We Love…Inside Crochet

This month we have been featured in the magazine Inside Crochet. This publication is new to me, not being a crochet gal and it’s fair to say I now love it.

Firstly about our 2 page feature: Lindsey Harrad interviewed me some time back about the book and my working space. She has written a great article which mentions how I met Mr YVL and how our two styles merged together: “When Kate and Adam first started dating, they soon realised they shared a love of vintage style that eventually became the family business. “My home was very girly with lots of 1940s china and pretty glassware, but when I first round to Adam’s house it was like walking back in time to the 1960s, with lots of teak furniture, space age pieces and bright orange everywhere,” laughs Kate. “I was wowed by the look although it wasn’t an era I was that familiar with. But it was lovely to meet a man who felt his environment was important  and who had his own sense of style”.

When the couple set up home together, a little old-fashioned compromise was needed to ensure their differing passions could meet harmoniously. “His style and my style don’t really meet in the middle, as a full-on 1960s interior doesn’t go with pretty china teacups, so slowly he embraced my quirky vintage taste while I embraced his retro style in our home together.” Well anyone that has seen our home will know it is definitely retro now and the love affair with orange hasn’t wavered. She then writes about how we set up the business and our own house renovation. We discuss why we feel vintage is so important at the moment and some of my favourite pieces: “I have a large Poole Pottery vase, 1930s in style but bought in the 1950s by my grandmother. It stands in pride of place on our bedroom floor, and I just love it, it’s been part of my life forever.”

Photo taken by Simon Whitmore for Style Your Modern Vintage Home by Kate Beavis (moi!) for David and Charles

I describe my workspace which is often asked in these regular “Studio Style” features: “My own workspace is featured in the book. It’s a 1960s G Plan dressing table with the mirror removed to create a desk – an idea I suggest in the book. I also have my paperwork  stacked in a vintage magazine rack and a 1950s clock on my desk. We also use a 1970s industrial filing cabinet on splayed legs with lots of little drawers, which looks fantastic –  these always sell well on our website. They can make filing paperwork a bit more interesting. Even something mundane can be a style statement.”

Photo taken by Simon Whitmore for Style Your Modern Vintage Home by Kate Beavis (moi!) for David and Charles 

The article ends with my advice when styling your home. Lindsey writes: “Few people want to live in a shrine to a bygone era, but a selection of well-chosen pieces that evoke a sense of nostalgia are an ideal way to bring a touch of individuality to your home, and they are often better quality than mass-produced modern pieces. Whatever era you prefer, Kate says you should always follow your heart. “My advice is always to fill your home with pieces you love, not just functional things. I think there’s a confidence about being more individual that comes with age. Your home represents you, so don’t be afraid to fill it with things that reflect your taste and personality”.

Well, enough about me (!) this magazine also has some beautifully styled photos by Britt Spring and styled by Claire Montgomerie  that I want to share. This crochet cushion on a traditional chair looks cosy and feminine.

And this bedroom blanket and large pillow combination is fresh yet nostalgic at the same time.

This photo is simply gorgeous…

Who has ever thought of making a crochet necklace…..such a beautiful autumnal image isn’t it?

All patterns plus loads more are then included at the back.

For more articles, crochet inspiration and general crafty fun check them out at www.insidecrochet.co.uk, on Facebook and Twitter.


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