It was in the early 70’s that the Garnet Hill Company founded by Grant and Pegge Dowse launched their small business with a small shipment of English flannel sheets in New Hampshire, United States while the country was caught in the midst of a financial crisis. These sheets turned out to be a sell out because their warmth helped to lower many a heating bill in town. Slowly the business grew and the highlight of their stock was the natural fibre merchandise. Their business flourished on the then new concept of the mail order catalogue.The Garnet Hill retail outlets are a one stop place for home furnishings, home linen, bedding, children’s clothing, footwear and accessories. Customers have the option of purchasing Garnet hill products which have just gone out of vogue as well as overstocked and discontinued items at the Garnet-Hill Firsts and seconds stores at savings of 75% off the catalogue prices.It’s also possible to order a birthday gift for your child or near and dear ones, have them wrapped in signature boxes along with a personalized card inscribed with your message to the address you specify.There are beautifully made woven bed sheets, cotton percale bedding, colorful, bath towels, kids room accessories, rugs and furniture which can be ordered in colors favored by every little boy and girl for their own special room.The kids section comprises of all necessities for the new born right up to 14 year old adolescents. There is a vast selection of beach wear, night wear, school bags and other accessories, shoes, tiny pieces of kid’s jewelry etc to choose from.In case you are not satisfied with any product bought the company is willing to take it back on refund or exchange basis. Create a mail id on the Garnet Hill website and proceed to order a catalogue which they will mail to you free of cost.
The kitchen is fast becoming the centre of any home. But just because it’s at the heart of a modern home, that doesn’t mean the kitchen has to look modern. If you’re not a fan of polished chrome and sanded granite, the chances are that you’ll prefer a vintage, homely feel. So read on for the five pieces that are guaranteed to give your kitchen that all-important retro feel.It’s all down to consistency. The main aspects of your kitchen all need to give off a retro feel, so that your visitors can overlook the fact that you (by necessity) have a modern washing machine, blender and microwave.So let’s start with the focal point of the room.The Centrepiece – An Antique TableThe kitchen table is the focal point of any kitchen, large or small. It’s where guests will congregate, where food will be served and where budding cooks will spend most of their time. Without a table to dominate the space, a kitchen’s no more than a galley for a chef to stand in while they stir a pot.A good antique or vintage tabs going to be wooden. Oak and pine are traditional, and restored Victorian furniture is widely available and affordable. So pick a restored table and build your theme around it.The Chef – Vintage Cookery ClothingThe next most important thing in any kitchen is the cook. And when a vintage or retro-style apron or pinny is available for around 20 pounds on the internet, there’s really no reason not to buy one.A retro apron will cover any modern outfit, ensuring that you don’t commit the horrendous faux pas of being incongruous in your own home…The Tea Set – Fine Antique ChinaCrockery can make or break a theme – and nothing says tradition like a fine china tea set. So it’s worth investing in a china tea or coffee set, such as a 13 piece Ridgeway China Tea set and matching china crockery to real sell your kitchen’s image.Remember not to skimp on quality, because a traditional tea in a vintage kitchen should be all about understated luxury.The Seating – Vintage Wooden ChairsThe wood on your seating should match the wood of your table. So if you’ve invested in a heavy oak kitchen table, a Victorian oak smoking chair is exactly what you need to keep your theme coherent.For smaller, lighter tables, why not try a ladder back chair?The Talking Point – An Antique Conversation PieceThe final thing to tie your room together is a conversation piece. There are dozens of jugs, vases and other eye-catching pieces and valuables from antiques dealers available online, so take the time to look around and choose something that suits your room.For more stunning examples of restored vintage furniture, use the search engines to find any of the pieces mentioned above, such as a 15 piece Royal Stafford China Coffee set or Garland Cake Stand. You won’t be disappointed if you do!
With the credit crunch biting it is time to get smart about shopping. So here are some tips to maximise your budget.1. Think wardrobe. When you next go shopping buy things that will go with at least 3 things you already own. Match the top to the jacket etc. This is easier if you have had colour analysis done.2. Think shoes. Buying a hot pair of shoes is a very easy effective way to revamp your existing wardrobe.3. Hire a Personal Stylist and find out what shapes and colours you should be wearing, in the long run if things go together this investment will quickly save you money.4. Try vintage and second hand, you can often pick up really good quality brands for a fraction of the cost.5. Accessories and jewelery. These complement your outfit, buy good jewelery and you will have it for years. Add a chunky great piece of costume jewelery and a cheaper black dress will look chic.6. Go to Designer Sales, Chelsea Town Hall has regular ones.7. In the weeks prior to the seasonal sales visit decide what you love and on the day of the sale go and buy exactly what you want. Try it on beforehand, that way in the stampede you will come out with what you love but cheaper.8. Mix and match. Designer with cheaper brands. This way a great jacket is an investment buy and will add chic to a relatively cheap blouse.9. Use a Personal Shopper since we only wear 20% of what we buy, this is an investment that will pay dividends you will only buy what you love and most importantly you will wear it.