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Handmade lighting forged in Yorkshire

August 18, 2017 2 Comments

Writing about designer makers and artists is a small part of my day job but it’s the most uplifting. It’s also shown me that Yorkshire is a hotbed of creativity, originality and skill.  My latest find is Nigel Tyas Ironwork. Nigel began his training at the age of 16 as an apprentice blacksmith with the[Read More]

Lily’s Lighting Collection – such a bright idea

June 16, 2017 No comments

On a recent trip to Barnsley, I came across Lily’s Lighting Collection, an amazing and wonderfully comprehensive shop and showroom of lights, lamps, switches, bulbs and everything associated with bringing light to the home. It’s at The Courtyard in the centre of Barnsley, and it’s impressively bling on the outside, with a large black and[Read More]

Modern townhouse in York

May 11, 2017 No comments

I love old houses but I now I find myself lusting after new ones. It could be because I have spent all my home owning life- almost 30 years – renovating and DIY’ing and never really finishing a whole house, mainly through lack of funds. How amazing would it be to move the furniture in,[Read More]

Why I love a good show home

February 24, 2017 3 Comments

There’s nothing like a good show home for interiors inspiration and so with a bout of spring decorating in mind I accepted an invite to view Miller Homes‘ Airedale Lea development in Eastburn, near Keighley. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed because Miller use designer Jeanette Holmes, whose work I’ve long admired. The site is[Read More]

Festive inspiration at the Country Living Fair

December 8, 2016 1 Comment

Hello, all – just time for a quick post this week as we are madly trying to write all our Christmas features at real work, and that seems to be taking over our so-called spare time. Still, I did make it to the Country Living Christmas Fair last week. It was rammed, it was crazy,[Read More]