Trending: Emma Bridgewater’s New and Exclusive Pomegranate Collection

Friday 26th September 2014, 12.07

 

 

 

Discover the Hellebore Pomegranate kitchenware collection, a new range by Emma Bridgewater that’s exclusive to Liberty.

Exclusive Emma Bridgewater Pomegranate collection at Liberty

On Friday 26 September, Emma Bridgewater will be joining us in the Dining Room for a personal appearance and signing of her new Hellebore Purple Pomegranate collection.

For the chance to buy some of these stunning pieces signed by Emma herself, visit our store between 1-2pm in the Dining Room on 3rd Floor. Be sure to arrive early to avoid missing out on this exclusive opportunity.

Emma has specially created an exclusive new pattern for us: a beautifully warm Pomegranate design that’s perfect for adorning your dining room this autumn. Emma’s inspiration for this range came from time she spent in Istanbul, where the strong earthy colours of the fruit caught her eye.

‘When I came home, I went to the covered market in Oxford, bought some, sliced them and started to draw them. I longed to recreate that stunning glamour and colour.’ – Emma Bridgewater.

Following last year’s exclusive Liberty print Wallflower Emma Bridgewater collection, we’re very excited about this next collection!

Discover the  Hellebore Purple Pomegranate collection online.

 

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Trending: Alfresco Dining Ideas

Monday 21st July 2014, 16.32

 

 

Everyone’s been thinking about alfresco dining ideas.

With the recent heatwave hitting the UK hard, it’s been difficult not to spend all our time outdoors. Our new Flowers of Liberty range of luxurious, English-made homeware and gifts has been sliding off the shelves quicker than you can  say Mary Berry this week – and for good reason.

Covered in our stunning Theodora Liberty print, our collection of plates, placemats and table accessories is the only way to serve up summertime dishes when dining alfresco.

Be inspired for your own garden outdoor dining ideas and share your pictures with us @Liberty #FlowersOfLiberty.

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Outdoor Living Decorating Ideas From Selina Lake

Thursday 8th May 2014, 14.53

 

 

 

 

 

Interior designer Selina Lake talks about turning your outside space into a stylish setting with her tips on how to make, create and decorate

Outdoor Living design book by Selina Lake

Selina Lake is a popular interiors’ stylist and best-selling author well known for her use of colour, and pretty, vintage and accessible style. Her work appears in magazines across the world, including Mollie Makes, Living etc, Homes & Antiques, Flow Magazine and Country Living as well as via her popular blog www.selinalake.blogspot.com. In her latest book ‘Selina Lake Outdoor Living‘ she takes her styling and decorating ideas outside and shares her style tips for outdoor lounging, garden parties, picnics, hideaways and weddings.

We’re excited to have Selina in-store Sunday 11 May  2-3pm in the Outdoor Living department on the 4th floor to launch her new book. Whether you’re eating alfresco or sleeping beneath the stars, ‘Selina Lake Outdoor Living’ is packed with inspiring and stylish ideas for enjoying outdoor life to the full. It’s a great opportunity to come and and meet Selina and get your hands on a signed copy of her book.

 

If you can’t make it into store, you can still pick up a few of Selina’s top tips right here as she shares some of the best bits from her book:


1. Logistically, setting up a dining table in the middle of a buttercup field, on a River bank or even at the bottom of your garden does involve a little pre-planning. Invest in a lightweight folding table for such occasions that can easily be assembled and ask your guests to bring along their own chairs – that way your create an easy and casual mix and match feel around the table. Remember to take a tablecloth along with you to cover up the table, perhaps a length of your favourite Liberty Print?

2. If like me you enjoy buying and collecting vintage Eiderdowns and unique cushions, then you could create a comfy patchwork seating area on the ground as a fun way to use them in the Summer months, when it’s too hot to adorn beds with them. I love Bluebellgrey Floral watercolour cushions available in Liberty’s Outdoor Living Dept.

3. I like using traditional gardening items in different ways. Could an old plant pot be used as a cutlery holder on your outside table? Or how about filling a wheelbarrow with ice and bottles of drinks to create a moveable bar perfect for a garden party?

 

Need a quick way to update your outdoor space for a party, barbecue or just because you feel it needs sprucing up? Selina has chosen three of her favourite pieces from the Liberty Outdoor Living department to give it a speedy update:

1. Liberty Print Deckchairs – I love deck chairs and I love Liberty prints so for me this is a perfect combo. These chairs would be a super edition to a garden, deck or balcony – how lovely to soak up the summer sunshine from these seats?

2. Turquoise Watering Can – ‘I garden therefore I am …’ Love the colour of this and it could double as an outdoor vase for long sprigs of Lilacs or hydrangeas.

3. Cream 6 Glass Carrier – this a great way to serve drinks at a garden party, you could add sprigs of wild flowers to the carrier using ribbon for an extra prettiness.

 

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Quick And Beautiful Ways to Update Your Home For Spring

Friday 25th April 2014, 17.01

 

 

 

 

Liberty’s Head of Design for Liberty Art Fabrics and Furnishing Fabrics, Emma Mawston, offers her top tips on quick and easy ways to update your home for spring.

 Head of Design for Liberty Art Fabrics Emma Mawston

Now that spring is here with its longer days and lighter evenings, turn your attention to your home and brush off the winter cobwebs. Give it a spring clean and take pleasure in sprucing up your interiors with decorative touches. We’ve turned to our Head of Design at Liberty Art Fabrics and Furnishings Fabrics, Emma Mawston, for some easy tips on how to do this.

 

Ardingly Antiques Fair

1) Visit an antique fair like Ardingly or a vintage shop like North Cross Vintage in East Dulwich and find yourself something unique and original. But here’s a word of warning: Go with something in mind or you could very easily end up buying lots of things you don’t need!

2) Wallpaper floorboards – mix wallpaper with painted boards and painted walls all in tonal colours so they blend together.

3) To make your bathroom walls original and interesting, buy lots of your favourite covers of old paperback books and cover your bathroom walls in them – forget about book-printed wallpaper.

 

Riley and Hebe prints

4) Cover your living room in a beautiful background wallpaper, like Riley or Hebe. Then hang beautiful pictures on the wall to create a room ambience that is much more beautiful than painted walls.

 

 

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How to make crystallised flowers with Lily Vanilli

Thursday 17th April 2014, 8.00




Unique cake decorating techniques for the perfect spring bake.

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Baker and cake decorator extraordinaire, Lily Vanilli has been wowing customers at her East London bakery with her naturally delectable designs. Boasting the best bakewell in town, the shop on Columbia Road opens solely on Sundays, offering Lily’s stand-out bakes and a cosy vintage-feel interior to enjoy them in. Cakes feature fresh flowers, fruits and nuts as her decoration techniques focus on putting nature firmly at the helm.

In this easy to follow guide, Lily shows us how to make crystallised spring flowers, perfect for giving your Easter cake that extra wow factor. She also shares her thoughts on traditional Easter baking and her top picks from our Kitchen collection.

“For the first time in recent memory, April actually feels like the start of spring and not a stretch into the abyss from the previous winter to the next one. The sun is out (mostly), the flowers are blooming at the right times and the first spring crops have been healthy. This is good news for the pastry chef, who looks forward to this time of year when some of the best fruit and edible flowers are on their way into season.

As traditional Easter baking (bunnies, eggs, chicks) has never really been my thing I have been busying myself with crystallising the first crop of edible spring flowers. If done carefully enough (it can be painstaking work, though the kind many bakers enjoy, myself included) they will last up to a year. Store them airtight in a cool place and make sure they are fully sugar coated.
Use them fresh or crystallised to decorate cakes and pastries for a really pretty spring look with subtle, fresh flavours.”

Some lovely edible flowers out now include:
Blackthorn blossom
Viola and cultivated/wild primrose
Brassica buds/flowers
Sorrel flowers

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To crystallise a handful of edible flowers you will need:

1–2 egg whites, loosened with a few drops of water (approximately 4 drops per white)
Small bowl of caster sugar
One baking tray, lined
Fine, clean paintbrush, not used for anything besides food

1. Clip the flower stems as close to the base as possible and snip away the sepals (the green pockets on the back of the flower). Place a flower on your prepared tray and use the paintbrush to coat with the egg white, making sure you are thorough. Brush away any excess egg white. Hold the flower by what’s left of the stem over the sugar bowl and sprinkle generously with sugar. Turn it over and shake gently to release any excess sugar.

2. Do the same for the back of the flower, making sure the entire flower is coated. Place it face up on the baking tray. Repeat with the other flowers, and when you are done, put them in a cool, dry, dark place overnight or until the flowers feel crisp to the touch. Store them in an airtight container.


Lily’s Baking Picks:

Shop Lily’s top three kitchen picks from our inspirational Baking Essentials edit and kit yourself out like a pro. From the all important wooden spoon, to recipes from the Peruvian Kitchen, these pieces will enhance any culinary collection.

lily vanilli picks

1. Blue Six-Piece Enamel Prep Set by Falcon, £55.00
2. Olive Wood Spoon, £4.95
3. Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen, £25.00



Lily Vanilli’s first book, ‘Sweet Tooth’ will be available from the Liberty Home department soon!

Share your Easter baking successes with us and Lily:
Twitter: @Libertylondon @lilyvanillicake
Instagram: @LibertyLondon @lily_vanilli_cake

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