Friday 23 October 2015

Brit Decor: Goes to print/ With

It's been over a month now since my Summertime adventures came to an end, and like many of us hard working folk, these have given me the #wanderlust for further travels and escapes. Here in the UK, as we head from Autumn towards Winter, I've been keen to keep some of these Summer jaunts fresh in my mind. However, I no longer have to rely upon flicking through my iPhone photo library...

With the help of my friends over at Zazzle, I have been able to quite literally bring to life some of my favourite images from the Summer, as my very own homewares! The choice of products to choose from and the design options available are vast, so I could be as creative as I wished.

I have to be honest, when I was first asked by the team at Zazzle to make my selection of homewares, I was a little reticent about just how well some of my photos would translate into print, in terms of quality. However, as soon as the first delivery arrived, I was in for a visual treat. The standard of printing is amazing and the quality of the products are of an equally high standard. Most importantly, each piece looks great in my home.

So which items did I select?

For the porcelain plate (see 'below'), I opted for one of the many photos I snapped during my stay at the industrial-style retreat, Hotel Daniel, in Vienna. This one depicts a shot of the concrete ceiling in my hotel room, as I wanted to create a graphic industrialised 'look'. The plate also includes holes on the reverse so it can easily be transformed into a wall mounted work of art.

Before placing my order, the bath mat was one of the products that I feared would not look good, or at least, that my original photo of some Viennese floor tiles might not transfer very well. I was totally wrong! As you can see (also 'below') the photo, taken at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, is crystal clear.

The set of 8 postcards can be fully customised front and back. I love postcards as a quick way of bringing a touch of art, colour, and fun to a space. Whilst I opted for a monochrome design here, these cards delivered just the mood I wanted and even look great in a frame.

Last but not least are the four cotton placemats - for these I wanted to bring home a memory of my trip to Kew Gardens. I am absolutely smitten with the finished items, which bring a touch of the #foreverfoliage trend to my tabletop.

Which product is your favourite?

Please check out the full range over at

All images / Mike Ahern
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