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  • Celebrating Edwardian Romance and Melodrama on World Goth Day

    Celebrating Edwardian Romance and Melodrama on World Goth Day

    Today is World Goth Day, a day to celebrate perhaps one of the most misunderstood sub-cultures we have. A culture that thrives on the romance of Victorian and Edwardian writers, poets and artists. One that uses, albeit in a very limited palette, the most beautiful velvets and silks in their fashions, and who are drawn to the melancholic charms of gothic and gothic revival architecture (often found in churches, hence possibly adding to their perceived levels of weirdness).

    Of course, the UK’s most famous Gothic Revival building is Pugin’s Houses of Parliament, the ultimate symbol of establishment and conformity—at such great odds with those that choose the style as their fashion! Other great Gothic icons include the magnificently carved furniture of Chippendale and, importantly, the art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, whose work created the “saudade” or pathos that became so much part of the Goth movement.

    It is strange that a country that has produced so much wonderful art, writing, and architecture in this style has no direct translation of the Portuguese word for “sad beauty”. We embrace the idea with terms like nostalgia and vintage, we will often be contemplative or reflective. We enjoy the fading of daffodils at the end of spring, and the turning of the leaves in the autumn. We enjoy the winding down of our surroundings at dusk, the murmuration of starlings going home to roost. These are the things that slow us down. They are gentle and quiet, the iridescent shimmer of a crow’s plumage compared to the garish colours of a macaw, the heartbroken ballads of Billie Holliday to the brazen pop of Beyonce.

    So let’s celebrate our inner Goth, introducing flashes of crystal to dark wooden furniture, using our beautiful vintage clock face knobs to create an Edwardian theme, or create your own Pre-Raphaelite style images with our personalised service. And don’t be scared the next time you encounter a group of Goths, they are an introverted, peaceful lot (although you may want to avoid their questionable taste in music)!

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  • Design Your Own Door Knob With Our Photo Door Knobs

    Relive Your Baby’s Precious Moments Or Any Other Captured Moment with Our Drawer Knobs Which Can Be Personalised 

    3:27 Saturday morning. Go on dad, it really is your turn this time. REALLY!

    Blurry eyed, still half asleep, and just the tiniest bit groggy from that one last glass of Pinotage—well it was Friday night after all, but babies are no respecters of even the mildest hangover!

    Into the nursery and it becomes immediately obvious that a nappy change is required. Groggy quickly turns to grumpy, but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

    Baby up on the changing mat and she giggles at you. The mood lifts a little. Then, going for the fresh nappy you spot the drawer handles—her footprint taken just hours after she was born.  It is tiny, and in that moment you realise, in just a few short weeks, how this adorable addition to your life has changed and grown. The grey fug lifts, and job done, you snuggle into one another. Baby settles back down in her cot and you stay there, just being close.

    6:30—what’s going on? Half an hour past her normally regular as clockwork morning feed, and the other side of the bed is empty. Up you get and quietly cross to the nursery. There, two blissfully sleeping bodies, dad on the floor with one arm in the cot, and baby with one of his fingers firmly grasped in her tiny little fist. Go on, make the most of the moment, straight back to the still warm bed for a well-deserved lie-in!

    Have you captured some of these precious moments and don’t know what to do with them? Instead of allowing those hand or foot prints, first tooth grins, and other landmarks in your baby’s progress to languish inside a drawer make them a feature on the outside. Use our bespoke service to create a unique and affordable way to display these wonderful mementoes.

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  • Bespoke Office Door and Cupboard Knobs – Corporate Style for Small Business Budgets

    People love brands, and our unique bespoke door and drawer knob service can help even the smallest of companies, B&B’s, shops and small offices create a level of branding that would have previously only been available to the largest corporations with large marketing budgets to spend.

    Get your brand right and people will want to be part of it. There is a huge market for retro tin advertising hoardings, collectors pay good money for vintage promotional items, hundreds of thousands of people walk around with meaningless Japanese text on clothes made by a British company. People buy flights and cosmetics from a man who started life selling records, and spend millions on updating stylish music players, phones and tablets from a company that is essentially still a niche computer manufacturer. Most of these people could probably not tell you why they chose to buy from that particular maker, and in the case of Apple and Superdry, they are also happy to pay premium prices for their goods. It is all down to an emotional response that these brands have carefully nurtured, and, if you are a small business, one that you can use to great effect.

    Small companies are actually the best positioned for creating brand loyalty. You are much closer to individual customers who can get to see your passion and commitment to your product or service. It is also easier when you are a small company to convey that drive throughout your hand-picked team, and they, in turn, will become your brand’s greatest ambassadors.

    Hand in hand with the emotional impact of your brand is visual branding, an area where small companies often baulk at the thought of high costs, not surprising when BP’s 2008 redesign cost over $200 million! A logo is your one essential. Simple, clear, and created so that it will work in a small box or circle for social media icons, you can then use this on all manner of quirky ways to create maximum impact.

    We have created one opportunity for branding that has fast become a major talking point, and is guaranteed to stick in the mind of your visiting clients, and that is our bespoke drawer and cupboard door knobs. These elegant 40mm and 70mm knobs are a simple retro-fit to most modern furniture and can be printed with your logo, product images or any design you supply. Our bespoke knobs are an incredibly affordable way for your business to enjoy a real talking point branding opportunity.

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