Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BEST OF British

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BEST OF British

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Byline: HOMES with Andrea McLean

KEEPING things close to home is great. I try to support local businesses and to buy from British designers wherever possible when I''m hunting down something for an interior.

And there is a huge range of them out there, busily coming up with things to make our homes as individual as we are. If you look carefully, you''ll even find the Union Jack flying from mass-produced goods on the high street - and you might be surprised to learn which ones are British.

We may have lost much of our traditional textile industry but there are manufacturers out there who are still active and longing for our support.

Mills in the north of England are busy weaving carpets, blankets and fabrics, which can be found everywhere, from independent retailers to chain stores.

With the explosion of internet shopping (and I''m a fan of this for every kind of shopping) it means you can support designers and manufacturers all over the UK, without leaving your sofa.

And it''s not a sympathy purchase - because the made in Britain label means it''s terrific quality and CURL up on a winter''s evening in this gorgeous wing armchair. It's upholstered in 100% Shetland quality wool, woven in West Yorkshire by one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills in Great Britain, completing all processes on one site, which dates back to the 1800s.

Chestnut wing armchair, PS749; Harley floor lamp, PS150; knitted cushion, PS16; knitted throw, PS25, all BHS | Clare Loves is an online boutique devoted to selling 100% British-made gifts and homewares. Their trendy throws are terrific for taking away the chill and adding the cosy factor. Perfect as the seasons change.

Textured weave throw, PS48.50, Clare Loves | KAREN HILTON makes her own quirky textile designs on her trusty sewing machine in her Pembrokeshire studio - and what could be more British then her funky Queen''s head cushion? One simply adores it!

Yellow and hot pink Queen cushion, PS50, Karen Hilton | THE quirky Oliver Bonas stores started in 1993 when owner Olly Tress brought back gifts for friends from his travels abroad. …

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