Get the George Nelson style

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George Nelson style ball wall clock from Vita Interiors

Original vintage George Nelson clocks are beautiful, but quite hard to come by and very expensive! But you can get a similar look with one of these George Nelson style wall clocks from Vita interiors.

Vignette containing George Nelson style ball wall clock, vintage brass horse, antique wooden candleholder and pile of Penguin paperbacks | H is for Home

We’ve just received this great looking starburst clock from them and are happy to sing its praises. We go for quite an eclectic look in our house, mixing objects from various different eras. This mid century modern style clock sits comfortably with antiques, vintage and contemporary pieces equally well – and is therefore very good at linking these various eras to give a balanced feel to a room.

Detail of George Nelson style ball wall clock from Vita Interiors

There’s a lot of space incorporated into the clock’s form which gives it a light and airy feel – and it casts lovely shadows too. The mix of materials works really well and we like the detailing in terms of walnut finials and hand shape.

Detail of George Nelson style ball wall clock from Vita Interiors

It would sit comfortably in almost any room of the house. It has a nice, quiet tick so the bedroom’s definitely an option. It would look fab on the wall of a lounge, office or kitchen too. We’ve already identified plenty of potential sites for it to live in our house!

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Gimme Five! Radio-controlled wall clocks

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Selection of 5 radio-controlled wall clocks | H is for Home

The clocks go forward (or is it back?) this Saturday night into Sunday morning. We’re looking forward to those lighter nights. Thankfully, the time on smartphones and computers gets updated automatically. We have a number of wall clocks dotted around the house that need to be manually changed twice a year. Radio-controlled wall clocks make this task a thing of the past.

We’ve got a great selection to share with you – something for everyone and every pocket, we think. The traditionalist, the gadget freak and the colour lover.

  1. Jumbo wall clock with thermometer: £34.99, Oregon Scientific
  2. Unity Lytham radio-controlled wall clock: £29.80, Amazon
  3. Red Precision radio-controlled wall clock: £14.99, Argos
  4. Lascelles radio-controlled wall clock: £60, John Lewis
  5. TFA Dostmann analogue radio-controlled wall clock: £95.99, Wayfair

Etsy List: Clockwatching

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'Clockwatching' Etsy List' curated by H is for Home

Clocks and watches are almost things of the past thanks to everyone having a mobile phone with time, date, alarm and even timer functions.

Week days during my early school life began with me slamming down on the knob of a purple Westclox ‘Big Ben’ pedestal clock. Years later, this gave way to a boxy Sony Digimatic clock alarm radio. Today, we still have a Sony clock alarm radio – this time, a Dream Machine – shaped like a cube with LED numbers and snooze button. A ticking clock, like a dripping tap, would keep me awake all night!

We have a fantastic vintage Seth Thomas starburst clock in our lounge and another Metamec version on the top floor – both beautiful mid century modern icons!

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Time’s Up!

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vintage Westclox clock

We thought this recent auction buy was well worth a mention.

close up view of vintage Westclox clock face

It’s a fabulous looking vintage clock with brushed steel face and red detailing – the 12 & 24 hour markings add further interest. It’s perfect for the study or kitchen.

close up view of centre of vintage Westclox clock face

Dating from the 1960s/70s, it was made by American company Westclox. They produced some lovely stuff during this period including colourful alarm clocks, mid century modern ‘starbursts’ and industrial look office clocks like this one.

N is for… Numbers

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Colourful numbers illustration

Not too many words this week – well… it is all about numbers! Plenty of images though – showing numbers being used as decoration, their representation in print and some objects in which numbers are an integral part.

This charming children’s book is a collection of number rhymes & finger games.

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How many of these do you remember?

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This mouse one’s a teensy bit sad – it ends with no little mice left!

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All illustrations by Denis Wrigley taken from One Two Three Four first published in 1970.

We picked up these wooden printing blocks some years ago, and have a large tray of them mounted on a wall. They have a really sculptural quality and we love the way light & shadow fall across its surface.

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We found this lovely pack of old playing cards in a mixed box auction lot the other day.

When you think of items that require numbers to function, clocks would be top of most people’s list. Here are some nice examples that H is for Home currently has in stock or has sold recently.

We love these early pocket calculators with their red or green displays. They seemed so space age at the time!

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Not forgetting telephones – push button and dial versions.

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And then there are numbers used as pure decoration. The main photo at the top is a 1960s fabric design. And there’s this Carlton Ware money box, again from the 60s. We love the ‘groovy’ treatment that numbers got during this decade.

Hope you enjoyed today’s blog – we don’t think it’s going to be too hard for you to guess what ‘O’ will be for next week!