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mydeco goes under Ella Doran’s umbrella (Ella Ella) 12 March, 2010

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If there’s one thing Ella Doran is, it’s creative. Her eye for detail and colour bring the generic mug, coaster and tray to life with vibrant photography and eye-catching subject matter. So no doubt you’ll know (and love – how can you not?) her kitchenware even if you don’t know Ella. But there’s far more to it than flowers and sweets – as I found out when I popped along to her Cheshire Street shop.
Ella Doran Magnolia mug and tea

What was once mostly studio with a shop window attached, is now a colourful  boutique with green leaved umbrellas, knitted children’s chairs, Sweetie Love mugs and a whole lot more. She’s had to expand – demand for Doran’s trademark photographic designs has soared over the past few years and she sells with John Lewis as well as being part of our exclusive design boutique.

So, just how did she carve such a ‘boumercial’ niche for herself? (that’s boutique/commercial btw. See what I did?) She said: ‘There’s a lot of beautiful illustrative designs out there, and we are offering something different with my bold vibrant photographic eye and passion for colour and detail.

‘Photography is becoming more and more widely used; with the advent of the digital camera everyone can essentially take a great photo, but I shoot specifically and work on the image in post production creating repeats from often quite small aspects of the photograph.’

Ella Doran Geo wallpaper and tray and Sunlight through Leaves  blind and placemats

Her lovely assistant, Ruth, showed me some examples. Take her Geo collection, above left. The original shoot focussed on just a small section of the geometric design, yet the post-photo work repeated the image seamlessly to create it’s eye-fuzzing effect – you’d never know!

This brings me, nearly as seamlessly, to Ella’s brand new (quote) ‘never before seen’ Geo Play silk scarf. Ruth showed me a sample and it’s so new, in fact, that the hemlines still needed to be sewn.

Ella Doran Churchill Sweetie Love mug and Pinky umbrella

Image credit: Ella Doran @ design boutique

Ella’s latest success has been her umbrellas – made by the manufacturers that keep the Queen’s silvery head dry: ‘They invented the see-through umbrella for the Queen, so she could stay dry and see people,’ explains Ruth.

‘The Pinky umbrella, aka Meadow umbrella, is a take on this design with a floral edge. We sold out with the four trial designs and our manufacturer had to order extra to meet the demand.’

Ella Doran's Artists brushes mug and tray

My favourite design, Artist’s Tools, above.

Watch out for more new products on the Ella-horizon: a new stripey collection for men, new designs for Churchill China plus aprons, tea towels and oven gloves in her Sweetie Love pattern. A brilliant way to brighten up your cooking – afterall, who wants generic white oven gloves with those tell-tale scorch marks of black sausages and tears…?

What do you think of Ella Doran? Rate her with a comment below >

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Decorate your home with LinenMe 17 August, 2009

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Inga Lukauskiene, founder of LinenMe and a passionate interior textiles designer, is making it her mission to produce luxury linen products at affordable prices.

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Inga says that LinenMe ‘was created to empower our customers to be able to create their own designs, decorate their own interiors with luxurious yet affordable textile accessories’.

LinenMe’s products are made from pure linen – which has ‘some sort of magic power’ says the London-based designer. The range is diverse – from sophisticated blinds (£115), dining table napkins (from £2.50) and classy aprons (£16.99) to gorgeous scarves and handmade brooches (£9.99). For every body and home furnishing, there’s an elegant linen alternative from Linenme.com.

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Judging by the hugely positive customer feedback, Inga’s diverse and extensive range of linen products are also as good, in a practical sense, as they look. One customer gushed: ‘This may sound like I am exaggerating, but your linen towels made our holiday so much better! For a few simple reasons – they were extremely compact; very light and easy to hang up on the lower branches of pine trees; they dried literally in a blink of an eye’.

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Image credit: LinenMe

No one wants a wet towel on holiday. LinenMe’s quick dry towels do sound perfect for holidays – especially a British one where it’ll probably come in handy whether your near the sea or not. Try LinenMe’s Huckaback bath towel with red jazz design (£7.99) which is made from an old-fashioned style of weave designed to absorb water better and dry quicker.  Moaning about the British weather aside, LinenMe also sells handy bathroom sets of facial and body pads and linen storage bags. Choose from aqua blues, red jazz and neutral shades that will compliment any bathroom decor.

Linen-bath-set-and-facial-pads-from-Linenme

Image credit: LinenMe

For further bathroom inspiration go to our bathroom pages and check out more of mydeco’s  favourite linen-made products within our shopping section.