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This Week We Love: Bold Ideas

Anyone who’s ever worked with us at Trend Bible will know we love a good cup of tea. Whether its decaf, herbal or designed to help us find our ‘zen’ we’ll try anything once!

So when we came across these notebooks by Bold Ideas we couldn’t help but be inspired. No matter what your tea preference there is a notebook to match- and if tea isn’t your thing (what’s wrong with you?!), how about a vanilla frappe or a club soda? Put the kettle on!


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This Week We Love: Tea Towels

Tea towels have gone beyond being a kitchen essential- they have been elevated to iconic status! We’ve selected our current favourites – we love the idea of framing cheeky slogan tea towels as artwork, but they also work as great for gifts for budding domestic goddesses…..

Vintage Prints…

Vintage florals, hand-rendered sketches and a retro post-war vibe keep this Vintage Tea Party theme going strong…

Images above left to right: Main image by The Tea Towel Company; tea pot printed tea towel by Third Drawer Down; Hand drawn floral and shoe tea towel by Anthropologie; floral oven glove and pot holder by Anthropologie, fork print tea towel by Anthropologie.

Wash with words…

Typography and lettering are big news for greetings cards and gift wrap at the moment, we love these quirky slogans and vintage style type…Images above left to right: Do the Dishes tea towel by Anthropologie; Practically Perfect in Every tea towel way by Shiny Shack;Dishy tea towels by To Dry For; Fresh To-Day tea towel by Jamie Oliver;  One Lump or Two tea towel by To Dry For; You Was I’ll Dry tea towel by To Dry For; .

Images above left to right: Special Egg, bacon and sausage tea towel by To Dry For;Love tea towel by To Dry For;Tea Revives You Tea Towel by To Dry For; I’m not a Paper Towel tea towel by B Sharpe Designs;  Black and White tea towel by Stiksel.

Quirky Graphics…

Images above left to right: Yellow KItchen Utensil Print Tea Towel by To Dry For; Bottle printed Tea Towel by To Dry For; Owl Printed Tea Towels by The Heated; Green Tree Printed Tea Towel by Third Drawer Down;  Ice lolly printed Tea Towel by To Dry for.

Festive Fun

Printed recipes, single colour photographic prints, bold text and classic Christmas icons like peace doves, Christmas pudding, robins and wrapped gifts all look great on tea towels this holiday…

Images above left to right: Red and White Printed Tea Towel by Mozi; We all want some Christmas Pudding by To Dry for; Xmas Dinner Tea Towel by To Dry For; Green Present Tea Towel by Anthropologie, ; robin Embroidered Tea Towel by John Lewis;  Reindeer embroidered white Tea Towels by Pottery Barn.

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Art Influences Design

We’re very excited about the up-coming John Baldessari exhibition at the Tate Modern, London (13 October 09 – 10 January 2010). We’ve noticed a backlash to modern media exhibitions that use moving image, film and sound, and a rise in popularity of artists who collage, collect objects and use typography and text in their work. We think this will provide an abundance of inspiration for designers and impact trends in home interiors.


John BaldessariHand-written elements, personal journeys, and using language and type are all typical characteristics of Baldessari’s work, and have influenced generations or artists from Tracey Emin to Cindy Sherman.


Tracey EminTracey Emin uses text to explore and communicate emotions.


Peter BlakePeter Blake’s collages inspire print design in home furnishings.



Designers leading the wayFlocked wallpaper with poetic type, plates and dishes with witty messages and hand-rendered scribbles are key. Hopeful, inspiring messages are added to mugs, stationary and textiles. Images from top left:  Wallpaper by Tracy Kendall, plates by Trixie Delicious, ironing board by Lisa Stickley, wooden cubes by Palomasnest, flasks by Andree Rouette.


Designers leading the way

Layering different fonts works well for textile prints, while wall stickers provide an opportunity to convey thoughts and make personal statements. We love these cool fire extinguishers with bold type designs. Images from top left: Wallpaper by Anri Moolman, wall decal by Single Stone Studios, fire extinguishers by Swiss Miss, cushion by Janske Megens.




Designers leading the way

Watch out for newsprint being used for soft furnishings, and digital references crossing over into hand-crafted items. Print by Carambattack, plate by Palomasnest, cushion by Fashion Bag, cushions by Bjorn Christian Aarum, table runner by Sem Design

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