Local craftsmanship & rebellion!

I doubt you could have missed 800th anniversary of  Magna Carta in the news last week.  I have been following the build up to local celebrations for some time as I knew that the local community were planning something special. Our neighbouring village was at the heart of the barons’ rebellion.  Four of the rebel…

Rest your weary feet

My DH has taught me how to make an upholstered footstool…somewhere to rest my weary feet…I wanted one that would be large enough to share, just the right height & which could also be used as a tea tray table.  I chose a soft antique gold jacquard fabric which picks up beautifully on the shading…

How to clean your lampshades

  Fabric lampshades can pose cleaning challenges depending on their shape & construction but there are tried & tested ways to clean most… Drum shades can be cleaned using a lint roller or a microfiber cloth.  The lining can be easily vacuumed & wiped with a cloth if necessary. Fabric lampshades can be carefully vacuumed…

Extraordinary candlelit visit

This time last year we had an extraordinary candlelit treat; a visit to a ‘hidden London’ location…18 Folgate Street in Spitalfields, also known as Dennis Severs House. This extraordinary house which dates back to 1724 has been transformed into a living museum of 18th century life as experienced by a family of Huguenot silk weavers.…

Unique & Personalised Gifts

Ribbon notice boards have been popular gifts with my customers this year.  Customers who have ordered bespoke or customised ribbon notice boards as gifts always get back in touch with happy stories of how much their gift was appreciated. Not many people can guess what is in the wrapping and they are doubly delighted to…

Through the window

I have to say Lloydwaters have an exceptionally nice window display at the moment! Lloydwaters is the jewel in Great Dunmow’s crown; a unique & stylish department store which they rightly claim is packed full of “things they love & things you will need”…& currently sporting a gorgeous petrol blue Cademuir roman blind. This is…

Square bay window

Originally posted on Mrs Steed:
Square bay windows always pose a challenge & this lovely window was no exception.  Our busy client had disliked this room since moving in & was more than ready to make changes. The brief was to replace the old curtains & valance with a smarter upholstered box pelmet & 216…