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Hipstoric Newstalgia/ Interiors Trends for 2023

bathroom with turquoise wallpaper and freestanding bath

Hipstoric Newstalgia/ Interiors Trends for 2023

Pinterest have recently released their Pinterest Predicts trends for 2023 which includes the snappily named ‘Hipstoric Homes.’ 

In 2023, people will find new ways to honour old things in their homes. Got a hand-me-down handy? People are combining vintage—often inherited—pieces with their modern styles. Thanks to the Boomers and Gen X driving these trends, antiques have never looked so chic.

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‘Pinterest Predicts’ is a report written by Pinterest in response to data gathered on their platform regarding the number of searches carried out on different terms. They report that there has been an 850% rise in searches for ‘eclectic interior design vintage’ whilst searches for ‘mixing modern and antique furniture’ have risen by 530%

This eclectic mixing of styles, eras and materials has always been something I’ve been passionate about. Our bathroom (above) mixes Victorian, Art Deco and mid-century styles. Reclaimed and refinished furniture mixed with modern sanitaryware create a highly personalised space full of character.

For me your home should be full of things you love, why would you restrict yourself to just one style? Last year I was asked to contribute to an article in InsideKent Magazine on the subject of the trend ‘Newstalgia.’ Here’s what I wrote:

Newstalgia is about mixing old and new for a contemporary but meaningful aesthetic. More soulful than minimalism but less overwhelming than maximalism, it is a curated look with personalisation at its heart. Newstalgia encourages sustainability by taking something old and making it new. Upcycled furniture is a big part of this trend as it blends classic design styles with modern decorating ideas to create a truly bespoke interior.

Carrie Webb, Inside Kent Magazine August 2022
Newstalgia interior design trend magazine article
Newstalgia article for Inside Kent Magazine featuring our Patricia display cabinet

It seems to me these trends are both reflecting the same desire for individuality, creativity and expressing your own personality and story in your interior. This can be achieved in many ways, through the colours and materials you select, the artwork and objects you display and of course the furniture you choose. Mixing modern, antique and vintage creates an eclectic look and refinished pieces can really add a wow factor with bright colours and special finishes. The pieces we create at Webb & Gray are often antique or vintage items (although sometimes more modern) which we put our own very special designs onto. Our use of modern colours, patterns, details and finishes mixed with the vintage and antique styles of the pieces we work on mean our pieces are blending styles in an eclectic way to create something truly unique.

Napoleon and Josephine - blue antique cabinets with botanical wallpaper lining
Our Napoleon and Josephine combined antique style with a bold colour, contemporay botanical pattern and crisp, modern hardware

We also undertake commissions so we can create a bespoke piece that’s perfect for your interior and reflects your own story. Whether you choose a Ready to Buy or Commission piece you will receive a unique, one-off design bursting with hipstoric newstalgia! 😉

Take a look in our shop to see the pieces we have in stock or contact us if you’d like to discuss commissioning a bespoke piece.


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The Rise Of The Curio Cabinet/ And How To Style One

Pink display cabinet with iridescent glass and one door open.

The Rise Of The Curio Cabinet/ And How To Style One

I was asked to contribute to an article on the Living Etc. website exploring the rising popularity of the curiosity cabinet and ideas for styling them. Below you can read my full thoughts on the subject.

The display cabinet has always been a favourite piece of mine. I’ve created quite a few over the years, from art deco designs to gilded opulence and modern maximalism. It’s become commonplace for these types of cabinets to be used as drinks cabinets, with ‘cocktail cabinets’ and ‘gin cabinets’ particularly popular but recently I’ve seen a move away from this towards using them for what they were originally intended for – displaying treasured possessions. 

I think one reason for this is that people are less interested in simply following trends, wanting to create a more personal and considered style of their own. They want their interiors to be an expression of themselves and to reflect their own stories and interests. Glass fronted cabinets are an ideal way to bring meaningful objects together and display them in a cohesive way. 

So, how do you go about choosing the right cabinet to display your treasures? I’m a great believer in choosing something because you love it. I like to mix old and new styles in my interiors as well as within the furniture pieces I create. You don’t have to stick to one style or era – an ornate gilded cabinet can look stunning in a minimalist space just as a sleek modern or mid-century design can provide a dramatic contrast to the elaborate details of a period property. Think about whether you want the cabinet to be a focal point within the room or to blend in with its surroundings. Consider what you want to display and make sure it will fit – both physically and aesthetically.

Gilded glass cabinet with green wallpaper
Venice – Bespoke Commission in champagne gold leaf and emeral green wallpaper

And where should you put it? A living room is a great place for a display cabinet as it can be enjoyed at leisure, providing a decorative feature for the room as well as a talking point. A hallway can also be a good location – display cabinets are usually slim so can be accommodated against a wall and will add personality and an eclectic museum-like feel. But really there are no rules – a curiosity cabinet could be great in the kitchen displaying interesting cooking ingredients and equipment or even in the bedroom. Why not create an interesting display of memorabilia for your guests to enjoy when they stay over?

As far as styling your cabinet goes, there are no rules about what pieces you can and can’t include but don’t over-do it! Choose a few key pieces as your starting point and build your collection around them. Go for a variety of sizes and heights. Bigger items will add weight and stop the composition feeling cluttered. Leave some spaces – don’t be tempted to cram your cabinet full. 

Florence, close up of front
Florence – plenty of space around pieces ensures the display does not feel cluttered

Think about texture too – contrast translucent glass pieces with solid items like books and add softness with plants. Smaller pieces should be grouped to stop them feeling lost. The rule of threes is very useful when it comes to arranging your objets and creating balance. I would recommend keeping items on top of your cabinet to a minimum – I favour a trailing plant or small lamp. You don’t want to detract from the cabinet itself.

Angel Fringed Cabinet
Angel – a trailing plant adds contrast and texture
Patricia Iridescent Drinks Cabinet
Patricia – Iridescent glass partially obscures the contents

Sculptural ceramics, glassware and interesting curios all make good contents. The beauty of a glass fronted cabinet is that you can include treasured possessions that you wouldn’t necessarily want to have out on a mantlepiece or open shelf, for example your granny’s old china or a gaudy holiday souvenir! The cabinet will unite your pieces and make them look like a carefully curated museum display! 

Youe can read the article itself on the Living Etc website. Take a look in our shop to see what cabinets we have in stock or contact us if you’d like to discuss commissioning a bespoke piece.


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Blue Monday/ Reasons To Be Cheerful!

Blue Monday/ Reasons To Be Cheerful!

The most depressing day of the year?! I hate the cold dark mornings and do tend to struggle a bit in January but in fact it’s not long until it starts to get lighter and the first of the spring bulbs appear. In the meantime here are a couple of joyful pieces in one of my favourite colours. Our gilded candlesticks are made from reclaimed table legs, handcrafted and gilded in real silver leaf in this gorgeous royal blue. See the full range here. Also in royal blue this beautiful pair of French style marble topped pot cupboards. Now sold but please contact us if you’d like to discuss a commission.

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Viva Magenta / Pantone Colour of the Year

Viva Magenta/ Pantone Colour of the Year 2023

Collage of furniture, wallpaper and homewares in the Pantone Viva Magenta colour palette

Bright, bold and very beautiful, Pantone’s new colour of the year ticks all the boxes for me! Here’s what Pantone have to say about it:

Pantone’s Color of The Year, Viva Magenta 18-750, vibrates with vim and vigor. It is a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.

Viva Magenta is a great colour for interiors – it’s warm and inviting but also lively and dramatic. If painting all four walls red is a step too far for you there are plenty of opportunities to add a splash of this daring shade. I’ve included some of my favourites above – clockwise from left;

Flamingo Print from John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, 1827-38 available from the British Library shop (I have this on my dining room wall!)

Ruby plant stand by Webb & Gray

Kashan Remix red rug by Mineheart

Gilded Chunky Barleytwist Candlesticks in red silver leaf by Webb & Gray

Milana wallpaper in hot pink and grey by Olenka

Pompom stool by MYK Berlin

Inspired by Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2023 ‘Viva Magenta’ we have created ‘Ruby,’ this stunning tall plant stand in vibrant red. This solid wood vintage plant stand has been hand painted and waxed. The fluted carved details have been highlighted with red dyed genuine silver leaf. The hand gilded finish has a beautiful texture, a soft sheen and natural variations in colour. The silver leaf has been varnished for protection.

This piece would look great in almost any room in the house from a hallway to living room or bedroom and would work equally well in a period property or against a minimalist backdrop.

Other Webb & Gray products available in red…

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Holly Tucker Community Meet UP / Margate

Holly Tucker’s Community Meet Up/ Margate

Holly Tucker Community meet up in Margate
Artwork by @melanie.johnson

What a gorgeous, colour-filled day we had on 23rd June with champion of small businesses Holly Tucker at The Sun Deck in Margate! The sun shone brightly and we enjoyed our Small Biz Fizz, an inspiring talk from Holly and lots of networking with other creatives and small business owners from Margate and all over East Kent.

Artwork by the super talented Margate artist Rebecca Strickson

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2022 / Pop at Fabric

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2022 / Pop at Fabric

Come and chat to Carrie Webb at Clerkenwell Design Week where she will be hosting the stand of The House of Upcycling on Thursday 26th May. The House of Upcycling will be showcasing seven of its members designer-upcycling. There will also be a number of upcycling demonstrations by HoU members.

The POP installation takes place between the 24th and 26th May within the highly atmospheric surroundings of Fabric, 77a Charterhouse Street, London EC1 featured in this video. Entry is free – book via the www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com website.

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Grand Designs Live 2022 / The Upcycling Hub

Grand Designs Live 2022 / The Upcycling Hub

  • GRAND DESIGNS LIVE
  • GDL 2022

Webb & Gray are delighted to be exhibiting as part of the Upcycling Hub at this years Grand Designs Live Exhibition at London’s ExCel centre from 30th April to 8th May 2022. The hub has been curated by The House of Upcycling which is an organisation we are proud to belong to. It features live demonstrations, Ask an Expert sessions and of course lots of beautiful, professionally upcycled furniture. We have five pieces on the stand available to buy.

These are the products we are exhibiting at the show:

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Official website launch

Webb & Gray are proud to announce the official launch of our website and online shop at webbandgray.com

Bob Gray & Carrie Webb – photo by Rebecca Douglas Photography

Carrie Webb, the designer-maker behind Webb & Gray, is an interior designer of over ten years experience and has been professionally upcycling furniture for nearly five years.  Her original and eclectic style comes from her passion for design and the desire to constantly try out new ideas.  Supported by partner Bob Gray, Carrie produces a small collection of ready-to-buy pieces as well as undertaking bespoke commissions. 

Webb & Gray, is the trading name of Paperspace Design Limited, which was launched by Carrie Webb and Bob Gray in 2009 to provide interior design services to the hospitality industry.  In 2016 Carrie began investigating the nascent upcycling industry as an outlet for her creativity.  We decided to pivot the company away from interior design and to refocus the business around upcycling furniture and delivering workshops.  There have been many ups and downs since then, each one a learning experience that have combined to give us the confidence to believe in our vision and skills.

This launch comes after a year of upheaval and unexpected challenges. After a move to Margate from London in September 2019 we settled in to our new home, school and (amazing) town and got ready to relaunch! Then COVID-19 hit and we were all in lockdown. We used our time, when not trying to be teachers, to revamp our web presence, making sure we had all the elements polished up and ready to go.

We wanted our customers new and old to see what we can do to brighten, embolden and reimagine furniture for their homes and businesses. 

We enlisted the help of Christelle at Hummingbelle to redesign our logo and stationery, and she did an amazing job, as you can see. Thanks also goes to Rebecca at Rebecca Douglas Photography who did a fantastic job on our brand photography.

Branding by Hummingbelle

Our new furniture is available in our shop as part of our Ready to Buy collection.

Please have a look at our Portfolio and let us know what you think?

Webb & Gray products are currently also available on Instagram, Facebook, Google Shopping, Google Maps, Pinterest, Etsy and Vinterior

(Be aware that pricing may vary between platforms.)