International vintage

International vintage homewares | H is for Home

Our recent acquisitions have a ’round the world’ theme.

Green vintage Riihimäki art glass vase Red vintage Finel enamel mugs

We’ll start with Finland. Vintage glassware fans will recognise the sculptural form and distinctive olive green colour of the Riihimäki vase. These vases look amazing when arranged in groups or rows, highlighting the contrast in shapes and size. And then the enamel mugs – what a gorgeous colour and pattern. They were designed by Kaj Franck for Finel – and are very hard to find in this condition and quantity.

Vintage Italian pottery pin dish Vintage Avon 'Her World' Talc

Next, on to Italy, where this fabulous little pin dish was produced. The hand decorated piece has very eye-catching decoration; she’s a very beautiful and arresting young lady – reminiscent of the work of Modigliani. It’s the perfect little dish for rings or other jewellery. And more pretty girls on this Avon ‘Her World’ Talc. Cosmetic products aren’t something that we normally pick up – but it’s unused with contents intact – and the illustrations are so gorgeous that we couldn’t resist. The label reads “Avon Cosmetics – New York, London, Munchen, Paris, Rome” – a very apt item for our little global product trip!

Vintage Konge tinn pewter napkin rings Vintage green enamel candle holder

These Konge tinn pewter napkin rings hail from Norway. They have a striking and intricate Viking themed design with warriors and ships. They’re very tactile in the hand – keep your dinner guests happy for hours! And last, but not least, a charming vintage enamel candle holder that we’re pretty sure was made in France. We love the delicate ribbed pattern, aged patina and fabulous emerald green colour.

These international vintage products and others will be heading to our web shop soon – click on each item image to find it!

Copper highlights and finishing touches

Our bedroom showing copper highlights with bedside lamps switched on | H is for Home

We’ve been adding some finishing touches to our top floor ‘bedroom-cum-lounge’ area. It’s a room that we spend lots of time in during the winter. Well, that’s an understatement really – we almost hibernate up there! It feels like our cosy den. There’s computer access, Sonos music system, big TV, comfy places to sit (or sleep) – and a wood-burning stove. We gravitate up there from September onwards as the days shorten and weather worsens.

New copper coloured glass bedside lamp | H is for Home

Re-decoration of the space has been a gradual process over the last year or so. We wanted an enclosed, warm and cosy feel. Lots of dark grey and black, with natural wood shades and metallic highlights. This pair of copper coloured, glass bedside lamps was our most recent purchase. We thought they were just perfect, especially considering that they came complete with the ideal shades. They’re from Wayfair, £54.99 each.

New copper coloured glass bedside lamp | H is for Home

We bought a box of LED filament bulbs for them which we thought would be prettier than plain white ones. The lamps are quite magical when lit, lifting and transforming the room with their warm, copper glow.

New copper coloured glass bedside lamp | H is for Home

This is no ‘minimalist look’ space and we add ornament quite freely – particularly antique mirrors, drawers, display cases, candle holders – and objects of interest. We love the ‘collectors’ look’ – so their are lots of fossils, feathers, skulls, pebbles and shells dotted around the room.

You might have noticed that expanse of furry loveliness across the bed – another recently purchased finishing touch.

Detail from our new faux chinchilla throw | H is for Home

It’s a very good quality, imitation chinchilla fur bedspread. The subtle colour tones of cream, brown and grey work wonderfully. It’s very tactile and super warm too.

Large antique copper bin being used as a planter | H is for Home

We’d been looking for a large container for an equally large plant. This fabulous copper log bin arrived in our local antiques centre one day, so it was a ‘must buy’. We love the reflective surface and aged patina of the metal.

Detail from a large antique copper bin being used as a planter | H is for Home

A bottom up blind for this room had also been on our shopping list for some time. We already have one fitted in the ground floor lounge. It lets daylight in whilst adding privacy at street level. Also, the view at the front of our house is much nicer at higher levels. Lower down it’s a bit grubby and industrial, further up is a lovely hillside with trees, shrubs and climbers clinging to the steep valley sides.

Dark grey bottom-up roller blind | H is for Home Dark grey bottom-up roller blind | H is for Home

The blind downstairs is a sandy, cream colour. However, for this room we went for a charcoal grey to match the curtains and compliment the overall scheme. We’re very happy indeed with the results. The view from the bed is much improved now – and we get a glimpse of a passing fox or the occasional deer nibbling at the vegetation opposite. Bliss!

Antique glass bauble | H is for Home

So, that’s the room re-decoration completed in the main. We have the option of picking up interesting objects and nature finds as we come across them. It can just evolve subtly over time. We hope you like the results so far!

Alternative Easter

Alternative Easter | H is for Home

Delicious though they are, there’s more to Easter than chocolate eggs. We don’t want Easter to lag behind Christmas and Halloween in the decoration stakes! Easter is a time of spring renewal and optimism – and these fresh, cheery alternative Easter choices fit the mood perfectly.

  1. Create your own Easter bunny bunting: from £2.05
  2. ‘Bunch of Carrots’ reusable bubble bar: £6.50 each, Lush
  3. Egg & flower Easter wreath by The Chicken and the Egg: £30, Notonthehighstreet

shop Easter

Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar
Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar
£6.50
Create your own Easter bunny bunting
Create your own Easter bunny bunting
£2.05
Egg & flower Easter wreath
Egg & flower Easter wreath
£30.00
Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar
Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar
£6.50
Create your own Easter bunny bunting
Create your own Easter bunny bunting
£2.05
Egg & flower Easter wreath
Egg & flower Easter wreath
£30.00
Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar
Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar
£6.50
Create your own Easter bunny bunting
Create your own Easter bunny bunting
£2.05
Egg & flower Easter wreath
Egg & flower Easter wreath
£30.00

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid March 2018

Vintage Briglin Pottery jug | H is for Home Vintage Aquarius fish series plates | H is for Home Vintage Tor Viking skillet pan | H is for Home Vintage Mills Moore wooden napkin rings | H is for Home

Here’s a selection of upcoming additions to our web shop. They’re all kitchen/diner related – and of course, vintage. They range from the subtle & understated to the bold & bright.

We think that the jug is a particularly good example of Briglin Pottery. The wax resist glaze technique is a real favourite of ours. We love the subtle shades and texture contrasts. It’s joined in the muted colour department by the napkin rings. They’re made of various wood types – and were produced by the manufacturers Mills Moore, who are actually better known for making cutlery.

The skillet pan was produced by Norwegian company, Figgjo Flint – and combines a metal & teak handle with flower patterned, heat resistant ceramic. The set of plates is absolutely stunning. Each has a different psychedelic-style fish design in various colourways. They’re from the ‘Aquarius’ range produced by Washington Pottery – and similar in style to the more commonly found bull design ‘Beefeater’ steak plates. They’re in excellent condition and make for fabulous, eye-catching wall or shelf displays.

Price Points: LED floor lamps

LED floor lamps | H is for Home

Do you remember when it was reported in the news that the manufacture of ‘normal’ incandescent bulbs was to be terminated? There was a stampede of frenzied shoppers at DIY outlets stockpiling 60 & 100 watters as if Armageddon had arrived!

LED (or light-emitting diode) lighting was declared the future and few wanted to be part of it. Well, the panic has died down and future is here. LED bulbs may be more expensive than the old fashioned ones, but they have a much longer lifespan, use 90% less energy, are more compact and ‘have fewer environmental concerns linked to their disposal’. Well worth the initial outlay.

There’s an ever-growing range of attractive LED floor lamps available on the market – perfect for armchair reading or a spot of knitting, crochet or – in my case – button replacement. Here are three of our favourites that we’ve found.

  1. Nexus 142cm floor lamp
  2. LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
  3. Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass

shop LED floor lamps

Nexus 142cm floor lamp
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
£96.99
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
£149.90
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
£1,027.00
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
£96.99
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
£149.90
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
£1,027.00
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
£96.99
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
£149.90
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
£1,027.00

Price Points: Decorative wall plates

Decorative wall plates | H is for Home

Sometimes plates are just too pretty to keep hidden away in a cupboard; too beautiful to dare eat off. This selection of decorative wall plates deserves to be shown off!

They’re works of art that deserve to be treated as such; mount them on a plain wall or lean them on special little stands to display them to full effect.

  1. Ceramic fish shaped decorative hanging plates: £4.28 to £64.76, Etsy
  2. VILLEROY & BOCH Anmut Flowers bread and butter plate – 16cm: £21.90, Selfridges
  3. London Calling plates – set of 4 by Royal Doulton: £40, Amara

Price Points: Natural room dividers

Natural room dividers | H is for Home

Room dividers are flexible items of furniture – they can provide privacy, shade from direct sunlight or simply add decorative interest.

Open plan living is many people’s preferred option these days. Dividers are perfect when it comes to creating zones within a room. You might have a comfy seating area, dining table and small office all within one large open space. Dividers give these zones their own identity without cutting them off from the others.

We’ve chosen three room dividers with a relaxed, natural style for this week’s Price Points.

  1. Folding raffia weave wicker privacy panels / room divider: £59.99, Amazon
  2. 179cm x 182cm Vernon 4-panel room divider: £104.99, Wayfair
  3. Vitro folding screen: £3,050.00, Clippings