Trends for 2017

It’s that time of year when I receive a LOT of information about the key trends, looks and designs of the year.  No fewer than nine catalogues and show guides arrived on my doorstep this week and having pored over them all week, I am pretty excited about 2017, stylistically speaking.

I have to confess, my house is a tranquil, chalky sea of wevet.  I love it.  My kitchen is wevet, my hallway and stairs are wevet.  My sitting room and master bedroom…..well, they’re cornforth white, actually, but, like most of you, my preferred palettes range from white to grey and back again.  It’s soothing, it’s chic, it’s anything but boring as far as I’m  concerned and it provides a great backdrop for photographing our stock.

However……..I know I am far from alone in having revelled in all the gorgeously gothic-ish, bohemian velvet and lace that has been on the high street this winter.  One of my favourite buys last year was a velvet dress I bought at Monsoon which had its first outing on Christmas Day and is set to become a favourite, I can tell.  My mum had one of her beautiful antique wooden sofas recovered last year in a peacock velvet and even my minimalist other half found himself drawn towards a velvet sofa cushion in 2016 – his first ever cushion purchase, I kid you not.

So, I’m happy to say that decadent fabrics look like they’re here to stay, for a while at least and the really great thing, as far as I am concerned, are the sumptuous colours that designers seem to have rediscovered.  There are still all the greys and whites, yes, but now with flashes of deep plum and rich purple, I’ve lusted over kitchenware with cherry pink branding, tropical ferns and seen lots of bare wood everywhere, with golds and coppers and quartz, oh my!

Interiors themselves seem to be following suit – walls are being painted rich reds, deepest blue  -and even shades of black- with gay abandon and whilst it may not be for everyone, I see it as a natural evolution of ‘the feature wall’.  Suddenly all those deep brown rooms of the 1970s don’t seem so absurd, and in reality, it’s not so long since we were all rag-rugging terracotta all over the place like mad.  Incidentally, I am about to rid our house of the very last of the feature wallpapers – I am so very bored of those modern giants florals and even the cost of the wallpaper (it was eyewateringly expensive, I daren’t even say how much) doesn’t stop me from practically wrenching it from the dining room wall.

Basically, 2017 is looking like a luxury interiors magazine and I am a bit thrilled.  Of course, just because something has the look of luxury, doesn’t mean it necessarily has to have the matching price tag, so while there are some serious budget-breakers out there, you can definitely bring a little warmth and a sense of the lux style to your home without pawning your pearls.

So pop on some Kate Bush, crack open the Malbec and start dreaming in velvet……

 

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Walls in Farrow & Ball Railings, No. 31, plus, what a lamp

 

 

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Sanderson velvets in jewel-like colours

 

 

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Beautiful pots, with just a restrained hint of metallic, handmade to order by http://www.ireneandedith.com

 

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Navy velvet sofa at Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

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Pink & Gold Agate Coasters, Lustre

 

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Nkuku brass bowls – love the handbeaten finish

 

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Concrete & brass lamp by Graham & Green

 

 

 

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Change is in the air…

Given the weather in the UK this week (freezing temperatures, blizzards, gorgeous early morning frosts), it seemed appropriate to post a few of my favourite pictures from our Christmas.  Why can’t we have this weather on Christmas day when all I have to do is drink prosecco and constantly nibble on bits of cheese??

We had a lovely couple of weeks off and are looking forward to lots of exciting changes in 2017, starting with the relaunch of our website at the end of January, followed by a couple of buying trips in France in early Spring, as well, of course, as Spring itself.

In the meantime, a little look back at Christmas 2016, which was full of flowers, foliage, friends and festivities (and a new feline!).

Happy New Year!

It’s flower drying season!

Everyone who knows me knows I love the changing of the seasons.  When it’s dark and cold in the new year, I am desperate for the first flowers of the season and the changing of the clocks, when my poor old pasty English skin has had enough of summer, I long for crisp autumn mornings.

One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is to dry flowers ready to create displays; my personal favourites being hydrangeas, seed heads, honesty and Chinese lanterns.

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I have a couple of the latter in our garden, but I have to be honest and say that they did not do particularly well this year, having been in a neglected part of the garden, so my mum saved me some from their garden (from a plant I gave them, I might add!) and they are just gorgeous.

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I will be using them, alongside my usual stash of hydrangeas, at shows this year and to make dried Christmas wreaths.  Assuming you keep them indoors or in a porch that doesn’t get much exposure to the elements and that they are stored properly in a box with tissue paper and bubblewrap, you can re-use dried wreaths again the following year.

I find the colours much more in keeping with the time of year than the many brash primary colours you see in shops and I will post some pictures once that time of year comes around so you can how easy it is to make them yourself.

Unlike the lanterns and honesty, you really do need to take hydrangea flowers from the plant to dry.  Timing is everything and my best advice is to keep running your fingers along the petals every day until you can feel them take on a papery quality – you’ll know the day they’re ready, I promise!  Try to leave a decent stem – a minimum of 4 or 5 inches ideally, taking off the leaves once you’ve cut them, so that you’ve got plenty still left to cut when you’ve decided what you’d like to do with them once they’re dried.

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Others have advocated drying them upside down to retain colour, but I generally place one or two stems in a bottle or rose bowl up on a shady shelf somewhere with an inch or so of water and leave them alone until they’re completely dry.  The woody stems remain really quite hard, so they can be easily poked into oasis or chicken wire or even willow wreaths without causing too much damage to the petals.  The colours can be really spectacular and vary wildly even when taken from the same plant.

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This year, I also decided to save some lovely pink delphinium which were part of a bouquet I received from a friend in July  and I’m very happy to say they dry beautifully! They are incredibly delicate – one puff of wind or over-handling and the petals would be on the floor!  As the bouquet started to fade, I took these out and put them in one of my lemonade bottles (LOVE these), without water, without cutting the stems.

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As you can see – delphiniums really keep their colour, which was a nice surprise and something I will remember for next year, assuming the dreaded slugs don’t decimate my plants as they did this year (check out the hostas in the background of the picture above – I HATE snails!!).

If you don’t have lots of space to dedicate to flower drying, but like the look, I can highly recommend Nkuku’s kiko frames, which are ideal for displaying petals and smaller flowers whilst drying. Because they’re glass, you can just wipe clean any ‘bleed’ that comes from the flowers and it would be a nice way to keep wedding flowers or confetti alongside other special bits from the day that aren’t really suitable for traditional frames.

You can find lots of different ideas and methods of drying on our ‘Floral’ board over on pinterest, but not all these ideas will work for you –  I, for instance, have tried many many times to dry flowers upside down, but I honestly find I get the best results when I just leave them alone.  If you can give me any tips for retaining the colour in roses, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Feel free to leave your own hints and tips below for other people to try.

Thanks for reading,
Katie xx

 

Spring.

So, this isn’t an other abandoned blog………

Four years can pass by pretty quickly, and that’s what has happened here.  Other things – other jobs, came along and took over, but, here I am, four years on, taking things in a different direction.

Spring feels like a good time for that, don’t you think?

Hello Vintage started as a way for me to work for myself, in the events world, having done similar work for other people before.  I always loved vintage, especially china, so working on weddings and the celebrations of others was a genuine pleasure.

But, of course, things move on, ideas change and develop and for me, that side of things has drifted away.

After four years of part-owning and running a bricks and mortar vintage shop, a need for more time and space with family and friends and an opportunity to do something different came along, which I took.  The love of vintage and antiques, of finding a treasure with history, or a scrap of fabric that will be just perfect for a particular project, or sourcing a piece for a customer that they’ve been searching for high and low, that’s all still there.

So, I’ll be starting to sell on Etsy and at fairs again, which is something that I’m hugely excited about.  The website is still the same (www.hellovintage.co.uk) and I’ll be listing the fairs I’ll be selling at on there, updating as I go.

For now, I’m simply going to enjoy my leisurely morning coffee, rearranging my office and sorting through my collections with the radio on in the background.  Bliss!

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Creative FLARE

OK, so hands up if you’re still Christmas shopping.  Be honest now.  Yes, I thought so, me too!

I don’t have masses of people to buy for – so for me, it’s even more important to get my family and friends something I know they will treasure, something personal and maybe even totally unique.  What this means of course, is that high street shopping is out, and the hunt for that perfect gift is ON!

If you’re facing the same dilemma and you’re in the York area this Sunday, I’m going to play at being your Christmas Angel and let you know about FLARE, my very favourite craft fair in York, which holds it’s final market of 2010 on 28 November.

Whether you’re on the look out for a small stocking filler or are planning on pushing the boat out, if you Y homemade, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something special.

There’s a glorious selection to choose from, including ceramics, brooches and buttons, prints, photography and textiles – all handmade of course. Frankly, the FLARE poster below only gives the merest hint of all the gorgeous treats you can pick up….

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…….and since you’re asking, I’d be the opposite of disappointed to find one of these fabulous crochet scarfs by Donna Taylor under the tree on Christmas morning………

Donna Taylor's Curly Wurly Crocheted Scarves
Donna Taylor's Curly Wurly Crocheted Scarves
Enjoy! x