• Posts Tagged ‘hand made’

    Country look: vintage inspiration

    by  • 14/03/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    For a quirky assortment of vintage, recycled and handmade items for your home, browse away online at Loop the Loop. The shopping emporium is run by Laura and Adam, who share a passion for interiors – having furnished their own home with vintage finds and handmade crafts.

    The couple dreamt up Loop the Loop on an early morning walk when they found themselves thinking: ‘why not find things other people will love too?’. They believe objects have to be more than just pretty to look at, they must also be well made, well designed, elegant and useful.

    The collection is a delight and here’s a pick of my favourites…

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    Industrial desk lamp, £150; Letter C print, £35; Metal wall storage boxes, £55 each; Distressed blue vintage chair, £55, all Loop the Loop.

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    Country buy: Decorator’s Notebook

    by  • 04/10/2013 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country Homes & Interiors is excited to share news this week of a fabulous new online store, Decorator’s Notebook – a refined selection of handmade treats for the home.

    The collection of beautiful home accessories has a strong emphasis on natural materials, traditionally crafted items and simple designs that all have a story to tell…

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    The perfect snuggly blankets, made in one of the last remaining woollen mills in Wales, £230 each, Decorator’s Notebook.

    I particularly love the rustic feel of these wooden bowls (below), made with a ready supply of foraged wood by Hatchet & Bear in rural Somerset.

    Decorator's Notebook Country Homes and Interiors

    [1] Dipped Terracotta mug, £12.95 [2] Lakeland landscape cushion, £60 [3] Wooden bowl & spoon set, £65 [4] Leather kindling bucket, £70, all Decorator’s Notebook.

    These wooden light shades are an ingeniously bright idea! They’re made by Christopher Berry, in his Sussex workshop, using salvaged pallet wood.

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    Pallet light shades, from £30, Decorator’s Notebook.

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    Textiles inspired by Nature

    by  • 16/11/2012 • Country style • 1 Comment

    It’s my penchant for colour that first drew my attention to the beautiful collection of screen-printed textiles at Abigail*Ryan.

    Design duo Abigail and Ryan Bell cleverly combine their artistic talents to create stunning homewares that bring a touch of the outdoors in. Inspired by the countryside Abigail’s illustrations are all hand-drawn from leaves, seeds and flowers. The designs are then brought to life through Ryan’s flair for colour.

    I love the hand-sewn sycamore cushions in the rich slate and pumpkin tones, which have a lovely earthen feel. The botanical ink drawing of the dahlia is my particular favourite, seen below on a tea towel in a rich raspberry – it’s sure to brighten up any country kitchen.

    Limited Edition terrace house softies, £16 each; Sycamore peg bag, £16.50; Dahlia tea-towel, £12.50; Sycamore scallop cushions, £59.50 each, all Abigail*Ryan.

    Limited Edition terrace house softies, £16 each; Sycamore peg bag, £16.50; Dahlia tea-towel, £12.50; Sycamore scallop cushions, £59.50 each, all Abigail*Ryan.

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    How to sew an easy blind

    by  • 24/08/2011 • Country craft, Country style • 2 Comments

    For a quick fix for windows, I love this decorative blind project that features in our October 2011 issue.

    The blind is made from a panel of fabric called Sea Shell by Chivasso and is trimmed with lengths of pretty VV Rouleaux Gold Braid ribbon. Best of all, it’s fitted to a telescopic curtain pole so you don’t need to fit brackets or battens.

    To have a go yourself click here for instructions and for more Country Homes & Interiors crafts projects visit our sister website Housetohome.

    How to sew a blind

    Tie the ribbons to create a swathed effect.

    How to position the ribbons

    Position the ribbons on your hemmed fabric.

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    Artisan Designer

    by  • 12/08/2011 • Country style • 2 Comments

    Our Decorating team recently visited the Vintage Exhibition at the Southbank Centre, for an afternoon of inspiration. The stand out exhibitor from the show was artisan designer Catherine Hammerton, a textiles graduate from London. Catherine’s unique range of ceramics, hand stitched textiles and screen-printed wallpapers are all designed and made by hand in the UK – giving them a delightful homespun feel. We loved the patchwork tablecloths and the Bottle Garden china collection, perfect to add a vintage touch to your kitchen or dining room.

    Collection tablecloth, from £99, Catherine Hammerton.

    Collection tablecloth, from £99, Catherine Hammerton.

    Bottle Garden muglets, £14 each; Bottle Garden cake plates, £10 each, Catherine Hammerton.

    Bottle Garden muglets, £14 each; Bottle Garden cake plates, £10 each, Catherine Hammerton.

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    Made at Home

    by  • 08/09/2010 • Country craft • 6 Comments

    At Country Homes we love Lisa Stickley’s beautiful homeware, so I couldn’t wait to have a look through her new book, Made at Home (£16.99, Quadrille Publishing).

    It’s an inspiring collection of 30 simple projects for the kitchen, living room, bedroom and laundry, with illustrated step-by-step instructions and a section on basic sewing skills.

    Update your home with a cushion in one of this season’s gorgeous new fabrics, sew pretty peg bags, or make a vintage-style pinny (below). With so many lovely makes I can’t decide which one to try first!

    I’d love to know what everyone else is up to – what are you making at the moment?

    Made at Home by Lisa Stickley (£16.99, Quadrille Publishing).

    Made at Home by Lisa Stickley (£16.99, Quadrille Publishing).

    Pinny from Made at Home by Lisa Stickley.

    Pinny from Made at Home by Lisa Stickley. Photograph Ben Anders / Quadrille Publishing.

    For more autumn craft ideas, visit Housetohome.co.uk.

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    An online treasure trove

    by  • 12/08/2009 • Country business, Country craft, Country style • 1 Comment

    If you haven’t discovered Etsy yet, don’t wait another moment! It’s the most amazing online treasure trove of beautiful hand made objects: homewares, art, paper goods, embroidered and knitted pieces and stunning jewellery. We love this Green Leaves tote made from vintage fabric by Bristol-based company Pouch. Etsy has hundreds of sellers and the content is updated constantly so whether you’re looking for a present or a little crafted treat for yourself there’s loads to choose from. Etsy’s blog is full of fascinating features about makers and lots of advice if you’re thinking about setting up your own craft business. Enjoy browsing!


    Tote by Pouch on Etsy

    Tote by Pouch on Etsy

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