Summer

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 Day and the perfect accessory for a Summer in the garden). Embrace the eclectic! Take a look at what’s new..

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For All Foodies…

Inspired by the fabulous food writer Anna Jones: a quick ibbi lunch in the sun today: avo mash (of course served in prettiest ibbi ceramic bowl)  with lemon juice, salt & pepper. To be piled on sourdough toast and top with fresh tomatoes, rocket, balsamic vin and olive oil. Yum...

Inspired by the fabulous food writer Anna Jones: a quick ibbi lunch in the sun today: avocado mash (of course served in prettiest ibbi ceramic bowl) with lemon juice, salt & pepper. To be piled on sourdough toast and topped with fresh tomatoes, rocket, balsamic vin and olive oil. Yum…

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 centre of every table. And her recipes, packed with grains, nuts, seeds and seasonal vegetables, are healthier and lighter (on both body and pocket) than those of many other writers too. She makes you want to eat veggie, even if you’re not vegetarian. It’s exciting, vibrant food. Discover more at http://www.annajones.co.uk and have a look at we_are_food on Instagram or treat yourself to her fabulous book: ‘A Modern Way To Cook’. We love it!

Gorgeous ceramics for your table: always available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

Why We Love: Kantha

kantha blog sept 1It’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 the end of your bed too, if you’re looking for a unique and individual style. Today they’ve never looked better: here at our end of summer picnic on the divine deserted beaches of North Northumberland. Sam, Ella, Lucy and Lara: you did a great job!

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Relaxing This Weekend..With Our Delicious Sweet Treats

IMG_8064How 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 from our favourite Northumbrian cook Jane Lovett. Jane’s Creamy White Chocolate Pots can be created in seconds and they’re pictured here in our gorgeous ibbi hand painted ramekins. Read on and enjoy..

Creamy White Chocolate Pots (Serves 6)

7 oz best quality white chocolate

7 oz creme fraîche

7 oz Greek yoghurt

blueberries, redcurrants, raspberries or strawberries

icing sugar to decorate

The Making:

Break the chocolate in to a mixing bowl. Suspend it over a saucepan of hot water until melted. Don’t let the bottom of the bowl come in to contact with the water.

Stir the creme fraîche in to the chocolate, followed by the yoghurt and mix together until smooth.

Spoon in to ramekins, cover and leave to set in the fridge for 4 hours (or overnight).

Just before serving, top with fruit and dust with icing sugar. Drizzled honey is scrummy too.

 

ibbi hand painted ramekins: £11 each plus p&p at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Jane Lovett’s brilliant book ‘Make It Easy’ will be available again in November. Pre-order (and we strongly recommend you do!) from September at http://www.janelovett.com. Price: £12.99 plus p&p

 

 

 

 

The Best Espresso

espresso cups for blog 2So 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 of having to be alert again at sunrise. So if , like us, you feel a large espresso is the only way to successfully peel back the eyelids first thing in the morning, you might like to have a quick browse at our beautiful hand painted espresso cups.  They’re from our favourite South African pottery and each unique piece is a hand crafted work of art. Just perfect for that first essential espresso. It’s definitely a very beautiful, very delicate and utterly delicious way to start your day.

The Bok Espresso Cup Range: available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk. £24 each plus p&p.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

pottersworkshop blog franklin tamanaYou 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 for us. The ceramic pieces, bursting with texture and colour are created by a skilled team of artists, each with their own very individual style. We’d like to introduce you to Franklin Tamana, pictured here, whose turquoise Tembise pudding bowls have been flying off the ibbi shelves this summer.

New collections are arriving regularly. Check them out at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Hand painted ceramics: from £11 plus p&p

Life’s Simple Pleasures..

dodo blog 1At 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 your dalhias, dousing your delphiniums and soaking your sweet peas!

There are fish watering cans available in fabulous tropical colours too!

Whacky watering cans: £14.50 plus p&p. At http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk