Forget the strawberries at Wimbledon, now you can have them all year round with @nicolephillipse #homeware #buybritish

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Nothing starts the Summer off quite like Wimbledon, and with the shocks and thrills that have been going on over the last couple of days, you probably need a bit of light relief… so with the sounds of barbecues sizzling, fine textile design company Nicole Phillips England has the perfect missing ingredient for you within her strawberry collection.

Now that summer is truly here, perk up your kitchen linen with a quirky strawberries and cream tea towel, create your Eton Mess wearing the vibrant strawberries apron, or even dress your picnic table with the delightful wipe-clean oilcloth strawberries fabric.

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 09.15.44Created by artist Nicole Phillips from her studio in West Sussex and inspired by a love of all things British, Nicole’s original watercolour artwork of the popular British summer fruit has been transferred onto carefully selected fabrics and turned into a stunning collection that also includes cushions, table napkins, aga covers and oven gloves.

The strawberry range is a true celebration of Britishness, as they not only feature the much-loved native produce but every item has been designed, manufactured and packaged here in the UK.

As well as the strawberry designs the collection also includes other truly British summer delights such as seafood, trailing roses and asparagus.

The strawberry range starts from £12 for tea towels and all pieces are available to buy online at www.nicolephillips.com.

Nicole will also be displaying her new range at this year’s Dorset Seafood Festival on 13th-14th July in Weymouth.

 

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Nicole Phillips England launches fabric by the metre to brighten up your home

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So a few weeks back we visited the Spirit of Summer show at Olympia and found this fantastic textile designer. Well, if its kitsch cloth that you’re after then Nicole Phillips is your lady. There are some new designs out now, so check them out and see how you could make your house look amazing! And don’t forget, we’re all for supporting Buy British, and this designer is just one of the great reasons why its so important! 

Here’s more about the new products! 

The perfect way to freshen up any kitchen table or window, fine textile design company Nicole Phillips England has launched a range of fabric by the metre, available in a variety of designs and a choice of oilcloth or cotton to suit every style of home.Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 11.46.43

Offering a practical yet pretty solution to protecting your table from spills and scratches, the new oilcloth fabric can be ordered by the metre in the quirky fish or crab-on-a-line designs that are ideal for coastal homes as well as the strawberry, asparagus and trailing rose patterns, which will complement all country inspired interiors. The high quality 100% cotton fabric is available in all Nicole Phillips England patterns on request and can be used for anything from curtains, cushion covers and blinds to tablecloths and other beautiful homemade accessories.

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 11.47.00Designed and created by artist, Nicole Phillips, the collection of fabric by the metre highlights Nicole’s hand-painted watercolour designs that have been printed on carefully selected high quality materials.

Inspired by country and coastal themes with a foodie influence, the full Nicole Phillips England range also includes aprons, tea towels, hob covers, napkins, cushions and tote bags, all of which are made here in Great Britain.

The fabric range starts from £26 per metre for oilcloth and £38 per metre for cotton, and is available to buy online at www.nicolephillips.com.

So who is Nicole Phillips?

Founded in 2012 and launched in March 2013, Nicole Phillips has used her creative skills to bring a fresh perspective to fine textile design. The company delivers a broad range of new products with unique designs made to the highest quality standards within the UK.Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 11.47.14

Founder Nicole Phillips had an idyllic childhood growing up on a small island in the Bahamas before moving to England to complete her education. Her early experiences continue to influence her art today and many of the Nicole Phillips England designs feature themes relating to the sea and nature. Nicole gained a degree in Ceramics at Bath University and she ran a successful studio in West Sussex for 6 years before taking a break to start a family.

The eureka moment came one evening in 2012 when Nicole realised that her artwork was ideally suited for printing on fabric and since then she has been immersed in creating and exploiting the possibilities that this medium of textiles can bring.

Nicole now runs the business with her small team in West Sussex.

 

Get ready to Assault and Pepper @prezzybox #giftideas #kitchen #homeware

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Sometimes we cant help but love the weird and wonderful gizmos we see on the net, and this week its no exception!

Fancy spicing up your salt and pepper shakers? Then look no further than Assault and Pepper!

Forget your bland salt and pepper shakers, Prezzybox has got this year’s naughtiest shakers! Guaranteed to add extra fight to your bite, these hard hitting Assault and Pepper shakers will surely be the only ones fighting over your family dining table!

Now your food won’t be a crime with these aggressive shakers. The Assault and Pepper Shakers cost only £7.95 from www.prezzybox.com cheaper than a county court fine.

So if you’re looking for a fun, quirky present for someone, these get our vote!

Happy Shopping!!

How easy is it to create great Shabby Chic furniture? #shabbychic @autenticopaint

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So the first hints of Summer were out this weekend and we sent one of our bloggers, Becky Perfect, to try out one of the big homeware trends over the last couple of years. Becky’s always been fascinated by the idea of shabby chic furniture restoration, mainly because with a little lick of paint they can sometimes sell for a lot of money! And with that in mind, there was just no stopping her!!

So armed with an old pine bed headboard she set out to see if a little lick of paint and a bit of sand paper really could do the trick, oh and she was kind enough to make a video about it too….

Huge thanks have to go to Autentico paint and Smile@home who gave Becky the inspiration and guidance in the first place! Much appreciated!

If you’re looking to do your own shabby chic furniture restoration then send us in your top tips and final pictures! We’d love to see how you get on!

Happy shopping!

Out of the Emerald City and into your wardrobes #EmeraldGreen feat. @modamob #fashion

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So not only will we find this colour covering the Emerald City but also in our wardrobes this year! It’s official, 2013’s colour of the year is Emerald Green!

Pantone who is the world renowned authority on colour has appointed its colour of choice for this year, and here at Snoochie Boochies, we can’t disagree. What better way to celebrate the beginning of the summer weather with this gorgeous bright block colour, perfect with a wide variety of fashion pieces.

Lets have a look at what we can look forward to fashion wise with our official colour of choice:

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Whether its a blouse, a dress or some form of accessory, Emerald Green is one of the most wearable colours out there at the moment!

We’ve seen it on the catwalk:

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In the movies

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And even in the home:

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So where will you be able to buy your colour of the year?

Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 18.08.08Well, one of our favourite items is a really simple offering from Topshop. Its an “Eerie Indiana” t-shirt. Its in emerald green and reminds us of one of our favourite 1990’s programmes! Perfect for all you tom-boys out there!

Something a little more glamourous more up your street? Then how about Reiss’s Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 18.13.48structured Venna dress, perfect for a night out, and an absolute steal at £92 (reduced from £189).

Finally, why not accessorize it all with these gorgeous Aurelie Bidermann Emerald earings from Net-A-Porter. They’re a complete pamper item at £570 but they do look gorgeous dahhhrrrllliiinng!!!

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So there you go, one piece of fashion that you can wear all year round – it’s official! – so make sure you find your must have item!

Happy shopping fashionistas!