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Forthcoming Attractions: Late November 2013

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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selection of recently acquired vintage homewares

Here’s a small selection of our recently sourced vintage homeware items heading to our webshop or antiques centre pitch soon.

selection of recently acquired vintage homewares including set of vintage headphones

We’ll start with a couple of pieces of modern technology. Well, modern for 40 or 50 years ago. The first is these rather cool 1970s stereo headphones. They were produced by Prinzsound & manufactured in Japan. We’ve just plugged them into our system and they’re working just fine – they’d look great with a vintage turntable or mid century modern room scheme.

selection of recently acquired vintage homewares including a green dial telephone

The second is this classic green telephone. It’s PO model no 746F. Modern ‘walk-around the house’ handsets are very convenient of course, but these vintage telephones have got so much presence & design quality. This model has a carry handle and long lead so it could almost be classed as a ‘walk-around’ itself!

selection of recently acquired vintage homewares including an Italian pottery ochre coloured horse figure

Next up we have a bit of a mystery. This gorgeous stylised horse dates from the 1950s or 60s, but we’re not sure who the maker is. It’s marked ‘Italy’ and it does have something of a Bitossi look, but a bit more research is necessary.

selection of recently acquired vintage homewares including a child's toy globe

These vintage toy globes are very cute – perfect for a child’s bedroom or indeed the shelves of a more grown-up lounge. A lovely flash of colour and it’s always interesting to look at the various country locations, name changes etc.

selection of recently acquired vintage homewares including a pair of Figgjo Flint mugs with Viking illustration

We nearly missed these mugs at a recent market. It was only on passing a stall for the second that we spied them amongst a huge pile of crockery. They were produced by Figgjo Flint of Norway in the 1960s and the Viking design is by Rolf Froyland. We have the same design on a pottery wall plaque, but we’ve never actually seen the mugs before.

selection of recently acquired vintage homewares including set of 3 orange enamel saucepans and blue boxed set of Prestige cooking utensils

And finally some wonderful vintage kitchenalia. The utensils are from the Sky-line range produced by Prestige. They have painted wooden handles and are in mint condition. These utensils are often a bit battered when we come across them, so to find a set boxed & unused with the original hanging rack is quite a rare find. The orange enamel pans are lovely too – they’ve got quite a Scandinavian folk art look. We’ve sold examples of this range in blue & green colourways previously, but this is the first time we’ve come across orange.

Monthly Mood Board: Copper Top

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

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selection of 10 copper homewares including lamps, clocks, tiles, paint and kitchen utensils

Warm copper tones never go completely out of fashion for interior design; but it’s fair to say it’s been a little overlooked for 30 years or so. It was very popular in the 1960s & 70s, but fell out favour a bit. But, as with most things, trends are cyclical – and copper is certainly back in a big way again – magazines are full of this wonderful shimmering metal.

  1. NUD Aqua lights – Nud Collection
  2. Ball desk light – £105.00, Heal’s
  3. House Doctor copper mesh basket 24cm – £99.00, Selfridges
  4. Vintage pendent lampshade – £25, H is for Home
  5. Accord copper bronze mosaic tiles 15x15mm – £192.93/m2, Topps Tiles
  6. Hammerite 5084822 metal paint: Hammered Copper 250ml – £7.27, Amazon
  7. Vintage Smiths alarm clock – £25, H is for Home
  8. Copper tri-ply pans – from £16.99, Lakeland
  9. Round cookie cutter – £4, John Lewis
  10. Vintage starburst clock – £75, H is for Home

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Bookmarks: Style your Modern Vintage Home: A guide to buying, restoring and styling from the 1920s to 1990s

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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Style Your Modern Vintage Home book with vintage crocheted blanket and bright yellow goose neck desk lamp

Today’s ‘Bookmarks’ review post has a slight twist – and quite exciting to be honest. Well,  it’s not everyday that your own home stares back at you as you turn the pages!

Sarah's home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

We’re one of a few houses to be featured in  Style your Modern Vintage Home: A guide to buying, restoring and styling from the 1920s to 1990s.

Our home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

It was written by fellow vintage dealer & blogger, Kate Beavis of Your Vintage Life – and of course we’re very flattered.

Our home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

We’d been looking forward to our copy arriving for weeks and not just because we’re in it. We were also very keen to see how other people style their homes using vintage finds.

Paloma Faith into page in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

Kate managed to bag the chic & stylish Paloma Faith to write the intro – and following it is 150 pages of interior eye candy!

mosaic of vintage homewares in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

It’s packed full of wonderfully decorated homes with vintage pieces from the 1930s all the way through to contemporary retro designs.

Annie's home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

Kate features seven different homes across the UK and interviews each of the owners…

Carla's home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

…including little snippets on how we achieved our ‘looks’ (ooooh listen to us!! :-) ).

Heather Linnitt's home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

Another of our online vintage chums, Heather from Eclectic Chair, is one of the others featured. We’ve long admired the bold & individual decor of her home.

Heather Linnitt's home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

We shouldn’t really single one house out though, as they all look great.

60s and 70s chapter

The chapters are broken up into decades with a short introduction about the social history of the time.

vintage kitchenware

Then further sub-divided by room covering topics such as ‘cooking utensils’, ‘furniture’, ‘lighting’ and ‘storage’.

50s tableware

The distinctive looks, shapes & materials of each decade are described & classic pieces from the various eras are highlighted.

50s kitchen

 There are also useful styling tips, cleaning & restoration advice and cautionary notes on avoiding pitfalls.

Heather Linnitt's home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

Some of the houses completely recreate the atmosphere of a certain decade…

Anna's home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

…others use vintage pieces from various eras for an eclectic look.

Annie's home featured in Style Your Modern Vintage Home

Being vintage lovers, it goes without saying that even Kate & Adam’s kids’ rooms are given the treatment!

child's play room with shelves of vintage toys and games

The vintage exterior isn’t ignored either – how to furnish, use and improve gardens and outdoor areas is also covered.

Our garden

At the back of the book you’ll find a directory of places to go to buy vintage homewares in the UK, US and online – and books, magazines and websites to read up on vintage. Great for both old hands or if  you’re just setting out on your vintage journey.

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Lost property boxes

Friday, September 6th, 2013

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pair of vintage fibreboard leather & metal lost property boxes

New bedside tables were required for the east wing of H is for Home Mansions. We’d actually been on the look out for a couple of vintage wooden crates for a few months without success. And then we spied these two lovely boxes at the Thursday flea market – bingo!!

They’re old, lost property boxes from a railway station. Constructed from fibre board with leather & metal trim – and beautiful stencilled numbers.

pair of vintage fibreboard leather & metal lost property boxes being reused as bedside tables

The butler has installed them in the master suite. They’re just the right kind of age & style for linking up vintage/retro with country antiques – a common theme throughout our house. We love them – and at £15.00 the pair they’re the buy of the month!

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Gimme Five! Barcode homewares

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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selection of barcode themed homewares

I’ve always found barcodes fascinating little mysteries, so much info in a few parallel lines. Pick up a can of baked beans in a supermarket, scan its barcode with your smart phone and it will tell you which supermarket sells it cheapest! Here are 5 of the best barcode homewares we’ve found.

Did you know you can even generate your own personalised barcode? I’ve just done one using my name & date of birth!

  1. Wall stickers £24.99, Bouf
  2. Laser-cut mild steel powder-coated book rack $140 AUD, Peter Mclisky
  3. Rug – £127.50, Debenhams
  4. Acrylic wall clock – £9.99, Amazon
  5. Cushion – £57.30, Made in Design