Posts Tagged ‘book’

Alice About The House

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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Vintage Alice About The House book cover

We’ve just bought this great little book at the local market. Initially, it was the front cover that grabbed our attention – an eye-popping red & yellow – you couldn’t really miss it!!

Thompson Newspapers Ltd, publishers of Alice About The House

Before we opened it we guessed it must have dated from the 1950s/60s period. And so it turned out, being published by Thomson Newspapers Ltd in 1960.

'Eyebrow Pencils' and 'Eye Make-Up' from Alice About The House

It’s called ‘Alice about the House’ and as the name suggests, features Alice and all manner of domestic challenges.

'Lamb Leftovers' comic strip

Various scenarios spring up from the perfect sponge cake to electrocution!

'Cookery Nook' from Alice About The House

Much of it takes the form of comic strips.

'First Aid' from Alice About The House

The illustrations are fabulous – and so are some of the story lines.

'Bulbs, Bedding Plants and Seeds' from Alice About The House

As you might guess, it’s full of handy hints. Some are still relevant today, others belong to a bygone era. Both aspects make it a very entertaining read – the price is £10 including UK postage for anyone interested.

Charity Vintage: A Little Taste of Yorkshire

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

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'A Little Taste of Yorkshire' cookbook for sale on eBay for Charity raising funds for The Prince's Trust (ends 22 Mar, 2015 17:00:11 GMT)

Every so often we feature something in our weekly Charity Vintage series that doesn’t strictly belong in the ‘vintage’ category. This post is one of those times. We’ve chosen it because it features two things close to our hearts – food and Yorkshire.

 A Little Taste of Yorkshire is a cookbook produced as part of the The Prince’s Trust Million Makers* nationwide challenge. The team behind the cookbook, from Hallmark Cards based in Bradford, aims to raise £10,000 or more with 100% of the proceeds from the sales being donated to The Prince’s Trust.

The book contains over 45 recipes, including ones from Michelin-starred restaurants The Pipe and Glass Inn in Beverley and The Old Vicarage near Sheffield. I didn’t know until today that Yorkshire has the most Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London!

The book showcases some of the eateries themselves – from the famous fish & chip shop, the Magpie Café in Whitby to Primo’s Hot Dogs in Leeds to Forster’s Bistro and Deli in Bradford… and lots of others in-between.

*The Prince’s Trust Million Makers competition is an entrepreneurial fund-raising challenge which sees talented teams from companies across the country competing to outdo each other, all in the name of charity.

Bookmarks: Bohemian Modern

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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Bohemian Modern book with  West German vase, vintage fabric and mug with cactus

We’ve been reading Bohemian Modern this week – a new book by Emily Henson, stylist and blogger.

Bohemian Modern title page

cream and green rooms

Vintage textiles, studio pottery, industrial touches, lots of house plants – tick, tick, tick, tick – we must be a bit Bohemian Modern ourselves!

Mosaic of interior vignettes

teepee in a boy's bedroom

There are lots of small collections in evidence – art glass, West German pottery, animal skulls, books and pictures… and some lovely, creative ways of displaying them.

Circular shelf

Collection of animal skulls on a wall

Up-cycling is a strong theme to the look – painted furniture, open weave netting for curtains, old doors turned into glass-fronted cupboards and display cases, industrial crates and piping for shelving.

Day bed

Urban bohemian

There’s a spot of crafting too – macramé, tie dye and rag rugging.

'Textiles' chapter

teepee in a child's bedroom

Items picked up on travels bring personal memories and add unique character to a home.

'The Homes' chapter

details of interior decor vignettes

Plants & flowers give interest and a focal point – palms, cacti and succulents in particular work well.

Using plants in interiors

kitchen diner wall

We’re given in depth looks at homes in London, Copenhagen, Ghent, Morocco and the Netherlands.

Industrial shelving

kitchen mezzanine

We’re even taken on a tour of Emily’s own home – an inspiration into how stylish & individual you can make a rented property look.

Wegner armchair and collection of Gul vases

white-washed kitchen with island

If you’ve been inspired – and why wouldn’t you be? – at the back of the book, there’s a useful list of international sources.

useful list of international sources

mid century modern styled room with teak sideboard

This super book really captures the eclectic and homely look of Bohemian Modern. The spaces are stylish, yet reassuring and welcoming.

Outdoor white-washed lean to with seating area

dining area with roof light

A great book to dip in & out of – it’s been on our bedside table all week!

Wall of photographs at the bottom of a stairway

Copper lights above a dining table

[This review is part of the Ryland, Peters & Small Bohemian Modern blog tour]