring collection of furniture, art and design from the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s, evolved and remade for the 21st century.

Enough blurb, let the chairs do the talking…

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Stunning aren’t they?

In a couple of weeks, Galapagos will be at London Design Festival working on a ‘Live’ installation with Ella Doran and The Great Recovery Project (The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – RSA).

Vintage upholstered chairs will be put through their paces – deconstructed and refurbished into works of art over the week-long show in the V&A Design Studio. It will be accompanied by a talk on 17 September.

For more details, check out the LDF event webpage:

Anyway, enough chair drooling, how are you all? I have been busy decluttering the house. I’ve been trying to take a good, long look at each room of the house. It’s surprising how you become quite blind to unnecessary clutter in your own home isn’t it?

If you have any new discoveries to share, I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to get in touch with any new fab finds…

The Coveted List: August

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to feel a tad chilly. I got home from work tonight and Mr PFW had switched the heating on, without any prompting from me. So it’s official. We can start thinking about Autumn.

So this month’s list is all about blankets and throws. And I would curl up in any of these little beauties.

Melin Tregwynt are well known for their beautiful Welsh blankets. This one is available in Liberty at £175 (got a real thing about navy lately) but you can go direct to the Melin Tregwynt website and choose from their vast range, by colour or design.

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As their name suggests, the folk at Toast do toasty rather well. This is a traditional Canadian blanket, also at £175, which is currently out of stock. But Toast’s Autumn/Winter range is due to arrive shortly so let’s hope they do something similar this season. I strongly recommend a visit to the website as they have a lovely range of cosy goodness!

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Ok, so they’re pricey but I sort of think they’d make great heirlooms to pass on and if you work on the basis of £1 per use, they’re a bargain! Ahem, have I justified it yet?

Moving on, I love a good stripe and this Irish woollen throw comes in cheaper at £79 and is available at notonthehighstreet.

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And at a similar price, French Connection give us their grey offering for the more neutral lovers among us. I do suspect that this is more grey in real life, based on the other images available, so just beware.

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Totally Addicted: Tea and Kate

Hold onto your purses peeps and prepare to hide your browsing history from your partner – today I’m bringing you Tea and Kate in the latest of my Totally Addicted features.

A quick scan through and you’ll soon find this shop utterly charming so it was a tall order to pick out just a few items. But here’s my ‘if-I-robbed-a-bank-and-could-buy-a-shed-load-of-stuff’ list:

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1. Normann Copenhagen Block Trolley Table, £180. Also comes in mint, coral and grey. Could be styled in any number of ways in different rooms.

2. Bonjour print, £16. Sweet little print that is on heavyweight paper and is all ready for framing

3. Animal alphabet chart print, £29.95. On natural white woven paper. I’d love this for my little one’s room.

4. A Broste Copenhagen dusty turquoise cotton throw, £75. I thought of my two sisters when I spotted this as we are all pretty much addicted to turquoise.

5. Snow puppe moth lampshade – mint with grey cord, £55. Two or three of these over a dining table would look just lovely. And mint looks so nice teamed with coral or yellow or grey. It actually comes in yellow, grey and pink.

6. Floral recipe card tin, £29. This has a background of mint (did I tell you I was fond of mint? Ahem.) This is the sort of thing I’d have loved to have inherited from my Granny. I have a recipe book of hers and I love the folded page corners and scribbled amends to her much loved chocolate mousse recipe.

Enjoy x

Can’t stop staring at my chair

A while back, I told you all about my little chair that was in desperate need of some love.

I bought it from a local market and all it needed was a new cushion. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like:

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I fell in love with fabric by Ellen Luckett Baker who blogs over at The Long Thread. Her pinterest page is worth a follow too.

I bought new foam and had a cushion cover made. I am useless at sewing!

Here’s the end result. What do you think? It’s now our perfect little reading spot.

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Bakeware worthy of a Mel and Sue sandwich

So the latest series of Great British Bake Off is fresh out of the oven. The marquee is back, complete with its doughy contestants and the Mel and Sue puns and eye rolls. What is not to love?

I try to convince myself that if I owned one of the coloured mixers that sit pretty on each GBBO worktop, I too would whip up Choux perfections.

Anyway, in honour of Bake Off’s long awaited return, here are my favourite baking items of the moment…

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House Doctor DK whisks from Sisters Guild, £4.20
Silicone scraper from rice.dk, £6.50
Stoneware pie dish from rice.dk, £37.99
Jamie Oliver rolling pin from Dunelm Mill, reduced to £9.99

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Kenwood mixer, from John Lewis, £379.95
Blue mixing bowls, set of two, £3.50, Ikea
Baking cups, Ikea, £3
Baking tins, Ikea, £7.25