Handmade, beautiful products are what we look for here at Holly’s House, to fill our store and our own homes. There is something so much more exciting when purchasing a new item for your home, when you know it has been lovingly handmade and is entirely unique. Although sometimes this means the items are a little bit pricier than if they were mass produced, the character and individuality of the item makes it all worth it.
From looking around our store I can see brands such as Daniela Rubino, Cinq Etoiles, Moglea and Kreisdesign that all make beautiful, quality, handmade items. These designers make products that range from concrete marbled planters, hand carved kitchen utensils, hand dyed stationary and unique wooden shelving. We love watching our customers pick up each marbled planter by Daniela Rubino that we stock in the shop and make the hard decision of which distinctive marble design to go for.
Images taken from Designers Websites
Our love for handmade items is what has fuelled our obsession with the amazing Grain and Knot created by the lovely Sophie Sellu. Holly’s House have been following Grain and Knot on Instagram since she started her journey into the world of crafting handmade kitchen utensils and cookware from reclaimed wood. All her products are lovingly handmade from her butter knifes to stirring spoons, coffee scoops to chopping boards. Her business is still relatively new and every piece is still handmade by herself but the brand she has created has become huge, with now over 27,000 followers on Instagram and her products being talked about everywhere, proving that traditional craftsmanship and labour are still very much appreciated.
We were lucky enough to attend one of her spoon carving workshops the other weekend held at Hatch in Hommerton and it was the most perfectly run workshop with everyone at the end of it proudly holding a finished porridge spoon.
There was something so therapeutic about sitting there on a sunny Sunday morning learning new skills, using your hands and creative mind and creating something yourself. Throughout the two and a half hours Sophie was able to teach us the steps of how to hand carve our own porridge spoon, from scooping out the bowl to carving out the handle to finally sanding down the spoon and treating it with beeswax. Throughout the workshop she had time to speak to each of her eager students about her journey as well as helping with any difficulties we were having with the surprisingly hard process of carving a spoon. We left feeling extremely inspired and with a new appreciation for handmade items.