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” We are preferring handmade, nostalgic and simple honest designs in our home over a brand name.  We want to respect the long tradition of the object from use to manufacturing but we do sometimes want a contemporary feel.”

From “Rethink the Way you Live” by Amanda Talbot

Last month I had the luxury of spending a wonderfully sunny week with a friend of mine, furnishing our new cottage by the sea.  When I say cottage, it really is a converted Victorian mill.  Here is a photograph to give you a flavour of the building.

I am really thrilled with it.

Mill Cottage

One of the highlights of the week was our visit to a 100 year old woollen mill outside Fishguard called Melin Tregwynt www.melintregwynt.co.uk  The mill is housed in a lovely white washed cottage in a secluded valley;  there is also a shop that sells blankets, throws, cushions, furniture and accessories.  Authentic Welsh designs are complemented by newer contemporary patterns. Delicious lunches and cakes are provided in a tea shop next door.  Melin Tregwynt is one of my favourite places and I have visited it on numerous previous occasions.

Melin Tregwynt Woollen Blankets

Melin Tregwynt Woollen Blankets 2

Melin Tregwynt 3 Cushions and BlanketsThe displays in the shop are really seductive.  We spent a long time considering and choosing what to buy for the cottage.  As I also want to use my own designs and products for the cottage, we experimented with putting images of my designs on the fabric.

Melin Tregwynt and Ruth Moser Design 1

Melin Tregwynt and Ruth Moser Design

We decided to base the furnishing of the sitting room on the above colour combination.  Beautiful muted earthy tones combined with my Yellow Blossom design.  I cannot wait to see it come together.  As a starting point, I purchased this chair, photographed in the living room.

Melin Tregwynt Chair