Posts tagged ‘vintage’

London calling

 hallwayboard

Even though the paperwork for the new house drags on, my decorating plans are steaming forward. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to move in a few months.

My most recent planning project for the house has been the front hallway. It’s a long thin hallway but it’s very bright. So much of the decor in the new house will be understated that we both fancy having a bit of fun in this space. We’ve decided to focus the hallway around a giant print we have of a routemaster bus. I can’t wait for my custom etsy order to arrive which will pull the whole wartime London look together.

August 28, 2009 at 10:56 Leave a comment

Image of the day

 

polly george cakestand

 

Polly George makes the most gorgeous pottery. I love both the birds and butterflies range, but particularly this bird cake stand. Her designs are beautifully understated and simple.

August 18, 2009 at 08:39 Leave a comment

My what big teeth you have…

 My Grandmother used to have a fridge magnet which said “the one who dies with the most fabric wins!”  We’re pretty sure she won as her house was filled with fabric, the majority of which my Mum inherited and my sisters and I have added to our fabric stashes from the treasures she had saved.

One fabric my Mum and I both adored was a vintage Little Red Riding Hood print. There’s a reproduction version of it available (see below).

Reproduction Red Riding Hood fabric

We ended up splitting the fabric and taking half each. The fabric has been in the running to be included in nearly every quilt, babygro, applique project I’ve ever worked on but it’s so precious I don’t want to waste it! I think it would be lovely on a chair like this in the craft studio, with another remnant of it framed in a pretty white frame on the desk.

 chair project

Chair & tutorial from How about Orange

August 17, 2009 at 10:03 1 comment

Teacups

My beautiful best friend got married a few weeks ago. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and the rain which has battered England for most of July and August decided to take a break for the day and we were blessed with perfect sunshine. The ceremony was held outside at a local castle and the reception was a classic English afternoon tea party.

The Orangery at Chiddingstone Castle

The Orangery at Chiddingstone Castle

It’s hard to decide what my favourite moment was (other than seeing two friends so happily married) but definite highlights of the weekend were spending the days before the wedding decorating the marquee with homemade flower arrangements, organza and fabric butterflies, hanging tea lights in jam jars on the trees outside and putting out the place settings.

afternoon tea

afternoon tea

The favours were antique teacups sourced from boot fairs, eBay and charity shops, each one was different. The place settings were individually iced biscuits. What could be more gorgeous?

I’m planning to turn our teacups into candles to go in the spare room of the new house. In fact, since looking at all the photos from the day I’ve decided to decorate the entire room around the teacups in a floral vintage theme with a new patchwork quilt design coming together in my head to complement the cups as they sit side-by-side on the windowsill.

vintage teacup favours

vintage teacup favours

August 10, 2009 at 12:42 Leave a comment





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