It seems everywhere I looked last week, someone was talking about Ruby Rhino. Or perhaps the design trio – Hannah, Luke and Gavin – are just doing really well on the social media front (I have spent a lot of time glued to Twitter recently – here’s their page).
Whatever the case, the point is that my attention was drawn to them – possibly by the fabulous name – and the first link I followed took me to this gorgeous upcycled table. The top is made from an old door. Isn’t that clever?
Samuel table from Ruby Rhino
The store sells antique, vintage and upcycled old furniture, so every piece is unique. They also provide bespoke items, so if you don’t see anything that’s quite what you’re after, they can source and make up something just for you.
Henry Victorian chest of drawers from Ruby Rhino
I love upcycling, not only because there’s something lovely about a piece of furniture with a bit of history, but because I really hate the throw away mentality that so many people subscribe to. So well done Ruby Rhino, on being both green and stylish!
I have a new crush: Annie Sloan. Or rather, Annie Sloan’s incredible Chalk Paints. If you’ve never heard of them, you really need to investigate – the colours are delicious, they stick to anything (wood, metal etc) with no need for sanding or primer, and it’s ridiculously easy to create stunning effects.
I took part in an Annie Sloan furniture painting course led by Emma Purvis of Kindle House last weekend, and have been buzzing ever since. I’d been wondering what to do with my almost 20-year-old pine furniture (servicable but boring as anything) for ages. Now I have the answer.
I can’t say too much about my fantastic day yet, because I’ll be writing about it for the next issue of WM magazine. I’ll let you know when it’s out, but in the meantime do check out Annie’s website and that of Kindle House, which sells a gorgeous range of homewares and gift items.
I’ve just discovered three business cards stuffed into my diary. I picked them up back in March at an art market at Paintworks in Bristol.
My friend Jenni Stone, a surface pattern designer, was selling her wares there, so I went along to show my support. Don’t you just adore this cushion? I love the way the warm chocolate brown colour keeps the butterfly print from becoming overly girly.
Imogen Harvey Lewis: What’s not to love about these pen and ink drawings? The illustrator also transforms her images into fabric dolls, which I may well have to buy for my godson one of these days soon.
One thing I love about the internet is the way it allows talented people to share their work with relatively little financial cost.
Would Caroline Taylor (Patchwork Harmony) have been able to successfully launch a paper and ink magazine in today’s climate without serious backing? Probably not. But online? Now that’s a different story.
I discovered 91 magazine earlier this year, and immediately knew I had to be involved. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be part of such a creative team?