Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Writing it all down

I've written about inspiration quite a lot lately, but what do you do when an idea siezes you? I tend to forget about it, or if I'm lucky write it down on a piece of paper. But recently the idea of a fully fledged notebook has been appealing to me more and more. Yesterday I was browsing in Selfridges and came upon the stationary department. I found some very sweet and satisfactory notebooks; an ethnic-style set, leatherbound with little locks and pretty patterns and a table with notebooks of special cover designs; Orla Kiely, the Design Guild etc.

But I was especially drawn to the beautiful Smythson stationary with the thick leather covers and gilt pages.

Typically, Smythson stationary has sky-high prices; they are an established brand, the leather is top-quality, the pages are made with a special patented technology. But still, the above gorgeous 'Lockable Manuscript Book' will cost you upwards of £220.

But doesn't just looking at or holding a beautiful notebook give you a sudden urge to write, inspire a fountain of ideas? There's nothing quite like the blank pages of a notebook, definitely not a blank Microsoft Word document (possibly the most depressing sight ever). Better start saving?


  1. I'd worry that my ideas and notes weren't worthy of a nearly-$500 notebook! But it sure is pretty.

    Can you refill it?

  2. that's an interestin idea dude !!! maybe i should think more about it

  3. enc - the smallest notebooks which still cost around £30 don't refill I think. But the bigger ones are basically leather covers with a pocket inside where you slip in a cover page of the notebook, so yes in can be refilled.

  4. I always buy notebooks to fill and then just stare at a blank page with a pen in my doesn't flow so easily!

  5. How pretty. <3

    Is it printed to look like an exotic?

    I love your blog, your posts are so intereting.

  6. You know what, I'm not sure. For that price, it ought to be exotic!