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Creative Styling Ideas

Whether you’re at home in the garden, or on the beach this Summer, it’s such fun to create a Summer table heaving with patterns, plants, fresh flowers and a rich mix of textures. Here we’ve chosen just a few of our current favourite products from our collections which we think will add the perfect finishing touches to your Summer table:

  1. Lassi Cups

    Vintage Rajasthani Cups: from £22.00. Made for bunches of fresh summer flowers

    These vintage gems, once used for sipping the traditional Indian yoghurt drink, were found across the markets of Rajasthan. Etched with elaborate patterns, these brass and silver vessels  look stunning individually and beautiful grouped together. Display down the centre of your table, filled with sweet peas and cornflowers for a perfect colourful Summer touch.

  2. Table Linen

    Hand block printed napkins: made to mix and match: £20 per set of 4

    Our tablecloths and napkins are all hand block printed in Jaipur and the vibrant colours and intricate designs are made to mix and match. Create a fresh look by mixing patterns with plain linens too. Bright plain coloured linen napkins from your own collection will  sit beautifully alongside these traditional Rajasthani designs.

  3. Candlelight

    Standing Star Lanterns add gentle candlelight and are so pretty when dining outdoors: from £29.95

    It’s simply always better by candlelight! and candles, however displayed, create the perfect intimate mood. We love an eclectic mix of candlesticks and different shaped lanterns down the centre of the table to create a unique individual style. These standing star lanterns in brass and glass are a fabulous addition to any table and it really doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a modern or more traditional look. They’re equally at home in both!

  4. Colourful Tableware

    Colourful ramekins: £12.50 each. Perfect for nibbles, dipping sauces and small puds

    From small ramekins to large salad bowls and platters, our bold, hand painted ceramics will add a wonderful splash of colour to any table. And whatever shape or colour you chose, these pieces always sit beautifully together.

  5. Glass Tea Sets

    Assam Tea Sets: perfect for tea, fresh fruit cordials and of course chilled rosé! £34.95 at ibbi

    We love these tea sets, made in Rajasthan: the perfect accessory we think for your dining table. Ideal on Sunday evenings when you’re enjoying lazy drinks and supper with friends. Absolutely perfect for fresh elderflower cordial or a glass of well deserved chilled rosé after a hard day’s work in the garden!

    Have a fabulous, colourful Summer!

 

 

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ibbi: Fresh Thinking, Summer Style

 

Brimming with beautiful, bright colours, our latest collections are all about a V E R Y relaxed Summer style. We’ve lots of lovely outdoor ideas, from butterfly chairs, vintage throws, gloriously embroidered cushions, storm lanterns and stunning ceramic tableware, to authentic Rajasthani day beds and fire bowls (now they’re THE ideal gift for Father’s Day and the perfect accessory for a Summer in the garden). Embrace the eclectic! Take a look at what’s new..

http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Why You Should Covet A Kantha

We talk about our love of kantha a lot at ibbi: and what’s not to love! Kantha quilts, kantha throws, kantha blankets, kantha cushions..they’re all truly unique vintage goodies, made in the brightest happy colours: timeless textiles to treasure forever. So what makes them so special?

Kantha is a type of Bengali embroidered quilt- the word kantha refers to a running stitch which has been widely used in Bangladesh and West Bengal for centuries. Our Kantha throws honour ancient traditions, using layer upon layer of softest,  time worn saris which are carefully stitched together with close rows of delicate running stitch. Each kantha is fully reversible and a labour of love, with quilts taking between 45 and 50 hours to create. And how to use? Well here are just a few suggestions and a few reasons why you should covet a kantha:

Kanthas are made to lay, drape and fold: and as they’re made from pure cotton they make the most spectacular bed blankets, adding fabulous colour to any neutral sleep space. Kanthas are made for sofas too: drape over the arm of your sofa or tuck in around the seat cushions for an instant new upholstered look

Whether you’re dining indoors or al fresco, kanthas make the very best tablecloths ( they’re pure cotton so easy to maintain). Blues are beautiful for Spring and Summer and reds are perfect for festive tables. Thicker kanthas make the best picnic rugs around. For small dark corners of your home, simply drape a small kantha over a side table, add leafy plants or bright vases of fresh cut flowers and dull corners will be transformed

If you’re a whizz with the sewing machine (or know a friendly seamstress) kanthas made the prettiest cushions and because they’re fully reversible you’ll have two stunning designs to choose from. Kanthas are perfect for small cushions for your bed or sofa and they make great floor cushions for teenage/student rooms. We also love to use kantha to upholster footstools: they make perfect statement pieces to suit any home, whether your preferred style be traditional or modern.

Just take one look at the stunning stitching that goes in to every vintage kantha throw and you’ll realise why they should be reassuringly expensive. They should have a good weight to them too: ours are made from 6-8 layers of sari cloth which means they’re super warm but not overly bulky.

To see more, take a peek at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk.

Celebrating International Women’s Day: March 8th 2017

International Women’s Day on March 8th celebrates the social and cultural achievements of women around the world. Thank you to just some of the many outstanding women who are responsible for creating and supplying us with such beautiful products. It is a pleasure to work with you all. We thought you may like to meet just a few of them:

NARIEMAN AND CHRIS

 

Narieman and Chris: creators of our favourite ceramic tableware

Narieman and Chris: creators of our favourite ceramic tableware

Founder Chris and her right hand woman Narieman are the very heart and soul of our favourite pottery in South Africa. They work tirelessly to create our best selling hand painted ceramic tableware collections, ensuring every individual bowl, cup and platter we receive is a beautiful work of art. Their sense of colour, design and form is inspirational and the pottery’s refined decorative creations, which reflect the flora of the Cape, are loved by all. Huge thanks to all at the pottery. It is our absolute pleasure working with you.

DEEPTI

Deepti: designer of our spectacular soft kantha throws

Deepti: designer of our spectacular soft kantha throws

In the heart of Jaipur, Deepti and her team work tirelessly to source the very finest vintage saris which they use to create our stunning kantha throws. Deepti is a perfectionist and is renowned and respected for her creative energy, her appreciation of design and her great use of colour, pattern and texture.

FIONA CAULFIELD

Fiona Caulfield: author of the 'Love Travel' guides

Fiona Caulfield: author of the ‘Love Travel’ guides

Fiona is an avid traveller and the writer of the fabulous “Love Travel’ guides to India. These are essential reads for those who travel to India in search of the authentic and long for local recommendations that stray from the tired tourist path. We live by them! Her travel brand is committed to conscious travel too and Fiona promotes a number of socially and environmentally sustainable organisations in her guides, as well as contributing a percentage of the profits to assist these groups. A craft organisation in Bangalore that has a livelihood programme teaching block printing skills to underprivileged women is just one of her many recent recipients. We are delighted to be stocking Fiona’s guides.

VRATIKA

Beautiful, bubbly Vratika works with her family who own a wonderful emporium on a dusty road on the outskirts of Jaipur. It is a treasure trove of textiles and authentic old tribal pieces, antique fabrics and rich embroideries. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Vratika and we love visiting her and working together. An amazing source of old and new textiles, vibrant new kanthas, embroideries and all manner of locally crafted colourful embellishments.

Vratika: in her family emporium, Jaipur

 

 

To our incredible suppliers: A very Happy International Women’s Day to you all.

Take a peek at more of their stunning collections: head to http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

 

 

Storage Solutions ibbi Style

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A rather belated Happy New Year! and welcome to our first blog of 2017. It’s been an exciting start to our year and we’re already on the hunt for more beautiful, colourful, whimsical products to add to our affordable homeware ranges. We’re excited to have just launched our new website too and we really hope you find it an inviting, fun place to spend some time happily browsing..

Last weekend we were thrilled to see Eleanor Doughty’s fabulous article in the Sunday Telegraph (15th January) about ibbi and our HQ, Capheaton Hall in the heart of rural Northumberland. The response has been incredible and we’re so pleased so many of you enjoy our colourful curated collections. A particular hit seems to have been our decorative floral metal tennis pots shown here: these we found in Rajasthan and we thought they’d be a great storage solution for busy households. They’re bold and bright and here’s just a few ways we think these really work.

  1. In the Hallway: to help you get rid of just a little of that inevitable hallway mess. They’re great for walking sticks, tennis racquets, brollies and dog leads. (I’m hopeless at de cluttering but at least this way there’s less to trip over)
  2. In the Living Room: great fireside, for logs and kindling
  3. In the Bathroom: a fun, quirky laundry basket that might just encourage your kids to drop their dirty stuff in one place,  rather than scattering it across the length and breadth of the house
  4. In the Conservatory: they’re good for garden tools and all those other outdoor odds and sods that need stashing away
  5. In any dark corner of your home: as a stand alone ornamental object. A splash of colour is always uplifting, even if you prefer a more neutral colour palette. Surround the pots with bold cacti, big ferns and other leafy greens and create a stunning colourful impact and add some life and style to dull areas of your home.

Any other ideas please share! We love to hear from you.

Now it’s time to get to Paris for the Maison show and then India to see our amazing suppliers and discuss our new collections. We’ll be back in touch again soon..

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/capheaton-hall-northumbrian-manor-family-funhouse-historic-home/