Shop Simple - Useful & Beautiful

Hello there! Today I've put together another of my shop simple gift guides. Taking inspiration from design hero William Morris to 'have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful' I've chosen some of my favourite things from independent artists and shops that I think hit the brief perfectly. Several of these items I already own and have bought for myself so I thought I'd include them too as they have been great additions to my life and home. 

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  1. British Recycled Wool Throw from Weald - I have two of these recycled blankets and they are great for extra warmth on the sofa, picnic blankets in the summer or camping trips. So many nice colours that it is difficult to choose!
  2. House of Plants book from The Future Kept - I bought this recently and it is superb. Full of great tips for caring for your houseplants, propogation techniques, diy ideas plus beautiful and inspiring homes full of plants. 
  3. String Bag from Baileys Home - This has probably been my best buy of the year! Yip, a string bag. It fits in my tiny handbag and it goes everywhere with me. Super handy for when you go shopping and it holds a ton of stuff. 
  4. Book Stack Throw from Maud's House in Skipton - I have this on my wishlist. It's simple, practical and effortlessly stylish. Love it. 
  5. Wildernis by Liekeland from Seventy Tree - I already have a print from Liekeland and it's fair to say that it's one of my favourite ever buys for the house. I love her illustrations and the colours she uses and now she has created this piece all about her cat's adventures. (Having lost our cat earlier this year I'm very drawn to cat images, cat videos, chasing cats down the street for cuddles.....) I'd like this print for the living room please Santa. 
  6. British Beeswax Candles from Weald - I have lots of these candles. LOTS. The smell is heavenly, they burn for hours and they bring so much warmth and light to my home. You can never have too many of these.  
  7. Hasami Porcelain Coffee Mug from Workshop Living - another for the wishlist. One I could see myself using every single day and never getting bored of it. Although I may find it hard to give up my current favourite blue mug. 
  8. Cobalt blue shopping bag from Haykin - I love this practical 100% cotton shopper from Katy's shop Haykin. A really vibrant colour (as is the mustard shade) and it has a pretty detail of an embroidered gold dot. Beautiful and useful - tick. 
  9. Cornflower Blue Linen Pinafore from &mead. You can't really go wrong with a linen apron can you? I totally want one of these from Susannah's lovely shop. Earlier this year I bought some of her Danish Glass Tea Light Votives and they are another of my favourite purchases this year - they are always on, every single night as we sit at the dinner table. 
  10. Bud vases by Tilly Hemmingway and sold at the Plant Room's Mini Market pop up at Tall Boys Leeds (not online). I saw these in person the other day and I just thought they were gorgeous. Tiny and delicate, they would be perfect with a single flower on my mantelpiece. 
  11. Wildflower Healing Balm from The Future Kept - soothe your skin with Scandinavian summer meadow wildflowers. I don't really need to say more do I?! There is also a range of foraged perfumes. Heaven in a tiny pot. 
  12. Otley Chevin Print by Joanne Crawford - Yorkshire based photographer Jo is an Instagram chum. Her pictures of the county are just glorious and she has recently brought out a range of prints. This capture of Otley Chevin Forest in autumn is one of my favourites and I'd love it for my own home.