Vintage Pyrex patterns

Vintage Pyrex patterns - Blue Gaiety lidded casserole and yellow & white Gooseberry Cinderella mixing bowl set | H is for Home

We added two very nice pieces of vintage Pyrex to our webshop today. Our newly listed items include a lovely set of four graduated ‘Cinderella’ mixing bowls in the ‘Gooseberry’ pattern and a lidded casserole dish from the ‘Gaiety’ Snowflake range.

Blue vintage Pyrex 'Gaiety' casserole dish | H is for Home

It got us to wondering when Pyrex was invented… 1940s/50s would probably have been our guess. We were a fair way out – it was a brand introduced by Corning Inc in 1908. The thermally resistant glass moved from industrial use to domestic applications (apparently after a Corning employee’s wife used a sawn off battery jar to bake a cake).

Detail of vintage Pyrex 'Gaiety' pattern | H is for Home

It’s certainly come a long way from that first cake and has found a home in millions of kitchen cupboards worldwide. It’s such a great material for kitchen use – durable, practical, heat resistant, doesn’t retain food smells, transparent and decorative too if desired.

Vintage yellow and white 'Gooseberry' Pyrex Cinderella mixing bowl set | H is for Home

Various designers have contributed to the shapes and patterns of Pyrex over the years – Penny Sparke, Betty Baugh, SMART Design and TEAMS Design amongst them.

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You can go for the plain, clear glass or more colourful opaque ranges – and there certainly are some fabulous Pyrex patterns available.

Detail of vintage Pyrex 'Gooseberry' pattern | H is for Home

So, where did the name Pyrex come from… this quote from a Corning executive:

The word PYREX is probably a purely arbitrary word which was devised in 1915 as a trade-mark for products manufactured and sold by Corning Glass Works. While some people have thought that it was made up from the Greek pyr and the Latin rex we have always taken the position that no graduate of Harvard would be guilty of such a classical hybrid. Actually, we had a number of prior trade-marks ending in the letters ex. One of the first commercial products to be sold under the new mark was a pie plate and in the interests of euphonism the letter r was inserted between pie and ex and the whole thing condensed to PYREX.

Detail of Pyrex Tableware stamp | H is for Home

There are various websites dedicated to all things Pyrex – here are links to a few:

Get a great night’s sleep!

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March is National Bed Month, so it’s timely that today we’re reviewing the Tweak Mattress. If you look closely at the photo of our bed, you’ll probably glean that we don’t share the same preference in pillows. I love a tall pile of thick, firm ones and he opts for a few sorry-looking, wafer-thin examples. And the differences in our sleep choices don’t end there. I’m a side sleeper and Justin often lies on his back. In addition, he has suffered from a herniated disc for the past few years. I’ve just started getting pain in my hips – oh the joys of getting older! A softer mattress suits the way I sleep and a firmer one is best for Justin and his bad back. How do we reconcile our sleep arrangements? Well, Tweak Mattress has come up with the perfect answer!

Tweak mattress unzipped showing its different coloured tablet inserts | H is for Home

Tweak Mattress bills it as “the ultimate mattress for couples”. You can unzip the quilted cover and mix & match the coloured tablet inserts depending on you and your partner’s preferred mattress firmness. And because they’re separate tablets, it reduces the energy transfer from one side of the bed to the other. This is a godsend if you share a bed with a restless sleeper – that’s me, with my regular episodes of restless legs! These are sandwiched between a pocket sprung base at the bottom and a temperature-regulating memory foam layer on the top.

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We’ve been giving it the bedroom equivalent of a road test this past week. So looking forward to it were we, that we even bought a brand new bed frame and bedding to complete the nocturnal joy. It’s been absolute bliss – the most comfortable mattress either of us has ever had the pleasure of sleeping on. Even sitting up in bed reading or watching television has become a much improved experience.

Do you and your partner have different sleep preferences?

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Tweak Mattress are so confident of their product that they offer purchasers an amazing 100 night trial. That’s over 3 months! If you’re not happy with the coloured comfort layer you’ve chosen, they’ll replace it free of charge. If you’re still not satisfied, they’ll organise collection and give you a full refund.

Here’s a short video demonstrating it’s features…

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3 great ways to use mirrors in your home

Ginger and Jagger mirrors

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Mirrors are often thought of as something we use to make sure we look good, or to check if there’s spinach between our teeth. But if you’re someone who’s passionate about interior design and think of the rooms in your home as works of art, mirrors can be so much more. A beautiful designer mirror can fulfil numerous functions in the home, completely changing the look of a room, transforming it from plain to dazzling. Here are a few ways in which you can use mirrors…

Ginger and Jagger leaf mirror

For vanity purposes

Mirrors have been used by human beings for for centuries. Almost every bathroom contains a mirror so you can brush your teeth, style your hair and do your make-up. A full-length mirror is very useful in a bedroom or walk-in wardrobe as it allows you to survey your entire outfit to make sure you look impeccable before leaving the house. And, for you ladies with a dressing table… or a full-blown boudoir, a vanity mirror complete with light bulbs will make you feel like a film star as you do your hair and make-up.

Adnet full-length mirror

Enlarge a room

Large mirrors can magically make a small, cramped room seem larger. The reflection of an opposite wall can trick the eye into perceiving a room as being more spacious. For this reason, many designers place long horizontal mirrors in dining rooms and living rooms. After all, nobody wants their guests to feel like they’re being squeezed! When using mirrors to enlarge rooms, pay special attention to the size and position of the mirror. It’s usually better to position the mirror closer to the ceiling than to surfaces immediately below such as tables or counter-tops. A large, eye-catching mirror can even become the focal point of the room – so invest wisely. It’s often worth splashing out a bit!

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As an artistic piece

Just like a bold painting, mirrors can transform the entire look of a room. Antique, vintage and contemporary designer mirrors can all incorporate such exquisite  form and materials – so much so that they’re works of art in their own right. For example, have a look some of the gorgeous mirror frames at online furniture store The Longest Stay. Just as you’d choose artwork based on the mood it evokes and how suitable the colours/design are for your interior, the same considerations apply to mirrors. Take your time when choosing – consider the design of the frame, the age & period features of your house perhaps, the ageing/patina of the glass, where you’d position it in your home etc.

Mirrors are more than just reflective pieces of glass! They enable you to not only look at yourself, but also to visually transform the size, shape and brightness of a room. They can add character and colour. The design and craftsmanship of a beautiful mirror can be every bit as breathtaking as that of a painting or sculpture. When you buy a mirror for your home, it’s an opportunity to add an extra dimension – a chance to really enhance the look & appeal of the space.

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Get the George Nelson style

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George Nelson style ball wall clock from Vita Interiors

Original vintage George Nelson clocks are beautiful, but quite hard to come by and very expensive! But you can get a similar look with one of these George Nelson style wall clocks from Vita interiors.

Vignette containing George Nelson style ball wall clock, vintage brass horse, antique wooden candleholder and pile of Penguin paperbacks | H is for Home

We’ve just received this great looking starburst clock from them and are happy to sing its praises. We go for quite an eclectic look in our house, mixing objects from various different eras. This mid century modern style clock sits comfortably with antiques, vintage and contemporary pieces equally well – and is therefore very good at linking these various eras to give a balanced feel to a room.

Detail of George Nelson style ball wall clock from Vita Interiors

There’s a lot of space incorporated into the clock’s form which gives it a light and airy feel – and it casts lovely shadows too. The mix of materials works really well and we like the detailing in terms of walnut finials and hand shape.

Detail of George Nelson style ball wall clock from Vita Interiors

It would sit comfortably in almost any room of the house. It has a nice, quiet tick so the bedroom’s definitely an option. It would look fab on the wall of a lounge, office or kitchen too. We’ve already identified plenty of potential sites for it to live in our house!

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The best vintage-inspired gifts for the home

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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.

You can visit your local antique, second-hand and charity shops or shop at bigger retail chain stores. Here’s a list of ideas for gifts that can be unique and vintage.

Colton coffee table

Furniture

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

Posters

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

Dishes

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

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.

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Cutting Edge!

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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.

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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!