hayley pryke’s top 10 SMUG picks

:: by Lizzie
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Scholten & Baijing s.b. 41 Blue and White Porcelain Tea Bowl, £45

I love the colours in this ceramic collection and the white and blue tea bowl for me is the highlight. It’s one of the few that has a glazed exterior, and although it’s simple the details make it a beautiful peice of kitchenware.

 

Duck Egg and Yellow Beaker, £9.50

These were a favourite from when I first saw them because of the duck egg and yellow colours, such a great combination!

 

Minimal Notebook in Grey,

These notebooks are simple but have added little details like different coloured stitching on the spine. You can never have too many notebooks either!

 

ISH Blanket 01, £315

This blanket is beautiful! The pattern and colours combined with the quality of the textile makes it a warm and stunning addition to the home.

 

Limited Edition Spring Green Falcon Tumbler, £6

These tumblers are brilliant little gifts and now with the new limited edition colours there are even more to choose from!

 

ISH Tea towel 03, £19

Similar to the ISH blanket these are beautiful contemporary tea towels. There are three colourways available but this mint green version is my favourite.

 

Illusion blanket in Grey, £47

I love the colour grey and I love being warm and cozy and this blanket achieves all of that in one.

 

London Design Guide, £12

The book lists design shops and showrooms across London (including SMUG!) and also features handy area guides too.

 

Ballpoint Pen, £3

These pens are one of those that simply just writes really nicely…plus there’s lots of colours to choose from.

 

Picalli Arrow Circle Scarf, £87

This scarf is so warm and cozy and being mustard yellow in colour it’s an exclusive to the shop and represents all that SMUG is about!

 

Links to products on the SMUG website:

1. Tea Bowl, 2. Duck Egg and Mustard Beaker, 3. Minimal Notebook in Grey, 4. ISH Blanket 01, 5. Spring Green Enamel Tumbler, 6. ISH Tea Towel 03, 7. Illusion Grey Blanket, 8. London Design Guide, 9. Ballpoint Pens, 10. Picalilli Circle Scarf.

 

laura gee’s top 10 SMUG picks

:: by Laura Gee
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SMUG’s very own Laura Gee, Illustrator extraordinaire and SMUG family team member, shares her favourite bits and bobs from the shop that she works in – SMUG of course.

 

Bear Plate by Donna Wilson, £22

This bear’s face is immense! I love his grumpy expression. He is also part of a ‘goldilocks and the three bears’ style plate series. Daddy bear is the best though!

 

Wrap Magazine, £10.50

WRAP is always full of inspiring illustrations and great informative articles on creativity and design. Always something new and different, along with some tasty pull out wrapping paper!

 

Falcon Enamelware Tea Pot in Pillarbox Red, £20

TEA I love, postbox red I LOVE , and it looks a bit like a toy, which is sure to make me happy.

 

Navy Illusion Blanket, £47

This blanket is a classic and so warm, it also makes a great throw on my bed.

 

Pink Plant Pot Small, £7

I love block colours and simplicity and this little plant pot is both, and pretty!

 

Navy Agenda, £20

Making lists and setting goals then forgetting the next week to fill in your planner of ‘how to do your to do list’? It doesn’t matter because its dateless! Perfect! (And you don’t feel bad).

 

Maritime Soap Set, £18

The packaging of this soap is to me more desirable than the product itself. I just want the packaging. It makes it okay to give someone soap without being offensive when it looks this good.

 

Midilicious Bowl, £31

These ceramics are all made with dyed clay, so you get a beautiful range of different tones. I love the mixture of glazed and not glazed, not to mention how amazing it is that these geometric bowls are all handmade. Makes me in awe of this wonder woman Lenneke

 

Peach Esker Wrapping Paper by Esme Winter exclusively for SMUG, £2.50

Esme Winter’s patterns are amazing. This peach wrapping paper is my favourite though. Shame to give it away.

 

1950s Pale Blue Gate Leg Formica Table, £110

I really want a formica table. The light colours, design and simplicity makes me dream of it in a beautiful big kitchen…one day.

 

 

Links to products on the SMUG website:

1. Bear Plate, 2. Wrap Magazine, 3. Enamelware Teapot, 4. Navy Blanket, 5. Pink Plant Pot,

6. Navy Agenda, 7. Maritime Soap Set, 8. Midilicious Bowl, 9. Peach Wrapping Paper,

10. Blue Formica Table.

 

lauren moffatt spring summer 2014

:: by Lizzie
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New York based fashion designer Lauren Moffatt is one of my absolute favourites. Trained in Fine Arts, the Philadelphia native left her job as a graphic designer and launched her women’s ready to wear brand in 2000. For the first two seasons, Moffatt produced her collection from her home – a 31 foot sailboat docked on New York’s Hudson River. Just based on that she’s kind of my hero.

 

Although she now works out of a proper studio in Chelsea, Moffatt’s love of fine art and modern design, as well as her unique sensibility for color, texture and detail continue to be cornerstones of her aesthetic, establishing her as one of the most coveted independent women’s designers.

 

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Above you can see my favourite pieces from her new collection – Spring Summer 2014, and you can view the full collection here. Florals, bretton stripes, matching jacquard peach culottes and cropped tees, floaty summer dresses – what more could you ask for? A stockist in London I hear you cry!? I’ve only ever bought pieces in New York but I hear Couveture in West London occassionally carries here work. You can of course buy online direct from Lauren Moffatt herself at laurenmoffatt.net

 

And as if that wasn’t enough, here’s a little something to get you looking forward to the chillier months of the year – a sneek peak of Lauren Moffatt Fall 2014!

 

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a hotel life – the reading rooms

:: by Lizzie
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My latest review for ahotellife.com is of The Reading Rooms, a stylish and peaceful B&B in Margate on the Kent coast. The inspiration for The Reading Rooms’ name came from Margate’s 18th century heyday when visitors to Margate were entertained in a variety of spas and reading rooms throughout the town.

 

Margate, is one of England’s first seaside resorts where 18th century tourists came to enjoy the newly fashionable health giving properties of seabathing. Famed for its beautiful, expansive beaches and historic architecture, as well being a pioneer of British seaside culture, Margate is enjoying the rennaissance of a major arts regeneration programme.

 

This includes the construction of the Turner Contemporary art gallery by RIBA Stirling prize-winning architect David Chipperfield, the development of a heritage theme park at the Dreamland site and the active encouragement of artists to live, work and exhibit in the town.

 

Margate is definitley on the up and Louise and Liam are very much part of the movement. They are wonderful hosts, have impeccable taste and are very good cooks which makes for a rather fabulous stay. Read the full review here.

 

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