Every year we get a fresh collection of Aussie designer Monica Stassi’s work on the shop – and 2016 is no exception. This time around we’ve a wonderful collection of rope necklaces, embellished with sustainably-sourced Tasmanian Oak toggles. But Monica has upped the ante with new patterns – sprinkles and spots – as well as a circular toggle to complement the rectangular one of 2015.
We’d happily wear whatever she makes to be honest, they are fun and great to stack singly or together: choose from the Nambucca Necklace, Jimbooma Necklace, Balarang Necklace, Boolaroo Necklace, Karakatta Necklace and Wagga Wagga Necklace.
Nothing sings of Spring more than bright colours and green plants – and our new Belgian Plant Pots tick both these boxes! We have nine different colours in a selection of Small (£3.95) or Large (£6.95) in an array of pastel and neon hues.
These great little pots are perfect for use inside and out – and I love their contemporary tones. Nice and refreshing and perfect for putting your plants centre stage. I bought a few small ones and decorated them with gems with my little son Rolo – it made a great gift for his godmother. Such fun!
Lovely Laura Bird is a London-based freelance illustrator and potter. I came across Laura’s work via an old friend from art school, Eleanor Meredith, who collaborated with Laura on her children’s newspaper, The Loop. The minute I saw Laura’s reclining Swimmer series of jewellery dishes – I was in luuuuurve! So playful, but useful too – no? Amazing. Perfect as ring dishes or for smaller items of jewellery, they sell for around £60 each. Considering the amazing amount of detail and care that goes into each piece – the cracked glaze effect to mimic water, the sunglasses, the arm pit hair!!!!! – I think they’re worth every penny.
As you probably already know, Howkapow is a colour-lovers paradise. From homeware, to prints and unique gifts, there is something for just about anyone with a pull towards things bright and beautiful. Being so vibrant and quirky, it’s no surprise that Howkapow was born in the equally bright city of Bristol.
I’m Olivia from Bristol Doors (instagram) – a fellow Bristolian and a lover of all things colourful. Here are some recommendations of where to visit in order to be surrounded in colour in Howkapow’s hometown.
Drink at Cupp –
Just off the city centre is Cupp, home to the very best Taiwanese bubble tea. Inside the small shop pastel colours and graphic shapes decorate the counter and the walls. Wooden cube shaped stalls with a different pastel colour on each face, are the perfect place to sip your bubble tea. Flavours including peach, mango, blueberry and watermelon mean the tasty drink comes in many colours of the rainbow too!
See the sights in Kingsdown –
Near Cotham and just up the hill from Cheltenham Road is the largely residential area, Kingsdown. Kingsdown is a part of the city where colour is a running theme. Kingsdown Parade is full of beautiful Georgian houses in every shade of the rainbow and is great for an explore on a sunny day. Being high above the city, you can also view the rest of the quirky city here too. Grab a pint at the lovely Hare on The Hill Pub – which stocks local ales.
Shop at Howkapow –
Tucked away on a quiet road in vibrant Stokes Croft, is Howkapow’s colourful studio. You may not know that you can come and visit! Whether you use the ‘click and collect’ function to fetch your newest purchase, or you book to have a browse through the collection – Cat, Rog and the rest of the team will be happy to welcome you.
Be pampered at Betties and Baldwins –
Want to be surrounded by colour on all occasions? Me too! Especially when I’m sat in a chair getting my hair and nails done. Betties and Baldwin‘s is a unique salon where the walls are covered in graphic prints and bright colours, as well as a mural by Bristol based illustrator, Mr Penfold. Betties and Baldwins is famed for their ability to transform hair to any colour of the rainbow and their nail art is equally as daring.
Live in Cliftonwood –
Ideally located between Hotwells and Clifton is the vibrant area of Cliftonwood. Rows of colourful houses look over the harbourside in the part of the city famed for it’s vivid colours. An area full of community spirit, with an annual street party, a monthly newsletter and a community garden, the area is vibrant and unique and the perfect place to set up home in Bristol.
(credit for bottom two photos @porthjess @sheandhem)
I love the simple, graphic work of illustrator Clare Nicholson. The London-based designer draws inspiration from many places – a trip to the desert, a sports track, a walk through wildflowers, birds chirping in the trees outside.
All these influences get mixed up in Clare’s colour pot and turned into prints. She is a lover of bold, graphic geometric shapes and likes to use as much colour as possible when creating new designs. Definitely my sort of artist!
To celebrate the launch of our new Swedish apothecary range, all this week we’re giving you the chance to WIN a set from the collection. Made by twin sisters Sara and Karin Ström in Dalarna (Sweden), we have a selection of 100% natural Bath Oils, Body Oils, Bath Salts and Candles for you to choose from in four lush scents.
New in this week from super-stylish Scottish designers, Tom Pigeon, are our new inter-connecting series of prints inspired by beach combing. Printed in three colours on beautiful, speckled 200gsm Favini Corn Crush Paper we are now stocking the Flotsam Print, Jetsam Print and Lagan Print (all £60). Never has detritus looked so pretty!