There is something seductive about architectural hardware. I love how France still has hardware shops and how you see handsome handles on those huge everyday exterior doors. France is serious about door handles and now this it seems we Brits are too.
Handles are decorative details worthy of serious consideration in interior design schemes.
Haute Deco have brought about a renaissance at the high-end of architectural hardware, offering diverse and distinctive handles which make the perfect finishing touches.
Ochre has the most sublime selection of interior handles, which like its furnishings, are exquisitely tactile and crave craftsmanship.
The Ochre handle family has grown, introducing Viking, a striking design that is carved in fine walnut with a burnished antique brass knuckle.
The new wrapped leather handles are baton shaped. Bound in leather and fixed with sculptured metal handles, these prize a subtle glamour.
All Ochre leathers are unique hand-dyed shades in evocative seascape tones and rich berry hues of blackcurrent, blueberry, beet, chilli, truffle, sage, mushroom and quince.
I own a few of Ochre’s finely crafted horn handles. I am now wishing I had some really tall doors for those strong Vikings.
Open-shelf style is returning to our kitchens thanks to canvas home, which has newly launched in the UK and celebrates simple, sustainable style.
Open-plan living is spreading to our shelves with a shift away from keeping china behind closed doors and instead displaying beautiful yet practical kitchenware that not only looks good but is easily to hand.
canvas home: Seagate mugs and pitcher, Shell Bisque and Sintra bowls and hand blown tumblers in aqua.
canvas home is a collection of modern, sustainable everyday goods inspired by the beauty of the hand crafted. This simply stylish range of ceramics, glassware and table accessories has inspired the great British kitchen uncover up.
canvas home works beautifully as you can select from easy on the eye tonal ceramic collections, mixing organic shapes and muted shades. Glassware has three personalities from delicate to hand-blown or add some considered colour in an unmatched range of hues. All designs are perfect for informal stacking or a more curated style.
The timeless style and functionality of canvas home also means that these artisan piece fit into any space no matter what the dominant look is. It has even designed clean lined shelving and open storage furniture for easy living.
canvas home is currently available in the UK at Selfridges and Selfridges online.
‘When is a traditional rose-printed linen not old-fashioned. When it’s in the hands of Bennison Fabrics’s Gilly and Geoff Newberry’, wrote Fiona McCarthy in a story many summers ago.
Gilly Newberry, the owner of Bennison Fabrics, says that this has been a vintage year for roses and she should know.
As custodian of legendary interior decorator Geoffrey Bennison’s fabric collection, Gilly continues to reproduce archive documents of 18th and 19th century English and French textiles. Most of these are florals and many feature roses. First used by Geoffrey Bennison in 1979, Roses was adapted from an English document dating from 1840.
‘Geoffrey was especially fond of Roses and this brown leaved colourway came about as the result of a mishap at the printers where the foremost of the leaf silkscreens was printed with brown pigment instead of the original Prussian Blue. A happy mistake that proved to be one of our most successful colourations.’
This all time favourite, Roses, has also been recolored in the Schiaparelli Shocking Pink version on oyster linen, which brings this mid nineteenth century English design bang up to date.
‘This particular colour wave referred to as Shocking Pink on Oyster, is fabulously versatile. It’s the quintessential Bennison fabric because of its classic floral motif and its sheer beauty. It just works wherever it’s used — for curtaining, upholstery, in a drawing room, bedroom, library.’
Honeysuckle Rose is gorgeous too but in a timeworn, barely there way and another beauty is Long Island. A real vintage print taken from a document found in an antique shop on Long Island. Pretty pink roses with blue wisteria type blossoms and teal leaves and with a pale grey stripe in the background.
Long Island – with pale grey stripe in rosy pinks, teal and blue.