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New products and services, interesting shops, ideas for your garden, our pick from design fairs, and other things we like...

Scion – a new British brand

The Harlequin Group has just launched a new brand of fabrics and wallpapers called Scion, aimed at ‘trend-savvy customers’ and accessibly-priced. The debut collection, Melinki, comprises an eclectic mix of printed fabrics, embroideries, jacquards, co-ordinating plains and complementary wallpapers. The designs...

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Volga Linen 2012

   Volga Linen‘s pretty new online catalogue shows off their versatile range, from fine white linen to chunky herringbone weaves. Crisply ironed or crumpled and soft, linen’s tactile quality is simply unique....

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Retrouvius & The George in Rye

 London architectural salvage and design practice Retrouvius has been involved in the second phase of  refurbishment at The George in Rye, a hotel in East Sussex, which has now expanded into adjoining buildings including a twin hayloft. After the...

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Scagliola tiles

Scagliola is a 16th century technique invented in Bavaria and popularised in Italy. The laborious process involves mixing gypsum plaster with natural glues and handcolouring with pigments to imitate the marble decoration found in grand palaces of the Renaissance. Luxury...

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New Ochre showroom

  Ochre has moved to a spacious new showroom in Clerkenwell to house its expanding collection of understated and sophisticated furnishings. The 1500sq ft showroom is at 46-47 Britton Street, London EC1M 5UJ. Open by appointment Mon-Fri, +44 (0)20 7096...

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Leather letter box flaps

At last an alternative to boring letter box flaps! These smart hide-covered flaps, designed by Jane Knapp, and hand-finished and stitched in England, come in four great colours. They swing open to let the post through and then close to...

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Happy Blondes

Adam and Clare Gilchrist of Veedon Fleece have re-interpreted this 1951 textile design by Wendy Bray, who graduated in 1951, Festival of Britain year, and a time when all things Scandinavian, especially Danish furniture, were the peak of chic. Her...

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Bennison 2012 calendar

Bennison’s 2012 calendar features some great new images of their latest designs in a fairytale setting.  The designs are all hand-printed in England on linen, but are also available on silk and wallpaper.   Mary Poppins’ umbrella features ‘Reverse Toile red on oyster’...

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Handmade Home

In their latest book, Handmade Home, Living with Art and Craft , Mark and Sally Bailey (who run the renowned homeware store Baileys Home & Garden) turn their attention to hand-crafted objects, paintings, textiles, ceramics and glass. They show that...

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Biscuiteers

We never thought we’d be writing about biscuits on The House Mag, but we’ve spent too much time browsing Biscuiteers‘ website not to share it … These clever biscuit designers have beautifully hand-iced (and very tasty) biscuits for every occasion,...

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Spoons

These beautiful spoons are designed by Kirsten Hecktermann and hand-made in Kenya where she grew up. The wooden ones are carved from local managed hardwoods and the wood carvers work in Kirsten’s father’s workshop in Kilifi....

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Vellum books

Seen at the Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, this magnificent library of 17th and 18th century books is being sold by Dutch dealer De Eenhoorn (stand F23, tel:0031(0)653242692). It’s £30,000 but does include 100 vellum books, 50 large and...

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Colefax and Fowler’s new collection

A few of our favourites from Colefax and Fowler’s new collection: ‘Gresham Check’ and ‘Gresham Stripe’ in blue, with cushions in ‘Kashmir Leaf’ and ‘Suffolk’....

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Clay plaster

These warm, earthy colours are created with Clayworks’ naturally-pigmented clay plasters. Available in 27 pre-mixed natural earth colours they are ready to use (you simply add water and blend). As well as reviving the UK’s clay building tradition, the plaster...

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Ottoman wallpapers

  This sweet package arrived from Fired Earth to tell us of the launch of their Ottoman wallpaper collection. There are three eye-catching designs which use pigments inspired by their paint collections. Each one is available in ‘seasonal’ colourways : autumn,...

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