World Dolls Series: Germany

September 17th, 2014

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World Dolls Series: Germany children's book cover

As promised, we’ve arrived in Germany for the next leg of our tour in the World Doll Series of books.

Front inside cover of World Dolls Series: Germany children's book

Charming illustrations once more – this time the work of W. Lewis from the Birmingham School of Design.

map showing Munich from World Dolls Series: Germany children's book

Our German guides are Gretel & Gunther who spend a lot of time singing & dancing when they’re not shepherding us lot around.

illustration of German dolls standing on a table

We’re taken on a trip through a land of contrasts.

line drawing of Berlin

Vibrant cities & the industrial powerhouses…

illustration of German shops

…to the beautiful countryside with forests, mountains, lakes & rivers.

illustration of German cafe

From bustling shipyards on the coast to serene fairy tale castles in the hills.

illustration of figures ice skating outdoors

Hot & sunny in the summer for cycling, swimming and open air cafés, cold & snowy in the winter for skiing, skating and cosy log fires. Perfect!!

illustration of figures dancing around a giant Christmas tree

And the Germans are very good at doing Christmas too. You’re going to have a job dragging us away!! But onwards we must go – Italy next. So it’s Auf Wiedersihen from the good folk of Germany.

Creative Collections: Glass floats

September 16th, 2014

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collection of vintage glass floats

We’ve chosen glass fishing floats for this week’s Creative Collections post – we love the subtle colour variations and irregularities in shape.

collection of vintage glass floats

Glass floats originated in Norway in about 1840. Christopher Faye, a Norwegian merchant, in collaboration with the Hadelands Glass Works, is credited with their invention. Early examples were hand blown, later the glass was injected into wooden moulds resulting in the faint seam line which can be seen on many examples. Modern replicas are also being produced.

collection of vintage glass floats

This is how they would have originally been used – encased with a twine netting holder. These would have then been attached to the large fishing nets & lines to keep mile after mile of them afloat in the sea. This is quite a basic form of holder, but the more elaborate antique examples crafted by the fishermen or their wives during long winter evenings can be a things of real beauty. Glass floats are no longer used having been replaced by plastic, aluminium or Styrofoam. However, thousands of the glass ones are still afloat, travelling along in the currents of the world’s oceans. They’re prized by beachcombers and used in interior decoration.

collection of vintage glass floats

They’re great for interior display – particularly the genuine older examples which have so much character. A collection looks great in a large bowl for example – and they look really fabulous on a window sill where the sun catches the glass and fills the room with coloured light and shadows.

Etsy List: Bowled Over!

September 15th, 2014

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'Bowled Over!' Etsy List by H is for HomeA bowl is… essential, useful, beautiful, tactile, sensual.

It’s probably one of the first things stone age man ever made. It carries water, it holds food, it is used to meditate, it is used in prayer.

It can be made of pottery, wood, wicker, metal, glass, plastic, or textile.

Here are some of our favourite Etsy Offerings.

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Curated by H is for Home

Monthly Mood Board: Studio Living

September 14th, 2014

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'Studio Living' monthly mood board

Property prices in the UK, especially in London and the South, are absolutely bonkers. If they want to own their own home, many buyers may not be able to afford much more than a small flat or bedsit. Studio living is many people’s reality.

If a home is compact & bijou – there’s a lot that can be done to maximise a living space. Items such as room dividers and rugs help to zone & delineate the different living and working areas.

Use space-saving and metamorphic furniture & fittings. Compact, folding, collapsible, stacking versions of usually bulky items such as chairs, tables and beds can free up a lot of space when not in use.

Multi-purpose items of furniture prove useful additions to studio living. Daybeds, sofa beds and shelving units that double up as room dividers cut down on the number of necessary furnishings and stop a space feeling over-crowded or cluttered.

Unfortunately, smaller doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper – mini versions of fixtures and appliances aren’t always less expensive than their full-size versions.

  1. Kingston compact leak proof pre-assembled shower cubicle: £756, Forthill Home
  2. Bathroom vanity combination unit: £374.95, eBay
  3. Alessi Piana folding chair: £134, Heal’s
  4. Regal 1550mm roll top slipper bath with tap deck: £299.99, World of Baths
  5. Caboto room divider: £70.90, Wayfair
  6. IKEA PS 2014 bureau, orange, birch veneer: £145
  7. Eyeline Platinum mini kitchen with hobs: from £2,010.00 (ex. VAT), Tiny Kitchens
  8. IKEA PS 2012 day-bed: £450
  9. Spacedust bright rug: from £34, Modern Rugs
  10. Leon Pfeifer for John Lewis Croyde 6 seater drop leaf folding dining table: £299

Charity Vintage: Stavangerflint cockerel dish

September 13th, 2014

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Vintage Stavangerflint cockerel dish for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of the Woking Hospice ends 14 Sep, 2014 19:27:55 BST

We really love Stavangerflint pottery – well, vintage Scandinavian pottery & glass in general. This is the third time that we’re featuring it in our Charity Vintage blog series.

This cute & colourful little cockerel dish was designed for Stavangerflint by Inger Waage in the 1950s. It’s for sale by & in support of the Woking Hospice* and the price currently stands at a mere £4.08 (with £3.50 P&P on top). It’s a fairly rare design, the last one listed on eBay sold for over £20.

*The Woking Hospice exists to provide and promote the highest quality care possible for people with advanced terminal illnesses, and to provide help and support to their families and other individuals important to their care.