Re-used, Re-cycled, Re-loved

I’m always fascinated and interested in the ways designers re-use unwanted items to create something to covet.

Last year I was introduced to Sasha Gibb at The Harrogate Home & Gift Show.http://www.homeandgift.co.uk/  Sasha is a lovely lady living on the Island of Jersey, with the most exquisite taste and uses her time sourcing vintage blankets made from natural fibres, such as wool, cotton and hemp, which she re-colours by hand. She then makes the blankets into cushions, bags, throw and the cutest rabbitt egg cosies, perfect for an easter gift!

http://www.sashagibb.co.uk/

Who would have thought re-cycled rubber could look so stylish? Well I recently came across these gorgeous mirrors and interior accessories made from old car tyres. As well as the fantastic mirrors, which look very Moroccan, the tyres are also re-made into storage chests and outdoor planters.

http://www.re-tread.com/

Finally for all the vintage lovers out there who hoard suitcases(as I do) but never know how to make use of them, other than for their aesthetic qualities, check out this coffee table. With the aid of some 1950’s style table legs screwed into the base of the suitcase, it instantly becomes a useable piece of furniture with storage combined. Genius!

http://ashleyposkin.blogspot.com/

Helens Colourful Crochet Blankets

I’ve been speaking to a friend of mine this weekend about a give away she has on her blog and thought I’d tell you all about it and give you a chance to win the prize! Helen crochets the most fantastic blankets and cushions, well in fact probably anything you asked her to do. She can make to any colour scheme you want and she is super quick. I have posted a few pieces of her work to show you how fab she is. She has made all the blankets for snail trail campers and is so much cheaper than a certain Miss C K and is a lovely warm person who gives British home grown talent a good name!

http://www.helenscolourfulcrochetblankets.blogspot.com/

http://www.snailtrail.co.uk/index.htm

Big Fat Greek Wedding!

My niece and god daughter Kate is getting married this summer in Greece and has asked me to help her to style her wedding which of course I am thrilled about. I think my second career choice if I wasn’t doing what I love doing so much, would be a wedding planner. I can’t think of anything more exciting than putting together somebodies perfect day. To hep us along the way I have ordered her a copy of Handmade Wedding by Eunice & Sabrina Moyle & Shana Faust but in the meantime I have been looking for table ideas which will bring a little bit of Greece into the proceedings.

http://www.coxandcox.co.uk/

http://www.oncewed.com/

http://www.stylemepretty.com/

Spring has sprung!

This week spring has definitely been in the air which always make me want to fill my home with flowers. These knitted cacti by Andrea Lord at &Made are a credit crunch friendly alternative to fresh blooms and will last the whole year through. Each of the cacti are hand knitted by Andrea and can be purchased through her website or at the fantastic manchester Craft & Design Centre in the Northern Quarter of the city.

 http://www.andmade.net/index.php

My new lounge – Miller Harris wallpaper

I love looking at before and after shots of rooms on other design blogs so I thought I’d post some pics of our new lounge, together with the before image. We recently decorated the lounge using a design from the new range of wallpapers from fragrance guru Miller Harris. The designs are all based on the divine packaging that Miller Harris use for their products, which I have always loved so after months of searching for a wallpaper to replace my beloved Neisha Crosland design, this seemed like the perfect option. I am so pleased with the end result which has transformed the room completely. The design is called Pom flower and is in the aubergine and grey colour way. The contrasting paint colours are Bath Stone by The Little Greene Paint Company and Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.

http://www.millerharris.com/wallpaper/

                                               Our New Lounge

Our Old Lounge ( these pics taken by Eleri Griffiths)