Spring flowers…

April 13, 2012

I’ve just spent a few days in the West Country skipping around like a sprightly spring lamb. The fresh air was wondrous and I was amazed by the amount of daffodils bloomin’ everywhere. In my attempt to bring a little bit of the country back to the city, I picked daffodils from my Mother’s garden and gathered whatever greenery I could scrounge from the local hedgerows, along the Devon lanes. I decided to display them in the many jam jars I have collected over the years, I normally use these as tea light holders but with a bit of ribbon they looked suitably pretty for my little floral arrangements that are now dotted ALL over my house…

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If you’re looking for a similar weekend project then this is all you need:

1. A selection of glass jars or any other interesting glass receptacles! If you don’t have many kicking about at home try The Jam Jar Shop for all sorts of shapes and sizes or raid your local car boot/charity shop for old glass bottles.

2. Scraps of ribbon, baker’s twine, brown string..whatever you fancy (I used a selection of ribbons in yellows/creams to keep to a co-ordinated colour scheme.

3. A selection of cut spring flowers from your garden, florist or supermarket and greenery.

For more country decorating ideas why not visit the Ideal Home website. Happy weekend. The sun is set to shine! – Alice

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Oooh don’t you just love a good car boot sale? My local in Chiswick is always a treat and one of the best in the South East, they say! It’s always full of mid-century buys but it’s only on once a month. To get my fix the rest of the time, I also enjoy a browse online and there are two sites where I can easily while away the hours. First up is Winter’s Moon. Founder, Julia, has a background in textiles and loves colour and pattern. She has a beady eye for second-hand pieces and has also designed her own furniture and textiles range. She styles and photographs everything in her warehouse in Chichester, and very nicely too…

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The collection is constantly changing but you’re always likely to find a mix of vintage, recycled and handmade. I love the quirky statement chairs, 50’s kitchenalia and lamp shades made from retro fabrics. I’ve got my eye on her yellow, bespoke formica-top table.

Another dreamy site is The OK Corral. Brainchild of the arty Joy Joliffe and partner (who also run the fabulous Random Retail – scrummy screen printed textiles). Both jumble sale fanatics, they decided to set up an online shop when they ran out of space for all their wondrous finds…

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They only stock the very best and their turnover of product is speedy, so keep dropping by. You will also find jelly moulds, enamelware, postcards and toast racks. Their prices are very competitive too with most items under a tenner! How old school is that red picnic tray with foldaway legs!? I’m hankering after the sunny yellow flask, perfect for a brew of Lady Grey…on a summer’s day. – Alice

Car boot bounty

December 8, 2009

Just thought I’d show you the lovely bits of vintage treasure (AKA: tat) I picked up at the car boot sale I went to on Saturday…

As you can see, all strictly essentials to my everyday existence. How did I live before I owned a box of 1920s pen nibs? How did I function without a packet of pencil leads produced by appointment to the late King George V? Unimaginable. I also bought a massive vintage Singer sewing machine for just £8, which now takes pride of place on a shelf in my living room (AKA: gathering dust but looking gorg.) – Ellie


Wordy bedroom

December 4, 2009

Let’s finish the week with this lovely shot from our December issue – I love the cushions and the artwork!

You can find the canvas at Box Brownie Trading, and the cushions are from Notonthehighstreet, made by Useful and Beautiful. Have a lovely weekend – I’m off to a car boot sale tomorrow to gather more vintage rubbish/treasure (?!) for my home. The early start is always worthwhile…I’m on the lookout for some pretty plates to turn into clocks for Christmas gifts! And no doubt I’ll end up buying just one or two little things for myself, too…be rude not to really. TEE HEE. – Ellie