Mid century modern golfer

Mid century modern bronze golfer figure | H is for Home

Any golfers with a love of mid century modern style out there? We might have just the thing for you.

Mid century modern bronze golfer figure | H is for Home

We picked up this small bronze sculpture today and were very taken by the design. Long, sinuous limbs and strong facial features. We thought it had something of the Alberto Giacometti about it.

Mid century modern bronze golfer figure | H is for Home

You don’t actually need to be a golfer to appreciate this striking little object. A simple yet bold design – perfect on a bookshelf or desk. It will be available in our web shop soon.

Vintage Thomas trios

Vintage Thomas trio | H is for Home

One of last week’s favourite items was the vintage Micratex ‘Catrina’ cups we featured – and we’re going to follow that up with more crockery this week. It’s a combination of loving this particular pattern – and having a high regard for the output of this manufacturer in general.

Triangle pattern on vintage Thomas trio | H is for Home

We have a set of six trios designed by Eva Striker-Zeisel in the 1950s for Thomas of Germany. The simple repeating triangle or arrow pattern in grey on white is classic Mid Century Modern; so clean, pared back and unfussy.

Set of 6 upturned vintage Thomas trios

Like many people, we drink most of our tea and coffee out of mugs, but occasionally you fancy (or need) something a little ‘posher’. These are perfect as they aren’t too small and suit any hot beverage.

Base stamp on the underside of a vintage Thomas tea cup | H is for Home

Thomas produced high quality pottery – porcelain in fact, for this range – and it’s a real pleasure to drink from. They’ve had many fabulous shapes and patterns in their output – mid century modern, op art, stylised abstract. We’ve had quite a selection of them over the years – and this one is a real favourite. We’ve just added them to our web shop so they’re available to buy now if you love them too!

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!

Boca de Lobo mirror

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 their Look: Vintage industrial kitchen

Vintage industrial kitchencredit

We love the interior photography work of Chris Snook, much of which you can find online, and this vintage industrial kitchen is no exception. It’s full of the type of thing we have in our own kitchen. The vintage tin food canisters & containers, mix & match Prestige Skyline utensils, upcycled storage solutions and old enamel signs.

If you love this kitchen, take a peek at the rest of the cottage – it’s just fabulous!

  1. Mini milk bottle
  2. Pod coffee maker
  3. Large vintage enamel ‘Beware’ sign
  4. Vintage enamel bread bin
  5. Vintage Tala pastry cutters
  6. Yours and mine mugs
  7. Pyramid electric kettle
  8. 2-slice toaster
  9. Vintage Worcester Ware food canisters
  10. Wire egg holder

Get the vintage industrial kitchen look | H is for Home

Home Tones: Buttermilk

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This week’s Home Tones colour is buttermilk. We’re surprised it’s taken us such a long time to feature it as virtually our entire house is painted this colour. It’s such a lovely, warm shade which we find works well with an eclectic interior décor scheme – it’s better than stark white for this old stone house. Our vintage, mid century modern, antique and industrial pieces all sit well against it. It’s also the perfect backdrop for colourful paintings and art prints. Wood, wicker and seagrass add texture without jarring. We’ve got an orange feature wall in the kitchen – and are considering some dramatic dark grey in certain areas too, but buttermilk has featured in all of our houses over the years and will likely continue to do so.

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Buttermilk painted rustic living roomcredit

Buttermilk painted entrance hallcredit

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Friday Folks: Keeley Harris

'Vintage Arcade This Way' sign

We first met today’s Friday Folks interviewee, Keeley Harris, quite a few years ago now. She was, and still is, the organiser of a vintage fair we attended that was held at the beautiful Victoria Baths in Manchester. Since then our paths cross regularly, both online and in person. We’ve featured her on our blog before, when we’ve talked about the fair and when we reviewed her book – more of that and much more below – read on!

Keeley Harris

Who are you & what do you do?

My name is Keeley Harris and I’ve been head honcho at Discover Vintage since 2009, running various vintage events each and every year. My biggest event is the Festival of Vintage, which happens once a year at York Racecourse. That’s the one I’m planning for at the moment as it’s this month (23rd & 24th April). It takes 6 months of preparation as it offers lots more than just a typical vintage fair. We are two stages filled with entertainment, workshops to organise and a massive classic vehicle display to arrange amongst other things. Visitors come from across the UK; I’m proud that it’s seen as a key event in the Vintage Social calendar.

Festival of Vintage head-in-the-hole board

How did you get into the business?

I’ve always sold vintage, even with my dad as a child (quite a few years ago). When I moved back to Leeds in 2008, I started selling at fairs. I quickly realised that I could use my skills as an event manager (former proper job) to create really fab vintage events! Hence Discover Vintage was launched in 2009. Then, in 2011, I started the Festival of Vintage as I noticed a gap in the market for a large-scale festival in the north of the UK.

Vintage bread and biscuit tins on a stall at the Festival of Vintage, York

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by my customers each and every day, the stall holders and visitors are the ones that give me ‘light bulb’ moments for new ideas. I love chatting to them to find out all about what they want from an event. My inspiration drives me to create new events that are unique and interesting, offering something people don’t always expect. I’d also say that entrepreneurs and the wider business world give me massive inspiration and make me feel that anything is possible. I’m very driven and love working hard to create the best events I can, there’s no better feeling than the end of a fabulous event!

'Style Me Vintage -home' book by Keeley Harris

What has been your greatest success?

Writing a book is my greatest success. I have mild dyslexia, so writing doesn’t come naturally to me and I had to lock myself away from everything for a few months so that I could put every effort into getting it just right. The huge sense of achievement in seeing my book on the bookshelves of many stores gave me a warm glow of excitement. However, I have to say that planning a big festival all by myself is probably a close second!

Vintage stall at the Festival of Vintage in York

Have you got any advice for someone wanting to break into the vintage business?

I would advise not to treat a vintage business as a hobby and give it real commitment if you want to succeed. Value your customers and look after them, they tend to return again and again. Embrace social media in all its forms. Be prepared to spend a percentage of your income on advertising as you can’t expect people to come and find you!

Vintage VW campervan at the Festival of Vintage, York

All images (except book) ©Laura and James Adams, Grandma Eileen’s