I am a big fan of Cath Kidston, author of Vintage Style and Cath Kidston In Print and British designer of lovely retro-inspired items for the home. Witness this basket full of Cath Kidston napkins, which mix and match with three of her tablecloths I own, as well as her bone porcelain Sprig dishes, which I collect.
The sturdy carrier bags (pictured) accompany me on nearly every shopping expedition (the boulangerie, the fromagerie, the boucherie), sometimes along with a little cart on wheels. Until now, all my Cath Kidston purchases have been made during various treks to her shop in Chelsea.
When I noticed Cath Kidston was having a sale, I went a bit mad. The spoils of that online shopping experience include a first aid kit -for my husband who can never find the "plasters" (Bandaids) even when they're right in front of him - and two cake tins, just too bright and cheery to resist!
Also for my husband - the excellent but very messy chef - new oven mitts. And totally unnecessary but cute forks, knives and spoons in my favourite seafoam green, ironically manufacured in France. Oh and MORE mattress ticking napkins, in case we don't have enough already. Yes, I admit it, we have ample dishes, napkins, etc. to host a party for 200, but fortunately, not the space to accommodate all those people.
This charming box file will brighten my desk during grey wintery days.