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  • Summer Chaos: Keeping Your Interior Looking Fresh-& Under Control

    In the chaos of the Summer holidays it’s sometimes easy for interiors (and exteriors) to get out of control but there are simple ways to both freshen and cheer your home and keep the mess under control. Here’s a few ideas that work for us! Clear Away The Clutter Hair ties, earrings, keys, matches, TV…

  • A Few Of Our Favourite Things: Summer Accessories and the Kantha Tradition

    For centuries Bengali women have been taking discarded sari cloth and stitching it together with a small immaculate running stitch to create something new. The kantha ‘dorokha’ or two sided quilt was never considered a work of art, but rather was  simply something by which to keep warm. In Bangladesh, vintage cloth was said to…

  • 10 Mins With: Emma Sadler and Georgie Rush, Co- Founders of Lālla London

    Stories. Rug making has always been about stories- of culture, tradition, families and an ancient craft. Emma Sadler and Georgie Rush,  two friends with years of experience working with rugs  established Lālla London, the go-to rug emporium for the very finest hand crafted rugs in 2017. Their love of rugs and their passion for quality,…

  • How To: Create A Colourful Summer Table

      It’s already been quite a scorcher and there’s nothing better when the sun shines and the temperature rises than heading outdoors and making the most of al fresco entertaining. This Summer we’ve been doing lots of eating outdoors with family and friends and our tables seem to be getting prettier and prettier! As outdoor…

  • 10 Mins With : The Get Ahead Cook, Jane Lovett

    Renowned cook Jane Lovett has just published her second hugely successful book ‘The Get Ahead Cook’. Here she talks to us about food, life and how to make a dinner party truly zing. Did you enjoy writing your new book? How long have you been working on it? Yes, very much, although deadlines are rather…

  • The Story Of Our Hand Crafted Afghan Glass

    Sometimes we fall hopelessly in love with our products, sometimes we fall in love with the stories behind them. And sometimes- as is the case with our hand blown Herati glass- we quite simply fall in love with both. For over two thousand years, Herat’s distinctive coloured glass has been traded along the length of…

  • New Things For Spring | Your Chance To WIN Gorgeous Block Printed Accessories From Seraphina and ibbi

      This month we’re thrilled to team up with the fabulous London/Goa-based  Seraphina Boutique, to offer you the chance to win a collection of sumptuous hand block printed accessories (worth £245.00) , for you and your home. It’s   the perfect way, we feel, to celebrate AT LAST, the arrival of Spring! For your chance…

  • Dodo watering cans and Decorative Flamingoes

    ibbi would like to publically apologise for unintentionally influencing recent research carried out by the WWF, which concluded that 1 in 4 British adults believe that the famously extinct Dodo is in fact very much still alive and that it is actually the flamingo that is in grave danger of extinction.

  • Tis the Christmas season! Discover Tamegroute Tableware

    Hand crafted on the Moroccan/Algeria border, we picture these beautiful bowls and plates, both big and small, amongst the ordered chaos of your kitchen, piled high with the winter colours of tangerines, apples, walnuts and cranberries… or covering your Boxing Day table, packed full of fresh quinoa salads, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

  • Creative Styling Ideas

    Whether you're at home in the garden, or on the beach this Summer, it's such fun to create a Summer table heaving with patterns, plants, fresh flowers and a rich mix of textures. Here we've chosen just a few of our current favourite products from our collections which we think will add the perfect finishing touches to your Summer table.

  • ibbi: Fresh Thinking, Summer Style

      Brimming with beautiful, bright colours, our latest collections are all about a V E R Y relaxed Summer style. We’ve lots of lovely outdoor ideas, from butterfly chairs, vintage throws, gloriously embroidered cushions, storm lanterns and stunning ceramic tableware, to authentic Rajasthani day beds and fire bowls (now they’re THE ideal gift for Father’s…

  • Celebrating The Start Of Summer

    Today officially marks the start of Summer: a great time to refresh and add some colour to your home. So if you're searching for seasonal accessories to brighten your outdoor or indoor space then hunt no more: our collection of hand block printed homewares will have you dreaming of long lazy, hazy Summer days and they're perfect for adding a touch of hand crafted beauty to any interior.

  • Beautiful, Relaxed Spring Dining: And Wishing You A Very Happy Easter

    It’s almost Easter and with all this glorious Spring sunshine we’re getting ready for a long weekend of celebrations. We hope you have a fabulous Easter! At ibbi, we’ll be: Eating: freshly baked hot cross buns, straight from the oven. Too mouthwateringly droolingly good for words (and possibly the only thing better than choccie eggs…

  • Why You Should Covet A Kantha

    We talk about our love of kantha a lot at ibbi: and what's not to love! Kantha quilts, kantha throws, kantha blankets, kantha cushions..they're all truly unique vintage goodies, made in the brightest happy colours: timeless textiles to treasure forever. So what makes them so special?

  • Celebrating Mother’s Day

    When it comes to Mother's Day we all know what makes us melt: the little things, every time. Give us the handmade card with scrawled message, the wee gift or the bunch of flowers picked straight from the garden and we're made up. What is slightly more controversial is the whole breakfast in bed issue.

  • Celebrating International Women’s Day: March 8th 2017

    International Women's Day on March 8th celebrates the social and cultural achievements of women around the world. Thank you to just some of the many outstanding women who are responsible for creating and supplying us with such beautiful products. It is a pleasure to work with you all.

  • Safe Travels In India: Our Top Tips For First Timers

    Breathtaking, beautiful, bamboozling India: a country where we spend many glorious weeks each year, meeting with our suppliers and discussing our various product ranges. Spring is such an amazing time to visit India, so just in case you're heading off there for the first time sometime soon, we thought we'd share out top five travel tips which have been so helpful to us over the years.

  • It’s Great To Hear About Your Creative Inspiration!

    We love seeing how you use our ibbi products and this month huge thanks to Jo Harrison who got in touch to show us how she'd used her ibbi star door knobs, to give a new lease of life to a tired coffee table. We absolutely love what you've done Jo!

  • Go Colourful

    Many of us may be sick and tired of boring old beige but apparently it's still the safe shades of oyster, stone and cream that remain the nation's favourites. Which is sad because although people are scared of making mistakes with colour, bland interiors can be very uninteresting. So let's have less of the snoring boring and more of the creative colouring.

  • A Good Night’s Sleep. Not As Easy As It Sounds..

    It may be essential for energy, health and a lifetime of happiness but getting a good night's sleep is easier said than done. When it comes to proper shut eye, we all know we're supposed get plenty of good sleep and avoid snoozing, but sadly for most of us it's not always easy.. and often, the harder you try to still your mind and count the sheep, the worse it gets.

  • Storage Solutions ibbi Style

    A rather belated Happy New Year! and welcome to our first blog of 2017. It's been an exciting start to our year and we're already on the hunt for more beautiful, colourful, whimsical products to add to our affordable homeware ranges. We're excited to have just launched our new website too and we really hope you find it an inviting, fun place to spend some time happily browsing..

  • Autumn Chills and Block Printed Quilts

    There's already an Autumn chill in the air and don't you think it's a perfect time to be thinking about adding a touch more style, warmth and luxury to your bedroom space.  Our latest Indian block printed quilts are a perfect addition to throw on the bed when the temperature starts to fall and they look so pretty when layered with soft linens, crisp cottons or cosy knitted throws.

  • Cosy Autumns and Kantha Throws

    So it's farewell to the Summer and time to cosy on down and embrace the Autumn! And as textiles are such a quick and easy way to add comfort to any room, we're delighted with our latest collection of little vintage kantha quilts (queen size kanthas arriving very soon too..we'll keep you posted!). Kantha quilts have been created in Bangladesh and West Bengal for over 500 years.

  • Why We Love Hand Painted Ceramics: Our Favourite World Tableware

    There's something utterly beautiful we think, about our hand crafted ceramic tableware. Each bowl, platter, jug and cup is painted by hand, a labour of love, every single last piece entirely unique. And the creative process behind these beauties, and all the jargon involved, is really wonderful too.

  • Celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight

    It’s ‘Fair Trade Fortnight’! So what a perfect time to be celebrating the arrival of our fabulous new Kiondo sisal baskets from Kenya. Colourful, unique, practical and oh so pretty, these baskets are one-off beauties and we just wanted to say that it’s a pleasure for us to support the work of the weaving cooperatives…

  • ibbi Loves: Mother’s Day. Read About Our Favourite 5 (And There’s 20% Off At ibbi Until March 6 2016 Too)

    We’re not the biggest gift-givers at ibbi but we do love a Mother’s Day treat! So just in case you’re struggling to find a small something to help you celebrate on March 6th, here’s a few suggestions. We’ve chosen some of our favourite products with interesting stories, all made by artisans in marginalised communities, who…

  • ibbi loves: Valentine’s Day

    If it’s been a dreary (and possibly dry) January, you’ll be looking for reasons to be cheerful and celebrate in February! Valentine’s Day is almost here and lets face it, everyone loves a teeny bit of wooing. So this year, why not forget the padded card, the heaving restaurants and the stodgy soft centres in…

  • A Very Happy New Year. Now About Storing Some Of That Christmas Stuff..

    A very Happy New Year from all at ibbi! I know we’ve mentioned our fabulous Kiondo sisal baskets from Kenya before but it is the start of a new year and if, like us, your house is suddenly full of all sorts of goodies which need storing away somewhere, indeed ANYWHERE.. then it really does…

  • The New Frilly: Don’t Dilly Dally!

    Our new handcrafted, hand painted 'Frilly' jugs have just arrived from our favourite pottery in South Africa and they're selling fast. We thought they'd make good pressies this Christmas and you seem to think so too!

  • Beautiful Bowls: Brought To You From Senegal

    In the republic of Senegal on the West African coast, communities are becoming increasingly creative when it comes to matters of recycling. Orange peel is used to create perfume. Cola, coffee and beer cans are used to create a whole host of home accessories including mirrors and ashtrays. And apparently there are even dancers just…

  • New Arrivals From Africa

    At ibbi we love our products: they’re not only beautiful but they all have stories to tell. And our new collections of Kiondo baskets from the weaving groups in Kasigau, Kenya are no exception. By buying these products which have been created by small-scale craftspeople, you’re helping to uplift communities, create employment and support sustainability….

  • Looking For Colour?

    So: according to the press, as we mentioned in our blog back in October, we’re currently abandoning our neutral palettes and throwing a casual splash more colour and pattern in to our homes. Hurrah! Vibrant cushions, richly coloured rugs and striking accessories are all selling like hot cakes and that probably goes to explain why…

  • The rise and rise of more adventurous interior design..

    It was great to read in the Daily Telegraph last week (16 Oct) that we’re abandoning our neutral colour palettes in favour of more adventurous interior design. As we’ve always said, the magnolias, beiges and simple creams are stylish and safe but can look even more beautiful with some statement prints and patterns added to…

  • Nikki Pretorius and Sunshine Educare

    In Cape Town recently, on the chilliest, greyest and wettest of early Spring days, it was a huge privilege to meet the incredible Nikki Pretorius, founder of Sunshine Educare. Located until June this year at the Skandaalkamp settlement, the entire community and its school have now been moved lock, stock and barrel to a site…

  • So When it Comes To Patterns…

    We had such fun at our photo shoot last week (the spectacular autumnal sunshine couldn’t have arrived at a better time!) after our gorgeous, timeless four poster beds and our new vintage kantha collections arrived at ibbi HQ.  And as the block printed quilts, kantha throws and softest kantha bolsters and cushions were casually piled…

  • Inspired By: South Africa

    It was the most enormous treat to visit South Africa this week and to meet so many designers and artisans, responsible for making some of our favourite collections here at ibbi. And no treat was greater than visiting the pottery where our vibrant hand painted ceramics are created. Our ceramics are colourful, sunny and beautifully…

  • For All Foodies…

    We foodies at ibbi are always on the look out for inspirational ideas on what to gobble next. And some moons ago our fellow ibbi co-founder Anna heard about the amazing stylist and food writer Anna Jones…and now at ibbi we’re all totally hooked. Anna Jones believes vegetables are essential and should sit at the…

  • Why We Love: Kantha

    It’s official. At ibbi we simply love kantha: a sumptuous throw made from layer upon layer of finest vintage Indian cotton sari and hand stitched together by talented artisans in West Bengal, to create a unique and sumptuous throw. Kanthas make perfect picnic rugs and they’re great draped over sofas and stools. They’re delicious across…

  • Ban The Beige! Hand Block Printed Quilts: Start The Autumn Term With Style

    If you’re looking to get ready for the new university or school term, we have a fabulous collection of super soft hand block printed quilts which are perfect for all stylish sleep places. Smart and soft hues, the softest cotton and intricate hand block printing. Ban the beige. This is beautiful bedding! Available at www.ibbidirect.co.uk…

  • Coming Soon..The Exquisite Mo Dowry Bag Cushion Collection

    Whilst searching through the heaving markets of Rajasthan this year, we found the most exquisite discarded dowry bags. Bursting with rich texture and colour, each was unique, heavily embroidered and a thing of absolute beauty. We couldn’t resist them and our vintage collection of Mo Dowry Bag Cushions will be available at www.ibbidirect.co.uk very soon….

  • Relaxing This Weekend..With Our Delicious Sweet Treats

    How to relax this weekend? We agree. Keep it simple. Read the papers, potter in the garden, enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass and spend time with family and friends. And food? Well isn’t quick and delicious always the way and this weekend why not spoil yourself with a simple throw-together sweet treat, straight…

  • The Best Espresso

    So first the good news: it’s summer. A time to relax a little and enjoy the sunshine. Kick off your shoes, feel the grass beneath your feet and take a good gulp of that glorious British summer air. Now the bad news: when your holiday’s over, it’s back to those early starts and the shock…

  • Hand Crafted, Hand Painted, Unusual, Unique ..It’s What We’re About

    You know how much at ibbi we love the hand crafted, the unique, the unusual and the eclectic. And there’s nothing we love more than our ceramic collections from South Africa. Inspired by the spectacular surrounding birdlife and vibrant indigenous flora of Cape Town, our favourite pottery there is constantly creating new hand painted collections…

  • Life’s Simple Pleasures..

    At ibbi we love life’s simple pleasures and can’t help embracing the quirky. So when we spotted these metal flamingo watering cans in Rajasthan we couldn’t resist them. Yes. We’ve told you about them before.. but it’s summer and what better way to spend a few moments of your day than pottering on your patio, drenching…

  • 21st Century Linen Never Looked So Good!

    We all have times when we tire of our biscuit, beige and bland interiors. So why not transform your chairs and style up your sofas  by adding a splash of contemporary colour? Our Kempley linen cushions in gorgeous 100% linen have been a huge hit this summer. They’re bold and bright and just what your…

  • Simple But True: It Always Looks Better By Candlelight!

    Simple but true: everything look better by candlelight! Whatever the temperature this summer, whether you’re dining on the beach, in the garden or round the kitchen table, our ibbi 100 candles clustered in the centre of your table will add lots of lovely gentle light and bags of simple style. The candles are still available…

  • Travel, ibbi Style..

    The moment summer arrives and the weather warms up, isn’t it great to be outdoors? There’s nothing quite like finding a free day to grab your friends, your kids, a couple of throws, a pile of cushions and a basket of delicious picnic goodies and head off to the beach, the river or the park…

  • When Big, Bold And Fluffy Really Works..

    Big, bold and fluffy may not work when it comes to slippers (major tripping hazard ) and dogs (nightmare to detangle and keep clean) but when it comes to our Ashley Pom Pom Key rings, big bold and fluffy is a simple sensation! It’s a well known fact that keys have a life of their…

  • The Perfect Purse For Summer Essentials

    We discovered these vibrant purses in the Canchis province of Peru. Made from vintage puytos (the decorative trim sewn on to skirts by women from Cusco) or handwoven and embroidered in fabulously bright hues, these purses are ideal for all your small summer essentials. Whatever you need to carry: keys, cash, lip balm, phone or…

  • Fabulous Frazada and super soft kantha: Al fresco dining ibbi style

    School’s out and it’s time to get outdoors! And whether you’re beach bound or simply relaxing at home, there’s nothing quite like throwing down a rug and enjoying an impromptu picnic with family and friends. Why not have a look at our frazadas: versatile and vintage, these handwoven textiles, created in the Andes using llama…

  • The beautiful hues of Peru

    We found these men’s belts in Peru recently and couldn’t resist them!  Made from finest alpaca, each belt is a unique piece of  craftsmanship.  Peruvian artisans located in the Andes are using traditional embroidery and weaving methods to create beautiful ranges of contemporary accessories in both vibrant and subdued hues. Our new collection of belts…

  • ibbi’s end of term teacher treats

    The school year has already finished for some and will soon be coming to an end for all. So if you’re looking for gift ideas for teachers you’d like to say thank you to, then perhaps we can help. Whether it’s beautiful, cutesy or spectacularly colourful presents you’re on the hunt for, we’ve a selection…

  • Summer Sipping: The Sunday Evening Earl Grey Martini

    This is very definitely one to shake and not stir! Spoil yourself with this utterly delicious Summer cocktail. So easy to throw together and its fabulous, refreshing hint-of-herbaceous, zesty flavour is perfect for those lazy Sunday evenings with friends . You Will Need: 50 ml gin (or vodka) 35ml strong cold Earl Grey tea 20ml…

  • Happy First Birthday..to ibbi online!

    Happy First Birthday to…ibbi online! Yes, we can’t believe www.ibbidirect.co.uk is one year old today and what a year it’s been. We’re now sourcing  collections of home accessories from India, South America and South Africa and it’s been a frantic and fabulous first twelve months! We think there’s only one way to celebrate such an…

  • Up, up and away!

    If you’re airport bound you’ll be needing these! Get ready to go with our fabulous Indian cotton bags. Make up and wash bags are perfect for all manner of accessories and beauty essentials (under 100mls of course) and beach totes have oodles of room for all your essential carry on kit. Striking stylish designs and…

  • Father’s Day: It Doesn’t Have To Be Pants

    June 21st is Father’s Day and haven’t we all done it. The last minute panic pressie shop: tragic jazzy pants, garish socks or that mug that seemed quite amusing in the shop. It can get worse. On one occasion, I succumbed to the most tragic of all panic buys: a black stretchy lycra all in…

  • Get Inspired.. It’s The First Day of Summer!

    As it’s the first official day of Summer today we think a spot of garden inspiration is called for!  And if, like us, you’re always looking for ways to transform those dull corners of your patio, deck, garden, balcony or yard then why not try one of these very stylish planters which we discovered recently…

  • the ibbi 100 update: love is in the air

      Let’s face it: it’s not often you can add romance to your life for £2.50 but this month our ibbi 100 product can help you do just that! Put the kids to bed,  put the dog to bed , put the cat out, put some old fashioned romantic Henry Mancini on and settle down…

  • the ibbi list: June

    Welcome to our ibbi list for June! This month we’re dipping: in to great reads, great art, delicious Summer cocktails and scrummy places to eat . And as we’ve got new collections arriving all the time now, we thought we’d take a moment to recover from the past few weeks of unpacking our fabulous deliveries…

  • Summer Picnics And Rhubarb Cordial

    As Summer fast approaches it’s time to get collecting fresh ingredients from the garden and when the sun’s shining down and you’re feeling hot, bothered and in need of delicious refreshment, there’s nothing better than creating sweet cordials which can be diluted with either sparkling water or Prosecco (depending on your mood). And last weekend…

  • Lazing on a sunny afternoon ..with our lemonade and cardamom cordial cocktail!

    With Bank Holiday Monday fast approaching here in England, we thought we’d share one of our favourite lazy day treats with you. We’re thinking: the sun’s shining (keep everything crossed!), there’s the hum of a lawn mower somewhere in the distance and you’re treating yourself to a quiet hour in the garden with newspaper, magazine…

  • New From Peru!

    Our new collection of densely embroidered belts has JUST arrived from Peru. They are beautiful, vibrant and created by artisans in the highlands surrounding Ayacucho. Each belt is unique. Keep checking the website. They’ll be available very soon at www.ibbidirect.co.uk Please feel free to get in touch for more details!

  • ibbi celebrates! World Baking Day with Jane Lovett

        Yes. Today is, apparently, officially, World Baking Day. Aah..another excuse for us here at ibbi to celebrate with cake! And if you’re thinking of celebrating too, could we recommend, if you are in need of a little inspiration, that you head to the website of fantastic Northumbrian based cook Jane Lovett . We…

  • the ibbi 100 update

    Huge thanks for your response to our latest ibbi 100 product (our hand painted ceramic ramekins). Profits from the sales of all these bowls goes to the Magic Bus charity, which supports some of India’s poorest young people. Our ramekins are still available, each one unique. Great for oils, nuts, seeds, sweeties, spices and perfect…

  • ibbi introduces you to: Mrs Sagarika Das

    In lush green peaceful countryside several hours South of Kolkata lives the wonderful Mrs Sagarika Das. She is responsible for the talented team of ladies in her village who hand stitch our ibbi throws and beautifully embroidered one-off pieces. Accompanied by Rita (representative of our favourite fair trade organisation in Kolkata), we visit Mrs Das…

  • ibbi and Magic Bus: today’s news from Parvati Pujari

    Huge congratulations to the wonderfully dedicated and highly motivated Parvati Pujari (introduced in our ibbi blog April 12) who works tirelessly as a training officer with our favourite charity Magic Bus in Mumbai. Today we had an email from her saying she’s been chosen to attend the ‘United Nations Office on Sport for Development and…

  • Our ‘ibbiotic’ Pick Of The Week…

    You know how we’re drawn to colour at ibbi…but really..a pink candyfloss geyser? This is just too much! We felt we had to share this: our utterly  ‘ibbiotic’ snippet of the week. Danish based Chilean artist Marco Evaristti has understandably found himself in hot water with local Icelandic authorities recently after pouring red fruit based…

  • The ibbi list : May

        Welcome to our May list and hurrah: Spring has most definitely sprung. Don’t these longer sunny evenings make you feel good! This month we’re talking Hardy and Hepworth and we’re revisiting our favourite Indian reads. We also felt we had to mention ice cream  (the sun’s shining..it’s essential!) and we have gorgeous beauty…

  • Spring with a Zing: Sam’s Icy Homemade Lemonade

          How incredible is this Spring! It’s April, the sun is shining and day after day our streets and parks are heaving with people revealing bare knees and bare shoulders and constantly commenting on the fact that it’s simply TOO hot. Even here at ibbi HQ in the far North of England, temperatures…

  • ibbi loves: Fiona Caulfield and the Love Travel Guides

    Thinking of travelling to India? Put these on your must-have list. We are delighted that we’re now stockists of our favourite Indian travel guides by Fiona Caulfield. These beautiful books, lovingly crafted from eco-friendly hand-made paper, are packed with glorious illustrations and spectacular recommendations, which will enable you to access an abundance of authentic experiences…

  • ibbi Introduces You To Parvati Pujari at Magic Bus

    We can’t say it enough! We are huge fans of the Magic Bus charity at ibbi and in London last month it was great to have the opportunity to chat with 24 year old Parvati Pujari who works as a training officer with Magic Bus in Mumbai. The daughter of unskilled construction workers, Parvati grew…

  • the ibbi list: April

        Happy Easter! Spring is here, our latest collections, bursting with colour and rich texture are about to reach our shores and we’re buzzing. This month we’re talking luxurious linen, great reads, delicious eateries, cool ceramics and must-see collections from the doyenne of abstract art: Sonia Delaunay. ibbi: eclectic as ever! Have a great…

  • ibbi100 and how you can get involved!

    100% of the profit from our ibbi100 products goes straight to the Magic Bus projects which support some of India’s poorest slum children. And this month we’d like to offer you our ibbi100 super vibrant Indian cotton aprons, napkins and tablecloths, in either stunning turquoise or fuschia pink. Spring is here! What better way to…

  • Bagged…in Rajasthan

      Spring: think bluebell shoots, daffodils and wardrobe wake up calls! Is it really time to ditch the dark neutrals and abandon the old faithful charcoal tote already? Yes it is! Always on the hunt for new, vintage and unique pieces to brighten your wardrobe and your home, we were excited last month to discover…

  • Interiors: Getting Your Light Right

    Lighting. Tricky. No question. Too much and your perfectly beautiful room loses all warmth and personality. Too little and you could easily end up in A&E thanks to that stray footstool you didn’t spot lurking in the shadows. So what a relief to recently discover Pooky, purveyors of super stylish, interesting and eye catching lamp…

  • Mother’s Day: A Minefield? Absolutely Not. Just Follow Our No Nonsense Guide

    Mother’s Day. It’s easy. Really. Take my word for it. Whether you’re shopping for your own mum or advising your kids, it doesn’t need to be a minefield. As long as you don’t feel compelled to panic buy at your local hardware store or purchase beauty products that mention the words wrinkle, lift, deep pore,…

  • New, Vintage and Unique: the blog

    Welcome to our new blog! It’s great to be sharing it with you. Every month we look forward to posting our latest crushes, finds and inspirations  and all that other stuff we love at ibbi: style, food, fashion, travel and film..and we love a spot of eccentricity too..we like to call it something slightly ibbiotic…

  • ibbi quilts

    These new kantha bed spreads are printed indigo blue on the softest 100% cotton.  Beautiful to throw over beds, sofas or hay bales. Cosy down and curl up: our hand block printed quilts from Jaipur are a labour of love and as luscious as they look. Made from 100% soft cotton, these eye catching creations…

  • ibbi party

    A blazing late summer sun shines over Capheaton in Northumberland as ibbi prepares for tomorrow’s launch party. Our eclectic collection of carefully sourced statement pieces for your home, from South Africa, India and Sri Lanka look delicious in this rural idyll! Check out our website: ibbidirect.co.uk  and visit an inspiring place for homeware, accessories and vintage…

  • From Workshop to Website…ibbi’s New Tableware

    At last our beautiful ibbi tableware has arrived from South Africa – it is stunning and we have been busy uploading all the images onto the website, which we do promise is very nearly ready….www.ibbidirect.co.uk    Our launch date is, fingers crossed, 2nd June. Afia Peanut Bowls ibbi’s beautiful Rintin Cala Platter and a selection of Tweeling…

  • Inspired by Spring Colours

    Getting closer to the launch of the ibbi website!   Below is a small preview of some of the beautiful kantha’s and bedspreads we have for sale:   ibbi has been inspired by the beautiful early spring colours below and have designed a range of glass candlesticks in five fabulous colours.  They look utterly lovely with our…

  • ibbi loves: St Paul de Vence and ibbi’s Delicious Hummus

    It is idyllic and unpretentious: the magnificent medieval St Paul de Vence is one of the oldest hilltop towns in South Eastern France.  Whatever your preference: traditional, modern, naive or contemporary, you’ll love this dynamic artistic hub where the sculptures and paintings of heavyweights such as Chagall and Folon sit along side those locally based…

  • Spring In Northumberland

    There is nothing better than sunny days in Northumberland.  Four days with early morning frosts, no wind and a glorious eight hours of sunshine. So ibbi’s tips for feeling AMAZING every morning: 1.  A delicious and energising Green ibbi Smoothie! It’s obviously important to use the ibbi bowls too for nuts, seeds and flax just…

  • Dispatches From Kerala

    Post written in January We are on our way to the far South West of India.  The state of Kerala, with Arabian Sea to its West and Western Ghats to its East,  is heaving with coconut palms, quiet backwaters, dense palm forests, paddy fields, and estates of rubber, tea, coffee and pepper.  The colour is…

  • Jaipur in January is Chilly

    This post was written in January. Jaipur, The Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan and freezing cold.  The region has been hit by a cold wintry blast and standing in factories with marble floors for eight hours a day has left our bones aching with cold.  Anyway, nothing can really dampen our spirits here –…

  • Micro Scooters

    We took 8 reconditioned micro-scooters out to Calcutta as part of Micro-Scooters Scooter Aid programme.  We donated 4 of the scooters at Nirmala Shushu Bhavan an orphanage set up by Mother Theresa over 30 years ago.  The other 4 we donated to a community (slum) called Mulahadi.  We had a meeting with a company called…

  • Away We Go

    This post was written in January We have taken a bit of time to get our, ‘ibbi life’ blog live – nervous bloggers.  So the first few posts were written back in January while we were in India and we will catch up with ourselves. Calcutta Calcutta is a cool city.  We travelled there to…

  • Hot Pink

    Welcome to ibbi’s new blog – ibbi life. Starting off with hot pink in Jaipur inspiring our 2014 collection.