Below are the Spring Summer 2019 key looks from Interiors company Graham and Green . Many of the key trends seem to be carrying on from recent seasons these include Berber Rugs. Metallics are still around : rose gold and copper being the most popular. Neons and succulents are still with us, as are fifties and sixties inspired cane chairs on spindly legs. Talking of legs, G&G are selling a fine line in patterned and embossed ceramic pots that stand on tiny feet so they are slightly elevated from the surface on which they stand. Velvet in strong acid yellows and rich royal blues are still being used to cover sofas and chairs. There are some metallic mouse lamps – sure they are cute if thats your thing but personally I can’t stand rodents and prefer the birds shown in the image below. To sum up, it is a strong cohesive collection all fabulously styled.
Print your own Christmas wrapping paper.
If you’ve been reading the press recently, you may have seen the headlines about how many Christmas wrapping papers are none recyclable. So we waste lots of resources on something we then cannot get rid or reuse. So apart from it being fun why not print your own Christmas wrapping paper and save the planet at the same time.
You will need
Tape or string
Acrylic or poster paint
Spare sheet of paper to practice on
Brown wrapping paper
Lid of a food storage box
½ inch Paint brush
Using the kitchen knife cut the potato in half and then score and cut out your design from one half. Choose a simple design such as a star or a stylized Christmas tree.
Press your potato onto to kitchen paper to get rid of the excess starch. Pour some paint onto the lid.Using a paint brush apply paint to the stamp you have just made. Try the design out on a piece of scrap paper. Print on the brown paper.
Leave the paper to dry and then wrap it round your parcel, tying it with stringand adding a bit of foliage as decoration.
The get-real guide to creating calm from chaos
By Debora Robertson
You need this book if you are doing any of the following:
- You regularly buy things to replace items you already own because you can’t lay your hands on them right now.
- You regularly lose your glasses, keys, phone and tv remote. Or if like me recently, when the night before I was to fly to Armenia I couldn’t locate my passport. It was 2 hours of anxiety and turning everything in the house upside down before I found it.
- You have said any of the following in the last month:
‘ I have to go through those‘ ‘Someone might need that’ ‘It’s still got wear in it’ ‘It might come in usefulone day’
Unlike other books on this subject, Debora does not expect you to totally readjust your world to minimalist living. She offers practical advise including allowing a certain amount of time to clear up. She suggests buying a kitchen timer and using it. Decide how much time you can spend on a task on any given day and just spend that amount of time and no more. She suggests keeping a diary of what you wish to achieve and offers tips on what you need to do daily, weekly and monthly and even how to clear up if you only have a spare ten minutes.
She gives information on how and where to get rid of useful unwanted items. I have made so many visits to charity shops during the last month!
I am a craft author and run workshops so I am a great one for collecting all kinds of tools, materials and ephemera. ‘Oh that will come in handy sometime”. Reading that Debra writes on cookery and gardening I realized that her pile of stuff probably bears a resemblance to my own. So I am even more impressed.
What this book does, is encourage you to create new habits that will enhance your life.
I knew this book was good because as I was reading it, my friends kept asking if they could borrow it after me. Well it is a great book based in reality and full of practical advise and No you can’t borrow it. I’m keeping my copy and authors like Debora deserve people to buy their words of wisdom. So go out and buy your own copy, you won’t regret it.
I was recently given some enormous, if somewhat bruised, windfall quinces. So as a great lover of cheese I decided to make some quince jelly, sometimes known as quince cheese. Suffice to say as soon as I wanted to make the jelly I couldn’t find a recipe. Then I found buried amongst all my other cookery books a slim volume called WI Book of Jams and other preserves written by Pat Hesketh and published in 1984. It has over 100 recipes tried and tested by the women’s institute.
So I turn to the page for Quince Cheese, on the same and facing page were recipes for cumberland rum butter, apple butter, marrow orange cream and bramble cheese. Fruit butters are a softer consistency than cheeses and are usually spiced and should be hermetically sealed. They are usually served as a spread. Cheeses are cooked to a stiff consistency and set in small moulds so that they can be turned out for serving and cut into wedges.
500g quinces chopped into roughly 1cm pieces
- Wash the quinces and cut up into pieces
- Place in a pan and barely cover with water.
- Cover and cook until reduced to a pulp.
- Pour through a sieve and weigh the liquid. (discard what is left in the sieve).To each 500g of liquid add 500g of sugar.
- Cook over a low heat to dissolve the sugar.
- Continue cooking until a thick consistency is obtained.
- When a spoon is drawn across the base of the pan, it should leave a clean line.
- Pour into prepared moulds. I used small glass pots used for ‘Gu’.
- Make some fabric tops by cutting out circles with pinking shears.
Dunelm have pulled out all the stops and come up with some lovely home wear product for the end of this year and going into next year. They are even selling artificial cacti, flowers and plants. They had a very personable and enthusiastic Anna from Jar and Fern running a terrarium workshop, although she admitted to me this was the first time she had used fake cacti. The results looked pretty impressive.
The Cinnabar collection includes both soft furnishing and ceramics.
The textures used throughout their range are imaginative and beautiful, they include printed , woven and appliqued textiles.
Love the velvet sofa and button down pouffe.
Steven Rowe the head designer describes of home wares at Tesco describes spring /summer 2019
“In Fox & Ivy , the focus is on artisan, with watercolour illustrations, chunky weaves and hand-painted decals elevating the finer details. It’s finished with flashes of matt and shine lustre, alongside a colour palette that’s decadent while remaining light, fresh and floral for the season.”
Design by Juliet Bawden Photography Paul Craig
Today’s make is really an Ikea Hack of a Nornas Bench transforming a rather dull nondescript softwood bench into an on trend vibrant padded seat/coffee table by being creative and painting, dying, and doing some sustainable up-cycling.
You will need
Nornas Ikea Bench
2 meters thick wadding
Korbond iron on hemming tape
Goldfish Orange machine dye Dylon
Old velvet curtain
Sewing machine and thread
Iron and ironing board
Invisible marker pen Korbond
- Following the makers instructions dye the velvet and leave to dry.
- Saw off the edges of the bench so that there is no overhang.
- Paint the bench black and leave to dry.
- Cut a double layer of wadding the size of the bench top, plus enough to drape over the edges. Cut away the corners and then staple the wadding to the underside of the bench.
- Press the velvet before using. Drape the velvet over the bench and leaving enough for a 2cm seam allowance, mark with a pen remove the fabric and then cut away the corners.
- To give a neat edges to the corners, turn the corners under and iron on the webbing
- Place the velvet over the wadding covered bench and staple the velvet into position on the underside.
- To make the cushion. Cut an old duvet up so it is the size of the bench top.
- Cut the rug into two pieces, the size of the bench top plus 1 cm all the way round.
- Sew the old duvet round its edge to the wrong side of one piece of rug.
- With right sides facing sew the piece of rug with the duvet attached to the other piece of rug. Sew round three and a half sides.
- Turn the cover through the correct way and then close the opening by over sewing.
Tips. I learnt this trick at art school, when I was stretching frames for printmaking. To get straight edges when stapling, start in the middle of one side and staple to the edge then do it with the other edge and then repeat with the opposite side and then do the other two sides in the same way.