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I saw the sign

I saw the sign

What better chance to forage through some junk than on a weekend away? While in Exeter last month, husband and I got down and dusty at Steptoes Market. Tucked away at the back, next to a cherub-themed water fountain and a collection of Beano comics, was a filthy street sign, for the grand price of...
My five wise peeps

My five wise peeps

So Christmas was an age ago, but it’s fair to say we’ve only just started to recover. Between weddings, bouts of pneumonia and a new job for husband, things have been busy here at No 9, however we are finally getting back on top of life. (Well, apart from still having to take the Christmas...
Good god

Good god

  During a recent hungover traipse through Soho, I came across God’s Junkyard, a pop-up shop open until the end of January. It’s jam-packed with vintage neon signs and remnants of London’s seedy past, with Girls Girls Girls signs sitting alongside giant hearts and balmy banners. Sadly, my budget didn’t stretch to the hundreds needed...
I'm at Liberty to say

I’m at Liberty to say

I hadn’t visited Liberty in ages when I logged on to Liberty.co.uk – and absence must make the heart grow even fonder, cause I could have happily snapped up every second thing on its website, which was chock full of pretty things. As well as the usual range of floral fabrics and lust-worthy stationery, I...
Bright idea

Bright idea

The worst thing about Ikea has to be the hour you spend hour struggling to fit your eight flatpack pieces of furniture into your hatchback. But this lamp will sit on your lap, so it’s a perfect treat to sneak onto your trolley without fear of recrimination in the carpark. It comes in blue, green,...
Hack attack!

Hack attack!

I finally got around to emailing Jules at Ikea Hackers the other day with a picture of our Edland bedside table turned chic bathroom cabinet. I heart Ikea Hackers, and regularly raid it for ideas. To check it out (and see our guest post!), click here.
A super market

A super market

In between sanding and painting and plastering and scraping, husband and I recently found the time for a trip to French market Les Puces. On the outskirts of Paris, this massive market stretches across seven hectares and has literally thousands of stalls, with goods ranging from fine art to secondhand DVDs.   We were there...
Pie oh pie

Pie oh pie

  Pretty Things isn’t really the place for a food review, but I’m popping Pie Sisters in Georgetown, Washington, on Renovoter as much for its design as for its deliciousness. With its industrial chic interior (husband and I love us some bare bricks), blackboards, use of typography and reclaimed wooden bars, it’s a great place...
Shake it

Shake it

A fussy friend’s recent housewarming had husband and I scrambling around for a gift that would be met with approval not disdain. After a couple of days searching (well, hours – Plymouth isn’t that big), we headed to the Joseph Joseph department at House of Fraser. And, luckily for us, there was something new in...
Table of contentment

Table of contentment

It’s been raining in Plymouth a lot lately. The kind of constant, hammering rain that makes you want to book a flight to, well, anywhere. So last weekend I did the next best thing and hit up eBay on a mission to replace our current dining table, which is just too big for the room....
Bird watching

Bird watching

Husband has always maintained he’s a legs man so, for his next birthday, I’m taking him at his word. At least, that’s my excuse for snapping up a flamingo cushion from Graham & Green’s pricy but beautiful Exotic range (£80 each, although there is 15% off G&G in this month’s Living Etc, which makes it a bar…...
Not one to be pigeon holed

Not one to be pigeon holed

  We’re turning our thoughts to home offices this week. I want No 9′s extension to work hard for us, and to somehow look good even though it has to store dozens of folders and far too much stationery. I’ve found one potential solution at Pottery Barn – the Cubby Organizer, which would look right...