Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Nora's Bigger Nest


The first hit...

At the beginning of January this year, we embarked on an exciting new chapter for Nora's!

Following a good few years of 'ummming' and 'ahhhing' we decided to extend the size of the shop by knocking through in to what was our store room!

Several months of planning, four weeks of building work (plus a significant amount of dust) later, we're beyond excited to bring you a sparkly new Nora's!

Here are a few pictures of our journey from the start...

 We hope you like the bigger space we have created and we're really looking forward to welcoming you all!

Our Store Room (looking tidier than ever before...)

The wall coming down...

Building the floor up

Ceiling lowered and new stud wall
Almost done...!
Ta Dah!


So there we go. The next chapter begins...

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Winter White Wedding

Let me start by saying that Colin and Suzanne are an amazing couple.  They have been customers and friends of Nora's since we opened, they have helped us grow, both professionally and personally and anyone who has met them knows that they are the definition of lovely! So, when they asked us last year if we would help them decorate their wedding, we jumped at the chance to be a part of their most special of days.

Their brief was simple...'lights and candles' being the main thing (clearly they shared our passion/obsession for twinkles!) and Suzanne wanted to stick to a classic palette of white and cream for the flowers.

They had chosen the stunning setting of The Priory Church of St Mary & St Cuthbert in Bolton Abbey to become husband and wife, with a celebration to follow at The Devonshire Arms Country Hotel down the road from the church.

Bolton Abbey Priory Church has always been one of my favourite churches, I always feel full of love when I'm in there, plus the surroundings are pretty magical! We sometimes take for granted what is right on our doorstep don't we?

Candles in clear glass holders were used down either side of the aisle of the church to emphasise the dreamy, magical atmosphere -  we used a traditional teardrop shape for the pew ends at the head of the aisle and the alter arrangements at the front were in a soft yet structured style.  All featured mini white stallion chrysanthemums, beautiful cream Bianca roses and natural looking greenery to complete the contemporary but classical look Suzanne and Colin wanted.


Now, my Mum doesn't do a lot of trumpet tooting so I'm going to do it for her!  She qualified as a florist when I was a little girl and I can't tell you how much I love to watch her work.  Anyone who has seen a florist working on bridal flowers will know what I mean, it's mesmerising! Immensely intricate, delicate fingers gently creating a stunning miniature display.  Each rose is pinned in shape, each leaf wired and then arranged like magic so it looks effortless!  

Suzanne's bouquet was a formal posy of gorgeous Bianca Roses, Hypericum Berries and white Veronica.  Her bridesmaid (and beautiful daughter!) Melissa had a mini version of her mum's bouquet (but without the veronica flower.) 

Button holes for the chaps were a single rose framed with ivy and dotted with hypericum. 

The celebration room at The Devonshire Arms was a dream to decorate! Lots of ways to feature lights and candles! 

The C & S carnival lights were probably my favourite thing to do and were a total surprise for Colin and Suzanne, always a risk to do something unexpected, but thankfully they loved them!  


The centerpiece table arrangements again featured Bianca roses from the bridal flowers, stallion chrysanthemums, eucalyptus, ruscus and hypericum berries to complete the look and these surrounded a ribbed glass candle holder. 

We wrapped battery powered lights that looked like roses through some pretty french ruscus around the pillars in the centre of the room and hung heart shaped lights from the walls. 

Colin and Suzanne chose lots of special touches to make the day truly memorable, our favourite things were the individual 'Who's sitting here?' name tags they did for their guests - we decorated the crisp white napkins with a midnight blue satin bow (to match the bridesmaids dress) and a spring of fresh Rosemary (the smell from this humble herb in the room was incredible!) and tied on each tag as their place setting.

Mr & Mrs Watson

We're so honoured and proud that our first full 'Nora's Wedding' was for Mr & Mrs Watson! 
*Wishing you lifetime filled with love, laughter and happiness!*

Monday, 30 June 2014

Tour on t'bikes


This weekend God's own County plays host to the start of the greatest cycling event in the world.
Stages One and Two of the 'Tour de France' is coming to Yorkshire on
We've got some fun (and tasteful) mementos of this once in a lifetime event! Here's a selection of our favourites...
One Man & His Bike'
Limited Edition Map Print
Features a typical Yorkshire countryside themed silhouette with a chap on his bike bringing up the rear!
£50.00 unframed
Our bestselling tea towel!
Taken from a 1947 Ordnance Survey Map of Ilkley
Two prints from local designers commemorating the two stages of the Grand Depart. (The men on bikes are imaginatively made from different letters of the alphabet!)
£32.00 each unframed
Finally (after years of hounding!) the Yorkshire version of these fantastic Type Maps is now available!
£45 unframed
We love everything about the two bicycle obsessed chaps on this tea towel!  Can you feel the tension?
Two more cycling prints for bike lovers!
One is an anglo french amalgamation for the Tour and the other a fantastic quote from Fausto Coppi.
£32.00 each unframed 

Our little shop in Ilkley will be closed over the weekend of the 5th July & 6th July but we will be open until 7pm on Friday 4th July and we're also offering *FREE DELIVERY* on our website over the weekend. Just use code 'BIKES'

Monday, 3 March 2014

A Northern Light

Isn't it amazing how lighting can transform a room?  

I'm a great lover of lamps and candles and how a few carefully positioned ones can create a cosy and relaxed atmosphere especially in a living room or bedroom. I have lamps everywhere in my house and we very rarely use 'the big light' - drives my other half mad when it comes to bedtime and they all have to be turned off! 

I've always struggled to find beautiful lampshades and lamps that look just as lovely turned off as they do on, but when I saw these stunning illustrated parchment paper lamps, my heart skipped a beat.


Woodland Table Lamp - £56.00

Claire Humphreys is a Northern Lass born and bred, and her love of drawing and painting began at a very early age.  In recent years she took up graphic design, merging this with her hand illustrations she started to create unique and atmospheric images that initially were sold as cards, stationery and prints.  After several years of research her 'prints' were turned in to the most amazing lamps we've seen in a very long time! 

Claire's amazing lamps and candle covers have just arrived at Nora's - we're a little bit giddy about bringing them to you.   

Wild Hare Tall Lamp - £65.00


Candle Covers - £20.00

Monday, 24 February 2014

Springing Pretty

Every season brings with it change and the promise of something exciting;

Summer with it's long balmy evenings
Autumn and the riot of rich rusty reds and burnt orange colours
Winter with the twinkle of Christmas lights (and a dusting of snow if we're lucky) 
and my favourite of all, Spring....

I've always loved Spring; maybe it's just me, but I think there is a certain smell in the air at this time of year. A scent on the breeze that tells us something wonderful is about to happen, everything seems to burst in to life - the bulbs sprouting through hard earth opening out to say 'Hello',  the newborn lambs waggling their tails and skipping in the fields.  The cycle starts for another year - the colours change again and everything begins to look pretty once more! 

This change in colour is always mirrored in the new products we start to get in at the shop - our newest range is a collection of textile products in gorgeous pastel colours by British designers 'Peony & Sage'. 

Sweetpeas Cushion - £42.00

Purses in Vintage Paisley (left) and Sweetpeas (right)   -  £9.95

Based in Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland, Peony and Sage linens are all made in the UK. Their fabrics are turned in to purses, notebook covers, cushions, (etc etc!) by teams of very talented makers dotted about the UK.  These lovelies have come to us from Louise Schofield in Lincolnshire!


Vintage Paisley Notebooks (left) -  £14.50 & £19.50 
 Pink Icing Jacks Pencil Case £12.00

Mini Hop Lavender Parcel Pairs - £9.50

Sweetpeas Lavender Wheat Warmer - £16.95

The start of Spring at Nora's - we can't wait...