What to see, do and buy: Couverture; Famille Summerbelle; Tidy Books storage; The Complete Nose to Tail; Angela Ferreira; Colour Flooring
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Saturday 06 October 2012
This handmade leather clutch by Falconwright is big enough for your keys, cash, phone and lippy – and it is seriously cute. Rummage through a selection of covetable goodies from Couverture online. Some items, which range from book stands to knitted mittens, are one-off vintage pieces – but there are plenty of these jazzy clutches to go round. £39, couvertureandthegarbstore.com
Roll up for the dazzling 'Performers' collection from Anglo-French outfit, Famille Summerbelle. See Maximilien le Magicien and friends in screen-printed glory across a range of trays, bone-china mugs, cotton tea towels and cushions. Magic. From £10, famillesummerbelle.com
Get your home in order with this chaos-busting ForgetMeNot 'school organiser' from Tidy Books, which makes quirky storage units in jolly colours,for children. It has a magnetic board, a shelf and coat-hooks for storing (almost) all your daily necessities in one place. No more gym-kit morning panics… Available in natural wood, blue, red or white. £44.95, tidy-books.com
The whole hog
The Complete Nose to Tail: A Kind of British Cooking, by Fergus Henderson and Justin Piers Gellatly, is a glutenous compendium of classic recipes – along with some new ones – from the founder and head-baker at St John. Expect plenty of offal and wheaty delights, from devilled kidneys to Eccles cake. Eccentric photographs add a frisson of fun. Published Thursday, £30, bloomsbury.com
The hole truth
Stone Free, a new exhibition by Angela Ferreira, sees the artist inspired by two famous holes in the ground: Chislehurst Caves in south London and the Cullinan diamond mine in South Africa (above). 12-17 October, marlboroughcontemporary.com
Forget imitation-wood and dodgy tile effect, if you want your floor to make a statement, a slick new range of plain vinyl from London-based company Colour Flooring will do it. Cherry-red, cadet-blue lemon-yellow and dove-grey are new colours. Sturdy, yes, but looks sophisticated too… £26/sq m, colourflooring.co.uk
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