Everyone’s Entertaining

Objects Of Design #306: Work and Play Notebook

I simply can’t get through life without a beautiful notebook, and as it’s the last day of the year it seemed fitting to show you one of my favourites. This leather case comes in a variety of colours with two notebooks. They’re made by The Bookery and if you don’t fancy work and play, you…

Objects Of Design #305: Hammered Brass Bowl

There are so many uses for this pretty brass bowl. Standing a few candles in it will bounce the light softly around. Fill it with nibbles for a party or with fruit the rest of the year. Or what about in the bathroom or on a dressing table for all those bits that seem to…

Objects Of Design #304: Breakfast Set

Breakfast is, they say, the most important meal of the day but for many of us it’s about standing in the kitchen shoving in toast with one hand while packing children’s schoolbags with the other. Or slurping a cup of coffee while checking emails and getting dressed at the same time. Whatever your breakfast usually…

Objects Of Design #303: Ototo Spaghetti Tower

By this stage in the proceedings (post-Christmas-blow-out-pre-January-diet) a little pasta is probably feeling like a great thing to eat. I just love this Israeli-designed spaghetti tower. Stores the pasta and then you clip open the part of the lid depending on how many people you are catering for.   Genius. And stylish. What more could…

Objects Of Design #302: Missoni Noah Towel

So how are we doing with the Christmas marathon then? By this stage you’re probably thinking of venturing outside for the first time in a few days and for many of you that will mean a trip to the sales. Well, nothing seems to sum up sales purchases like new towels. These are by Missoni,…

Objects Of Design #301: Vintage Platters

Ah Boxing Day. That really is the morning after the night before. If you have planned it right you will be heading off to someone else’s house where a drink will be handed to you on arrival, and a succession of delightful dishes will parade past without you having to lift a finger. Or not.…

Objects Of Design #300: Sanders and Wallace Wine Glasses

HAPPY CHRISTMAS So it’s Christmas. Some of you will have been up for hours and already desperate for a little stiffener by the time you read this. Some of you will be basting turkeys, fending off relatives and small children and wishing it was all over bar the shouting. Although there may well be some…

Objects Of Design #299: Bella Perle Glass Crockery

The sharp-eyed (and kitchen-obsessed) among you (and yes I count myself in the later category) might have spotted these on the latest series of Nigella when suddenly a glass, or pyrex, mixing bowl was no longer just a glass, or pyrex, mixing bowl. Because Nigella had these really really pretty ones and suddenly we all…

Objects Of Design #298: Clear Platform Flower Stand

Well you never know, it’s at about this time of year when someone might turn up with flowers. Or you might decide to buy some for the centre of the table, in case, you know, anyone’s coming for lunch over the next few days. This gorgeous vase won’t detract from the beauty of the flowers…

Objects Of Design #297: Absolutely Everything Wire Rack

I find it hard to imagine a place where this wouldn’t be useful. Perfect in the kitchen: give each member of the family a shelf, handy in the bathroom for all those lotions and potions that seem to accumulate, tidy up the office with spaces for stationery/paper and pens, or what about the hall for…