Blankets from SoCosy
Tomorrow I’ll be stepping into the pages of Country Living magazine when it comes alive at its Christmas Fair in Glasgow’s SECC over 19 -22 November. Although I live in an urban apartment block, that doesn’t stop me adding homespun rustic touch at Christmas time. I’m especially looking forward to the talks, demonstrations and workshops as well as meeting many of the designers in person. Visit countrylivingfair.com/Glasgow for booking and further information or call 08448480150. Adult – £9.50-£11.50, Children (5-16) – £7.50-£8.00, Under 5′s go free.
CHRISTMAS COMFORT BLANKETS (see above) Made from ethically sourced, natural un-dyed wool, these Natural Wool Throws and Cushions (from £48 – £150) are from the perfectly named SoCosy company. SoCosy is one of a constellation of companies exhibiting at the Country Living Christmas Fair.
Sisters Helen and Lynn (who ran the marvellous Colonial shops) may be separated by continents with one in Scotland the other in Australia, but that’s not stopped them launching Beba Home, an online boutique with their own range of solid wood furniture, lighting and accessories sourced from their favourite designers and manufacturers, including this hardwood Cross Coffee Table, and £545. Visit them at stand B32.
Amanda Mercer lovingly designs and handcrafts vintage inspired buttons, jewellery, homeware and Christmas tree decorations from delicate porcelain. This seasonal star (£5) is just one of many of Cumbria based Amanda’s designs destined to become a family heirloom (stand I16).
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design graduate, Catherine Cole, is the creative force behind Peonie Cole the home and lifestyle brand. Catherine hand paints her designs prior to printing them onto fabric using a digital process which retains the colourful ‘just painted’ feel of her designs. These feather filled cushions are made from half panama cotton fabric using Catherine’s original floral designs (£45 per metre). Stand D17a.
LASER CUT CHRISTMAS PRINT £10.50
Not only has Glaswegian illustrator and graphic designer Laura Macfarlane created a range of readymade artwork, she also offers a bespoke service designing and making paper cut prints exactly to your specification. Visit Laura M Designs at stand E48.
As Dimpled Heart is a new name to me, I’ll be bee-lining their stand to get a closer look at their ceramics and gifts which are designed, handmade and decorated in Lincolnshire. The handle of this monarch of the glen style jug comes with a distinctive ceramic buckle (stand D27).
I’m including this Alpine Skier Cushion (£85) which you won’t see at the Country Fair but you can order online from www.janconstantine.com