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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.
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The grand victorian Dining Hall in the V&A.
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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.
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Beautiful Moroccan tiles in the V&A.
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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.

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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!
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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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A contemporary take on our Classic Kitchen.

So, which will you choose?

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Shades of Grey…

Grey… by far the most popular colour choice for 2015 so far.

Perhaps is the book or film that’s pushed grey into the spotlight (I have to admit I haven’t had much to do with either although I presume that it’s not a colour consultation guide!) but grey has certainly been fantastically popular over the last year or so.

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I can certainly see why. Both timeless and classic grey can offer depth and drama to any room.

The Little Greene Company have responded to the popularity of grey by introducing their own ‘Grey’ collection. A whole booklet dedicated to the shade and there’s certainly something for everyone.

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The Little Greene Companies ‘Grey’ Collection

French Grey ‘113’ from The Little Greene Company has been a solid favorite so far as it is the perfect balance between being warm and cool and subtly enough to work on a large-scale. We are currently installing a beautiful kitchen in three glorious and bold shades of grey and even black. Needless to say we can’t wait to take some shots when we’re all done and dusted!

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A Classic kitchen finished in French Grey

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Our beaded Classic in Inox

Going Green…

Green is one of my favourite colours, were lucky to be surrounded by lush greens here in the old steam mill. In fact our show kitchen and front doors are all various shades of The Little Greene Company’s selection of greens.

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Colours are always a hard choice for our clients when it comes to selecting shades for their new kitchen. That’s why we offer a comprehensive colour consultation to help make those all important decisions.colour_blog_2

Green is a popular option, particularly in country kitchens teamed with rustic oak work surfaces and traditional ceramic hardware.

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Its amazing where you find inspiration for colours and textures to incorporate around your home. We recently took a trip to Devon where we made a trip to Hartland Abbey and Gardens. A beautiful Abbey just off the North Devonshire coast was built in 1157 and is well worth a visit. The walled gardens made for a great afternoon out in between beach trips and proved to be a great source of green-spiration!

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I’ve wanted to visit Hartland Abbey since I found a collection of beautiful interior shots taken by photographer Ingrid Rasmussen in the essential coffee table book New Country Style England. The interior didn’t disappoint although the gardens were certainly the highlight.

We also managed to find time to stop for tea and cake, where we were joined by a suitably colourful cockerel. I think that these red doors are just his colour!

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