Friday, 17 October 2008

'fissiparous '

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  1. Factious, fragmenting, or tending to break into pieces.
  2. (biology): Of cells that reproduce through fission, splitting into two (Definition by Wiktionary)

Thursday, 16 October 2008


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absquatulate verb

  1. To leave quickly or in a hurry; to take oneself off; to depart. (Definition by Wiktionary)

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Etsy (US) 'MisNopalesArt'

I have a major fixation with Dachshunds. Whilst I don't agree with many of the values behind breeding pedigree dogs (that's another post for another day), I really do wish a little miniature one will need rehoming near me soon.

So you can imagine my delight when I came across this:

Flying Dachshund Shopping Tote Bag

This fantastic bag is available at MisNopalesArt Etsy Shop, along with an array of other original designs. This includes, T-shirts, Prints, Notebooks and bags. All T-Shirts are available in various colours and sizes, so you're sure to find one you like. Some of my favourites are:

Bear and Salmon Original Limited Edition Lino cut

There are various other animals going about their tasks, including flying dogs, a panda reading the paper and a seagull eating pizza. All of the designs made me smile, and combined they create their own satirical world.

The shop is regularly updated, so make sure you bookmark it!


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  1. A state of balance; equilibrium.
  2. A counterbalance. (Definition by Wiktionary)

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

My Living Room

One of the reasons I originally set up this blog was to document our 'Quest' to redecorate our home after we moved in last February. Of course, the process of actually doing it took up so much time I never got around to starting this blog. 8 months later, we have completed one room, and nearly finished two others. So I would like to share some of our current decorating dilemmas with you.

The Living Room

This is one of the 'nearly finished' rooms. By nearly finished I mean: We did the bulk of the work on this room in the first week, and then ignored the rest. So the curtains are still the ones originally in the room, and there's an awful lot of snagging to do.

In an attempt to make completing this room a more tempting task, I created a pretty To Do list:

So today I'm going to focus on deciding on Window Treatments, Rug, and upholstery fabrics, and I've put a few things together. The room is currently very neutral, with strong lime green shots of colour.

I started out on this mood board focusing on neutral shades, but quickly became absorbed by the purples. I'm nervous about putting in too many colours (there's the lime green, some pink, and possibly more purple), but would hate nothing more than a 'neutral' Living Room'.

For the window treatments I've pretty much decided on the right side option (again I was dead set on neutral, but it just looks a little too boring!). Perhaps I will select a darker shade purple for the dress curtains.

As there is a radiator below the window, deciding what type of curtain or blind we should go for was difficult. It gets quite cold at night where we live, and we currently fold the curtains onto the window sill in the evening, to ensure that the heat can stream out freely from the radiator. After much umming and aahhing, we figured a roman blind with a simple dress curtain would be most practical. Now all we need is a curtain maker with a budget pricing structure!

Rugs from Prestigous Textiles ,Fabrics from Globaltex & Prestigous Textiles.


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rustic adjective
  1. Country-styled or pastoral; rural.
  2. Rough, crude. (Definition by Wiktionary)

Monday, 13 October 2008

Hella Jongerius for IKEA

Last Friday I posted the 'Polder Sofa' in Friday's 'When I win the Lottery' post (here). That Sofa, with a hefty £3969 - £4778 price tag is designed by Dutch Designer Hella Jongerius. Her designs are known for the attention to detail, and also the individuality of each item. (Note for example the single black upholstery button on the Polder Sofa).

So what would happen, if Hella Jongerius was asked to design a decorative item that would be mass produced by IKEA? Well, Exactly that did happen in 2006, and the results are below!
Ikea Ps Jonsberg Vases, £19.99 each.

These vases were truelly a departure from Hella Jongerius' usual work, in the sense that they were mass produced. She still retained her approach to design though, and all the vases are handcrafted in China, and thus all slightly differ. There are four different designs, all crafted using different methods.

Hella says: "Usually my work is quite expensive because it is always made in small editions. This means that it is often bought by museums and collectors. I am delighted at the idea that now, at last, everybody can buy one of my products, because beautiful things should be accessible to everyone. I hope that the purchaser keeps the vase for a long time, and that every vase leads a happy life. I am optimistic about this because they are attractive, they fulfil their function, and they are made with love. You couldn´t ask for more from a vase." (Source:



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  1. To surge or roll in undulating waves.
  2. To swell out or bulge. (Definition by Wiktionary)