I'm very excited to tell you that I am now a member of the Natural History blogging team! The blog is over at http://naturalhistory.typepad.com and there's a bunch of us who blog about different topics. My subject is design history, looking at various styles and techniques, and you can read my posts on Monday mornings at 10.
I was already a big fan of Natural History (the actual shop is in Oxford and the website is called Origin of Style) so it's an honour to be part of it. It's a treasure trove of unique pieces and unusual, beautiful homewares. The founder, Sarah, says she spent a lot of her youth in the Museum of Natural History in Dublin, so much of the shop's collection is inspired by such things as birds, entomology and Victorian taxidermy!
Here are my top seven wonderful things to be found at Natural History (it was going to be my top five but I couldn't narrow it down!)
|Hummingbird prints (set of six, unframed), £25|
Hummingbird cushions, £70
I would love to swan about my house wearing this fabulous silk robe. Possibly while pretending to be Margot from The Good Life and drinking a martini.
|Coral printed silk robe, £120|
This luxurious blanket would make a brilliant gift for anyone.
|Bright cosy lambswool blanket, £60|
|Fretwork lanterns: small £12.95; medium £18.95|
|Dove bottle stopper. £5.95|