On the trail of the fa­mous white rab­bit e BRIGHT IDEAS: with Claire Hornby

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IN cel­e­bra­tion of the 150th an­niver­sary of Lewis Car­roll’s Alice in Won­der­land, there is a White Rab­bit Art Trail in and around Ripon dur­ing the Easter hol­i­days. The event is the brain­child of Gaynor Gray of Gray Finch, a quirky em­po­rium on Kirk­gate, which stocks sev­eral Alice-in­spired pieces among its col­lec­tion of gifts, art, home­ware and taxi­dermy.

Gaynor says: “I love Knares­bor­ough’s trompe-l’oeil trail at its an­nual fes­ti­val and wanted Ripon to have some­thing that would at­tract vis­i­tors. I came up with the idea of ask­ing lo­cal artists and crafts­peo­ple to pro­duce their own white rab­bit, and for the trail to be in venues around the city to en­cour­age peo­ple to ex­plore.”

There are 27 artists tak­ing part in the White Rab­bit Art Trail. They work in a wide va­ri­ety of me­dia, in­clud­ing paint, sculp­ture, tex­tiles and pa­per cut­ting. Trail maps are avail­able from Gray Finch, Ripon Li­brary and the Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

The event be­gins to­day and ends on Sun­day, April 12. Gray Finch is at 13 Kirk­gate and the white rab­bit, pic­tured, is by tex­tile artist Corinne Young, www. corin­ney­oung­tex­tiles.co.uk THIS sea­son, the High­lands are in all our hearts are we tuck up in tweed, check out checks and de­light in the tex­tures of dis­tressed wood and sim­ple, gor­geous nat­u­ral colours.

This look turns for in­spi­ra­tion to smooth, sea­washed peb­bles and drift­wood, and to rough-spun fab­rics with a wealth of his­tory wo­ven into ev­ery swatch.

You can make a High­land Es­cape suc­cess­fully in the bed­room thanks to its beau­ti­fully pale pal­ette of oat­meals, cal­ico whites and bleached whites – it’s rest­ful on the eye what­ever the size of the space and cre­ates a calm­ing at­mos­phere.

Fur­nish­ing is the place to start, and needs to have clean, sim­ple lines. I’ve cho­sen the Aurora bed­frame and match­ing wardrobe and chests of draw­ers for the bed­room. Its Shaker looks tick all the boxes for coun­try style. Pale woods are one of the themes that run through­out; bleached floor­boards and even wall pan­elling pro­vide a won­der­ful neu­tral back­drop to key pieces such as the blan­ket chest – this has an on-trend re­cy­cled feel with its white-painted wood, and would make a talk­ing point out of a forgotten cor­ner.

Woods, wicker and bas­ket­work keep the nat­u­ral theme alive, while pots of white flow­ers dis­played in ter­ra­cotta and rough-glazed white pots add a pretty touch with­out be­ing pre­cious. Fin­ish the look with found ob­jects – smooth stones, shells, drift­wood – to add the most per­sonal of touches. This adapt­able look has bags of style and yet re­mains com­fort­able, un­pre­ten­tious and durable. No the won­der we’re keen to have a High­land fling at home this Spring.

Claire Hornby is cre­ative stylist at Barker and Stone­house. For more de­sign ideas visit www.barkerand stone­house.co.uk

WHITE OUT: You can make a High­land Es­cape thanks to its pale pal­ette of oat­meals, cal­ico whites and bleached whites.

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