I first discovered Celia Lindsell’s vibrant sense of design in the South of France about four years ago. At the time she had a colourful shop in Uzes in Provence and, indeed, it featured in the Cult Shop slot in How To Spend It in September 2010. She has since moved back to London but, while the Provençal store may have gone, her personally designed range of lifestyle accessories, all available online, is bigger and better than ever, as a glance at her new winter catalogue on her website shows.
If comfortable, elegant, summertime clothing was her main emphasis before, the focus now is primarily on French lavender-themed products, including her own lavender honey (£8.50) from hives in the national park on the slopes of Mont Ventoux. And if you are shopping for stocking presents this Christmas, or just want to keep warm on winter nights, you should consider her lavender hot-water-bottle covers (£35) with a lavender pouch on the front. The lavender warms up from the heat of the water, which in turn releases the scent, creating a gorgeously soothing atmosphere to sleep in. She has also made lavender-filled eye pillows (£24.95, third picture), shoe trees (£18, first picture) and even special lavender bags for dog baskets (£16.95), which, I can testify, are also well suited to going in the back of your car after a wet-weather dog walk. As well as the lavender theme, my wife loves Lindsell’s luxurious eco-possum-fur made-to-order cushions and throws (all price on request) and her new Babouche suede slippers (£25, second picture), which have padded inners and leather soles and make rather perfect house shoes – for both stylish men and women alike.