I hope you all had a gorgeous weekend? We went to Mells in Somerset, which is one of our favourite places partly because it’s the village where P and I got married and partly because it is just a very special place. 

I will share some gorgeous photos of our trip later in the week, but for now wanted to show you this beautiful new collection of blue and white ceramics from Sophie Conran. I am such a fan (if not a little obsessed by) blue and white crockery and if I had my way would have at least seven sets so I could use a different one for each day of the week! Sadly our kitchen doesn’t have enough storage to indulge such a fantasy, so for now I will just have to imagine this new set on my table!

The pieces from the collection are all lovely and I think that small bowls below of the tea cups and saucers would make a gorgeous present for Mother’s Day.

What is your interiors obsession? The one thing that you just couldn’t live without and would collect if space and money allowed?

Have a great Monday and see you later in the week!

LBM
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I just wanted to write a short post to say happy sunny Sunday to everyone! I’m so aware that I have been blogging a lot less than I would like at the moment – it’s really hard as the business has been taking up almost all my time. 

We are at such a crucial stage on the latest development that my focus has to be 100% on that and searching for the next opportunity, but I’m missing my writing and my fix of pretty things! As my regular readers will know, I have a mild obsession with blue and white ceramics and today spotted these gorgeous pictures of a simple Scandinavian kitchen with a great collection of blue and white accessories, so had to share it with you.

My aim for the next few weeks is to try and get back on top of things and be able to blog more so please watch this space!

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September is one my favourite months – partly because it’s my birthday month, but mainly because I always feel that there is a sense of excitement and of new things happening – perhaps the new school year has instilled that feeling in me! It’s also the time of trade shows and new launches, which I absolutely love. One of my favourite launches of this Autumn is this lovely range of china that artist and illustrator Alice Peto launched this week at Decorex.
You may recognise the name, as it was Alice who drew all the gorgeous artwork for me on the blog! The idea for her collection of table and ovenware came from buying gifts for friends’ weddings. She noticed the market lacked china that was bold and distinctive, yet delicate and elegant, but that could still be used everyday. Two years and countless trips to Stoke-on-Trent later, Alice’s beautifully coloured and simple illustrations can be found on a range of 18 different pieces, from a fine bone china mug to a vast rectangular oven-proof dish. Each piece is dishwasher and microwave proof so can be used without fear of fading and the prices are really reasonable ranging from £14 to £40.
The collection bridges the gap perfectly between the modern and traditional, the everyday and the formal, the urban and the country – it really is lovely and judging by the reaction it was getting at Decorex, it’s going to be a huge hit!

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{Images via Alice Peto}


I’ve been away from Coco on holiday now for only a few days, but already I’m missing her like crazy! Luckily this morning these gorgeous images from Fenella Smith’s W-oof Pets Collection. I love the whole range, but particularly the Pug designs and Dachshund jugs! Not only do I adore her work, I also hugely admire her writing skills and talent for taking you back to your childhood. On her website she writes extremely evocatively about her own, her inspiration for her work, so I thought I would share a passage with you here:

“During our childhood we had a veritable menagerie: dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, adopted horses, stick insects, fish… The veranda at the back of the house was lined with wellies of all shapes, sizes and colours, standing by ready for action. We children would scamper off into various corners of the garden, with the dogs trotting along behind, the cats watching inscrutably from a warm window sill and the rabbits, up on their hind legs, looking on curiously, nibbling dandelions.


Now we have all grown up, we own between us a motley crew of pets. Mine is a dog called Bramble, affectionately known as Woo. She is an utterly silly labrador, with paws that are far too big for her, and is beloved of all the family – except my brother Gregor, who protests that he dislikes dogs or indeed pets of any kind.

Ironically all the family animals love Gregor and make a beeline for him, especially Woo, whose feelings for him would be better described as adoration. Gregor is an illustrator and drew these quirky pets for my pottery, so I suspect that, deep down, he really does rather like them. A regular Doctor Doolittle, my brother.”

Something about the words she uses and the image she creates through them feels to me like having a lovely big hug!


Enjoy your day and have a lovely weekend.

LBM
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Since I first stumbled across one of her beautiful teapots in a small interiors shop in the charming West Dorset town of Beaminster, I have become slighly obsessed with her work! Miranda Berrow has had a fascinating life, spending time in childhood between Canada, Spain and England, she then studied Ancient Civilizations in Paris at the Ecole du Louvre {something I wish I had done too, much more romantic and glamorous than Ancient History in Cardiff!}. She then travelled extensively in the Far East and Africa, before studying at St Martins School of Art in London and then settling in Dorset 14 years ago. The reason for this full explanation of her past is that all these experiences can be seen in her ceramic collection…Indian vegetable dyed cloth and weaving, Byzantine decoration and textiles, Persian lustre work…

She is so talented and I am dreaming of owning a full collection of her work one day – tea and cakes would seem so much more decadent and glamorous if the tea was sipped from one of her beautiful creations! I am hoping to get down to her workshop in Dorset for a visit later this summer, but in the meantime will be heading to a stockist that’s closer to London, The Burford Garden Company, I can’t wait! It’s also one of the only places I’ve discovered that sells Miranda’s work online…that dusty blue teapot is mine!

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{Images via Miranda Berrow)