Spotlight On: Cordello Home

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So, how did we get to Wednesday already? Honestly, the weeks are merging into one. If only the weekends were five days long and the working week was two though, eh? Lauren from PM, that's what I say!

Anyhoo, there's no time for idle chit chat. Not when there's some stunning products from a brand new retro-esque home brand to gawp at.


Left: Cordello side plates, top, Cordello canvas tote bag, bottom, Cordello cushions

Cordello Home has my name written all over its quirky, 60s-eqsue prints and bright and cheery textiles. I'm already thinking of snapping up those colourful side plates, above, and possibly even a cushion or two.

I love the story behind the site, too. Set up by Kate Shaw, Cordello Home began with a simple love for graphic design. "Out of this love has grown a desire to bring pattern to life in the home..."says Kate, going on to say the products are inspired by a simple heart shape, globally recognised as a symbol of love, emotion and passion. Everybody say 'aww!'.

'Love'-ly Products

While I'm not too big a fan of all things Valentine's-y (see here), I am wondering if this is not the perfect brand for all you lovers ahead of February 14. I know it's a while off yet, though. Still, good to be organised eh?

With a love of all things Italian, the brand's name came about as a result of two Italian words: 'heart' (cuore) and 'pattern' (modello), and I for one love the products' laid-back style. Price-wise, you'll be pleased the line won't set you back a ridiculous amount of moolah too.

Have you seen any new brands or sites you like the look of?

Until next time, folks...

A Sleek and Stylish Manchester Pad

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If there's one thing I love about my 'day job' as copywriter for a furniture firm, it's the fact that I get to research beautiful interiors trends each and every day. It was when doing this, I stumbled upon the latest project from Sian over at the blog Moregeous: this sleek and stylish rental accommodation in West Didsbury, Manchester.

'The Pad', pictured in all its neon yellow and moody grey glory (below) is very Abigail Ahern in its styling, quirky trinkets are combined with boldly painted furniture, wooden pieces, and rustic-looking light fittings.


A Victorian property, the pad uses a palette of greys, off-white, soft walnut and neon yellow, says Sian over on her blog. Walls are painted with Farrow and Ball Ammonite and one of Sian’s favourite pieces is the re-upholstered chair, pictured. A once-gold mirror has been painted neon yellow, and fabrics from Romo give the accommodation a really luxurious feel.
I for one can’t wait to check out The Pad on my next visit to Manchester. I’ve always loved the city (being around a 50-minute drive from my hometown I would often spend my Saturdays shopping in its city centre) and even contemplated moving there.

You can find out more about the space by heading over to Sian's blog, or by following the lady herself on Twitter, where you can book a room and enquire about features and services.
What do you think of this cool new Manchester pad? 

Spotlight On: Doris and Boris

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So tell me, how's your week been? I've hardly come up for air, being pulled from pillar to post lately for one social do to the next. Trust me, my life is rarely this exciting. And when I haven't been out and about, I've been stuck in the flat catching up on some work. Boo. Hoo.

It's been a while since I've posted a 'Spotlight On' post here on Back to the Old House so I thought I'd round off the week with something lovely: this gorgeous website.

Doris and Boris sells all things British, and its latest line - the Memories Melamine collection -  has particularly caught my eye.

I mean, just look at it...

Anyone who knows me well will know I love anything floral, or anything at all in cool pastel shades. So this seemed the perfect collection. And just in time for summer picnics. 

The range includes cups, bowels and colourful tea plates, each featuring a charming floral pattern. Taking you 'right back to grandma's kitchen' it's the perfect set to whip out for al fresco family gatherings, wouldn't you agree?

Prices are reasonable too, with mugs starting at £5.99 and the gorgeous set of six coloured tea plates you see above costing just £14.

I'm sure you're itching to know more about Doris and Boris as a company, and I certainly was when I spied some of the whimsical delights over in the website. The site actually trades and sources hides and leather products, working with British craftsmen to add value to unwanted housewares. 

The people behind the brand are also in the business of finding bespoke, iconic, and most importantly, individual pieces for the home. Hence the stunning collection you see above.

Could you incorporate any of these items into your summer soiree? I know I could....