March 12th, 2014
Having recently published a Gimme Five! flour sifters post, I tasked Justin with finding me one for my baking. It didn’t take him long to unearth a bargain, paying £5 for this lovely vintage Foley Sift-Chine example.
And it’s a Rolls Royce of a sifter – lovely, aged, shiny copper with a triple sift mechanism. The flour comes out so smooth & airy, perfect for making melt-in-the-mouth Victoria sponge cakes.
He’s my sifter hero!!
March 11th, 2014
Tile is a popular, practical and elegant flooring choice that looks great in virtually any home. Because of its durability, it’s excellent for any room – perfect for busy families and areas of heavy foot traffic. Tile flooring is low maintenance, easy to clean, moisture resistant and flexible. There is also a wide range of beautiful glazes & finishes. Ceramic and porcelain are two of the most popular and common types of tile flooring. But what’s the difference between them?
Ceramic tile is formed from red or white clay covered in a protective glaze and fired in a kiln. It’s available in a wide array of earthy tones, vibrant hues and distinctive patterns. It offers lots of creative options for traditional or contemporary interiors in areas where there is light to moderate footfall.
Porcelain is known for its beauty and incredible lustre. It is created under extreme temperature & pressure conditions which enhances the tiles durability. This manufacturing process means it’s denser, smoother and more impervious to moisture than ceramic, making it perfect for either indoor or outdoor settings. Carrying flooring through from interior to exterior – out to a patio, for instance, can be very effective visually – enhancing the sense of space & drawing the outdoors in. With a wide range of colours, textures and patterns, porcelain can add beauty & character to any room. Depending on your preference, porcelain is available in both a gloss and matte finish.
Perhaps one of the best things about tile flooring is the ability to lay it in a variety of distinctive patterns that immediately transforms a space. Eye-catching designs such as a classic black & white chequerboard effect or installing it on the diagonal are good examples. If you’re looking to add a touch of unique beauty to your home, consider tile flooring.
March 9th, 2014
We’ve got a slight twist for this month’s Pick of the Pads. It’s more a work space than a living space, but with Easter round the corner, the egg theme swayed it.
It’s the studio workspace of Tony Ladd – the ‘Egg Man’ that was in the April 2014 issue of the Homes & Antiques Magazine magazine.
He’s a wildlife artist specialising in British birds. He creates stunningly realistic, hand-cast, hand-painted egg specimens.
His workspace is a self-built, oak-framed wooden studio situated in his garden on the Sussex coast.
We love all the wooden banks of drawers & shelving…
…filled with jars, brushes, books, artefacts and references to nature.
It’s both homely & fascinating – such an inspiring space!
March 8th, 2014
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We’ve featured a few vintage 1950s teak sideboards in our Charity Vintage series in the past and they’ve proved popular with our blog visitors.
The two sideboards pictured above are a little bit unusual. They’re more 60s Mod than 50s Mid-century Modern. They’re being sold by different sellers, but are both made by H Lait & Sons. There hasn’t been anything by this maker on eBay for AGES but, like buses… you know the rest!
The lot (top photo) consisting of sideboard, table & chairs is being sold by & on behalf of Age UK East Sussex*. It’s offered as ‘buy it now’ £220.00 (also open to offers).
The sideboard on its own (bottom photo) is being sold by & on behalf of Bolton Community Transport & Furniture Services* and currently has had one bid of £45.
Both items are listed as buyer to collect. However, BCTF offers a free delivery service if you’re located within a 5 mile road journey of Bolton town centre.
*Age UK East Sussex is an independent local charity dedicated to helping people in later life in East Sussex. Our vision is for East Sussex to be a county where people in later life flourish.
*Bolton Community Transport & Furniture Services assists in the relief of poverty, sickness and distress, the preservation of health and any other charitable purposes through the provision of transport and/or furniture and recycling furniture and white goods for the benefit of communities in the UK, and particularly, but not exclusively, those in Greater Manchester.