• John Lewis A/W 2011

    September 25th 2011 katie

    I’m extremely smitten with the new John Lewis Autum/Winter range. They’ve hit current trends on the head, from industrial retro to simple Scandinavian, in a way you’d usually expect from Habitat or Heal’s. The revived Ecrol range is particularly lovely, with a hand from ex-SCP and -Conran designer Matthew Hilton. Well played, JL!

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  • Benchmark furniture

    September 24th 2011 katie

    I’m a little obsessed with very simple clean wooden lines at the moment when it comes to furniture – my onoing house inspiration Tumblr is evidence of that. So I love this sharp, stylish collection from Benchmark furniture, a proudly handmade-in-England company founded by Sir Terence Conran.

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  • Two new Etsy prints

    August 13th 2011 katie

    Two new prints have just been added to my Etsy shop! They’re both inspired by my growing collection of vintage ephemera, particularly Victorian newspaper advertising. First, a poster featuring text that I came across while reading Just My Type, a fascinating book about the history of fonts. It was written as a manifesto by eminent…

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  • Bungalove

    July 1st 2011 katie

    David and Scott of Berkshire-based creative consultancy Bungalow Industries have called this amazing 1960s bungalow home (and studio) for four years, but now they’re selling up. They’ve created a gorgeous little microsite and brochure to show off the home and its fascinating history, and they kindly let me share the photos here, too. The property is…

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  • Ma + Chr Design Studio

    June 7th 2011 katie

    I’m equal parts jealous and in awe of this gorgeous work by Parisian design studio Ma + Chr, founded by Mathilde Aubier and Christine Delaquaize. They cover disciplines from web design, through fine art and fashion, to installations and interior design. When I grow up can I do this for a living, please? Check out

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  • A pretty local home

    May 22nd 2011 katie

    Interiors inspiration from the home of Ashlyn Gibson, who owns the stylish kidswear shop Olive Loves Alfie in my Stoke Newington hood. Photos by Rachael Smith for The Guardian. Nice use of colourful everyday objects as wall art Bedside tables from Caravan A gorgeous cherry blossom mural and colour-coded toys in daughter Olive’s room Russian…

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  • Hangin’ out at Conran

    April 8th 2011 katie

    Oh, you know, just hanging out in Sir Terence Conran’s apartment at sunset… … no, the man himself wasn’t even there! This was an event put on by mydeco.com to celebrate their third birthday, and they hosted it in the Conran building down at London Bridge. The building comprises offices for all of Conran’s outputs…

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  • House of Hackney

    April 3rd 2011 katie

    Dropped by the House of Hackney pop-up showroom yesterday. It popped up in a rather derelict townhouse on Kingsland Road to launch a new interiors range of bed linen, wallpapers and ceramics. Everything is ever so sumptuous, decadent, densely patterned… all a bit Cath Kidston gone down the rabbit hole. It’s against my more Swedish-minimalist…

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  • Pretty pots

    April 2nd 2011 katie

    A pretty new teapot and vase for the kitchen, found in The Ark, a little gem of a homeware/gift shop on an unlikely stretch of Kingsland Road. It stocks Orla Kiely, Rob Ryan, Joseph Joseph.. a proprietor with good taste. Plus these were both under £10! Oh, and the table runner is from H&M Home.…

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  • Habitat spring/summer

    March 30th 2011 katie

    It might have turned grey outside again, but these colourful new products from Habitat’s Spring/Summer collection have put me into a chirpy mood… Check out the rest of the new collection here. Share this entry with this shortURL: http://whatkatiedo.es/habitatss

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  • Boy Den

    March 15th 2011 katie

    Here’s a few pics of Josh’s boy den in our house, now that we’re finally able to stop using it as a dumping ground while other stuff gets done! He made his desk from a reclaimed school laboratory top found in Retrovius on some Ikea trestles. Lots of framed art and ephemera Plumen bulb in…

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  • New kitchen

    February 26th 2011 katie

    Our lovely new kitchen/dining/living room is all finished. Well, not quite finished — some little touches still to do — but I thought I’d better take pictures now as it’ll never look this clean and tidy again! Here’s the obligatory ‘before’: one long room with lots of orange-veneered chipboard and boring whitewashed walls. Besides from…

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  • Tea time art

    February 18th 2011 katie

    Now that our new kitchen is very nearly done, I’m scouting out some art for the walls. With our rather minimal white units and grey tiles we need something bright to make it pop into life. Mid-century Scandinavian inspired prints by Restyle on Etsy. Love the colour palettes here! Lovely textural cuppa tea gocco print…

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