Classic Reproductions

July 23rd, 2014

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Vintage & reproduction Eames EA 117 chairs side by side
image credit: smow.com

We love mid century modern furniture here at H is for Home. The classic designs of the era can be incorporated into any furnishing scheme. Pieces can look equally good in a contemporary minimalist space or rustic barn conversion. Our only advice would be to give them a little room to breathe and be admired.

Vintage and reproduction George Nelson Ball Clocks side by side
image credit: Esteban, Flickr

If you decide mid century modern is for you, there’s another decision to make – whether to buy original pieces from the 1950s & 60s or go for modern classic reproductions.

Vintage & reproduction Eames EA 117 chairs side by side
image credit: RetroFurnish

We’ve put together a  little montage of classic mid century pieces – the modern reproductions alongside images of these design icons in original advertisements, photo shoots, magazines & film sets.

Vintage & reproduction Isamu Noguchi Cyclone tables side by side
image credit: Chairstalker

Good quality reproductions will provide you with the look you desire at a fraction of the price of a vintage original.

Vintage and reproduction Hans Wegner Shell chairs side by side
image credit: Wyeth, 1stDibs

Availability is also guaranteed – sourcing original pieces in good condition can be a very time consuming process.

Vintage & reproduction Eames Hang it Alls side by sideimage credit: Kids Around

Whilst some people insist on the authenticity and history of original, the aged look or indeed pre-owned isn’t everyone’s cup of tea either. Many people like new items for their home to actually be new and look pristine.

Vintage & reproduction Xavier Pauchard Tolix model A chairs side by sideimage credit: Amazon

We’re big fans of vintage, but modern reproductions can also be the perfect solution too.

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MADE Unboxed

July 21st, 2014

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Lois cushion from MADE.COM with vintage Figgjo Flint mug of tea and half moon spectacles

A few months ago, we were approached by MADE.COM to take part in an exciting new venture of theirs – MADE Unboxed. They wanted to photograph our homewares from MADE.COM; in situ, in our home and interview us about our property, our style and our inspiration.

Brass Stow chest of drawers from MADE.COM with Fudge the Weimaraner

Well, we’re happy to announce that MADE Unboxed went live today – and we have our very own designated page on there!

Orange wall in our kitchen with Skinny la Minx apron and tea towel with Pontessa crockery

Unboxed is an online community for interiors fans… and for those folks who just like sneaking a peak around other people’s homes! ;-) Think Pinterest, but without all those cute cat photos and Ryan Gosling ‘Hey Girl’ memes! So go check it out, get signed up, share photos of your own home and gather some inspiration from other members. You can search by area or for a specific product to see who has purchased what in your neighbourhood.

Red Cohen lamp from MADE.COM with collection of West German 'fat lava' pottery vases

According to Chloe Macintosh, MADE.COM Co-Founder and Creative Director:

Unboxed contextualises our products without the need for costly lifestyle shoots or high street shops, which ultimately the customer would pay for. But more than that, Unboxed demonstrates ‘collaborative consumption’ a movement empowering consumers to take inspiration from each other… People not only want to see products in a real life situation, but more than ever we are fascinated by how others have decorated their homes; Unboxed taps into this property porn boom!

Etsy List: de Nîmes

July 20th, 2014

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'de Nîmes' Etsy List by H is for Homede Nîmes
Curated by H is for Home

Denim – or to give it its original name – de Nîmes isn’t just for jeans and jackets, you know? It’s such a ubiquitous material – versatile, hard-wearing, easy to work with, easy to clean, ages well and is attractive in all its hues; from the deepest indigo to the palest washed out powder blue.

Denim works a treat in interior decor as well – on walls, on the floor, on the furniture, as bedding. But go steady, don’t over do it – nobody likes to see the ‘double denim’ look! Match it with tartan or plaid, chintz or florals, stark whites, bold brights or cool metallics. We told you it was versatile!

Charity Vintage: Viners cutlery storage table

July 19th, 2014

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Vintage Viners cutlery storage table for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation(ends 20 Jul, 2014 21:08:18 BST)

We’ve not come across one of these before. A cutlery canteen, cum coffee table, cum cutlery storage. It looks to have been made or commissioned by Viners of Sheffield in the 1950s.

The table is for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation* in Motherwell. It has lovely mid century modern styling… and you get what looks like a load of highly collectable vintage Viners Chelsea cutlery thrown in as a bonus! We did a little research and found that the last one similar to this sold for £95 – this one’s starting bid is £49.99.

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.

Gimme Five! Memo boards

July 18th, 2014

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selection of 5 memo boards

We’ve a little slate hanging up in the kitchen where we’re supposed to write down our shopping lists and messages but it’s so small that it rarely gets used. One of these proper memo boards will stop us from both buying the milk!

We had a look at some of our usual internet haunts and came up with this short-list. We love the 2-metre tall blackboard from Graham and Green (#4) but alas, we won’t have the space for it.  It should go without saying that #2 is our favourite! Firstly, it’s bright orange; :-) secondly, it’s a pegboard – something we’ve already said we want on a wall in our ‘soon to be set up’ home office.

  1. Week planner memo chalk board: £29.07, Wayfair
  2. Large pegboard, orange: £60, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Master of Boards® stainless steel magnetic memo board – Monaco – 35x50cm: £29.99, Amazon
  4. Chalkboard: £389, Graham and Green
  5. Vintage double sided silver clip display board – receipt keeper accounting system: £33.01, Etsy