Monthly Archives: April 2014

Mirrors are one of those desirables I can’t seem to get enough of. I did a quick check around the house to see just how many I have and where I’d placed them. Out of the sixteen I own, I have realised only four of them were placed for a utilitarian purpose, such as brushing […]

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The idea of a Dowry might seem alien to many of us now, but during the 19th and 20th Centuries, it was very much commonplace and this social history can be seen through the furniture. This Northern European Dowry chest is early 19th Century with hand painted decoration which has mellowed with age to give […]

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There’s a frog on your desk! I’ve always loved pens, pencils and paintbrushes and one could say I have enough, but you know how it is?! I’ve never been one for hiding them in a draw, but love having pots of them around the house and one always on my desk. My favourite holder though, […]

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Who said utilitarian was dull? Vintage French oyster baskets were once used to transport the oysters to market after they were harvested. Now with the introduction of toughened plastic trays these wonderful, shabby chic baskets have been given a whole new life in our modern homes. Their tough and sturdy forms are full of character […]

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Thank goodness spring has sprung, I was starting to feel quite desperate after the winter weather. I thought I would bring my own touch of spring into the house with bulbs and by using different items to plant them in. My collection of vintage French Ironstone soup terrines seemed ideal. I planted them with grape […]

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