The Cozy Club‘s annual Christmas event takes place in Chris and Neil Myers’ welcoming home, which – decked with homemade decorations and twinkling lights – was featured in the January 2012 issue of Homes & Antiques. For one day only the furniture is moved out and a handful of traders move in to offer everything you could possibly need to create a beautiful Christmas of your own. Throughout the rest of the year the Myers residence is used as a unique crafting hub, shop and tearoom.
Chris (right) has a passion for creating wholesome homewares that comes from growing up in rural Canada where making and crafting is a way of life. Her long-time friend Geraldine Guimaraes (left) shares her love of craft and came all the way from Norway especially to help at the event.
Catherine Davey picked up this snowy landscape print, framed by Neil Myers using reclaimed wood, and a colourful quilt to go in the former workhouse built in 1782, which she and her husband bought 18 months ago as a live-in renovation project. ‘The interior of our home has painted brick walls, which creates a great rustic backdrop for the New England look I love so much,’ she said.
Jayne Burgess bought this French boudoir lamp from Dorothy Stiven Vintage Homewares to go in the ‘snug’ in her semi-detached cottage in Chalfont St Giles. ‘The snug features a duck-egg blue velvet sofa and heavy curtains trimmed with pom-poms. It’s a very tactile room,’ said Jayne.
Dawn Marchant, originally from Detroit, moved to Billinghurst in Surrey in 1993 and still celebrates Christmas American-style. ‘I inherited a wonderful collection of festive ornaments that were passed down through the generations and I look forward to getting them out each year,’ she said. Dawn, who also collects pottery and china, bought this mini terrine from the H&A stand.
Dawn Barron (behind the counter), who trades as Angels Gather Here, was helping visitors Alison Barber (left) and Hannah Marson-Day (right) get stuck into Christmas shopping for their homes. Between them they had quite a haul, including scented candles, a Brixton Pottery reindeer jug, reels of ribbon and bags of cinnamon cones to get that instant festive feel round the hearth.
H&A subscriber Sandra Hayter found the event listed in our November issue and was delighted to discover it was taking place at the house she’d lusted after when she saw it featured in our January 2012 issue. ‘It’s so lovely to visit such a wonderful home and I’ve picked up some lovely bits and pieces from the traders here too,’ said Sandra, who was clutching a bunch of scented narcissus and some wrapping paper.
Bringing a tasty treat to the event was The Pavlova Princess, aka Ashleigh Maude, with her deliciously sweet creations. ‘I’ve just spent two years as an understudy on Phantom of the Opera and used to make pavlovas for the cast. When my contract ended it seemed like the natural next step to go into business!’ she said.
Chris’s husband Neil helps her run The Cozy Club and while she hosts make-and-create workshops from inside the house, Neil can often be found in his fairytale shed making wooded picture frames and other decorative items. It could hardly be more Christmassy…
Here’s where you’ll find our festive stand during the next few weeks. Do visit us for great offers on magazines, subscriptions and gifts.