Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas in Paris 2009

Champs Elysees
Galleries Lafayette
Church de la Madeleine

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nigella wish-list 2010

At the very top of my wish-list this Christmas are these festive-coloured melamine mixing bowls from culinary queen Nigella Lawson. Sadly, they're notoriously hard to get in this corner of the world. Hopefully I'll be able to track down a UK shop who will ship them to Australia one day! In the meantime, this great image will suffice...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cath Kidston Christmas 2009

Very happy to report the next Cath Kidston catalogue comes in the mail from the UK soon. It'll be their annual Christmas-themed issue and I can't wait to see what's planned. Here's a bit more of a look at what those savvy homeware designers put together from London for last year's festive range. So pretty!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Christmas Store Decorations

Pastry chef Melody Brandon owns a gorgeous cake & biscuit store in California called 'Sweet & Saucy'. Here are some images of her striking visual merchandising efforts last December in the lead-up to Christmas. The store also retails a selection of beautifully arranged blooms for every occasion. Thanks Melody for allowing me to share your images!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kikki K Christmas

Swedish-born, Australian stationery queen Kikki K (Kristina Karlsson) has just released her 2010 Christmas range. I really like her Nordic-inspired cloth advent calendar. It comes complete with it's own draw-string bag with images of Tomten (Christmas elves) that have been popularised & embraced in Nordic countries.

It retails for $49.95.

Christmas scents

'Michel Design Works' is a design studio that operates from Westchester, NY. They have a range of hostess soaps & candles called 'Comfort & Joy' and 'Holly'. Fabricated in England, they're made especially for the Christmas season. I'm sure they smell nice, but quite honestly I just really love their packaging!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Holidays on Ice

US satirist David Sedaris has been my favourite author for some time now. I went to see one of his plays 'The Santaland Diaries' in Melbourne a few years back . The play enacts 30 year old Sedaris' financial desperation, which ultimately leads him to accept work as a Christmas elf at Macy's in NYC. The book this play is taken from is called 'holidays on ice'. It's a seasonal collection of hilarious stories that showcase Sedaris' acerbic but very funny & warped sense of humour.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Kate Spade Christmas 2010 launch

Oh happy day! The 'Kate Spade' Holiday range officially went on sale a few days ago via their website. Here's a bit of a look at what's on this year's wish-list chez moi.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Paper Angels

These beautiful paper-folding angels are by talented Dutch artist Jurianne Matter. Each angel can stand or, with a string through her wings, also hang.

The press-out angels come as flat cards A5 size (14.8cm x 21cm). They're (AUD) $19.95 & available from the very gorgeous 'Lark' store in Daylesford, Vic, Australia.