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Beautiful Britain vintage notebooks

Beautiful britain notebooks
Chiming perfectly with current trends are these Beautiful Britain vintage notebooks.

The cloth bound notebooks are decorated with the distinctive book cover artwork of Brian Cook, produced for the Batsford guides to Britain from the 1930s through to the 1950s. There are four different designs to pick from: The Face of Scotland is shown above, or you could go for The Landscapes of England, The Spirit of London or The Inns of England. Perfect for taking on your own travels around the UK. 

The notebooks are all selling for £6.29 each, with the exception of The Landscapes of England which you can buy for £5.29, all from Amazon.

Categories / Design and Interiors, Travel

Exmouth cushion from Habitat

Exmouth cushion

If you're looking forward to summer and an escape to the seaside, you'll probably appreciate the Exmouth cushion from Habitat.

The coastal scene is illustrated in vivid colours and a style that's reminiscent of the classic 1930s railway posters that encouraged you to go and 'See Britain by Train'. It's ideal for inspiring a spot of holiday daydreaming. 

The cushion costs just £10. 

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Categories / Design and Interiors, Travel

Cavallini London desk calendar

London calendar front

It seems a little early to be thinking about 2011 but I guess busy people may already looking for a calendar to plan the coming year. For those people, the Cavallini London desk calendar is a calendar with a distinctive retro look. 

The calendar features nostalgic views of the capital, taken from the Cavallini archives. The images look like they date from the 1940s, '50s and early '60s and include views taken from old guidebooks and postcards, the ubiquitous 'Keep Calm and Carry On', as well as an image of the Queen looking several decades younger. For a peek at the contents, click over the page where the back of the calendar is illustrated. 

The calendar costs £10.95. 

Buy it from the Bloomsbury Store

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Categories / Design and Interiors, Food and Drink

Light Traffic Only mugs

Light traffic only

The black and white typography of these Light Traffic Only mugs makes for a great graphic look. Peer a bit closer and you'll realise the mugs are covered with the names of villages in North Essex and surrounding area and the design is in fact inspired by old white village signposts which are gradually disappearing from the countryside. 

The product is the combined work of illustrator Michelle Thompson and graphic designer Gareth Wild. This unusual design is also available on tea towels. 

These mugs cost £7. 

Buy them from 59 High Street

Categories / Homeware

Maria Holmer-Dahlgren London tea towel

London tea towel

We've featured her tray and dish cloth, now you can complete your kitchen set with this Maria Holmer-Dahlgren London tea towel

Like the other designs, it features her distinctive Pop-like depictions of the capital showing everything from Eros to Tower Bridge to the Gherkin to some quirky illustrations of the British weather. There'll always be a new detail to spot as you're drying up your dishes. 

The tea towel is also available in a red and black combination and costs £11.75.

Buy it from To Dry For

Categories / Food and Drink, Homeware

Britannia backstamp range from Repeat Repeat


Continuing the trend for products that proudly display their British heritage is the Britannia backstamp range from Repeat Repeat

Their bone china is all made in Stoke-on-Trent so, for their latest pieces, they've chosen to decorate them with a design based on traditional Staffordshire ceramic stamps. There's a mug, a teapot, a plate and even a tea towel decorated with the design which uses a crown alongside the words 'Made in England'.

Prices start at £10.50 which will get you either the mug or the tea towel and go up to £46.95 for the teapot. 

Buy it online