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 anything made with care and skill – however modest – can bring character and definition to your home. They also look at inspiring real-life homes of artists, craftspeople and designers, and we’ve picked some inspiring bedrooms to show you. Photographed by Debi Treloar, the book is published by Ryland Peters & Small and is £19.99.

An indigo smock and French linens provide colour in Laura and Fred Ingrams’ restful bedroom. The collection of beads and antique teapots on the window ledge give the space a more feminine feel.


Sally and Mark Bailey’s own bedroom is all about their love of wood. The bed and generously proportioned headboard were made in their own Baileys workshop using reclaimed wood and the wooden frames that were once coated in gilt were given a quick dip in a vat of caustic soda.

This traditional timber box provides a cosy nest in Dorian Bowen’s Welsh cottage. They were often placed back to back in the 18th century, creating snug little rooms within rooms.

Panels of undyed natural cotton have been used to section off a sleeping area in this open-plan barn conversion. It gives a seductive feeling of camping, without the bad weather !

PS And if you’d like to copy this yourself, upholstery supplier JA Milton sells plain canvas and eyelet kits.




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