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……


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



Sanderson velvets in jewel-like colours



Beautiful pots, with just a restrained hint of metallic, handmade to order by


Navy velvet sofa at Anthropologie





Pink & Gold Agate Coasters, Lustre


Nkuku brass bowls – love the handbeaten finish


Concrete & brass lamp by Graham & Green





We love, love, love, Love To Eat!

You may not have discovered York’s newest and tastiest place to be yet, and frankly I’m not at all sure I should be sharing it with you, since it will inevitably mean there’ll be no room for me on a Saturday morning to enjoy a leisurely coffee and cake.  However, in the interests of cake-sharing, I’ll let you in on the secret – as long as you promise to share your table.

I first met the lovely Louise Brogan-Hewitt, food fanatic, new cafe owner and maker of the most fantastically squidgy and naughty brownies this side of the moon a while ago when we met up for a glass of wine in town.  It became obvious to me straight away that not only was Louise passionate about good food, but that she was also determined to create a place for local people to meet, in the most welcoming surroundings you could hope to find.

Tempting Love To Eat cupcakes
Tempting Love To Eat cupcakes

Well, Louise hosted the Grand Opening of Love To Eat last weekend (and asked Hello Vintage to supply the china!), and I am happy to say she’s achieved it all!

Around 50 people headed down to the cafe in Dringhouses to enjoy some delicious treats made by Louise and her team including almond mince pies, and the aforementioned brownies, as well as some still-warm-from-the-oven blue cheese tartlets with my favourite Yorkshire Blue cheese, yum!  All this was washed down with some warming mulled wine, served in our vintage china, and we met some lovely people – including Louise’s auntie who charmed us all, and who you can see enjoying herself below!

I should also mention that there are plenty of reasons to visit Love To Eat other than the food – Louise is also the only stockist of Rebecca Downes, purveyor of gorgeous vintage homeware textiles including fabulously frilly aprons inspired by 40’s & 50’s designs that will make baking a joyous experience.  If antiques are more your thing, you’ll be pleased to hear that the furniture in the shop is all for sale too – from solid country kitchen style chairs to vintage cabinets painted in decadent colours and an old desk which took me back in time!

We’ll be blogging more about Louise in the future, since we’re planning some future events together……but we’re keeping schtum for now! 

So in the meantime, pop and say hello to Louise – Love To Eat is open Monday – Friday 8am-5.30pm and on Saturdays from 9am-4pm, so I’ll see you down there – I’ll be the one in the corner, guarding my seat….

Christmas at Love To Eat - pop in and pick up some treats for your foodie friends.
Christmas at Love To Eat - pop in and pick up some treats for your foodie friends.
Tempting treats on one of our handmade vintage cake stands - plus Louise's grandma who kept us entertained!
Tempting treats on one of our handmade vintage cake stands - plus Louise's auntie who kept us entertained!
Louise at the Love To Eat opening event with another happy customer
Louise at the Love To Eat opening event with another happy customer

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….


…….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