The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hampshire Edition

Category: Interiors

Snoopers Bazaar Interiors: Cool, Quirky, Unmissable

8 Mar 2017

A clean, chic, airy space filled with glorious French, antique and industrial furniture and gifts — all warm wood, sheepskin and stars.

Whether you want a quiet browse or the thrill of the chase, Snoopers Bazaar is for you. Two separate creative friends of mine, both with a great eye, told me I had to go. So, armed with my trusty camera, I scooted down; an hour later, they had to drag me out so desperate was I for just one more shot.

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The Muddy Guide

28 Feb 2017

How to Find Your Style Workshop with Farrow and Ball, Thur 9 Mar, 10am-4pm 

Calling all lovers of interior-design (erm, that’d be all of us). To celebrate the opening of Orchid’s latest store in central Winchester, it’s collaborating with Farrow & Ball for this inspirational and interactive one-day workshop.

Farrow & Ball’s Colour Consultant will talk about how to use colour and pattern to transform your home, whilst Orchid’s Co-founder and Director, Jemma Page will focus on how to bring scale and texture to your interiors through furniture.

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1 Feb 2017

Tweed begone, there’s a New Kid on the Stockbridge Block (yup me too, the first album I ever bought). Hero gives a fresh, urban edge to this tiny market town. It is true that Chelsea-by-the-Test has always had a buzz, but in a shooting, fishing, “pull on the red cords and jump in my Range Rover,” kind of way.  Nothing wrong with that, but if all those draughty Country Houses — OK, hours in front of Downton — get too much then this independent boutique is the warm antidote; drenched in natural-light and not a stuffed antelope in sight.

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Whistler at Mottisfont

29 Jan 2017

Youthful, at ease, dreaming, his athletic limbs lounging in the Mediterranean sun — the young man poses for society photographer, Cecil Beaton.

His name is Rex Whistler. Born a humble builder’s son he is now an artist fêted from Broadway to British High Society and one of The Bright Young Things, a fast-living group from the roaring twenties much-like Radio One’s Grimmy and his motley crew of c’lebs.

The hazy, black and white image is part of a new exhibition at The National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey.

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No. 1 George St

28 Jan 2017

Nose to the ground for my Muddy readers, I first discovered No. 1 George Street just before Christmas on a work reccy (ahem, I may also have had my hair done at the nearby Twist, but Mr Muddy Hants need not know of this).

What a find and why had I never heard of it before? Only opening in November, it is still under-the-radar but not for much longer.

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