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...

Monday, 17 February 2014

Whimsical Wonders

We discovered the work of Freya Ete about 18 months ago but I only recently realised that I'd never blogged about her and her beautiful range of cards, prints and textiles. 

We love anything that's heartfelt (and makes us go a little bit mushy) so, when we saw Freya's amazing work our hearts were stolen... 

Born in Australia, Artist and Poet Freya now lives in London and designs incredibly beautiful and optimistic pieces.  What we love most about them is that their whimsical sentiments are perfect for absolutely any age, from newborn baby through to adults. 

They've now become one of our bestselling ranges so obviously you love them as much as we do!

Here are some of our (and your) favourites...