Bookmarks: Vintage Homes

October 26th, 2014

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Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book with vintage Hornsea Pottery Zodiac mug and metal coaters

We’ve been dipping in and out of this publication for many weeks now (which is always a good sign!).

'Country Chic' page from Homes and Antiques' book

It’s Homes & Antiques magazine’s Vintage Homes special edition…

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

…a collection of twenty five of their favourite homes featured in issues of the magazine over recent years.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

There are vintage inspired homes in a variety of styles from rustic country to mid century modern.

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The overriding factors for inclusion were that homes were ‘curated and had evolved over time’, and that, ‘owners have a love and appreciation of beautiful design and objects from every era’.

'Get the Look' page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

The ‘magazine cum book’ is broken down into five broad chapters – 20th century style, country chic, English eclectic, French decorative and vintage crafty.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

Each chapter has homes that encompass the style with a ‘Get the look’ page to conclude.

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The editorial team gives an overview of the homes – and the owners provide back story, highlight favourite aspects and so on.

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It’s crammed full of gorgeous photographs to inspire and trigger ideas, whether it be decorating schemes or pieces to look out for at markets or vintage fairs.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

It’s hard to pick favourites with such a wonderful collection of homes. We love the look of clean, sleek modern spaces – but always gravitate towards the characterful vintage country looking homes with exposed stone & wood as our true love – especially in autumn & winter when curtains are drawn, a real fire is lit and candles twinkle.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

We fill our own spaces with a mix of traditional antiques, industrial and mid century modern design…

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

…the kind of eclectic mix much in evidence in this selection of homes.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

So it’s really interesting to see other peoples vintage finds and how they’ve incorporated them into their houses.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

There are over 120 pages to peruse so it should satisfy your vintage cravings for a while!

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

The publication is currently only available through the Homes & Antiques website.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

[Many thanks to Homes & Antiques magazine for the review copy]

Charity Vintage: Space age lamp

October 25th, 2014

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vintage space age lamp for sale on eBay for Charity by Isabel Hospice (ends 30 Oct, 2014 08:55:16 GMT)

This vintage space age lamp is one of our favourite items that we’ve featured to date on Charity Vintage.

It looks very much like the Lumitron light designed by Robert Welch. It’s currently for sale on eBay for Charity by Isabel Hospice* whose items we’ve featured a fair few times here. It’s a ‘buy it now’ item priced at £100. It’s not cheap, but there are currently 25 people who have saved it to their watched items.

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.


Gimme Five! Grown up Halloween treats

October 24th, 2014

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selection of 5 grown up Halloween treats | H is for Home

We don’t have children and our young nieces & nephews don’t live nearby. That means that we’ve never really got into the swing of Halloween. But then we thought – what about a grown up Halloween? Surely adults are catered for!

Well, what do you know? We are! Along with the expected ghoulish and witchy fancy-dress costumes, we found a few fab things to make an over 18s Halloween soirée go swimmingly.

  1. Pumpkin tap kit – Halloween draft beer drink dispenser: $29.99, eBay
  2. Pack of six skeleton Halloween lanterns by hunkydory home: £8.75, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Le Creuset petite pumpkin casserole: £25, John Lewis
  4. Crystal head vodka: £60, Fortnum & Mason
  5. Blood bath shower gel: 3 for £20, IWOOT

Chilli, garlic, ginger jam

October 23rd, 2014

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red and green chillies | H is for Home

We had a mini glut of chillies following the small crop of our own being suddenly boosted by gifts from friends who had a greenhouse full! A chilli jam seemed like the best course of action – chilli, garlic & ginger jam to be precise.

It’s a very flexible preserve suitable for adding to Indian, Chinese or Thai dishes – lightly brushing on barbecued meats & vegetables – or giving cheese on toast a real kick! The cooking process filled the house with wonderful aromas and these little jars of intense flavour are excellent additions to the store cupboard or larder.

Chilli, garlic, ginger jam

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes about 200g

Chilli, garlic, ginger jam

Ingredients

  • 12 chillies (choose from finger/cayenne, serrano, jalepeño etc depending on how mild or fiery you like it)
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic bulbs
  • 75g ginger
  • 75ml rice wine vinegar
  • 75ml water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 150g palm sugar, crumbled or soft brown sugar
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Instructions

  1. Peel the garlic and ginger and de-stalk the chillies (don't remove the seeds) before pulsing in a mini-processor for about 20 seconds
  2. Add the purée to a medium-sized saucepan with the vinegar, water, lime juice and sugar
  3. Warm on a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves
  4. Turn the heat up to high and boil rapidly for 10 minutes
  5. Decant into sterilised jars before securing the lids tightly
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Salvation Furniture

October 22nd, 2014

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Salvation Furniture table in our kitchen diner

Adelle recently entered an Instagram competition hosted by Notonthehighstreet. People were invited to post a #shelfie – an image of a shelf in their house. The prize was a Kanteen table from Salvation Furniture.

Salvation Furniture table in our kitchen diner

Lo & behold, our shelfie won!

detail of the top of our Salvation Furniture table

The table is made from lime-washed, reclaimed wooden boards with a metal frame beneath. We like the character of the wood – and the rustic, vintage industrial look. It makes a great dining table and we were tempted to leave it in our kitchen diner, but we already have a nice baker’s table that acts as our food preparation & eating area. Fortunately, the table is also perfect as an office desk or craft station so it will put to good use upstairs.