HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL VISITS JAMES HARE
FEBRUARY 24TH 2015
This morning HRH The Princess Royal, Chairman of the UK Fashion & Textiles Association, visited Britain’s leading silk specialist James Hare Ltd to celebrate the firm’s 150th Anniversary (1865 – 2015).

HRH toured James Hare’s Leeds HQ, met employees and unveiled a plaque commemorating the anniversary. She received a gift of James Hare dress fabric, a wool/silk mix in a dark turquoise green - members of the Royal Family are regularly photographed wearing James Hare fabrics.

HRH was accompanied by Tim Hare, current Managing Director of James Hare and Great- Grandson of the founder.  Tim Hare is Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. Also present were Directors Saffron Hare and Charlie Hare, the fifth generation of their family to work within the company.

Founded in 1865 in Clare Street, Leeds by woollen merchant James Hare, the company is still family run.  It has grown into one of Britain’s leading fabric houses, specialising in silk textiles for fashion & interiors.  The company sells to over 40 countries worldwide and even exports its silk to China, where it has showrooms in Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities. 

Shown below (from left to right): Charlie Hare, Saffron Hare, HRH The Princess Royal.
BESPOKE SPLASHBACKS
FEBRUARY 18TH 2015
 
 
Martin Moore’s handmade kitchens include luxurious materials for worktops, floors and walls.
 
From marble and timber to mirror and tiles, their bespoke splashbacks are not just about kitchen practicalities… They are focus points in themselves, designed to create impressive backdrops for beautiful cabinetry and appliances.
 
Images show (above) book matched lavender marble. Below from left: sculptured walnut, antiqued mirror glass, metro tiles. All by Martin Moore. Kitchens from Martin Moore start from £35,000.
 
CULINARY ARCHITECTURE
FEBRUARY 17TH 2015
Every La Cornue stove is handmade to order in Paris as a complete one off; sized, equipped and finished to commission. It can be ordered as a standalone or incorporated into a complete kitchen scheme with matching cabinets, worktops, plinths and integrated elements including sinks, refrigeration and wine storage. This allows you to take the look through the whole kitchen; an elegant concept which La Cornue calls "culinary architecture”.

Shown here is a La Cornue Château 120 range cooker in brushed stainless steel with polished chrome trim. It forms the centrepiece of a run of La Cornue Château cabinets in white enamel with dark walnut spice drawers. The chrome trim is matched throughout, as is the brushed stainless steel plinth and worktop with integral sink. Above the stove, the powerful made-to-measure La Cornue extraction system is also finished in white enamel and brushed steel.
DRUMMONDS LAUNCH NEW ONLINE GALLERY
FEBRUARY 12TH 2015
Luxury bathroom maker Drummonds has launched a new online gallery. Designed to inspire and inform the process of creating the perfect bathroom, it brings together over 250 images of real houses featuring Drummonds’ products.
 
Behind the case study images lies a wealth of user-friendly functions, with filters enabling searches by style of house, type of bathroom, product and even colour. Every shot has a ‘Products Shown’ click-through as well as the chance to save inspirations to a personal Wish List and share them via social media.
 
Intuitively easy to navigate, the online gallery adds a whole new dimension to enjoying Drummonds’ classic bathroom style.
RUSTIC STYLE
FEBRUARY 10TH 2015
 
 
 
 
This rustic kitchen was created by Bath Bespoke, a joinery and cabinet making company based in the South West of England. The client’s quirky brief for the project was "I want it to look like we found it in a skip in Paris”. The project features several colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint. 
 
 
The finished design has an authentically vintage aesthetic, featuring mixed materials – French pippy oak, iron, box steel and birch ply, together with reclaimed pieces including brass taps and a Belfast sink. The central island is set on vintage castor wheels, creating a flexible cooking space.
 
 
 
Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s Ethereal Blue is shown on the walls, with Mouse Grey skirting and windows, Flaxen Grey cornices and Plain White on the ceiling. Ethereal Blue, like all of Edward’s paints, has a distinctive chalky finish which here provides a wonderful backdrop to the natural wood tones. Edward notes that the colour "hovers between blue, green and grey. It is a grown up shade that provides a great background.”
 
 
MODERN COUNTRY
FEBRUARY 9TH 2015
Lapicida’s Marble Refectory Table unites a weathered English Oak base with a sleek Italian Carrara marble top. Handmade in Yorkshire, the table is authentically rustic with a modern edge, shown against a chic black Belgian Mix limestone floor.
THE STORY OF MARY ELLEN'S DIAMOND BROOCH
FEBRUARY 4TH 2015
James Hare is celebrating its remarkable history and 150th anniversary with a distinctive new Evolution collection, fusing heritage inspirations with contemporary style.  One of the most outstanding designs is Diamond Bouquet inspired by the diamond brooch given by the founder James Hare to his wife Mary Ellen when the business grew prosperous following the death of Queen Victoria. The monarch’s death plunged the entire country into mourning clothes; the black fabric had been stock piled by the canny James when he learnt that Victoria was ill. Selling over 250,000 yards of mourning cloth in just a few weeks, the company grew swiftly from a regional business into a national name.  That brooch is now a family heirloom.
 
Fittingly, Diamond Bouquet is a sumptuous fabric, so densely embroidered that it takes a whole day to produce just 3 metres. Sprays of flowers are picked out in lavish metallic embroidery on a satin ground, with brilliant pinpoints of silver thread mimicking the sparkle of the original diamonds in Mary Ellen’s brooch.
 
To find out more about the history of the 'House of Hare' visit the James Hare website
SPA STYLE WITH DRUMMONDS
FEBRUARY 3RD 2015
Last month Urban Retreat at Harrods opened their new Moroccan Hammam for women. The hammam, a steam room, has been an important part of Moroccan culture for centuries. Morrocans traditionally visit their local hammam at least once a week to cleanse, socialise and unwind. Urban Retreat brings these purifying rituals to Harrods for a luxurious spa experience. 
Urban Retreat’s Moroccan Hammam includes a heat room and 7 private marble treatment areas, where guests can enjoy cleansing, exfoliating and massaging treatments. Benefits to skin, body and mind are numerous.  Seven of Drummonds’ own Dalby thermostatic shower controls feature in the hammam, each twinned with one of their Classic wall-mounted bath fillers. Both elements are finished in a bespoke ‘bronzed’ finish to look authentically vintage.
James Lentaigne, Sales & Marketing Director of Drummonds says: "Urban Retreat approached us because they were designing a hammam within their luxury Harrods spa. They were looking for brassware to fit the specific needs of the traditional hammam and make a great visual statement. Answering this brief, we specially adapted our Dalby thermostatic shower control and twinned it with a Classic bath filler, creating a custom set-up which allows the hammam attendants to quickly fill their buckets and bowls with water at the perfect temperature for the client.  Every piece was made to order in our own factory and custom-bronzed to achieve the vintage finish which Urban Retreat had specified.”

Click here for a short film showing how Drummonds manufacture their brassware.
TWO'S COMPANY
FEBRUARY 2ND 2015
A well designed bathroom can be a sanctuary. Designed for a busy couple who struggle to find quality time together, this master bathroom takes that idea to the max - featuring two of Drummonds’ magnificent freestanding Humber baths.

Set side by side, the two splendid cast iron baths give them the ultimate bathing experience; a chance to catch up and relax, stretched out and luxuriating, each in their own capacious Humber bath.

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