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    NEW BOOK: Rediscovered Treasures

    by  • Tuesday, January 4, 2011 • Books and TV • 2 Comments

    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

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    Sunbury Antiques sesh

    by  • Tuesday, December 7, 2010 • News, Stylish shopping • 16 Comments

    To quote Ariel (no, not The Tempest. The Little Mermaid. No, not Hans Christian Andersen. Disney. Groan.) “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? I got twenty. But who cares? No big deal. I want mooooooore.” Although the similarities pretty much end there – I don’t have a tail, red hair or a shell bikini, alas – when confronted with Vintage Tat, much like the dear Ariel, I can’t help myself. (What AM I on about!?) Anyway. I went to Sunbury Antiques market at Kempton Park last week and, despite the snow, it was wonderful, with whozits and whatzits galore…

    There’s no rhyme or reason to this post. It’s just a bunch of photos I took on my iPhone. So log off now if flea markets ain’t your thang! I saw: Victorian ‘poison’ bottles for £3, beautiful old bicycles, suitcases, sewing machines and scissors…

    Only the hardcore (AKA insane) shoppers were out as the temperature plummeted and snow started to fall. I spotted: a kitsch framed Tretchikoff print, a beautiful old Struwwelpeter book (shame it was getting snowed on and wet!), pretty vintage baking trays, industrial-style filing cabinets, a 1950s teapot, and a shopper who had clearly been out in the cold for a bit too long…

    I lusted after: these lovely ceramic pots for toothpaste, anchovy paste, and cold cream…

    I saw: religious statues, old advertising signs, frozen Victorian glass bell jars, macabre taxidermy, and some crazy stall holders…

    I loved: vintage cutlery, lab flasks and scientific equipment, and bee hives…

    I chuckled: when I saw this not-very-politically-correct children’s book:

    I wanted: to buy all of the bell jars and stock up on spindles. But WHY?! Indeed. Dear reader, I resisted.

    I liked: statues of Jesus, pots for ‘Sainsbury’s Bloater Paste’ – eurgh! Made of fish apparently – globes and antlers and medicine bottles and a table covered with a map and chandeliers and vintage magazines and barn stars and bones. Phew! Although I wouldn’t want a skeleton in my cupboard…

    I admired: stacks of old leather suitcases dusted with snow…

    I bought: two mirrors (not shown because they’re huge!) and…

    …a book called ‘British Earthworms And How To Identify Them’ (hours of fun), a Ridgway Homemaker saucer to add to my collection, an old ruler, some glass bottles, some potted meat pots (for Christmas homemade paté gifts), a ‘Bloater paste’ pot to use as a tea light votive and an American toothpaste pot prescribed by a ‘Dr Cofein’. Which sounds a bit like coffin. Not the best name for a doctor! – Ellie

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    PREVIEW: H&M Home SPRING 2011

    by  • Thursday, November 4, 2010 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 22 Comments

    It launches a week today, but we’ve tracked down the spring/summer H&M Home collection to bring you an exclusive preview! It’s really cheered me up on this grey November day…

    Check. Out. This. Bed linen. The colours are so gorgeous, I had to pop to the Dulux website to create a matching springtime palette. Delicious. This colour combo reminds me of Mulberry’s Sobrani design – see the H&M cushion bottom right and the Mulberry one bottom left! (FYI: The H&M one is £2.99. The Mulberry one is £100.)

    Elsewhere in this collection, there are doormats…

    Beautiful bed linen sets…

    Cute botancial and zigzag cushions…

    Towels and bath mats with a vintage look…

    Fun vegetable table runners and tea towels (perhaps it’s because of my new allotment, but these have got me VERY excited!)…

    And lots of other lovely little things such as storage containers, tea-themed and floral tea towels and vintage-style table runners to die for…

    Eee by gum, there’s nowt like a new collection. On Tuesday, we checked out the new Oxford Street H&M Home store (at 174 Oxford Street if you’re in London) – well worth a visit. The system in-store is a bit like Argos – you collect little magnetic photos of the products you want as you go round the store, and stick them to a magnetic board (your shopping trolley) then collect your goods at the till when you pay. Genius! – Ellie





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