The warm, moist summer we have experienced so far may have caused disappointment, but its not all bad news, as due to the wet and humid weather, this will be the best season for butterflies in 30 years.
The butterfly is a symbol of rebirth, transformation and good fortune as well as being beautiful.
So why not bring some butterfly enchantment into your home, by exploring the gorgeous motifs on the following Portmeirion favourites? :
After a hard winter it is nice to think of spring being just around the corner, and the inspiration for this Kitty tea service from Herend, is the lovely spring flower the Tulip.
The playful Kitty dÃ©cor is a modernized version of Bouquet de tulipe, a pattern devised in the 1930s: In the centre stands a single, colourful, wind-swept ‘parrot’ tulip, its orange, yellow, red, mauve or blue petals conjured up with virtuoso brushwork. The cup of indented petals waves on the end of a supple stem, from which springs a pair of wavy leaves contoured in black. Round the ledge, springs a pair of wavy leaves contoured in black. It also has a gilded rim and surrounding motifs of tiny, bright meadow and garden flowers. This delightfully playful, cheerful dÃ©cor is painted in six colour variants. The hand painted tulips which adorn the porcelain, seem to have flown unto the pieces in an unruly manner, their heads and leaves still tilting from the wind. This pattern is also available as a dinner service.
The service will fit into any decor be it classic, traditional or topical, and bring a ray of sunshine unto the table.
David Redman London has released a range of beautifully designed Christmas gifts to treasure.
Designed by David Redman himself, these luxury items have been crafted by world class silversmiths, glass engravers, and artists.
Each piece is a work of art, and presented in a luxury gift box:
Herend has launched a new service, Pivoine, which features the flower of spring – the Peony, so popular in Chinese decorations.
Traditional Chinese thought considers the Chinese Peony the symbol of prosperity, plenty, respect and dignity. It is the un-official botanical symbol of China, a symbol of spring worldwide.
The Peony motif has been used before by Herend to great acclaim.
On this new service the Peony has the company of a playful butterfly, and both the peony and the butterfly are mostly placed at an angle rather than centrally, giving it a light and playful air.
Stuck for inspiration for that perfect present? The White Lounge has some lovely art gift ideas.
Giving art as a present is perfect as it lasts forever, it’s really personal, and it’s more thoughtful than another bottle of perfume or more clothes.
It doesn’t have to be expensive… The White Lounge art gift ideas start from just Â£15.
Customers and dealers can now buy online from the Gloucester Antiques Centre and purchases will be shipped to customers directly.
The launch is a significant step forward for the company, the dealers and the customers.
The ability to transact online is something now taken for granted in many areas of business. The new website brings the Gloucester Antiques Centre bang up to date and enables customers from all over the UK and worldwide to purchase directly.
Gallery Thea is a working studio, shop and gallery situated on the East Anglian coast in Suffolk, in the vibrant coastal town of Southwold.
The studio was first set up by artist Thea Cutting in 2000, and in 2004 she was selected as one of the finalists in Country Living magazine’s Rural Women in Business Award.
Gallery Thea offers a unique range of hand-painted and personalised ceramics, such as items from the Nursery Collection featured here, available mail order and online at www.gallerythea.co.uk.
Add a personal message this Mothers day to one of eight classic Emma Bridgewater pieces and create a really special present for your Mum.
She will love the thought and extra effort youâ€™ve gone to and might even let you have the first pick of her Mothers Day chocolates.
The mug featured says it all – â€œHappiness for Mum is a cup of tea in bed and perhaps take her the papers as wellâ€ â€“ and maybe some delicious breakfast, tidiness peace and harmony reigning downstairs and freedom to read her book â€“ oh really the list could go on and on!
Award-winning couture wedding dress designer Monique Lhuillier, has teamed up with world-renowned ceramics company Royal Doulton, to create a stunning collection of gift and tableware.
Inspired by the pattern and texture of the designerâ€™s bridal gowns, the collection includes a wide range of fine bone china tableware, gorgeous stemware and desirable gifts such as photo frames and vases – perfect for birthdays or anniversaries, not to mention memorable wedding presents.
Â In fact, some of the tableware is so beautiful, it may be tempting to use it on the special day itself!
Mono has launched a range of glass and hand made stainless steel vases called Rondo, designed by Mikaela DÃ¶rfel and a vase designed by Franz Maurer called Mono Convase.
The Rondo range has a unique design, which enables the opening at the top of the vase to be adjusted to suit the type of flowers displayed. It is made from glass and stainless steel and available in three colours, clear, black and white and in two sizes: 15 cm and 19 cm tall.
Retail prices are as follows:
15 cm Clear Â£91.80.
15 cm Black or White Â£110.60.