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Whilst Matt is hard at work, I am mostly sitting in a cozy office browsing through beautiful brochures for that Wow Factor interior accessory. Following a very much needed extended break in South Africa I have returned this year to continue working on the renovation of a beautiful victorian property which has been completely overhauled. We are near completion so expect the pictures any time soon. I have also finally received the pictures from The Wedding of the year last year which I was lucky enough to be asked to design. The Wedding took place in a huge industrial barn and was a challenge to say the least but once completed looked absolutely amazing. It was incredibly romantic and an extremely rewarding process.
I have just looked back at my previous posts to find them all to be about the weather! How very British we must be!
It is time for the seasonal update although it doesn’t really feel very May.
We are gearing up for the summer chaos and have a shop jam-packed to its metaphorical rafters, which does feel lovely. I keep stumbling across pieces that I have to take home, so hurry before its all gone! (We are moving house next month and as I have already been mentally living in the new house now for some weeks I decided I might as well furnish it too!)
Creative Workshops are starting again around July time and the new summer schedule will be released over the next few weeks, so keep in touch if you fancy joining us!
We have just completed the design of a lovely holiday cottage and have the pictures in our Interior Design section for those wishing to sneak a peek… ….we are also working on the design of a very exciting wedding venue to be held locally in September in a hay barn! It will be a beautifully stunning location once set up, and before and after pictures will become available following the Big Day.
What a cold winter! We returned from a sourcing trip (OK a holiday!) in South Africa at the beginning of February and hit reality with a thump, scarcely missing the snow that engulfed the UK all month. We have just been featured in Coast Magazine, which we had great fun shooting, and are really happy with the results.
Our trial design space turned back into a workshop as demand grew for painted furniture over the winter! So much for our extra comfort! I am now designing from the comfort of home in between taking Keiko for walks and entertaining my terrible two year olds!
The biggest news this season is the re-launch of our Creative Workshops which are now being held at no-other-than the famous Porthmeor Studios! I was delighted to accept an offer of hosting the workshops in this inspiring setting, which will enable us to hold larger sessions and spread creative joy to the masses!! The schedule will be posted imminently and will start at Easter.
In the meantime bring on the SPRING!!!
Kerry and Matt
Autumn is setting in and the blankets are coming out! From my desk in the shop I can see the leaves gathering in the street and it makes me feel warm and cozy. I LOVE this time of year. The festival brings some interesting folk and the winter workshops are just around the corner. Bring on the scrabble games in The Sloop and the warm cider!
The shop is being ‘refreshed’ as normal and this month sees the return of my ‘office’ space which Janine and I are VERY excited about. With it, comes the installation of a sofa, coffee table and lamps, creating a respite for customers wishing to discuss design ideas and friends wishing to stop by for a coffee. Of course, we have to provide some extra comfort for Keiko the collie, now he is turning 10…..
We have expanded on our messenger bag range which is selling really well and are still making scrubbed topped tables as fast as they are flying out of the door! We are both at the shop at lot more now, (with the luxury of nursery for the twins!) which is providing much enjoyment in terms of our increased sourcing hours and Matt is relishing in the luxury of his new Salvage Hunter role!
See the Workshop page for dates and details of our upcycling projects, starting on the 30th October. Think of all the Christmas presents you can hand-make this year for a fraction of the cost of something shop-bought and oodles more appeal! We hope to see many of you there!
Kerry and Matt
Wow. Where has half the year gone!!???
We have sourced a few new lines for the summer this year including some vintage “Style” accessories for you and your home including beautiful bags, a snip at £25, pot mitts at £5.99, tea towels at £4.99, and red white and blue bunting at £9.99 to help you celebrate everything that is British this summer. We also have lots of vintage and studio pottery to help you to serve up those tea parties in style, as well as 70′s coloured glasses, cake stands and tea sets.
As normal this month Matt has been hard at work creating masterpieces of furniture in the Savage and Design workshop. My favourite this week is a tripod standard lamp made from an old piece of surveyors equipment, but there is only ONE so pop in and grab yourself some unique style. See the Salvage and Design section of the website for more photos of other upcycled wonders.
Don’t forget that we can also work on commissioned pieces so don’t hesitate to come in and get a quote. We can pretty much make anything that you want and have recently been making bespoke 4-10 seater tables by pairing unusual and beautiful gate tops with upcycled table legs.
We hope to see you soon but in the mean time, enjoy the sun!
Kerry and Matt
February is nearly upon us and we are excited about seeing St Ives fill up with visitors again. What a wonderfully mild January in comparison to the snow of last year!! We have been lucky enough to be still supplying our local customers (and the few brave enough to take a trip to St Ives in January), with our treasured finds and have some exciting new ventures for the coming months ahead.
February will see two more CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. Button jewellery making (£15) on the 8th February and Hand-sewn Patchwork Piecing (£20) on the 15th February. These workshops are held at the shop between 7pm and 9pm and prices include materials, refreshments, great like-minded company and of course your finished product to take home. The last one in January, Needle Felting, was great fun. Thanks Nancy and Juliette for the photos of your little birds.We will be holding these CREATIVE WORKSHOPS every couple of weeks so if you have any requests, please let me know!
Our other growing service is wedding hire and design. We have been collecting beautiful pieces of crockery, cutlery, linens, candlesticks, candelabras and glassware along with various other items of interest. We can provide everything you need to build your perfect wedding and, should you wish, help you to design it .We can get as involved as you would like, starting from hand delivering all our pieces as well as collecting them afterwards, without you having to worry about the washing up! For enquiries, call Kerry at the shop
Thank you all for your continued support – April will be our third year anniversary, and we are so delighted to still be here! In these hard times we consider ourselves very lucky to still be able to do something that we have such a passion for and survive!!
Phew……busy year ahead of us! Best get back to work……….
The renovation is well underway and we are excited by the new layout of the shop. Our new permanent lines leading up to Christmas will include our painted furniture range which is FLYING out the door and can be made to order, painted coat racks, a selection of interior design books dedicated to the vintage style, three ranges of vintage and vintage-style letters, which make great gifts for friends and family, and vary from £1 each to £5 each.
We also have wooden and glass vintage tree decorations, vintage board games for relaxing over the Christmas period, and a HUGE collection of wine glasses to ensure everyone can raise one on Christmas day! (Amongst masses of other exciting finds)
We have also had another delivery from Max Wildman who produces our range of In-The-Style-of Alfred Wallis paintings. We still have Armstrong and Wing’s selection of hand painted wooden signs and bunting along with Edith and Bertha’s ranges of handmade clothing, cushions and accessories.
We hope to see you soon
(between the hours of 11 and 5pm every day until Christmas EVe!)
Kerry and Matt