Category Archives: homeware

When can I move in? Mid-century time capsule house

This is my dream home. Seriously, it has a pool, tulip chairs, an orange bar, wood panneling AND an avocado bathroom. Holy shit.

Via retrorenovation.com

 

Weekend hunt

I absolutely loved the Mid-century Furniture Flea last Sunday. If I die and go to heaven (unlikely) it better be furnished with Danish teak and German lava vases.

Here are my finds: a 40s paisley print throw, 50s atomic magazine stand, 60s table deco and 70s cushion.

Sorry for the shoddy pictures, my camera has conveniently died.

Things I get massively excited about

There will be a vintage furniture flea market in London next month – I’ve not been this excited in ages. The Vintage Furniture Flea (set up by Judy Berger, the woman behind Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair), will be selling affordable homewares and furniture from the 50s to the 70s.

The perfect opportunity to get it of the last bit if Ikea in my flat – cannot wait!

Sun 21 November
York Hall Bethnal Green

Mr Kipling who?

This is so not a style-related post but I just had to share my excitement about finding Bake it Pretty, an online shop selling retro and vintage baking accessories.

Stumbled upon: Blink Vintage

How lovely is Blink Vintage, a site for vintage interiors and home deco? The atomic magazine stand and little box are on top of my wish list.

How to decorate – the vintage way

My love for vintage doesn’t just stop at my wardrobe, it’s also quite obvious in the way I’ve decorated my flat. Now, I live in a teeny tiny rented studio (that’s London for you…) where I’m not allowed to change anything or even hang up stuff on the walls thanks to my landlady. However, I’ve still managed to add quite a few vintage bits and bobs here and there, all of which were very cheap – or free in fact – but have a lot of personal meaning.

So here are my top tips for decorating the vintage way:

Tip no 1: accessories
The same way you add a belt, bag or necklace to your outfit, add pictures, frames and flea market finds to your home to truly make it your own space and let your personality shine through.

I picked up the bambi figurine for $3 at a flea market in New York, the picture is of my nan on a day trip out with my grandfather in the Thirties.


I bought these Thirties cigarette cards off eBay for next to nothing and simply framed them.


A few postcards and a Seventies radio – found at the monthly Rock’n’Roll jumble in London.

Again, just a few postcards and interesting storage boxes, also don’t be afraid to display your every-day items such as your glasses or hair accessories.

Tip no 2: add a vintage mirror

A vintage mirror (or even better, a whole wall full of them) is a great feature and makes a small space look larger. I got this Art Deco one at an Art Deco fair for just over £100.

Tip no 3: use vintage for storage

I use these vintage vanity cases to store books, hats and accessories. They make a great feature and add colour to an otherwise neutral room. I picked these up at various London vintage fairs, they were all under £15.

Tip no 4: don’t forget your bathroom

I use vintage everywhere, including my bathroom. This Sixties tea cup and saucer makes a great toothbrush holder.

A few Forties Pulp Fiction book covers add colour to my bathroom.

Get your piece of Sterling Cooper – Mad Men props on sale

If you’ve ever daydreamed about working at Sterling Cooper or if you fancy sitting in the same chair as Don Draper himself, head over to eBay and start bidding away on some of the probs used on the set of Mad Men. From chairs to desks and lamps, there is a bit of mid-century style for everyone. Bidding  –  the auction is for charity – continues until the end of the week.