I love candles and use those bumper bags of tealights from IKEA around the house. However, for a treat (or as a gift) something a bit different it required. This hurricane lamp has antique lace embedded in a wax holder. When you pop a tea light inside, the pattern is illuminated with a warm glow.
At £32, it ain’t cheap, but the wax is protected from melting so you only need to replace the tea light in order to use it again and again. From Cox & Cox.
I visited Liberty on the weekend (one of my favourite shops in London) and, as usual, was treated to a surfeit of pretty. Now, I have neither the sartorial style nor bank balance to be a silk scarf kind of person, but I adore the classic Ianthe print. Here it is on a cobalt blue silk scarf. Sigh.
Liberty also has a delicious haberdashery, which reminded me how much I was missing messing about with my fabric stash (try saying that quickly). In addition to pretty florals and peacock prints, Liberty does a great line in paisley. This modern interpretation is just lovely. So bright, so cheerful, and only £19.95 a metre. Oh .
Is this a girl thing? Am I a sexist pig for asking if it’s a girl thing? Or worse, am I a sexist pig for not understanding fabrics and pretty things?
I am cursed to be one of those people who is quite happy to use fabrics but who has no idea how they work.
Ha! Have you seen that brilliant bit in Coupling when Steve rants about cushions? Very funny. He’d been carrying around a fabric sample book all day and trying – so very hard – to have an opinion about any of the patterns and then, in the furniture shop, completely loses his shit. x