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{best of british: the campaign for wool}

{best of british: the campaign for wool}

Today sees the start of Wool Week in Britain, an annual event celebrating, you guessed it, all things wool. Patronized by HRH the Prince of Wales, the Campaign for Wool “aims to educate as many people as possible about the incredible benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings and everyday life. This in turn, supports many small businesses and local farmers whose livelihoods depend on the wool industry.” To...

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{interiors: white rooms after labor day}

{interiors: white rooms after labor day}

I hope you are all having a great Labor Day weekend and taking time off from your usual routine. In the spirit of taking a break myself, I don’t have my usual Monday Moment post, but rather a quick memory to share… When I first came to America and was working on Wall Street, I remember being teased for what is apparently the ultimate fashion faux pas of “wearing white after Labor Day”. Thank God that rule...

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{etsy best of british design – july 2012}

{etsy best of british design – july 2012}

I love looking though the many, many fabulous design products available on Etsy and often get approached by designers who wish to share their products with my readers and me. Since I frequently feature Etsy designs from all over the world in my posts, I thought I would add a monthly post where I select two of my favorite British stores and then, if schedules permit, arrange for a quick Q&A with the owner to help you get to know them and...

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{an interview with ali miller} home sweet home with sherlock

{an interview with ali miller} home sweet home with sherlock

Trying to find time to cyber-chat with Ali Miller got a lot harder after her ‘Home Sweet Home’ (England and Ireland map) Tea Set was featured on the BBC’s Bafta award winning drama – Sherlock. I have to admit, I knew nothing about this when I came across her work and contacted her to see if she would spend 5 minutes with Design Wotcha! But the immediate recognition and popularity of her work does not surprise me one bit....

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{afternoon tea with solitaire design}

Solitaire Design based in England is the brainchild of husband and wife team Matt and Em Bruty. The hand drawn, silk screened illustrations celebrate all things British and include whimsical images celebrating two of our great loves – afternoon tea and gardening. The accessories range from simple cards and wrapping paper to placemats and cushions – here are a few of my favorites…  Clockwise from top left:  Round Owl...

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{botanical designs by amanda ross}

Flower Power – Find the Perfect Botanical Prints at Amanda Ross Inspired by the British countryside, each of Amanda’s life-like botanical works is unique. Using inks and a variety of templates made from plant cuttings, Amanda transfers her images directly onto fabric. The resulting pieces beautifully evoke the many faces of nature from structured simplicity to carefree chaos. The Allium is her trademark print. Initially used in the...

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