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Home is in the North 2014

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Natalie Laura Ellen bee illustrated paper and mug

We spent a very enjoyable few hours at the Home is in the North event on Saturday.

exterior view of Halle St Peter's

It was held at Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats, Manchester – another great choice of venue by The Social Butterfly‘s Rachel Adams, the show’s organiser.

Ancoats billboard

Ancoats is an interesting part of Manchester – the steady process of regeneration is ongoing. There are some wonderful buildings – unspoilt, Victorian gems – brick terraces, old pubs, churches and former industrial sites.

view of the ceiling of Halle St Peter's

Hallé St Peter’s is one such building with it’s magnificent sense of space & light.

interior view of Halle St Peter's showing Heather Linnett's upholstered items in the foreground

It really came to life with all the amazing homewares on display – and exhibitors were the perfect mix of familiar faces and new talent.

coffee sack upholstered seat of one of Heather Linnett's chairs

Heather Linnitt aka Eclectic Chair is someone whose work we highlighted at last year’s Independent Interiors Show. We love her soft furnishings & upholstery work – using coffee sacks, vintage and retro fabrics. The Stig Lindberg-style fabric chair was a stunner – and we’d happily give house room to the Papua New Guinea coffee sack sofa too!

Heather Linnett's armchair upholstered in retro Sanderson fabric

We also saw the mosaic art of Amanda McCrann at that same event last year. Her stall was very eye-catching once more. The artwork is available in the form of original pieces or alternatively, prints & stationery incorporating her distinctive designs.

Amanda McCrann's 'Kiss' mosaic

Annabel Perrin was also there this weekend.

Annabel Perrin's patterned tea towels

Her fabric designs are a real joy – full of life, colour & vintage charm.

Annabel Perrin's patterned fabric

Anthony Hughes‘ work was new to us. We had a nice chat with him about the influence of industrial architecture & detailing on his work – finding beauty in the mundane & neglected… and our shared love of a good pylon!

Anthony Hughes' pylon fabric cushion

His range of stationery, wallpaper & fabric uses the photographs & artwork he produces at his Leeds base.

selection of Anthony Hughes' fabric cushions and wallpaper

The cotton fabric is made in Edinburgh & cushions feather-filled – temptation was rising!

Anthony Hughes' ductile print cushion

Blooming Balconies was a very friendly & approachable team – and their display provided a real blast of colour in the hall.

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They design a range of containers & tubs, some with clever fittings for railings & drainpipes. Their stall looked perfect next to a sunny window.

Blooming Balconies' stall

There was no lack of colour on Charlotte Nash‘s display either.

Charlotte Nash's colourful light flex with Plumen bulb

Her work incorporates braiding, crochet, paper-cut & collage. She had some very striking mirrors, artwork & lighting on view. She’s fresh out of university, so we hope her future is as bright as her creations!

part of Charlotte Nash's display

Grey Moose Designs only had a small display, but their vintage industrial lights grabbed your attention from all over the large church space.

Grey Moose's industrial lamp display

Skill, imagination & high quality craftsmanship were clear to see on Richard’s recycled & re-purposed lighting.

Grey Moose's industrial lamp display

He could no doubt do a great job on the vintage spotlight we picked up recently.

detail from Grey Moose's Bullfinch industrial lamp

One of our favourite exhibitors on the day was Kate Bufton.

Kate Bufton's Harry Potter book transformation under a glass dome

She manipulates the shape & form of old books to produce her artwork – framed pictures and these stunning glass domes.

Kate Bufton's framed butterfly book transformation

Katherine Lees also had a very photogenic display. Her exquisite, hand-decorated ceramics in the form of old bottles & keys to form vessels & jewellery were getting lots of attention.

Katherine Lees' ceramic display

It was very hard to walk away from the orange & grey quilt produced by Lisa Watson and pictured below. She incorporates traditional Harris Tweed & sumptuous velvet fabrics into her creations. Gorgeous!

Lisa Watson's handmade velvet and Harris Tweed heirloom quilts

We were very taken by Natalie Laura Ellen‘s stall.

Natalie Laura Ellen's bee illustrated wares

Her gorgeous range of stationery, fabric & ceramics was superbly displayed using vintage crates, drawers & step ladders.

Natalie Laura Ellen's buttons

Lovely attention to detail with handmade labels & signage too.

Natalie Laura Ellen's cards

The Northern Letters display always grabs your attention.

Northern Letters' price list

This time it was the bold, monochrome, graphic quality of pieces that made the display stand out.

Northern Letters' display

We loved this table produced by Oh, Bother. It’s made from recycled wooden palettes. They had all kinds of interesting, quirky pieces to buy.

Oh Bother's display

Rachel Britch is another recent graduate – her lighting surprised us when we touched it. We thought it was soft & fluffy from a distance, but it actually had a stiff, bristly feel.

Rachel Britch's lamp display

Rachel Johns is a near-neighbour from the Calder Valley – Hebden Bridge to be precise. She uses ink & thread – producing much of her artwork with a big stick. Yes, that’s a big stick. It’s very distinctive – whimsical & playful.

Rachel Johns' artwork display

There were practical workshops taking place throughout the day…

sewing workshop at Home is in the North event in Ancoats, Manchester

…with sewing machines whirring and paintbrushes twitching.

Swoon Worthy painting workshop at Home is in the North event in Ancoats, Manchester

We’ll end with the What I Always Wanted display.

Mr Right and appliqué dog cushions

They had the perfect cushions for Justin & Fudge. In addition to their ready to buy products, handmade fabric items can be custom made to capture favourite buildings, street scenes, people or pets.

detail from What I Always Wanted's display

This has been quite a lengthy post and we’ve only mentioned about half the exhibitors! Keep an eye out for the next event – whether you’re a potential exhibitor or customer. Hopefully we’ve given a flavour of this well run & well attended show. We have a camper van fund that we’re trying really hard to build up, otherwise we would have left Home is in the North with a car packed with goodies. Tripod light, eight cushions, large quilt, table, glass dome, some tea towels, two pictures, box of stationery, set of mugs, three flower tubs – and a sofa!

Independent Interiors Show

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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Overhead projection of designer/makers at the Independent Interiors Show, 2022NQ, Manchester

We went along to the inaugural Independent Interiors Show this Saturday and judging by this event, it certainly won’t be the last. Rachel and Victoria of The Social Butterfly who organised the event will be very pleased with the huge success of the day.

Entranceway to 2022NQ, Manchester

It was held at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The choice of venue and quality of exhibitors were excellent.

view of the Independent Interiors Show, 2022NQ, Manchester

A wide variety of independent designer/makers & shops were present. Their stands looked great set against the industrial fabric of the building and Justin really enjoyed photographing them. Here’s a run-down of those present.

Eclectic Chair at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Eclectic Chair – upholstery & cushions using vintage fabrics.

Scandi Nord at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

ScandiNord - Scandinavian lighting and neon installations.

Jamie B Edwards at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Jamie B. Edwards - distinctive contemporary artwork.

Caslon & Co at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Caslon & Co - vintage inspired textiles using antique wooden printing blocks.

Jorja Wilkinson at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Jorja Wilkinson Design – contemporary and quirky fabrics and interior products.

Elisabeth Jane Winstanley at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Elizabeth Jane Winstanley - acrylic, wood and metal sculpture & design.

Liz Foster at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Liz Foster Design – handmade appliqué cushions.

Helaina Sharpley at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Helaina Sharpley – exquisite sculptural wire work.

Northern Letters at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Northern Letters – prints, posters & tiles using vintage fonts sourced from Northern quarter signage.

Lisa Watson at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Lisa Watson – sumptuous quilts & throws.

Hannah Nunn at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Hannah Nunn – paper cut lighting and a brand new wallpaper range.

Amanda McCrann at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Amanda McCrann - contemporary mosaicist & artist.

Annabel Perrin at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Annabel Perrin – surface pattern design & homewares.

Lisa Southern at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Lisa Southern – contemporary furniture.

Flitty Bird at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Flitty Bird – decorative homewares & furniture.

Memo Illustration at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Memo – hand printed products including stationery, coasters, tote bags etc.

Claire Murray at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Claire Murray Designs – hand crafted surface pattern for wallpaper & textiles.

Lomas and Lomas at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Lomas & Lomas – handmade light shades, cushions & artwork.

May Wild at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

May Wild – ceramics.

Inspirit at the Independent Interiors Show, Manchester

Inspirit – bespoke industrial furniture & shelving.

Demonstration by Sian Astley of Morgeous

There was also an up-cycling demo run by Sian Astley of Morgeous and a big screen situated in the atmospheric café/bar area showcasing each of the exhibitors. Nice coffee there too!

We highly recommend this show – it’s already in our diary for next year! Justin took tons of photographs, so here’s a slide show of further shots if you fancy a leisurely browse.

Pick of the Pads: Beetham Tower

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine cover

Welcome to our new blog series entitled ‘Pick of the Pads‘ where we’ll feature homes that attract us, captivate us, bewitch us… sweep us off our feet!

page showing view from Manchester's Beetham Tower in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

This apartment in Manchester’s Beetham Tower does all of that in spades!

page showing living room and kitchen in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

It’s a huge space, the penthouse duplex, taking up the whole of the 47th & 48th floors of the building. It’s the home of Ian Simpson, Beetham Tower’s architect.

page showing view across Manchester from the Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

As you’d expect from one of this country’s best architects, the apartment is absolutely stunning. There are scores of floor to ceiling windows allowing sunlight to stream through into double height rooms. And being so high up the views stretch right across to the Pennines!

page showing indoor olive grove in Manchester's Beetham Tower in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

It even boasts an indoor swimming pool, terrace and olive grove – the trees had to be installed before the roof went on!

page showing living room area in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

And of course it’s furnished with beautiful mid century modern furniture, artworks and decorative objects.

page showing the master bedroom in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

 For the full tour and more photos check out the September issue of Elle Decoration.

Manchester Vintage Home Show

Monday, October 29th, 2012

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stall at Manchester Vintage Home Show selling Midwinter Zambesi pottery and other vintage mid century modern homewares

There was no lie in for us today – no Sunday papers, no coffee & croissants in bed. We were up & out early to visit the Manchester Vintage Home Show at Victoria Baths.

view of 2 floors of stalls at Manchester Vintage Home Show, Victoria Baths

It was a cold & rainy day but the show still saw a huge turnout in punters. We saw a few of the lovely stall holders who were selling at the first show held back in June. Including PASH (Print Art Salvage Handmade), Planet Vintage Girl, RetroPattern, Smashing Time and Norwegian Wood. There were lots of first time sellers too – so much so that the show has expanded to include stalls upstairs. New stallholders we met & had a chat with included Levy Delights, All Mod Cons, Revival Furniture, snygg and 20thcenturycrox. Like last time round, the quality of the stuff on sale was of a really high standard. We made a couple of purchases – more about those on another blog post! In the meantime, have a look below at the ton of photos we took of some of the vintage loveliness that was on offer!

stall selling vintage Cathrineholm enamelware

stall selling vintage chairs painted & reupholstered in vintage fabric

rows of handmade cushions with figures of dogs for sale at Manchester Vintage Home Show

stall selling a selection of vintage mid century modern glass objects

selection of vintage items for sale on the Smashing Time stall

selection of vintage items on a stall including a small Gustavsberg pin dish

organiser of the Manchester Vintage Homeshow, Keeley Harris' stall

selection of vintage Lisa Larson pottery figures on a stall

mid century modern homewares on a stall at Manchester Vintage Home Show

stall selling a collection of vintage pottery mugs

vintage wooden nest of tables with Marian Mahler design tops

collection of orange vintage Cathrineholm Lotus enamel saucepans

vintage items for sale on the Norwegian Wood stall

range of industrial vintage items for sale on the PASH stall

vintage 1960s print of a girl by J H Lynch

stall with collection of vintage Washington pottery and Lord Nelson Pottery for sale

collection of vintage Parisienne and Red Domino pottery

collection of framed vintage fabric swatches

red plastic vintage Y Front advertising mannekin

large selection of vintage fabric for sale

items for sale on the Planet Vintage Girl stall

selection of mid century modern items for sale including a sunburst clock

Wednesday Wish: Leather Chesterfield

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

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view of our sitting room showing our now flood dameged leather sofa

We’ve blogged a couple of times in the past fortnight about our flood. One of the water damaged casualties was our leather sofa. The current seating arrangements in our sitting room are a bit sparse, consisting of the circular wicker chair pictured and a vintage Ercol rocking chair we bought at auction recently.

The building work hasn’t even started yet, so we’re weeks away from being able to buy new things for the house – but we’re already dreaming of lying on a comfy sofa in front of the fire or TV.

By way of  a replacement, we’ve got two options in mind. We might go for a Danish mid century modern style sofa similar in look to the one we’ve lost – long & low with simple lines.

Heaton Leather Chesterfield sofa from the Chesterfield Company, Manchester
3-seater Heaton Leather Chesterfield, from £810.00 – The Chesterfield Company

We also love antique leather Chesterfields, particularly beautifully aged ones with that rich chestnut colour. These are hard to find and can be very expensive. We’ve just been checking out some of the new models on offer. The one above would be welcome – we’ll just have to age it ourselves!!