Spring at Cast in Style House

Start of the British Spring

Spring at Cast in Style House

Spring – The Cast in Style House – More to come…

Well I hope everyone has had a good week. There have been lots to be happy about this week, the weather has taken a turn for the better, spring seems to have more or less arrived at last, admittedly the sun loungers are still in the garage but it is lovely to see the sun again. Just as I wrote that line it started to hail, hmmm. From a financial view point yesterday the UK avoided a triple-dip recession, this may be slightly reassuring but more importantly how does that translate into what we do everyday and can our spending influence this.

A few weeks ago I watched a news report looking at a family who were trying to live for a year by purchasing only British made goods, if we all just became more aware of the origins of what we are purchasing could that help lift the UK out of the financial doldrums?

Sounds a great idea but how realistic is that, do people care where goods are manufactured/designed or grown, also can people afford to make this decision?

Our preference, here at Cast in Style, is to try and source goods from their original source with a preference to UK goods, for instance if we sold champagne we would still source it from France but also from the UK, however, unfortunately for me champagne is a line we do not stock – note to self sounds like a great idea and will pitch it to the boss.

So if people decide to make a concerted effort to try and buy more British made goods how can they buy confidently, safe in the knowledge that they are buying genuine UK products?

At Cast in Style we have a flag system on our web site which easily identifies if a product is made in the UK. This system has been in place for a number of years and has proved very successful. Not everything on the web site is sourced from the UK,  some of the foundries we used to use have closed down, but where possible we source British made goods. If a product is British made we display a union jack icon on the product page to inform customers of the origins of the product.

British Made

British Made

I think a healthy attitude to all this is not necessarily to go to the complete extreme of buying only British products but to remember we have some fantastic heritage UK products available to us, from the free range pork sausages sourced from pigs in the local farms to high quality hardware produced in the Black Country. Let’s not forget our roots and remember that there are many high quality goods made/grown here on our door step.

Annie

St George’s Day at Cast in Style

Peter - St George

Peter – St George

Happy St George’s Day to everyone. Here at Cast in Style we are proudly celebrating our saints day, in fact Pete from the warehouse has taken it a step further, he is featured in the photo wearing this seasons on trend armour. Also it is a double day to be proud of our heritage as it is also the Bard’s birthday, Happy Birthday Shakespeare. Also must not forget a mention to two of my close friends Si and Allison – Happy Wedding Anniversary.

We love the tradition of St George’s day as we are a big ambassador of British Made products with our range of Kirkpatrick and Croft Door Furniture.

So what should we be doing on St George’s Day, well here in Wolverhampton the sun is shining and I am wishing like many of the population that today was classed as a Bank Holiday. Our neighbours across the Irish Sea certainly know how to celebrate their saint’s day; maybe we should take some pointers from them. I am wishing I was sitting in a beer garden with a nice pint of beer in my hand. Apparently 75% of the population wish it was a Bank Holiday, I was wondering about the 25% who did not. I wonder why they did not wish to have an extra days holiday in the year. I see Bank holidays as a day to spend with friends and family, however, in the past I have also chosen to work to take advantage of any special hourly rate my employer may have offered, so it has always been a day you can use to your own advantage, either a day off or a chance to get earn some extra money. What does everyone else think?

Well instead of a beer I will go back to my sandwich and cup of tea and finish placing an order with a blacksmith in Scotland who is making hand finished articles ranging from wine racks to candles, maybe I will ask him what he does to celebrate St Andrew’s day – my guess it will involve a wee dram of something alcoholic.

Annie

First Contact

AnnieHello Bloggers,

Welcome to my first blog.  For the more observant readers you will have noticed that there are previous postings to this, however, they fizzled out quickly so I am here to revive Cast in Style’s blog and to get readers excited and enthusiastic about everything cast iron and a few bits more.

But first, what about me the blogger.  Well I have not always been into cast iron; I took a diverse path before arriving at Cast in Style.

I left school determined to be a chemist and spent many fun and beer filled years at university and left six years later with a PhD in Chemistry and a beer belly (not particularly attractive on a girl). I then found myself working in the big corporate world of Pharmaceuticals.

The husband mean while was busy talking about this whole new world about to open up, it was called the World Wide Web and he was sure it would catch on.  His initial step into this new alien world was to design a web site for our brother in law who had an iron foundry.

Fast forward 10 years and I had lost my passion for the Pharmaceutical world and was looking for a new challenge. I was 37 years old and wanted a new career, my life had gone from being very safe to scary and exciting all at the same time. Then the opportunity came up for me and the hubby to work together as the owners of  Cast In Style, that little old web site he set up 13 years previously and was part owner, well we had a think – it is very different living together with someone but working together – could we do it. As we were deciding we thought how great it would be for us to have a common passion of work, there were many things we were passionate about together, these were mainly hobbies such as diving and travelling but could we get it to work for “work”.

Well I am glad to report that that was four years ago and yes we are still happily married but also that one of our great passions has become Cast in Style and the lifestyle it represents. It represents old industries with many items hand made and not mass produced which gives each item its own unique character and guaranteed high quality.

So on this blog we are going to mix the old with the new, technology is very important in our progress into the next decade, however, that does not mean we have to leave all of the old world behind. Mix it up, that impressive brand new barn conversion where you can switch the lights of using your computer is no good if you have not got sturdy lever door handles to open the front door in the first place.

More than anything, I can’t wait to get started on our adventure together and I hope that we can all share our passion to makes our homes a happy and beautiful place to be. Let’s get passionate about ceiling clothes airers and architectural hardware and if someone asks “why” just reply “Let me show you why”?

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Cast in Style’s New Look Web Site Launch with £40 towards a case of wine on us
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We have been working very hard over the last few weeks to update our web site with a brand new look. www.castinstyle.co.uk now offers you a much more unique, easy to use, quality experience when you shop with us.

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Warm Glow

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Victorian Fireplace

Victorian Fireplace

 

Gaslight, with its gentle hiss and mellow tone, is most attractive, but electricity is more convenient; Victorians would not have used a coffee table, but low-level furniture suits the way we live. The degree to which we shape a period house to modern requirements is a highly individual matter; to accomplish this with tact and sensitivity does not require textbook knowledge so much as a feel for Victoriana that can be acquired through familiarity.

The following articles in our blog are intended to give you just such an acquaintance with the developments of Victorian style. Our aim has been to show what Victorian houses were like, and why, and to show how they may be adapted to modern living without loss of character.

Taking Stock

 

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Victorian fire place

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Fortunately, more and more of us are coming to appreciate the character and craftsmanship of older houses, to value the special atmosphere of a place that has been living in for generations and to take pleasure in the wealth of architectural detail so lacking in more modern homes. And of the earlier housing stock, by far the largest and most accessible proportion will have been built in the 19th Century. In Britain alone, almost 6 million houses were built during QueenVictoria’s reign, the majority after 1870.

A House must, first and foremost, provide a sound and practical place in which to live. There are people who have turned the restoration of their Victorian house into a rigorously purist exercise, creating something akin to a museum piece, but in the end they are left in a period cocoon. What is important today is not so much the pursuit of authenticity as finding a balance that reconciles our way of living with what we see as valuable in Victorian style and decoration.

History Today

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Cast in Style Victorian HouseVery few houses over a hundred years old have survived unaltered. In many cases, the effects of the weather and pollution and the additions, repairs and extensions made by several generations of inhabitants have changed them to such an extent that their builders would have difficulty in recognising them.

Before the listing of buildings of architectural importance began in Scotland in 1933, and in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1947, ownership conferred the right to pull down anything considered obsolete or which stood in the way of the future development. For this change of attitude we must be thankful to William Morris, the instigator in 1877 of the society for the protection of Ancient Buildings. He brought to public attention the state of many medieval buildings which were then suffering serious neglect or were threatened with demolition

We think of ourselves as more enlightened today, but our aesthetic vandalism is more insidious. If a roof needed retiling in the 19th century, the chances are that the replacements would have been made from the same clay – or even the same kiln – as the originals. Nowadays there are countless substitutes on the market, and nearly all of them are visually inferior to the originals. A glance down any Victorian street will illustrate this sad decline. The roofline will probably have suffered most, with slates replaced by interlocking concrete tiles and cast-iron gutters by plastic ones. Nor will the facades have survived unscathed; good brickwork will have been painted over or repointed in course cement mortar, and sashes will have given way to aluminium-framed or PVC windows.

We do everything we can to bring you original British period products which are sill made in the original way and, in the case of Kirkpatrick, are still made at the same foundry they were made at 150 years ago. Let us know about your renovation successes and send in your pictures to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/castinstyleuk

Fathers Day

 

 

 

Summer is in the air and we have all been very busy here at Cast in Style looking for lots of new sturdy giftware for Fathers Day. We have a real selection of great heavy solid cast iron product we’re sure he’ll love. Why not get a “Keep off the Grass” sign to safe guard his precious lawn, or one of our fabulous nut crackers, designed by Cast in Style. They make cracking nuts for older hand a breeze. For the seasoned gardener we have a garden line reel to keep the lines of vegetables straight. How about a hose tidy or and old fashioned tractor seat to rest his feet. Whatever you fancy for him we’re sure to have something to fit. Click here for our Fathers Day Page – http://www.castinstyle.co.uk/section.php/90/1/fathers_day_gifts

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Cast in Style: Bucking the Trend

Six lath clothes airer

Six lath clothes airer

Cast in Style products are bucking the trend when it comes to the current recession. They are ecological, natural and can help you beat the credit crunch. How you many ask? Cast in style products are very cost effective with a quality that last a lifetime. The traditional pulley clothes airer is a grea recession beater as it is economical and can help cut your energy bills by a great amount compaired to using a tumble dryer. Visit us at http://www.castinstyle.co.uk