Let’s get the hard work out-of-the-way first! Nothing is going to make more impact in your kitchen than a really good scrub and clean. It’s amazing what a bucket of hot soapy water and a bit of elbow grease can achieve. It’s a really good time to overhaul often forgotten parts of your kitchen; lightly washing down your paint work and kitchen cupboard doors, for example, instantly freshen up your kitchen.
Over time polished brass knobs and handles in your kitchen can become tarnished with grease and finger prints.
There are many dedicated brass cleaning products on the market, but a great natural way to restore their shine is to firstly wash them with warm soapy water, and then create your own gentle cleaning solution. Mix two tablespoons of salt and white wine vinegar with a pint of hot water and allow to cool slightly . Apply this mixture to your brass wear with a clean damp cloth. This should remove more stubborn stains and marks and reveal the sparking beauty of this stunning metal once more…
Beetles and butterflies run riot on this wonderful cylinder shade in our quirky Entomology fabric. The shade has been created using our Lampshade Builder, where you can use our simple step by step guide choosing from a multitude of shapes, sizes and fabrics to create your perfect shade.
Imagine yourself in a summer meadow as you dry the dishes with this tea towel in Charcoal Octavia. The interwoven leaves and butterflies in this charming 30’s inspired print will bring the outdoors right into your kitchen. Any of our full range of fabrics can be made into a beautiful tea towel, please see our fabrics to choose which one will fit in with your kitchen designs.
Here’s a few of our spring favourites from our range to inspire you this Easter.
The lovely duck egg blue Barbican pendant is a wonderful spring colour. The soft tone of blue could really lighten the mood of a room and would look delicious hanging over the breakfast table or highlighting your favourite picture frame in the living room.
As soon as I saw the Cole and Son Birch wall paper I knew we had found a seriously stylish couple of local florists.
One of my real favorites was definitely the gold fish bowl of tulips (brilliant Libby!)
With the plans for the shoot all in place, the following Thursday I took the trusty Volvo round to their shop in Ipswich and completely filled it to the gunnels with all manner of spring gorgeousness.
We headed down to the Design Centre at Chelsea harbour yesterday for the London Design Week. Full of ideas , trends for 2013 and a amazing style inspiration, Chelsea harbour is always a fantastic place to visit for anyone with an interest in interior design .
The harbour was looking particularly lovely this week bursting with of hyacinths and cheery blossom it really felt like spring had arrived.
We enjoyed a great masterclass in choosing the perfect capsule collection for your home, from some leading lights in design : the renowned Allegra Hicks (who was completely glamorous) , lovely Marianne Cotteral (who was v cool and stylish) and Elenoara Cunietti (who we all agreed would be a great person to go for a glass of wine with).
We then spent a very entertaining hour listening to the brilliant Shaun Clarkson, whose bold colours and design can be seen in many of London’s hottest bars and restaurants, as well as his work with for private clients. He has an infectious laugh and brought a real sense of fun to his talk about his work in design.
Wishing the Jim Lawrence team huge luck today as two of our team take their beautiful dogs to Crufts . They are champions to us already – lets hope the judges agree! Firstly huge luck to Julie Green , one of the talented team of seamstresses who is showing her stunning border terrier ’Stowthorney Swinging Sam’ (Sam).
When she’s not creating beautiful handmade lampshades here at Jim Lawrence, Julie has been working hard to get Sam to show standard.
Things have started well – he’s qualified every year he’s been entered for Crufts so far, but up against 307 other Borders today lets just hope he shows the judges his best side. This could be Sam’s year.
Top of the list has to be our new Samworth Oil Lamp. Released just this week, this beautiful little glass oil lamp is just the perfect Mother’s Day gift . The antiqued brass topper gives this oil lamp an old fashioned charm and the delicate hand-blown glass base is reminiscent of a vintage perfume bottle. It will certainly bring style and sparkle to your table this Sunday.
With our new lampshade builder you have the ability to create a lampshade from over 20,000 shapes, sizes and colours, so I thought it might be helpful to re-iterate the 5 golden rules to help you choose your perfect lampshade.Before the ‘rules’ it’s important to bear in mind there is no such thing as the wrong shade. If you love it – it’s the right shade. Experimenting with lamp shades in new fabrics, shapes and colours is great way to instantly update your home’s style.
Congratulations to Mrs Jo Cholmeley, whose name Jim drew from the hat yesterday, the winner of our £100 voucher Christmas giveaway!!
Mrs Cholmeley viewed our Christmas Style Collection and correctly told us there were three glass pendants are featured in the ‘A Collection of our Glass Pendants’ image : the Holborn Pendant, the Orfila Pendant and the Ava Pendant.
A big thank you to everyone that entered our Christmas competition – watch this space for our next exciting competition in your Spring Newsletter . If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter bursting with news of new products at Jim Lawrence, helpful styling tips, and of course great competitions, simply enter your email address here.
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