Category: vintage

Going Global x

A vintage globe: So many joys hidden in plain view.

A delight as an object..

Alight as a light..

A map of many travels..

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A desk light to dream by.

It’s nothing if not honest.

Laters, Kate x

Oh the joys of packing…

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This an old post, but so apt for today when once again I’m knee deep in suitcases: The children may have changed, but the problems haven’t!

 

When the kids were babies I soon realised that to avoid the crying of souls (mine) I needed to be excruciatingly anal about packing, particularly as it’s not and never will be an art form that comes naturally to my psyche. The truth be told:

1. I hate it.

2. Even the impending thought of it gives me brain-swell.

3. I am a self-proclaimed light-packer. Until I pack.

4. I could just take cut off shorts, a white t-shirt and flip-flops..but why suffer clothes envy if you can avoid it?

5. How DO you take the minimum clothes for the maximum occasions?

6. I’m continually haunted by the idea it’s all wrong anyway.

7. There’s a profound anguish that the weather is undoubtably going to go through an unprecedented solar flux and be the opposite of what I’m reasonably expecting. Even though it never happens.

8. Will it really be hot/cold at the equator/in the mountains because it’s not hot/cold here (delete as appropriate).

9. How can I pack the stuff I’m wearing now?

10. What do people mean when they ‘throw a few things in’?

11. How do I know I won’t be invited to tea with the Queen or Beyonce or Karl Lagerfeld?

12. Why do I always have the most cases? I packed light..

13. And why do they never shut?

Burnt too many times, I learnt to make furtive lists on the computer in the hope that nothing vital in my then sleep-deprived-likely-to-find-hairbrush-in-fridge-state like nappies, nappy sacks, first aid kit, tranquillisers..would be disastrously and time/happiness sappingnly forgotten and there could be hope yet for my marriage.

Those days are (almost) gone, but the discipline has proved invaluable and certain rules still stand:

1. Start packing 5 days in advance and wear tea towels if necessary.

2. For a week or more pack 5 sets of underwear plus 3 of each for the rest (t-shirts, shorts etc)

3. Summer holiday for me…just dresses, the ultimate capsule wardrobe…beach dresses..other dresses..end of.

 

Now I just have to learn to take my own advice…

Laters, Kate xxx

Switched on x

We still have no starting date for the construction of the garden office pod.  But that hasn’t stopped the dreaming.  I’ve found this company – Loomlight Design– based in Leicester, that specialise in creating unusual reclaimed and salvaged lighting plus a little bit more…

Like industrial cast aluminium light switches made from recycled alloy wheels.

(Which can even be personalised with dimmers and text of your choice.)

And check these out..no-nonsense door handles.

(All info LoomlightDesign)

Roll on start date..

 

Laters, Kate x

Pod x

The quote is back for the garden office: this could actually be happening! The basic design is based on the shape above with the high point of the roof at the front, it’s a bit of an optical illusion that makes the rest of the roof disappear. As above, there will be one long bench desk across the window leaving the majority of the floor space clear for the kids to potentially camp out as and when. The entrance will be down the left side (just out of sight in the picture). Ours will be slightly bigger than this with a little add on room on the right where the roof dips down, to provide extra storage for gardening equipment etc to make use of our irregular shaped garden which only pretends to be a rectangle.

Inside will be a cunning mixture of plywood…

pallet wood….

And white.

Lights will either be black, adjustable wall light/s.

Or possibly, depending on height/position a lamp like this one from Ikea at £29 hung against the ceiling.  Why not?

And of course there needs to be a bright splash of colour with a vintage desk lamp.

(All pics Pinterest)

Heating will be a stove in the corner.

Bliss. When can I move in?

Laters, Kate x

Treasure x

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I’ve been looking for this wallpaper with its exquisite clusters of blemishes. Turns out it’s called Queen of Spain by Schumacher.

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It’s also not a modern design – as this black and white of a young Mick Jagger proves.

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In fact, it goes back to 1963.

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Pretty amazing.

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There are companies that stock it in the UK, but Schumacher is an American brand going back to 1889 with a heralded passion for luxury and an unwavering commitment to beauty: This wallpaper is sold by the yard.

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So it’s not a cheap choice.

Potato prints??

Laters, Kate x

Make it x

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Remember these beauties? For me a hark back to the eighties but the concept must actually be a lot older.  I was looking for something to naturally moth proof wardrobes and drawers when inspiration dawned.  A quick check on Ebay proved invaluable..they still existed and this little lot were bought in a bulk buy. The relative quiet of half term was the perfect time to renovate their little interiors..


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Some of them had beautiful vintage labels that we managed to gently peal away.

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Lots of the pomanders had a blingy gold loop so grosgrain ribbon has to be an upgrade. We found the easiest way to replace this was to feed both ends of the ribbon in through the top and pull them through with a pair of tweezers.

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You need to pull the two ends through leaving as little ribbon as possible on the top. We found the tweezers used as a brace was a wise thing to do.  Then just knot ends together and pull the loop back out again.

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After attempts with funnels, the best way to fill the pomanders was with a little jug.  We used lavender and essential oils.

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For those pomanders missing their bottoms we cut out discs from vintage material and simply glued them on.

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Strangely satisfying with a definite whiff of pure nostalgia. To be recommended.

Laters, Kate x

Home Truths x

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I suspect there’s a scientific correlation between the life cycle of say, the lower house mouse and renovation works.  A year after the kitchen was finished thoughts have turned to the family bathroom and an office pod in the garden.  But bathrooms first.

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Unlike this pic, our main problem is the floor which is tiled.  The tiles haven’t stood the test of time – after 10 years they’re cracked and ragged.  It could be that they were badly laid, or it might be that tiles are never great in old houses that move on wooden joists.

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So the plan now is to replace the tiles with wood.  We’ve got wood in both our laundry room and kitchen, and they’ve been the best floors ever – warm, characterful and flexible.  I’m not sure why we didn’t use it as a first choice in the bathroom – I suspect it’s a gremlin in our minds that whispers wood plus water equals problems.  Now stop…and think of boats…

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This is the inspiration for the floor: Dark, herringbone parquet. Just the right side of decadent.

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(All pics Pinterest)

It’s going to be fun…

Laters, Kate x

Best of the Baftas..

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Top prize: Emily Blunt in McQueen. Does everything a great dress should – of particular note are those clever shoulders and beautiful embroidery – not too much, but just enough.

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Close second: Hannah Bagshaw with husband, also in McQueen…could there be a theme?

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Taylor Hill scores points for vintage Hollywood glamour.

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Daisy Ridley: A winner for not taking it too seriously.

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Isabelle Huppert in Chloe: Those sleeves and sheer elegance.

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Penelope Cruz: For shaking it up.

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(All pictures Pinterest)

Anya Taylor Joy in Gucci: Because it shouldn’t work, but it does.

Roll on the Oscars hey. And the odd dead swan.

Laters, Kate x