I love social media. People can be really negative about it, but I think it is an incredible way to meet and get inspired by super talented people. A few mutual likes and you have made new friends with similar interests to you.
I think it is brilliant. One of the people who’s images always gets a like from Musings is the super creative Hana.
Hana is part of the duo Hana & George. George being her pug dog. Together they specialise in vintage and bespoke upholstery. Which is something that I had another me I would want to do all the time. The idea of taking a beautiful old piece of furniture and bringing it back to it former glory with a beautifully printed fabric is so much more appealing to me than heading of to a superstore and eating meatballs.
So I was really happy when she agreed to tell us her secret tips and let us into her creative hub.
Thank you Hana & George.
How you started and where you trained?
Having studied textiles, photography and art at school, I went on to study Fine Art painting at Central Saint Martins. Upholstery was a natural progression for me. I love learning different techniques and I am inspired by what you can create with your hands.
Furniture tells a story and I look at the frame of a chair as being my canvas. As an upholsterer you are a preserver of history and responsible for creating pieces that are beautiful enough to be welcomed into people’s homes. I love the story of chairs, where they have been and what they might have lurking inside them once they are stripped down. I have always been passionate about fabric manipulation and preserving history, and upholstery feeds both of those passions for me.
Where did the idea from Hana & George came from?
Hana & George is a partnership – between myself, Hana, and my very faithful companion, George the Pug.
Hana & George initially started as a blog, my virtual sketchbook. It’s where I go to share my thoughts, visions and inspirations. When I studied fine art I loved to research ideas and put them down on paper, and my blog is an extension of this. I still like to connect pen to paper, but a blog is a brilliant way of sharing with a wider community of people, who all appreciate the same mediums and ideas as you do. As a creative person, I think it is easy to get ‘wrapped up’ in your own artistic world and social media is a brilliant way of not only getting your brand and business across but a way of bouncing ideas off of others.
Once I completed my upholstery training, I set up my own workshop and started taking on commissions. I now work from my workshop which my boyfriend, Hincks, had built for me, from our home in Somerset.
Proudest moment so far with Hana & George?
I always feel a sense of pride when approached by people who want to have my upholstery in their home. I always feel that upholstery is personal, it’s custom made to you using your fabric choice and love developing ideas with clients. I’m also getting pretty well know for my double piping finish!
Where is the best place to source furniture to re-cover?
Some people are lucky enough to have family heirlooms that were given to them and they come to me to inject a new lease of life into the piece. Otherwise, vintage markets and fairs are always a good place and auctions are always worth a visit. Never be afraid to pop your head into the odd skip either, one persons junk is another persons treasure!
Favourite fabric designer?
If it has a bloom or a bird on it, it’s generally a winner on my part! I collect vintage Arthur Sanderson, William Morris & Liberty fabrics but love the GP & J Baker and Zoffany collections – the vibrancy of colour is stunning.
Favourite interiors blogs?
I don’t actually read that many interiors blogs, I much prefer magazines which I religiously read on a monthly basis. I have a scrap book that is filled to the brim of torn out pages of things that I see that inspire me. I have kept scrap books for years and all those little ideas that I tore out once upon a time have now been turned into reality as we have done up our cottage.
I do read a lot of fashion blogs, though. I love clothes and like to see how others transform their look with key pieces, mixing high street with designer and how individuals play with seasonal trends.
Your Home Style
Where do you get most of your furniture from?
There is only one piece of furniture in my home that has not been bought from a vintage fair or second hand shop, and that is Hincks’ desk, which he bought from Graham & Green. I also have some lovely pieces that we used to have in our family home growing up that are my most treasured possessions. I have an eclectic style of interior and love knowing what will catch my eye and end up coming home with me. I love the history in old furniture and adore the craftsmanship.
Probably our bedside tables, which are two trunks that we picked up for £25.00 from our local house clearance shop. They look cool, are practical and also have ample storage for my bedspread collection!
Any high street stores that you occasionally shop in?
For accessories I love Zara Home and H&M Home. They’re inexpensive and have some lovely items and I recently bought some beautiful door handles for our kitchen from Anthropologie. I like to buy bedding from Cologne & Cotton and have got some brilliant bargains from the home section in TKMaxx.
|1. Enamel Door knob, £32, Anthropologie.
2. Metal Fox door knob, £10, Anthrolpologie.
3. Pinapple Lamp,£109, Zara Home.
4. Rabbit Door Handle, £6, Anthropologie.
5. Metallic blanket, £34.99, H & M.
Any interior styling tips to share?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you see something you love from a second hand shop buy it, as you won’t see it again and if after a while you decide it’s not for you, sell it on again and you will probably make money on it. Mix textures and prints, play around with colour and mix old with new. I also believe that a house is instantly a home with fresh flowers, vases of blooms can be created on a small budget and will make all the difference.
Do you have any mantra/wisdom that has stuck with you that helps drive you/buisness forward?
‘When things don’t happen right away, just remember it takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota’
So my top pick of things to do this weekend, is make a giant mug of tea and curl up on the sofa and read her brilliant and inspiring blog Hana & George.
Happy Friday everyone,
London Mum x