Monthly Archives: December 2012

christmas gift ideas

starting to panic yet? what to get the picky bitch who has everything? well, here’s some suggestions…

Eighty years of book cover design by Joseph Connolly

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I love book covers, as you saw in my previous post. It’s often what makes you take a book from the shelf and decide whether or not to read it. Apparently, this book is  ‘a lavish celebration of the art and beauty of these magnificent covers, from just the first eighty years’ (according to the author himself).

London design guide


I bought this the other day and it has a good area by area guide to retailers, galleries, museums, cafes and much more.


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Luxury candles (“fragrances”) are very good gifts as it may be difficult to reason why you need to buy a £45 candle for yourself, but you still really, really want one.

And have a look at this description of Diptyque’s Sapin Doré: ‘A special fragrance which pays homage to the most celebrated fir tree in the world, it transports the user straight to the heart of a forest of golden spruce trees. Infused with balmy, comforting and warming notes, it conjures up the sweetness of festive memories’. Haha amazing.

Grace, by Grace Coddington

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Excerpt from the synopsis found at waterstones’ website: “Witty and forthright, and illustrated throughout with vintage photographs and exclusive line-drawings, “Grace: A Memoir” shares the excitement and vision that go into producing so many unforgettable fashion images”. Sounds good, I want it.


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There is so much beautifully designed jewellery! The two above are from Swedish David & Martin.

Culture Label has loads of jewellery from different brands ( Like this owl ring by Dominique Lucas!


I also really like some of Tatty Divine‘s jewellery, like this flower necklace that I got from my boyfriend earlier this year


Urban Outfitters have some nice ones too, like these…

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And this Georg Jensen watch is a classic!

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Art collector card game from Tate


For the person who likes both card games and art. Common mix? I’m one of them though. ‘Based on the traditional game of Happy Families, Art Collector is an engaging card- game in which players acquire, trade and collect works of art from tate’s collection of international and British art.’ buy at:


Artist book (tip: find out favourite artists or recent exhibitions he/she went to) 

I really want this book about Basquiat, I’ve wanted it since autumn 2010 when I saw the exhibition at Musée d’Art Moderne.




What are you giving this year? Let me know if you have more ideas to add!

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christmas shopping

I’ve been out Christmas shopping with my friend Nadia. At the Scandinavian design store Republic of Fritz Hansen, we got into the Christmas spirit as they had a beautiful tree and lots of decorations..

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we also found these beautiful retro Christmas cards!

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they’re from a brand called ‘pleased to meet’


In the same store, we also saw these glögg (mulled wine) glasses from iittala. Perfect for the Christmas party!


(just checked iittala’s website and they have sooo many nice things, some very red and christmassy..)


We also went to the book shop and found some Fitzgerald books with absolutely amazing covers

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Although I already have the great gatsby I just had to get the black and green one above. Too beautiful not to have. And I really want the other ones too… (christmas gift hint hint)

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advent calendars

Not only cheap chocolate for kids….


The designer calendar

Designer Laura Väinölä and her friends Kaarle Hurtig and Linda Bergroth have designed this creative advent calendar with a gorgeously lit Christmas trees behind closed doors wild animals under the floors.

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The whiskey calendar

British whiskey brand Master Of Malt has created a calendar where they’ve replaced the chocolate with 3cl shots of premium whiskey.

A sample of a 50-year-old single malt Scotch whiskey is hidden behind one of the doors


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christmas at h&m home

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christmas advertising

gets you in the mood for Christmas…


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click here to see the 2012 Burberry Christmas video

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…and the theme continues in store window displays:

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dark walls

I find dark and blue walls fascinating as they have such a calm and mysterious impact.

Elle Decor March 2010

Elle Decor March 2010

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Vogue Living Australia Nov-Dec 2008

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But you don’t see walls this dark very often in normal homes, white and other bright colours are safer…?

Is the key to make it work bright accessories like the paintings, fireplaces and crystals above?

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