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How To Get The Cath Kidston Look

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Her designs may be hugely popular but slavishly buying every item from the collection can be costly. Try some of these tips to create her original look which mix genuine vintage with modern copies.
What you'll need: 
Oddments of paint and primer
Paintbrushes and sandpaper
Sewing kit
Knitting needles or crochet hook
Oddments of wool
Remnants of material
Buy plain pieces of furniture, (simple wooden dining chairs are a good starter), from car boots or junk shops and sand, prime and paint. Do the same with simple wooden coat hangers and coat hooks.
Find your local haberdasher and use dress fabric in stripes, checks and spots for cushions, curtains, aprons, laundry and peg bags. You will also find gingham and spotted ribbon to make bows for your hangers. If you have small pieces of genuine CK fabric mix with cheaper finds to make bunting for the garden.
If you can knit or crochet, make up multi colour squares about 15 stitches wide and sew together for throws to put on the end of beds or on chairs.
Scour charity shops and car boots for finishing touches, look out for old wooden toys like building bricks and boats, the odd rose covered tea cup and plain utility china in pastels.
For the CK bathroom look add an old enamelled water jug, sew wide floral or gingham or spotted ribbon across the width of plain coloured towels, use a pretty saucer as a soap dish, hang a half curtain on a piece of wire across the window or drape with bunting. Find an old towel rail and paint in a colour to theme with the room. Try mixing pale blues, pinks and yellow or red, pale pink and duck egg blue.


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