The Hill House Diaries...

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  1. I've never been one to pass up the opportunity to dress my table for a seasonal event, so when textile designer, Julia Brendel approached me and asked me whether I would like to style an Easter table using textiles from her collection of luxurious soft furnishings, I naturally jumped at the chance...

     

    Julia's crisp and timeless pieces are based on traditional folk embroidery, quality and craftsmanship and her use of strong colour is just a vision of pure joy to my maximalist colour and pattern loving eyes!

     

     

    Linen in both pure linen and cotton/linen composition give off the most beautiful sheen and are heavy, thick and reassuringly luxurious. As I was styling an Easter table, I chose an egg yolk yellow tablecloth featuring the most incredibly detailed white contrasting embroidery, coupled with matching napkins in plain egg yolk linen. Julia describes the tablecloth as being "an elegantly rustic Jacquard woven Hungarica tablecloth, with playful bird motifs in a Hungarian style incorporated into a timeless design." It sounds like something that one would wish to have as part of an old fashioned wedding troussau doesn't it - even more so when you realise that although Julia Brendel is a British based company, as with much of her fabric, this particular design is manufactured in Poland using historic looms - like something out of a fairytale!

     

    As so much of the table was based around the colour yellow, and to inject some extra contrast, I chose to accessorise with Juia's raspberry cushions, with a pom pom trim. I felt that the contrast of these two warm and sunshiny colours were a particularly joyful way to welcome in Spring after months of gloom and grey weather, and looked particularly fetching alongside - not only my new multicoloured carpet runner - but also sat upon my recently re-covered grain sack seat covers...(which I had tentatively attempted myself a few weeks previously...)

     

     

    White dishes from Dibor were the perfect accompaniment to place against the yellow of the tablecloth, and with the addition of traditional Spring flowers such as daffodils, pink tulips and purple mascari, the entire setting was crisp, colourful and elegant.

     

     

     

    My chunky French glasses from Catesby's, with their strong footed stems sat amongst the more feminine elements beautifully, and were in keeping with the rustic & folksy theme...

     

     

    I always like to mix old elements with the new in all of my home styling, and so I used vintage aged brass napkin rings which worked beautifully against the stark white of the dinner plates - and whose metallic tone was a feature that was also picked up in the vintage candlesticks...

     

    Alongside the traditional linen used for the tablecloth, there are also the softly lush Hungarica throw made from a heavy wool/cotton mix - seen here on the chair - and heavy damask velvet cushion covers which add a fabulous new texture and regal charm into the setting...This one is called the India Cushion in Peela/Gold.

     

    I hope that you will agree the finished result with its beautiful colours, textures and rustic elegance was a treat for the senses and will be the prefect Easter table setting - Coco certainly thinks so!

    As a special treat, Julia is also offering readers of my blog a discount code that gives an incredibly generous 50% discount on all of her products (apart from fabric). The Code is SPRINGFUN2018 and will be available to use on her website until the 7th April 2018. Happy Easter All!

    Until Next Time!

  2. Well, I for one have felt like January was the longest month on record, with February coming a close second - and despite what my husbands says - No - I have never said that before, and certainly not on an annual basis, at precisely this time of the year....

     

     

    Obviously, it's simply the weather that causes this feeling of time dragging on, as in England we long for Spring days filled with sunshine, longer daylight and a garden that suddenly comes alive. I actually look forward to the first days of January, where the promise of exciting new beginnings and the potential for a fabulous new year are at their height, so I know that it's not the months of January or February per se that are at fault...

    In fact if both of those months were filled with a constant stream of crisp Winter sunlight, then they would be an absolute dream...

    ...And so, in order to combat this (Okay - I admit it - yearly...) feeling of Winter ennui, I like to inject a bit of Springtime magic into the house a few weeks early, and plant up some vintage post with Spring bulbs and flowers...

     

    I adore filling the house with cut flowers, but at this time of the year, they can prove to be expensive and/or hard to find on an ongoing bases, so I find that Spring bulbs fill the gap quite nicely until the country blooms of choice are back in abundance...

    I am a quite the planter addict and the vintage variety are naturally my pot of choice. Unusual vintage vessels are a particular love of mine and they sit beautifully alongside my more conventional original Constance Spry vases and various other antique planters...

     

    Victorian Jelly molds are a delightful option in lieu of a conventional planter, as they tend to have the most beautifully sculpted shapes, ridges and designs that are often equally as pretty as the flowers inside...


    ...And so a day of planting ensued at the weekend...

     

     

     


    ...and as a result, I now have a house filled with happy flowers, soon to open buds, and a feeling of Spring promise... Have I ever told you how much I LOVE this time of the year?

     

     

    ...And if you'd like to see me actually buying the vintage jelly molds and the planting up in action, please take a look on my YouTube Channel Here!

     

    Until Next Time!