Second ComiCon On The South Coast Is A Spectacular Success

TangoMike Cosplay Comicon Port Solent

TangoMike Cosplay Comicon Port Solent

The south's biggest free comic convention lives up to its aim as a “fun filled event for all the family”.

On Saturday 16th June 2018 from 11am and on into the evening comic and gaming enthusiasts dressed up and celebrated their heroes.

A big crowd turned out to enjoy a day escaping from reality, by the seaside.

 

Comicon Stage Port Solent

Comicon Stage Port Solent

A big crowd turned out to enjoy a day escaping from reality, by the seaside.

The atmosphere was exciting and friendly and set against the stunning backdrop of Portsmouth's most exclusive and picturesque marina.

Port Solent Marina is tucked away at the top of Portsmouth harbour in Hampshire in England and provides an excellent haven for yachts, sailors and superheroes.

Comicon Visitors Dressed Up

Comicon Visitors Dressed Up

There were queues of cars waiting to enter the car parks and playing fields that were assigned as an extra overspill car park for the day.

On stage were a variety of celebrity guest singers and characters such as Star Wars e woks and Harry Potter Goblins and other creatures that were definitely out of this world.

Big Red Transformer Meets Little Red Transformer

Big Red Transformer Meets Little Red Transformer

Members of the public in fancy dress were invited onto the stage to present and talk about their favourite stars from books, magazines, film, TV and video and online games.

Professional character costumers and cosplayers chatted and mingled in with the crowd including several Transformers, Captain Jax Parrow, Ghostbusters and many more.

Stall holders selling merchandise relating to every Comic, superhero and fictional film stars imaginable lined the promenade.

Red Transformer by Stage

Red Transformer by Stage

Toys and collectables were on display for shoppers to browse through and take home their special mementoes.

Many accessories were selected by fans to wear to the next Comicon. The galactic looking cake and sweet stands provided a multicoloured rainbow of power snacks for the strolling visitors.

He-Man Box Detail

He-Man Box Detail

Between the stage shows and before the Blue Brothers music continued the party into the night, many visitors took advantage of the children's play area and the wonderful selection of restaurants and shops that the marina has to offer.

There were indoor games tournaments and even an underground zombie experience according to the brochure.

Comicon Character Face Scarves

Comicon Character Face Scarves

The day was fine and dry everybody seemed to enjoy the scenery and the buzz of the mini outdoor festival. The combination of the bright theatre unfolding in the centre of The Boardwalk and the beautiful white boats coming and going through the water was an excellent scene enjoyed by the hundreds of people who attended.

Black Knight and Crowd Comicon

Black Knight and Crowd Comicon

Port Solent undoubtedly profited from the stalls pitched by the traders and GoGeek events were hired to help deliver this specialist event.

Port Solent marina promotes the marina's retail and leisure facilities that include a multiplex cinema by holding a calendar of events throughout the year.

Green Gomorrah & Super Sidekick

Green Gomorrah & Super Sidekick

These include music concerts, vintage car rallies and craft markets to compliment the existing businesses. The activities and draw of the inviting marina environment helps to attract new regular visitors.

The day was organised by Port Solent management in conjunction with GoGeek events.

Many different ages of people got involved and dressed up.

Daryl Jones Transformer

Daryl Jones Transformer

We especially enjoyed meeting Tango Mike's pirate character in a trio of supernatural Cosplay vamps in homemade outfits and Daryl Jones a Hampshire based Transformer cosplayer dazzled onlookers along the decking in a striking silver and gold costume.

We were impressed with a girl who introduced herself as Superman's enemy Gomorrah and her marvellous sidekick, both glowing in dramatic green and brown face and body paints.

 

 

We often hear that we will all become technology nerds locked up in our bedroom gaming.

It was very refreshing to see local people getting creative and enjoying positive and fun times together and happily recreating a well loved Spiderman or a Lara Croft lookalike.

We are looking forward to the third ComicCon at Port Solent next year…

…and we think the future might be fantastic.

 

   
https://www.portsolent.com/comiccon Port Solent Comicon Webpage
https://timmaidment.com/ Tango Mike Cosplay

 

Make A Designer Bedroom Feature Fit For A Princess in Fourteen Steps

Fabric Wall Hanging by Create Display

Fabric Wall Hanging by Create Display

Give your bedroom a fabulous focal point with an easy to make hanging fabric panel that hangs neatly behind your bedstead.

This beautiful design will work for any size of bed and is a suitable option for both adults and older children. The first step is to measure the width of your bed as this will be the width of your wall hanging.

Secondly choose your fabric: if the fabric decoration is for adults choose a large pattern in complimentary colours to enhance your existing room decoration scheme. A thick cotton or upholstery weight fabric is best to keep it looking luxurious.

It is a good idea to use washable fabrics and you could upcycle a pair of curtains or an heirloom bedspread as part of your project.

Re-use a piece of fabric if you want to keep the costs down and also be extra environmentally friendly.

A good time to your favourite or a great vintage fabric design.

Blossom Inspiration

Blossom Inspiration

We have selected an end of roll off cut by Prestigious Textiles called Emi.

Emi has a simple and elegant Spring flower and pretty buds and looks really fresh as well as blending visually with the other interior elements in the bedroom perfectly.

 

You can also choose to 'back' a thinner fabric with an extra cotton lining fabric layer. This backing gives it extra weight and makes sure the finished piece has a substantial appearance. If the fabric is for children or teenagers you can go bolder with colour and introduce a striking pattern too. 

Step three is to decide where you want the horizontal line to be that will have the wooden pole from which you will hang your panel. It may help to make a small pencil mark on the wall here. Then measure down to a point 150mm from the floor.

This will be the bottom of the wall hanging and it will fall behind your bed and below your mattress but above the skirting board.

The forth step is to purchase a 30mm in diameter wooden pole from a large home decorating retailer.

Cut the pole to the width of your bedhead plus 50mm. so it just pops out each side using a small saw.

select blossom fabric

select blossom fabric

Step five is to paint the cut wood pole to size to match the existing background wall colour behind the bed and leave to dry. Wash your plain and patterned fabrics according to the manufacturers instructions so they will not shrink again when you launder the finished wall hanging.

The sixth step is to lay your plain fabric out on a flat surface or a clean floor and measure out a rectangle the same size as your final wall hanging size (from pole height to above the floor height) and the same width as your bedhead.

Step seven means adding 50mm all the way round to allow for hemming. Use a large right angled edge (or large sheet of paper) to keep the corners square. Cut this bed sized rectangle out with large sewing scissors.

Fold and hem all around the rectangle to give a neat edge. If you are using a narrower roll of fabric than the bedhead width you may need to join two lengths together at the sides to form one large rectangle.

The eigth step is to cut out eight 300 x 100 strips of fabric to make tab tops and hem neatly around the edges with the sewing machine.

cutting out fabric rectangles

cutting out fabric rectangles

Step nine involves machine stitching the tab tops to the plain rectangle ensuring the ends go to the back of the panel along with the hemmed edge so the neat side is facing out.

To complete step ten lay your patterned fabric out on a flat surface as before and measure out another large rectangle. You can use your plain hemmed fabric panel as a template here. As before stitch two widths together if your fabric roll is not as wide as your bed.

Be careful here to pattern match correctly so make sure you allow enough fabric for your pattern repeat if necessary. Hem your patterned piece 50mm narrower than your plain panel using the sewing machine of possible, so you will have a pretty plain line showing around the edges like a slim 'frame'.

Make sure the patterned panel is facing print side up and any turned edges are facing towards the back and lay the patterned piece on top of the slightly larger plain panel. Step eleven is to machine or hand stitch the fabric layers together.

Ensure the design is the right way up and the tabs are on the top edge.

The twelth step is to press your new panel as hot as is recommended for your chosen fabrics.

sew fabric to backing panel

sew fabric to backing panel

In step thirteen purchase three gold or silver cup hooks large enough to comfortably hold your painted pole. If your bed is bigger than a standard double or your fabric is very heavy you may need a few more hooks to carry the weight securely.

Measure and mark with a pencil three or more points where the pole will be held horizontally at the chosen point at the top of your wall and use a spirit level to check they are lined up correctly.

Use a drill to make small pilot holes in your walls and add wall plugs if you need to. Screw the cup hooks straight into the wall. Alternatively you could use large 3M plastic hooks designed to hold 2.5 kg if you are renting and not allowed to make holes in the walls as these say they will remove cleanly if you want to take tham off after a while.

We recommend stickng to the 3M brand and avoiding cheaper imitation products. Step fourteen is to thread your tab tops onto the pole and carefully place your new hanging symmetrically above your bed tucking in the length of the panel behind your bedhead.

Then stand back and enjoy your new boutique hotel style bedroom wall feature.

We love the way it makes these simple scroll beds from Ikea 'pop' when set against a plain white wall.

hang panel & add cushions

hang panel & add cushions

It may suit you to make two fabric panels to change from summer to winter or even four or more to reflect the changing seasons of the year.

Once you have the hooks in place in the wall it is easy to string up another panel like changing up your flags to suit the occasion.


 

One idea could be to make two and alternate them if one is removed for washing and pressing. To get the look quickly without the detailed sewing time or if you don't have a sewing machine you could also use a duvet the right size for your bed.

Pair with a coordinating sheet in a thick quality cotton and press carefully and hand sew them together around the edges as above. Hand finish with thick gross grain ribbon and hand stitched tab tops if you want a smart finish.

Enjoy your own original design that brightens up your boudoir most so it is charmingly ready for royalty.

You may be too busy running your palace and attending to your duties.

So contact us at Create Display about assisting you to make a personally designed panel to suit your most regal rooms requirements.

http://www.createdisplay.com/?page_id=528 contact us page at Create Display
https://www.prestigious.co.uk/

 

Prestigious Textiles fabric

https://www.diy.com/

 

B&Q decorating suppliers

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/

 

Ikea beds and lighting

https://www.johnlewis.com/

 

John Lewis fabric

https://www.carpetright.co.uk/

 

Carpetright flooring

 

Adding Warm Summer Colour to a Neutral Interior

During the last decade many residential and commercial interiors have been initially designed with a neutral interior scheme. This means that the colours that are chosen as a backdrop or foundation to a room's design scheme are easy and restful for the eye to look at.
Sail Boats on the Horizon at Bosham Textile Art

Sail Boats on the Horizon at Bosham Textile Art

The neutral choices can be described as without rich, bright or strong colours that are saturated and these calming tones do not date or go out of fashion in the same way as bold hues do.

This small rainbow coloured textile artwork can be hung on the wall in a plain environment that looks a little boring and instantly the area in transformed into somewhere uplifting and more positive.

It is possible to design stunning interiors just using neutral cream, tan, beige, silver, grey, white and black in your home palette.

However unless you are very skilled with colour, pattern, texture and lighting it is difficult to carry off a visually pared down minimal space, unless you have architecture that is very interesting or an amazing view to provide a eye catching feature. Bringing in accents of carefully chosen shades will ensure that your environment stays looking contemporary and inviting.
Dining room with cream, grey and purple

Dining room with cream, grey and purple

This year purple is everywhere and ultra violet is Pantone's prestigious colour of the year. This deep and vibrant inky colour is associated with astrology and space and it has spiritual and mystical associations.

As an alternative colour option it is often used by musicians and artists and used cleverly in lighter shades and different material finishes it can be pretty and warm looking whilst still modern and looking to the future, especially when specified in metallic leather for example.

Dining room with pretty tablecloth and china

Dining room with pretty tablecloth and china

Here in the dining room with ivory cream walls by Dulux and charcoal laminate slate look floor from Wickes and a grey rug from Ikea we have added a large framed contemporary print of a picturesque view point looking across the countryside covered with trees and hills in soft purples and heathery tones.

We have recovered the kitchen chairs in lavender cotton and custom made seat cushions out of wadding stuffing and linen. We have chosen a good quality vintage striped amethyst curtain fabric to make the cushion covers and ties.

Cream, grey and silver kitchen

Cream, grey and silver kitchen

The marble effect pattern on the fabric also adds depth and makes them easier to spot clean.

A Cath Kidson fabric tablecloth adds a bold splash with pink roses on a light blue background and it contrasts harmoniously with the soft purple colour theme.

Sitting Room with 'limewash' brick fireplace

Sitting Room with 'limewash' brick fireplace

The floral splash 'Evie' porcelain china set from Tescos is a bargain at £20 for a 12 piece set and it works perfectly in a shared house.

In smaller properties a successful interior design means spaces flow through the house and relate to each other. This is another benefit of having a neutral base to start with a then building a unique and original decoration on top in furnishing layers.

Sitting Room Upcycled Room Divider

Sitting Room Upcycled Room Divider

Here the brickwork in this mid century house has been 'limewashed' with a creamy brick paint to highlight the natural variations in the brick fireplace.

A white washed oak effect laminate flooring from B&Q gives the room a light look and the ivory cream walls continue throughout the house which has lighting from Ikea and Laura Ashley.

Sitting room mirror detail

Sitting room mirror detail

The purple and cream geometric design deep pile rug is also from B&Q and the vintage coffee table and leather sofas were gifts from friends who were moving abroad.

The old vintage mirror and shelving unit which is used as a room divider here are both painted in Alfie from the colours range at B&Q. A purple check wool throw is an easy way to add a more intense hue and provides an extra cosy touch for evenings enjoyed at home.

   
https://www.diy.com/ B&Q white oak effect flooring
http://www.tesco.com/ Tesco Evie porcelain china set
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay Create Display online Etsy Shop
https://www.cathkidston.com/ Cath Kidson fabrics
https://www.diy.com/ Dulux paint at B&Q
https://www.wickes.co.uk/ Wickes Mustang laminate flooring

 

https://www.thewoolcompany.co.uk/

The Wool Company purple wool throw
http://www.lauraashley.com/ Laura Ashley lighting
https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ Ikea rugs and lighting

 

Decorate your home with a Flemish inspired Easter tea table.

Easter tea table Flemish style

Easter tea table Flemish style

This Easter weekend delight your family and friends with a Flemish inspired table set for a sweet afternoon tea.

It is easy to get the look for your interior decoration and use your favourite pretty tableware too.

First we gathered some vintage pieces: a large blond vintage table cloth, some octagonal yellow floral placemats and a special Bavarian tea set which has little blue forget-me-not flowers and some silver gilding.

A large round old gold teapot and some second hand amber glassware with an iridescent finish give an inviting boost of sunny colour whatever the weather.

Then we added a gorgeous porcelain cake stand which amazingly is from Tesco.

A marine coloured egg shaped Danish glass stem vase reflects the candy egg theme.

From Marks and Spencer we added a mini globe to continue this spherical idea and sugar eggs to top it all off.  Salted caramel and chocolate hot cross buns are a new and winning recipe.

Chocolate Hen Brussels mall

Chocolate Hen Brussels mall

We would of included this amazing chocolate hen if it could have travelled from the covered Mall in Brussels and arrived in one piece.

Fresh oranges are added to our festive spread in a hand sponge painted Bloomingville fruit bowl.

A Laura Ashley faux rose bouquet sits in a large jam jar. This arrangement is a good alternative to the fresh branches with buds we will bring in from the garden fresh  when it stops raining heavily.

To complete our Easter tea we like the salted caramel cake from Co-op finest range and gluten free chocolate coconut cakes from Aldi.

Corne Port Royal Chocolatiers Brussels Mall

Corne Port Royal Chocolatiers Brussels Mall

The wall hanging with boats in Osbourne Bay and all the soft furnishings in the sititing room are designed and handmade and available to order from Create Display.

In Brussels in Belgium we admired the way the The Corne Port Royal Chocolatiers amazing large egg and tempting display is set against a traditional backdrop of dark wood furniture and a stained glass art nouveau ceiling light.

Grand Place Brussels

Grand Place Brussels

The 17th century architecture in Belgium is breathtaking and we loved the gilt flourishes we saw recently on these beautiful buildings in the Grand Place in Brussels.

Even on a day with dark clouds in the sky the fantastic stonework and shapes on the facades lit up the city square which was alive with cafes and continental character. 

Kanten Rocco Daniels Shop Interior

Kanten Rocco Daniels Shop Interior

In Bruges the tall classical shops and homes were very elegant and featured traditional French style interiors.

This moulded and painted cream and gold ceiling is in a wonderful shop full of lace and textiles called Kanten Rocco Daniels. The Belgians are famous for their lacemaking.

Peacock Tiles Brugge

Peacock Tiles Brugge

We found this large art nouveau influenced peacock tile feature in the 17th century town house we visited.

The ceramic centerpiece looked amazing as a focal point between the kitchen and the hallway, An hand crafted original wooden spiral staircase spanned the five floor house which was very stylishly restored.

However climbing up and down the flights was not for the faint hearte or those who had sampled more than one or two glasses of the excellent local beer, cider and wine this area also specialises in.

De Sigual Floral Shop Interior

De Sigual Floral Shop Interior

At the Desigual fasion store in central Brugge the elaborate backdrop of the city blends well with this contemporary shop interior with warm metallic paint on white painted walls.

An unusual and modern fancy chandelier effect is created with hundreds of hanging glass bottles catching the daylight.

Daniel Ost Florist Window

Daniel Ost Florist Window

In Brussels the Daniel Ost florist occupies a stunning art nouveau shop front full of displays with a wonderful array of top quality sculptural flowers and plants.

The many ivory and pale pink buds on these branches celebrate Spring simply perfectly.

NH hotel window Brussels

NH hotel window Brussels

The NH hotel in Brussels has a frontage that contains a window with several smart black wood boxes which make miniature gardens glow when they are lit from beneath.

The glass vases are all the better for being seasonally spherical and it is lovely to look at the individual plants inside each one.

Golden Egg in Brugge shop window

Golden Egg in Brugge shop window

This post concludes with an impressive huge golden egg from one of the windows of one of the many amazing and delicious chocolate shops in central Brugge. It is well worth a visit to sample all the good quality confectionary and admire the sculptural talents and creativity of the chocolatiers especially at The Chocolate Line.

We hope you have a fabulous Spring and here in Sussex we are happy about the longer lighter evenings and looking forward to walking with the trees in blossom and getting out on the water again soon.

References:  

 

Tesco cake stand

https://www.tesco.com/

 

Marks and Spencer Mini Globe

http://www.marksandspencer.com/

 

Bloomingville Easter Collection

http://www.bloomingville.com/collections/easter-2018/

 

NH Hotels Belgium

https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotels/belgium

 

The Chocolate Line

http://www.thechocolateline.be/en/

 

Desigual Boutique

http://www.desigual.com/fr_BE

 

Daniel Ost Florist

http://danielost.be/en/
Create Display http://www.createdisplay.com/?page_id=528

 

Spring into Simple Minimalism with a Flourish in 2018

Rigging the Red Boat

Rigging the Red Boat

Spring time in England is all about refreshing and maintaining our homes and gardens ready for the sunshine and fair weather to arrive.

If you love to get out on the water it is time to 'shake down' to the harbour and get your boat shipshape too.

Our new “Rigging the Red Boat” nautical textile picture adds a splash of cheerful coastal chic and is handmade in West Sussex using vintage fabrics.

 

This Spring we are embracing a simple minimalist approach to designing our interiors. Well thought out schemes have layouts with clear activities assigned to each organised space. This ensures our homes and offices have a spirit of calm and positive energy.

Top Drawer exhibition with PR Home stand

Top Drawer exhibition with PR Home stand

Natural architectural features are highlighted where possible to celebrate the period of the building.

Industrial materials such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper, cast iron and ceramic provide the functional structure for this years clean looking modern rooms that exude architectural elegance, durability and character of their own.

Fashionable metals in gold, silver, rose, bronze and copper add interest to textured wall backdrops in honest materials such as brick, wood, concrete and plaster and painted neutral colours.

Grand Illusions Top Drawer Tulips

Grand Illusions Top Drawer Tulips

The outdoors moving indoors concept continues to be a key theme this year. It is therefore a great idea to add boldly sized sculptural plants in a variety of ceramic and metallic pots throughout the house.

Added greenery generously injects colour and shape at an affordable price for everyone As well as looking naturally great they give the extra benefit of absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing healthy oxygen.

Environmentally friendly and reinvented furnishings can be seen in all the right places at the moment. Currently second hand, upcycled, vintage and recycled pieces are really desirable and add individuality and a relaxed style to contemporary living spaces. Plus they are good for the planet so what's not to love?

Create Display Flunting on  Apples Rug

Create Display Flunting on Apples Rug

This season handmade and hand painted fashion accessories and gifts for the home feature organic shapes and beautiful upbeat patterns.

Our handmade flunting garlands are made using recycled fabric are shown here on a Danish vintage wool Da Vinci apples rug and can be hung up easily to brighten up any plain wall.

As an antidote to all this seriously responsible design, we are ready to get excited about some light-hearted, pretty and fresh new furnishing trends when updating our pads ready for the warmer weather in the UK.

Create Display Textiles at Bosham Walk

Create Display Textiles at Bosham Walk

The Top Drawer show leads the way showcasing many colourful new products including acrylics and recycled plastics that will appear in shops in the UK from February. The colourful accessories on display are designed to add a rainbow of youthful fun to our interiors.

These stylish and sweet pieces are meant to add a twist and can be easily swapped or updated every year or so.

Power pastel colours are back in a big way for 2018 and available to add an uplifting dash of Spring joy to your life. Adding bright accents is de rigueur for everything from artwork to soft furnishings to kitchenware right now. Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre in Chichester harbour in West Sussex has twenty unique craft shops and is a brilliant place to find delightfully special elements to add a finishing touch.

These high calorie candy hues should be enjoyed as a delicious visual treat but use them sparingly to prevent any of your room schemes becoming syrupy cocktails and unwittingly overpowering your decoration like a Barbies boudoir.

   
References:  
http://www.bosham-walk.co.uk/ Bosham Walk Art & Craft Centre
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay Create Display Etsy Shop
https://www.topdrawer.co.uk/#/ Top Drawer Show  Olympia, London
https://prhome.co.uk/ PR Home
http://www.grandillusions.co.uk/ Grand Illusions

 

A merry berry Christmas

berry merry Christmas

berry merry Christmas

Have yourselves

a berry merry Christmas

and a berry brilliant 2018

Many thanks, happy holidays and best wishes from Create Display.

We hope you enjoy this years original handpainted card with robins and berrys in Bosham Harbour.

Come and join in the festive fun down at Bosham Walk. We are just closed on Christmas Day but our etsy shop site will be open, have fun!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay

http://www.bosham-walk.co.uk/

 

See A Rainbow Inside On A Grey Winters Day

Horses Bosham rainbow handmade textile art sky

Horses Bosham rainbow handmade textile art

Over the last ten years many homes in the UK and beyond have had a neutral colour makeover in order to give their interiors a more modern fresh feel and also to appeal to prospective buyers or tenants who all have different in tastes and preferences.

This can make even the grandest architecture seem rather dull and on an overcast day in England a radiant solution is needed to banish any boredom.

Rainbow in Bosham

Rainbow in Bosham

Bringing the outside in is definitely a trend that is here to stay and what could be more uplifting than adding an unexpected rainbow to a room or scheme to your home or work place?

With the chilly weather more changeable than ever why not go with the flow and reflect the joys of wintery days with painting your place with vivid furnishings with a splash of luck.

Fabric display El Corte Ingles

Fabric display El Corte Ingles

Choosing multicoloured window treatments, furniture, upholstery, art or accessories is a youthful, easy and quick way to update the look of your space.

One straightforward tip is to use stripey or patterned fabric in dazzling hues to make simple cushions or throws to place on existing furniture.

Another good idea to brighten up your mood at this time of year is by 'painting' on plain walls with a prism of light in the form of pretty decorative tree lights that will create instant glowing hues.

Espai Home glass display

Espai Home glass display

This is a good quick fix solution for renters. 3M adhesive hooks can be used that won't make any holes in the walls. 

A collection of luminous glasses gives a vibrant and stunning feature that would look good on a shelf, table or fireplace and William Morris would approve of this gleaming display that is both beautiful and useful.

 

Valencia flower market

Valencia flower market

 

The key to adding interior elements that combine the whole of the colour spectrum is that less is more.

A simple white, cream, light sand or silver grey background makes an ideal base for adding a few strong statement pieces.

If you are on a budget dip your toe in the water and create an eye catching bunch by arranging a spectrum of different flowers in an in a brilliant vase and see how your spirits soar.

If you have the option to make a more long term investment both patterned carpet and vinyl is making a welcome comeback for 2018.

Carpetright stripey carpet

Carpetright stripey carpet

Add visual interest to an area that lacks charachter with carpet that provides a durable surface that easily hides any small marks while also making a beaming style statement.

You can use the direction of stripes to visually widen a narrow room too. Carpetright sell a good selection from £12.79 per square metre.

For more unique and bold wall hangings, textile pictures and hanging organisers with style for your scheme visit our online etsy shop today.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/createdisplay Create Display Shop
https://www.elcorteingles.es/ El Corte Ingles Shop
http://guixeres.com/espai-home/ Espai Home Shop
https://www.carpetright.co.uk/ Carpetright Shop

 

Refreshing Your Home with a Blue and White Colour Scheme

Swan hanging organiser

Swan hanging organiser

The crisp sunny days of Autumn are a great time to add some updates with natural character around your house.

An original choice would be this handmade upcycled art accessory by Create Display. Inspired by Bosham quay in Chichester harbour, West Sussex, this nautical piece will add buckets of seaside charm to your space.

The brass hooks keep your favourite things organised and handy in the kitchen, hall or bedroom.

Anthropology Shop Sculpture

Anthropology Shop Sculpture

On the subject of reusing materials to give a coastal feel, we love this blue and white crafted denim waterfall sculpture in the Anthropology store in Guildford, Surrey.

This sculptural display shows how simple squares of fabric in turquoise and soft blues can add texture and depth to your environment.

Flooring in Ceramics Museum Valencia

Flooring in Ceramics Museum Valencia

Our travels to Valencia in Spain have inspired us to introduce china blue and porcelain white into the home.

These photographs are from the wonderful Ceramics museum in the city Valencia.

Tableware Ceramics Museum Spain

Tableware Ceramics Museum Spain

This cultural attraction is well worth a visit as the architecture of the museum is an artwork of ceramics in itself, boasting an amazing sculptural exterior.

This splendid exhibition is a classic combination of a pale glaze and Wedgewood blue that would be easy to live with and stylish too.

Zara Home textile display

Zara Home textile display

A contemporary take on this theme can be seen at the Spanish Zara home store where indigo and chalk hued towels, cushions and throws would look smart in any modern room.

Tall open shelves can also be a great way to showcase neat linen and accessories. 

This type of storage keeps everything tidy and also visible so none of your best furnishing gems get forgotten.

Papa Pique & Maman Coud Window Display

Papa Pique & Maman Coud Window Display

A simple colour scheme need not be boring as interest can be added in the details.

On the French coast handmade textiles by Papa Pique, a boutique in La Touquet, in northern France introduce intricate patterns with blue, white and red set against a periwinkle and cream shop window display.

My Gifts Trade at Top Drawer

My Gifts Trade at Top Drawer

In London Kensington Olympia the Top Drawer trade fair for home interiors in the retail industry takes place bi-annually.

This Autumn MyGiftsTrade showcased the prints and designs of John Hinchcliffe, creating a display with impact that could be emulated in a striking naval colour scheme suitable for any fashionable English home. Many of the pieces in the collection are made in Britain too.

Kitchen Interior in Sussex with Total Tiles Floor

Kitchen Interior in Sussex with Total Tiles Floor

Inspired by 16th century Delftware, this month we are over the moon with these Skyros wall and floor tiles from Total Tiles.They look very welcoming in a kitchen in a cottage in West Sussex that is being completely refurbished.

For more nautical textiles to brighten up your country manor or coastal retreat check out our Create Display etsy shop.

Links and References:  
Create Display Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay

Bosham Walk

http://www.bosham-walk.co.uk/

Anthropology

https://www.anthropologie.com/

National Museum of Ceramics, Spain

http://www.mecd.gob.es/mnceramica/

Zara Home

https://www.zarahome.com/gb/

Papa Pique and Maman Coud

https://www.papapiqueetmamancoud.fr/le-touquet-p.html
My Gifts Trade http://www.mygiftstrade.co.uk/

Total Tiles

https://totaltiles.co.uk/

 

Create Display Steps into Summer 17 with Spring Brights in Copenhagen

Magasin in Full Bloom

Magasin in Full Bloom

Natural Background

All the sophisticated Scandanavians are renowned for choosing a soft neutral palette of colour in both their retail and home interiors.

The Danes are experts at adding layers of texture to create interesting homes and work spaces.


 

Floral Table Magasin

Floral Table Magasin

A backdrop of natural materials such as wood, ceramic, glass and natural fabrics such as cotton and even velvet (which is usually reserved for the coldest months) can be still seen all over town this summer.

Simple textures with brights is a theme in the most stylish interiors throughout the city.

Illums Bolighus Window

Illums Bolighus Window

Organic shapes are also important in fashionable places this year and modern furniture, lighting and rugs in rounded and soft flowing shapes give a happily retro and comfortable feel to living spaces.

Denim is a most wanted fabric of this season and the new versions included highly decorated and embroidered and upcycled fashion pieces.

Flower Market Copenhagen

Flower Market Copenhagen

Pass the Pastels

At Easter in stores around Copenhagen this April, sweet pastel colours burst through the bleak blankets of industrial winter shades.

Following fast are fresh flowers in candy hues that spring up all over town as if they refuse to contain themselves into just the bustling florists' stalls.

Magasin Bright Display

Magasin Bright Display

As the Danish enjoy frequently entertaining and socialising at home, there were several dining room displays showing how to lay an inviting Spring table.

Elegant tall vases full of Spring branches and flowers provided a central focus to pretty pastel coloured textiles and floral tableware.

 

Norgaard pa Stroger Display

Norgaard pa Stroger Display

Ceramic easter eggs and sugar candy added seasonal charm too. The look is nostalgic, sweet and feminine and everything looks good enough to eat!

Bright On

Summer 2017 officially started when the Danish swapped their neutral wooly layers for sunny bold colours.

Pink is popular and rosy petal shades can be seen in fashion and homeware. Red accessories add pops of accent colour to classic navy, cream and tan.

Illums Bolighus Gold Plated Display

Illums Bolighus Gold Plated Display

Sunshine Days

In exclusive department stores beautiful well crafted objects in silver and gold reflect the sunshine of the cold crisp Spring days.

Flashes of metallic brightness gleam from within the most exclusive of boutiques. Georg Jensen (a famous silversmith) is a good example of a successful Danish brand.

These shiny objects remind us of the superb craftsmanship this country still has in metalwork, cutlery making, and designing in steel, silver and precious metals. 

Magazin, Copenhagen

http://www.magasin.dk/

Illums Bolighus

https://www.illumsbolighus.dk/

Mads Norgaard

https://www.madsnorgaard.dk/

Georg Jensen

www.georgjensen.com/

Get Your Home Refreshed and Ready for Spring 17

Sitting Room with Green Stripe Textiles

Sitting Room with Green Stripe Textiles

We're getting fresh and all spruced up in time for Spring.

We love the green colour trend for a new home furnishings look that is popping up in many fashionable European interiors this season.

It is the perfect time to review the space, furniture, elements and items that make up your home.

Bosham Harbour View with Ducks Fabric Picture by A Howse

Bosham Harbour View with Ducks Fabric Picture by A Howse

To start we recommend picking a simple Spring colour scheme for an easy update.

In this example I have chosen a bright apple green and silver grey which I am adding to my existing interior palette.

This is currently calico cream painted walls and woodwork, natural wood furniture, sand and light terracotta curtains, nude colour fitted wool carpet and chestnut leather sofas. Our basketware storage adds interest.

Keep it simple – two main colours and one or two accent colours is plenty.
Handmade stripe cushions

Handmade stripe cushions

Renting a house can be the ideal way to enjoy living in the perfect location for your requirements, especially in very upmarket area.

Updating your interior, when your property is a rented home, is a more challenging but thankfully not an impossible task.

Certain elements in a room may want to be maintained as they are special to the family. It may be a limited budget dictates what stays, or an admirable effort by people in the house to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Table detail with hand decorated bowl

Table detail with hand decorated bowl

This sitting room pictured is in a cottage of a charming long term rental property on farmland near Chichester harbour.

Here is an example of how to create a contemporary and inviting interior, that keeps up with the latest look, while keeping the existing neutral walls and floor coverings that need to remain in place, to keep everyone in agreement.

Keeping major expenditure to a minimum and spending only on pieces that can be taken with you to a new place, if required, is a good practical idea when furnishing a rental property. A good example of this would be a new area rug to add interest.
Cottage Sitting Room Detail

Cottage Sitting Room Detail

We used Dylon fabric dye in tropical green to dye some fabric we already had in storage.

After using the washing machine to dye our textiles to the required shade, we mixed these pieces with cream and patterned pieces that went with our scheme.

Simple and original new cushion covers were made by sewing these stripes of fabric together with a sewing machine.

The same process was used for the table cloth and coordinating lighting and accessories. Green tones and silvers were selected to continue the theme.

Artwork reflecting both the surrounding countryside and nautical location, finishes the freshly updated interior design.

Natural textures and soft lighting are brilliant for creating a relaxed informal feel for receiving Spring visitors. This vibrant combination suits the addition of big statement greenery such as these tall yucca plants that help to bring the outdoors feel inside.

Quality handcrafted and handmade furnishings that are made locally, are having a style moment which is great news for everyone. The idea is to choose unusual and unique objects that make your home special and an extension of your own and your family's personality.

It's the perfect time to head down to your local gallery or craft center and see what makers in your town or village have to offer, to complete your new Spring look.

For more fun ideas for perfecting your pad, do come and see us and all the creative folk at Bosham Walk Art and Craft Center.

http://www.bosham-walk.co.uk/

Browse the latest Create Display wall art and accessories in our online shop. 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CreateDisplay

Check out Dylons range of colours for revamping older fabrics and remember naural fabrics like cotton and linen work best.          

http://www.dylon.co.uk/