Harvest Festival gifts
Thursday, 20 September
Now is Harvest Festival time when we traditionally celebrate the produce we or others have grown.
But what do you give the gardener in your life who's just given you some amazing home-grown veg or jars of fresh preserves? It's easy if you have grown something in your garden that they haven't, but...
Tuesday, 07 August
A few weeks ago I had great fun exploring 'the Luminarium' on The Stray in Harrogate, which was a huge inflatable structure with a labyrinth of colourful tunnels inside.
You take your shoes off and enter through an airlock into a bright colourful world, lit from the outside by sunlight...
Recolouring a classic homeware design
Wednesday, 27 June
Picknick by Marianne Westman has been a Swedish design icon ever since its launch in the 1950’s, and this Summer it has been expertly recoloured in a fresh new Scandinavian palette of subdued unisex colours, with notes of soft burgundy and terracotta mixed with gentle olive greens and petrol...
Scandinavian interior design
Thursday, 03 May
At New House we have always loved Scandinavian design and know we are not alone!
Since the beginning of the 80’s New House's main business has been designing fabrics for window blinds and many of these have been produced in Sweden at specialised mills. Due to this, we have become very familiar...
Presents and gift sets
Wednesday, 04 April
Giving a gift or present to a friend or loved one is often one of the most enjoyable things we can do!
Chosing a thoughtful gift is always a small sacrifice of time, but if it brings pleasure or fun to a loved one it's always worthwhile. Am I alone in thinking that it is often more...
Our contemporary interior trimmings
Monday, 19 March
We first took an interest in haberdashery over thirty years ago, when shapes at the bottom valance of a blinds were very fashionable.
We designed a gimp braid we called Regency that was easily to apply, bent round corners and also had enough yarn density to stop heat-melt glue from showing...
Wooden'it be good light pulls
Tuesday, 13 February
When we think about designing new light pulls, wood is always one of our favourite materials. it is warm to the touch, traditional, not hard like a metal or glass and easy to work into good shapes or forms too.
Our New House hearts are always into simple elegant shapes, so over the years have...
Monday, 08 January
I was walking in the Yorkshire Dales and came across Yorkshire's Stonehenge - the Druid's Temple at Swinton.
It wasn't built by mysterious ancient Celts, but a man called William Danby (1752 - 1833) who lived in Swinton Hall about a mile away.
For a shilling a day his workers built this...
Restoring an elderly knitting machine
Monday, 04 December 2017
Our textile business was started by my Grandfather Harold Stanier who bought his first knitting machine in 1921 and began producing fabric in his front room.
To begin with he made fabrics for garment manufacture, but in the 1950's was making aerospace-grade filtration fabric. We were still...
Sheila Bownas, designer
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
New House has always had a thing for the cheerful designs of the 1950's and 60's so it was a real treat to visit Harrogate's Mercer Gallery and see their exceptional exhibition of designer Sheila Bownas' work.
I've been in design all my life so must have seen her work, but did not know her name....
Mosney Mill comes to New House
Thursday, 02 November 2017
New House Textiles are delighted to welcome the introduction of an exciting new collection of home and kitchen accessories from British based Mosney Mill.
Everyone admires the beauty of a typical farmhouse kitchen, full of charm, welcoming, warm and cosy and the Mosney Mill collection embodies...
Christmas stock arrives
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
It seemed appropriate that Western Power Generation were re-cabling How Caple village the morning when some of our Christmas stock arrived.
We were without power for a while and couldn't resist lighting a candle as candlelight does look very nice in our 300yr old buildings!
As well as new...
Brightening up a tea towel
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Our decorative braids and trimmings were originally designed for use in contemporary window and roller blind fashion, but of course they can be used in many other applications too. Melanie has decided to create a series where she uses our most popular braid and trimmings on other items, and first...
Visit to Almedahls, Sweden
Thursday, 12 October 2017
For as long as I can remember New House have gone to Almedahls to produce many of our roller blinds, homewares and to print our designs. They are real experts.
Based in the small Swedish town of Kinna just 30 minutes from Gothenburg, Almedahls began production in 1846 so must be one of the...
Some new banner images
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
New House has had a website since 2001, and this year we decided to split the site so the site you are on now is for retail, while our B2B trade activities are on a new site called www.newhousetextilestrade.co.uk.
We needed a lot of new images and often these needed to be in unusual formats that we...
Our old website
Saturday, 01 July 2017
We are really proud to have a brand new website that's been built from the ground up on a new platform. Our old site did us proud over many years and still looks modern :
New House first went online in 2001 with a very simple 5 page site, and has gone through many redesigns and rebirths since....