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Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Great Shoot with ‘Schweppes’ today for Halloween campaign in 2019…


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‘Harrogate in 50 Buildings’ by Malcolm Neesam

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

COME AND MEET Malcolm Neesam

for the launch of his new book ‘Harrogate in 50 Buildings’ at THE CHAPEL

Thursday 18 October, 2018 from 6pm…

Malcolm Neesam explores the rich and fascinating history of Harrogate through an examination of some of its greatest architectural treasures.

Paperback £14.99

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Graham Dolpin at Hugo Boss, London

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

…it was a ‘Thiller’ and a Sell Out!

Graham Dolphin creates a Michael Jackson suit for Hugo Boss.

T-shirts available from Sloane street, London.

Michael Jackson was wearing a white Hugo Boss suit on the cover art of his 1982 album “Thriller”, which turned out to be the best selling record of all time. To honor the singer, who would turn 60 on August 29 if still alive, Hugo Boss is launching a new edition of the iconic white suit.

Graham Dolphin has worked with the new version of the white suit in an art piece, writing Jackson’s lyrics by hand onto the suit’s fabric.

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Doris Lockhart Saatchi

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Great evening at the Conduit Club, London (Tuesday 2 October) pictured with Doris Lockhart Saatchi…stylish, art collector and curator who graduated from Sorbonne. Instigator of the ‘Sensation’ art exhibition in 1997 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and what launched the Young British Artists (YBA’s) – Damien Hurst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas etc.

Photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe for the Tate…Doris Lockhart Saatchi is a truly lovely lady!

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Wedding weekend celebrations at The Chapel, Saturday 15 September, 2018

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

The Chapel hosts another special September Wedding! Congratulations to Tom and Natalie.

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TAKE ME TO CHURCH – BELLE BRIDAL – Autumn / Winter Edition, 2018

Friday, September 14th, 2018

BELLE BRIDAL Autumn / Winter edition, 2018

‘TAKE ME TO CHURCH’ Uncovers the epic spaces in Harrogate’s newest venue –  The Chapel as seen on C4 Restoration Man. Throughout the scenes of this Belle Bridal exclusive we showcase how owner Mark Hinchliffe has combined his passion for interior design and art to give this venue a new lease of life.


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Wedding weekend Friday 30 August & Saturday 1 September, 2018

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Weekend of wedding celebrations started Friday (30 August) with wood fired pizza, by Stuzzi, Harrogate. Wedding day 3pm Saturday 1 September, 2018.

Congratulations to Joe and Steph!  A beautiful and rememberable day.

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Turkish Baths, Harrogate ‘Opening Night’ Thursday 23 August, 2018

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Probably the finest Turkish Spa Baths in the World…opening night after a £300,000 restoration!


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How to Upscale Furniture (and What to Do with It)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

How to Upscale Furniture (and What to Do with It)

How to upscale furniture

When it comes to renovation and redecoration, it’s always worth knowing how to upscale furniture that you have already. Not only is it a useful way of cutting back on spending and helping reduce waste, but it also allows for your own unique design work to be centre-stage. Rather than fully populating a space with furniture designed by other people (as good as that may be), the creative freedom expressed when you upscale used furniture can add that special something to an interior.

You don’t have to retain the original purpose of the piece of furniture either. That old chest of drawers doesn’t need to stay as clothes storage – it can be repurposed into a bookcase or a coffee table, for instance. It’s a great way to keep your rooms feeling fresh and bring out your creative side. Upscaled and repurposed furniture is often a feature of boutique B&Bs, as the pieces bring a sense of individual creativity and design flair to the space.


What to Look For

Picking the right thing is an important part of how to upscale furniture.

Your best bets are bits of furniture that you’re thinking of getting rid of. Rather than throw away something that you think you don’t need, take a step back from it all and work out whether it can be repurposed somewhere else. Were you thinking about purchasing some furniture for another room? Perhaps the item you’re looking to get rid of can be repurposed instead of buying something new.

Generally speaking, bigger objects with separate component parts are often best. A chest of drawers, for example, can have its drawers taken out and upscaled as different types of storage. Wooden objects are also versatile, as it’s easier to sand and paint them to fit a different purpose.


Know Your Vision

Asian umbrellas repurposed as a lampshade.

Upscaling furniture is more than just the DIY work – it’s also about placing that new piece in a fitting environment at the end of the process. Because of this, you’ll need to have a clear idea of what you want the new item to look like, as well as knowing how and where it will fit in with the rest of your interior. If you’re in need of some ideas, Upcycle That have them in abundance.

People often associate upscaled furniture in the home with a more rustic chic. It’s certainly one of the most popular styles within the home setting – partly because it’s easier to match with a lot of contemporary interior designs. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the only option: there’s much that you can do with more modern-inflected styles, which often take inspiration from art deco and make frequent use of gold and silver paints.


The Upscaling Process

Uspcaling used furniture requires a bit of DIY know-how.

Of course, this depends massively on what it is that you’re looking to upscale or repurpose. Upcycling chairs requires fabric and stitching skills, whereas repurposing shelving units could well need power tools and plenty of paint. Most upscaling work is done with more solid wooden or metal items of furniture, so that’s the process we’ll be looking at.

If you’re planning on improving the look of a piece of furniture by painting it, then it’s important to sand it first. Sanding removes any rough surfaces, which means that you get a smoother finish – and it’s less likely to chip. You should sand most of the time, unless the surface is already factory-smooth. If the piece you’re wanting to paint is chipped, then you should definitely sand it down before going any further.

If you’ve sanded the piece, chances are you probably won’t need to prime it. There are times, however, when using a primer is important as a base layer before fully painting. Wood with red undertones, such as mahogany, will probably need a primer because the red colouring can bleed through into the paint layers. The same goes for drastic colour changes – from black to white, for instance – as the primer acts as a great leveller. Rain On A Tin Roof has got a great post about when to sand, degloss and prime, which we’d recommend looking at for more information.

Once you’ve sanded and/or primed your piece, it’s time to get creative. Go wild with the paint, change the handles and knobs, and add final accessories and bits of detail. If you’re repurposing it to go into a new room, it might be time to find companion pieces in its new location – and start the process again!


What to do With Upscaled Furniture

The Chapel's upcycled pews as kitchen storage. Photo by Sam Toolsie

Photo by Sam Toolsie.

When it comes to what to do with your new piece, there aren’t any set rules. If it fits with your original vision, then make sure that you integrate the new piece into the surroundings properly. Do you want this new piece to take centre-stage, or is more of a supporting cast member? Is there anything you can add to the space alongside it to help bring out its best features?

Some of The Chapel’s best upscaling work came in the repurposing of the original pews. They were neatened up before being made into various objects around The Chapel including doors, bannisters and even kitchen cupboards. The repurposed pieces blend modern and contemporary styles with the history of The Chapel, and they create a truly unique effect.

If you want to immerse yourself in the wonderful design work in The Chapel, make sure to book a stay.


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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue


Wedding venue tips. Picture by Boho Chic Weddings.

Photo by Boho Chic Weddings.


Weddings are incredibly variable, with almost everything having a ‘take it or leave it’ approach. One thing that can’t be dropped is the venue.

This can be a really stressful decision – there’s a lot to consider and you have no real idea how everything’s going to work out on the day. Luckily for you, we’ll be giving you some key wedding venue tips in this post, alongside some unique wedding venue ideas to help you have an easier decision-making process.


Finalise Your Guestlist Early

Writing your guestlist is important preliminary wedding work.

Knowing how many people are coming to your wedding, or at least how many people you’ll be inviting, is of the highest priority when it comes to organising the big day. It’s especially important when looking at venues – there’s no point looking at the perfect location if it only holds 40 and you’ve invited 80. Wedding Ideas Magazine have a really useful article on how to write your wedding guestlist, which offers some great points.

You should always leave a bit of room to manoeuvre, too. You never know who you might have forgotten, or who your parents just insist on inviting without you knowing! Don’t go overboard with extra space though, as booking a large venue for a small number of people might make the room feel half-empty on the day.

Make sure you know how many the venue can comfortably accommodate. Always be wary of the phrase ‘maximum capacity’, as a space that’s bursting at the seams is hardly an enjoyable place to be. Ask the prospective venue the size of the most successful weddings, and gauge whether your plans fit with that figure.


Know Your Budget

Like knowing your required capacity, having a budget in place is among the most important things when selecting a wedding venue. Not only this, but you’ve got to be up to scratch with hidden costs. Does the venue provide furniture? If you’re booking for the reception, what food and drink is included? You should get a cost list and work out the total predicted expenditure. Remember that budgeting for venue hire is always more than just the space itself!

When it comes to extra costs, decorations are one of the biggest culprits. This can be alleviated by your location choice: if you choose a unique wedding venue, it might be exciting enough that you can spend less on decoration.


See It Through Your Guests’ Eyes

Thinking about your guests is a top wedding venue tip.

Photo by Boho Chic Weddings.


The wedding is unquestionably your day, but it’s made so much better when your guests have a great time too. The best way of ensuring a good atmosphere is to take some time to imagine the day through your guests’ eyes.

Is the venue comfortable? This comes back to the guestlist point above – make sure that there’s actually enough room for everyone on the day. See if there’s any ‘breakout’ rooms for people to spread into, or outdoor space for people to get a bit of fresh air.

Check to see what parking facilities are available at the venue, too. If there’s plenty of parking space, then you can save costs on hiring transport for everyone. Also check to see what accommodation is available nearby, as people will be drinking and won’t be able to drive home! Even better, see if the venue itself has guestrooms available overnight.


Added Extras

Now it’s time for some wedding venue tips that often get sidelined in the grand scheme of things, but they can make a real difference if you spend a bit of time looking into them.

First things first, check whether you’ll have exclusive access to the venue. Unless the prospective venue is gigantic, we would recommend that you look for somewhere that will be entirely yours for the occasion. There’s enough confusion with your partner’s lesser-known family members anyway – you don’t want to be getting your new relatives-to-be mixed up with other venue guests!

Another thing that you should look into is whether the venue comes with an in-house co-ordinator. Having someone from the venue on the wedding day to take care of the little things helps to take the stress off and let you enjoy your big day. Not only this, but they’ll know the venue inside-out, and will probably help in the organising beforehand.

While you’re looking for venues for your wedding, it can seem overwhelming to have to do the same thing all over again with food and decoration outlets as well. To alleviate this, many venues will have a list of recommended vendors which can be of real help. The vendors, be they caterers or decorators, will have worked in the venue before and will ensure the logistics of the wedding run smoothly. You should still check pricings (as some recommended vendors can overcharge), but it makes a good starting point.


If you’re looking for a truly unique wedding venue in North Yorkshire, The Chapel in Harrogate is available for both ceremony and reception bookings. Enquire at for more information.

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