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How to Create a Magical Christmas Table Setting

There is something wonderful about bringing out the same decorations for your Christmas tree every year. The joy at remembering how each one came to be part of the box. We feel the same about the way we decorate our tables for the various Christmas feasts. We love to see the familiar table linen and placemats. It is sweet how the whole family enjoys this, the children delighting in the traditions as much as the older generations. Start with the end in mind – that moment everyone you love is gathered together around the table. Why not begin some new…

Thornback & Peel Christmas Is Go!

Christmas Is Go!

It’s never too early to get started on your Christmas prep. This year, why not let us help you take the pressure off with our three step plan to getting ready like a pro with our Christmas essentials… 1. Write Those Cards Sending and receiving Christmas cards is one of the great joys of this time of year. We have Sir Henry Cole to thank for the tradition, which started in the UK in 1843. Sir Henry, best remembered today as the founder of the V&A, needed a quick way to send seasonal greetings to his wide circle of friends. We love this tradition, our cards are left…

Thornback & Peel's recipe for Pumpkin, Rosemary & Ginger Soup

Pumpkin, Rosemary & Ginger Soup Recipe

The nights are drawing in, there’s a definite autumnal chill in the air, and Halloween is just round the corner. So what better way to celebrate this time of year than with a hearty bowl of pumpkin soup? The addition of the rosemary and the ginger add a lovely fresh zing to this recipe. Pick Your Pumpkin I often cook butternut squash soup, but this time I decided to head to my local pick-your-own farm to explore the different pumpkin and squash varieties available.     For this recipe I picked this sweet harlequin squash, a confection squash and a racer pumpkin, but…

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Design Inspiration: Pear

Introducing our newest print for autumn Embrace the changing of the seasons with our latest print, a quintessentially English design that recreates the beauty of espaliered Pear trees.   Designing the print This darkly shaded two-colour illustration is something of a departure from our usual colour palette. We experimented with mixing the inks to create deeper tones of mustard yellow and golden brown which lends the design a slightly Victorian, gothic feel. Serving suggestion! The print works well as an accent colour in the dining room and kitchen and would complement the current trend for rich teals, intense blues, anthracite greys and dark wood interiors. (For…

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Design Inspiration: Cherry

This quintessential summer fruit has always been a favourite.    There is something so deliciously tempting about their plump, juicy redness you can’t help but eat the whole bowl. Cherries are an iconic image, and have long been used in everything from fashion and beauty to pop art. Hockney, Warhol and Lichtenstein have all fallen for these sweet, summer treats. So designing the new Cherry print for our range of homewares and accessories has been a particularly delicious project. We spent a long time mixing inks to get the exact shade of luscious red for the cherries and a lighter pink for the fill behind the leaves. We’ve designed this nostalgic…

Pink Jelly and Cake screenprinted kitchen gift set

The Wedding Gift List

Looking for a really special and alternative gift for the happy couple? We’ve curated a Wedding Gift List full of unique, beautiful and practical presents that are sure to delight the newly weds.   Feather Their Nest They’ve already got the china and cutlery sorted – so why not treat the happy couple to a present with real wow-factor, like a pair of classic hardwood deckchairs, a statement lampshade or a set of beautiful, screen printed cushions in one of our signature designs? Bundles of Love The perfect starter kit for the newly weds, each of our Kitchen Essentials bundle contains an apron…

Design Inspiration: Pigeon & Jelly

Our best-loved Pigeon illustration has been around almost as long as Thornback & Peel. One of our original designs, it has adorned everything from deckchairs and wallpaper to a limited edition screen print, perched on top of a bowler hat.   Over the years, Mr Pigeon has become something of a signature for Thornback & Peel, and featured on our business logo and shop sign. With his proudly puffed-up chest and slightly haughty appearance he has become a firm favourite with customers over the years. In 2013, when we ran a competition to name him, we were flooded with entries. The winning name was Dickin, after the medal awarded…

How To Create A Beautiful Spring Table

Spring is finally here! What better time to gather friends and family for a delicious lunch – complete with seasonal flowers, crisp cotton napkins and beautiful place settings. We show you how to create a beautiful spring table… Start with the flowers – daffodils, narcissi and tulips are plentiful at the moment, either picked fresh from the garden or from your local florist. Trim the stems at an angle with a sharp knife or scissors, enabling the flowers to drink more water and prolonging the life of your blooms. Then gather into several small posies, twisting the bunch gently in your hand as you pick up the flowers. Then…

Passages Through Colour – the Do Ho Suh Exhibition

To visit the Do Ho Suh exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery is to immerse yourself in colour. This week, both Julia and Louise visited and their Instagram accounts have been flooded with the ghostly images of Suh’s beguiling work. Suh is a Korean artist who has lived a fairly peripatetic life, moving from place to place for education and work. While most of us are concerned with the destination, Suh focuses on the spaces and places in between, the passages that lead us from a to b. In ‘Passage/s’, you walk through a corridor of fabric structures that are 3D representations of places Suh…

A visit to the Josef Frank exhibition

Juliet and I have long admired the work of designer and architect Josef Frank (1885-1967) – so last week we made a bee-line for the current exhibition which is on at London’s Fashion & Textile Museum.  You may have seen our post of his Tulip fabric on Instagram. I first came across Josef Frank’s work years ago in Juliet’s flat as we were starting to work together. She had upholstered a bench in her kitchen with the Celotocaulis print, originally designed by Josef Frank in 1930. It is a hairy, rooty, green gooseberry like fabric.  I loved its clean aesthetic and gentle subversion: it’s…