On a recent trip to the seaside town of Southwold (cute beach huts, brilliant restaurants and the best bakery I’ve ever been to), I visited a local craft show. There, I met Becky Lim, a textile designer and illustrator who was selling gorgeous handmade wooden pendants, decorated with her own bird and tree designs (see below). Now, just in time for Christmas, she’s branched out, and has launched a range of four…

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One quirky trend that’s quietly sneaking onto shelves at the moment is ‘folk’ inspired products. Think Polish papercutting, homespun accessories, traditional fox and dove motifs and brightly-painted Romany patterns. Folk stuff looks unusual and expensive, but you can pick it up quite cheaply if you know where to look. Here’s my pick of the best: Folklore tea towel, £9.99, The Contemporary Home http://www.tch.net/; Set of three nestling folklore tins, £12.99, Strawberry Fool http://www.strawberryfool.co.uk/;…

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