Shiny metallics have been very much in vogue in the interior design world over recent years – copper and brass in particular, have seen a big resurgence. In last week’s Price Points post we mentioned a visit to the Lakeland store in Windermere. We noticed lots of copper coloured kitchenware and appliances as we perused the aisles that day.
Well, we picked up a kitchen appliance of a much earlier vintage this week – dating from the last time that copper had this much of a mass market appeal.
It’s a fabulous coffee percolator produced by Swan.
It’s made of polished copper with rosewood handle and finial – and here it is advertised in a 1970s Argos catalogue.
It looks great – sleek and stylish. It has a setting for different brew times to allow for varying strengths. It also boasts a ‘keep warm’ setting, so a quick top-up is very easy and your second cup will be just as hot as the first. Perfect for those who need a real kick start in the morning!
Having just given it a test run, we can happily report that it makes a very decent cup of coffee indeed. We’ve added it to our web shop this week for anyone interested.
Happy new year, everyone! Our first competition of 2018 is a £50 voucher from the lovely folks over at Handle King.
We love their selection of copper hardware – metallic home accessories are very on trend. It really gives a classy finish to black or dark grey doors and cabinets.
We may be highlighting their beautiful copper collection however, you can spend your £50 voucher on absolutely anything from their extensive range of door & drawer handles, pulls, locks, hooks, hinges, escutcheons etc.
So whether you’re doing a large refurbishment or just fancy a quick cosmetic update this is a great opportunity.
Our competition runs until midnight on the 31st of January and we’ll randomly draw our winner on the 1st of February. To enter, leave us a comment saying what kind of door furniture your home needs.
£50 Handle King voucher
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For most people, doing the laundry is a chore at the best of times. However, I’d do my washing, drying and ironing with a smile on my face if this industrial style utility room belonged to me!
It’s practical, light and roomy – you could swing a duvet cover, never mind a cat. If you have the space, a separate and – in the case above – matching washing machine and dryer are especially handy… especially if there are lots of people (and therefore, dirty laundry) in the household. It can halve the time that wash day takes!
The monochrome décor is lifted with copper highlights in the pendant lights, worktop planters and beautiful laundry basket.
- Hanging ball glass terrariums with airplants
- Premier Jasper wide pendant light in copper
- Ampersand print poster
- Roger Lascelles 36cm French château wall clock
- Large copper wire basket
- Artificial cactus in metallic pot
- Miele WMH121WPS free-standing washing machine
- Miele TMG840WP tumble dryer
Blue isn’t our obvious ‘go to’ colour for interior decoration, however, this blue & copper kitchen is just soooo gorgeous!
It may be compact, but what it doesn’t have in space it more than makes up for in style. Copper fixtures & fittings make a welcome change from the usual stainless steel. The cupboards and shelves are all handmade and those tiles… those tiles! The turquoise scallop tiled wall is the star of the show. The shades of blue work so well with the walnut wood.
Wraparound shelves and work surfaces are kept clear of all but the most necessary and oft used of items – kettle, bread bin, mugs, knives and utensils. Keeping clutter at bay helps to keep the space light and airy.
- Paris Cabaret turquoise scallop tiles
- KGE36AW40G Bosch fridge freezer
- 4-piece copper-plated utensil set
- Neff D5855X0GB 73cm Wide canopy cooker hood, silver metallic
- Neff T41D82X2 Induction hob, black
- Neff U17S32N3GB Electric built-under double oven, stainless steel
- CDA Belfast 59.5cm x 47.5cm ceramic kitchen sink
- Schulte-Ufer 64020-12 Pitty mini-saucepan
- Le Parfait glass storage jars
- Idrotech 314 brushed copper, kitchen mixer tap
- Schulte-Ufer Nimm SET1034 pot set 4–loop, 4–piece
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Last week, we published a post about our recent decorating exploits – specifically our top floor bedroom and its shades of grey and black. At that point, there was a large space above the bed waiting for a suitable piece of art. We’d mentioned that there are lots of things relating to nature in the room – and also copper highlights dotted about. Imagine our joy when we found this gorgeous vintage 1960s beaten copper plaque at a local flea market this week.
The first thing we saw peaking out were the feathers. “Oh, that looks interesting!”, we thought…
…and, as we pulled it towards us for a better look, the bird’s head was revealed.
We absolutely love it – the stylised bird, so typical of the era, the materials used, texture, patina and colours. We thought we’d be waiting quite a while to fill that long, narrow space with something suitable – but a few days after taking the initial photos, there it appeared. We very nearly missed the market that day too, but fortunately fate intervened!
Moscow Mule – it sounds so Cold War Soviet Union. In fact, the cocktail was invented in the early 1940s by two American drinks distributors.
On 28 July 1948, it was reported in the New York Herald Tribune:
“The mule was born in Manhattan but ‘stalled’ on the West Coast for the duration. The birthplace of ‘Little Moscow’ was in New York’s Chatham Hotel. That was back in 1941 when the first carload of Jack Morgan’s Cock ‘n’ Bull ginger beer was railing over the plains to give New Yorkers a happy surprise. Here was ginger beer in crockery bottles tasting exactly like that of old England.”
“Three friends were in the Chatham bar, one John A. Morgan, known as Jack, president of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products and owner of the Hollywood Cock ‘n’ Bull Restaurant; one was John G. Martin, president of G. F. Heublein Brothers, Inc. of Hartford, Conn., and the third was Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff, Heublein’s vodka division. As Jack Morgan tells it, ‘We three were quaffing a slug, nibbling an hors d’oeuvre and shoving toward inventive genius.’ Martin and Kunett had their minds on their vodka and wondered what would happen if a two-ounce shot joined with Morgan’s ginger beer and the squeeze of a lime. Ice was ordered, limes procured, mugs ushered in and the concoction put together. Cups were raised, the men counted five and down went the first taste. It was good. It lifted the spirit to adventure. Four or five later the mixture was christened the Moscow Mule… and for a number of obvious reasons. “
The exact reason why Moscow Mules are traditionally drunk out of copper mugs is a bit lost in time. However, the material certainly suits this cocktail – the metal keeps the drink colder for longer, necessitating less ice. And it apparently makes the acidic lime taste sharper.
I’d happily quaff Moscow Mules from any of three of the mug collections above. But I’d choose the hammered version over the other two. Firstly, I like my mugs with a handle – there are no freezing (or burning, if glugging Glühwein) fingers to contend with. Additionally, I know it goes against what I’ve just said, but the hammered body is so tactile…
- Copper Moscow Mule mugs (set of 4): $63, Food52
- Set of 6 pure hammered copper Moscow Mule mugs: £83.25, Amazon
- Tom Dixon Plum Moscow Mule glasses, set of 2: £55, John Lewis