Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Simple Life

This morning my heart literally skipped a beat when I turned the page of my latest issue of Selvedge to discover a one of a kind property and creative haven which I must share. Host to small personable groups of artists and designers, J Morgan Puett, ex- US fashion guru, welcomes visiters with open arms. Cloaked in an unusual palette of earthy dark tones with hints of light coloured linens, this Pennsylvanian property creates an identifiable backdrop for guests to embark on a truly inspirational experience.

Fondly named Mildred's Lane after the previous owner Mildred Miller who lived there her entire life, Puett and her partner, Mark Dion affectionately called 'Peabody', eccentrically embrace the purity of simpler times. Ten years in the making and continually evolving, Mildred's Lane is quite simply a living, breathing art installation.

Be sure to visit J Morgan Puett's website for more inspiration

All photographs are by Simon Upton for the Telegraph Magazine.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

handmade with care

It was only yesterday I was thinking 'where could I find a hand crafted knitted tea cosie for my beautiful mint green dotty teapot...?' then I found Laura Long. Laura is such a talented young designer with a simple love of traditional crafts and vintage treasures. Handmade with care and great consideration, Laura's products have a real nostalgia about them. I love the layout of her website and they way in which she displays her girly gifts, using a polaroid illustration and eclectic typewriter font to label them.

Not just a great designer, Laura shares her talent for knitting with others, at her London studio or in the comfort of your own home! I keep meaning to book a refresher knitting course but I am yet to find a partner in crime...

See below my Christmas wish list....

To see more of this crafty collection visit Laura's online shop

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Danish Delights

I recently came across Danish lifestyle brand by nord and immediately fell in love with their eclectic enthusiasm for design. Started by two friends who share a passion for simple, functional and skillfully manufactured products... by nord hits the nail on the head with true Danish design.

Here's a few images that capture their passion in a nutshell.