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I am a tiny bit in love with this new online store, Fate London, which has an amazing mix of design with a lovely contrast of items made from marble, wood and natural fibres. I pretty much want everything from their shop, but the bits below are my favourites.

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I definitely need a new rug at the moment, but candles holders are a bit harder to justify…having about a million already. However a notebook is always justifiable, especially as I am starting a new job in three weeks. In fact it’s pretty much mandatory.

All images and items from Fate London.

Having already decided, over the course of this last year, what the tattoo I was going to get to celebrate my 30th was, I stumbled across this quote yesterday which comes incredibly close to what I had decided on. So that was a happy coincidence because Emerson is one of my heroes and favourite writers of all time. It makes me feel what I will be getting is definitely right…which I suppose is a good thing seeing as it is pretty permanent! And I definitely believe in it.

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Image from Besottedblog

Happy new year…may 2014 be filled with many brilliant days. I am pretty excited about it, and have a few resolutions or intentions for 2014:

1. Race the UCI Classic, Paris-Roubaix;
2. Run a sub 6 hour half iron-man;
3. Go to NYC and see my pals who moved there earlier this year;
4. Start planning a move abroad myself, not sure when where or how just yet;
5. Get a 10k PB (not sure how achievable this is, but after having my running career cut short at 18, just as I was moving from track to the road, and since happily coming out of retirement at 25 I have been concentrating on the longer distances but there is a little niggling feeling am still pretty sure I have a sub 40 10k in me. May be proved wrong but will give it a shot);
6. Go back to Tarifa and learn to kitesurf properly, rather than just kind of wiggle about with the kite; and
7. Get drunk more. Might affect 1-6 though…but at least it will be fun!

Now I have written these down I definitely have to do them…

I bought this lovely set of cards at the weekend, whilst I was at Spin LCF – a little treat of a festival in East London combining two of my all time favourite things, coffee and cycling.

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I haven’t yet decided if I will frame them in a series, keep one on my desk to cheer me up or dish them out to cycling pals. I do like a jazzy postcard. Especially one on my desk to keep me going at work.

They are by Rebecca J Kaye, who appears to be very talented illustrator. Whilst the cards are available to buying her website, she also makes these beauties which celebrate some of the greatest races in cycling history.

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I really like the simplicity of the designs, which still capture the spirit of each race. I would like to get the series…but if I put them on my wall then I need to have raced them, as I always look at my Alpe d’huez print with pride when I’m at home. Maybe a plan for next year although I am not sure if I will ever have the guts to do the Roubaix course! The prints are also available to buy on her website, along with details of Rebecca’s latest work. Lots of which appears to involve a bike theme, imagine – being paid to think about bikes. The dream.

All prints and images by Rebecca J Kaye

I have today become a teeny tiny bit obsessed with the new Urban Outfitters homewares section which seems to have been made especially for me.

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Not sure how I could justify the purchase of three new tables though…especially not pretty side ones. I do live in a one bed flat after all – I’d end up with no sides of anything, just eiffel’s of furniture around me.

However, despite the lack of space I could perhaps get away with these beauties babies, perhaps I could liberate a new duvet set and a rug?! I think I could only get one of them though…although I do have a fondness for certain things and whilst my husband has grown to love a spot of geometric print, getting all of these would make his eyes boggle. I can but dream of a house filled with occasional tables and triangles.

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I could sneak this one in though for my morning coffee. Everyone should wake up to a rainbow.

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Happy Monday!
All images and daydreaming homey things from Urban Outfitters

This would go beautifully in my house with my (imaginary) new table and chairs…

This beaut is by Baines & Fricker, available at the inestimable Liberty. Baines and Fricker is a husband and wife team (I won’t lie, my favourite type of team…they get to hang out together all the time, drinking coffee and eating biscuits while they work – well that’s what I like to think anyway) from Brighton.

Well this design festival is causing me some grief already, with regards to my imaginary funds. It’s only Wednesday and I’ve just dropped about five grand on furniture. Baked beans for the rest of the week.

Images from Baines & Fricker

well well I did have a lovely time this weekend – my favourite city in the world and doing my favourite thing, looking at vast amounts of beautiful things and clever design.

One of the best pieces of design I saw was something whose simplicity blew me away. Simple but extremely clever, and impeccably made. This table, and the chairs by the same company, do an excellent job for all of us in these small London flats, by saving space but retaining style.

The table opens up via a very clever diagonal twist and unfold technique from a four seater to an eight seater. The lady did demonstrate it to me, but as seamless as it was I am not sure exactly how it worked. All I know is it was smooth and it looked incredible. Perfect for opening up when you have your pals round at the weekend, and then it reverts back to your normal square table when it’s just you, your laptop and some scrambled eggs on a rainy Monday night (or maybe that’s just me).

 

 

Images and table from Seer

Look…two chairs, then you slot them together and they look like one! Solves that problem of unsightly stacked chairs, which I think never looks quite nice. But it’s better to have stacked chairs than nowhere for your mates to sit when they come round for snacks. Plus they’re comfortable, I tested them for you.

These chairs are the type of design that makes you say ‘of course…now why didn’t I think of that?’ knowing full well I could never execute it as brilliantly as this.

And that my friend, is perfect design.

Images from Vincent/Vera by Matthew Bridges Design

 

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