What to Do, See & Buy: The Contemporary Home; Lily and Lime; Aesop; Mario Testino; 3.1 Phillip Lim; Imogen Clements
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 18 August 2012
This gloriously British mug is one of a collection from The Contemporary Home, the website that sells cool retro home accessories and furnishings. The seven mugs depict sunny seaside scenes starring seagulls and beach-huts. Perfect for cheering up a chilly summer's day. £9.99 each, tch.net
Set your little ones to work during the holidays with a charming flower-press from Lily and Lime. Even better, get them making Christmas presents for all the family: a blooming good investment all round. £14.50, lilyandlime.co.uk
Aesop is the legendary Australian brand whose products are celebrated for their plant-based ingredients and divine scent. Next month, the company launches 'Reverence Aromatique Duet' – a new hand-balm and hand-wash combination utilising vetiver root and bergamot. £83 for the set, aesop.com
A must-have present for any fashion lover, Private View is a new volume of Mario Testino's candid and glamorous photographs; its publication is timed to celebrate his inaugural exhibition in China, which begins in November at the Shanghai Arts Museum. £44.99, taschen
Suffering from a broken heart? Then cheer yourself up with this merino wool pop art-inspired 'Break-Up' statement jumper from 3.1 Phillip Lim. It ain't cheap, but it is guaranteed to make you feel a whole lot better. £370, my-wardrobe.com
Making a splash
Want your art to match your carefully-chosen Farrow & Ball walls? Step forward Imogen Clements, who creates bespoke abstracts in F&B, Fired Earth et al, to complement the palette of your home or office. From £365, imogenclements.com
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