Category: Crafts

Ideal Home July 2017 – The White Approach

I spotted Karen’s blog The White Approach while researching something else and was knocked out by everything she has achieved – on an unashamed shoestring – in her beautiful Exeter home. Her philosophy is that you can transform anything with the colour white, which you can read about here: Ideal Home Karen Jones After seeing her stunning home, I have to agree!

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Hampshire Life – The Sorting Office

Local authorities are always getting stick for making cutbacks. But Eastleigh Borough Council in Hampshire deserves all the praise I’ve heaped on it for instigating and supporting this initiative – funding craft and design units in the town’s former Post Office backroom. This place has received praise from design guru Wayne Hemingway and no wonder – it’s the perfect example of what every local authority should be doing and I was delighted to bring it to further public attention in Hampshire Life magazine’s March 2017 issue.

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Waitrose Weekend – Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day is one of the greatest designers this country has ever produced. This year would have been her 100th birthday. When I learned that she and her husband, Robin, were design consultants to the John Lewis Partnership it seemed the perfect story for Waitrose Weekend. See if you agree!

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Waitrose Weekend – Murals and why we should save them

Anyone who knows me will know how obsessed I am with public art. So I was delighted when Waitrose Weekend agreed to publish a lengthy piece on the Twentieth Century Society’s Campaign to record and save Britain’s murals. And even more delighted to learn that the John Lewis Partnership itself included murals among it’s many pieces of commissioned artwork.

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Hampshire Life – The lovely Miss Witt

What’s not to love about a woman who makes chocolate? Especially when she makes it as well as the New Forest’s Kerry Witt! They are extraordinary and she is down to earth and a master of her craft. This piece appears in the March 2017 edition of Hampshire Life.

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Telegraph Weekend – The Weathervane Man

I have loved writing these pieces about our great British craftspeople for Telegraph Weekend.  Graham Smith is Britain’s most prolific weathervane maker and, like all interviewees in this section, is absolutely fascinating and passionate about his subject.

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HomeStyle – Lisa Long’s House

I’ve long admired the word of Lisa Long who runs More Than Words, the typographic arts company that makes so many of those gorgeous personalised pieces showing people’s favourite destinations, or their family rules. So when I got the chance to write about Lisa’s house for HomeStyle’s April 2016 edition, I was delighted!

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Lisa is in love with typography and it really shows in her home where the wonder of words, letters and numbers pop up in almost every location – even the bedrooms.IMG_1119

I particularly love the way Lisa has done her kitchen

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And her bedroom. I would never think of putting copper in a bedroom but you can see here the  amazing effect it has!

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