Katie Alice Collection
A love of all things vintage inspires Northamptonshire lifestyle designer Katie Alice.
Last year we introduced a small but pretty tableware range called Highland Fling which flaunted a cosy look with its tartan print and lovely rich Autumnal colour palette. The collection was so well received, especially with its warm heritage patterns and with this in mind, we decided to expand the range onto lovely gifting ideas with packaging to match.
The colours of the hand-painted spot on teatime earthenware products were picked out from the hues of the Highland Fling floral illustration. The rich colour story was then carried through on to sweet knitted cosies, snuggly wrapped around a range of products including; ceramic mugs, set of 2 ceramic egg cups and a 6 cup tea pot. The knitted cosies are then tied with a button as if they are wearing woolly jumpers. So cute!
With home-baking still being one of the nation’s favourite past times and having a keen interest in home cooking myself, I have included some lovely baking gifts. The new product range includes the following: pretty tea towel in gift tin, a recipe box, shaker and cookie cutter set, set of 3 silicone biscuit stamps, an assorted range of cute cupcake cases presented in a gift box, pretty pie dish in the shape of heart which also includes a traditional funnel set and adorable kitchen textiles. I have also included a selection of my favourite recipes as part of the packaging which I hope will provide some culinary inspiration!
Jam preserving has become a notably important trend throughout the UK market in recent years and shows no sign of reducing in popularity. With the increase in jam-jar sales, consumers are clearly enamoured with learning and putting into practice traditional skills. Consumers have also become more aware of their personal expenditure, which can be seen through the rise in socialising within the home, instead of spending money on external activities.
The new Katie Alice Jam Preserving range embodies the current cultural zeitgeist within the UK and allows you to hone your preserving skills with a wide selection of gorgeous preserving essentials, including preserve sealing sets, preserve labelling sets and for all you preserving novices, a preserve starter set all decorated with patterns and colours from Katie’s most popular ranges; English Garden, Cottage Flower and Highland Fling. So what are you waiting for, get involved and take to the kitchen to create some truly delicious treats with this beautiful range!
Katie Alice Cookware
Katie loves her kitchen and she enjoys nothing more than whipping up a delicious meal. With this in mind, she has enhanced her tableware range with a co-ordinated collection of pots and pans, a knife block, as well as kitchen utensils and some stylish acacia chopping boards and salt and pepper mills utilising the English Garden and Cottage Flower designs
This vintage inspired collection reflects Katie’s passion for baking and this lovely range pays homage to Britain’s favourite past-time. She has carefully selected each item in the range picking out colours and patterns from some of her bestselling collections.
The gorgeous mixing bowls and jelly mould feature an embossed detail, whilst the cute ceramic measuring spoons are resplendent with pretty polka dots and floral patterns. Katie’s gorgeous ten piece icing set contains a piping bag and a selection of nozzles and there are also silicon cake moulds, utensils made from beech with silicon details and a scrumptious traditional wire cooling rack. So no more excuses, it’s time to get baking!
“My garden has always been a great source of inspiration and it seems to really come into its own during the summer months. I tend not to keep the garden too formal in structure and layout as I want to encourage as many species of wildlife into the garden as possible. My greatest joy is seeing the garden burst into a kaleidoscope of glorious colours that seem to spring up from every corner.”
Northamptonshire born lifestyle designer Katie Alice, lives and works from her beautiful cottage in rural Northamptonshire. As well as a keen eye for emerging interior design trends, Katie is a self taught artist and her home is a fascinating blend of clean and airy lines, sprinkled with beautiful patterns. With an eye for detail, her home reflects how she lives her life, surrounding herself with colour and inspiration taken from the natural world around her.
“Over the past year I have been asked by many people where my inspiration comes from for my tableware collections. The true answer is that I really have no set plan other than my general love for beautiful pieces of old vintage crockery, fabrics, wallpapers and my passion for restoration. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than being able to give an old relic a new lease of life. I spend a lot of time visiting antique fairs and flea markets; you never quite know what interesting treasures you’ll find.
My inspiration for Ditsy Floral really was a collection of ideas based on different looks that I have always loved. I wanted to create a beautiful collection of tableware that had a true vintage feel with pretty floral patterns. I adore finding scraps of vintage wallpaper and fabric then trying to reuse them somewhere in my home, no matter how ragged or torn they are. I love the mixture of dusky, candy pinks on floral wallpaper, a popular colour palette of the 1950′s. I feel that this design re-creates a nostalgic look typical of this era. Ditsy Floral patterns also have that lovely vintage feel but are still very fashionable at the moment.”
Cupcake Couture was inspired by Katie’s love of French patisserie and the colours of the famous Parisian tea salons. Katie spends much of her time travelling around various antique fairs searching for vintage fabrics and wallpapers for inspiration.
Katie explains. “My obsession with French style inspired my very first non-floral collection, although I did manage to pop a little flower on some of the textiles. Cupcake Couture reflects my love for 19th century illustration. I have added a dash of glamorous sparkle to my trademark polka dots with a gold metallic shine, giving the collection a really sophisticated antique look…I love it! So…cake anyone?”
This Katie Alice design is a watercolour inspired from a snippet of 1950s textile. “I loved the vintage bouquet in this design, it sits beautifully with the silver wispy foliage and the classic red and white spot”.
A classic red and white spot sets off the floral design across a range of products. Infused with a mix of vintage charm and old-style glamour, this collection includes ceramic tableware, textiles, storage tins and cutlery.
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