Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Abigail Ahern has long been one of my home decorating heroes. Her style is bold, fearless and bold and a fantastic alternative to the world of taupe (if you like taupe, you should probably stop reading now). I've lost count of the enthusiastic responses a mention of her A Girl's Guide to Decorating book has elicited, from women and men alike. She has a pretty fabulous online shop too but, with prices going into the hundreds and even the thousands, I try not to look too much for fear of heartbreak.
This is where high street collaborations become the most wonderful things. I would have never put her at Debenhams but there she is, in the form of Abigail Ahern for Edition. Her ridiculously brilliant things are now available at ridiculously wonderful prices.
It's something of a greatest hits collection. Remember her bulldog lamp? In the Abigail Ahern shop, it's a princely £275. This grey dog lamp, while obviously lacking some of the finesse of the original model, is a much more wallet friendly £85 (as is the Penguin featured at the top of the post).
Or do you remember the Moss Scottie dog? While sadly Debenhams are yet to knock up a budget one of those, the scottie does appear in this collection, in the form of this wall hook, available for just £8.
It's not all animal antics. There are also some good basics for adding a touch of fanciful to your home, like picture frames and candles. The scroll mirror above is perfect for a baroque n roll interior, though it's the most expensive item in the collection at £120 (though watch this collection carefully, it definitely won't be to everyone's taste and therefore will probably will end up as brilliant sales bargains - Laura B will be on the look out).
Buy this red velvet candle holder now with glee and guilt free at £28. Who would have ever thought you needed a red velvet candle holder in your life? No-one. And that's what makes this whole collection so exciting - it's nothing you need, but all kinds of things you want, all at very good prices.