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The Perfect Personalised Present for the miniFords

I bought these personalised book stickers for Benjamin and my godson recently and I’ve decided they need to be shared.

I love gifts for children with an oldie worldie charm (I am trying to resist the sparkled plastic stuff for as long as possible). These beautiful bookplates tick the box as something that parents and children will both like.

They do require a little forward planing if you’ve got a Christening deadline as shipping is from America but hi there thoughtful godparent.

Frankly I’m ordering them for myself and sticking them in all my books.

 

The above bookplate: Tiger Bookplate

Owl & Pussycat Bookplates . First Star Bookplates . Moon Garden Bookplates . Flower Crown Bookplates . Vintage Jaguar Bookplates

 

 


Rattan

If you’ve been following the journal for some time this post won’t come as a surprise to you. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of rattan furniture.

For me, rattan is really a chance to flex the more eccentric side of my decor style. Whilst my home is largely decorated in subtle, quiet tones and plenty of grey, I secretly harbour a desire to live in an old school, chintzy, country pile.

That’s exactly where rattan furniture belongs – in the grand conservatories of stately homes. I don’t quite have the stately home sorted, but with one rattan chair, I feel as though I’ve caught the vibe.

But rattan’s a versatile old thing. Styled minimally, it can also bring a ’50s LA mood or conjure the feeling of an American home in the Hamptons.

It’s having a bit of a moment right now which means there are some excellent pieces to be found. Below should get your imagination going.

1.Low Rattan Chair . 2. Bamboo Pendant Light Not strictly rattan but you get that basket, woven vibe . 3.  Natural Rattan Dining Chair . 4. Vintage Rattan Charger Plates 5. La Petite Brocante chair. The site, run by Anne Catherine, always has fabulous new stock and focuses a lot on rattan. Follow her on insta here for all her latest stock.

 


Minford Shop: The Summer Edit

Hi JUNE. Hi Summer. We’ve missed you. Hi long nights sat on a cotton beach mat in the garden. Hi enamel plates to eat picnics off. Hi big floppy hat and bikini. I am in the mood for some good old sun now and subsequently the Minford shop is all prepped. As per usual, shop my edit of the best interiors selection and fashion for you and your minis.


#FASHCHAT It's All White

An all white outfit is my summer uniform. Without fail, I always gravitate towards a head-to-toe white look each time the mercury goes anywhere near 20 degrees…who am I kidding make that 15.
It reminds me of summers spent with the brood in Ile de Ré where each year we dip our toes in the Atlantic ocean, tangle our hair with salt and sand and sit out under the sun till our freckles come out.
This year, the white-out comes courtesy of & Other Stories. I found the perfect length and cut skirt (i.e. not a mini, mini skirt but not too dowdy) and matched it with a creamy knit with big sleeves.
Both of these items potentially look a bit blah online, but on, well it’s safe to say I’ll be living in these for months to come.

(Scroll down to the post below to see the skirt in action.)

Bishop Sleeve Knit . Denim Skirt

 


The Minford Guide To Barcelona

Over the last four days I was that person – the one we all love to hate on Instagram who’s posting pictures of the pool whilst everyone else is stuck in an office and it won’t stop raining. This week, I am making it up to you by bringing you a guide to what I got up to. I even managed to bring the sun back with me. You’re welcome. See my tips for where to stay, shop and of course eat in Barcelona!
Soho House artwork and rooftop bar

Mango dress on the balcony of Soho House

Where to Stay
Soho House Barcelona
What: You know the one, the trendy members clubs found in London, Miami, NYC, Turkey and now Barcelona. This one was brand spanking new. There’s an incredible view from the roof terrace and they had the most insane collection of lamps…really, really good lamps.
Where: Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4, 08002

Margot House
What: Unmarked door with just a buzzer for entry. Nine bedroom boutique hotel with a Scandi inspired interior. Impeccably styled. It’s more like staying in a luxury apartment than a hotel. We discovered it after being tipped off about a pop up shop by twins @gimaguas. A major result.
Where: Paseo de Gracia, 46

 

The Little Creative Factory, Hotel Margot and Els Encants Market finds

My favourtie summer shoe right now from MangoPackaging goals courtesy of Els Encants Market

Shopping
The Avant
What: This shop is at the top of the list because it was hands down THE best clothes shop I went to.   I’d never heard of the brand before and was so excited to discover their collection. An all round shopping experience. They have two stores and sell online.
Where: Carrer d’Enric Granados, 106, 08008

Coquette
What: An interesting edit of brands from around the world. Fashion, shoes and accessories. Like being in a store in Soho NY or the Marias in Paris. Concrete floors and real nice changing rooms.
Where: Carrer del Rec, 65, 08003

Masscob
What: A Spainish label you may already be familiar with and if not, be prepared to shop. Think pretty, sun bleached and a bit vintage, in beautiful silk and linen fabrics.
Where: Provença 268, 08008

Little Creative Factory
What: This exquisite boutique has just won Milk Magazine’s Best SS17 Kids Fashion Collection. The shop is as beautiful as the clothes. We’re talking major attention to detail here.
Where: Carrer Rec, 42, 08003

La Variété
What: Such a great little interiors shop opposite Caravelle. Lots of baskets and bamboo lights, linen and vases.
Where: Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 30, 08001

Chök
What: It’s a chocolate kitchen and artisanal bakery. Say. No. More.
Where: Carme, 3, 08001

Sucursal Aceitera‘s interior

My pigeon friend

Eating & Drinking
The Boca Grande
What: I only have good things to say about this place. When I say I’m seriously considering (dreaming) of having my 40th b’day here you’ll start to get the idea. It’s a touch heavy on the credit card but so worth it. It has the best loo I’ve ever been in complete with a DJ booth FFS. Oh and make sure you take your water bottle home – brown ribbed glass with a vintage label and stopper. It nearly took me over my baggage weight restriction but it was so worth it.
Where: Passatge de la Conceptcio, 12, 08003

Bar Brutal
What: Cool taverna style restaurant and bar serving seriously good food and natural wine. Eccentric interior. Even better playlist.
Where: Carrer Princesa, 14

Caravelle
What: Not exactly a traditional Barcelona haunt, it does feel like a Hoxton import (there’s a high beard ratio), but who can resist a good floor tile. They do an amazing brunch.
Where: Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 31, 08001

Sucursal Aceitera
What: Another restaurant, another beautiful interior. Great service and delicious tapas.
Where: Comte Borrell, 36, 08015