Antonia's Notebook: Herb Planters
PUBLISHED: 10:46 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:21 20 February 2013
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Resolve on herb planters
My new years resolution is to start cooking with home grown food. Where can I find some lovely herb planters to provide some inspiration?
Garden Trading do a wide range of galvanised herb pots as well as sets of three pots on a tray that come in shades of cream, slate, clay, apple, coffee bean and white (pictured below) and wall-mounted wooden herb planters for small gardens, available at www.gardentrading.co.uk or from a range at Steamer Trading who have stores Sussex-wide (www.steamer.co.uk).
A personal favourite is the outdoor beehive herb planter by Sparrow and Finch which is painted in Farrow and Ball colours. Herbs can be planted at the top or in holes around the front and sides, for a lovely garden feature (www.sparrowandfinch.co.uk).
Why not try growing herbs in decorative china cups? Simply put gravel or stones at the bottom for draining and fill up with soil.
Where can I find a luxurious textured wallcovering in a dark neutral colour?
Textured wallcoverings can really add depth and atmosphere to a room.
Romo are doing a new collection of shimmering, beaded wallcoverings called Shima. Many of the designs come in different shades of grey, including Tusk, Shale and Ash pictured below.
Zoffanys textured vinyls are another option. Their new Mosaic collection consists of seven designs inspired by Japanese fabrics and ceramics overlaid with rich embossed textures.
Other options by Zoffany include Elementi which has a neutral palette blended with bright highlights. The Nijinksky range is based on classic damasks that are given a contemporary edge with the use of metallic inks and modern materials. Matching fabrics are also available.
Romo and Zoffany can be found at Carvills Furnishings, Uckfield 01825 763456.
A modern new kitchen
Wed like to modernise our property by installing a brand new kitchen. What advice would you give on contemporary colours and materials?
We consulted Jason Collier, Director of C W Colliers & Sons, Poggenpohl suppliers, for his advice on kitchen trends for 2011.
This years key trends will see a move away from the harsh lines and colour schemes associated with high design kitchens. Manufacturers will incorporate comfort elements, along with muted colours, softer textures and low level lighting all elements associated with living areas rather than kitchens. Kitchens can be personalised to reflect the homeowner's identity.
Pictured is the Creative Accents range from Poggenpohl, which blends lustrous finishes such as metallic gloss, matt lacquer and pearlised laminates with natural textures.
It comes in four earthy shades, shown here in Curit, available at Colliers, Worthing 01903 210101.