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the ibbi list: June

Welcome to our ibbi list for June!

Claire and Anna unpacking some of the latest ibbi collection at ibbi HQ recently

Claire and Anna unpacking some of the latest ibbi collection at ibbi HQ recently

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 and do something a little more relaxing..so we’ve been ‘test driving’ our new charpoys (traditional Indian beds) from Jodhpur for you too.

So after the work’s done this month, we hope you have a moment to relax, enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the great outdoors and perhaps find time for a Summer cocktail too (why is it that they taste so much better outside!). We hope you have a great month.

Claire, Anna and Eliza


 

READ: ibbi’s Top Five Great Summer Reads

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We do hope you find the time to enjoy one of these..and if you’ve lots of time try all 5!

 

1. Akhil Sharma: Family Life

An absolute must read. Brilliant, discomfiting story of the American dream gone horribly sour

2. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender Is The Night

Talented, charming young psychiatrist marries fragile heiress: the story of their exotic lifestyle and the seeds of destruction that lie within.

3. Amitav Ghosh: Sea Of Poppies

Terrific novel set against the backdrop of the Opium Wars in 19th Century India.

4. WM Thackeray: Barry Lyndon

18th Century adventures of a clever, unprincipled member of the Irish gentry as he tries to better himself with little money and bags of charm

5. Stephen Hilton: More Human

Truly spectacular ideological eclecticism from David Cameron’s former Strategy Director, who discusses how change is possible to create a more local, more accountable and more human way of living. Perhaps doesn’t sound fascinating..but truly it is.


 

SEE: Eric Ravilious

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This show is dedicated to the watercolours of British designer and illustrator Ravilious. In a short career of only 20 years he mastered the techniques of the Old Masters yet the intricacy and scale of his works reflect his belief that watercolours were finished pieces and not simply sketches to paintings in oils. His landscapes reflect his love of the English countryside and simple studies of geraniums and carnations in the greenhouse use fabulous forms, colours and textures. As wartime approaches we see military vessels on the high seas and the desperate gaiety of  wartime picnics. It’s all intelligent, emotional and hugely enjoyable stuff from start to finish.

At the Dulwich Picture Gallery London SE21 7AD  until August 31


 

EAT: Dishoom

We think the best dining experience in London: Dishoom

We think the best dining experience in London: Dishoom

Even when the sun shines and the temperature rises there’s still something truly delicious about a great curry and if this Summer you find yourself in our great Capital city could we suggest you pop on down to Dishoom, undoubtedly, we say, the very finest, relaxed and enjoyable dining experience available in town. A Bombay style café with vintage decor and retro ceiling fans , Dishoom is open from breakfast to dinner. The menu is loosely styled on Irani café food and offers all manner of mouthwatering goodies such as birianis, bhel (crunchy puffed rice with tamarind chutney) rajma-chawal and a black dal to die for too. It’s very busy in the evenings but you can book for breakfast and lunch. Dishoom has very kindly offered ibbi a £30 voucher so just be the first person to get in touch with us and we’ll happily send that out to you.

Dishoom: 12 Upper St Martins Lane London WC2H 9FB

http://www.dishoom.com


 

DRINK: Strawberry and Basil Margaritas

Strawberry Margarita

Always looking for great Summer cocktail ideas we love the combination here of  fresh strawberries with beautiful basil. These margaritas come together in seconds and are utterly delicious. You’ll need:

4 oz tequila

half a punnet fresh strawberries

2 oz fresh lime juice

8 fresh basil leaves

1 oz simple syrup

lots of ice

The Making:

Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until the ice is crushed. Pour in to 2 margarita glasses. Finish with a sprig of fresh basil or a fresh strawberry and just taste the Summer!

 

 


WEAR: GLASS JEWELLERY BY MARINA AND SUSANNA SENT

fabulous colourful jewellery designed by the Sent sisters

fabulous colourful jewellery designed by the Sent sisters

 

As we’re always on the look out for something new and unique we love this jewellery: recently discovered in Venice. Marina and Susanna Sent are sisters with close family ties to the Murano glass works (both their grandfathers worked in the sector) who’ve chosen to break away from traditional products and focus on minimalist glass statement jewellery. Spectacular pieces in a huge range of beautiful vibrant colours.

Check out at http://www.marinaesusannasent.com for details


 

ibbi STYLE: The Joy Of The Charpoy

Relaxing on his charpoy: the leader of a Bishnoi village close to Jodhpur whom we met on our travels earlier this year

Relaxing on his charpoy: the leader of a Bishnoi village close to Jodhpur whom we met on our travels earlier this year

After a hard day in the office, kitchen, garden or car (no doubt taxiing your kids around) there’s nothing like a quiet hour’s relaxation in the sunshine.  That rug on the lawn always looks appealing, but why is it you’ve only just got yourself settled on the lawn when the damp dog has to come and say hello and then dry off right by your side? So this Spring we decided to get busy testing all manner of outdoor seats, swings, chairs and beds , to get us all a little higher off the ground. And whilst in Jodhpur earlier this year we were delighted to find what we think are the most beautiful and most comfortable outdoor beds around: the charpoy or traditional Indian bed. Over one and a half billion people around the world apparently sleep on charpoys. In India they come outside during the day to be sat on and then go back inside at night to be slept on. Our charpoys have original carved legs and new woven webbing and they easily accommodate 2 adults (with probably enough room for a wet dog too). Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk


 

and lastly: something ibbiotic..

Egg

How do you like your eggs in the morning? There’s fun available for all the family on the last Sunday in June in Swaton, Lincs, UK at the World Egg Throwing Championships. All details available at http://www.eggthrowing.com

And believe it or not there’s the world Toe Wrestling Championships in Derbyshire, the Swamp Soccer World Cup in Scotland and the World Worm Charming Championships in Cheshire this month too…

Aren’t those strawberry and basil margaritas somehow so much more appealing..


 

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The ibbi list : May

 

Northumberland in the Spring

On our way to to ibbi HQ today: Northumberland woodland in the Spring

 

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 finds for you too. And we long to tell you about our new ibbi 100 product which helps to support our favourite charity: Magic Bus.

Have a great month!

Claire, Anna and Eliza


EXPLORE: THE BARBARA HEPWORTH MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDEN, ST IVES, CORNWALL

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Isn’t Spring the perfect time to enjoy art outdoors! And if you find yourself with enough time to venture to the far South West then we’d suggest you call in at St Ives and discover the magical Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden at Trewyn Studios in Cornwall. Barbara Hepworth first moved to Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson in 1939 and she worked at Trewyn until her death in 1975. The bronzes in the garden are seen in the environment for which they were created and most rest where Hepworth placed them. The beautiful garden was laid out by Hepworth and her great friend the composer Priaulx Rainier. It’s a magical experience. One not to be missed!

Open: March-October 10am-17.20pm daily   http://www.barbarahepworth.org.uk/st-ives


 

SEE: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba everdeen in Far From The Madding Crowd

The gorgeous Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene in Far From The Madding Crowd

Director Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of Hardy’s 1874 novel hits our screens today! Carey Mulligan is brilliant as the impetuous and not always wise Bathsheba Everdene and Matthias Shoenaerts plays the almost saintly Gabriel Oak; a sturdier and truer character you’d be hard pushed to find. The plot: Everdeen refuses Oak’s initial proposal and soon regrets it. The spirited now-heiress attempts to run her Uncle’s farm and soon finds two more suitors at her door: the handsome Sergeant Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge) and the rather wet Mr Baldwood (Michael Sheen). But nobody can stack hay and handle a scythe like Oak..what is Everdene to do?

This film has it all: beautiful countryside, windswept moors, breathtaking Victorian costumes, galloping horses, tempestuous maidens, and seriously handsome redcoats. A visual feast.


 

GET INVOLVED: ibbi 100: OUR UPDATE

hand painted ceramic ramekins: our new ibbi 100 product

hand painted ceramic ramekins: our new ibbi 100 product: £11 each at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

As you know we are huge fans of the fabulous charity Magic Bus which supports and inspires many children from the poorest slums in India. It’s a charity we often visit on our travels and back here in the UK we support Magic Bus through our ibbi 100 product, with 100% of the profit from sales of the ibbi 100 product going straight to Magic Bus. This month our new ibbi 100 product is our fabulous hand painted ramekin. These little ceramic gems, each one unique, are brilliant for oils, dips, treasured trinkets, nuts, fruits and they are oh so perfect for ice cream too! Earlier this week I mentioned in our blog Eliza’s 15 year old son Sam, my local food guru! Look out for his utterly delicious ice cream recipe on the ibbi blog next week..

ibbi ramekins: £11 each and oh so perfect for ice cream

ibbi ramekins: £11 each
and oh so perfect for ice cream



READ: THE SHADOW LINES by Amitav Ghosh

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This has to be one of our favourite reads and it’s riveting from start to finish. Shadow Lines weaves history and memory together and chronicles the story of two families, one English and one Bengali, as their lives intertwine from WW2 to modern times. It’s packed with engaging characters: eccentric Bengali matriarchs, doomed rickshaw drivers and languid Indian aristocrats to name but a few. Told by an unnamed narrator, the story reveals how its characters intermingle in a world not as members of distinct cultures but in a world where geographic boundaries have become ‘shadow lines’ . Set against a backdrop of historical events (WW2, the Partition of India and the riots of Dhaka and Calcutta in 1963-4) this book is wise, amusing, horrific.. and unputdownable too.


 

BEAUTY: HELLO GLOW! OUR FAVOURITE SPRING SCRUB: HANDMADE BY DOUNE

 

Handmade By Doune: the best body scrub we've ver found: packed with Rosemary, Siberian Fir, Mint essential oils and Tea Tree. £25 plus p&P

Handmade By Doune: the best body scrub we’ve  found: packed with Rosemary, Siberian Fir, Mint essential oils and Tea Tree. £25 plus p&P

 

It’s not often you find something that actually perks AND calms but this sumptuous Spring Scrub does just that! We’ve searched and tested and this is undoubtedly the best scrubby scrub we’ve found. Made with sweet almond oil (rejuvenates, conditions and softens) and olive oil (great for mature and dry skin), exfoliating sea salt and pure essential oils, Doune’s fragrant pots are pumped full of natural ingredients which leave your whole body tingling. Our favourite is her Morning Glow Scrub with rosemary, tea tree, Siberian Fir and mint essential oils. Perfect for tired muscles at the end of the day or great to get you up and running first thing. A 900gm pot is £25 plus p&p.

Available at http://www.handmadebydoune.co.uk


 

 

 

ibbi loves: Fiona Caulfield and the Love Travel Guides

Fiona Caulfield's fabulous Love Travel guides

Fiona Caulfield’s fabulous Love Travel guides are now available at ibbi

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide by Fiona Caulfield

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide  £27.99

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 whilst on your travels. Fiona developed the Love Travel Guides back in 2007 after making India her home. The books are bursting with gems which reflect both her own recommendations and tips collected from her vast network of local friends and travellers. Our early visits to Rajasthan were undoubtedly all the more fascinating thanks to Fiona’s guides. Without her, we’d never have discovered so many of our favourite hidden corners, including a personal favourite: the glorious Gulab Ji Chai Stall, where purveyors of the City’s most delicious tea have maintained the ritual of giving bread and chai to hundreds of homeless people now for over 60 years!

So if you’re hoping to learn more about local customs, forts and palaces, book shops, street food, metal trunks, kite makers, camel nose pins, specialist textiles, sitars, spas, balloon safaris or, of course, where to stay, then simply enjoy poring over the pages of these essential, honest and most knowledgeable guides.

Fiona is committed to conscious travel too. Her books recommend wherever possible supporting socially and environmentally sustainable organisations which make a significant contribution to livelihood support and improved living conditions in India. And 10% of the profits from her books go to the Love Travel Foundation ( to contribute to conscious travel in India) .

We can’t recommend these reads more highly and we hope you’ll love them and share them, just as we have. Spread the word!

The Love Travel Guides available are: Love Delhi, Love Jaipur, Rajasthan, Love Mumbai and Love Goa.

At http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk £27.99 each + p&p

 

One of the many beautiful illustrations from the Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guides

Beautiful illustrations from the Love Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide

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the ibbi list: April

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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 month,

Claire, Anna and Eliza

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TRY: ibbi’s Hand Painted Ceramic Ramekins: What Do You Do With Yours?

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Our humble hand painted South African ceramic ramekins are bright, bold and super versatile. We’ve used them to dollop the pesto, stack the slices of lemons and limes and display the Easter eggs.  We’ve glugged the olive oil, decanted the peppercorns and poured the balsamic. We’ve potted pate and potted shrimps. Whether you’re sorting trinkets, storing ever-illusive keys, sorting spare change, sorting cufflinks, stacking cotton wool, treating children to choccie eggs or even feeding the cat, there are just so many ways to use this perfect little pot. We thought you might like to see how we’ve used ours.


 

SEE: Sonia Delaunay, Tate Modern 15 April-9 August 2015

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The work of Sonia Delaunay, the doyenne of Euro abstract art is being celebrated in London this month. Don’t miss this fabulously bold and brilliant exhibition featuring the extraordinary creative talent of one of the key figures in the Parisien avant-garde movement. This is the first UK retrospective of Sonia Delaunay’s work and includes paintings, textiles, collaborations with creative power houses such as Liberty and clothes created through her 60 year career. ‘Delaunay is one of the critical reference points in modern art and design’ VOGUE.

A visual feast.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on


LOVE: To Relax With The Flax: Why ibbi Loves Linen

ibbi loves: vibrant fields of flax

ibbi loves: vibrant fields of flax

We’re delighted our gorgeous new 100% pure linen range of cushions and home accessories from Jaipur will be arriving with us soon. With colours inspired by the Spring skies and spectacular hot pink bougainvillea of Rajasthan and designs reminiscent of the lattice screens at Jaipur’s Amber Fort, our rich textured vibrant accessories will sit beautifully in both classic and modern interiors. And why linen? Well it’s extremely durable and its look is super versatile too: wash and line dry for a more casual look or iron for a style that’s perfect, crisp and clean. And the greatest thing about linen? Well the more you wash it and use it, the softer the texture and the more luxurious it looks and feels.

ibbi linen accessories arriving late Spring http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk


 

READ: Rohinton Mistry

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If you haven’t yet discovered the works of Indian born author Rohinton Mistry then you’re misssing out. Start with the beautifully interwoven short stories in ‘Tales From Firozsha Baag’ (1987), then move on to ‘Family Matters (2002)’ and finish with his masterpiece ‘A Fine Balance’ (1995). The cultural and social worlds that Mistry’s characters perilously inhabit are cruel and there’s no end of misfortune and despair but the author’s heart is huge and somehow the novels remain hopeful. Utterly brilliant.


 

EAT: Pizza East

Pizza East Portobello

Pizza East Portobello

If  you’re in London during the Easter break and searching for a great eaterie then we’d suggest you head over to the Capital’s  delicious Pizza East, located in a former tea warehouse on the corner of Shoreditch High Street. Whether you’re in need of rich coffee and simple biscotti or something more substantial, this place with its distresssed paintwork, exposed bricks and statement lampshades provides the perfect eating environment. A menu of wood oven pizzas, fresh antipasti and daily changing specials awaits. Try the aubergine, smoked mozzarella, pesto and basil pizza with its perfect airy and hint-of -sourdough base, with perhaps an endive, pair and gorgonzola salad too. Finish with fluffy doughnuts and choccie sauce. Delicious.

Other branches in Portobello and Kentish Town.

http://www.pizzaeast.com


 

And Finally..IT WOULD BE ibbiOTIC NOT TO..Celebrate Easter

 

Sporting Lucas Terrier Marj pictured shortly before eating her Easter Ears

Sporting Lucas Terrier Marj pictured shortly before eating her Easter Ears

Wherever you’re spending Easter it’s a great time to celebrate! Bake a simnel cake piled high with almond paste eggs. Organise an Easter Egg hunt. Dress as an Easter Bunny. Dress the dog. Enjoy eggs. Tie fabric ribbons to the trees in your garden, pack your eclectic collection of glass utensils with Spring flowers for your table and eat outside. Celebrate with family and good friends. Whatever you’re up to, we hope you have fun this Easter!