£300 John Lewis voucher giveaway with Everest Home Improvements

September 30th, 2014

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Everest Home Improvements' Ronnie the Robot

Win £300 to spend at John Lewis with Everest Home Improvements’ Ronnie the Robot!

With the launch of Everest’s new loveable little robot, Ronnie, we’re excited to give our readers the chance to win £300 worth of John Lewis vouchers. All you need to do is answer one simple question in the comments section below:

What would you do with your very own Ronnie to help around the house?

Every answer will automatically be entered for a chance to win this great prize! You can improve your chances of winning by liking and following them & us on social media.

This competition is brought to you by Everest Home Improvements. Visit their site to look at new deals and also find out how you can Ask Ronnie a Question.

£300 John Lewis voucher giveaway

Happy!

September 30th, 2014

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pair of large vintage happy badges

Feeling a bit glum? These huge, groovy 1970s tin badges should help lift your mood –  ‘think happy’ and ‘be happy’.

rear view of a pair of large vintage happy badges

They were thrown in for free with another purchase at a recent flea market. Happy indeed! :-)

Etsy List: Pretty in Pink

September 29th, 2014

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'Pretty in Pink' Etsy List by H is for HomeWhen chosing vintage interior items for this Etsy List post, I realised that we don’t actuallly have anything pink in our own home. I think the last time I had any pink interior highlights was when I was in my teens. My bedroom walls were painted pink… with a purple & grey zig zag stripe – it was all very 80s!

I love the colour – at least the shades at the shocking, magenta and fuchsia end of the scale; the baby, powder or pastel hues – not so much. Think Elsa Schiaparelli, Penelope Pitstop… even Dame Barbara Cartland!

Are there any colours that you don’t use in your interior?

Pretty in Pink
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Vintage industrial mill trolley

September 28th, 2014

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vintage industrial mill trolley

We recently sold this fabulous vintage mill trolley which proved to be a very popular item. They have such a great industrial look which is much in demand – and they can be put to all kinds of uses too. They look good with a pile of vintage suitcases on top and make wonderful log stores beside a wood-burning stove. They sit well in a conservatory or garden with plant pots on top – and can also work well as seating – a few large cushions or cosy blankets transform them into a quirky & very comfortable spot to take the weight off your feet.

In the last few days, we came across Trade Furniture Company who have an industrial section amongst a huge range in their online store and showroom. It includes this similar and great looking iron & wood trolley. Perfect for any of our suggestions and more.

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Charity Vintage: Uniflex drawers

September 27th, 2014

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Vintage Uniflex chest of drawers (ends 30 Sep, 2014 11:10:34 BST)

St Vincent Support Centre* is currently selling a couple of pieces of vintage Uniflex furniture but this chest of drawers is what caught our eye. Clean of line, easy on the eye and with beautifully contrasting teak and sycamore woods, it’s currently for sale on eBay for Charity with an opening price of £69.99.

We’ve seen the very same model currently for sale elsewhere online priced at over £350.

Uniflex was at the vanguard of British furniture design and manufacturing. Their furniture was exhibited at the Design Centre in 1962 and they had a show room in New Bond Street, London.

In 1965, as part of the British furniture industry’s Economic Review for 1964, Leslie Leyton of L. Lazarus & Sons Ltd (the makers of Uniflex) proclaimed:

Had the public not become much more discerning we would not be able to sell the sort of furniture we make in the quantities we do.

Leslie Adrian, in a 1965 edition of The Spectator made a bold statement that still holds true today:

British furniture can be clean-limbed and elegant without being second-class Scandinavian…

You can see the article in its entirity here. It makes for very insightful reading into the evolution of furniture manufacturing and retailing over the past 40 years.

*St Vincent Support Centre is part of the international charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society, and exists to promote self-sufficiency by building bridges of support and creating opportunities that enhance the quality of life for those deprived of income, employment, education, social networks and community support. They offer a wide range of services to people who need it most, including free debt advice, counselling, free adult learning, and volunteering/training placements for unemployed and adults with special needs.