A couple of weeks ago, we received a copy of issue #4 of Warehouse Home newspaper through the post. It was such a good read that we thought we’d give it a plug for any of you out there unfamiliar with the publication.
As the name suggests, the magazine is primarily aimed at those home owners residing in converted industrial buildings – old mills, factories, warehouses and the like. Although we live in an old stone cottage we found loads to interest us too.
Launched in October 2014, Warehouse Home is printed twice per year in June and November – and distributed to high-end homes in converted industrial buildings in many of the major cities in England & Scotland. Copies are also available at select hotels and interiors trade shows.
However, the online digital version is free to view/download from their website where ever in the world you are, so go take a browse if it looks like your kind of thing. We’ve embeded the current issue at the end of this post.
We were really impressed by the content – the variety and interesting subject matter in the articles, room staging, quality of photography, products featured and so on. It’s full of inspirational design ideas and spaces.
Also dotted through the magazine are advertisements for a range of companies specialising in what we’ll collectively call ‘vintage industrial style’ and an extensive directory of suppliers. Thanks to reading the magazine, we spent ages browsing the websites of the various shops and craftspeople too. Highly recommended!
Our house backs onto the canal with trees and farmland beyond – perfect! But before you start thinking we’re getting a bit smug, it’s a different story at the front. We face out onto a fairly busy road, there’s a bus shelter obliquely opposite and generally it’s not the prettiest of outlooks at street level. Look upwards however, and we’re blessed with a beautiful wooded hillside.
We currently have wooden Venetian blinds fitted at all of our windows; they look good but they don’t suit what we need… and they’re magnets for dust and a pain to keep clean! What we want is something that will give us privacy, block out the busy street, yet allows us to enjoy the countryside view. The perfect solution is bottom up blinds. We have unusual-sized windows, so off-the-shelf ones aren’t an option.
We’re really surprised that bottom up blinds aren’t more widely available. And the range that is on offer varies hugely in price. We have three large windows (one for each floor) that will need new blinds, so the difference in cost will be significant.
It’s one of those investments that should be worth the cost and effort. It’s joined the long list of potential home improvements, but is probably one of the more likely candidates to receive funding!
- Top down bottom up 25mm Duette: £206, Crosby Blinds
- Element Ginger Snap bottom up roller blind: £78.12, Tuiss
- Scotch Holland champagne bottom up blind: £401, Eclectics
- Cotton Doormouse 3381E bottom up blind: £332, Order Blinds Online
- Canvas mustard bottom up blind: £174, Bottom Up Blinds