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Webwise shopping

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Made.com sofa and rugMADE.com

Online shopping continues to boom. The home & garden sector is one of the biggest growth areas. Furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, textiles, kitchen & dining ware all lend themselves perfectly to the web shopping experience.

The vast majority of people don’t employ an interior designer, but they have their own ideas, creative flair and preferences. People want their home to look unique, to stand out from the crowd, to have personality. The web enables you to create an interior that’s perfect for you.

hanging lamp from CasafinaCasafina

So, whether your moving into a new home, giving your current one a fresh look or simply adding that single special piece that you’ve had your eye on… a great place to check out is VoucherBin.

They have a range of offers and voucher codes available – high street names and online favourites such as Made.com, Cox & Cox, Casafina, Love the Design and Dotmaison can all be found there; the kind of companies that offer innovation and affordability when it comes to giving your home a design aware look.

Bedding from Cox & CoxCox & Cox

Some people love the ‘brand new’ for their homes, some love the aged character of antique, some love both. Even keen vintage fans don’t tend to fill their home exclusively with vintage homewares. They might also like the look or practicality of a brand new piece, the products of a specific new designer, a company’s ethos, a modern twist on an old classic… and so on.

Also, many people like to mix old with new – an eclectic look that has timeless style… a look that is here to stay.

Homewares available at Love the DesignLove the Design

So, if you’re browsing the internet and see the perfect thing… pause for a moment before clicking to buy… there’s the distinct possibility that the thing you’re after or something similar will appear on VoucherBin.

You’ll find voucher codes which give you discounts of up to 75% off the regular price. If you’ve got a budget to stick too – and most people have – it might just help you finish that dream space without short cuts or compromise. Check it out!

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Fudge has been collared!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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orange dog collar and lead

We received a surprise cheque in the post last week. Not a lottery style win or anything, but a couple of hundred pounds that we weren’t expecting. So, only one thing for it – ‘save half, spend half!’. Adelle got a pair of new shoes, Justin needs some new jeans – and Fudge got a lovely new collar & lead set.

tissue-wrapped collar and lead with complimentary dog treat

They were ordered from Suzy Q based in Hove. Not on the High Street give 5% of the sale price to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Lovely attention to detail in the packaging – nice tissue paper wrapping, pretty labels and a dog treat!

personalised, engraved collar

The collars are very well made – and customised too which is included in the price. Just one word of caution – if you have a dog that pulls very hard, we have known this type of clip-in fastening to pop open suddenly. This might be an issue if your dog has an aggressive streak, runs into busy roads or heads off into the hills as soon as it gets chance!

Fudge sporting his new, orange matching collar and lead

We went for the vibrant orange – he might be ten years old, but Fudge still likes to turn heads. You can almost hear him saying, “Don’t I look handsome… not bad for an old man”. The George Clooney of the canine world!

Five Flea Finds

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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Collection of items picked up at Todmorden fleamarket

This week was very successful at our local flea market… with 5 really good vintage finds for the shop.

vintage Festival of Britain catalogue picked up at Todmorden fleamarket

First is this original catalogue from the Festival of Britain held in 1951. We’ve really enjoyed browsing through this booklet. In addition the run down of the exhibition itself, there are some fantastic period ads.

vintage chocolate brown enamel Finel kettle picked up at Todmorden fleamarket

Next up is this enamel teapot made by Finel. It was covered in dust and badly tea stained inside, but it’s come up beautifully – a good wash revealed the lovely pattern and the inside bleached clean & white.

vintage Bavaria West German porcelain coffee pot picked up at Todmorden fleamarket

This 1960s coffee pot couldn’t fail to catch our eye. We’ve actually had a set in this pattern before – what a great design with its simple, stylised flowers.

vintage handpainted Arabia sunflower plate picked up at Todmorden fleamarket

This plate was at the bottom of a pile. We could just see the petal edges poking out. We’re glad we made the effort to dig down a bit! It’s a lovely vintage hand-painted sunflower plate produced by Arabia of Finland.

set of 6 vintage Ridgway "Amanda" trios picked up at Todmorden fleamarket

Finally, we have this tea trio – a set of six trios to be precise. It’s the Amanda pattern produced by Ridgway in the 1960s/70s – bright, cheerful and very usable.

All worth getting up early for!

In addition to the five finds destined for our shop, you may also have noticed some wine glasses in the background of the group photo. We were down to our last couple of decent wine glasses (and we do love a glass or two of red wine in front of the fire!). We’ve been looking for new ones for a few weeks now and were determined to pick some up in a charity shop or flea market. There they were – lovely wine glasses – large bowls, long slim stems, nice quality – £2.50 for a set of 8!! Now that was a great buy!