Orange light and daydreams

Brighton by @hewdesign

The light is changing now and there’s a noticeable chill in the air. It’s my favourite time of year though, as long as the rain holds off. The sunlight has a warm, orangey glow to it and the tourist season here in Brighton also finally beginning to slow down.

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Merchant and Mills, Rye.

All photography © Heather Elizabeth Wilkinson 2013

Merchant and Mills first came to my attention when I was given their sewing book for Christmas. Although I’ve not attempted to make anything yet, I was completely won over by the beautiful photography and contemporary utilitarian designs – classic pieces and not a hint of chintz to be found.  In Merchant and Mill’s own words ‘We are here to urge intelligent, independent women to buy traditional patterns and dress well by their own hand.’ 

I was chuffed to bits when I found out they’d opened a branch in nearby Rye, and I couldn’t resist popping along for a little visit. 

The store itself is a design-lovers dream, exposed brick-work, old mahogany cabinets, boxes of buttons and pins, rolls of sumptuous fabrics and the most gorgeously branded, if not a little pricey, products. They very kindly allowed me to take a few quick photos in the shop so I thought I’d share them with you.

Take a peek at their website here

Weekend reading

There’s an abundance of food publications around at the moment, but few are quite as beautiful as Gather Journal, a bi-annual recipe-driven food magazine. Features include, recipes, entertaining, food essays and some simply breathtaking photography.  I’m hooked. 

Visit the Gather Journal website


Quiet Time

The days are finally starting to get longer again. That makes me very happy indeed. I keep waking up early though, normally about an hour before I actually need to get up, and just as the birds are starting to stir.
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Snow days


The snow is falling heavily in Brighton today. It’s the kind of day when you want to be snuggled up warm and cosy at home with a hot drink, a warm blanket and plenty of nice things to eat. Funnily enough, that is exactly what I plan to do!

I hope you’re warm wherever you are.

All photography © 2013 heather elizabeth wilkinson

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