May 26th, 2015

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Vintage T. G. Green 'Fleur' sauce boat

We’re here to sing the praises of a slightly underrated, perhaps little-known, range of pottery.

Vintage T. G. Green 'Fleur' sauce boat

We found this sauce boat on the flea market last week. It’s in the gorgeous Fleur pattern produced by Swedish designer Berit Ternell for T. G. Green & Co Ltd in 1961. There are also plates, casserole dishes, jugs, bottles and storage jars in the range.

Handle of a vintage T. G. Green 'Fleur' sauce boat

We just love the stylised flowers; tulips, cow parsley, sunflowers and dandelions. It’s similar in style to the sought after and recently re-introduced Picknick range by Rorstrand of Sweden.

Stamp on the underside of a vintage T. G. Green 'Fleur' sauce boat

We’ve noticed that Fleur doesn’t appear for sale too often. It always sells quickly, but prices remain very affordable. It’s a good sign for an underrated classic – so keep your eyes out!

Etsy List: What a Corker!

May 25th, 2015

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'What a Corker!' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

Cork is considered by many to be a real 1970s material. It brings to mind orange & brown interiors sporting DIY-laid cork tiles – on floors, on ceilings on walls… but we love it.

Cork has had something of a renaissance of late; the range of products proving that it’s not just good for notice boards. It’s soft, warm, tactile, durable, waterproof and a sound dampener. What’s not to love?

Here are some of the best cork items we’ve discovered on Etsy… and no 70s naffness in sight!

What a Corker!
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Pick of the Pads: So Last Century!

May 24th, 2015

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Mid century modern decorated sitting room

This fabulous house appeared in a recent edition of Stella Magazine

'So Last Century' article in Stella Magazine from 29 March 2015

It’s the Marseille home of Virginie & Jean-Baptiste Moutte, co-owners of vintage furniture store, Relax Factory.

Cover of Stella Magazine from 29 March 2015

As you’d expect from mid century modern dealers, their home is brimming with beautiful pieces from the era.

Armchair in a mid century modern decorated sitting room

We love their use of bright, primary colours which does indeed put you in a cheery, holiday kind of mood.

Kitchen in a mid century modern decorated sitting room

 It’s done supremely well – well judged and not at all gaudy.

Yellow bedroom in a mid century modern decorated sitting room

There are eye-catching feature walls, textiles & artwork – or, as in the case of the dining space below, bold chair covers to lift the more muted, natural tones of the room.

Dining table in a mid century modern decorated sitting room

With all the wonderful furniture, lighting and vintage accessories on view, the house could work as a staged shop display, but it manages to look very lived in and homely too – a little gem!

Charity Vintage: Pifco fan

May 23rd, 2015

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Vintage Pifco fan (ends 25 May, 2015 20:37:00 BST)

We know warm weather feels like a distant memory at the moment – but it’s the bank holiday weekend – summer must be on its way!

This gorgeous vintage 1950s Pifco fan would look the business on your office desk or craft room worktop. Keeping you cool while you work during those sweltering summer days! :-) It’s in full working order and is currently up for sale by Isabel Hospice*. It’s a mere £6.50 at the moment, with just over 2 days left to get a bid in if you fancy it.

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.

Gimme Five! Metal potting stations

May 22nd, 2015

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selection of metal potting stations

Can’t you tell summer’s coming?! All the veg & salad seeds we sowed are sprouting. We’re running out of outdoor work space to prick out and pot on as seedlings outgrow their starter homes.

We’re after another potting station; one that can withstand living outside in damp northern climes. Aluminium or zinc will be best – with a lower shelf. You can never have too much storage space for seed trays!

We like #4 best, the one from B&Q. It has that all-important shelf, along with uprights along three sides which can be used as hanging space, acts as a windbreak for delicate seedlings and also prevents plants & tools from slipping off the edge from a height!

  1. Aluminium potting table: £36.50, Amazon
  2. Halls silver aluminium greenhouse potting bench: £55, Waltons
  3. Aluminium potting station: £69.99, Taylors Garden Buildings
  4. Potting bench: £30, B&Q
  5. Palram steel work bench: £44.99, Garden Street
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