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Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2012



It is almost time for Earle & Ginger to make the journey from Manchester to London to mingle with the best of the UK’s kitchen and bathroom talent for the Designer awards 2012! Keep a close eye out on our Facebook and Twitter for updates and photos to show what a great event it will be.

See Manchester press coverage for Earle & Ginger Kitchens here on the Messenger website here…..




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Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms magazine

As Seen in Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms Magazine

We are delighted that this Earle & Ginger kitchen, designed by Lucy Popps is to be featured in the December edition of this magazine.

You can read the full article on-line by clicking here

Earle and Ginger Kitchen designed by Lucy Popps

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Six Festive Ways: Pumpkin Perfection

With Halloween fast approaching you’ll find your local stores fully stocked with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes ready to be carved and lit up as a festive treat for the children. However when it comes to joining the festivities do not assume that pumpkins are just for children; with a little creativity you can create the perfect centre piece or elegant ornament for your home. Read on to be inspired by six of the most beautiful ways to transform a regular pumpkin into a personalised masterpiece.

Using real pumpkins is a great way to add warmth and classic charm to your home but when making ornaments and decorations, using false pumpkins means that you can use reuse them year after year or even give them as gifts to friends and family.

*Remember, after you have hollowed out your pumpkin, save the insides and cook up a delicious dish.


The Centrepiece:


This is a great idea for decorating any table when entertaining friends and family. It’s warm and welcoming and can be used throughout the season of autumn.

Remove the top of your pumpkin.

Hollow out the contents.

Pour a small amount of water in to the pumpkin shell and fill with your favourite autumnal flowers.





These simple ornaments will bring the warming autumn palette into your home and are great for little personalised festive gifts. There are so many colour and pattern combinations for this creation, they’re easy to personalise and will always add individuality to any space.

First give your pumpkin, a base colour of your choice.

Then using real or paper cut leaves, glue them to your pumpkin in your desired pattern.





When carving pumpkins it’s hard to think of anything else other than ghoulish Halloween faces, however  by delicately carving your pumpkin you can create and sophisticated autumn decoration for inside or outside your home.

This elegant pumpkin was created using a template of vines and ginkgo leaves that can be found here:       http://www.marthastewart.com/270940/vine-and-leaf-carved-pumpkin-centerpiece





These pumpkins are modern, fun and are guaranteed to brighten up any room; and they are incredibly simple to make.

Give your pumpkin a base colour of your choice.

Add masking tape in a cheveroned pattern or any other design you’d like to create.  To create evenly spaced chevrons on your pumpkin, cover the entire pumpkin with tape chevrons and them remove every other row.

Using tape to create evenly spaced chevrons.

Once you have removed alternate rows, paint over the gaps with your feature colour.

Then remove the rest of the tape the reveal your design.



Colour Blocking


These pumpkins make great ornaments and can be personalised to match any colour scheme.

Take three or four pumpkins of different shapes and sizes and simply paint them fully in different shades and colours.

For the best impact, display them close together with complementing accessories.




These crocheted pumpkins are a beautiful way to give any pumpkin a little elegance and vintage charm.

Give your pumpkin the base coat colour of your choice.

Then simply add a crocheted dolly over the stalk and secure with a little glue.


These simple, creative ideas will be sure to add some style and character to your home this autumn. Come and join the conversation, share your ideas, favourites and even pictures of your decorated pumpkins on our facebook page.


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