This may be the first time a cup has featured on my blog. But just as nice clothes make me feel good, so too does nice homeware and this piece of Anthropologie china puts a smile on my face right now.
Fashion brands aren't oblivious to the connection. Take a look on the high street and you'll see stores like H&M and Zara have extended their brands with home furnishings, with French Connection being one of the latest.
Anthropologie, with its mix of fashion and lifestyle, is one of my favourite shops. As the sophisticated, older sister to Urban Outfitters, its grown-up yet bohemian decor – and the living wall of plant life in its Regent Street store – gives me a taste of the laid-back home I'd like to create. I could quite happily live in Anthropologie (although customers like me having a browse could prove to be a bit of a nuisance!).
One of the (many) things Anthropologie does well is china. Quirky, charming and individual, it's the kind of crockery that's perfect for building a beautiful, mismatched collection.
This little cup with its soft grey glaze reminds me of the beautiful but expensive Astier de Villatte pottery in Liberty. Bigger than a teacup but smaller than a mug, its dainty proportions and delicate detail are adorable.
It's a snip at £2.95, reduced from £8. There's plates and bowls, too, along with a sage-green colourway. Do you like it?