If you’re looking for present ideas, some little treats for yourself or some new homewares and accessories to spruce up your space, then I’ve found a designer you are going to love. We also have a little giveaway at the end, so keep your eyes peeled!
Isobel Alice is a very talented homeware and accessories designer based in Cornwall. She hand makes all of her products and her collections are inspired by the sea, her surroundings and her feline friends. She’s been sewing from a young age and after completing her textile degree, she set up her own business and now makes and sells her designs locally in Cornwall, and online.
I love supporting small Cornish businesses and start ups. I think it’s so important to support your local community and its very easy to do when there are people that make such beautiful products like Isobel Alice.
There is also something very special about buying handmade products. You’re not only getting a product that’s a little bit unique, but at the same time you know that you’re helping someones dream.
Here’s a few of the Isobel Alice products I have and love and some of the reasons you will too:
Fish Cotton Drum Lampshade
The first product I really love is this stunning lampshade. It’s available in several different sizes and the colour tones fit so beautifully in my new white and grey themed home office space. Now I’m working from home full time, we’ve been making over our office to make it more comfortable. The Isobel Alice collection fits so well with what we’re doing.
I’ve just ordered a new lamp base that will go perfectly with it and I’m so tempted to get a matching lampshade for our ceiling light too.
Look how beautiful the stitching details on this lampshade are! It’s actually a digital print of the original textile Izzy made, as are all of her products. But the stitches are so 3D it looks real, like you could grab them. It’s definitely going to be the focal point of the room and goes perfectly in my minimalist office space.
If you love this mackerel themed lampshade, you need to check out the other designs too. There is one featuring a lobster and another an octopus. Or, if you don’t fancy sea creatures, there are cute cats and adorable dogs too!
Octopus Coin Purse
The second Isobel Alice product that I really adore is this ‘Octopus Coin Purse.’ Most of of Isobel Alice’s designs combine vintage imagery and stitching detail, as well as occasionally some literary words. One of my favourite designs is this Octopus print. I really love the detailing and the way the Octopus is illustrated. It’s so eye-catching.
I’ve been using this purse to house my spare change. It comes in handy for all those coastal car parks when we go on weekend walks.
You can use this for anything though; from housing sewing supplies or hair clips, to keeping your cards and money safe. This beautifully made coin purse comes in five designs and fit so perfectly in a purse or a pocket. Great if you fancy a day without your handbag!
Crab A4 Fine Art Print
This crab print is so lovely! I’ve just bought a white photo frame and this is being mounted to a wall in our office this week. I really love the soft blue and green tones in all of Isboel Alice’s products, and especially this one.
They’re not overpowering or vibrant, yet they’re really eye-catching. The colours are also quite relaxing and I love that I get little reminders of the sea, every time I look at this print. There are four designs to choose from, but I have to say, this one is my favourite!
A6 Lobster Notebook
One thing I cannot live without is notebooks. I am forever jotting down lists, notes and doodling! I’ve already asked for a few of these little A6 notebooks as stocking fillers this year. They’re so sweet and they’re a great size for popping into your handbag or your coat pocket, for as and when you need them. Which for me, is all the time!
The one I have features a little lobster, but there are four other designs to choose from.
Octopus Wash Bag
How flipping cute is this wash bag? Some of Isobel Alice’s products contain quotes, particularly the cushions and wash bags. One of my favourite quotes on her products is;
‘I must go down to the sea again, for the call of the running tide.’
And the other one is the one on this wash bag;
‘Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.’
There really is something so magical about the sea and these prints are perfect for coastal lovers. We go away on a lot of adventures and this wash bag is going to be my new travel bag, so I can always have a little reminder of home when I’m away.
If you love Isobel Alice as much as I do, you can enter our giveaway to win some products of your vey own. Comment below your favourite Isobel Alice piece from above and follow on social media to enter.
*Please note, all e-mails collected from the giveaway will be added to the Isobel Alice and Life Unexpected mailing lists.
Isobel Alice also makes a few more products, other than the ones I’ve listed above. I currently have my eye on a very crabby cushion to sit on my office chair. Be sure to go and have a little peek at her website to see what else she makes.
It’s also an idea to pop over there if you’re stuck on Christmas gift ideas. From stocking fillers to main presents, we’re sure whoever you’re buying for will absolutely adore her designs.
If you live in Cornwall then you can find Isobel Alice products in several local stores. I’ve already spotted a few of her designs recently in shops around my area; from St. Ives to Porthleven, Penzance and Mousehole. She also hase some stockists further across the UK and is adding more all the time. You can find out more about her stockist details on her website here.
What do you think of these home accessories by Isobel Alice? Which one is your favourite? Would you buy these as presents or a treat for yourself?
*We were sent some Isobel Alice products to review, but all opinions are honest and my own.