Forthcoming Attractions: Early February 2016

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vintage homeware items from H is for Home

Here’s a selection of this week’s vintage finds.

Large vintage Asco shop scales

We’ll start with the big lump that’s trying to hide in the background! These vintage shop scales by Asco are absolutely huge. They’ve got lots of character and would look great on a kitchen worktop or table.

Vintage brass horses and gold goose necked desk lamp

Next up, some mid century modern style with the brass horses and flexi-neck lamp with similar colour metallic finish. We mentioned the good selection of lamps we keep at our antiques centre space in last week’s Forthcoming Attractions post – two sold this week, so this one will fill a gap!

Pair of brass verdigris horse figures

This pair of Etruscan-like horses date from the 1960s era and are in the style of Frederick Weinberg. They have a very stylised, striking form with impressed decoration and original green verdigris effect finish.

vintage Gie Gantofta pottery tea jar

We love this 1950s pottery tea canister. In fact, we keep our cooking salt in a similar pot by the stove. This one’s actually better than ours as it’s got its original wooden lid. Still, Justin uses so much salt when cooking that a lid would seriously slow him down! 🙂

vintage Danish breakfast set comprising wooden base, stainless steel toast rack, lidded plastic marmalade jar and wooden spoon

This breakfast set is a wonderful example of its type. Made from teak & stainless steel, it combines toast rack with lidded preserve pot. It’s Danish and dates from the 1960s. Condition is excellent and it retains its very nice original spoon. The perfect accessory for a lazy breakfast in bed!

corner of a vintage Rally-Klad tartan travel rug

Last, but certainly not least, is this gorgeous travel rug or picnic blanket. We find these vintage rugs much harder to source than we used to once upon a time. The rich colours in this tartan pattern are gorgeous.

All items are heading to the web shop or antiques centre space in the coming days. Please get in touch if you see anything of interest.

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid-November 2015

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vintage homewares

Here’s a selection of recent buys.

Close up of 'Tina' vintage print by J. H. Lynch

Ladies first, of course – a lovely vintage framed print of ‘Tina’ by J H Lynch. This one’s a very nice copy with original green hessian border.

Two white vintage Herbert Terry designed desk lamps

Two lamps by Herbert Terry & Sons next. The older of the pair, a classic Anglepoise, has the stepped base which is much sought after. It has obvious signs of wear, but we like this finish. Not battered, but loved & used. The other goose-necked lamp dates from the 1960s – we’ve not actually had this model before, but it’s a nice design – perfect for desk or bedside.

large vintage Bitossi bowl in blue, yellow and green

This Bitossi bowl is very attractive. We love the incised and stamped decoration and bold colours – very boho vintage!

Vintage blue and pink art glass vase

More handmade decoration with this glass vase with blue glass trailed over the pink marbled glass. It’s like a boiled sweet and very tactile. There’s an etched makers mark for Mdina glass to the base.

set of blue spotted Worcester Ware place mats

Finally, some vintage place mats. We’ve had this op-art like circle pattern in various shades and mat sizes over the years. They’re very eye-catching and always prove popular.

Selection of vintage purchases from November 2015

As always, the various pieces will be divided between our web shop and antiques centre space. Get in touch if you see anything that takes your fancy.

Gimme Five! Dish drainers

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Selection of 5 dish drainers

Dish drainers aren’t the sexiest of items, but every kitchen needs one. Ours has just given up the ghost after 10 years solid service. It deserves a medal – we don’t have a dishwasher and we do a lot of cooking that generates mountains of washing up.

Not to mention its moonlighting shifts as paintbrush rack, allotment vegetable washing zone and cloth dryer. We’ve been browsing the ‘net for a replacement – here are five of our favourites that form our current shortlist.

  1. DECKER stainless steel single level dish drainer: £21, Habitat
  2. Extend™ expandable dish rack with draining plug: £50, Joseph Joseph
  3. 2-tier dish and cutlery drainer, stainless steel: £35, John Lewis
  4. Drainer by Jocca: £48.99, Wayfair
  5. ORDNING dish drainer: £12, IKEA

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid-October 2015

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collection of various vintage homewares

This week’s buys have a distinct vintage industrial and haberdashery feel.

vintage industrial desktop perpetual calendar and vintage dome-faced Smiths wall clock

We’ll start with a couple of office accessories – a Smiths wall clock and perpetual calendar, both with a grey metallic finish. Very cool and masculine!

pair of vintage cane mannequins

Slightly more feminine are these vintage wicker mannequins – useful for crafters of course, but very sculptural as interior decor pieces also.

three pairs of vintage wooden shoe lasts

We always pick up these shoe lasts when we come across them. They come in a variety of styles & shapes which adds interest to a collection – the wood often has a wonderful colour & patina too.

two vintage wooden stools with painted legs and a set of green-painted ladders

Painted furniture is much in evidence this week. The aged duck egg blue of the step ladders is a lovely shade – perhaps a candidate for one of our Home Tones posts!

painted antique pine chest of drawers and vintage industrial Memlite lamp

This workbench light is a classic piece of vintage industrial style – the design, wear and colour all make it very desirable for fans of the look.

detail of vintage industrial Memlite lamp showing makers mark

It was produced in the 1930s era and the Memlite brand is well-regarded by collectors.

painted antique pine chest of drawers and large vintage leather trunk

This Victorian pine chest of drawers is a lovely size and simple style. It’s been over painted, but has aged quite nicely – and the cream colour isn’t bad. We could leave it untouched, strip the paint or distress slightly. Choices, choices!

large vintage leather trunk

No decision required for this vintage travel trunk. It’s going to look gorgeous with a simple bit of wax and leather cream.

large vintage leather trunk showing interior

Wonderfully aged leather, nice metal locks and stud detailing – the interior is so clean & tidy too. It’s a real beauty!

collection of various vintage homewares

Items will be available to buy in our online shop, eBay or antiques centre space in the next few days.

Duckydora dinner party

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Salad and garlic bread served on Duckydora 'Sienna' tableware with 'Florence' tea towel

We’ve just received some lovely Sienna patterned tableware from duckydora.

Duckydora logo on the underside of a 'Sienna' side plate

It was put straight to use that evening as we were having pasta with some garlic bread and salad. It was absolutely perfect for serving.

Slices of garlic bread served on a Duckydora 'Sienna' plate

This range is pared back, clean and simple with a modern, rustic feel. The bowl & plates are glazed terracotta in a lovely, soft baby blue shade – hand decorated with a repeating raindrop pattern. It’s photographed here with the complementing Florence tea towel which adds pretty stylised flowers to the scene.

'Sienna' salad bowl with 'Florence' teatowel

This Sienna tableware is just one of a range of products available at the duckydora website.


Valued possessions

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Legal & General has published an interesting article on how and why people (under) value their possessions. It makes for interesting and informative reading. Is something of value because of its financial worth, sentimental importance or how useful it is? We’ve given it some thought and have come up with a list of some of our most valued possessions.

Brass vintage lion door knocker

Antique brass door knocker

You’ll see one of our first most valued possessions before you even enter our house. This antique brass door knocker was given to Adelle by her dad when she bought her first flat back in the 1990s. It has travelled the country with us and adorned the front door of every house we’ve owned since then.

Pair of antique leather armchairs in front of the fire

Pair of leather club chairs

We were on the lookout for a pair of vintage leather armchairs for years. It was a case of  ‘right place, right time’ when we eventually found them. We just happened to visit our local antiques centre on the day they came in. We had a budget in mind and the asking price was about one quarter of the figure, so it was an easy decision. We absolutely love them – their style & shape, the colour, the comfort – everything. They’ll be with us for life!

Collection of vintage West German pottery vases

Vintage West German pottery vases

We buy & sell vintage homewares for a living, so have to be strict with ourselves with regards to keeping hold of items. We do live with certain pieces for a while sometimes. Well, we can’t live in an empty house can we? We have small collections dotted about the place – some temporary, some a little more permanent. Mid twentieth century design is an important area for us in terms of collecting, retailing & blogging. We like these 1960s West German vases with their amazing shapes & colours. They went out of fashion for many years, but are quite sought after again these days.

Collection of antique candle dowsers

Antique candle dowsers

It’s not all mid century modern in our house though. We like to mix eras and go for traditional antiques too – their history and previous life is fascinating. This small grouping of candle dowsers look back to a different age when candles would provide the only lighting in the house. It takes a long time to accumulate these rare & unusual objects so they’re very precious to us.

Small antique table

Small antique table

We love country furniture – especially cute pieces such as this little 18th century side table with its richly patinated fruitwood top. They have so much character and their small size makes them very flexible to accommodate in different rooms – and easy to move!

Adelle's collection of vintage handbags

Vintage handbags

Although most of them aren’t worth that much in monetary terms, Adelle would be devastated if anything happened to her vintage handbag collection. You won’t find any of must-have, thousand pound ‘It’ bags here. Each handbag is valued because it was either a birthday or Christmas present, a visual reminder of a day’s shopping in a nice town… or the perfect match for a going-out outfit.

Fudge, our Weimaraner, leaning over a brown cord sofa


Probably our most valued possession – if indeed he would consider himself a ‘possession’. We rescued this handsome young man when he was one year old – and he’s now ten. He hadn’t been socialised with other dogs much when we got him, he acted as if every meal would be his last, he didn’t know that fast moving cars might hurt him, he had separation anxiety, the list goes on. Generally a bit barmy, but we love him to bits!