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Traditional arts and crafts and a taste for a softer, more innocent world are back in force this year. They bring with them a new authenticity, a sense that we are once more taking control of our lives and homes. This nostalgia for times past is perfect for the economic mood, offering as it does the opportunity to make the best of our resources, but it’s combined with a very contemporary styling.

The techniques may be traditional but they’ve been brought right up to date to create dazzling new designs juxtaposing old and new – for example traditional African leather weaving techniques with stainless steel, lacework with modern oak.  The secret is the craftsmanship and quality of individual pieces. 

But the beauty of this look is that you can do it yourself, giving the second-hand and unfashionable, the slightly tatty and the unloved a new lease of life. In the process you can have fun, share with friends and family and really put your personal stamp on your home, while putting everyday ecology into action with recycling and reuse.