Large vintage industrial storage unit

Large vintage industrial storage unit with drawers | H is for Home

We thought we’d highlight this fabulous vintage industrial storage unit that we’ve listed for sale today. It’s certainly a large, impressive piece!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It’s been living in our lounge recently. As you can see – if a storage or display unit sits still in our house for any amount of time, it starts to fill up with objects!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We bought it from one of the regular dealers at our local flea market. It’s constructed entirely of metal and very, very heavy. This is where we put it when it got delivered… as close to the front door as possible!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It’s a really useful unit with a combination of pigeon holes and drawers that can be placed in any configuration.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We think the metal has just the right amount of distress. Perfect vintage industrial condition – signs of wear, but not tatty. And the paint is original to the piece – and a nice mushroom brown colour.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It could be an ideal storage unit for almost any room in the house. As we said, we’ve had it in a lounge space where it’s great to display objects, keep CDs or books, tea-lights and so on – with keys, coins and all manner of bits & bobs hidden away in the drawers. It could be placed in a kitchen to house cooking equipment and ingredients; a work shop/craft room storing tools, bobbins, threads etc; perhaps an office space housing stationery… or a potting shed maybe – with various pots, seeds, twine and small garden tools. And if you’re lucky enough to live in an open plan loft space…well, we can’t imagine anything better.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We like it very much, but we did buy it to sell – and we moved something else out of the way to give it a temporary home… that needs to go back! Anyway, we’ve just listed it on eBay with a starting price of £299 which we think is reasonable. You’ll need someone with a van, trolley and strong arms to move it, but it could be the perfect thing!

Kitchen storage tins

Vintage cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

We picked up some lovely kitchen storage tins this week – classic cream with green lids.

'biscuits' and 'cake' cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

It’s not often we find them in this quantity – a tin for every job!

'bread' cream & green kitchen storage tin | H is for Home

They’re very good quality with a nice weight to them.

4 large cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

There are two different types with differences in shade of green and lettering style. We’re not exactly sure of their age – we’ve had these tins dating anywhere from the 1920s to the present day. They have a timeless look and appeal that never goes out of fashion really.

'flour' and 'pasta' cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

They’ve just gone into our antiques centre space yesterday – this kind of item always looks good in there amongst the country furniture and other vintage kitchenalia… and it certainly makes an eye-catching display.

'cake decorating' cream & green kitchen storage tin | H is for Home

They’re easily packaged up & posted though, so drop us a line if you see anything you fancy – and we’ll go and intercept it before it sells in the shop.

'tea' 'coffee' and 'sugar' cream & green kitchen storage tins | H is for Home

Prices range from £10 to £30.

Get their look: Eclectic kitchen shelving

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It’s a brand new year, so we thought we’d start a new blog series. Welcome to our first ‘Get their look‘ post. A fairly self-explanatory title, each week we’ll feature an image of an interior that has caught our eye and we’ll show you how and where to copy the style.

To kick off, we’re sharing this eclectic counter-top and kitchen shelving. They contain both practical and decorative items – many of which tick both these boxes.

stainless steel shelves contents

  1. White wall light
  2. Digital radio
  3. Cathrineholm fondue set
  4. Stainless steel shelves
  5. Glass storage jars
  6. Scheurich fat lava vase
  7. Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL espresso machine

Gimme Five! Magazine files

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selection of magazine files

We’re finally getting around to sorting out our home office. Boxes have been unpacked, bits of shop stock assigned to the correct storage area… and the printer has actually been moved off the floor and placed on a desk after 8 years!

We accumulate TONS of paperwork annually which we need to keep for at least 5 years for tax purposes. Recently, it’s been stored in random sweet and biscuit tins but it don’t look great. Utilitarian, yet beautiful, magazine files would look so much better! Each would be given an attractive label, marked with the tax year of its contents, lined up neatly (chronologically of course) and placed along a top shelf out of the way.

  1. Simple style brown kraft magazine file: £4.19, WH Smith
  2. Calculator magazine file: £7, Paperchase
  3. GARNER orange magazine file: £8, Habitat
  4. McGregor magazine holder: £25, Urban Outfitters
  5. KNUFF magazine file set of 2, plywood: £7, IKEA

Orla Kiely coffee jars

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Limited edition Orla Kiely print coffee jars for Douwe Egberts

It’s Sunday morning, so what better than coffee and the newspapers?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar label showing Orla Kiely logo

Did you get hold of your limited edition Orla Kiely design Douwe Egberts coffee jars?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with yellow Orla Kiely pattern

We bought in bulk – well 3 jars is bulk coffee buying for us at least!!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with green Orla Kiely pattern

The classic Orla Kiely repeat motifs of apple and flowers are lovely. We’re not sure what they’ll house yet, but we always seem to be on the look out for nice storage jars. And they were free – kind of!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with orange Orla Kiely pattern

We quite often make real espresso at home, but first thing in the morning the kettle and a teaspoon of instant is what we usually manage. It’s a good job we like this brand of coffee otherwise 3 jars might have been a real slog! 🙂

Gimme Five! Glass storage jars

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selection of glass storage jars

We had a disaster this week. In the middle of the night, one of the shelves in our larder collapsed with a massive crash. On it was a dozen or so glass storage jars, full of rice, dried pulses, pasta etc. All but two of them smashed to smithereens with their contents exploding to the far corners.

They were mainly Le Parfait jars of varying sizes – here some of them are in this old photo – there were even more of them on the shelf at the time of the event. We had to embark on a massive, midnight clear-up operation – trying to keep the dog out of the way while we swept up shards of glass and millions of lentils with dustpan & brush. We still don’t know what caused the shelf to give way – it’s been there near on 5 years!

Anyhow, we’re in the market for some new glass storage jars. We looked at replacing like for like but we didn’t know how expensive Le Parfait jars are – we tended to pick them up here and there second hand at markets and charity shops. The smallest size is £5.25. Here are a few mainly cheaper – and equally attractive – options we’ve found.

  1. Vogue clip top preserve jars: from £2.39, Nisbets
  2. KORKEN food storage jars with lids: from 80p, IKEA
  3. Clip top preserving jars: from £1.49, Dunelm
  4. Kilner jars: from £1.50, Divertimenti
  5. Ella Sabatini square glass storage collection: from £6.99, Wayfair