Have you all had a chance to see French Connections latest Homeware for S/S 2013? After the successful launch last year, their latest collection doesn’t disappoint. It’s all about texture and raw materials combined with a faded coastal palette of soft white, light greys and oatmeal. Expect to find pale and interesting ceramics with a hand finish appeal, textiles in denim, jersey and linen, and furniture with a painted and weathered look. I love it all! To see the full collection, visit any store or go to the French Connection website.
Category: Ethical Interiors
On January 23rd, 2013 by Pippa Jameson.
Having just come back from Interiors UK , I had the pleasure of visiting Pitfields Pop up shop and cafe (and sampling one of their blueberry muffins – very good!) Attracting the creative and curious and based in the heart of Shoreditch, Pitfield London is an eclectic emporium of beautiful, unique and attention grabbing homewares. At the show, they managed to create a stylish and homely space using lots of their signature pieces, including enamel teapots, mugs, vintage floral chinaware, chunky knit throws and brightly upholstered furniture items. The cafe and seating area was simple yet creative. Marked out with bright yellow steel supports, the area was busy and colorful. Up-cycled apple crates were padded out with large blue glitter cushions and for the seating area, shipping boxes had been stacked together to create several vintage looking breakfast bars, but to top it all off, they had a £7,000 copper octopus suspended over their product display! (see image below). If you are in the Shoreditch area any time soon, I strongly recommend a visit to their shop where you will discover vintage finds, designer wallpapers and carpets, reworked furniture, inspiring gifts and much more…
On January 14th, 2013 by Pippa Jameson.
Have you ever revamped an old chair? As trends change, the furniture we once loved can suddenly look ugly, dated and very shabby, which is exactly what happened to my set of dining chairs (image below). My husband was insistent that we took them to the skip, but I had other ideas ;0) Nothing gets skipped in our household until I am sure it can’t be up-cycled, free-cycled or painted! On this occasion it was an up-cycle procedure.
I had some gorgeous mustard fabric left over from a fashion shoot, and so I thought I would have a go at re-upholstering (similar fabric found here). I would like to point out at this stage, I have never re-upholstered a chair like this before, but seeing as nearly every household owned one just like this in early 2000, I thought it only right to have a go. You now have the option of bringing yours into the 21st century…!
You will need
- A chair
- Staple gun
- Gloves (if you have a lot of chairs to do as it helps to protect nails)
- Fabric of your choice, it needs to be fairly thick
- Cut out a rectangular panel and drape it over the back rest , leaving about 3 inches all around the edges.
- Push fabric ends into the crease, where the seat meets the back of the chair.
- Pull the fabric taught at the sides and top to create a smooth appearance. Now staple down the sides and top to fix this panel in place (don’t worry too much about neatness as this will be covered, it’s just important to pull the fabric tight!)
- Now cut a seperate piece of fabric to cover the back panel, leaving about 3 inches around the edges.
- Start at the top and fold the fabric in on itself, then staple. Next do the sides, keeping the fabric taught at all times, leave the bottom hanging down.
- Pull the bottom panel down tightly and turn the chair upside, then staple it to the underneath of the chair.
- Take care to make neat folds at the corners (see image ref).
- Cut a square large enough to cover the seat and again, tuck the fabric in to conceal the ends.
- Pull the fabric taught at the sides, turn the chair upside down and then tuck the fabric under to make a neat edge.
- Staple all around keeping the fabric taught, making sure the staples are nice and neat.