Design

  • Joined up thinking

    Discovering the creative craftsmanship of Waterhall Joinery was a happy day for me. It’s wonderful to discover a business with integrity and heart. Toby Curtis took over his dad’s workshop at Waterhall Farm in Whitwell five years ago. Toby’s background is in geology, but his love of art and design combined with what was effectively […]

  • Muddy meets Ali Reid-Davies, Home & Colonial

    I meet Ali Reid-Davies, co-founder of one of the most stylish and innovative antiques and interiors shops in the country: Home & Colonial in Berkhamsted.

  • #wreathgoals2017

    Have you joined the campaign yet? No? What’s stopping you? I’m a recent convert and have found myself being positively evangelical about #wreathgoals2017. It’s a campaign that’s being championed by Alice Calcasola van der List, the Dutch floral designer who founded All In One Season in Letchworth. The campaign is gaining momentum, and Alice is on […]

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Jen Roffe designs and prints maps and cards in St Albans. You may have spotted her work in small, independent shops and in cafes and bars.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Aphrodite and the Gayer-Anderson cat meet on a scarf. Whatever next? Sneak preview of the Klements SS17 collection, including a collaboration with the British Museum.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Time to get admin fit at home. This plywood peg shelf is from Nikki Kreis who designs beautiful, playful and practical things to help get your bits sorted.

  • Wouldn’t You Though?

    Good to glow. One bowler-hatted nod from this handmade lamp will inspire home bakes or simply raise a smile.

  • Prints that pack a (Cuddle) Punch!

    Lou, down in Muddy Cornwall, is all over these gorgeous comic-book inspired prints — that you can personalise. Now, is there something coming up, quite soon, where you might be on the lookout for neat gifts to give…?

  • Wouldn’t You Though?

    Check out these amazing bags — fire hoses in a previous life and utterly gorgeous in this one. They each come with their own firefighter, too — right? Right….?

  • Wouldn’t You Though?

    Off-the-wall centrepiece? Check out this oh-so-cool up-cycled art from rising star Denim & Bone…

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