Orange vintage Siltal saucepan

Orange vintage Siltal saucepan | H is for Home

We picked up this very striking orange vintage saucepan during the week. It’s mid-century modern combined with ancient Egypt!

Vintage orange Siltal saucepan from above | H is for Home

The range was manufactured by Italian company, Siltal in the 1970s for food writer and chef Robert Carrier. He was a big name in the cookery world around this time – perhaps you remember him on TV. If not, you might very well have come across his vintage cookery books and recipe cards in charity shops.

Detail view of a vintage orange Siltal saucepan | H is for Home

Mid-century modern treatment of more ancient life or art can be very successful – Roman, Etruscan and medieval subjects spring to mind. Egyptian imagery is a new one to us.

Vintage orange Siltal saucepan with lid removed | H is for Home

This Siltal saucepan itself is beautifully made – quite reminiscent of Cathrineholm in materials and style. Siltal is still manufacturing products today, although they seem to concentrate on fridge-freezers and washing machines nowadays. So you’ll have to look out for vintage examples if you like the look. The pans were made in a variety of colourways – and there were also ancient Greek and Chinese ranges too. This large lidded example will be going into our antiques centre space priced at £45. It’s pretty heavy, but we could post out if required.

Price Points: Orange maxi summer dresses

Trio of orange maxi summer dresses | H is for Home

It’s August, the kids are off school, the Olympics are in full swing (Go Team GB!), the central heating hasn’t been on in months… I’ve realised in the past few weeks that there are gaps in my summer wardrobe. I have lots of summer shorts, T-shirts and walking gear but nothing slightly dressy.

I was thinking that I’m in need of a few maxi summer dresses – white, patterned, floral… but I’d really wanted to find one in orange – one of my favourite (and most summery) colours.

Surprisingly, when I went searching, I couldn’t find that many orange maxi summer dresses online and only a few midi ones. Of the ones I did uncover, one stood out head & shoulders above the others. There was a little hint there! đŸ™‚

Number 1, the strapless example with a frilled bottom, is my favourite. The colour is perfect, a bright tangerine orange that looks great against tanned skin. I love its simplicity and blousy layering. I’d team it with chunky jewellery and a pair of strappy silver sandals.

  1. Strapless belted maxi dress: £29.00, JD Williams
  2. Frill maxi came dress: £40, Topshop
  3. Halterneck maxi dress: £49.99, H&M

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Staffordshire Potteries trio

Vintage Staffordshire Potteries trio with orange flower design | H is for Home

We don’t do much charity shop trawling these days, but there’s one right next door to our local Post Office – so we always have a look through the window when we send parcels. Every now and then, something catches our eye which was the case today with these lovely orange tea trios.

Base stamp from a vintage Staffordshire Potteries trio with orange flower design | H is for Home

They were made by Staffordshire Potteries Ltd in the 1960s/70s and are typical of the type of wares produced by the company during this era.

Collection of vintage Staffordshire Potteries mugs | H is for Home

We’ve come across storage jars, mugs, soup bowls, plates and tea sets in the past – colourful and fun would sum them up.

Pink vintage Staffordshire Potteries mug set with plastic lids and carry tray | H is for Home

We’ve handled lots of their stuff over the years and it always proves popular in our shop.

Green vintage Staffordshire Potteries mug set with plastic lids and carry tray | H is for Home

Artists such as Elayne Fallon were responsible for the vibrant designs.

Four vintage Staffordshire Potteries lidded storage jars designed by Elayne Fallon | H is for Home

The pottery is not only attractive, but very robust too – so perfect for heavy use in the kitchen , dining room, garden or camp site.

Home Tones: Coral

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Although natural coral is found in an array of hues, the coral that the colour is named after is red or ‘precious’ coral. It’s on the pink end of the orange spectrum and definitely has to be considered only a highlight colour. A room with wall to wall, floor to ceiling coral would feel really oppressive and overbearing.  The colour is stunning when used on a feature wall, painted furniture and in textiles. It’s often teamed with brilliant white and works really well with teal.

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Window seat with coral coloured upholstery and cushionscredit

Coral colourd sofa in front of a midnight blue wallcredit

Coral and teal painted hallwaycredit

Child's nursery with coral painted cot bedcredit

Coral sitting room wallcredit

Home office with coral painted wallscredit

Home Tones: Tangerine

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Last week’s Home Tones told of Adelle’s favourite colour, violet. This week it’s another favourite shade of another favourite colour; tangerine and orange respectively. A vibrant and eye-catching hue that’s not to everyone’s taste, but we adore it! We have it dotted throughout our house.

Because it can be so overwhelming it should only be used in flashes & splashes – feature walls, doors, artwork and the like.

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Our kitchen with orange feature wall

orange painted stairs with grey textile runnercredit

bunk beds in a dark blue painted children's bedroomcredit

Pop goes the Teapot!

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Vintage orange Rörstrand Pop teapot with tins of tea

We picked up this lovely vintage porcelain teapot on Monday morning – a good start to the week!

Underside of an orange Pop teapot showing Rörstrand base stamp

A very striking piece in terms of both form and colour, it’s called the ‘Pop Teapot’ and was designed by Inger Persson for Rorstrand of Sweden in 1968.

orange Rörstrand Pop teapot with lid off showing the strainer

It doesn’t just look great – it’s very ergonomic too. You need a teapot to feel good in the hand and pour well –  which this one does. The integral stainless steel strainer is a very nice feature too. 

orange Rörstrand Pop teapot with lid off and strainer to the side

Displays well and does the job well – a classic piece of design! We’ve noticed that the V&A museum has an example in their collection. Not to worry if you don’t drink tea either – it would sit quite happily amongst other pieces of art pottery or glass.

Vintage orange Rörstrand Pop teapot

This brilliant red-orange example will be available in our web shop this week.