Furniture maker Christian Ward Thomas has so often heard the lament, “l can’t find a table I like, that is the right size” that he has designed ones that can be adapted to any size, wood finish or paint colour.
The “Ava” and “Milo” shown here are simple elegant side tables in painted beech that could just as easily be adapted into a fine console in limed oak.
The chic destination of Burnham Market, Norfolk now has a new addition – the recently opened Birdie Fortescue Ltd.
A treat to visit, the shop is arranged over two floors of stunning contemporary homewares, paintings, continental antiques, lighting and accessories.
To complement the homewares and antiques is an Interior Design Studio which showcases fabrics, wallpapers and paints selected by Sophie Grattan Bellew: Lula Fabrics, Hugh St. Clair, Ottoboni and Paint Library paints.
Printed linens, cottons and wallpaper have been combined with rich velvets, satins, rough tweeds and trimmings, along with the Paint Library colours, to create a well-balanced and delicious interior combinations to guide and inspire you. Come in and take a look.
The Warehouse, North Street, Burnham Market, PE31 8HG
www.birdiefortescue.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1328 738634
Painting outdoors in all weathers was first pioneered by East Anglian artists such as John Constable and The Cotman family, so it was entirely appropriate that the city of Norwich recently hosted an En Plein Air art competition for the twenty first century.
Many of the Paint Out Norwich artists admit the influences of Constable – a stunning exhibiton of his work is currently running at the Victoria and Albert Museum www.vam.ac.uk/page/j/john-constable
Interest in Paint out Norwich was high and 30 artists working in paint, pastel, watercolour and pencil were selected. They were given four two hours periods over two days to paint various landmarks round city. The work, all to a high standard but all very different, were then displayed in an exhibition and offered for sale at a gala auction.
“Wow, what an amazing event Paint Out Norwich was. The team work and organisation, the other awesome artists, the friendly locals, the Maddermarket theatre, the sponsors... the whole thing was brilliant from the start,” says Haidee Jo Summers who won First Prize. www.paintoutnorwich.org
British author Raffaella Barker has published nine books since 1994, and not only are they great reads but we couldn't help but notice how beautiful the Bloomsbury book covers are. The cover of her most recent title 'From A Distance', which came out earlier this year, was designed by Bloomsbury's Art Director David Mann. The authentic covers are bound to grace any interior, and are the perfect addition to your bookshelf.
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Fine Cell Work is celebrated for its work in training prisoners to stitch in creative and therapeutic ways to produce high-end quality designs. Fine Cell Work is a sustainable business and charity, and has 60 volunteers training over 400 prisoners in 29 prisons across England, Scotland and Wales.
We were lucky enough to attend their beautiful exhibition at Wiveton Hall, Norfolk in June, with some stunning embroidery on display.
The intricate Shells - Cones design (shown above), designed by Melissa Wyndam, takes between 8 and 10 hours to embroider onto a cushion, and would be a delicate touch to any interior.
In May 2013 Amanda and Philip Turner commissioned Sophie Grattan - Bellew to work with Amanda Turner on the interiors for The Packhorse Inn, a traditional pub, but with an innovative bar menu from award winning chef Chris Lee, with four bedrooms upstairs.
Amanda was the creative influence for the interiors and the brief to Sophie was to design the paint colours, fabrics and window treatments. The Architect is Peter Romaniuk and he has configured an open bar area, with annexes, a function room and four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Sophie has created a relaxed, sophisticated and luxurious atmosphere using colours from the new range at the Paint Library to balance a judicious mix of geometric and soft printed patterns, hessian, velvet and linens.
The Packhorse Inn opened on Friday 11th October 2013 and the mix of fabulous flowers by floral artist Paula Pryke and delicious food, means the Packhorse Inn looks set to be an essential destination for the local racing fraternity and those farther afield.
Tel: 01638 751818
The Packhorse Inn, Bridge Street, Moulton , Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8SP
Virginia White was featured as a designer profile in the July issue of House and Garden in her beautiful 19th century Islington townhouse. She has used Hugh St Clair Link Beach fabric on a slipper chair in her drawing room. Virginia is an art historian and antiques expert and in her interior design projects the paint colours and furnishing fabrics have a sophisticated lightness of touch that allows the beautiful paintings and furniture to shine.
One of London’s most original furniture designers Julian Chichester has been hiding his considerable talents in a trade only showroom for far too long. This month however he has opened a shop in London’s Fulham Road to great acclaim. His very popular Luberon Chair is covered in Hugh St Clair Oval Large Teal Gold Slate.
Sophie Grattan Bellew is working with Clare Hedges at Traditional Passementerie to add a stunning new dimension to the fabric designs she distributes. The new passementerie collection offers exquisite gimp braid and fan edge fringing to subtly embellish the patterns you choose. A bespoke passementerie service is also available on request.
For more information, please visit the passementerie section of the website.
Melissa Kerkhoff of Lula fabrics has just launched a range of fresh and colourful geometic patterns. Designs based on a honeycomb, a wide herringbone and Turkish metal work are lightly printed on to pink blues and greens that echo the tones of the other fabrics in her range and work very well with them.
Lula Fabrics at www.sophiegrattanbellew.co.uk
Hugh St Clair is collaborating with Sophie Grattan Bellew on a number of new colours in his Oval and Link Designs to compliment the colours in her Ottoboni design. These will be printed on the same linen as Ottoboni and distributed and sold with them. The hemp range are still sold through Tissus de Helene at Chelsea Harbour London.