Posts Tagged ‘Furniture’

Classic Reproductions

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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!

Charity Vintage: Viners cutlery storage table

Saturday, 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! Shoe stores

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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selection of shoe store options

The room where I keep my clothes & shoes has slowly been taken over by boxes of shop stock. I also have shoes stored in drawers under the bed in our bedroom, shoes stored in drawers under the bed in another bedroom… these don’t include the walking boots and wellies stored under the bench in our porch.

I need one, proper place to store ALL my shoes; a single shoe store like one of these pictured above. I like shoes uniformly out on display – it’s easier to choose which ones to wear. Do you have shoes stored away in boxes, in overhead cupboards or under beds that you forgot you have? I know I do!

I don’t like the metal over-the-door racks you can get, I don’t like the cheap-looking hanging ones with plastic pockets either. I once had the idea of wrapping all my shoe boxes in pretty patterned paper and then snapping a Polaroid of each pair of shoes and taping it to the front of its box for quick identification. A very time-consuming option if you ask me.

The circular, rotating ‘Lazy Shoesan’ option is a great space saver and it stores more than 36 pairs. My favourite though has to be the antique one originally from a shoe factory. I love its industrial look, but the £800 price tag is eye-watering!

  1. Urbane Designs rotating shoe cabinet: £179.99, Wayfair
  2. nomess COPENHAGEN clear drawer: £18.50, John Lewis
  3. Wall mountable shoe rack: £18.99, eBay
  4. DIY lazy Susan shoe rack organiser pattern: £12.17 (or $299 USD + P&P ready-built), Etsy
  5. Vintage Shoe Trolley by Manon: £800, Notonthehighstreet

Gimme Five! Upcycled suitcases

Friday, May 16th, 2014

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selection of vintage, upcycled suitcases

We came across vintage trunks, vanity cases and travel bags all the time at auctions and flea markets. They’re often no longer practical for their original use. People now-a-days use lightweight rucksacks or those flight cases on wheels that, once upon a time, used to be the sole preserve of airline pilots & flight attendants.

Upcycled suitcases have found all manner of new uses – coffee tables, desks, shelving and even luxe pet beds. They can be picked up cheaply and, if you’re of a crafty bent, transformed into beautiful bits of furniture. Here are some we found online.

  1. Vintage repurposed red suitcase dog bed with hairpin legs: £34.22, Etsy
  2. Heisenberg retro suitcase speaker by Bass Trunkies: £390, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Occasional table suitcase leather hide low table: £60, eBay
  4. Wooden vintage trunk repurposed as a coffee table: £493.92, Etsy
  5. Pair of wall shelves made from a vintage metal tweed stripe upcycled suitcase: £91.66, Etsy