Whimsical

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Another great wallpaper by Cole & Son – couldn’t resist to post this one, too! Have a great weekend! xxSol

 

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Wall wonders

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Aren’t those the most beautiful wallpapers? Since I discovered them at Cole & Son, an almost mythical british company, I long for a great wall to cover with the “Palm Jungle”! (For the moment, I’ve made it my screensaver.. ) What I post here is just a tiny little example of their vast, wonderfully crafted and designed collections, all the rest is over here at their website www.cole-and-son.com.

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Here’s what I found about the story of Cole & Son: It was founded in 1875 and was, in the early days, known for high quality block printing and for supplying beautiful stripes and jaspes. Their archives own designs produced by J C Crace & Son to furnish stately homes, palaces, castles and theatres throughout Britain and overseas, including the wallpaper for the Palace of Westminster – the amalgamation of the two businesses in 1941 meant that Cole & Son became the custodians of the most significant collection of wooden printing blocks in Britain.

In 1949, Cole’s Design Director created one of the first screen print studios in Europe in response to the revolutionary new Contemporary design movement which gave birth to the wild wallpaper designs of the 1950s and 1960s. Today, their archive consists of approximately 1,800 block print designs, 350 screen print designs and a huge quantity of original drawings and wallpapers, representing all the styles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries! Amongst these are some of the most important historic wallpaper designs in the world.

Of their contemporary production, they say: “Our magnificent archive is on occasion the source of new designs within our collections. Designs are carefully selected, adapted and coloured by our designers and printed by craftsmen to produce wallpapers faithful to the character of the original document, yet contemporary in feel.” So true!

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The perfect jumpsuit

 

Doesn’t look like much here (as advertised in the H&M online shop). Yet, when I strolled through an H&M yesterday, it was the one and only item that really catched my eye. Nice material (from the conscious collections, 52 % of the polyester crêpe fabric is recycled – nice, too!), nice cut, and – what you don’t see in the photo – cute golden snap fasteners at top that run down to the waist-drawstring. I tried it on, and it looks SO great! Even more so if I let open the snap fasteners and wear it with a grey tank top below. Really cool, with low black heels as well as with black biker boots, and maybe a loose cardigan. I feel this will be one of my key pieces this summer!

Who took my dress?

Nooo! This was my dream dress for next spring / summer / autumn / winter (suede leather, zara), and it’s already sold out completely – when I forgot just for 1 day (!) to look for the summer collection cognac suede items to finally appear in the online shop! (seems I’m not the only one going over there way too often?) Very much hoping for a re-stock.

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Iwachu tea pot

You know that I love tea – and beautiful things – and today, surfing the internets, I found this japanese tea pot –

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“Tetsubin” in japanese. It is by manufacturer Iwachu – the information I found is that they have been producing modern ironware for more than 100 years and that making a tetsubin at their workshops consists of 64~68 steps, with most of the process still being done by hand. I found some beautiful Iwachi pots here (over at ebay), but you can spot them in more local internet shops, too. Only problem with them is that they are so damn heavy! (I once managed to get a twisted neck/shoulder only by lifting a full tetsubin from the table – but then I always manage to get neck twisted, could be just by THINKING too hard sometimes, so, ouch, it’s maybe just me).