The Blog

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

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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Block printing course

I spent a really enjoyable Saturday learning how to block print fabrics and wallpapers. The class was taught by artist Jenny Stringer and held in the airy studios of fabric company Lewis & Wood in Stroud in Gloucestershire....

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‘Best of British’ at Ann Sacks

American tile company Ann Sacks hosted an inspiring talk last week on ‘Best of British Design’ by Philip Cooper, Design Director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. It focused on designer/craftsmen collaborations and in particular on the innovative new tile...

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Heavy Metal

Spotted at the Palace Art Fair this month: freelance artist Bridget Davies’ charming watercolours of antique cutlery and other second-hand shop finds. Her ‘Heavy Metal’ paintings, in acrylic ink on watercolour paper, are £240 each, unframed. http://www.bridgetdaviesart.co.uk...

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‘Retrospectives’ paint range

‘Retrospectives’ is a range of 32 authentic 60s and 70s colours just launched by Little Greene in association with English Heritage. They show us what an explosion of colour took place in interior design during this period....

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Decorex ’11 highlights

A brilliant Decorex by general agreement: buzzy, a high foot-fall and a real sense that the top end of the decoration market is more than holding its own. We were the busiest we’ve ever been and our stand with a...

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Ester & Erik candles

  Danish company Ester & Erik  were exhibiting again at Top Drawer with this great display of their hand-made taper candles. Ester and Erik Møller began producing dipped candles in 1987.  Today the company produces tapered, block and conical candles...

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Soane Fabrics

Soane Britain, who have been creating wonderful furniture, lighting and accessories for 15 years, are launching Soane Fabrics with a range that features eight designs in different colourways.  Soane’s founder Lulu Lytle has collected antique fabrics and textiles for years...

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