Times Online, May 2009

Times Online, May 2009

Call of the Wild

Traditional British meadows, wildlife and hedgerows are the inspiration for many of this summer’s prettiest interiors ideas. The best of the hedgerow prints, however, come from Fiona Howard. The Hove-based designer specialises in mugs, laminated-birch tea trays, tea towels and cushion covers in heavyweight linen/cotton decorated with her original prints. Howard’s duck-egg blue and white Hedgerow mug features a bold graphic of dandelion clocks, while Bird is a charming print of a thrush perched among leaves (mugs, £8.50 each; 01273 731646, fifibyfionahoward.com ). There’s a bracing, outdoorsy feel to Howard’s wares. A couple of these mugs set on one of the designer’s Wild Pods trays (20cm x 27cm, £9) would be the perfect kit for a gardener’s tea break. And a welcome interruption to a heavy afternoon with the cow parsley.