Love, love, love the new collection from Random Retail. Always a sucker for a nice cushion and these screen printed beauties (all handmade on the Isle of Wight) are simply tip top!

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Textile designer Joy Joliffe took inspiration from 1950s ceramics and her leafy garden to create these vintage prints. I love her attention to detail, even on the backs…

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The three designs are called Four Rose Plates, Stalks & Leaves, Lines & Spots and cost £38 each (including a good quality feather pad). And if you have a hankering for yet another calico shopping bag, they’ve also relaunched these rather fetching, limited edition designs. Lovely stuff. – Alice

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It’s not everyday you can walk into a shop and come out with a vintage jelly mould reinvented as a pendant lamp, a Mexican bingo set, moose shaped firelighters and a deckchair. But if you’re lucky enough to live near the market town, Corbridge in Northumberland, you can! (For those that don’t, you can of course buy online, phew!), Simon Young and Jenny Vaughan’s converted workshop (round the back of an old filling station) is a treasure trove of totally unique finds for the home. They named their shop RE after two giant metal red letters they bought in a Parisian flea market…

People, step inside and feast your eyes on these wonderful buys..

I would very much like these jolly, jelly mould pendant lamps. How lovely to hang a row of these above a kitchen table…

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Planning fodder for your Jubilee street party yet? Make sure you get yourself a set of these British Isles cookie cutters..

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Keep your teapot cosy with this cute pom-pom number, hand knitted in Northumberland..

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This red, white and blue twine will come in handy for any Jubilee/Olympic crafty projects…

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Elsewhere there are gorgeous linen cushions, inspired by American flour sacks…

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original 50’s and 60’s mixing bowls in pretty on-trend pastel shades..

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and this ‘waste not want not’ fabric is sold off the roll, for £16 a metre. It’s 44cm wide perfect for a table runner. GREAT idea..

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Thank goodness it’s March! Spring had sprung and I’ve just bought 4 bunches of daffodils for £1 in my lunch break – hurrah! They’re currently bunged in a vase and just about surviving in our air conditioned office but what I’d really like to display them in is this…

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A test tube for each single stem. Ah Joy! Thank you RE. Delightful finds and next time I’m even vaguely heading oop north I’m going to take a detour and pop by. – Alice


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

TESCO DIRECT: SS12 PREVIEW

January 8, 2012

Now then, I thought you might like to know, Tesco Direct are introducing some rather covetable homewares next season. Available from February onwards, here’s a little preview of their best pieces (in my humble opinion) and I have to admit, at first glance I thought this mid-century-esque sideboard was a ‘stylist’s own’ situation, but oh no…

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Retro Oak veneered sideboard, £229; Cream barrel vase, £5.

..it’s theirs! I love the handles and at only £229 it gives Ercol a run for their money. Perhaps less about quality craftsmanship but a great ‘get the look for less’ option! Elsewhere, you’ll find cute ceramic tea light holders in the form of rather podgy, but friendly owls. I do appreciate the rustic shelving and apple green bakers twine too…

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F&F Home ceramic owl tealight holder, £6 each.

Other home accessories include these gorgeously glossy picture frames in teal and plummy shades, statement ikat cushions, bottle vases and chunky woven throws…

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From top: 5x7cm gloss frames, £7 each; teal ikat cushion, £10; bottle vase, £4; teal check throw, £15.

And if you’re looking for something a little fresh and more Spring-like this armchair in a citrus retro print is quite the number. It’s looks very at home on the white wooden floorboards with natural linen blinds…

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Exeter Accent chair, £250.

But, I’ve got my eye on this stunning silver anglepoise style lamp for only £18!

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And if you’re a fan of  Dutch clock brand, Karlsson, and looking to add a pop of colour you’ll also find the multi spider clock in their range. BOOM!

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This is supermarket-chic at it’s best. Looking for more decorating ideas and stylish buys but feeling the post-Christmas pinch? The new February issue of Ideal Home is packed full of budget ideas for the home so make sure you bag yourself a copy. Out now! – Alice

Eee by gum, our first ‘Book of the Week’ for 2011 is a real stunner. Packed full of beautiful photographs and printed on expensive-looking thick paper, it’s written by two Norwegian stylists: Ellen Dyrop and Hanna Kristinsdottir, and out on February 7th. Rediscovered Treasures: A New Life for Old Objects is an absolute treat from beginning to end. And it goes a little something like this…

This beautiful book shows you how to transform old curios into shabby-chic homewares for every room of the house…so start collecting cutlery, biscuit tins and the like, and stock up on super-glue:

I like the idea of using stencils to update old tableware – ‘CARPE DIEM’ in an Emma-Bridgewater-esque font scrawled across a vintage metal teapot filled with fresh flowers– what could be more pleasing?

It’s got a step-by-step ‘how to’ section at the back, with stencils to trace and a useful list of shops you might need, too. It’s out on February 7th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon now for under a tenner. – Ellie

Vintage poster JOY

February 22, 2010

Bonjour, blog-browsing-chums. It’s Monday and it’s all gone a liddle bit vintage round here.  Let’s have a peep at what is possibly the coolest poster EVER PRINTED:

I love everything about this 1930s Baldwin’s poster. The typefaces. The design. The ridiculous cure-all claims aimed at the gullible public. But most of all, the mysterious, slightly sinister phrase: ‘BAD LEGS’. It’s an absolute cracker, and I knew I’d never get tired of it when I picked it up at Alfie’s Antiques Market a few years back.

Here’s the same poster in the retro home of Irish interior designer Danielle Mac Innes, whose lovely house we featured in Ideal Home. It looks fab in a stylish see-through Habitat frame with patterned geometric wallpaper behind. If you’d like to get the look yourself, you can buy reproduction Baldwin’s postcards, magnets and signs from the wonderful Robert Opie Collection shop – and you can buy the real deal from Heatons of Tisbury. There are loads of vintage Baldwin’s posters available, featuring a host of complaints such as sour belchings, lowness of spirits, yellow coated tongue, and the rather serious-sounding spitting of blood…

The great thing is that Baldwin’s is still going strong today and has a quirky little old-fashioned shop in south-east London where you can still buy Sarsaparilla! Here are some pics of the shop’s interior. New pics are from London’s favourite shop-aholic Aussie, Wee Birdy:

And these old ones are from the Baldwin’s website:

If you’re a fan of vintage medicine adverts like me, have a look at the collection at Bonkers. There are certainly a lot of remedies here that you just wouldn’t see today! For more retro wall art, see the Keep Calm Gallery, Bold & Noble, and Garden Trading. – Ellie

The Valentine Files: PART III

February 12, 2010

As Nessa would say, what’s occurrin’? Soppy wall art, my friends…that’s what.

Yes, welcome to Cheese-ville, where even the walls are LUVVED-UP and dripping with romantic phrases. The LOVE RULES print is from the Keep Calm Gallery.

Hmmmmmm…..that’s a tricky one. Bit like the old chicken and the egg issue really. One thing’s for sure, there should definitely be a question mark on this print from the fabulously-named Coulson Macleod.

Aaaaaaaah, bless. The definition of romance. Excuse me while I just fetch a bucket.

This ‘Two peas in a pod’ print is from Modo Creative. I’ve considered this and I’d rather be the cute little pea on the left than the obese one on the right. This Valentine’s Day, my Other Half will be lucky enough to receive the cute card below left, from the lovely Papermash. Of course, it’s bound to be completely wasted on him really. Typewriters are more my thing than his. But I couldn’t find a card with a picture of a PlayStation on it. Or a kebab. So this will have to do. And of course, I get to frame it on the 15th. Tee HEE.

The badge card on the right is a little DELIGHT from Cowboys and Custard. If only I had a badge making machine, she sighed wistfully, for the millionth time. Over and out, have a lovely weekend. – Ellie