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gift list 2 / kitchen colour

December 15, 2015

kitchen gift guide

cake & biscuit tins by hemingway design  /  unique and unity

tea towel  /  laura spring

oven dish by bisotti home  /  unique and unity

i know how to cook by ginette mathiot

mug by de terra  /  unique and unity

cake stand  /  howkapow

chocolate bars by arthouse meath*  /  unique and unity

i don’t think we have the most distinct kitchen style. my love of kitchen bits is almost confused. i want all of the bright colours and heavy patterns. AND any and every imperfect-perfect natural, ceramic or stone piece. so I buy them all. its a miss mash of beautiful messes and muddled objects in #thebigkitchenlife. and it works. for me …

but i’ve narrowed things down for a list easier on the eye. i know not everyone likes a mess. even a beautiful one.

shopping for our home is (in the words of John torrode) a lovely lovely thing. and receiving a house gift – something i wouldn’t have bought myself, or couldn’t afford, have never seen before or a piece that has been given to last a long long time (sentimental again i know – i cried looking at johns few grey hairs the other day.. it’s a very romantic idea this big kitchen life with a husband getting older with me in it) gifts like those – where did you get that tin? ah we were given it back in 2015. it has seen many a biscuit/Christmas/kitchen – gifts like those are perfect.

a basket of bits or a bundle of tea towels. an oven dish or a collection of spoons.


the above are some of my favourite more colourful ones. (and a beautiful chocolate bar with a great story behind it the packaging)


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giftlist 1 / the kiddos

November 25, 2015

giftlist for the kiddos
knitted guy by lucky boy sunday / THE PIPPA and IKE SHOW

up my street by louise lockhart / THE PRINTED PEANUT

box of colour by pantone / SCOUT and CO KIDS

capybara beanbag by donna wilson / TEA and KATE

oh, if i were prime minister book / VIOLET and PERCY

how to catch a star print by OLIVER JEFFERS

nesting animals by wee gallery / QUINCE LIVING


merry almost-december to all. shopping for kiddos is such a treat. every year i spend a huge chunk of the festive sitting on the floor in waterstones picking out books for the little kids in my life and, from the sofa with a baileys trying to narrow down the massive list of beautiful babin bits i’ve found and bookmarked online throughout the year before a small fortune is spent and i have no monies left for cheese.  we must keep money for cheese.

another chunk of festive shopping is spent merrily stressing about ‘the pyjama tradition’
something i started with two of my nieces years ago… and now is of upmost importance should christmas BE christmas … serious stuff. i buy their xmas eve pyjamas. it is the first present they open EVERY YEAR. if i am not there to witness the opening and changing into The Pjs – we facetime. its kind of a big deal. but every year i can’t decide on the right pyjama. and if i do happen to find them in good time – they are out of stock or the sizes are wrong.  because THEY MUST HAVE MATCHING ONES. and they are not the same age. my idea. good at the time because they were both wee people and super cute – now they are older (one almost IN HIGH SCHOOL *eye-covering monkey emoji*) and it’s a bit tricky. they are less cute, more… cooler than me. TOUGH CROWD.

i’ll keep you posted.