How to display handmade homewares
Whether it’s the unique wash on a jug or the hand carvings on a bread board, it’s the imperfections that make these pieces perfect
Lay the table with undyed linens and a merry mix of handcrafted vessels in a range of earthy hues. Fill each bowl with tantalising treats for a breakfast of kings and queens.
Wall painted in North, £31 per litre, Bauwerk Colour. Glass bottle, £110, Lorfords. Pampas grass, £5 each, Lisa Elliott Floral Design. Wreath, £POA, Lily Violet May. Bench, £180, Focus on the Past. Yastigi fringed linen napkins, £26 for four, La Redoute. Linen tea towels, stylist’s own. Linen tablecloth, £95 with set of four napkins, Muir Antiques. Grey Yastigi pre-washed linen tablecloth, from £70, La Redoute. Bread board, £50, Trilogie Antiques. Small jug, £34; bowls, £40 each; honey jar, £27, all Leach Pottery. John Leach Muchelney jug, £38, Melvinos. Egg cups, £85 for a pair, J Collins & Son. Confit pot, £225, Lorfords. Decorative bread board, £40; bread knife, £32, both Focus on the Past. Dolomite glazed bowl, £160, Tim Lake Ceramics. Beakers, £21 each, Leach Pottery. Ray Finch Winchcombe stoneware teapot, £40, Melvinos. Knives and forks, from £25 for six, Number 52 Antiques & Interiors. Wooden dish, £145; wooden bowl, £320, both J Collins & Son.
The natural textures of wood and linen are a happy pairing. Choose monogrammed cutlery and sprigs of foliage for a pleasing lunch table. For an Easter hit, add eggs, either daintily decorated or plain.
Yastigi pre-washed linen tablecloth, from £70, La Redoute. Early 19th-century Swedish wooden bowl, £320, Antiqbr. Cream linen napkin, £95 for four plus a tablecloth, Muir Antiques. Yastigi fringed linen napkins, £26 for four, La Redoute. Assorted knives and forks, from £25 for six, Number 52 Antiques & Interiors. White hand-painted duck eggs, £12 each, Nest & Co Boutique.
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Upcycled old apple crates make charming shelves, either propped on another surface or hung on the wall. In a rustic kitchen they look wonderful filled with useful accessories and purely decorative pieces.
Wall painted as before. Apple crates (turned into shelves), £15 each, Heavenly Homes & Gardens. Green teapot, find similar at Silver Mushroom. William De Morgan tile, £750, AD Antiques. Small white saucepan, find similar on eBay. Terracotta pots, find similar at your local garden centre. Decorative bread board, £40, Focus on the Past. Flummery mould, £265, J Collins & Son. Footed teacups, £48 each, Tim Lake Ceramics. Vintage Kilner jars, find similar on eBay. Wooden ladle, £95, J Collins & Son. Egg tray, £68, Focus on the Past. Small green saucepan, find similar on eBay. Glazed jug, £38, Focus on the Past. Swedish folk art spoons, £220, Antiqbr. Bread knife, £38, Focus on the Past. Roller, £145, J Collins & Son. Vintage tea towels, find similar at Parna. Small white enamel coffee pot, find similar on eBay. Flour shovel, £110; butter curler, £45, both J Collins & Son. Bread board, £50, Trilogie Antiques. Scales, £35, Focus on the Past. Pestle & mortar c1950, £650, Antiqbr.
Play around with your collections to bring out the best in their individual characteristics and charms. Here, the striking black-and- white vases are enhanced by a less polished pot, thanks to the similar markings.
Wall painted as before. Top shelf (from left): Rörstrand vase by Hertha Bengtsson, £60, Bramble House Vintage & Modern; wooden dish, £145, J Collins & Son; Michael Andersen & Sons tribal vase, £175; Michael Andersen & Sons tribal jug, £165, both Lynways. Bottom shelf (left to right): Ruscha 312 small jug, £85, Mark Hiltons Ark; Nis Stougaard flask, £30; Royal Copenhagen dish by Jorgen Mogensen, £65, both Lynways; Martin Brothers jug c1900, £1,800, AD Antiques.
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Conjure the feeling of a potter’s gallery with deep shelves artfully arranged with vases and bottles in a tempting array of textures and colours. Bookend with healthy trailing plants for a fresh take on tradition.
Wall painted in Ibiza, £31 per litre, Bauwerk Colour. Top shelf (from left): plants, stylist’s own; Ruskin high fired vase, £1,700, AD Antiques; Conny Waither vase, £195, Lynways; British studio pottery plate, £27, Melvinos; Ruscha 312 small jug, £85, Mark Hiltons Ark; books, stylist’s own; stoneware jug, £34; jug with interior glaze, £44, both Focus on the Past; wooden plant pot, find similar at H&M Home. Bottom shelf (left to right): bottle shaped Soholm vase, £95, Lynways; white glazed large pot with lid, £30, Focus on the Past; finger wiped bottle, £300, Tim Lake Ceramics; small blue vase, £85, Mark Hiltons Ark; leaf dish, £27, Preloved Vintage Wares; Ruscha 313 vase, £165, Mark Hiltons Ark; Tremar coffee pot, £25, Bramble House Vintage & Modern; Soholm vase by Einar Johansen, £115, Lynways; Martin Brothers ewer, £1,750, AD Antiques. On floor: Ruskin high fired vase, £3,950, AD Antiques. Tall French ceramic jug, £750; French oak chair c1970, £950, both Antiqbr. Tussi Mara cushion cover in Mustard and Grey, £49.95, Nkuku. Hole patterned jute rug, £79.99, H&M Home.
From planters to wall art to storage baskets, there are myriad ways to enjoy creations that have been woven so skilfully. Put your most precious pieces centre stage and fill out your collection with new finds as well as old – you’ll always have a spot for an extra basket.
Wall painted in Ibiza, £31 per litre, Bauwerk Colour. Vintage Kuba cloth as wall hanging, £120, Focus on the Past. Grape picking basket, £480; Victorian wicker laundry basket, £550, both Lorfords. French trug, £60; reed bound vintage wine carrier, £18, both Trilogie Antiques. Small wall basket, £28, Huckleberry. Two larger vintage wall baskets from the High Atlas mountains, £75 each, Smouk Interiors. Vintage boho stem holder, £35, Just One More Thing. Patterned basket (on floor), £12.99, Homesense. Vintage dough paddle, £65, Collectible Old Stuff. Vintage French wicker basket, £36, Nest & Co Boutique. Basket plant pot, £10, Ikea. Umbrella tree plant, £35, B&Q.
The work that went into these delicate 19th-century samplers is a joy to behold. Display tapestries together at eye level to bolster their impact, allowing you to appreciate the enchanting detail.
Wall painted in Climbing Rose, £31 per litre, Bauwerk Colour. French game shelf, £280, Anne Fowler. French pot, £165, Lorfords. Straw hat, £18, The Fig Store. 19th-century sampler, £98, Number 52 Antiques & Interiors. Rare gift sampler by E Deacon dated 1840, £525; family register sampler by Sarah Grandy dated 1826f, £595, both Hiscock & Shepherd Antiques.
Wood and terracotta combined bring out the richness in each material. Pick a light-filled spot for a well-loved chair and imagine the hands that carved its frame and wove its seat.
Wall painted as before. Heathland framed print, £69.95, Sam Wilson. Large slipware terracotta pot, £250, Lorfords. Tremar Studio cup & saucer, £8.50, Bramble House Vintage & Modern. Arts and Crafts rocking chair, £1,650, Antiqbr. Clover cushion by Angie Lewin, £36, St Jude’s. Lamp stand, £95, Rachel’s & Michael’s Antiques. Lampshade in St Jude’s Clover by Angie Lewin, £105, Revill,Revill. Rug, £160, Focus on the Past.
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