Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Different Folks ; HOMES with Andrea McLean

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Different Folks ; HOMES with Andrea McLean

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SOMETIMES you just need to have things around you that make you feel good. Being useful as well is also important, but if its sole purpose is to make you feel happy when you look at it, then I would consider that a job well done.

Like the patchwork bedspread my old college housemate spent months creating - cutting up and sewing together square after square to make a comfy home-from-home quilt.

If you don't have the time or talent to do it yourself, there's a beautiful folk trend hitting the shops this autumn, one that's all about home-made charm... something you don't see in many other interior looks.

It's about taking something that you already have, and tweaking it to make it all your own. A little embroidery here, a crossstitch there, and suddenly it has become unique to you. Even a plain cushion can become a cheerful thing of beauty with a little pom-pom trim sewn on.

A pair of classic curtains get a little twinkle when they're held back with jaunty ribbon. And a plain chest of drawers gets a new lease of life with some funky stencilling. Yes, it's making a comeback!

So get creative and breathe some life into your home.

THESE are super cute and the detailing in each drawer is wonderful. Why not try doing it yourself with your own set just by investing in some new knobs? Storage chest, Pounds 34.95 (six- drawer); Pounds 69.95 (16-drawer), Myakka WHERE TO BUY:,,,,,,,,,,, EARTHY tones and natural elements like wood and copper are a lovely starting point for this trend. Combine them with a flickering candle for a cosy, homely feel.

Mustard yellow ceramic lantern, Pounds 20; large owl glass object, Pounds 20; patterned jug, Pounds 15; patterned fourdrawer wooden storage unit, Pounds 25; patterned trinket box, Pounds 10; carved hanging star, Pounds 8; large wooden candlestick, Pounds 10; small wooden candle stick, Pounds 8; yellow glass votive, Pounds 3; copper effect wax-filled bowl, Pounds 5; all Sainsbury's IT doesn't matter how bad a cook you are, with these plates anything you serve up will at least look good! …

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