Now look what we have here! I’m super-chuffed to feature in the new July-August 2013 issue of Inside Out, the delightful Australian magazine that is beloved by design and interiors enthusiasts around the globe. I was interviewed and photographed for their feature on seven different kinds of shoppers – from eBay addicts to auction house devotees – and I was the poster girl for Etsy! Love it.
That’s me, third from left, and I’m photographed with one of my best Etsy buys – a hand-decorated vintage teapot by the inimitable Dutch designer and illustrator, Nina van de Goor from Ninainvorm. I’ve been a fan of Nina’s work since I first started blogging so I’m particularly proud to showcase her work in this feature.
I’m wearing a gorgeous necklace by one of my favourite Etsy designers, Jennifer Loiselle. It’s her Severine woven rope necklace in pink and orange and you can buy it right here. I’m also wearing a graphic black and white frock by Marimekko and T-bar clogs from Gorman.
Other good things in the new issue of Inside Out include an interview with UK blogger Will Taylor from Bright.Bazaar, a profile on awesome Melbourne-based artist Ghostpatrol, a round-up of the best bedside tables and a look behind the scenes (and the real-life homes) of Australian TV drama, Offspring. There are also loads of inspirational homes and shopping features with superb styling and masterful photography.
Here’s a peek at a feature styled by the marvellous Megan Morton and photographed by Sam McAdam-Cooper. I adore the clever wall feature of draped textiles hanging from a painted curtain rod, and I’m seriously coveting that Moroccan wool rug from Jardan in the second image (below).
And check out the fabulously vibrant touches in the Orange County New York weekend home of FAB founder Bradford Shellhammer.
Photography by Trevor Tondro/Living Inside.
Photography by Trevor Tondro/Living Inside.
Find out my Etsy shopping secrets and see more from these glorious shoots in the July-August 2013 issue of Inside Out, on sale now.
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Finishing your Christmas shopping this weekend? Here’s my edit of the best presents for all the lovely ladies in your life, starting at £8.96. If you spot something you fancy for yourself, just share it on Facebook or Twitter prefaced with a big ‘Hint, hint’!
1. ‘Dash Dot’ pointy mittens by Donna Wilson, available in three colours
£32.50, from Soma Gallery.
2. Aesop Reverence hand wash, £27 from Cult Beauty.
3. Postie leather envelope, AU$190 from Follow Store.
4. Dinosaur Designs set of three bangles, AU$215 from Dinosaur Designs.
5. Polli woven peacock pendant, AU$79.95 from Polli.
6. India Knight Mutton (hardcover), £8.96 from Amazon.
7. Paul & Joe Kitty Blusher Stick in Minou, £19 from Rose Apothecary.
8. Paris Wakefield Additions Bliss cotton satin cushion, £59.50 from Paris Wakefield Additions.
9. Melinda Young hand cut acrylic flamenco pendant, AU$95 from Collect.
10. Cadiz serving bowl, £34 from Anthropologie.
11. Ceramic band bowl XXL, €70 from Foldoys.
12. Paul and Joe colour powder (081), £19.50 from Rose Apothecary.
13. Eiffel Tower ring dish, £10 from Anthropologie.
Want more lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.
Prefer to buy handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.
And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!
I don’t wish to alarm you, but it’s now less than a month ’til Christmas Day. Stuck for ideas? Here are some awesome handmade presents to get you started:
1. Christopher Raeburn limited edition Giclee print, £25 from Lesley Barnes.
2. Simple macrame plant hanger with pom poms, AU$20 from Kitiya Palaskas.
3. Design your own custom bracelet, US$24 from Orange is the Sun.
4. Herds pillow in deep red, US$38 from Skinny LaMinx.
5. Mouse Party teacup and saucer, US$26 from Yvonne Ellen.
Don’t miss out on that perfect Christmas present! Click here for my entire series of posts for my 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.
Seen anything you’d like for yourself? Why not forward this post to your nearest and dearest as a bit of a hint?
I love the idea of giving something handmade for Christmas. Chances are, giftee won’t have anything like it, and you can sometimes get things personalised just for them. Win, win!
1. Nose ring holder pre-order, US$35 from Tuesday Bassen Illustration.
2. Handmade women mittens, US$45 from Rainbow Mittens.
3. Geometric brass circle necklace, US$30 from Son of a Sailor.
4. Khaki waxed canvas mini backpack, US$69 from Otto Bags.
5. Herb drying rack, US$39 from Less and More.
6. Porcelain and tan leather hanging planter, US445 from Farrah Sit.
Don’t miss out on that perfect Christmas present! Click here for my entire series of posts for the Wee Birdy 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.
Do you think you’re going to order something from Etsy right now? Tell me about it in the comments below!
Here is part two of my Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for 2012.
1. Mr & Mrs hand-illustrated vintage teacups, US$48 from Yvonne Ellen.
2. Knitted collar in coral beige red pink cotton, EUR29.90 from The Knit Kid.
3. Hawthorn necklace £28 from Anna Wiscombe.
4. Modern ceramic Poligon Cup in green, EUR15.50 from Studio Lorier.
5. Embroidered geometric bib necklace in mint green purple black gray and pink, US$65 from An Astrid Endeavour.
6.Hand printed ‘hello’ cushion, AU$32 from Hello Milky.
Don’t miss a post! Click here for all of my Etsy picks for Christmas presents this year.
Spy something you like? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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Here’s something I’ve been working on for a little while: the Wee Birdy buyer’s guide to the 20 best tea pots. The value of a good tea pot should never be underrated, especially if they pack in as much charm and good looks as these little beauties. From chintzy rose buds and polka dots to a modern interpretation of the classic Willow pattern, these little pots do more than brew a good cuppa – they add a splash of personality, colour and good design to the diurnal grind. Essential qualities, really.
1. Oranges and Lemons hand-painted tea pot, £75 from Tobyboo’s Etsy shop.
2. Camellia tea pot, £35 from Pierrot et Coco.
3. White lace hand-painted tea pot, US$58 from Clayful Impressions’ Etsy shop.
4. Mr Jones tea pot by Polly George, AU$84 from Everything Begins.
5. Lace tea pot by We Love Kaoru, AU$105 from Everything Begins.
6. Vintage enamel mid-century tea pot, US$85 from Hindsvik’s Etsy shop.
7. Salt and Pepper green tea pot with infuser by Salt and Pepper. Click here for your nearest stockist.
8. My Teapot’ in yellow with an anthracite lid by Anouk Jansen, £45 from Howkapow.
9. The New English x TNE Studios Benday cobalt tea pot, £122 from Culture Label.
10. London Willow tea pot by We Love Kaoru (features Big Ben, London Eye and the BT Tower), AU$96 from Everything Begins and £60 from Culture Label.
11. Gordon Ramsay Maze by Royal Doulton blue tea pot, AU$39.95 from Royal Doulton.
12. Provence rose tea pot, £18 from Cath Kidston.
13. Blossom tea pot by Swedish designer Camilla Engdahl, £30 from Howkapow.
14. Cupcakes tea pot by Poppy Treffry, made from fine bone china in Stoke on Trent, £24 from The Green Apple.
15. Blodwen white enamel Caernarfon tea pot, £35 from Liberty.
16. Wedgwood Polka Dots teaware tea pot, AU$89.95 from Wedgwood.
17. Royal Albert Polka Rose Vintage tea pot, AU$199 from Royal Albert.
18. Miss Etoile Gold polka dot ceramic tea pot, US$63.04 from Oliver Bonas.
19. Limogues pink tea pot, price on enquiry from The Bay Tree.
20. Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom Teaware tea pot, AU$125 from Wedgwood.
It’s A Week of Tea on Wee Birdy. WIN a stunning Twinings wooden tea chest packed with Twinings tea – click here to enter now!
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I’m curious. Which tea pot is your favourite? Tell me in the comments below.