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Sifter Success!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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Foley Sift-Chine flour sifter with bags of flour and tray of eggs

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.

Foley Sift-Chine flour sifter with a tray of eggs

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.

Foley Sift-Chine flour sifter

He’s my sifter hero!!

Toolbox shelf

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

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shelf made from an upcycled carpenter's toolboximage credit: May December Home

We saw this image of an upcycled vintage toolbox last week – what a great idea. Once screwed to the wall, the toolbox sides form shelf surfaces and the handle provides hanging space. It looks like this one has metal tubing to replace the original handle with a row of cups suspended below.

vintage wooden toolbox

By coincidence we came across a toolbox at the Thursday market if anyone out there fancies a similar project. The wood could be left bare or in this case it might benefit from being painted. This one retains the original handle from which butchers hooks can hang.

vintage wooden toolbox upcycled into tea making storage

We did a quick mock up to show it functioning as a tea making station. Perfect for a rustic kitchen – or how about bit of vintage allotment chic for your garden shed?

Made to Match

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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Lois scatter cushion in orange plaid from on a vintage leather club chair

We bought two gorgeous vintage leather club chairs recently. They were looking a bit tired, but have cleaned up beautifully. We polished the leather, recovered the old seat pads in hessian sacking – and have now found the perfect cushion just to complete the look.

Lois scatter cushion in orange plaid from on a vintage leather club chair

We received this Lois cushion in orange plaid from this week. The overall red/orange appearance works perfectly with the rich chestnut brown leather, whilst the subtle touches of green & blue in the tartan pick up on the lettering in the Hessian sacking.

detail of a Lois scatter cushion in orange plaid from on a vintage leather club chair

The fabric is very good quality and we’re also happy with the finishing in terms of stitching, zips etc. The cushion combines tradition with modernity which is just what we were after. We’ve put one of the chairs next to the window (and bookshelf) in our main bedroom. The perfect spot for a quiet – and now very comfortable read.


Grundy bin

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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vintage aluminium Grundy bin lid

We were tired of a huge bag of dog food balancing on our washing machine and were just about to buy one of the dog food bins that we featured in a recent ‘Gimme Five’ post

vintage aluminium Grundy bin

…then one of our fellow dealers brought this vintage aluminium flour bin into the antiques centre.

vintage aluminium Grundy bin containing a large bag of dog food

It’s absolutely perfect!!  It fits the largest sacks of food, it’s secure & sturdy – and even has wheels to allow easy movement for cleaning etc.

bottom of a vintage aluminium Grundy bin showing its castors

Up-cycling at its best – we couldn’t have designed anything better.

Fudge sitting next to the vintage aluminium Grundy bin containing his dog food

Fudge approves!

Aqua desk lamp

Monday, February 25th, 2013

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retro John Lewis goose neck aqua desk lamp with selection of vintage items

In our last post we highlighted some ‘vintage industrial’ pieces we’d bought at auction. If you’re trying to get that kind of look, then this retro aqua desk lamp is ideal. It’s retailed by John Lewis and having lived with it for a week or so now, we can highly recommend it.

detailed view of retro John Lewis goose neck aqua desk lamp showing old fashioned woven flex

For starters it looks great. Then, just as importantly, it functions well. The build quality is excellent – a really solid feel with good weight to it. The arm & fittings are a burnished, brass-like metal, the shade & base a very on-trend aqua blue. We also like the vintage-look, woven cord wiring.

retro John Lewis goose neck aqua desk lamp with selection of vintage items

The lamp head is adjustable and it’s perfect for all kinds of settings or uses – whether it be the home office, work desk or bedside table.