Sunday Style Summary: Holker Hall garden festival, crafty finds & mucky windows

Holker Hall, CumbriaSunday’s round up for last week is the usual eclectic mix of home, interiors, property and garden madness involving getting high on both paint fumes and garden scents 🙂

I visited Holker Hall near Ulverston in the Lakes yesterday for their annual garden festival, spending as usual a fortune on unusual plants!It was my kind of show, packed full of Cumbrian food produce & stalls, artisan local crafts and a sea of beautiful flowers. Purple is definitely the colour of the season and it was interesting to note the lack of allium and agapanthus which have dominated every garden show I’ve been to in recent years. Lots of digitalis, foxglove and  tall ethereal type blooms instead. All in purple.

There seem to be lots of magical forest type flowers popular with growers, bells and droplets and wisps of colour. Bit of a new trend coming through to replace the great balls of colour from recent years?

Holker Hall garden festival 2013Traditional Cumbrian crafts were in action and it was fascinating to watch the dry stone walling going up, intricate lacemaking being created using about 6 million threads(!), willow weaving and fence making. My favs were the fairy cottage type gates with their curved vertical panels and the huge chunks of wood for tables & plate racks made using thin twigs of willow you can see below. Sucker for timber, every time.

Really enjoyed the event, would definitely go back next year.

Holker Hall garden festival 2013Last weeks finds also included:

  • A rather sexy Tom Dixon laser cut candle holder (seen with a very nosey Missy cat)
  • That beautiful Shaws of Darwen ridge fronted sink which I specified for Half Built House Eastbourne seen in a v posh kitchen showroom
  • A little visit to Annie Sloan supplier and gorgeous little showroom Aunty Mabel’s Seat in Knutsford

2013-06-02_0001And just to prove not everything in Moregeousland is gorgeous, I also had to deal with unbelievably disgusting  mould and saw this rather curious take on window blinds 😉

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