Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A Trip to Santa Claus School, Circa 1961

If your head's at risk of imploding if you hear Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas one more time, or see yet another poor soul clutching a tacky panic-bought toiletry

Friday, 17 November 2017

John Derian Paperweights

I wouldn't say I have a need for a paperweight that often. But I'm happy to become a paperweight kind-of person just to own one from John Derian, that cool home

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Home Inspiration: Gallery Walls

I reeeeeally am obsessing over creating a gallery wall at home but am getting totally overwhelmed trying to choose the art, AND the frames, help! To save my brain, I might

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted House Party

Do you celebrate halloween? I don't particularly but I would if I could throw or get an invite to a party like this! In 1953, just as he was about to embark on his next film, The

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

She Creates Whimsical Miniature Scenes in Vintage Tins

Sometimes it's the unexpected moments or events which spark a flurry of creativity and lead to a new passion project, like these whimsical scenes in vintage tins made by

Friday, 13 October 2017

A Tribute to Fiveways Wilf, the Coolest Cat in Brighton

Working from home means I spend an embarrassingly large amount of time in my local coffee shops, 'getting out the house'. Until last week, bumping into Fiveways Wilf was

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Miniature Roadside Shrines of Greece

After a week wandering around Hydra – and then nearby Spetses – I ended up with quite a collection of pictures of these miniature roadside shrines I kept seeing. Each one was set

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Hanging out on Hydra, the 1950s Throwback Greek Island

If you follow me on Instagram, you may or may not have noticed I just took some time out in Greece – on a special little island called Hydra to be precise.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Home Inspo: The Art of the Bar Cart

I keep seeing bar carts everywhere lately! (They're definitely having a moment right now). Until I find the perfect one on Etsy which I plan to keep stocked with Brighton

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A Cool Guide to Havana

Have you been to Havana in Cuba? I've been hankering after a trip for years now, and one of my favourite travel guide writers, Herb Lester, has just brought out a cool guide to

Thursday, 14 September 2017

A Time Capsule Georgian Cottage in Brighton

The North Laine in Brighton is a vibrant neighbourhood with a relaxed village feel and lots of little streets filled with pretty whitewashed cottages. There's a great deli and

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Finding Happiness in Old Denmark

Have you ever been to Denmark? These beautiful vintage photos are from Denmark’s national library. (Fun fact: Some of the photos were staged. The photographer wanted to

Friday, 8 September 2017

Friday Giveaway!

Happy Friday lovelies! Today's Ellie & Co., Inc giveaway is from the whimsical chocolate company I blogged about recently here. From their workshop in Sussex, they make 'especially tempting' chocolate concoctions in 15 delicious flavours, like St Clement's oranges and lemons, fig and cinnamon, oatie crunch and lime chilli to name a few...

They're offering one lucky reader the chance to win three bars of your choice which will arrive beautifully gift wrapped.

For a chance to win, take a look at the selection of bars on the Rowdy and Fancy's website, then tell me in the comments box below which three flavours you'd like to win along with your email address (this is important: most people miss this part and I won't be able to contact you otherwise).

UPDATE: If you don't feel comfortable leaving your email address on the comments box, you can email me with your entry.

The winner will be chosen at random on Friday 15 September. 

Good luck!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Black and White Brighton Map Print

I'm obsessed with maps and have just discovered this black and white illustrated Brighton map print by local artist, Helen Cann. I love the playful design and would hang it in my

Inside the Secret World of a London Globemaker

Not many people get to see inside the workshop of one of the world's remaining globe makers, Bellerby & Co, hidden in a cool studio up a mews in London's Stoke Newington,

Monday, 21 August 2017

How to Watch a Solar Eclipse, circa 1960

If you're sad to be missing out on seeing the US solar eclipse, this collection of cute vintage photos from the LIFE magazine archive will cheer you up. They were taken by

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Paintings that Look Like Photographs

Even if you look super closely at it, it's virtually impossible to tell that this is a painting and not a photograph. It's so clear and look at all that detail on the face. Amazing! Yigal

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Chocolate in the Coolest Packaging

I'm a sucker for cool packaging and obv love chocolate, so my jaw dropped when I came across two in one – this delicious handmade chocolate in enticing whimsically

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My Secret Garden in Brighton

Last winter I fell in love with Brighton all over again when I discovered this amazing secret garden I had no idea existed! I was taking walk around the neighbourhood park minding my own business, when I decided to take an impromptu turn. Turns out few other people in the neighbourhood know about it either, so I went to see it in bloom and simply had to share.

To the left of the entrance to Preston Manor in Preston Park just a 10 minute stroll from my house you'll find a gravel pathway that takes you up to a little church complete with churchyard out the front. Follow the path up, but don't go as far as the church, instead turn to your right where you'll see a cool old wonky gravestone...

Walk down the steps through the gate next to it and you'll find yourself in the back gardens of the old manor house.

Follow the path along past the back of the house with its huge sweeping lawn which every year hosts a pop-up cinema... walk right to the end of the path and turn left at the end down some steps...

Stopping to take in the view over the lawns to the side of the church...

Walk a little bit further – we're nearly there – and on the right, you'll find the entrance we're looking for...

Welcome to my secret Brighton garden – an old Edwardian walled garden where the owners of the manor house once grew herbs and vegetables. Today, it's open for everyone to enjoy – if they find out about it! It's the perfect escape hatch filled with cosy corners, thinking benches and flower beds bursting with foliage and although it's pretty compact, it's easy to lose hours exploring its cobbled paths.

In the south-west corner of the garden is its most curious sight – lots of miniature headstones lining the bottom of the flint wall. This is what's known as the Preston Manor Dog Cemetery, home to the graves of 14 dogs and 2 cats – including George the Pavilion Cat, who once lived at at the pavilion to help catch rats and mice, a Victorian practice that's being introduced so I've heard.

It's a magical walk underneath this covered archway which looks amazing from spring onwards and so pretty when the sunlight speckles through it.

...eventually leading to the best part: an amazing pond covered in stunning lily pads and home to a school of the brightest orange fish which obviously wouldn't come out when I wanted to take a photo.

So there you have it. I hope you've enjoyed your private tour of my secret garden in Brighton. It's such a cool little spot for a romantic picnic, to just sit and contemplate things – or even a marriage proposal!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Fruity Flowery DIY Ice Bucket

Or, how to trick everyone into thinking you're naturally gifted at DIY party pieces. The only ice bucket in my life to date is a retro silver number with matching tongs –

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Amazing Vanishing Stepwells of India

What's the most mysterious sight you've encountered on a trip? For me, it's got to be one of these beguiling Indian 'stepwells' Mr Ellie & Co and I discovered one hot day

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Home Inspiration: Colourful Chinese Lanterns

How beautiful are these Chinese lanterns? Some of them are silk and others made of paper. They're a great way to add quirkiness and colour to a room. I wouldn't have

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

NYC Trash Cans Filled with Flowers

How cool would it be to see one of these bad boys on your walk to work? Even if you started out in the worst of moods, seeing a bin filled to the brim with one of these jaw-

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Family with the Secret Recipe for Making Blue Plaques

I've never seen so many blue plaques as in the past three months spent researching my upcoming Secret Brighton book (watch this space readers), which got me thinking –

Friday, 7 July 2017

Anthropologie Summer Sale!

Good news! Anthropologie is usually so expensive, but it's offering Ellie & Co readers an extra 20% off its sale items – there are literally a gazillion things to choose from

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A Whimsical London House with an Epic Shower!

I love a good house tour and have just fallen in love with this whimsical London house I discovered  last night on a trip down the ol' Google rabbit hole...  I mean,

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

My New Magic Summer Bag

Basket bags are my favourite for summer (see here and here) and although I have to admit to owning a few already, I just added to my collection. Introducing my new magic summer bag – a

Monday, 3 July 2017

Teeny Tiny Envelope Paintings

When we were little, my friends and I used to write notes and letters to each other and cover the envelopes with a gazillion pictures and tons more writing – so my jaw

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Iceland's Secret Swimming Pool Hidden in a Valley

Here's an off-radar place to bookmark for when you're looking for your next heatwave escape hatch. Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, built into the mountainside in a narrow

These Candy-Coloured Donkey Prints

I've been looking for a whimsical and uplifting print to brighten up a corner of the Ellie & Co office and I think I've found just the thing (along with one of these). So many illustrators

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Squishable New York Corner Shop

Last year, she revived an abandoned corner shop in East London and filled it with 4000 hand-sewn grocery products all made of felt. She also set up her very own ‘Fifty Shades of

Monday, 26 June 2017

Magical Memories of Glastonbury

This weekend, the giant beast of an otherworldly gathering that is the Glastonbury Festival took place in the Somerset countryside in south-west England. A celebration of life, earth

Friday, 23 June 2017

Internet Scrapbook #12

Happy Friday, people! Hope you've survived the heatwave. This weekend, I'll be knocking around the hood, taking a few more snaps for the Secret Brighton book, coming soon! In