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READ: the wonderful world of oliver jeffers
Posted by Sal Taylor Kydd on 11/20/2008

I’ve been spending some time recently, what with the holidays and all coming up, looking for some cool gift ideas. Given that times are tough, I am determined not to go overboard this year. So books have got higher on my list as I look for goodies for the kids. What glee when I discovered the wonderful world of Oliver Jeffers! The illustrations are a treat - right up there with my other favorite illustrator Elena Odriozola of The Opposite fame. Children’s books could become a serious addiction for me. Jeffer’s water colors are also available as prints for you to decorate your wee one’s rooms. Divine.

What children’s books illustrators do you enjoy?

Categories: Books, Christmas, Kids, Sal


INSIDE: shama shama
Posted by Sal Taylor Kydd on 12/12/2007

SAL: Today’s post comes winging its way to you from the fabulousness of New York City. I’m staying at the Soho Grand Hotel, which, with its industrial chicness, is too wonderful for words. They even give you a goldfish at check in, which I find, being so far from home, a great comfort - is that odd? Hmm, perhaps, but true nonetheless. Anyway, along the lines of Harry’s giving for good this season, I wanted to highlight these delightful Xmas cards available through Sub-Studio. Not only are they cute, but all the proceeds from each sale go to benefit the Shama Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities for children of Madagascar. Thanks to Bloesem for this great find.

Categories: Christmas, Gifts, Sal, Stationery


INSIDE: well lit
Posted by Cerentha Harris on 12/10/2007


HARRY: OK, I am now officially a bad mother - kid’s are being neglected so I can write about lighting! I have to make this quick. Velocity has some great new light shades. Check out the lovely Norm O3 by Britt Mornum (above). It reminds me of crinolines. Lush. And I just came across Tord Boontje’s amazing Second Shadow lamp (below)…has this been around for a while? I know Sal loves these kinds of lights. This I would like for Christmas! Speaking of which I found some very cool LED christmas lights - much kinder on the environment - at NECO.

Categories: Christmas, Harry, Lighting


INSIDE: christmas giving
Posted by Cerentha Harris on 12/10/2007


HARRY: This year my extended family has decided not to give presents to each other. Instead we have pooled the money and are donating it. The process of choosing a charity was interesting (we finally went with St Jude’s in Tanzania run by Gemma Rice, an amazing Australian woman. It met our helping-kids-criteria and had an Aussie link which was important to us). While we were doing this I was reading Dave Eggers What is the What - an amazing fictionalized account of a Sudanese man’s plight. (And an excellent Christmas present for anyone trying to understand Africa). In the book Save the Children crops up as a powerful and positive force in the refugee camps. They’ve got the usual online shop (see the sweet baby’s hat above). They also have a very smart Christmas gift program. You can buy a mozzie net, or a goat, or fresh water and are making that donation in a friend or family member’s name. Last year our dear friends Ruth and David ‘gave’ us a beehive. This year maybe it will be a goat!

Categories: Christmas, Gifts, Harry


INSIDE: fashion for Africa
Posted by Cerentha Harris on 12/09/2007

HARRY: I recently got an email about Tonic - a website that is devoted to selling cool design t-shirts and sending the proceeds to Africa. I’ve always been a bit cynical about fashion forays into saving the world. These people look like they’ve got it right. Check out the Net Tee. A shirt covered in butterflies in the shape of Africa. The sale of each Tee buys 3 mosquito nets. It’s worth having a look at the website, which is cleverly designed, even if you don’t buy a shirt. I think they’d make great Christmas presents.

Categories: Christmas, Gifts, Harry, Style


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Harry & Sal is co-edited by friends Cerentha (Harry) Harris and Sal Taylor Kydd. As serious design addicts they wanted an outlet for their wonderful finds... More >