Wishbones and Exe

Love this happy combination: Tom Faulkner’s Exe table in oak with Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs in different blues  – no – that was a conscious decision not sloppy ordering – along with curtains in Rapture and Wright’s wonderful Aurora fabric, Walcot House pole and a brilliant fitting commissioned from Francis Russell Designs, which they call Cantena. Hung on fine suspension cables, the intersecting rectangles in a dark bronze finish are lit with warm LED’s which are diffused by convex glass.  HH-catena casual dining


Off to Bermuda


This lovely curtain combination of Nile and York’s Lattice in Cocoa lining Colefax and Fowler’s Padova Silk have travelled all the way to Bermuda where I hope they will be very happy.  Bit sad I didn’t manage a site visit to measure on this occasion !  Never mind a designer can dream.  The cushions in Colefax Mottram fabric looked pretty spiffy too.

Fairy Light Power

We have been partying at Emma Beddow Design HQ !

With our oldest child’s 21st Birthday to celebrate this September it gave us the impetus to clear our wonderful old barn and give it a chance to shine on a remarkably balmy evening.


Lighting the barn was going to be key to transformation so after moving and shifting a lot of junk, piles of wood and assorted pieces of machinery we moved on to hanging miles of LED warm white fairy lights between the beams.

Over the tables at varying heights we hung rusty metal rings of different diameters wrapped with battery operated fairy lights – luckily we had the rings from old barrel planters that we inherited in DSC_4450the garden.


A bit more of a Scrapheap Challenge involved knocking up a bar from old pallets and some floorboards (if only more joinery detailing was that quick) and investing in a huge roll of builders hessian and getting to work with a staple gun to close up the openings.

It is amazing what a quick transformation you can achieve. Ex-hire marquee matting found on line went down on the dirt floor and suddenly we had a venue.



Round a firepit we utilised more old barrels as log holders supporting poles to create another fairy lit area and festoon lights with fly screen plastic streamers (yes – true – limited colour options but a great cheap weather proof alternative to ribbon) to make our old yard look fit for a party.


Drapers Drawers

A happy morning spent in Penrith in Cumbria uncovered a wonderful traditional shop.  I remember plenty of shops like these when I was growing up but saddly they seem an endangered species now on the High Street.  Apart from the splendid shop front and stylish mannequins inside was a treasure trove.  This shop sold everything from underwear to hats, haberdashery to handerkerchiefs, anti macassars to pillow cases.  Downstairs in the basement was household linens, first floor ladies wear and the ground floor was a mixture of haberdashery, mens clothes and fancy goods, with wonderful old drapers drawers complete with stockings and Pretty Polly tights.

A gem of shop with wonderful old fashioned service and I am very happy with my purchase of an oven glove that has come south with me !

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Power Shower

There were two tricky things to consider here. A client who is 6’7″ and a very long bathroom with a strange angled wall at the end.
Both were solved easily as we had generous head height in the room. Raising the end of the room up allowed us to create a proper wet room shower space and the shower wall creates the back of the double basins on the other side.
An enormous watering can shower rose does the drenching along with a Dornbracht Mem mixer and hand held.
Beautiful bookmatched Silver Travertine from Artisans of Devizes with lit niches and uplighting along the upstand and Corinium Travertine on the floor makes the space despite the lack of natural light.
You can just see the towel rail from Bard and Brazier – they have a great range called D – Rail which manages not to look neither too trendy or too heritage.
The walnut joinery behind the loo conceals plenty of storage and there is even a perfect loo brush sized space between the cupboard and the outside wall – how’s that for attention to detail!
My next post might be a view from the other side.

All locked up!

Recently I supplied a wardrobe for a pretty spare bedroom with wonderful “herbaceous border” curtains. We had been looking for a wardrobe for some time and this cupboard ticked all the boxes, plain but sturdy. I thought it was probably Edwardian but that was only a hunch. It was repainted in an Antique White mix with a hint of green and I replaced the door mirror with painted chicken wire, added gathered muslin behind and lined the interior with green ticking.  With a new hanging rail and drawer space for extra blankets and hot water bottle it has a new lease of life and is perfect for a spare room.

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Before dispatching it to its new home I spotted on the old brass lock two things of interest – the date was 1902 -so my hunch was right – but more extraordinary was the name of the lock maker Beddow and Sturmey of Willenhall.Screen shot 2015-02-27 at 13.51.15

A quick Google confirmed that Beddow and Sturmey were established lock makers based in the heart of the Black Country (famous for metalworking). Silas Beddow established the company in the 1880’s, having married a Miss Sturmey in the 1860’s – maybe Mr Sturmey’s sister or daughter.  The company later merged with Heenan’s  but carried on into the twentieth century eventually taken over by Yale in the 1960’s.

I was amused by their advertisments – and I am very happy to carry on the tradition of design of “every kind, for any purpose, for cottages or palaces, for home or abroad and ships of every service”.  

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Please do be in touch if you would like me to visit your cottage, palace, or indeed ship, to see if I can help.



Alternative Aga Extractors

Recently, when visiting a project completed a couple of years ago, I was struck how successful this chimney mantle looks over the Aga. The farmhouse was a new-build so there was no existing chimney breast in which to site the Aga. No flue was required as it is an electric Aga.  I designed this shaped mantle which conceals an intergrated extractor and lighting.  The mantle gives the kitchen character and the wrap-around oak shelf is handy for all those Birthday cards.  An added benefit is that is gives a definite frame to the lovely crackle-glazed tiles (from Marlborough Tiles).

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