Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Art of the Indian Matchbox Label

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Oh man, do I need to get myself back to India again (if anyone at the tourist board is reading...). If like me you lust after the aesthetic of Indian design – all that colour,

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Brighton in Summer: How to Get Away From Everyone

This is how I like Brighton beach: pretty much deserted. No offence but at the first hint of a sunny day, the world and his granny pegs it down to the beach, taking up all the best spots.

Monday, 22 August 2016

A Compendium of 1970s Camping Scenes

Speaking of camping, our weekend camping in a secret meadow close to Brighton sent me on a trip down memory lane thinking about all those fun family camping trips in my parents'

Vintage Holiday Magazine

Do you like reading old magazines? I love flicking through copies of LIFE Magazine from back in the day, but today I've a new one to enjoy called Holiday. It was a glossy American Mad

Monday, 15 August 2016

Camping in a Hidden Wild Meadow

I love camping and every year I hanker after a trip when summer wanderlust is in the air. So today 
I wanted to tell you about my recent adventure... 

This year, the idea of wild camping in a forest close to home appealed so we checked into a place called Blackberry Wood just a 20-minute drive outside Brighton deep in the Sussex countryside, where it's all about 'proper' camping in the woods and meadows and lighting fires. 

We made our way across the country lane to the 'Wild Side' with its pretty hidden glades and mind-blowing wildflower meadow filled with pitches cut into the tall grass – there's so much space between each pitch you feel as though you have the field all to yourself.

Every pitch has its own fire pit, so you can sit up and BBQ, drink wine, toast marshmallows and listen to the crackling fire...

What's also amazing about this place is that you don't need to touch your car all weekend; you can just walk off into the South Downs, map in hand, and it's only 30 minutes walk through fields to the nearest cosy pub.

The Jolly Sportsman is a smart English country pub with a cosy dining room with artwork on the walls, and a lovely beer garden.

Which means it's also an easy walk back to camp before the sun sets and another campfire session...

Before we leave we couldn't resist a little peek at the main part of the campsite centered around a small field of novelty 'glamping' accommodation. There's a bright red Routemaster double-decker bus, with a kitchen/diner downstairs and a soft-play area upstairs which converts into a bedroom.

...a vintage caravan from the 1960s called 'Double Bubble', which sleeps four people and is completely original inside.

...and a gypsy caravan built in the 1930s hidden away in a pretty sheltered outside area for cosy breakfasts and dinner.

The newest addition is the 'curvy cabin', bought from the Grand Design Show in 2012 which has a double bed and a bunk room for kids.

In case you forget anything, there's a handy shop inside a pretty painted shed selling all the essentials.

Book your stay at Blackberry Wood, here. 

Psst. Two fairytale treehouses to rent near Brighton. SaveSave

Pssst. My dream 'vintage' camper van. 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Adorable Smiling Plant Pots

Stella Baggott of Atelier Stella lives in Brighton and makes these one-of-a-kind adorable smiling plant pots. Cute, aren't they? Seeing as I'm a total stress head at

Inside the Wes Anderson Cafe in Italy

If like me you're a fan of the quirky film director, Wes Anderson, you'll probably be interested to know that he's designed the interior of a café bar in Milan. Look at those

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

My Holiday Planning Disaster

I'm such a holiday planner. Planning gets me really excited for a trip, so I like to plan ahead, debate places to stay and hunt down the types of restaurants local people go to. I'll

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The Ellie & Co Secret Brighton Guide (so far)

Just for you readers, here's my Secret Guide to Brighton (so far); a round up of all my stories on secret, lesser known Brighton in one handy post. I'll be updating it as I go on. Stay tuned!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Home Inspo: Indoor Desert Garden

Terracotta pots are nice, but if you had a collection of little cacti  and if your taste is a bit random like mine – you could hunt down lots of different textured and colourful

Friday, 5 August 2016

A London Treasure Hunt

When I'm walking around Brighton, my eye is trained to look up and around in search of new cafes, museums and historic buildings. But through his Instagram account,

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Brighton's Vintage Amusement Arcade

After living in Brighton for so long, I've been making more of an effort to rediscover the city, see it through new eyes, and little by little I've been stumbling upon local gems I'd