Month: October 2015

Autumn Savings

I don’t know about you, but I always think that Autumn is the perfect time to nest at home, get cosy and cook big hearty meals for family and friends. It’s the perfect time to begin to enjoy cooking again, rustling up hearty stews and warming casseroles.autumn_home_main

It’s also a great opportunity to start to consider your kitchen in the run up to Christmas. Particularly if you are planning a new one sometime soon, take this time to really think about how you use the space and what you need to make the experience a real pleasure.

With that in mind we thought that we might offer you Half Price installation as an early christmas present!

The Fabric of India

Early this week I had the pleasure of visiting the V&A museum with my Mum. This has fast become a regular occurrenceeach time she visits us, so it’s lucky that they have plenty to see and do!

 I find that visiting the V&A is always a fantastic source of interior inspiration.
The building itself is grand and on such a large scale, with it’s vast proportions and inctricate attention to detail. There is also some intresting examples of mixing the contemporary with the traditional, such as these oversized wire pendant lights that nest perfectly in the oppulent Victorian dining hall.
The grand victorian Dining Hall in the V&A.
We always find ourselves in the tile section due to a mutual love of all things ceramic. We took a few snaps for future inspiration.
Beautiful Moroccan tiles in the V&A.

This time we decide to explore the new Fabric of India exhibition, a bright and colourful celebration of India’s rich and dynamic textile trade. Spanning from the 3rd Century to the present day the collection walks you through India’s dynamic history of creating these splendid masterpieces.


Large floorcovering. Image courtesy of trendstop

      Ceremonial cloth, woven silk and gold wrapped thread, Admedabad for the Thai market. 19th Century. All images courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum
Map Shawl, woollen embroidery. Kashmir 19th Century. All images courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum.
Floorspread, painted and dyed, coromandel coast about 1630. All images courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum.
Showcasing enormous skill and intricate handwork the exhibition focuses on the processes and tools traditionally used to create such intricate and fine fabrics. With rooms busting with examples from centuries of global trade – the collections displays how pattern, design and colour were adapted to suit a world of different markets and tastes. From courtly splendour and widely coveted chintz within the european market to the rich golds and bold colours favoured by the East.
The exhibition is open from 3rd October – 10th January and well worth a look. It certainly brightened up a wet and windy day!

That (slightly chilly) Friday Feeling…

Scarf, coats AND sunglasses this morning! I think that we’re all struggling to get our heads around he fact that it’s not really Summer anymore yet the full Autumnal chill hasn’t quite set in. Not that were complaining of course, it’s lovely to have a spot of Autumn sunshine here at the Old Steam Mill and we’re all certainly busy enough to keep us warm.

Our small but perfectly formed Classic showkitchen is ever nearing completion so if you would like to come take a peek at what we do then do feel free to give us a call to arrange a time that suits you. We have the beautiful Downs Link, a now disused railway line running alongside the Mill – so feel free to bring along the kids, dogs or even bikes!


BB enjoying the leaf covered downs link

The Downs Link follows two disused railway lines and crosses the Surrey Hills, the Low Weald, the South Downs and the Coastal Plain.

Since the trains departed in the 1960s the embankments and cuttings have become a green corridor for wildlife and people. The route connects a variety of habitats and passing banks of wildflowers, trees, hedges, woodlands, rivers, ponds and streams.”


The original Henfield Train Station

Once upon a time Henfield was a well used railway station on the Steyning Line which served the surrounding West Sussex villages. It was equipped with a siding which received coal to serve the Old Steam Mill. However the line was closed in 1966 and now leaves the peaceful and green Downs Link.


The Old Steam Mill in 1966 with the chimney still in tact – Image courtesy of Jonny Tysoe

So there we have a little bit of local history for you on a Friday morning. Now fingers crossed that the sun stays shining for the midday dog walk!

Midweek Blues…

Blue, we love blue. No midweek blues here in the mill today however as we are all busy admiring the new ‘Blue’ collection from our Friends at The Little Green Company. We always finish our cabinetry and other hand painted furniture with Little Greene’s wonderful paint – so it’s always exciting when they release more shades.

With 21 hues in the collection blue fans have plenty to choose from.

Here’s a few of the new collection’s shots, all available to view over at

The Little Greene Company

Ultra Blue (264)

Moon Shadow (261)

Arquerite (250)

To Bead, or Not to Bead….

Firstly my apologies for the terrible pun, I realise that it’s neither big nor clever! However its a valid topic – as weather or not to opt for a bead is a question that often arrises when choosing your new kitchen cabinets.

The bead to frame is a neat cockbead that runs around the inner cabinet frame. It offers a smart and clean detail to a kitchen and suits a variety of house styles and tastes. A traditional joinery practice, cockbeading first began to appear in English work after 1730 and was used as both a decorative addition as well as a way of protecting rare and costly veneers used in door and drawer fronts.


Bead to Frame – An effective way of ‘framing’ your kitchen doors and drawers.


A very special curved feature Island with Bead to Frame that we completed last year.

Another option would be to opt for a bead to door. This neat little bead runs around the door panelling offering an attractive additional detail to your kitchen. This option when teamed with the bead to frame particularly suits character of period homes as it sits comfortably alongside Victorian, Georgian or Edwardian features to name but a few.


A quirky sideboard with bead to door in a Georgian townhouse.

The other option of course is to keep things simple and opt for a clean, crisp beadless kitchen. Having a simple shaker door can suit a wealth of different homes and properties and can offer a cool and contemporary finish to your home.


A contemporary take on our Classic Kitchen.

So, which will you choose?