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Pick of the Pads: Wealden Times

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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'Crystal Clear' article in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

For this month’s Pick of the Pads we’ve chosen to feature the fabulous home of Adrian & Amy.

February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

It’s featured in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times – a lifestyle magazine we only stumbled across recently. As the name suggests, it covers the Wealden area of the south east of England – taking in the South Downs of Kent & East Sussex. The magazine’s available to pick up at Waitrose stores & train stations in the region, but subscriptions & postal options are also available.

view of the lounge in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

This unique home is formed by the very skilful joining of the Georgian coach house and neighbouring cottage – both fully restored by the present owners.

view of the dining room in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

The results are stunning – the epitome of modern rustic style.

view of the bedroom in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

The fabric of the building is used to maximum effect – exposed brickwork, beams, floorboards & wood panelling all add character & texture.

antique oak coffer between 2 armchairs upholstered in tartan fabric

It provides the perfect backdrop for a wonderful blend of country antiques, vintage finds & industrial styling. Blankets, cushions, warm lighting & fresh flowers soften the spaces.

view of the walkway in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

The contemporary glass walkways linking the coach house to the cottage also work superbly well. The structure of the buildings really sings out – and we love the fact that materials were either restored in situ or reclaimed from the site.

view of the cooker in the kitchen in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

The spaces look so comfortable & welcoming.

views of the kitchen and sitting room in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

We could happily avail ourselves of one of the numerous comfy looking chairs on offer – they’d never get rid of us!!

view of the new extension in the February 2014 edition of the Wealden Times magazine

And a gorgeous, friendly dog to welcome you home is always the icing on the cake!!

Retro Magazine

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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Retro Magazine with cup of tea and green & orange striped knitted cushion

This copy of Retro Magazine arrived last week. It was sent by the lovely people at Hus & Hem as we’d supplied an image of a yellow Finel coffee pot for them to use.

page from Retro Magazine showing a photo of H is for Home's yellow Finel percolator

Hus & Hem (and this off-shoot publication) hails from Sweden so we did have a slight problem to overcome with regards to the language barrier. We should be fluent in Swedish judged by the number of Scandinavian crime dramas we watch – but alas not!

sitting room

It didn’t stop this magazine being a very enjoyable “read” for us though. We could pick up on the general gist of the articles, but we mainly let the pictures do the talking.

vintage Volkswagen Golf feature

There’s certainly no shortage of them with lots of vintage retro gorgeousness to peruse.

dining table

Scandinavia is of course home to many great designers both past & present – and the source of many pieces so sought after by collectors. So it’s no surprise that they should have some excellent publications dedicated to the subject.

vintage decorated kitchen

The magazine crams loads in. There are some inspiring house tours, vintage fashion and features on classic design.

vintage fashion feature

As you can see from the article on Mari Simmulson & Upsala-Ekeby pottery for example, these articles are quite extensive and make great source material for identification or collecting.

selection of vintage Ekeby ceramic dishes

There are also current product pointers and a location tour with an eye to vintage design  & retail opportunities.

selection of vintage kitchenalia items

In this issue, Helsingfors (Helsinki in Swedish) is the destination – it’s gone onto our list for when we do that much longed for Scandinavian camper van tour.

Helsinki feature

The photography is excellent throughout. There’s also much use of vintage magazine articles & advertisements to display products or show items in situ.

selection of vintage loungers

It costs about £5.00 per issue.

selection of vintage chairs and stools

It’s definitely worth giving a try – you might even learn a new language!

Pick of the Pads: Brixton East

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

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"Loft Living" feature of Brixton East in the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine

We’ve chosen this fabulous factory space for this month’s Pick of the Pads. Dating from the 1870s, the building was disused & distressed when interior designer Andy Luckett bought it 18 years ago. After many years of hardship, discomfort & hard graft he’s created something very special - Brixton East.

cover of the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine

The converted factory is featured in the October edition of Homes & Antiques Magazine and now incorporates apartment, studio space & shop.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a green tiled bathroom

There are many aspects of Andy’s home that we love. It retains a homely, comfortable feel whilst looking functional & easy to live in too.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a kitchen and dining area

The original fabric of the building remains intact with big windows, exposed brickwork & beams. The spaces are now filled with character, colour & texture.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a mosaic of 4 interior decor photos

 There’s no shortage of unusual, quirky pieces – but it’s very well edited and never enters the realms of being cluttered.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a vintage Esso illuminated advertising sign

It also looks like it’s evolved naturally over time with antique & vintage finds – some still serving their original purpose, others up-cycled for a new lease of life.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a vintage wooden coat rack with shoes, coat, scarf and bags

The building is available for event hire and Andy also opens a pop-up shop on the ground floor which should be of great interest to those who share his taste for the enticing antiques & vintage industrial pieces that fill his home – the next sale is in December. For details of the shop, upcoming events and more pictures of the building visit his website at www.brixtoneast.co.uk

Vintage Elle

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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vintage French Elle magazine cover from November 1963 with Brigitte Bardot

We bought this lovely vintage Elle magazine on Thursday. Justin certainly wasn’t expecting to pick up Bridget Bardot at Tod market!

page from vintage French Elle magazine from November 1963 showing an article on Brigitte Bardot

It’s a French issue dating from 1963.

page from vintage French Elle magazine from November 1963 showing an article on ladies coats

In addition to the Bridget Bardot article there’s lots of great fashion photography.

page from vintage French Elle magazine from November 1963 showing a colour ad for Knirps umbrellas

Also some fantastic advertisements such as these for Knirps umbrellas and Helios lingerie.

page from vintage French Elle magazine from November 1963 showing a colour ad for Helios lingerie

In fact lingerie features quite heavily in this copy.

page from vintage French Elle magazine from November 1963 showing an article on thermal lingerie

page from vintage French Elle magazine from November 1963 showing an article on lingerie

Other features include recipes, interviews and a mid century modern house tour.

page from vintage French Elle magazine from November 1963 showing glass and brick house interior

Keep an eye out for these vintage magazines. We particularly like the era from the 1950s to the 1970s. Titles such as Elle, Vogue, Ideal Home etc. Many of the pages are good enough to frame – and for such a range of interest they offer really great value for money.

Pick of the Pads: Beetham Tower

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine cover

Welcome to our new blog series entitled ‘Pick of the Pads‘ where we’ll feature homes that attract us, captivate us, bewitch us… sweep us off our feet!

page showing view from Manchester's Beetham Tower in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

This apartment in Manchester’s Beetham Tower does all of that in spades!

page showing living room and kitchen in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

It’s a huge space, the penthouse duplex, taking up the whole of the 47th & 48th floors of the building. It’s the home of Ian Simpson, Beetham Tower’s architect.

page showing view across Manchester from the Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

As you’d expect from one of this country’s best architects, the apartment is absolutely stunning. There are scores of floor to ceiling windows allowing sunlight to stream through into double height rooms. And being so high up the views stretch right across to the Pennines!

page showing indoor olive grove in Manchester's Beetham Tower in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

It even boasts an indoor swimming pool, terrace and olive grove – the trees had to be installed before the roof went on!

page showing living room area in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

And of course it’s furnished with beautiful mid century modern furniture, artworks and decorative objects.

page showing the master bedroom in Ian Sipmson's apartment in Manchester's Beetham Tower featured in the Elle Decoration September 2013 magazine

 For the full tour and more photos check out the September issue of Elle Decoration.