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Yorkshire property full of vintage treasure and creative craft

January 28, 2014

I’ve written about lots of fab Yorkshire homes over the years but this is one of my all-time favourites.

Rachelle Blondel’s house, near Settle, is testament to her creative genius and her eye for vintage treasures. It also features in her book Granny Chic, which she co-authored with her friend Tif Fussell.
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The book is full of clever ideas on creating a handmade home on a budget and, yes, she coined the phrase and published the book before Kirsty did.

Rachelle made this cute tea cosy

Rachelle made this cute tea cosy

Rachelle is a natural-born crafter, who can sew, knit and crochet. She’s also a champion upcycler, who can work wonders with charity shop finds. Her ideas include sticking a patchwork of different wallpaper squares to her living room door. It has brightened it up no end and works equally well on a wall.

The door covered with a patchwork of wallpaper

The door covered with a patchwork of wallpaper

Other projects include the fabric rug, pictured above, which was part of a mission to brighten her newly-painted floorboards. It is made from non-slip rug backing topped with fabric and coated with varnish for durability.

Maude the vintage caravan

Maude the vintage caravan

Her love of patchworking also extends to lampshades and upholstery, oh, and she’s covered Maude, her vintage caravan, with it.

*Granny Chic by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel. Published by Kyle Books. Photography: Catherine Gratwicke.

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