Monday, 28 September 2015

Pretty Things

I think I shall forever be a collector of pretty things. Although generally I am getting much better at de-junking, I just cant resist bringing new items into my home that make me smile. Being on the lookout for beautiful vintage pieces that don't break the bank is becoming ever difficult, though you can never tame a thrifter so I thought I'd share some of my recent pretties that really caught my eye, were fabulous bargains and I just love...

I don't frequent car boot sales as much these days but when I do I am more than happy to look and spend wisely. At my last car boot visit, I found some lovely items and that were all a bargain.

I know I shall find lots of use for this old fashioned bon bon jar. I think I'll pop some cotton wool balls inside and add a little ribbon for decoration for the bathroom.

I'm a big fan of vintage green glass and I just had to have this.

I also seem to have a thing for old trays, especially the metal types and I really liked this vintage serving tray. It's such a cute little size and for 50p you can't really go wrong in my book.

I really love it when any of my vintage finds have their original labels, even if the label itself is not in perfect condition. The tray is a Woodmet design. Here's a quote from an original advertisement.

"Genuine Woodmet ware items sparkle with lustrous beauty in a range of pastel shades. A gift for every occasion, a product for every home".

So a trio of bargains there. Next up and from another car boot sale I found this small selection of sweets, but not just your ordinary, everyday sweets, these delicious ones are made of glass. I think for the set of six I paid just £1 and they look so inviting displayed in a little glass dish.

The colours are lovely and I think Murano glass, almost good enough to eat.

Talking of lovely colours, I'm really enjoying creating a little collection of these vintage Observer books. Most come with their dust covers, but I prefer to pack those away safely and show off their colourful spines.

It really made me smile to see a very old postcard used as a bookmark in one of the little books. A real surprise.

It was sent to Alice from John, and over 100 years old.

They are great little books, perfect for dipping in and out of for a little read of interesting facts. Definitely a collection I would like to grow. Again great bargains from charity shops/car boots at about 50p-£1 each.

More delight with these pearlised coloured flutes I picked up.

I still have little collections that I occasionally add too, one of which is vintage shot glasses. I just can't resist them and when I saw these of course I had to have them.

Next up a bit of vintage St Michael with this plastic compact mirror. I really like its shell style design.

I'm hoping to get the light working inside, but even if the light doesn't work it's such a sweet item, and all for princely sum of 10p.

We all know I love pink, I love roses, so I had to purchase this little floral dish, perfect for my little pieces of jewellery and knick knacks.

Now Lexicon is a perfect card game to pick up as I love to make special words to hang as bunting on special occasions or even to frame. Made extra special that this is a vintage set. 

Pink floral pretties always catch my eye and so it is no surprise that this floral half moon rug made its way home with me. After a little freshen up on the line it was looking even better.

The epitome of granny chic I'm thinking...

And talking of pretty roses, I couldn't leave these behind could I. Good old Aldi, the flowers I purchase from there last so well and these roses are no exception. 

So as you can see pretty things are still making their way into my home, though it has to be said, there has been no breaking of piggy banks and items that I know shall all have their special little corner to be loved and used :)


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Interior Styling With Oak Furniture Company

I really enjoy blogging about home interiors and when I was challenged by the Oak Furniture Company to imagine styling a room in my home incorporating a product from one of their ranges, I knew straight away which room I would use for the challenge. Master Poppins, who is growing up far too quickly and is now at the grand old age of nine, is also getting to that age where the vintage style low bed I purchased some years ago just isn't cutting it for him any more. Something much, much cooler is required. 

This is where I think the lovely Aspen White painted furniture range from the Oak Furniture company would be perfect to give him a new very stylish pre-teen bedroom.

He already has the perfect seaside inspired wallpaper that would look great with the bright white Aspen bed.

Although his bedroom is an attic conversion, it currently is serving as a twin room with not one, but two of the vintage style beds in there and which proves very useful when guests stay over. Though having somewhat of a girly corner is not a look he wants when his mates come over. Luckily all things girl-related can be out by the time the boys arrive. 

The after shave would have to stay though...
Yes definitely time for a new, more grown up bed I think. 

So space wise, the Aspen White double bed would just fit in there, or even replacing the old beds in there with two of the Aspen single versions would look super. 

Of course boys also tend to come with quite a bit of extra stuff, so just having the one single bed would leave him with a nice space for storage to put all that much needed (to him) stuff in. I can imagine his lovely Cath Kidston bed linen on this beautifully painted bed and of course the fresh white look is a classic style that in my opinion never dates and fits in perfectly with the traditional look I love so much. It is simple, sleek and also practical with a wipe-able satin finish. In fact I think he'd feel like a true prince sleeping in this grown up bed.

The timber used is from renewable forests so he'd be doing his little bit for the environment too. Oh I can just imagine it here looking mighty fine.

It's extremely adaptable and could be incorporated into many looks for a bedroom, and would be great for a teenage girl's room, a spare room for guests, and it would even sit very comfortably in my own bedroom amongst my shabby chic wares.  

With the white flooring already fitted in Master Poppins' bedroom, adding this bright white bed would create a really crisp clean look and turn what is currently somewhat of a little boys bedroom, into a lovely grown up space perfect for his ever changing needs and it is definitely a forever bed that would look great in any of his future bedroom styles. The white bed would coordinate so well with his already red, white and blue scheme and fits very well with his seaside background.  

We even have a lifebuoy that goes so well with his current look, and I also notice one also sits very well within the Aspen range imagery too. Great minds...

So, it looks like I'll have to sit down with my ever growing son and look into us perhaps saving some pennies and see if we can get him that much wanted grown up bed he so desperately wants. 


Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by and created in association with Tots100 and The Oak Furniture Company, all words and opinions are my own." 

Monday, 17 August 2015

Iconic Lights - LOVE LIGHT

I love mood lighting, and if that lighting actually involves the word 'LOVE' then I'm hooked. I adore the light up signs often found at vintage, country style wedding's with words such as 'MR' and MRS' or 'LOVE'. There is definitely a flair of Hollywood glamour (I'm thinking those lovely dressing room mirrors) with the light up bulbs and I for sure would have them at my own wedding if I was getting married all over again. 

When Iconic Lights got in touch and enquired whether I would like to become a brand ambassador I jumped at the chance, I love to try out new, exciting products especially around a home decor theme and although on the face of it our 1960's home is quite 'average' looking from the outside, dressing up the inside is great fun. I really enjoy putting my own stamp on things and it always makes me happy when visitors say how they like the little corners of my home. As an Iconic Lights ambassador, I shall be getting involved with getting to know their products and how well they sit as a backdrop in my own home. Of course, there may even be that special light that takes centre stage.

As I have begun to learn more about Iconic lights, I have been really impressed with their quirky, up to date and also vintage style lighting. It must also be emphasised that the lights offer great value for money. I fell in love with this 'LOVE' shaped wall hanging light and knew it would fit right in with my home decor. It is battery operated so super easy for moving around to different spaces should you wish. At £18 for this love light, I thought exceptional value and featuring a cluster of 20 warm led bulbs, it really pops out at you when it is turned on. 

I also think it looks super stylish with the lights unlit in the daytime, and along with the flamingoes, creates a really cute vibe on my dining room shelf.

And then it isn't long before the big switch on...

So, I think it can be agreed I just LOVE the 'LOVE' light and its fair to say is very me. I am enjoying having a browse on the Iconic Lights website to see what other lighting they have on offer. Here's a bit of info about the company's story...

"Iconic Lights burst onto the e-lighting scene 3 years ago and hasn't looked back. It was founded alongside the LSE Retail Group offering high quality Iconic, Stylish, Innovative, Classic & Cutting Edge lighting designs at affordable prices. The guys behind LSE Retail found that there was a gap in the market for such high quality lighting designs, sold at affordable prices. Iconic lights appeals to the individual consumer looking for stylish lighting for their home as well as specialising in supplying interior designers, architects and developers with bespoke lighting designs for their own projects." 

Disclosure: As I am part of the Iconic Lighting brand ambassador programme I was sent the Love light for the purposes of this blog post, all words and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

DIY Floral Garden Makeover

Oh I do love a pretty garden area for summer and was delighted to get involved with this lovely project for Wayfair's Inspiration Page.  

For the project I put together a tutorial for 3 separate DIY projects and enjoyed every minute of it. I even perfected my drilling skills and now feel confident to tackle those DIY tasks normally left for the man of the house to do, that in reality never get done, and that now I can happily do myself. 

For my 3 projects I made a super handy garden bench, some floral bunting and a reversible table cloth. The bunting and table cloth were made from a gorgeous duvet cover so I am now thinking of my own unused covers that could be utilised in such a pretty way. 

Those little fancies didn't last long but I managed to grab a quick snapshot of the pretty cut roses in one of my empty jam jars before they were gobbled up - the fancies that is, not the roses ;) 

I loved the finished bunting, perfect for the garden fence.

The bench started off it's life looking something like this.

Then was transformed to this.

Using some pretty accessories as a beautiful backdrop my new garden space is just a delight to sit in.

My garden table and chairs got a new lick of paint too.

Here are some of the items I used to help me create that haven of floral prettiness.

You can head over to the Wayfair page and my DIY tutorial here where you can have a mooch at the tutorials and the finished look :)


Disclosure: I received a selection of products from the Wayfair website to enable me to create my tutorials, and for styling. All design ideas, words and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Flamingo's Are Back In Action

Well I do wish this dull, wet weather would disappear soon. I find it all a bit depressing and with no sunny summer holiday booked for myself, am hoping very much that the sun comes back to visit us soon. To cheer me up a little I thought I'd get on with a much over due project. I mention here my fondness for the flamingo. In fact my fondness was so much that I fell in love with a pair of Don Featherstone flamigos I had bought. 

After a while of them being in the garden and sadly being used as goal posts by my football loving 8 year old, their lovely long legs soon bent, broke, snapped, and eventually became no more. (inserts sad face) 
They were then destined for the bottom of a dark lonely draw and the job of finding them some new legs went on my 'to do' list. 

Well, after a long, long time in the draw, it was time for the flamingos to have their mini makeover. 

I purchased 2 long metal rods from B&Q in readiness to cut each rod in half to make a pair of legs. I could tell they were getting excited at the prospect of having new dainty legs again.

The current holes for their legs were a little too small so after a little negotiation I made them a bit bigger to fit their new pins. You can see a before and after of the holes in this photograph. 

Next up, legs in, and the lovely flamingo's are now back in action, albeit on a rather over grown lawn. Yippee...

 I shall now be keeping a very close eye next time the son decides to play some impromptu football in the back garden ;)