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As easy as ABC…
Here at Elmet Farmhouse, we believe that ‘small things matter’, especially when it comes to interior design. So we’re pleased to announce the arrival of some rather special tea towels, which will make spending time in Elmet’s lovely kitchen even more pleasurable than it was before!
The Alphabet tea towels are designed by Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor, a talented Glasgow-based textile artist and designer. The pattern is very calligraphic and features two alphabets, hand printed in positive and negative on each half of the cloth.
The fabric is linen union – a mixture of cotton and linen – which means they feel nice as well as being good for drying up. They come in three striking colours – Raspberry, Cromer Yellow and Blue-Black – so they’re an all-round sensory delight.
Joanna specialises in printed fabrics and her work ranges from architectural commissions and one-off works for galleries to domestic table linens. We are honoured to be able to host her work at Elmet Farmhouse, alongside Hannah Nunn’s lamps, wallpapers and cushions.
Elmet Farmhouse is featured in the May 2016 issue of Yorkshire Living
Click here to read the article
Mid-Century Modern Fabrics at Elmet Farmhouse
Elmet Farmhouse is full of surprises. That’s why our guests enjoy it so much, because every room contains unexpected design delights. Wherever you go, there are inspiring things to look at, not just in the living room but the bedrooms and bathrooms as well.
An intriguing mixture of ancient and modern, the interiors blend original 18th century features with choice vintage and contemporary design. A holiday cottage like no other, Elmet Farmhouse is wonderfully quirky and totally unique.
One of the most popular features are the striking mid-century modern vintage fabrics used throughout the farmhouse for curtains, cushions and textile hangings. Specially chosen by design historian Lesley Jackson, who decorated and ‘curated’ the interiors, they date from the 1950s and 60s, an extremely rich period for textile design.
Highlights include the magnificent Edinburgh Weavers curtains and cushions in the living room, screen-printed with an arresting large-scale design called Kalabu, dating from the late 1960s. The heavy linen cloth was woven at Edinburgh Weavers’ mill in Carlisle and the fabric was printed in Lancaster by their sister company, Standfast Dyers and Printers, who are still going strong today.
Hanging on the wall in the lounge is a delightful stylised leaf-patterned fabric by Joan Charnley, a local designer who studied at Manchester School of Art and designed for Edinburgh Weavers. Hand screen-printed on rayon by the designer herself, it reflects the early post-war ‘Contemporary’ design aesthetic associated with Lucienne Day.
Upstairs in the front bedroom are some beautiful chintz curtains hand screen-printed by Hull Traders, an outstanding local company based less than 20 miles away at Trawden, near Colne. The pattern is called Rose Branch and was designed by Guy Irwin in 1958.
The deer and leaf-patterned printed fabric hanging on the wall in the front bedroom is by David Whitehead, another important Lancashire firm based not far away at Rawtenstall. Designed by Cawthra Mulock in 1955, it epitomises the vibrant colours and dynamic graphic style of the post-war era.
Elmet Farmhouse features two impressive ‘Textureprints’ by Hungarian-born textile designer Tibor Reich in the mid 1950s for his company Tibor Fabrics. A long length of Coral, a striking black and grey design with overlapping organic motifs, hangs in the attic stairwell. Tibor Reich is currently featured in an exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester until August 2016.
Many of the textile designers and manufacturers displayed in Elmet Farmhouse are featured in Lesley’s books on post-war textiles and design. You can peruse these publications in Elmet’s library and some are also available to buy.
20th Century Pattern Design: Textile and Wallpaper Pioneers by Lesley Jackson (Mitchell Beazley)
Alastair Morton and Edinburgh Weavers: Visionary Textiles and Modern Art by Lesley Jackson (V&A Publishing)
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980 by Lesley Jackson (Antique Collectors’ Club)
Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design by Lesley Jackson (Mitchell Beazley)
© Text and images copyright Elmet Farmhouse
Hannah Nunn’s lamps and furnishings at Elmet Farmhouse
One of the pleasures of staying at Elmet Farmhouse is being able to enjoy the wonderful lamps, wallpapers and cushions by local designer Hannah Nunn.
Hannah is a celebrated lighting and wallpaper designer whose work has been featured in Country Living. Her exquisite cut-paper table lamps, decorated with delicate silhouettes of flowers and grasses, are dotted all over Elmet Farmhouse. So whether you’re relaxing downstairs by the fire in the evening or retiring to your cosy bedroom at night, you’ll be able to bask in the soft glow of these beautiful lamps.
Hannah’s designs are inspired by the natural world – feathery grasses, cow parsley, dandelion clocks and spherical alliums – flowers you can see in the fields and cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse. It’s the structure of these plants that Hannah particularly admires, imaginatively captured in her finely-cut linear patterns.
Hannah’s beautiful textiles and wallpapers are printed in subtle colours with similar designs. These furnishings also adorn Elmet Farmhouse, adding to the charm of this characterful old house. Nestling under the eaves in the attic is her Paper Meadow wallpaper, complemented by an Ercol chair painted in the same teal blue…
…A spectacular floor to ceiling wallpaper frieze – In the Tall Grass – sprouts up behind the double bed in the master bedroom, bringing the lush midsummer meadow into the heart of the house…
…Curl up on the 18th century window seat with Hannah’s Paper Meadow cushions. Then look out of the stone mullion windows at the grasses and wildflowers, the inspiration for her designs…
Hannah Nunn’s creativity makes Elmet Farmhouse extra special. A harmonious combination of ancient and modern – totally unique.
Read about Hannah’s visits to Elmet Farmhouse in her fascinating blog
Buy Hannah’s lighting, wallpapers and textiles by mail order online: www.hannahnunn.co.uk
© Lighting, wallpaper and textile designs copyright Hannah Nunn
© Text and images copyright Elmet Farmhouse
From Danish Design to Ercol:
Lesley Jackson on Furnishing her Pennine Retreat
Mid Century Magazine, July 2015
To read this article about Elmet Farmhouse in Mid Century Magazine, please click here
Elmet Farmhouse featured in Yorkshire Post
We’re thrilled to announce that Elmet Farmhouse has been featured in the Yorkshire Post. The 4-page article called ‘Wish you were here?’ was published in the Homes & Garden section of the magazine on Saturday 10 January 2015. To read the article, please click here.
Described by Sharon Dale as ‘the perfect holiday let for design and literary enthusiasts’, Elmet Farmhouse is praised for its extraordinary views and its highly distinctive interiors. The article highlights the links with Ted Hughes’s book Remains of Elmet, which features an iconic photograph of Heptonstall by Fay Godwin on its cover. Described as the ‘view that made Ted Hughes wax lyrical’, the photograph is identical to the view from Elmet Farmhouse so it must have been taken from very nearby.
As Sharon points out, Elmet is not your typical holiday cottage as the interiors include choice pieces of Scandinavian Modern furniture and stylish contemporary design: ‘It is a surprise, as it’s so far removed from the country style decor you’d expect to find in an 18th century farmhouse. Instead, it is full of mid-century modern finds, both decorative and practical… These are the finishing touches that helped bring the house back to life.’
Midwinter Outdoors but Midsummer Inside
Hannah Nunn’s delicate Paper Meadow wallpaper has just been installed in the attic at Elmet. So although it may be midwinter outside, it’s perpetual summer indoors….
This beautiful wallpaper complements Hannah’s cut paper lamps, which are dotted all over the house. The same grasses and flowers appear in both – and in the fields outside. The soft chalky Teal colourway works really well with the Ercol chair, painted in Farrow and Ball’s Berrington Blue….
The wallpaper was installed by expert wallpaper hangers Daru and Stuart, who have done sterling work over the last few months in Elmet Farmhouse. They had already papered three feature walls with a quirky bicycle-patterned wallpaper produced by Rasch, a nod to the 2014 Tour de France which came through the village of Pecket Well last July. Hannah’s wallpaper has a much bigger repeat though, and fitting it under the sloping attic ceiling was the duo’s biggest challenge to date. Daru and Stu were very complimentary about Paper Meadow: the high quality printing and paper are as classy as the design.
Come and enjoy Paper Meadow in the flesh at Elmet Farmhouse. Or order it online via Hannah Nunn’s website.
… Six months on and it’s now Midsummer. Read Hannah’s blog for 8 June 2015 about her visit to Elmet Farmhouse to photograph her wallpaper in situ.
Hannah Nunn Lights Up Elmet Farmhouse
Newly restored Elmet Farmhouse was already looking rather lovely but it’s now even more stunning following the arrival of a host of Hannah Nunn’s beautiful flowery lamps. Hannah lives and works in Hebden Bridge where she makes exquisite hand-crafted cut paper lamps. To find out more, visit Hannah’s website.
Her work is sold through her inspirational shop Radiance – one of the highlights of Hebden Bridge – and shipped all around the world…
We’d admired Hannah’s work for many years so when we were putting the final touches to Elmet Farmhouse we invited her to visit. She responded with enthusiasm and before you could say ‘light bulb’ she was back with a box of treasures, which have now been installed all over the house.
Hannah takes her inspiration from the natural world, particularly skeletal flowers, seed heads and grasses.
Each piece is a work of art but the one we’re particularly excited about is the large Paper Meadow Floor Lamp, specially created for the long low Swedish teak sideboard in the living room. Most of Hannah’s designs focus on a single plant such as allium or cow parsley, but this piece overlays an array of imagery, bringing the garden and fields into the house.
The soft ambient glow of Hannah’s lamps makes them particularly appropriate for bedrooms. Each bed in the farmhouse is now illuminated by its own beautiful bedside lamp.
Other lamps sit on cupboards, bookcases and chests of drawers, casting their warm milky radiance onto walls… or throwing heavenly halos onto ceilings…
In the front bedroom – the one with the alluring white window seat and chintz curtains – an allium lamp is reflected in a mirror, multiplying the effect.
Hannah’s lamps have transformed the farmhouse. We’re thrilled to bits at what she’s done and full of admiration for her creativity and skill. We’re sure our guests will love them. Hannah has also designed a lovely range of wallpaper, some of which will be adorning the attic shower room at Elmet soon…
It’s particularly appropriate that Hannah’s lamps have been installed in the run up to the festive season. Although they evoke the lush meadows of summertime, there is something lantern-like and Christmassy about them as well. But, like Elmet Farmhouse, Hannah’s lamps are not just for Christmas, they’re an all-year-round delight….