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The best vintage-inspired gifts for the home

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

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Vintage homewares for sale by H is for Home

If you’ve been invited to a party or other kind of event which requires the giving of gifts, and you’re short of ideas and don’t know how to amaze people who’ve probably seen and got everything, then we can recommend where to look for the coolest and best vintage-inspired gifts which will create unique atmosphere and sentimental value in every home.

Visit your local second hand and charity shops or shop at bigger retail stores. No matter where you choose to find it, you’ll be sure that it will be a great, one-of-a-kind gift. Moreover, if you choose to shop at the bigger name stores, definitely make a first visit to Neiman Marcus. You can shop online from the UK at Neiman Marcus too. Actually, if you shop online you’ll be able to use online offer codes for Neiman Marcus and make great savings! Here’s a list of ideas for gifts that can be unique and vintage.

Colton coffee table


What home has no furniture? For new home-owners or for people who like to collect unique items, consider a house-warming gift of a great piece of furniture; let your budget and their need be your guide. It could be anything from a full living room set to a single, statement chair. Just ensure that the item you give doesn’t require a lot of renovation (unless you know that this is their forte!). If not, your well-meaning present could become a a time-consuming and expensive project. But, if your friend loves to bring new live to items like that, than it makes the ideal gift!

Vintage 'For Liberty' exhibition poster


If a birthday boy or girl or newly-wed couple loves vintage, you can consider buying & framing a vintage-inspired or genuine vintage poster. Think vintage ads and travel, film or art exhibition posters. Something to do with their favourite film, artist or reminds them of that favourite they visited on holiday. Give them something that will demonstrate that it was chosen with thought and love.

'Wickford' porcelain by Kate Spade


For the kitchen & dining room, don’t be afraid to give vintage fine china dishes or simple metal rustic set. It might not be used by how they suppose to be, but it can be just a décor element too. Or if you want future owners to use it, then consider buying a better quality full set of such dishes and gift it wrapped in some nice box. But be careful, this kind of gift can sometimes be expensive and just a bit fragile. So keep a good eye of items you are going to buy and maybe even invest a little bit more too. It will definitely bring some old memories back and create some nostalgia as well.

French-inspired bedding from Neiman Marcus


Bedding should be only vintage-inspired because it is rare to find authentic items in mint or excellent condition. So just search for some nice and classic beddings for a bedroom and create cosy atmosphere there. You can also add some decorative pillows or throw cushions and help your friends to create a new type of bedroom easily. But if you manage to find genuine vintage and great quality bedding, then it can make the most amazing gift ever!

So that’s it; this short list that we’ve given you is definitely not exhaustive. Share some other ideas what specific items are good gifts for vintage lovers and let’s get inspired while shopping. Gift some nostalgia and memories of good old times and be confident that your gift is unique and one of a kind.


Cutting Edge!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

Anyone out there after some cutting-edge cutlery?

Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

We’ve just picked up five boxes of classic mid century modern flatware.

Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

There are six each of main course knives & forks, starter knives & forks – and spoons. That should cover lots of menu options!

Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

They’re stainless steel with teak handles.

Collection of boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

 We love the handle shape and grain of the wood.

Vintage Mills Moore cutlery mark
It was produced in the 1960s by Mills Moore of Sheffield – the steel city and home to some great cutlery makers. Other names that spring to mind include Viners, Mappin & Webb, Joseph Rodgers, Sanderson and Wolstenholm.

Design Centre logo on boxed vintage Mills Moore cutlery

It’s a wonderful design in terms of both material & form – and was selected by The Design Centre – always a good sign when collecting pieces from the era. The boxes are tatty, but the contents are in good condition. We’ll try and get them into our web shop this week – alternatively, drop us a line if you’re keen to fill that cutlery drawer!

Love is the Rug

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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Fireside vignette

We’ve really missed our real fires this winter. Our chimneys starting leaking smoke throughout the house so we decided to halt burning until they’d been sorted out.

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Well, that day has come – hurrah! New flue liners have been fitted and we’re ready to light our fire again. We’ve even had an extra wood-burning stove fitted in an upstairs bedroom.

Fireside vignette

We’ve spruced up the fireplaces so they look welcoming once more. The finishing touch was provided by a lovely new hearth rug sent to us by Allfloors Express. It’s hand-made from natural jute and helps soften the space.

Fireside vignette

Also, the texture & colours work really well with our modern rustic look, complementing other natural materials such as wooden floors, slate tiles and log stacks. It looks so good we might have to get another one for that upstairs hearth too! It’s still just about chilly enough to have small fire chuffing away, and we’re really looking forward to pulling up a comfy chair to enjoy the warm glow and flickering flames.