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.



Gimme Five! Cast iron candle holders

September 26th, 2014

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selection of 5 cast iron candle holders

Last night, we had the fire in our den lit for the first time this autumn. We welcome autumn & winter in our house when they come around. Ours is a real cold weather, snuggle up with blankets and cushions and fairy lights kind of home!

At this time of year, at the end of each day, we love to retreat upstairs; and part of the evening’s routine involves getting the fire started and getting the tea lights and candles lit. We have a selection of tea light and candle holders dotted around the room – on tables, on the mantlepiece and crannies in the stone wall. The twinkly, flickering light the candles give is really relaxing and atmospheric. Welcome back autumn!

  1. 3-piece Eric Hoglund Boda wall sconce holders & candle holder: US $849.00, eBay
  2. Pair of vintage cast iron taper holders: £25, H is for Home
  3. Danish Modern hairpin cast iron candle holders: £26.43, Etsy
  4. Iittala Allas round single candleholder: £25, Amara
  5. Japanese cast iron candle stand ginkgo leaf: £22.52, Etsy

Cakes & Bakes: Yorkshire curd tarts

September 25th, 2014

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detailed view of two Yorkshire curd tarts

I’d never eaten Yorkshire curd tarts before I’d moved to Yorkshire. I’ve never eaten a home made one until this week – just supermarket-bought… which were nice, but just nice. If you’ve never had one, I’d say they’re a cross between a cross between an Eccles cake, cheesecake and an egg custard tart.

They’ve been made since the 17th century, usually around Whitsuntide, using leftover curds from cheesemaking. Rather than being cooked in cake or tart tins, they’re traditionally done in saucers. Don’t try this if you think your lovely vintage china saucers may shatter in the oven!

I’ve wanted to make them before but I’ve never seen curd for sale anywhere. Now that I know how easy it is to make my own curds, I’ve giving Yorkshire curd tarts a go!

You’ll need 2 pints of full-fat milk to make the right amount of curd for this recipe. Don’t be disappointed by the curd to whey ratio. All that resultant liquid shouldn’t be wasted. It can be used in bread making, cooking pasta, soaking & cooking pulses, lassi… some people even recommend using it as a shampoo!

I used a recipe from Joan Poulson’s Old Yorkshire Recipes teamed with Delia Smith’s version of shortcrust pastry.

Cakes & Bakes: Yorkshire curd tarts

Yield: Makes 4 tarts

Cakes & Bakes: Yorkshire curd tarts

Ingredients

  • For the filling
  • 225g/8oz curds use 2pts of milk & 2tbs white or white wine vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 115g/4oz sugar
  • 55g/2oz currants
  • small knob of butter, melted
  • a little grated lemon rind I left this out
  • pinch of grated nutmeg
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  • For the shortcrust pastry
  • 115g/4oz plain flour
  • 55g/2oz butter, at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of cold water
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Instructions

  1. To make the pastry: Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour
  3. Using your fingertips, gently rub the fat into the flour
  4. When the mixture looks uniformly crumbly, sprinkle over about 2tbs of cold water
  5. Bring the mixture together using a round-bladed dinner knife; mixing and cutting
  6. Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a smooth ball of dough that will leave the bowl clean
  7. Rest the pastry, wrapped in cling film or tin foil, in the fridge for 20-30 minutes while you make the filling
  8. To make the filling: Heat the milk until almost boiling and add the vinegar
  9. Remove from the heat and stir until it curdles
  10. Allow to cool slightly before straining through a fine muslin you can save the whey to use in bread baking or soaking/cooking pulses
  11. Mix the curds with the dried fruit and flavourings
  12. Beat the eggs well and stir into the curd mixture with the sugar and melted butter
  13. Roll out the pastry and line 4 oven-proof saucers/sideplates before adding the curd mixture
  14. Bake in a moderate oven (180ºC/350F) for 20 minutes or until set
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