The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Design/Architecture

Muddy visits 15 Collingwood…and declares it ‘fabulous’

13 Dec 2016

I’d heard of 15 Collingwood in Abington because they were a finalist in the Muddy Stilettos Awards and did extremely well against the eventual winner (the much bigger outfit that is Bells Interiors). But how did this bijoux, retro store become so established on the Northamptonshire interiors landscape? Well Muddy thinks it has the answer; and it’s very much to do with the flamboyantly named, Rocco Cat (huge name envy right now)! The super stylish 15 Collingwood was set up in by Rocco and his brother Franco Catalano (see, do you see where they got the cat, prrrrr) in 2013.

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On-trend Xmas decoration tips from Texture Interiors

5 Dec 2016

Do you love decorating your home for Christmas? Bringing the boxes down from the attic that were carefully and lovingly packed away the year before (or thrown in hastily, ahem, guilty as charged)! It’s always exciting to see the decs again, your favourite bauble, all those happy memories (like the year you set fire to the teatowel because you’d imbibed too much breakfast Champers, er just me..?). It’s all well and good keeping the decs year after year, but it can get a bit tired, decorating your house the same way every year…which is where Pamela Gearing who owns Texture Interiors steps in.

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Muddy watches – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

22 Sep 2016

Well they came, they sang and they conquered and Muddy was lucky enough to be within spitting distance of Jason Manford who played the role of Caractacus Potts (rather ruddy well actually)! More well-known for appearances on TV shows such Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI, the seemingly multi-talented Jason Manford took to the stage like the proverbial duck to water.

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What’s on Northants – Thurs 25

25 Aug 2016

Albion Artists Exhibition, The Primrose Gallery, Thurs 25- Sat 27 Aug
I always feel dead posh at an art exhib (just me? tee hee). This one is a joint exhibition of recent work by Northamptonshire professional artists, Angela Stanbridge, Peter Almond & Jane Warwick. They all work in very different ways, giving a diverse and interesting mix of art to see (you can use that line while you’re there ; )

The Primrose Gallery

MusiQuiz – a Music Quiz for the Music Whizz, Angel Inn, Yarwell, Thurs 25 Aug
Know and love music?

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Stay here: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire

10 Aug 2016

Hero, our Muddy editor over in Bucks/Oxon, went to stay at Thornbury Castle and she reckons us Northants peeps will want to hear about it, so here you go you gorgeous lot!

Fancy something a bit different on the blogaroo today? No problem, may I offer you a stay in the Cotswolds castle where Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn spent 10 days of their honeymoon? Yes, seriously!

This gorgeous piece of stoneware is Thornbury Castle, a Tudor beauty built between 1512 – 1521 whose history includes the beheading of its owner Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham on charges of treason.

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The summer hols continue…

27 Jul 2016

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Fri 29 Jul
Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots (ahhh I remember the halcyon days). But when they accidentally push Kate Moss into the river Thames at an uber fashionable launch party, Eddy and Patsy become entangled in a media storm surrounding the supermodel’s untimely demise and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi.

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What’s on Northants

13 Jul 2016

With the weather set fair, and summer holidays on the horizon, there’s still a fair bit to do and we haven’t even reached end of term.  There are loads of fantastic outdoor events taking place across the county, this weekend in particular, and if you are thinking of taking up residency in Northants this summer then there’s plenty more to come, so book mark your Muddy What’s On Guide each week!

Gangsta Granny, The Derngate, Northampton, 12 Jul – 16 Jul

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny.

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Muddy Guide

22 Jun 2016

An Introduction to Stained Glass (Copper Foil), Bay Tree Cottage, Thurs 23 Jun

Those folks at Bay Cottage are pretty nifty at mixing it up aren’t they? During this hands-on introductory stained glass workshop, Anna Conti, will help you master the Copper Foil technique to produce two beautiful light-catchers to take away (and equip you with the skills to continue this new craft at home). Suitable for complete beginners and for those who have had a go, but would like to learn more!

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Muddy Lounges in the Castello and Kino

28 Apr 2016

Something’s happened in the towns of Market Harborough, Kettering, Peterborough and Wellingborough; a kind of shabby, chic lounging experience, only enhanced by a spicy Bloody Mary and a ridiculously delish brioche burger (AND a dicky bird tells me it’s coming to Corby soon, so you’ll never be wanting for a decent Bloody Mary again). Now the reason I’m so excited is not necessarily the fact you can get a decent cocktail (which you can).

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The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016 are nearly here!

23 Apr 2016

Do you have a favourite hair salon or pub that you can’t go a week without visiting? Do you love the county we live in and want to help your local business communities? Then move in a little closer while I tell you more about the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016!

Muddy Stilettos Northants is following hot on the heels of its Ox/Bucks sister and is holding its very first Awards in Northants from 4 May 2016!

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