The Firefly Les Femmes poster set includes Inara (pictured above), Kaylee, River Tam and Zoe (pictured below). It costs $29.95 from here.
Look at these sweet little crochet houses. They’re available from Etsy (MonikaDesign), priced $35 (just over £20). You get six in the set; four little ones and two tall ones. You can use them as coasters and bookmarks, or stick up the whole lot as wall art. Want.
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 .
Due to a small-ish house and a full-time job working at home, I am somewhat obsessed with garden offices. It’s not just about the extra space, though, it’s the idea of a room of my own, of following in the footsteps of writers like Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman, and the certainty that with my own little bolt-hole from the world I would magically be more creative and productive. In fact, I can waste hours of my writing time fantasy shopping for one… Oops.
There is a huge variety available from log cabins to space-age pods. Most don’t need planning permission and are aimed at the home-working market with double-glazing, insulation and decent locks.
I was originally taken with the Henley Vista (pictured above), as I liked the curved roof and the colour, but then I saw a Holivan (retro caravan) refurbished and put to work in this blogger’s garden and I started thinking creatively.
Why not use a gypsy caravan, for example? This lovely one is from English Gypsy Caravans and it has a red spotty interior, a double bed and period stove.
I bet I would write a Booker Prize winner if I had an office that pretty…