91 MAGAZINE SPRING 2012
HOMES / STYLE / VINTAGE / SHOPPING / CRAFTS
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Caroline Charlotte Hannah Clarke Taylor Bishop Editor and Art Director
Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came by and read our launch issue. The emails and comments I received were truly touching and the support has been phenomenal, more than I could ever have expected, so thank you immensely. Our 2nd issue is out a little early, as I am off on my adventures to South East Asia very soon, but as Spring is just around the corner, we have lots of lovely features to inspire you for the new season. Our contributors have been hard at work! Leigh Metcalf has been visiting some London tearooms to find out about the inspiration behind their interiors (Page 18). Lucy Bloomfield and Jemma Watts styled and photographed some crafty ideas for an Easter breakfast (Page 30), and Johanna Bolhoven has been investigating the latest trends for your home for 2012 (Page 57). Plus lots more! We hope you enjoy our second issue as much as the first, (View first issue here) Please do let us know what you think, and thanks again for all your support! Caroline xxx 91 Magazine is a Patchwork Harmony publication. All content is copyright of 91 Magazine and its individual contributors. Images can be used only with a link back to www.91magazine.co.uk and where possible, the contributors website. Cover Photograph : Jemma Watts Styling: Lucy Bloomfield
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Interiors & Style News
Shopping: Style your larder
A Vintage Lovers Guide to... Bristol
A Knitted ‘Plaice’ Kate Jenkins shows us her home
Style Notes... from an interiors author
The History of Vintage: The Romantic Story of Cornishware
On Easter Morning: Crafty ideas for an Easter breakfast
Etsy Seller Spotlight... The French Artisan
Fit for a Queen: a visit to a wallpaper factory
Style in a Teacup: Tearoom interiors
A Perfectly Peachy Home: Tif Fussell’s crafty haven
Ladies Online: Ebury Home & Garden
Our top picks on the newest, most stylish buys for your home this season By Sophie Warren Smith
Bottle Green Homes have launched their new range for 2012 and it’s a corker! They are an online boutique selling stunning home and lifestyle products sourced entirely within the British Isles. The pieces are chosen for their individuality and quality rather than bland mass production. The bone china mugs pictured above are from their bespoke range. £12.50 each. www.bottlegreenhomes.co.uk
TreeFall Design was created by British textiles designer, Manda McGrory. She produces stunning cushions and soft toys, as well as one-off vintage pieces. Manda recently appeared on TV teaching Kirstie Allsopp in Kirstie’s Homemade Home for Channel 4. Rabbit cushion (left) is £18 and comes in various colours. www.treefalldesign.bigcartel.com
Toast’s Spring / Summer range is earthy, summery and very much on our must-have list. Choose between rustic tableware, stripy linens, beautiful bedspreads and oh-sogorgeous trunks and cushions It is a delectable collection that is hard to resist! Toast terracotta tableware from £22, bistro cutlery from £32, washed linen napkins from £9.50. www.toast.co.uk
Lucie Summers set up Summersville 4 years ago inbetween raising two boys and being a farmer’s wife in Suffolk. Her distinctive prints are available on mugs, decorative sticky tape, wrapping paper, art prints and fabrics. Newly launched is an exciting range for Moda Fabrics which will retail from £11.50 per metre and will be available from Lucie’s etsy shop, www.summersville.etsy.com or on Moda’s website, After the success of their online boutique, Pale & Interesting, husband and wife team, stylist Atlanta Bartlett and designer Dave Coote, have recently opened their very first shop. It is full of beautiful furniture, accessories, jewellery and books all chosen or designed by the pair. Find them at 96 The High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN29 9TL or online. www.paleandinteresting.com
www.unitednotions.com If you fancy sprucing up some old furniture with a lick of paint this Spring, then a good option is Annie Sloan’s now famous Chalk Paint. It is incredibly versatile and has a very appealing matt velvety finish. It’s also great for f loors or walls - with the added bonus of not needing a primer or preparation beforehand. There are 24 decorative and historical colours and prices are £16.95 for 1 litre pots. www.anniesloan.com
Pantry Labels, Love Mae $60
Love Thy Larder The trend for the kitchen larder is back, so make sure yours is fully stocked and fully styled
Kitchen Recipe Notebook, Liberty £12.50
Floral storage tins, Ruby Roost £16.20
Wooden hooks, Patchwork Harmony £16.95
Vintage tea tins, Dee Puddy £9.95
Owl Cookie Jar, Anthropolgie £68
Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair Organised by Bristol Vintage, Bristolâ€™s first Vintage
Wedding Fair was held in March 2011. Exhibitors displayed truly inspiring & original vintage items as well as vintage inspired pieces. (below) Hosted annually, the next one will be held in March 2012 at the
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beautiful Bristol Zoo Gardens. www.bristolvintageweddingfair.blogspot.com
The Clifton Arcade This distinctly beautiful Victorian shopping arcade is home to some of the most unusual shopping experiences in Bristol including antique, homeware and jewellery shops, vintage clothing specialists and the gorgeous Primrose Cafe.. (below) Boyces Avenue, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4AA www.cliftonarcade.co.uk
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Cox and Baloney Vintage Boutique In addition to the unique pieces of original vintage clothing, accessories and furniture, all with an edgy modern twist, this gorgeous shop serves elevenses and afternoon tea daily (below) on grandma’s favourite china . 182 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS2 9JD www.coxandbaloney.com
SHOP Located in the heart of Bristol’s artled community, SHOP (left) is a Vintage Lounge and Arts Venue, selling vintage men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, homeware, books, vinyl and games. Take a moment to enjoy a free coffee and
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cake, and relax in the lounge area. 19 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS www.shoptheshop.co.uk
independent retailers in Bristol, trove of fabrics, second-hand
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Complied by Johanna Bolhoven Illustration by Erin Sleeper
A Francophile’s Delight A couple with a love for rural France spend their days gathering beautiful French finds for their Etsy shop... ‘The French Artisan’.
The French Artisan www.etsy.com/shop/thefrenchartisan
ens and Lise met 4 years ago. Lise trained in fashion, while Jens comes from a commercial and fine art photography background.
to spend the last few years collecting beautiful and eclectic pieces which they now share with others in their shop The French Artisan.
Their shared love of interiors and French antiques led them
When sourcing for the shop they choose items they would
want to own themselves, and that evoke ‘French style’. Anything from earthenware plates from the 1800’s to 1930’s enamelware to quirky items from the 1970’s. A little chipped, a little worn and a little faded is always prefrential. They spend a lot of time scouring the flea markets in France and think there are many more unusual items to be found there. While it sounds like the dream job, they warn it is very hard work. Early mornings in bad weather and days leaving empty handed can be demoralising. Then there is the cataloguing, photographing, propping, researching, weighing, packing, posting and admin that comes with running an online shop. Jens and Lise plan to offer a ‘sourcing’ service now that they have lots of contacts in France and know where to go for those special items. One day they hope to offer bespoke furniture too. For now, they will continue to sell an eclectic range of French homewares to all who love a touch of France in their home! www.etsy.com/shop/thefrenchartisan
Style in a teacup
rinking tea is an intrinsic part of the British way of life. Even better if you can make an occasion of it! In recent years many tearoom venues have opened their doors, and it appears that tea and vintage style go hand in hand.
91 Magazine visits four London tearooms to discover their take on creating a nostalgic interior, and how theyâ€™ve expanded their business offering to more than just tea.
Photography and Words by Leigh Metcalf
High tea of Highgate
erched on Highgate High Street is the adorable High Tea of Highate. Handmade f loral print bunting and a retro pink and black striped awning set a whimsical tone. Georgina Worthington, the owner, took inspiration for the decor from a 1950s tea set she owns. The retro music Georgina plays makes it tempting to get up and do a jive or jitterbug! If the music doesn’t put some pep in your step, the tea and cake certainly will. Most of the teas are exclusive to High Tea of Highgate, such as the lavender and rosemary and the London afternoon blend. I’m a roobios tea lover and Georgina’s vanilla blend was possibly the best roobios I’ve tasted. The delicious smell of fresh cakes baking in the tearooms makes you want to try a slice of each. You can’t go wrong with the lemon drizzle or a traditional scone with clotted cream and jam. Soak up the retro atmosphere whilst enjoying
your tea and cake - jewels drip from the glass tea cup chandeliers, and the cute black trompe l’oeil frame and cake designs by Charlotte Hardy, are a wonderful backdrop. More of Charlotte’s cheerful paintings are on display in the back room,and are available for purchase. Georgina also showcases other local artists’ work such as Poppy Treffry’s tea cosies, as well as handmade greeting cards, and colourful Japanese masking tape. High Tea of Highgate 50 Highgate High Street London N6 5HX 020 8348 3162 www.highteaof highgate.com
Le Chandelier L
e Chandelier is situated on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich. It is a salon style tea room designed with hints of European and North African inf luences. Owner Daphne Kellett has created an interior that’s both elegant and approachable. Her travels as a dealer specializing in Islamic art inspired her to create a space that gives a sense of familiarity by being both comfortable and beautiful. The light-filled space is long and narrow with buttery coloured walls and 11 foot high ceilings from which beautiful antique and vintage French and Italian chandeliers sparkle. Upon entering it’s hard to decide where to look first--the glistening chandeliers, the plush velvet seating, the wall of specialty teas, or the farm-style table of mouth-watering pastries and cakes. With 34 spe-
cialty teas, it’s hard to choose one, but Daphne says the oolong Tea, “oriental beauty,” lives up to its name. She says “the first cup is smooth and golden; the next is dark and strong. It’s like having two different teas in the same cup!” Enjoy a cosy table for up to three in the front room, or for larger groups there’s plenty of seating in the back room. Upstairs there’s also a Moroccan themed room with seating and cushions covered in a feast of exotic color and pattern. Le Chandelier not only serves tea and sweets, but also breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tessa Kellett, Daphne’s daughter, created much of the artwork on the walls, including the Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter tea party mural. Both her framed artwork and the chandeliers on display are available to buy.
Le Chandelier 161 Lordship Lane London SE22 6HX 020 82 99 33 44 www.lechandelier.co.uk
n a busy Sunday afternoon on Columbia Road you can’t miss Vintage Heaven’s soft pink facade and the second hand treasures pouring out of the shop. Piles of linens, cushions, and furniture are sure to lure any vintage lover in the door. Owner, Margaret Willis, has an incredible passion for secondhand items. Her life-long collection of vintage crockery, glassware, linens, and books were bursting the seams of her many storage sheds. Now they fill every nook and cranny of Vintage Heaven. On the shelves you’ll find anything from a 1930’s exquisite crystal vase to a 1960’s groovy, f lower-power tea set and just about any kitchen utensil in between. Embroidered linens, vintage books and games, and framed artwork fill the shelves. Her background is in horticulture and this is evident in the way she organizes groups of products by color. The inspiration for Vintage Heaven’s decor initially started with some bold David Hicks wallpaper, which now features in the cafe at the back of the shop. It perfectly complements the collection of needlework on the opposite wall, which is the focal point in the cafe. Margaret’s daughter, Louise, runs the Cake Hole Cafe and makes many of the delicious cakes, such as the Victoria sponge and the coffee-walnut cakes herself. I can attest she’s a wiz at quiches and soups too! I had a delicious caramelized onion and smoked cheddar quiche and a wonderful spicy carrot and coconut soup. Heaven indeed!
Vintage Heaven 82 Columbia Road London E2 7QB 01277 215 968 www.vintageheaven.co.uk
n Mountgrove Road in North London, Sisters Nadia Allman and Aysha Sparks own and run Cafe Vintage, which doubles up as a vintage clothing boutique and cafe. The eclectic second-hand decor of the cafe and the women’s workers poster suggest a proud “make do and mend” attitude. Nadia and Aysha started out on a tight budget but wanted the space to be “welcoming and stylish.” What better way to do that than with time-worn pieces from the past? Miss-matched chairs, lamps, vintage books, and of course the vintage cloth-
ing lend themselves to the nostalgic, cosy atmosphere. With just three tables and a counter, the space is small but has the illusion of being quite large due to its sunny, corner location and tall ceilings. Enjoy perusing the vintage books on the tables over a tasty beetroot slice and some soothing hibiscus tea, then delve into the boutique to treat your wardrobe to a unique vintage piece. Surely a batman novelty print blouse will help define your individuality! The boutique is not just for women, you’ll also find clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and children.
Cafe Vintage Cafe Vintage 88 Mountgrove Road London, N5 2LT www.cafevintage.co.uk
To view more of Leighâ€™s photos of these four London tearooms, click here
History of Vintage
The Romantic Story of Cornishware Words by Katie Treggiden Nominated by the London Design Museum as one of its hundred 20th-century design icons and loved around the world for its simplicity and practicality, Cornishware is not, as you might assume, Cornish. Made in Derbyshire since its launch in 1924, its story takes us to the other side of the world. In a curious connection with last issueâ€™s His-
tory of Vintage article, our story starts with the sister of Sir John Tenniel, illustrator of Alice in Wonderland. Mary Tenniel broke the heart of our protagonist, Thomas Goodwin Green by turning down his proposal of marriage. Distraught, Thomas promptly emigrated to Australia to seek his fortune in the building trade and did very well for himself indeed.
But in a romantic twist in 1864, word got to Thomas that Mary might have had a change of heart. He sped back to England and married her as fast as he could. They honeymooned in Scarborough (lucky things) where they got chatting to Henry Wileman who was selling the Church Gresley Pottery, founded by one Mr Leedham in 1790. Not one to dilly-dally over important decisions, Thomas made an offer to buy the business there and then and set about learning his new trade. TG Green was born. In 1871 Thomas decided to build more modern works that would allow him to produce white earthenware and expand the business. Using his building expertise, he pioneered the new construction techniques that would make this possible. Blue-banded white pottery had been around since the mid-Victorian era, but in 1924 TG Green started producing Cornish Kitchen Ware, or Cornishware, using this design on a modern range of kitchen products. It is rumoured that this move was motivated by a desire to provide employment for the TG Green lathe turners during the post World War Two recession. If this is true, it was a decision that was rewarded with good karma because Cornishware became an instant hit.
Photo by Vanessa Harvey / Flickr
TG Green was far from the only manufacturer to make Cornishware and in fact some claim that it wasn’t even the first. Kleenware, Fowlerware, Stanley Ware and Bretby Ware all made similar products, but TG Green’s is certainly the version that has endured, and has gone on to become a style icon. It has featured in children’s books and advertising and even inspired Homepride’s distinctive blue and white striped packaging. So, what does all of this have to do with Cornwall? The earthenware pots were made from Cornish clay transported all the way up to Derbyshire. However the name was a suggestion of a TG Green employee who noted that the blue and white stripes reminded him of the blue skies and white crested waves he’d seen in Cornwall. Prior to this suggestion, in the early 1920s, the range was known as the far less romantic sounding, ‘e-blue’ – the ‘e’ stood for ‘electric. The famous and much loved stripes are created through the lathe-turning process, which cuts bands or ‘hoops’ through the blue slip to reveal the white clay beneath. The pieces are then fired again and the result is a distinctive texture that cannot be replicated by painting stripes onto the surface.
A TG Green employee suggested that the blue and white stripes reminded him of the blue skies and white crested waves he’d seen in Cornwall The design of Cornishware remained largely unchanged until 1964 when Judith Onions, fresh from the Royal College of Art, was enlistd to modernise it. She did a great job and the range continued to be a success. In fact
many of her pieces are considered the real classics. Over the years, many other colours were trialled and introduced; yellow and white, green (including teal, lime, Cornish green and country wood green) and white, gold and white, plum and white, red and white, black and white, orange and white, navy and white (a special commission for Terrance Conran’s Habitat), white and white, and even blue and gold, although only one known example of this combination exists.
ine, when it dates f rom or what it might be worth, www.cornishware.biz is a fantastic resource and includes a guide to the some forty-two identifying ‘back stamps’ used by TG Green over the years.
Red and white was introduced at the height of Cornishware’s popularity in the 1950s but TG Green didn’t have the technology at the time to produce a deep enough red, so the range was discontinued, making original pieces highly collectable. Alongside baby pink and baby blue, they’ve finally cracked Such is the dedication of Cornishware fans, red. A red and white collection has recently there are multiple Facebook pages where been released. people swap images and stories of their eBay finds – and even experiences of working for Of course, hardened fans are committed to TG Green. My favourite is this one from Helen vintage pieces. Once easily found in charity Payne “A shop once rang in because they’d shops and jumble sales, they are now highly received a dirty mug in with their delivery prized items fought over (mostly via eBay) of Cornish Blue – it turns out the packer had and in terms of value, it’s all in the name. packed his own mug by mistake!” While storage jars were always produced labelled with common product names such as If you want to recreate some of that Cornishtea, coffee, f lour and sugar, in the 1930s you ware romance, you can buy new Cornishcould request bespoke labels for your jars. ware from TG Green: www.tggreen.co.uk This is where Cornishware aficionados get featuring your own choice of words - perreally excited. Less common kitchen ingrehaps a red and white Cornishware mug with dients like allspice, angelica and apricots, or a special message for your loved one this even items that weren’t stored in the kitchen Valentine’s Day? at all, like bath salts, are incredibly rare and can fetch thousands of pounds. There are Where to buy.... only two known examples of storage jars labeled ‘sand’. If you’ve got a piece of Cornishware and want to discover more about it, whether it’s genu-
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On Easter Morning Family, friends, food and a few crafty ideas is all you need for the perfect Easter breakfast
: : Photography by Jemma Watts : : Styling by Lucy Bloomfield : :
erve a stack of delicious, toasted hot cross buns - an essential Easter treat! Then give your toast a seasonal twist by using a cookie cutter to make shapes, such as a butterﬂy, a bunny or an Easter chick!
Opposite: Butterfly stencil cutter £12, Cox and Cox; Above left: Butterfly Cookie Cutter £8, Notonthehighstreet.com; Above Right: Pie crust salad plate in grey £12 each, Pie crust mug £8 each, Magnolia Jacquard Tablecloth in red, 72x120cm, £72, All Anthropologie.
ustomise mini giftboxes with colour coordinating ribbons, ﬁll with mini chocolate eggs, and give to your guests as Easter presents. Satin ribbon - from £1.75 for 3m, Paperchase; Silver pearlised ribboned boxes, pack of 12 for £6.75, Paperchase; Wooden spools £3 each, Gertie & Mabel/Notonthehighstreet.com
et crafty with your table display!
Be on trend with your colour palette with this season’s muted greys, creams and corals. Spray old bottles with a matte white paint to create a simple collection of vases to display Spring blooms. Create your own Easter tree by arranging a bunch of loose branches in a vase or jug and decorating with colour coordinating egg ornaments, hung with organza ribbon.
Opposite: Pie crust salad plate in grey £12 each, Pie crust mug £8 each, All Anthropologie. White tablecloth with ladder edge, 180x280cm, £135 from Volga linen. Small speckled eggs (in tree), pack of 15 for £2.50, Jane Means
ake an egg decoration
you will need: Raw eggs, Egg cup, Pin, Paint, Paintbrush, Ribbon, Glue gun, scissors.
Pierce both ends of the egg, making the hole at the bottom slightly larger. Poke the pin through the larger hole to pierce and “stir” the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl and blow the contents out. A syringe can make this process much easier if you have one. Rinse through and leave to dry. Now you are ready to paint the egg, so place the egg in an egg cup and paint one half. Leave to dry. Turn the egg over and repeat for the other half. Once the egg is fully dry you can carefully tie the ribbon around it and secure with glue.
Paints - emulsion colour mixed by Dulux based on Spring/Summer trend colours for 2012; Organza ribbon from £1.75 for 3m, Paperchase; Small speckled eggs, pack of 15 for £2.50, Jane Means
Above: Paints - emulsion colour mixed by Dulux based on Spring/Summer trend colours for 2012; Ribb stitched Grosgrain ribbon, from ÂŁ2.80 for 3m, Jane Means; Paper/card, pins etc, All Paperchase; Egg tr
bons, from £4, Paperchase; Wooden spools £3 each, Gertie & Mabel/Notonthehighstreet.com; Blue ray £12, Anthropologie; 3D Butterfly punch, £12, Cox & Cox.
Words by Faith Eckersall Photography by Nick Carter
A Knitted â€˜Plaiceâ€™ Kate Jenkins is known for her knitted English Breakfast,Fish and Chips and other crocheted art. She shows us round her Brighton home and tells us about her celebrity customers.
Who lives here? Fibre artist and designer Kate Jenkins and her Jack Russell Terrier, Lottie 2 bedroom maisonette in an1890’s building in Brighton’s Kemptown Purchased in 2001
good way’, she took it back to boards and white walls, to create the perfect backdrop for her creations and her finds.
‘The way my home looks is important to me’ she says. ‘When I saw the UPVC windows at the front I thought ‘They are going’ and re-installed original sashes.’ She turned one of the three bedrooms into an extra bathroom and because the maisonette was; ‘1970s, but not in a
‘I love shopping at the flea markets ofBrighton, especially the one near the marina’, she says. Another favourite haunt is Metro Deco, a 1930s style tea salon which also sells furniture. Old mirrors are an enduring passion; ‘I’ve grouped them in my bedroom and recently added one shaped like a guitar
ate’s home reflects a lifetime’s passion for all things crocheted and knitted; whether it’s a striped throw, a Union Jack cushion... or a nice plate of fish and chips.
and an Art Deco butterfly mirror to my growing collection,’ she says. Alongside these pieces are her knitted and crocheted artwork. ‘My mother and grandmother inspired me to knit,’ she says. ‘They were always making things; it’s a lovely, warm thing to do.’ Kate sold her fashion work to Missoni before setting up on her own in 2003. ‘There was so much competition in the high street I knew I’d have to stand out. So I decided to make something different and knitted a full English breakfast which was the first piece of art I created.’ Now her work is commissioned by a string of customers, from advertising companies to celebrities, including writer Jane Fallon, who bought a pork pie for her husband, Ricky Gervais, and Alan Carr, who asked for a bento box of sushi; ‘complete with a crocheted tempura prawn’. Her greatest creation to date is the funky ‘Do Knit Disturb’ room she designed for Brighton’s Pelirocco Hotel, featuring her trademark stripy knitted curtains and bed cover, plus a knitted lamp, telephone, seagulls and cable-stitch vinyl wallpaper. The project attracted major press attention but now, she says, alongside her shop, in Kemptown’s Arundel Place, her next interior adventure will be closer to home. ‘It really is time to do up my kitchen,’ she says. Click here to view more of Kate’s knitted art work and her shop.
Style Notî‚˛ ... from an interiors author
Author and interior style expert, Jane Cumberbatch, shares her favourite vintage finds
’ve always been drawn to vintage furniture – particularly the utilitarian shapes of old factory and school room pieces. Take my favourite little sewing chair (below) that came from an old wool factory - it’s solid metal shape is both compact and comfortable, the perfect balance of function and style and it’s worn-in look is just what I need for giving character to a room.
interiors, and so you’ll often find me giving vintage buys – such as my exschool room oak desk – a lick of white paint. Similarly, a couple of coats of Farrow and Ball’s powder blue eggshell has added character and style to my favourite pair of junk kitchen chairs.
I spied some chairs (opposite) outside a junk shop on Streatham High Road and even though they had rather drab and dull covers I thought that the linen My Pure Style look involves white, light throws that I picked up on sale at Volga
Vintage sewing chair with handmade patchwork cushion
Vintage Ercol sofa with old blanket and hand sewn patchwork and applique cushions 47
Forget re-upholstering, Jane has made chair coverings herself using tea towels (above) and pretty ticking fabric (right) 48
Old school desk given a lick of white paint (left) Linens, could look pretty - and I think they do work well. As I didn’t have the cash for loose covers - I’d say that this is a case of an inventive idea looking as good as something that could have cost a lot more. Hunting down a bargain or two is another reason why the prospect of buying vintage is appealing. I snapped up a little Ercol sofa for £15 when I saw it in the forecourt during a local Salvation Army jumble sale. I was also really lucky to be passing a second hand shop on Brixton Hill when I spotted an Ercol table and 4 stick back chairs that were just over £100 for the lot. I found my old oak school desk (above) about 15 years ago in a West London junk shop - I know that some people think it’s sacriligeous to paint wood, but generations of school kids had left their mark and even though I like the
tatty look - in this case a lick of white paint serves as a more stylish look. I have a passion for blue and white it is such a fresh and uplifting colour combination, particuarly for china. Blue and white striped designs and small f lorals in blue and white are some of my favourite themes- such as the simple jug (opposite) – one of my early purchases from Putnams which was a brilliant source of vintage f loral china in the eighties. Pity it isn’t around now to go with the current craze for vintage teatime ideas! The blue plastic sixties plate is from the Salvation Army jumble sale in Norwood Road. Find out more about Jane and her ‘Pure Style’ books and range of products on her website: www.purestyleonline.com
Collection of vintage blue and white crockery
Second hand chairs painted in Janeâ€™s favourite pale green
Janes top places for vintage shopping . . . Ruby Beets, Long Island, NY - I found fabulous old mesh food covers here. Alfies Antiques Market, London - I like to browse here â€“ maybe picking up a pretty plate or some bone-handled cutlery. Tobias and the Angel, Barnes, London - Angel always has a good stock of beautiful faded Welsh blankets Jane Sacchi Linens - if you want to buy really good quality vintage linen go to Jane Sacchi.
Fit for a Queen
CarolineTaylor visits the Cole & Son factory to ďŹ nd out the story behind the prestigious British brand that supplies wallpaper to the Queen.
photography by Jemma Watts
allpaper lost its cool for a while. The 90’s saw the trend for minimalism in the home: white walls, a LOT of beige and Ikea reigned supreme - until the noughties came along, bringing with it an explosion of pattern, colour and texture. Interiors said ‘Bore off’ to plain backgrounds and ‘Hello There!’ to wall coverings of every shade and style. But through those tough years for wallpaper, one company stood firm and is now riding high on the nation’s love for a few rolls of patterned goodness. Cole and Son has been producing wallpaper since 1875. Founded by John Perry, many of his original processes are still used today in the companies factory based in North London.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the factory to have a look around and see some of these processes in action and I was truly astounded by the traditional craftsmanship that goes into their products. Nothing delighted me more than getting a peek at the sprawling archive of papers lined up in shelving along one side of the factory. (above) It is literally packed full of designs from over the years, including many of the custom designs Cole and Son have created for those who can afford this type of luxury. A hand drawn design by a rock star’s daughter, for example, which was a gift to her father on his birthday and features many famous faces. Also stowed away in the archive is the legendary double f lock paper that caused controversy in
the late 90’s, when it was hung in the Lord Chancellors apartments. Worth £350 per roll, it caused people to question whether this was the best way to spend taxpayer’s money. Seems extravagant, but at least that money was going back into the UK economy and supporting local craftsmanship. When you see these crafts with your own eyes, you realise their true value. Block printing, for example, is done by hand and takes hours of physical manpower. There is one block per colour, and the blocks are heavy - I should know; I had a go while at the factory, and think I definitely pulled a muscle! So next time you gawp at the price tag on some block printed paper, remem-
ber the time and energy that went into creating it. Cole and Sons workforce only produce around 12 rolls a day of block printed paper. Screen-printing is also alive and well in the factory. Slightly less tough on the triceps, yet still physical work and they produce around 25 rolls of this a day. While a traditional company, Cole and Son have moved with the times and also have a number of machine printers to speed up the production and reduce costs. Similarly, unfazed by the advancements in technology, the company has recently launched their own iPad application. The app resembles a digital pattern book, so you can search
Top row; L to R: ﬂock paper from the archive, screen-printing in process, Caroline trying some block printing. Middle row; L to R: carved printing blocks in the archive, machine printer at work, carved printing block. Bottom row; L to R: screen-printed paper drying, ﬂock paper design, machine printed paper ready for dispatch.
their collection while on the go - perfect ingly saturated market. for busy interior designers and stylists. It seems their key to success is continuing to respect tradition in the 21st centuToday the designers at Cole and Son ry and employing a workforce who are take inspiration from their incredible ar- obviously devoted to their craft. Plus it chive to create new and fresh designs, must also help to have the British Monwhile iconic patterns such as ‘Woods’ arch as a fan! continues to sell well. It is inspiring to see a company steeped in history and www.cole-and-son.com 55 tradition still do so well in an increas- Download the iPad app here.
Johanna Bolhoven reports on five trends we are likely to see sneaking into our homes in 2012. Illustrations by Kerry Layton.
elieve it or not, fashion houses started work on their Spring / Summer 2012 collections back in Summer 2010, meaning what’s hot for this season has been on trend expert’s radars for some time. In the same way that the catwalk inf luenc-
es high street fashion, it can inspire food trends, lifestyle and your home’s decor. So what, if anything, can we learn about the trends for home interiors and accessories from the Spring / Summer fashion runways?
olour was everywhere on the runways and, with an even brighter colour palette than in previous summers, you can expect to see lots of pastels and candy colours mixed with near neon brights: watermelon pink and tangerine, lilac and brown, green and aquamarine, lavender and red, gold and teal blue. But if you only pick one colour this season, make it orange.
here is renewed emphasis on beautifully light fabrics and textures. Heavenly lace, embellishments and a touch of sparkle and shine are essential. Think bright, romantic, f lowing silks, soft tailoring and whimsical. This sentiment has been embraced by the interiors market with the emphasis on clean and wholesome natural appeal. Brilliant whites, textiles and soft furnishings derived from and inspired by nature, are all providing a clean backdrop to abstract prints and ditzy f lorals. Colour palette: brilliant white, blush hues and pastel tones, bright greens and blues and a touch of metallic.
Recommended products: pretty cushions with rose prints or petal detailing, tea lights in porcelain holders, lace napkins and tablecloths, fake peonies and hyacinths in vintage jugs, a shimmery/silk, f loral bed throw.
un, freedom and glamour also come into play as nostalgia continues to inf luence Spring / Summer trends. In fashion, vintage glamour informs f luid and slinky 1970s silhouettes and the Studio 54 effect still reigns supreme. Similarly, the homeware market has embraced a laid-back west coast style with a distinctive retro 1970s Palm Springs look. Think visually stunning velvet walls with vibrant colours of reds, pinks, fuchsias and oranges. Colour palette: reds, pinks, fuchsias, oranges, glitter, white, gold, aquagreen. Recommended products: beanbag chair, lava lamps, shag carpet, gold mirrors, egg chairs.
he jazz age makes a notable return, with the likes of new TV show Boardwalk Empire and the much anticipated Great Gatsby film out later in the year. We can expect to see this inf luence throughout 2012 with glimpses of art deco, shimmering silk fabrics, fringing and elaborate beading, subtle pastels and classic neutrals with striking accents of bold and exotic colours. Colour palette: pastel tones, neutral shades, red, teal blue, bright greens, a touch of gold. Recommended products: Deco 30s furniture, beaded pillows and lampshades, curtain fringe, vases with exotic bloom print, dark wood, large round mirrors, long and low cabinets, travel or jazz posters.
here was inevitably going to be some sporting inf luence this year (thank you Olympics). Designers have incorporated touches of sporting energy into their Spring / Summer fashion collections: athletic shoulder straps, exposed zips, fencing and tennis-inspired tunic dresses, drop-waist hems and sporty stripes were seen up and down the runways. With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee also this year, the homeware market adopts this trend with a continued focus on all things ‘British’. Colour palette: stripes, orange, red, white, blue, f loral detailing. Recommended products: oven gloves and mitts, aprons and pinnies, tea and egg cosies, tin and enamel mugs, union jack or bulldog print cushions.
a perfectly peachy home Interview by Chloe Adlington Photos by Tif Fussell
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Tif and I’m a Brit misplaced abroad with my clan. I am happiest spending quality time with Miss Ethel, my trusty sewing machine, surrounded by ‘used’ dog, little Olive and various other creatures. I am an addicted crafter, a rambling blogger and now a spiffy book writer too! In the past two years half of my children have gone out into the big wide world to make their own creative footprints upon it, so for the time being I live with my ‘lads of three’ as I call them and ﬁll my days with stitching (for our shed and my Etsy store), crocheting, thrifting (as and when I can) and blogging.
rounded by an acre of moss in suburbia just outside of Seattle in the USA. We moved stateside in 2000 with four small children and found Mossy Shed four years ago. She was sadly neglected and despite thinking I would never be attracted to a mock-Tudor home, I fell in love with her soul. Over the past four years she has become a home ﬁlled with handcrafted and secondhand ﬁnds and has made me most happy while I bide my time till we move on.
How would you describe your interior style and where do you go for decorating inspiration?
I think the best way to describe my interior style is granny chic: a nice mixture And how about the background of your home? of handcrafted, secondhand and eclectic goodness. It is really about taking someOur home is called Mossy Shed, she is thing old and loved but presenting it in a an odd looking, mock-Tudor house sur- fresh, modern way. This has become most
â€œIt is really about taking something old and loved but presenting it in a fresh, modern way.â€?
popular of late, but I think there are many of us who have lived surrounded by treasures with stories to tell for many years. For me, I like plenty of white space in-between my knick-knacks and vignettes, allowing them to shine in all their glory. I do love a peachy ﬂoral pattern, be it on wallpapers or fabrics. I often ﬁnd them in thrift stores, eBay and the vintage aisles of Etsy and they always make my crafty heart beat a little faster upon ﬁnding them. Two books which always make me happy
to look at are: Fleamarket style by Emily Chalmers and Bazaar Style by Selina Lake. Both are ﬁlled with wonderful homes of eclectic collectors and both helped me feel not quite so lost living in suburbia when I stumbled upon them in a book store several years ago. I am inspired in my decorating by a thrifted ﬁnd; a wonderful piece of vintage fabric or a snap shot of another home I may come across in a magazine - something about it will strike a note with me and inspire me to dibble and dabble with things
IKEA... I have a fondness for midcentury and ﬁnd this goes nicely alongside vinWhich is your favourite room in your house tage fabrics. I am always shufﬂing things and why? around so nothing ever stays in one place for too long. A tricky question. I have moments of loving each room for different reasons, usu- Finally, what’s next on your ‘home agenda’? ally because I have just dragged a newly found ‘old friend’ home from the thrift Well, as of the beginning of the year, I’ve store and then proceeded with shufﬂing made plans to re-wallpaper our famthings around to make it feel welcome. ily room in a lovely retro paper I found That room will then be my favourite for overseas, paint out some doors to white a while. I guess I tend to have favourite and gut out our late 70’s bathroom. I corners more than rooms, can I do that? also need to do something with the huge One is in the family room, where we have oversized ﬁreplace in our family room. our old English church pew and the other I painted it white and ﬁlled it with logs is a fabby Gplan cabinet in my studio, it is but it’s way too big for the space. I think I in perfect condition and both myself and need to build it a top half with shelves on my man agree we have never owned such and paint it to look like one whole built-in a peachy piece of furniture before. I’m a piece. In my mind’s eye, it looks spiffy so fan of vignettes, that’s how I decorate; I I need to trust my eye and go for it. Yes, place a piece of furniture somewhere and there are always things I would like to do. For example, the kitchen came with then build around it with bits and bobs. a dark granite worktop, not my thing at How did you go about turning your ‘house’ into all despite folks loving such a worktop. a ‘home’ and do you have any advice on doing I would love to take it out and replace it this? with something lighter, but I also understand that at some point in the future we When we ﬁrst arrived at Mossy Shed, she will be moving on from Mossy Shed and a was very sad. She was ﬁlled with dark granite worktop in these parts helps sell wood, little light (due to the huge pine a home. trees which surround us), holes in her I dream that one day we will move to a roof and failed windows. We did a lot of house overlooking the sea, we call it our work on her bones and then I set about ‘forever home.’ I think everyone has one painting everything brilliant white. This of those in their head. It will have white made a big difference. We laid dark wood wood ﬂoors, wonderful views and not a ﬂooring downstairs and then wallpa- granite worktop in sight! However for pered a few walls to add warmth. I made now, Mossy Shed is where my heart lies cushions and window panels and cov- for she embraces all that I love in the way ered stools and chairs in vintage fabrics of decorating, and houses my family and (these are often changed out depending my critters safely. For that very reason, on my current love affair with a fabric or she makes me happy. colour). We ﬁlled our home with children www.dottieangel.blogspot.com (no longer small but teenagers), countless critters including backyard chickens and put an old airstream called Gladys www.dottieangel.etsy.com in the yard alongside the chicken coup. The majority of things were found secFind out about Tif’s book on ondhand or handmade, mixed in with pages 70-71. within my shed.
â€œI like plenty of white space in between my knick-knacks and vignettes, allowing them to shine in all their glory.â€?
book review dottie angel : the peachy crafty world of tif fussell Words: Caroline Taylor There is something I must admit. I don’t often read interiors & craft books cover to cover. I ﬂick through, soaking up the pretty pictures and getting ideas, sometimes reading snippets here and there. But Dottie Angel is different. From the foreword by Emily Chalmers, the talented stylist and owner of Caravan, to Tif’s ﬁnal thank you’s - I read every word. When I delved into the book on a long train journey one dreary December day, I was transported to a handmade heaven where everything was pretty and no crafting task too hard. I became immersed in the Dottie Angel world of vintage, ﬂoral fabrics and a menagerie of animals, both real and china. The book has a deﬁnite tactile feel, enhancing the idea that Tif spends her days surrounded by fabric, yarn and scraps of vintage lace. With the book you also receive a little pouch with samples of fabric, thread and buttons, so you can get crafty straight away! The snippets of life at ‘Mossy Shed’ are charming and endearing - who would have thought a story about an iron could be so touching?! Tif has also included some lovely ‘how-to’ projects so you can have a go at some of her crafty creations. I defy anyone who does not reach for the sewing machine or crochet hook after spending a few hours immersed in Tif’s world. Her passion for making things and surrounding herself with beautiful vintage ﬁnds will have you skipping to your local junk shop to rescue some ‘lost souls’! ‘Dottie Angel: the peachy crafty world of Tif Fussell’ Published by Uppercase. Order Online from Uppercase Also available in the UK from Ray Stitch £29.50
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ore and more women are taking the plunge and setting up their own business. With the internet making this easier than ever, many of these businesses are being run solely online. We meet some of these inspiring women who have made cyperspace their marketplace.
Ebury Home & Garden online shop and The Ebury Collection online wedding directory. Interview by Hannah Bishop Photos by Hannah Gooch & Sarah Gawler www.sarahgawler.co.uk
91 Was an online business something you had always considered? What was your process for setting up?
much you can do yourself. Do your research: know your industry or at least learn as much as you can about it and grow gradually while learning I’ve always wanted to have about your business. my own shop selling beautiful things. When I had my son, I Have you become more busidecided not to return to work ness-minded? but set up my own business. I knew I had to make sure I kept Yes, without a doubt. You learn my overheads low so a shop a lot when setting up a busiwasn’t an option at that point. ness, whether it’s deciding how As it turned out, I set up The to spend your money or how to Ebury Collection, my wedding generate your own PR! website instead, but I continued to have an interest in interi- What makes it all worthwhile? ors and styling. I later realised that having a Generating the sales to be able shop online enabled me to set to drive your business forward it up on a very tight budget. and all the positive feedback. I’d learnt a lot during the process of setting up my wedding Your online shop is a wonderwebsite, so I was able to set up ful collection of beautiful and Ebury Home & Garden much unique homewares and accessories; why do you think our more efficiently. aesthetic surroundings are imWhat advice can you offer in- portant to modern living? dependent online businesses The interior of your home is just starting up? a ref lection of your personalTalk to the right people and net- ity and represents your style. It work. Be careful with your mon- makes us feel comfortable and ey. Where possible, try and be secure to surround ourselves IT self-sufficient. Web design- with things that we like, whethers and developers charge a er that’s family heirlooms or the lot and if you have a creative new vase that we fell in love streak, you’ll be surprised how with in the local interiors shop
What inspires you to choose the style of products on Ebury Home & Garden? And do you enjoy sourcing them? Essentially, I choose things that I love and would have in my own home. It’s really exciting sourcing them, but I find that there are so many things out there that I love. It’s a struggle to narrow my final choice down. I also make sure I have a balanced range of products at good price points. I’m naturally drawn to homewares that suit the countryside living style, but this doesn’t mean everything I choose has a distressed finish. Some do have these characteristics, as they’re made from materials like recycled wood, but some of the products I stock (and will be stocking in the near future) have a more contemporary country feel to them – I like to refer to these as ‘rustic chic’.
What are the benefits of online shopping for your customers and how do you overcome any disadvantages? It’s convenient. We all have busy lives, often juggling work life with children and a home life.
91 We don’t always have enough time to go to the shops to buy thoughtful gifts. Being able to shop online is becoming more popular and people appreciate that they can log on to the internet and make a purchase in minutes. Also, I make sure that everything is beautifully wrapped, making it a pleasure to receive.
Why do you choose to keep a blog alongside your shop and directory? When setting up The Ebury Collection site, the best piece of advice anyone gave me was to set up a blog. Not only does it enable you to keep in touch with your customers and share your news, it’s a great way to keep your site fresh with new content. And if you include a few good keywords too, Google loves it!
style (timber framed, weather boarded, usually with dormers; light and airy with white paneling, hardwood f looring, wooden shutters and open fireplaces). I studied Design Management at university and went on to work for John Lewis for a number of years - my job involved planning fashion shoots, organising and attending model castings, booking photographers and stylists and making sure everything ran smoothly on the day. Not long after launching my wedding site, I created an inspiration shoot with my friend, who is a photographer. It was really well received and even published in one of the top wedding magazines. I’ve done some interior styling for another friend who’s also launched a homewares business and all of the photography and styling for Ebury Home & Garden is my own work.
How inf luential is social media such as Facebook and Twitter in promoting your business pres- What would you change if you ence online? could do it all again? Facebook is a great way to reach your customers directly. Twitter is a great networking resource and without it I would be in a very different place. I’ve met some amazing industry colleagues from both wedding and interior worlds. I’ve made good friends too!
I had a much bigger budget when setting up my wedding directory website, but Ebury Home & Garden was created on a much smaller budget. If I had my time again, I would spend more carefully, and I’d try not to waste money on things that didn’t generate any return. But we all learn by our Your photography and styling mistakes! portfolio demonstrates an eye for stunning detail; do you have Are you tempted to expand any creative / artistic training? the business into other areas of home and style? If so, what I’ve always had a creative next? side. I love creating beautiful interiors and have a slight ob- I’d love to have a little shop one session with the New England day! www.theeburycollection.com | www.eburyhomeandgarden.com
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