This week’s Etsy List is all about spots and polka dots. Vintage polka dot homewares, for some reason, are almost always red & white. Why’s that? Have a look yourself, you’ll see it’s the truth! On enamel, tin, wood or pottery – spots are cheery and upbeat – and we love them!
Concrete – you either love it or loathe it. Brutalist, cold, ugly, boring? We don’t think so! Like Jonathan Meades, who lives in an apartment in the Le Corbusier-designed Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles, we think it can be beautiful, warm and exciting.
We might not be able to afford a flat in London’s Trellick Tower or (Adelle’s favourite building) Brighton’s Embassy Court, but concrete furniture homewares are much more attainable and within our price range. There are lots of ingenious (not to mention cheap to make) DIY home & garden ware concrete projects freely available on the internet. From lamps moulded in plastic drink bottles, to letters moulded in ice cube trays to a jewellery display moulded in a Marigold glove!
If you’re interested in watching Meades’ recent 2-part BBC documentary, “Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry”, we’ve embedded them below.
It’s the Grand National at Aintree tomorrow, we’ve narrowed our predicted winner down to four horses. Teaforthree and Long Run for me – Tidal Bay and Balthazar King for Justin. We thought a horse-related Gimme Five was in order this week.
We treated ourselves to some new kitchen tins this week. Actually bought for us – intentionally bought with a specific purpose in mind – not stock that we’ve commandeered or filtered off to live with for a while!!
These gorgeous 1960s tins with stylised flowers are our new tea, coffee & sugar receptacles.
They were made by Worcester Ware – another example of the lovely vintage metal ware that this company produced.
We can now decant all our ugly refill packets into these pretty tins.
We think the colours work well with others in the kitchen – slate, beech wood, cream cupboards & sink – and of course, bright orange walls.