The English summer has arrived, along with it the magnificent colours of the season featuring blue skies and vibrant wildflowers aplenty. I for one am ready to bask in these warm, sweet sunny days, exploring the beautiful English countryside with all this season has to offer, adventuring in the great outdoors and watching the wildlife as it relishes in summers abundance!
Step into my world of English garden summer dreaming with an adventure we took to the worlds oldest Topiary garden within the grounds of Levens Hall in Kendal, Cumbria. The beauty and magic of English gardens has inspired the designs featured on our beautiful, hand illustrated silk scarves, that are perfect perfect for wearing the colours and essence of the summer season around your neck all year round.
I love to gain inspiration from our local English gardens, from their neatly trimmed hedges, perfectly lined vegetable patches to their exquisite array of colourful botanical plants. Gardens bring for me the sense of magic and wonder, and Levens Hall is no exception, with it’s hidden pathways and ancient trees, around every corner lies a new world of natures wonders.
Get ready to wander through the rose gardens, venture within hedge-walled mazes and secret pathways to discover lily covered ponds and foxgloves swarming with happy pollen collecting bees – a true delight for the eyes! I think a magical lily pad themed pond illustration shall be next on the agenda, with dragonflies and koi carp alike…
We hope that you enjoy exploring these magnificent ancient gardens through our photo journal below
xx KC xx
Katie Craven is a luxury lifestyle brand, based in the Ribble Valley countryside. With design at the heart of the brand, Katie intricately hand illustrates each of her beautiful, classic creations in her signature pen, ink and watercolour style.
Katie’s illustrative prints turn the beautiful and the magical into luxurious pieces of artwork that can be worn, loved, displayed and treasured forever. Her designs are “created with the aim to bring joy and magic to everyday life” and her inspiration is drawn from all aspects of daily living, including small magical moments, daydreaming and the beauty of our natural world. Her inspiration also lies in classic vintage styles from eras past, including work by Victorian designer William Morris “who believed the world could be made a better place through the creation of beautiful things.”
Inspired by Katie’s love of all things beautiful, we are devoted to making exceptional quality stationary and silk scarves that are proudly made in England, created to inspire and encourage the traditions of sending letters and gift giving.
With British luxury at the core of the brand, attention to detail is taken at every aspect of the products journey and we take pride in selecting the highest quality fabrics and paper stocks to ensure the longevity of our luxury collections. Sustainability is at the forefront of everything that we do, therefore all of our greeting cards and paper products are printed on FSC certified card, sourced locally to us in the beautiful Lake District.
Our luxurious silk scarves have been specially created to add a timeless, elegant finish to any look, invoking a sense of beauty and magic whenever worn. We are proud in the knowledge that our scarves are truly beautiful pieces of wearable art, that have been drawn by hand with an exquisite level of detail and printed onto the finest silk twill material, to be loved & treasured forever.
Each Katie Craven design tells it’s own unique story, featuring an illustrated, imaginary world that has been created to incite a sense of joy for life whenever admired.
Take a look at our luxury greeting cards and silk twill scarves here