Hello September

Hello September


September is known as the month for harvest festivals, the beginning of the school calendar and according the Romans it was represented by the God of fire.

For the forthcoming month we have searched out the latest, seasonal interior trends, craftsmanship, exhibitions and luxury, individual lifestyle to inspire you for the weeks ahead.

The colours this month are drawn from rich pallets reflecting the hedgerows and wild berries.  We suggest gathering bramble, damson and indigo tones for walls, furnishings and floors.

Hedgerow Harvest

These beautiful Blackberry Napkins by the Linen Pedlar will get you in the mood for foraging the bounty of fruit that can found in our hedgerows during September. Jane Howarth's creative and stylish hand printed linen and cotton napkins are inspired by tasty gourmet feasts, vintage recipe illustrations, antique food engravings and wild animals.  Hand printed in my London studio using water based inks.

This linen or cotton napkin will certainly add a fantastic flourish of style to your party or table. A perfect choice for afternoon tea or dinner with friends and family. They are also fabulous for lunch in the garden or at the barbecue/picnic and would make a chic and special accessory for any fun vintage style party or gathering.

For those of you who are a little more adventurous, Amanda at the Seasonal Pantry in Hampshire offers traditional open pan jam making courses.  All the courses are very much hands-on, mixed with personal tips and demonstrations. At the end no one leaves empty handed... You get to take home a wonderful jar of whatever you have made.

Swedish Wallpaper Art

This gorgeous blue Stola wallpaper by Sandberg is right on trend for September and is based on an original botanical design from 1700's. 

Sandberg is a Swedish design company passionate about craftsmanship. They believe in sustainability, people and that the home is the starting point for well-being. They design and manufacture wallpaper and accessories with an unique expression in our own factory in Ulricehamn, Sweden. The love of craftsmanship is evident at every step of the way, and is a crucial component in what they call Swedish wallpaper art.

Simple Ceramics

Lucy Burley is a local Ceramicist.  Her work is both decorative and functional: simple, wheel-thrown vessels (bottles, bowls, vases and jugs) which are useful but also have a sculptural, still-life appearance when grouped together. She is inspired by Giorgio Morandi's paintings and  wants her work to reflect a similar sense of quiet harmony of form and colour.

With 10 years experience of teaching ceramics to adults and children, Lucy offers friendly and expert tuition in all aspects of pottery: throwing, hand-building and glazing. Her studio, a former farm building in the village of Kingsley, Hampshire, is a calm and peaceful environment in which to explore throwing or hand-building.

You can catch her exhibiting as part of the Summer Craft Collection at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, GU9 7PS. 

 Lucy Burley Ceramic Bottles

Lucy Burley Ceramic Bottles

Go Organic

The Soil Association are encouraging us this month to go Organic.  By helping to protect our vital wildlife and reducing your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals - you'll also be helping to support the farmers who work hard to grow our food for generations to come.

Organic means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment - this means more wildlife!

Haslemere Foodies

With the Haslemere Food Festival taking place on Saturday 17th September, you have the opportunity to try some of the best local and organic produce.  The Haslemere Food Festival is a culinary celebration of local food and drink from Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.  With a fantastic mix of food and drink stall holders, live entertainment and activities for children this has become an event not to miss!

Vibrant London Landscapes by David Atkins

From 17 September - 27 September the McAllister Thomas Gallery in Godalming  are exhibiting a special collection of small paintings by renowned painter David Atkins. 

 McAllister Gallery: David Atkins

McAllister Gallery: David Atkins

In this special collection of small works David Atkins explores our capital City of London, providing us with a series of paintings full of colour, light and movement. David has captured the vibrancy and the hustle and bustle of people going about their daily business and travelling through this historic city. 

“David Atkins has established himself as an evocative painter of landscapes and, particularly, of the urban scene. His is a broad brush, the sweep and colour of it bold and clear, and he brings to the city the eye for transitory light and temperature and atmosphere that is more usually applied to rural landscape." Brian Sewell - Art Critic

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

Make a diary date for the spectacular RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show, 6 - 11 September 2016

Actress, Dame Penelope Keith will open this year’s annual show on Tuesday 6 September. Join the RHS for their spectacular late summer show in the stunning surroundings of RHS Garden Wisley. Their six-day floral extravaganza features a record number of 55 nurseries and 21 trade stands, the National Dahlia Society Show, floral displays by the Surrey area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), expert advice and much more. 

Browse and buy from RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal winners, along with other specialist nurseries and garden trade stands who will be showcasing their top quality plants and garden sundries.

Hand-made tiles to celebrate the season

Inspired by the natural peace and tranquillity of the countryside Marlborough Tiles have created a collection in which the colours and names celebrate the beauty and majesty of the passing seasons. Bring the colours of the countryside into your home with their rustic brick collection.

 Marlbourgh Tiles: Seasons set

Marlbourgh Tiles: Seasons set

Marlborough Tile Makers are currently celebrating their unique 80 years heritage in crafting and painting exquisite ceramic wall tiles by hand, in Marlborough, Wiltshire. 

The origins of the company can be traced back to the early 1930's when two lady schoolteachers, Sylvia Packard and Rosalind Ord, found that their mutual interest in painting ceramic tiles was commercial enough to provide them with a living. Examples of the original tiles can still be found today in the V&A museum, private collections and of course on walls across the world. 

To get us in the mood for September we should be looking at colour combinations including 'Ploughed Furrow', 'Autumn Fall' and 'Blustery Day'.  For those us who like to reflect the seasons in our interiors or add a touch of the countryside to a scheme.

Reminiscing over the Summer Holidays

And if September has you reminiscing over your summer holidays, why not indulge yourself in these gorgeous cushions from Cream Cornwall.  They will add a nautical twist to your decor and remind you of happy days by the sea!

Rebecca Heane and Allison Hughe at Cream Cornwall have 45 years of experience of textiles, interiors and design between them. They believe in craftsmanship – creativity, unique style and a commitment to quality.

They met in Cornwall and realised they had a mutual interest in design and that they shared an aesthetic vision of Cornwall. From this love of the county and their shared experience, Cream Cornwall has evolved.

Raise a toast to September!

Last but not least, these unique, free-blown glasses are the perfect pair to toast a cheer to September! 

This pair of unique ‘incalmo’ wine glasses hand-made by Jochen Holz are available from The New Craftsman.  ‘Incalmo’ glassware is a traditional and complex Venetian technique where two glass elements are blown to be joined together in a single object.

 The New Craftsman: Incalmo Glassware by Jochen Holz

The New Craftsman: Incalmo Glassware by Jochen Holz

Concentrating on the unusual technique of lamp working, Jochen is one of very few glass artists practising this form of glass blowing in Britain. His design approach is guided by the making process and the flow of hot glass. Navigating the possibilities and restrictions of the technique and material, his objects range from free formed textured borosilicate tumblers and vases to coloured incalmo jugs and wine glasses.