• Posts Tagged ‘Craft’

    Textiles by Tori Murphy

    by  • Friday, June 27, 2014 • Designer secrets • 1 Comment

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    Known for her pared-back style and repetitive patterns, I’ve admired Tori Murphy’s work since I spotted her at Tent in 2012. This year her business turns two and she’s shaking up her monochrome colour scheme with a fourth collection of punchy, hot pinks. Designed in Nottingham and woven in Lancashire, Tori’s aim is to support local British craftmanship and now has a team of people working for her in a former coal depot. Cushions, throws, poufs and accessories, this is a lovely British homeware brand to watch.

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    50+ Simple Solutions

    by  • Friday, May 9, 2014 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    Launched this week is a special publication that I’ve been busy editing and if you haven’t bought it already, here’s a little sneak peek! It’s an easy guide to modern living – perfect for any home and craft-lover looking for new ideas.

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    Inside you’ll find smart ways to get organised, creative ideas for entertaining, home-keeping tips to make life easier and easy-to-make gifts friends will love.

    50+ Simple Solutions, ideal home, alice humphrys, polly eltes, home shopping spy, craft, home keeping, house to homeIt’s also available as a digital addition. Download the Home & Lifestyle Collection app from the iTunes App Store. Or pick up an issue in store for £4.99.

    Recycling crate, 50+ Simple Solutions, Ideal Home, Alice Humphrys, Home Shopping Spy, Housetohome, Polly Eltes, Marie NicholsIf you do buy it, I’d love to know what you think and what you might be trying out in your own home. I love this washi tape bunting idea. It’s super easy and looks great on a birthday cake with stripy straws…

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    Spring flowers…

    by  • Friday, April 13, 2012 • Seasonal buys • 3 Comments

    I’ve just spent a few days in the West Country skipping around like a sprightly spring lamb. The fresh air was wondrous and I was amazed by the amount of daffodils bloomin’ everywhere. In my attempt to bring a little bit of the country back to the city, I picked daffodils from my Mother’s garden and gathered whatever greenery I could scrounge from the local hedgerows, along the Devon lanes. I decided to display them in the many jam jars I have collected over the years, I normally use these as tea light holders but with a bit of ribbon they looked suitably pretty for my little floral arrangements that are now dotted ALL over my house…

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    If you’re looking for a similar weekend project then this is all you need:

    1. A selection of glass jars or any other interesting glass receptacles! If you don’t have many kicking about at home try The Jam Jar Shop for all sorts of shapes and sizes or raid your local car boot/charity shop for old glass bottles.

    2. Scraps of ribbon, baker’s twine, brown string..whatever you fancy (I used a selection of ribbons in yellows/creams to keep to a co-ordinated colour scheme.

    3. A selection of cut spring flowers from your garden, florist or supermarket and greenery.

    For more country decorating ideas why not visit the Ideal Home website. Happy weekend. The sun is set to shine! – Alice

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