Located in the beautiful Derwent Valley, Tasmania

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

new website launch for The Drill Hall Emporium!

I have been a little slack on the blog front of late, but I assure you I have the perfect excuse...I have been busily taking images for our new website, launched just this week!  And as we are starting from scratch, it is all a lot of work!  The hardest bit is choosing what to photograph as it seems all the pieces in the store are vying for my attention.  Wooden boards, cushion and garden pieces were a good starting point, but there are just so many pieces I want to capture through the lens.

The new website is fresh and easy to navigate (we hope!) and allows us to show pieces off better by having close up images of most pieces.  We are also trying to capture the essence of our store through the website so that all those people too far away to visit can get a sense of The Drill Hall Emporium.  We also have a page dedicated to our favourite (southern) Tasmanian places to help visitors to our area.

Please go to our website here and have a browse, and let me know what you think!  As always, I love feedback. 

Until next time,

Thursday, July 18, 2013

new range of blanket cushions now in store!

Mum has been at it again, producing these wonderfully cuddly cushions, made from vintage English wool blankets.  Isn't the grey colour combined with the red check oh so English country house?  Imagine returning from a horse mounted fox hunt to settle on a leather wing armchair beside the log fire with one of these cushions.  Or maybe we don't need the fox hunt bit, the rest I can imagine. 

As usual, there are only two of each design available. 

These square cushions are grey with the original blue blanket stripe

and blanket stitch detail.  And with vintage buttons, of course.

Perhaps my favourite, I love these grey and striped cushions, above.  The grey is a lovely soft colour.

If you are anything like me you are probably a little over eco terms being thrown around so regularly.  So please forgive me when I say these cushions are recycled, upcycled and 100% eco-friendly!

Until next time,

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

gorgeous English cottage and wonderful Turkish pots...

One of my favourite days on our buying trip was a stop at a gorgeous Sussex cottage.  It was early in the morning and we were collecting some items we had bought previously.  I took a few moments to appreciate the cuteness of the cottage and the garden.    

Look at the wonderful front entrance, with flowering vines growing over the front door!

And the staddle stones flanking the front path...these are a lovely garden feature in England, you see them from time to time. 

These staddle stones were originally used as supporting bases for granaries whereby the stones lifted the granaries above the ground protecting the stored grain from vermin and water.
Image from here.
Have a look at this granary in England which is raised  by what looks like ten or more staddle stones.  Amazing!  It doesn't look quite right from an engineering perspective, does it?  They are typically used for decorative purposes in gardens these days.   
Also decorative are these old Turkish oil pots, of which I managed to buy two from the cottage owners.  But alas, these happened to be one of the items I mentioned in my previous post that did not fit into the container!  And I was so happy to get such large decorative pots for the store, they are very Highgrove Garden
Not to worry, they will be waiting for our return and will be first thing into the next load! 
Until next time,